40 days in France, Italy & Geneva Itinerary

40 days in France, Italy & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 7 nights
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 5 nights
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Annecy, France
— 5 nights
Bus to Genève Airport, Fly to Rome
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Rome, Italy
— 3 nights
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Florence, Italy
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France
— 14 nights
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Paris, France
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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 Saint Germain des Pres Quarter for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Le Marais and Montmartre. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Île de la Cité, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, explore the world behind art at Musee De Cluny, and stop by Place de la Bastille.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Paris attractions planner.

New Delhi, India to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Traveling from New Delhi in December, you will find days in Paris are cooler (9°C), and nights are slightly colder (3°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Geneva.
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Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums
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Geneva, Switzerland — 5 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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Patek Philippe Museum and CERN. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre and Museum of Natural History (Museum d'Histoire naturelle). When in Geneva, make a side trip to see The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) in Lausanne, approximately Lausanne away. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall, admire the masterpieces at Musee D'Art Et D'Histoire, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Geneva trip planner.

You can take a train from Paris to Geneva in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Traveling from Paris in December, expect Geneva to be little chillier, temps between 6°C and 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Annecy.
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Annecy, France — 5 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere and Ville Ancienne. Go for a jaunt from Annecy to Chambery to see Chambéry Cathedral about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, snap pictures at Pont des Amours, admire the natural beauty at Jardins de l'Europe, and see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Annecy road trip planner.

You can drive from Geneva to Annecy in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in December, expect nights in Annecy to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rome.
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Rome, Italy — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Colosseum and St. Peter's Basilica. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Pantheon and Palatine Hill. There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Piazza Navona and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rome trip planner.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Annecy to Rome takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Annecy in January, things will get a bit warmer in Rome: highs are around 15°C and lows about 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can take a train to Florence.
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Florence, Italy — 4 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Piazza del Duomo. Get some cultural insight at Florence Academy of Fine Arts and Piazzale Michelangelo. There's much more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, make a trip to Piazza della Signoria, steep yourself in history at Basilica of Santa Croce, and get a sense of history and politics at Palazzo Vecchio.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Florence online trip itinerary builder.

Take a train from Rome to Florence in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Florence are 13°C, while nighttime lows are 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Lyon.
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Lyon, France — 14 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.
Let the collections at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Galerie Estades Lyon capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Colline de Fourviere. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Les Vignerons D'ige (in Ige), Cave Chateau Chenas (in Chenas) and Domaine Nadine Ferrand (in Charnay-les-Macon). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Cave de Vire, get to know the fascinating history of Place des Celestins, examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and visit The Presqu'ile.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Getting from Florence to Lyon by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Florence in January, plan for little chillier days in Lyon, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France

City of Light

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You can fly from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. On the 24th (Tue), you're off to home.
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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.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.
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