18 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights
Cannes, France
— 2 nights
Deauville City, France
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 1 night


Paris, France — 5 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.
Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Bierissime. Go for a jaunt from Paris to Versailles to see Palace of Versailles about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and make a trip to Champs-Elysees.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris road trip planning tool.

Mumbai, India to Paris is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Paris due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Mumbai in March, with highs in Paris at 13°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to fly to Zurich.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Zurich, Switzerland — 3 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Do your shopping at Bahnhofstrasse and Altstadt Luzern. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Seebad Eich and Seebad Mit Strand Am Vierwaldstattersee. Take a break from Zurich with a short trip to Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, about 1 hour away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, and walk around Lindenhof Hill.

To see more things to do and tourist information, read Zurich journey planning website.

Getting from Paris to Zurich by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Milan.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Neighborhoods
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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.
Do your shopping at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte. Get out of town with these interesting Milan side-trips: Varenna (Villa Monastero, Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Tecla, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Milan online attractions planner.

Getting from Zurich to Milan by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Zurich in March, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Milan, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cannes.
Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums · Neighborhoods
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Cannes, France — 2 nights

Festival City

Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): kick back and relax at Plage des Ondes, take a stroll through La Croisette, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Plage Mace. On the 20th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Le Suquet, then get a taste of the local shopping with Rue d'Antibes, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cannes day trip site.

Traveling by car from Milan to Cannes takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in March, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to fly to Deauville City.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors
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Deauville City, France — 3 nights

With its race course, harbour, international film festival, marinas, conference centre, villas, Grand Casino and sumptuous hotels, Deauville is regarded as the "queen of the Norman beaches" and one of the most prestigious seaside resorts in all of France.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Trouville, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then try to win big at Casino Barriere Trouville. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument Eugene Cornuche, try your luck at Casino Barriere de Deauville, stroll through Deauville Beach, don't miss a visit to Mairie de Deauville, then stop by patrick Bradfer - Chocolatier, and finally indulge your taste buds at Calvados Pere Magloire L'Experience.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Deauville City trip planner.

You can fly from Cannes to Deauville City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Cannes in March, expect Deauville City to be slightly colder, temps between 12°C and 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Fun & Games
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Paris, France — 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at Musee de l’Orangerie, then see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs.

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You can drive from Deauville City to Paris in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
Museums · Spas · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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.

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.