12 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

12 days in France, Switzerland & Milan Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 3 nights
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 3 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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and walk around Luxembourg Gardens.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Indochina Time (ICT) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -6 hour difference. While traveling from Ho Chi Minh City, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks
Side Trip

Lyon, France — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

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Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Lyon are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Go for a jaunt from Geneva to Veytaux to see Chateau de Chillon about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre.

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Traveling by car from Lyon to Geneva takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Geneva, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Zermatt.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Fun & Games
Side Trip

Zermatt, Switzerland — 1 night

Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Gornergrat, hike along 5 Lakes Walk, then enjoy breathtaking views from Sunnegga, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery.

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Traveling by car from Geneva to Zermatt takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can take a train to Milan.
Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): browse the different shops at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Ravizza, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Leolandia and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di San Vittore.

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You can take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Historic Sites · Theme Parks · 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.