15 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

15 days in Switzerland, France & Milan Itinerary

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Geneva, Switzerland
— 4 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 2 nights
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Megeve, France
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland — 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Lake Geneva and Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey), Queen Studio Experience (in Montreux) and Chateau de Chillon (in Veytaux). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, don't miss a visit to The Flower Clock, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary tool.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Geneva is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Arabian Standard Time (AST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Dammam in August, with highs in Geneva at 30°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 2 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

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.
On the 15th (Mon), glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Glacier des Bossons, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille du Midi, and finally admire the masterpieces at Musee Alpin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille des Grands Montets, contemplate the waterfront views at Lac Blanc, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges de la Diosaz.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Chamonix sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Chamonix takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Megeve.
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Megeve, France — 2 nights

Megève is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France with a population of over 4,000 residents. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Le Chemin du Calvaire, get outside with Megeve Raquettes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mont d'Arbois Ski Area, and finally explore the activities along Base de Loisirs du Lac de Passy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Les Portes du Mont-Blanc, find something for the whole family at La Luge 4s, and then make a trip to Col des Aravis.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Megeve trip planner.

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Megeve takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Milan.
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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 19th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, make a trip to Piazza Sant'Alessandro, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Castello Sforzesco, find something for the whole family at Leolandia, and then stroll the grounds of Mausoleo della famiglia Crespi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Milan trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Megeve to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Megeve in August: highs in Milan hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Interlaken.
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Interlaken, Switzerland — 2 nights

Nestled between Lake Thun and Lake Brienz in the heart of the Jungfrau region, Interlaken became popular for its proximity to the mountains and lakes of the Bernese Oberland region.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): fly down the slopes at Grindelwald-First, then look for all kinds of wild species at Alpenwildpark, then get great views at Harderkulm, and finally glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Maennlichen and then admire the sheer force of Trümmelbachfälle.

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Traveling by train from Milan to Interlaken takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Milan in August: high temperatures in Interlaken hover around 26°C and lows are around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): appreciate the history behind Broken Chair Sculpture, then make a trip to Palais des Nations, Genève, then see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, and finally catch all the local highlights with CERN.

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You can drive from Interlaken to Geneva in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Interlaken in August, you will find days in Geneva are somewhat warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can 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 · 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.
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