18 days in Switzerland, Milan & South of France Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Milan & South of France Itinerary

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18 days in Switzerland, Milan & South of France Itinerary

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly + train:  10​h 45​min
1
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h
2
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  6​h 30​min
3
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
4
Avignon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Saint-Tropez, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cannes, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

1
day
Lugano, Switzerland

Lugano
Located in the popular holiday region of Ticino, Lugano is the largest Italian-speaking town in Switzerland.
To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano travel itinerary planner.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lugano is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Jeddah to Lugano, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Jeddah in June; daily highs in Lugano reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. You'll set off for Milan on the 9th (Sun).

Things to do in Lugano

Outdoors Parks Museums
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2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Piazza del Duomo, contemplate the long history of Il Cenacolo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and finally don't miss a visit to Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, explore the historical opulence of Castello Sforzesco, and then admire the masterpieces at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Milan journey planning site .

You can drive from Lugano to Milan in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In June in Milan, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Milan

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

1
night
Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): learn about winemaking at O'Vineyards, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Comtal, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, and finally take a stroll through Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): get interesting insight from Tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, and then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Carcassonne Center attractions planner .

Do a combination of flight and train from Milan to Carcassonne Center in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. June in Carcassonne Center sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

La cité médiévale, O'Vineyards
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards

3
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres. Get outdoors at Plage du Cavaou and Bureau des moniteurs du gard. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Avignon: La Cave Famille Perrin (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape) and Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Distillerie A. Blachere, and snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Avignon trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gordes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Carrieres des Lumieres, Plage du Cavaou, Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Distillerie A. Blachere ©
Distillerie A. Blachere
Plage du Cavaou ©
Plage du Cavaou

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nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. You'll get in some beach time at La plage and Heraclee Beach. Get outdoors at Plage de Sylvabelle and Plage de Jean Blanc. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Gigaro and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage d'Aiguebelle.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Saint-Tropez online tour itinerary planner .

Getting from Avignon to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Saint-Tropez are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Le Lavandou, La Croix-Valmer
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Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

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nights
Cannes, France

Cannes ©
Although its luxury shops, nightlife, casinos, and high-end restaurants give Cannes a feeling of exclusivity, this classic French Riviera city has alternatives to suit every budget.
Do some cultural sightseeing at La Croisette and Vieille Ville. Do your shopping at Rue d'Antibes and Les Caprices de Marilyn. Venture out of the city with trips to Nice (Castel Plage, Cimetiere du Chateau, & more) and Menton (Promenade du Soleil & Jardin du Palais Carnoles). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Lérins Islands and wander the streets of Le Suquet.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Cannes trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Saint-Tropez in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Cannes: temperatures range from 30°C by day to 19°C at night. On the 25th (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Cannes

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Nice, Menton
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
La Croisette ©
La Croisette
Rue d'Antibes ©
Rue d'Antibes

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