22 days in France, Lausanne & Milan Itinerary

22 days in France, Lausanne & Milan Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights
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Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
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Paris, France

— 7 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Visit Eiffel Tower and Montmartre for their historical value. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Champs-Elysees and Marche aux fleurs - Ile de la Cite. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, steep yourself in history at Sainte-Chapelle, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

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Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Brisbane to Paris due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Lyon, France

— 4 nights

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.
Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Fourviere Hill. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Vieux Lyon. There's lots more to do: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapelle de la Trinite, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder website.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Wineries · Tours
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Lausanne, Switzerland

— 3 nights

Swiss San Francisco

Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Volkswrecks Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eglise de Saint-Sulpice and Cimetiere du Bois-de-Vaux. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale de Lausanne, see the interesting displays at Bolo Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Esplanade de Montbenon, and admire the masterpieces at Collection de l'Art Brut.

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You can drive from Lyon to Lausanne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Milan.

Things to do in Lausanne

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Milan, Italy

— 5 nights

Fashion Capital of World

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duomo di Milano and Castello Sforzesco. Shop till you drop at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Mostra Keith Haring. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, engage your brain at Museo Della Scienza E Della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, and steep yourself in history at Il Cenacolo.

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You can drive from Lausanne to Milan in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or fly. In August, daily temperatures in Milan can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping
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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.