18 days in Switzerland, Milan & France Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Milan & France Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Nice, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Carcassonne, France
— 1 night
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Bayeux, France
— 1 night
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Paris, France
— 3 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland — 1 night

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museum Rietberg and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Town, take a stroll through Bahnhofstrasse, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Zurich driving holiday planning site.

Bilbao, Spain to Zurich is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Bilbao in September: high temperatures in Zurich hover around 22°C and lows are around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Zermatt.
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Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Parks
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 4th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Stellisee, then explore the activities along Riffelsee, then take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, and finally take in the views from Furi Suspension Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at 5 Lakes Walk, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society, then go for a walk through Hinterdorfstrasse, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Gornergrat.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Zermatt tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Zurich to Zermatt in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can take a train to Milan.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Bellagio (Kayaking & Canoeing & I Giardini di Villa Melzi), Verona (Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, Arena di Verona, &more) and Villa del Balbianello (in Tremezzina). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary maker site.

You can take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 4 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Rue d'Antibes (in Cannes), Azur Wine Tours (in Vence) and Musee Picasso (in Antibes). There's lots more to do: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice, and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nice trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Milan to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Milan in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Nice, with lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Avignon.
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Avignon, France — 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Musee Calvet, admire the masterpieces at Musee Angladon, sample the fine beverages at Distillerie A. Blachere, then contemplate the long history of Pont d'Avignon, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Avignon attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in September, plan for little chillier nights in Avignon, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.
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Carcassonne, France — 1 night

Medieval Heart of France

Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): snap pictures at Le Pont Vieux (The Old Bridge), then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne, then pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Vincent de Carcassonne.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne itinerary builder app.

Getting from Avignon to Carcassonne by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Bayeux.
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Bayeux, France — 1 night

Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at D-Day Monument, stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online trip maker.

Getting from Carcassonne to Bayeux by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, Bayeux is little chillier than Carcassonne - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Paris.
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

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.
Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, wander the streets of Montmartre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Bayeux to Paris by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Paris sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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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.
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