17 days in Bern, Zermatt & Milan Itinerary

17 days in Bern, Zermatt & Milan Itinerary

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17 days in Bern, Zermatt & Milan Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly + train:  10​h 30​min
1
Bern, Switzerland
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
2
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 4 nights
train:  4​h
3
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Doha, Qatar

6
nights
Bern, Switzerland

Bern ©
The capital and political center of Switzerland, Bern sits on a peninsula formed by the U-shaped River Aare.
Take a break from the city and head to Mt Pilatus and Oeschinen Lake. Shop till you drop at UNESCO-Altstadt von Bern and Federal Building (Bundeshaus). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bern: Creux du Van (in Neuchatel), Chaplin's World (in Corsier-sur-Vevey) and Seebad Eich (in Eich). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Aare River, admire the natural beauty at Rose Garden (Rosengarten), appreciate the history behind Zahringerdenkmal monument, and get curious at Einstein House (Einsteinhaus).

Before you visit Bern, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Doha, Qatar to Bern is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Doha to Bern is minus 2 hours. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Doha in July; daily highs in Bern reach 30°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Bern

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Zoo Basel, Seebad Eich, Mt Pilatus, Creux du Van, Oeschinen Lake
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Mt Pilatus ©
Mt Pilatus
Creux du Van ©
Creux du Van
Oeschinen Lake ©
Oeschinen Lake

4
nights
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Take a break from the city and head to Golf Club Matterhorn and Clay Shoot Zermatt. Explore Zermatt's surroundings by going to Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard (in Finhaut) and Spas (in Leukerbad). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at The Matterhorn, fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and stop by Laderach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt tour itinerary builder .

Traveling by train from Bern to Zermatt takes 2.5 hours. On the 9th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Zermatt

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Parc d'Attractions du Chatelard, Spas
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The Matterhorn ©
The Matterhorn
Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Parasailing & Paragliding

5
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Castello Sforzesco and Riva Bianca Beach will thrill your kids. Get outdoors at Riserva Naturale Val di Mello and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Milan: Orrido di Bellano (in Bellano) and Leolandia (in Capriate San Gervasio). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, see La Casa Maledetta, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Milan journey planner .

You can take a train from Zermatt to Milan in 4 hours. In August in Milan, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Leolandia, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Riva Bianca Beach, Riserva Naturale Val di Mello, Orrido di Bellano
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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Riva Bianca Beach ©
Riva Bianca Beach

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