19 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

19 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Montreux, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Brienz, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Grindelwald, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
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Ansignan, France
— 3 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 30th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, stroll around Jardin Anglais, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva and then see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Geneva trip planning tool.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Geneva is minus 2 hours. In August, Geneva is colder than Jeddah - with highs of 30°C and lows of 16°C. On the 1st (Thu), you're off to Montreux.
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Montreux, Switzerland — 1 night

Mostly known for its world-renowned jazz festival, Montreux serves as a picturesque lakeside resort town on the Swiss Riviera.
On the 1st (Thu), go for a walk through Montreux Lakeside and then awaken your taste buds at Swiss Riviera Wine Tours.

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Drive from Geneva to Montreux in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for Brienz.
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Brienz, Switzerland — 1 night

With roots tracing back to the Bronze Age, traditional Brienz gives the impression of being lost in time.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Furka Pass.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Brienz tour planner.

Traveling by car from Montreux to Brienz takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Grindelwald.
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Grindelwald, Switzerland — 3 nights

As one of the country's oldest ski resorts, Grindewald serves as a prime example of a cozy Swiss ski town.
Grindelwald is known for winter sports, nature, and trails. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Jungfraujoch, take in the dramatic natural features at Aletsch Glacier, take in the dramatic scenery at Lauterbrunnen Valley Waterfalls, and trek along The Eiger.

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Traveling by car from Brienz to Grindelwald takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lugano.
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Lugano, Switzerland — 1 night

Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Monte San Giorgio, then explore the activities along Lake Lugano, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Parrocchia Cattolica Romana Sacro Cuore.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lugano trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Grindelwald to Lugano in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Milan.
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Milan, Italy — 4 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Torre dei Lamberti, &more) and Gardaland Park (in Castelnuovo del Garda). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca di Brera, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica San Lorenzo Maggiore, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September in Milan, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 3 nights

Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, head outdoors with Mountain Lifestyle, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, and fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip planning tool.

Drive from Milan to Chamonix in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Ansignan.
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Ansignan, France — 3 nights

On the 15th (Thu), stop by Au Rucher de Flora, then don't miss a visit to Ansignan Roman Aqueduct, and then head outdoors with Pont- Aqueduc. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Gorges de la Guillera, identify plant and animal life at Orgues d'Ille Sur Tet, and then indulge your senses at Domaine des Mathouans.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ansignan day trip tool.

Getting from Chamonix to Ansignan by car takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In September, daytime highs in Ansignan are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
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.
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