17 days in Italy, France & Geneva Itinerary

17 days in Italy, France & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 1 night
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Lyon, France
— 1 night
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Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 night
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Turin, Italy
— 1 night
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Milan, Italy
— 1 night
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Monza, Italy
— 1 night
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Venice, Italy
— 2 nights
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Pisa, Italy
— 1 night
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Florence, Italy
— 2 nights
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Rome, Italy
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Paris, France

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.
On the 21st (Fri), don't miss a visit to Louvre Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and then admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle. On your second day here, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris trip itinerary planner.

Patos de Minas, Brazil to Paris is an approximately 33-hour flight. Traveling from Patos de Minas to Paris, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Historic Sites
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Lyon, France

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks
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Geneva, Switzerland

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake Geneva.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Geneva trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Lyon to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Geneva: temperatures range from 6°C by day to 0°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Turin.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature · Parks
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Turin, Italy

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museo Egizio and then don't miss a visit to Basilica of Superga.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Turin trip maker website.

Getting from Geneva to Turin by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Geneva in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Turin, with lows of 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Milan.

Things to do in Turin

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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Milan, Italy

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): admire the striking features of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Duomo di Milano, and then explore the world behind art at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Milan trip maker website.

You can take a train from Turin to Milan in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in Milan sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Monza.

Things to do in Milan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Monza, Italy

Monza is a city and comune on the River Lambro, a tributary of the Po in the Lombardy region of Italy, about 15km north-northeast of Milan. To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Monza trip builder app.

Drive from Milan to Monza in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Monza sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. You'll set off for Venice on the 27th (Thu).

Things to do in Monza

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
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Venice, Italy

City of Romance

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.
On the 28th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, then admire the striking features of Basilica di San Marco, then take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and finally examine the collection at Doge's Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, then steep yourself in history at Ponte dei Sospiri, then explore the world behind art at Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and finally don't miss a visit to Piazza San Marco.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Venice trip planner.

You can drive from Monza to Venice in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In December, daytime highs in Venice are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pisa.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
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Pisa, Italy

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of St Martin Cathedral and then admire the striking features of Leaning Tower of Pisa.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Pisa day trip site.

Getting from Venice to Pisa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Venice in December: highs in Pisa hover around 15°C, while lows dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Florence.

Things to do in Pisa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Florence, Italy

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): enjoy breathtaking views from Campanile di Giotto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Baptistery of St. John, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, then make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre di Arnolfo. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, then explore the world behind art at Gallerie Degli Uffizi, then take in the views from Ponte Vecchio, and finally explore the world behind art at Florence Academy of Fine Arts.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Florence road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Pisa to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Florence are 15°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can catch the train to Rome.

Things to do in Florence

Museums · Historic Sites
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Rome, Italy

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, explore the ancient world of Pantheon, then make a trip to St. Peter's Basilica, then make a trip to Piazza Navona, and finally explore the ancient world of Colosseum. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Vatican Museums, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Maria in Trastevere, and then steep yourself in history at Palatine Hill.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rome trip tool.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or fly. In January in Rome, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rome

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.

Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.

Tuscany travel guide

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Landmarks · Art Museums · Sacred & Religious Sites
Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance
Known for its landscapes, traditions, and history, Tuscany possesses an unparalleled artistic legacy that continues to influence world culture. Regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the region boasts a lengthy list of attractions, including world-class museums, art galleries, and archeological sites. With a distinct culture and a very strong linguistic identity, this region is sometimes referred to as a nation within a nation. A land of picture-postcard areas, Tuscany contains plenty of places to visit on your holiday, with seven World Heritage Sites, including the historic town centers of Florence and Siena. With more than 120 protected nature preserves, Tuscany is not only a land of culture and historic monuments, but also a great place to discover and enjoy the Italian outdoors. Take it slowly here (as the locals do), and give yourself plenty of time to get to know the local culture and cuisine of Tuscany's medieval towns and ancient villages.