16 days in Italy, France & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 4 nights
Trento, Italy
— 1 night
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Castellane, France
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 6 nights


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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Tremezzina (Villa Carlotta, Villa del Balbianello, &more) and Verona (Casa di Giulietta, Basilica di San Zeno Maggiore, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Milan online holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Milan is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from Newark to Milan, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in May, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trento.
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Trento, Italy — 1 night

Painted City

Tyrol's capital and one of the nation's wealthiest cities, Trento serves as the commercial and cultural center of the region.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): get curious at MUSE - Science Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Duomo, then make a trip to Case Cazuffi Rella, and finally explore the activities along Lago di Canzolino.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Trento trip planner.

Drive from Milan to Trento in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Trento are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Zermatt.
Nature · Parks · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites
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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.
On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kapelle Gornergrat "Bernhard von Aosta", take in the pleasant sights at Hinterdorfstrasse, then enjoy breathtaking views from Gornergrat, and finally examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Gorner Gorge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Intercontinental Church Society.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trento to Zermatt takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castellane.
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Castellane, France — 2 nights

Castellane is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): examine the collection at CitroMuseum and then get a dose of the wild on Verdon Xp & The Funny Helmets. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour and then explore the striking landscape at Les Gorges du Verdon.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Castellane road trip site.

Traveling by car from Zermatt to Castellane takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. In May in Castellane, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wildlife
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and visit Montmartre.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Castellane to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or drive. Traveling from Castellane in May, expect nights in Paris to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.

Swiss Alps travel guide

Bodies of Water · Observation Decks · Mountains
The stunning Swiss Alps cover 65 percent of the Switzerland's surface area with dramatic mountain scenery. Its spectacular peaks and valleys are the result of tectonic thrusts, among them the Jungfrau-Aletsch region, the first World Heritage Site in the Alps. Connected by a network of trains and cable cars, this majestic vacation spot is accessible for all. The Swiss Alps are home to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, including the Monte Rosa, which stands at 4,634 m (15,203 ft). Pristine white snow and perfect blue skies await you, and ski sports and hiking trails aplenty top the list of things to do.

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.