13 days in Switzerland, Chamonix & Milan Itinerary

13 days in Switzerland, Chamonix & Milan Itinerary

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13 days in Switzerland, Chamonix & Milan Itinerary

Start: Geneva, Switzerland
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
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Sion, Switzerland
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
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Nendaz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Crans-Montana, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  7​h
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Chamonix, France
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
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Nendaz, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Interlaken, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Nendaz, Switzerland
— 1 night
train:  2​h 30​min
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 day
train:  2​h 30​min
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Nendaz, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
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Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
End: Milan, Italy

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night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Geneva tour itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Geneva Cointrin International Airport, Bern Belp Airport and Basel Mulhouse Freiburg. In September, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Lausanne.

Things to do in Geneva

Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Palais des Nations, Genève ©
Palais des Nations, Genève

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Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Chillon, then appreciate the history behind Freddie Mercury Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Sauvabelin Tower. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale de Lausanne.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lausanne trip planner .

Traveling by train from Geneva to Lausanne takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the train ride to Sion.

Things to do in Lausanne

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Freddie Mercury Statue, Chateau de Chillon, The Geneva Water Fountain
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

few
hours
Sion, Switzerland

Sion
Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Sion trip planner .

You can take a train from Lausanne to Sion in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September in Sion, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 51°F at night. On the 28th (Sat), you'll travel to Nendaz.

Things to do in Sion

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Nendaz, Switzerland

Nendaz
Nendaz is a municipality in the district of Conthey in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.HistoryNendaz is first mentioned in 984 as Nenda. To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nendaz trip planner .

Nendaz is very close to Sion. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Crans-Montana.

Things to do in Nendaz

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
day
Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Crans-Montana ©
To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Crans-Montana vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Nendaz to Crans-Montana takes 1.5 hours. On the 29th (Sun), you'll travel to Chamonix.

Things to do in Crans-Montana

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Gemmi Pass
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Gemmi Pass ©
Gemmi Pass

1
day
Chamonix, France

"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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Glacier des Bossons, then take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, and finally fly down the slopes at Sport 2000 Cham'Sport Aiguille du Midi.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Chamonix road trip site .

Drive from Crans-Montana to Chamonix in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel to Nendaz.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Glacier des Bossons ©
Glacier des Bossons

1
day
Nendaz, Switzerland

Nendaz ©
On the 1st (Tue), head outdoors with The Mont-Fort and then get outside with Nendaz 4 Vallees.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nendaz online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Chamonix to Nendaz takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Interlaken.

Things to do in Nendaz

Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nendaz 4 Vallees ©
Nendaz 4 Vallees
The Mont-Fort ©
The Mont-Fort

1
day
Interlaken, Switzerland

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 2nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Schlosskirche, take in the awesome beauty at Harderkulm, then glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally get outside with Bumblebee Hanggliding Interlaken.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Interlaken day trip planning site .

You can drive from Nendaz to Interlaken in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Interlaken, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nendaz.

Things to do in Interlaken

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Parasailing & Paragliding
Harderkulm ©
Harderkulm
Speed Boats Tours

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Nendaz, Switzerland

Nendaz ©
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): fly down the slopes at Premier Alpine Centre SA and then head outdoors with Les Bisses de Nendaz.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nendaz online itinerary planner .

Getting from Interlaken to Nendaz by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Nendaz

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Les Bisses de Nendaz ©
Les Bisses de Nendaz

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day
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at The Matterhorn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then take in panoramic vistas at Sunnegga.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Zermatt trip builder site .

Take a train from Nendaz to Zermatt in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Nendaz.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Sunnegga ©
Sunnegga
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

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night
Nendaz, Switzerland

Nendaz
To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nendaz attractions planner.

Getting from Zermatt to Nendaz by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus. On the 5th (Sat), you'll travel to Lugano.

Things to do in Nendaz

Outdoors Parks Tours

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Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano ©
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): walk around Parco Civico, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano. On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, then buy something for everyone on your list at Fox Town Factory Stores, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte Bre, and finally make a trip to Piazza della Riforma.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lugano trip builder site .

You can drive from Nendaz to Lugano in 4 hours. In October, daytime highs in Lugano are 64°F, while nighttime lows are 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lugano

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Fox Town Factory Stores
Highlights from your plan
Lake Lugano ©
Lake Lugano
Parco Civico ©
Parco Civico
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

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Milan, Italy

Milan ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, then make a trip to Piazza del Duomo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Milan sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Lugano to Milan takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Milan sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 52°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Crans-Montana.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco

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