11 days in France, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

11 days in France, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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Fly to Paris CDG, Train to Lyon
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Aosta, Italy
— 1 night
Drive
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Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive
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Pinzolo, Italy
— 1 night
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Merano, Italy
— 1 night
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Sisteron, France
— 1 day
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France

— 1 night

Culinary Capital of France

Lyon is a historical city with a vibrant cultural scene as the birthplace of cinema, the silk capital of the globe, and the second biggest Renaissance city following Venice.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais, take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, and then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, identify plant and animal life at Les Grottes de La Balme, and then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon itinerary maker app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lyon is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Buenos Aires to Lyon, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in August: high temperatures in Lyon hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Aosta.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Parks

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Aosta, Italy

— 1 night

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Criptoportico Forense, delve into the distant past at Teatro Romano, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Fenis, then step into the grandiose world of Castello Reale di Sarre, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aosta route planning site.

Getting from Lyon to Aosta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zermatt.

Things to do in Aosta

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Adventure

Side Trips

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Zermatt, Switzerland

— 1 night
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
On the 9th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Paradise, explore the different monuments and memorials at Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then examine the collection at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Zermatt journey planning app.

You can drive from Aosta to Zermatt in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Pinzolo.

Things to do in Zermatt

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Winter Sports
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Pinzolo, Italy

— 1 night
Pinzolo is a small town and comune situated in Val Rendena in Trentino in the northern Italian Alps at an elevation of 800m.It is mainly known as a ski resort during the winter months and as a popular touristic destination in the summer. On the 10th (Sat), stroll through Cascate di Vallesinella, admire the sheer force of Nardis Waterfalls, and then admire the sheer force of Cascate Val Genova.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pinzolo trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Zermatt to Pinzolo. In August, daytime highs in Pinzolo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Merano.

Things to do in Pinzolo

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

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Merano, Italy

— 1 night
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the galleries of Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History, stroll through Tappeiner Promenade, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Partschinser Wasserfall.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Merano road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Pinzolo to Merano takes 2 hours. In August in Merano, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sisteron.

Things to do in Merano

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

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Sisteron, France

— 1 day
Sisteron is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Sisteron is situated on the banks of the River Durance just after the confluence of the rivers Buëch and Sasse. On the 12th (Mon), steep yourself in history at La Citadelle de Sisteron and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sisteron trip planner.

Traveling by car from Merano to Sisteron takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Sisteron

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, then cruise along Route des Cretes, then explore the striking landscape at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and finally steep yourself in history at Palais Longchamp. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye Saint Victor, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then head outdoors with Calanque d'En-Vau.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Marseille route builder tool.

Getting from Sisteron to Marseille by car takes about 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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France travel guide

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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.

Swiss Alps travel guide

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Mountains · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
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.