13 days in Barcelona, Milan & Swiss Alps Itinerary

13 days in Barcelona, Milan & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Bring the kids along to Casa Batllo and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia. Change things up with a short trip to PortAventura in Salou (about 1h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc Guell, have fun at La Casa Vella - Flamenco in Barcelona, get interesting insight from Tours, and wander the streets of El Barri Gòtic.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Barcelona trip planner.

Manila, Philippines to Barcelona is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manila to Barcelona. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Manila in September; daily highs in Barcelona reach 30°C and lows reach 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Milan.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

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Milan, Italy

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Duomo di Milano and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda) and Verona (Torre dei Lamberti, Piazza delle Erbe, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, get engrossed in the history at Galleria 92, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Milan day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Barcelona to Milan takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Barcelona in September since evenings lows in Milan dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 27:

Zermatt, Switzerland

— 2 nights
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): snap pictures at Hangebrucke, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Riffelsee. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis, and then get great views at Gornergrat.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Zermatt route planning app.

You can take a train from Milan to Zermatt in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zermatt

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites
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Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.