18 days in Switzerland, Milan & South of France Itinerary

18 days in Switzerland, Milan & South of France Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Fly + Train:  10 h 45 min
1
Lugano, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h
2
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  6 h 30 min
3
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
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 see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lugano road trip site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Lugano is an approximately 9.5- hour combination of flight and train. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Jeddah to Lugano, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in June: high temperatures in Lugano hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. On the 9th (Sun), you're off to Milan.

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Il Cenacolo, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Monumental Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Castello Sforzesco, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Milan trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lugano to Milan in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Milan are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): do a tasting at O'Vineyards, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then step into the grandiose world of Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne, and finally take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Nazaire and then steep yourself in history at La cité médiévale.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Carcassonne Center holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Milan to Carcassonne Center takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Carcassonne Center can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries

Side Trips

O'Vineyards, La cité médiévale
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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Chateau et Remparts de la Cite de Carcassonne ©

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.
Palais des Papes and Carrieres des Lumieres are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Plage du Cavaou and Bureau des Moniteurs du Gard will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque (in Gordes). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pont d'Avignon and learn about winemaking at Distillerie A. Blachere.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Avignon holiday app.

Traveling by car from Carcassonne Center to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Avignon are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gordes, 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

4
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 Plage de Pampelonne and Plage de Jean Blanc. Escape the urban bustle at Plage de l'Escalet and Plage des Canebiers. Get out of town with these interesting Saint-Tropez side-trips: Le Lavandou (Plage de l'Anglade & Plage d'Aiguebelle). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Plage de Gigaro and tour the pleasant surroundings at Heraclee Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Saint-Tropez day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Avignon to Saint-Tropez takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Saint-Tropez can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Cannes.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou
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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.
Relax by the water at Promenade du Soleil and Castel Plage. Head to La Croisette and Rue d'Antibesfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Jardin du Palais Carnoles (in Menton) and Nice (Cimetiere du Chateau, Vieille Ville, &more). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Lérins Islands, wander the streets of Le Suquet, and stop by Les Caprices de Marilyn.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Cannes trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Saint-Tropez to Cannes takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in June, you will find days in Cannes are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). You will leave for home on the 25th (Tue).

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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