17 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

17 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 4 nights
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Ornans, France
— 1 night
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Bern, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Paris is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Riyadh to Paris is minus 2 hours. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Riyadh in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. You'll set off for Ornans on the 4th (Sat).

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Ornans, France

— 1 night
Ornans is a commune in the Doubs department in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in eastern France. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the views from Grand Pont d'Ornans.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ornans online travel planner.

You can drive from Paris to Ornans in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Annecy.

Things to do in Ornans

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

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Annecy, France

— 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
On the 6th (Mon), explore the activities along Lake Annecy and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette, and then explore the stunning scenery at Terra Canyon.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Annecy day trip site.

Traveling by car from Ornans to Annecy takes 3 hours. In September in Annecy, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Annecy

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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Milan, Italy

— 2 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 8th (Wed): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco and then get outside with Aero Club Monte Cornizzolo.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Annecy to Milan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Annecy in September; daily highs in Milan reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lugano.

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Lugano, Switzerland

— 1 night

Monte Carlo of Switzerland

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the awesome beauty at Monte San Giorgio.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Lugano trip planner.

You can drive from Milan to Lugano in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Lugano, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Interlaken.

Things to do in Lugano

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

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Interlaken, Switzerland

— 3 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: Grindelwald-First (in Grindelwald) and Lucerne (Lion Monument & Lake Lucerne). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier, look for gifts at Mad Cow, take in the awesome beauty at The Eiger, and take in the dramatic scenery at Trümmelbachfälle.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Interlaken online travel route planner.

You can drive from Lugano to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lugano in September, things will get little chillier in Interlaken: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Bern.

Things to do in Interlaken

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

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Bern, Switzerland

— 1 night

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
On the 14th (Tue), get outside with Elfenau, then explore the activities along Egelsee, then get a sense of history and politics at Rathaus Bern, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bern online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Interlaken to Bern takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Bern are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Geneva.

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Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Geneva, Switzerland

— 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Geneva trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bern to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Geneva, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the flight back home.

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Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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France travel guide

4.3
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

4.7
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.