28 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

28 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

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28 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

Start: Milan, Italy
1
Milan, Italy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
5
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
6
Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h
End: Milan, Italy


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6
nights
Milan, Italy

Milan ©
In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Villa del Balbianello and Lake Orta. Venture out of the city with trips to Villa Carlotta (in Tremezzina), Palazzo Borromeo (in Isola Bella) and Chiesa Santa Maria del Tiglio (in Gravedona). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Grotte di Catullo, snap pictures at Ponte Scaligero (Ponte di Castelvecchio), admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, and head off the coast to Isola Bella.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan trip planner .

If you are flying in from Italy, the closest major airports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Il Caravaggio International Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Orta San Giulio, Bergamo, Tremezzina, Sirmione, Palazzo Borromeo
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Villa del Balbianello ©
Villa del Balbianello
Lake Orta ©
Lake Orta
Villa Carlotta ©
Villa Carlotta

2
nights
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Parco Villa Florida, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, then take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Salvatore, and finally walk around Parco Civico. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Piazza della Riforma, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Bre, then kick back and relax at Lido San Domenico, and finally take a stroll through Santa Petronilla.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lugano trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Milan to Lugano takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Lugano are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Santa Petronilla
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Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Santa Petronilla ©
Santa Petronilla
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

5
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mt Pilatus and Lake Zurich. Change things up with these side-trips from Zurich: Interlaken (Speed Boats Tours & Parasailing & Paragliding), Rhine Falls (in Neuhausen am Rheinfall) and Lucerne (Lion Monument, Lake Lucerne, & more). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Old Town, explore the activities along Limmat, walk around Lindenhofplatz, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Uetliberg Mountain.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Zurich takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Lugano in August, expect Zurich to be slightly colder, temps between 28°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Geneva.

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lucerne, Interlaken, Lake Brienz, Rhine Falls
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Old Town ©
Old Town
Spreuer Bridge ©
Spreuer Bridge

4
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lakeside Promenade Fleuri and Mont Saleve. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux), Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne, take a leisurely stroll along Pointe de la Jonction, and explore the historical opulence of Castle of Gruyeres.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planning tool .

Fly from Zurich to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. August in Geneva sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Montreux, Lausanne, Chaplin's World, Chateau de Chillon, Castle of Gruyeres
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Chaplin's World ©
Chaplin's World
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri ©
Lakeside Promenade Fleuri
Queen Studio Experience ©
Queen Studio Experience

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Explore hidden gems such as Chartres Cathedral and Jardin des Tuileries. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Latin Quarter, and brush up on your military savvy at The Army Museum.

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You can take a train from Geneva to Paris in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Paris sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Chartres Cathedral
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

5
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau Cantenac and Food Tours. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Plage de Chatelaillon (in Chatelaillon-Plage), Chateau Paloumey (in Ludon-Medoc) and Saint-Emilion (Clocher de l'Eglise Monolithe, Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion, & more). There's still lots to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to The Water Mirror, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin Public, and ponder the design of Monument aux Girondins.

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You can take a train from Paris to Bordeaux in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Bordeaux can reach 31°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Plage de Chatelaillon, Chateau Paloumey
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Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion ©
Monolithic Church of Saint-Emilion
Plage de Chatelaillon ©
Plage de Chatelaillon

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