13 days in France, Italy & Geneva Itinerary

13 days in France, Italy & Geneva Itinerary

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13 days in France, Italy & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Doha, Qatar
Fly:  14​h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
4
Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Venice, Italy
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Doha, Qatar


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5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Île de la Cité and River Seine. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Paris Plage. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 44 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Eiffel Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Paris custom trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to Paris is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 2 hours. In October, Paris is colder than Doha - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

1
day
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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 9th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Entrée PRO musée des Beaux-Arts Entrreprises and then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lyon trip builder.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites
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Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

1
night
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of St Pierre Cathedral.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Geneva custom trip planner.

Getting from Lyon to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Milan.

Things to do in Geneva

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Bains des Paquis ©
Bains des Paquis
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
The Geneva Water Fountain ©
The Geneva Water Fountain

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.
To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Milan vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Geneva to Milan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in October, Milan is a bit warmer at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Venice.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II ©
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

3
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Peggy Guggenheim Collection and St. Mark's Square. Do your shopping at Mercati di Rialto and BrAgora. Get out of town with these interesting Venice side-trips: Padua (Scrovegni Chapel & Basilica di Sant’Antonio - Basilica del Santo). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Doges' Palace, take in the views from Ponte di Rialto, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, and wander the streets of Cannaregio.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Venice itinerary builder.

Traveling by train from Milan to Venice takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Padua
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Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco
Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande

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