18 days in Milan, Switzerland & Paris Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
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Zermatt, Switzerland
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Bern, Switzerland
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Paris, France
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Milan, Italy — 4 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Duomo di Milano and Museo di Castelvecchio. Explore Milan's surroundings by going to Turin (Museo Egizio & Piazza Castello) and Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Torre dei Lamberti, &more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, step into the grandiose world of Castello Sforzesco, and look for gifts at Libreria dell'Automobile - International motoring bookstore.

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Tiruchirappalli, India to Milan is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is minus 4.5 hours. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Tiruchirappalli in September; daily highs in Milan reach 28°C and lows reach 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Zermatt.
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Zermatt, Switzerland — 2 nights

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 6th (Tue): tour along fresh powder with Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Intercontinental Church Society. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, hit the slopes at Matterhorn Diamonds Ski School, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat.

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Getting from Milan to Zermatt by train takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Bern.
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Bern, Switzerland — 2 nights

City of Bears

The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Kunstmuseum Bern, explore the world behind art at Zentrum Paul Klee (Paul Klee Center), then look for all kinds of wild species at Barenpark, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Aare River. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower - Zytglogge, wander the streets of UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern, then take some stellar pictures from The Cathedral of Bern, and finally don't miss a visit to Bundesplatz.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Bern day trip website.

Take a train from Zermatt to Bern in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Bern can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Paris.
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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.
Bring the kids along to Louvre Museum and Eiffel Tower. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, and stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Paris day trip website.

Traveling by combination of train, bus, and flight from Bern to Paris takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Bern in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Paris, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Zurich.
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Zurich, Switzerland — 4 nights

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Attractions like Lake Zurich and Museum Rietberg make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Art (Kunsthaus Zurich), make a trip to Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, get engrossed in the history at Landesmuseum, and wander the streets of Old Town.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Zurich trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Zurich takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in September, and nighttime lows around 12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel back home.
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Switzerland travel guide

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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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