15 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Bayeux, France
— 1 night
Mont-Saint-Michel, France
— 1 night
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights


Zurich, Switzerland — 2 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, make a trip to Bahnhofstrasse, then wander the streets of Niederdorf, and finally stroll around Lindenhof Hill. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Old Town, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and then see the interesting displays at Uhrenmuseum Beyer Zürich.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Zurich trip planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Zurich is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Dammam in October, things will get much colder in Zurich: highs are around 17°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Paris.
Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Nature
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Paris, France — 4 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 Musee d'Orsay, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Paris road trip website.

You can fly from Zurich to Paris in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive 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 25th (Tue): appreciate the history behind D-Day Monument, then stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux tour itinerary builder website.

Getting from Paris to Bayeux by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France — 1 night

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): appreciate the history behind Mont Saint-Michel.

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You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daytime highs in Mont-Saint-Michel are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Nice.
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Nice, France — 3 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.
Go for a jaunt from Nice to Antibes to see Musee Picasso about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, and stop by Atelier Galerie Sylvie T.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nice trip planner.

You can fly from Mont-Saint-Michel to Nice in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mont-Saint-Michel in October, with highs in Nice at 24°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Milan.
Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Milan, Italy — 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, explore the world behind art at Museo San Fedele, pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, get advice or help at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, and then get engrossed in the history at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Nice to Milan by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in October, with highs in Milan at 21°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.
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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.

France travel guide

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.