18 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

18 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Chamonix, France
— 1 night
Annecy, France
— 3 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Lugano, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights


Milan, Italy — 4 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more) and Turin (Museo Egizio & Piazza San Carlo). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Milan tour builder.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Milan is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Dammam to Milan. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Dammam in November, with highs in Milan at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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Chamonix, France — 1 night

Alpine Capital of the World

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Aiguilles Rouges, then stroll through Brevent Cable Car, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally soothe aching muscles at Snooga.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Chamonix day trip planning site.

You can drive from Milan to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Annecy.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature
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Annecy, France — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Explore Annecy's surroundings by going to Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere, Musee de Grenoble, &more) and Room Escape Games (in Annemasse). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Annecy, make a trip to Le Paquier, examine the collection at Palais de l'Ile, and look for gifts at Alpine Side.

Before you visit Annecy, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Chamonix to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November in Annecy, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Interlaken.
Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping
Side Trips
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 5 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Interlaken: Lucerne (Chapel Bridge & Lake Lucerne), Bern (The Cathedral of Bern, Bundesplatz, &more) and Zurich (Old Town, Europuddle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour and stop by Buchhandlung Boedeli.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Interlaken trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Annecy to Interlaken in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Annecy in November, plan for little chillier days in Interlaken, with highs around 8°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.
Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods · Museums
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Lugano, Switzerland — 2 nights

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa dei Santi Giorgio e Andrea, then contemplate the long history of Monte San Giorgio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria di Loreto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimitero Monumentale, make a trip to Chiesa San Rocco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Cattolica Romana Sacro Cuore, then don't miss a visit to Chiesa di Santa Maria Immacolata, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Sant' Antonio Abate.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lugano, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Interlaken to Lugano in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Interlaken in November, things will get a bit warmer in Lugano: highs are around 14°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Milan.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips
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Milan, Italy — 2 nights

Fashion Capital of World

On the 26th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Milan holiday planning tool.

You can drive from Lugano to Milan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums
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France travel guide

Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.