20 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

20 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 6 nights
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Lungern, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Zurich, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Milan, Italy
— 3 nights


Paris, France — 6 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.
Head to Le Marais and Champs-Elyseesfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny), Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Montmartre, steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Paris route builder site.

Chandigarh, India to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Paris are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
Side Trips
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Lyon, France — 3 nights

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Head to Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse and Fleurs-Thes en Chocolatfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Chateau de Varennes (in Quincie-en-Beaujolais), Cave Chateau Chenas (in Chenas) and Domaine Le Fagolet-Gite La Girardiere (in Vaux-en-Beaujolais). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get outside with Cyclo City Tours, test the waters at Belle De Maia - Maison De Beaute, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip planner.

You can fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in Lyon, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lungern.
Wineries · Tours · Shopping · Museums
Side Trips
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Lungern, Switzerland — 3 nights

Lungern is a municipality in the canton of Obwalden in Switzerland. Venture out of the city with trips to Gadmen (Trift Bridge & Sustenpass), Furka Pass (in Oberwald) and Gletscherschlucht Rosenlaui (in Rosenlaui). There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Aare Gorge, don't miss a visit to Rhone Glacier, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lungern, and examine the collection at Ballenberg, Swiss Open-Air Museum.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lungern travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Lyon to Lungern in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Lyon in September, things will get little chillier in Lungern: highs are around 21°C and lows about 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Zurich.
Nature · Museums · Parks · Scenic Drive
Side Trips
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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.
Head to Bahnhofstrasse and Hauptbahnhoffor some retail therapy. Step out of Zurich to go to Neuhausen am Rheinfall and see Rhine Falls, which is approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Old Town, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum, and take in the awesome beauty at Uetliberg Mountain.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich holiday planner.

You can drive from Lungern to Zurich in 1.5 hours. September in Zurich sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly to Milan.
Nature · Parks · Museums · 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Milan: Bellagio (Basilica di San Giacomo & I Giardini di Villa Melzi) and Tremezzina (Villa del Balbianello & Villa Carlotta). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Duomo di Milano, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, and admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Zurich to Milan takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in September, with highs in Milan at 28°C and lows at 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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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.