18 days in France, Milan & Geneva Itinerary

18 days in France, Milan & Geneva Itinerary

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Fly to Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Drive to Bourg Saint Maurice
Bourg Saint Maurice, France
— 4 nights
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Annecy, France
— 3 nights
Drive to Chambéry-Savoie Airport, Fly to Perth


Bourg Saint Maurice, France — 4 nights

Bourg-Saint-Maurice, popularly known as Bourg, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.It is the last large town along the Tarentaise valley in the heart of the French Alps.HistoryBergintrum was a place on the Gallic side of the pass of the Alpes Graiae, lying on the road marked in the Antonine Itinerary between Mediolanum (modern Milan) and Vienna (modern Vienne). Visiting Oxygene Ski & Snowboard School La Tania and Oxygene Ski School La Plagne will get you outdoors. Explore Bourg Saint Maurice's surroundings by going to The Development Centre - Tignes (in Tignes), Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere (in Val d'Isere) and Macot-la-Plagne (Reflex Ski School & ESF Belle Plagne). There's more to do: get a dose of the wild on Les Balades du Colporteur and stroll through Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise.

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Perth, Australia to Bourg Saint Maurice is an approximately 33-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Perth in January; daily highs in Bourg Saint Maurice reach 5°C and lows reach -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Milan.
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Duomo di Milano and Pinacoteca di Brera. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castello Sforzesco and Arena di Verona. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Milan: Turin (Museo Egizio, Museo Nazionale del Cinema, &more) and Verona (Cappella dei Notai, Torre dei Lamberti, &more). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, stroll the grounds of Monumental Cemetery, pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, and get to know the fascinating history of Piazza del Duomo.

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Drive from Bourg Saint Maurice to Milan in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Bourg Saint Maurice in January, you will find days in Milan are a bit warmer (9°C), and nights are about the same (0°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 3 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
You'll explore and learn at International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum and MEG Musee d’ethnographie de Geneve. Head to MB&F M.A.D.Gallery and Sweetzerland Chocolatierfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Geneva, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Fondation Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

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Traveling by flight from Milan to Geneva takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January in Geneva, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 3 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Musee de Grenoble and Musee de la Boissellerie will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Lake Annecy and Les Raquettes de l'Estancot. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Annecy: Grenoble (Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere & Room Escape Games) and Espace Alpin Bellefontaine (in Bellefontaine).

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Getting from Geneva to Annecy by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Annecy sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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France travel guide

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.