9 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

9 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 2 nights
Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
Nice, France
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 2 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.
On the 14th (Fri), explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then make a trip to Eiffel Tower, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally make a trip to Place de la Concorde. On your second day here, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In October in Paris, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to travel to Interlaken.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus), take a stroll through UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, take in nature's colorful creations at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), then pause for some serene contemplation at Rom.-Katholische Kirchgemeinde, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Whiskyness, take some stellar pictures from Harderkulm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Brienz, and finally stroll through Maennlichen.

To see more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Interlaken road trip app.

Do a combination of flight, bus, and train from Paris to Interlaken in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Paris in October, with highs in Interlaken at 57°F and lows at 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lauterbrunnen.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping
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Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland

A small village in a valley, Lauterbrunnen showcases an abundance of awe-inspiring waterfalls.
For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lauterbrunnen trip itinerary maker app.

Lauterbrunnen is just a stone's throw from Interlaken. You will leave for Milan on the 18th (Tue).
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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.
Milan is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Milan day trip planning website.

You can drive from Lauterbrunnen to Milan in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in October, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Nice.
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Nice, France — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze, steep yourself in history at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, then take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and finally don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nice online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Milan to Nice takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Nice when traveling from Milan in October, with lows around 58°F.
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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.

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.