11 days in France, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

11 days in France, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

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11 days in France, Italian Alps & Swiss Alps Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly + train:  19​h 30​min
1
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Aosta, Italy
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Zermatt, Switzerland
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
4
Pinzolo, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Merano, Italy
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h
6
Sisteron, France
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Marseille, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h
End: Buenos Aires, Argentina


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1
night
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 6th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Fresque des Lyonnais, wander the streets of Place des Jacobins, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): wander the streets of Cite medievale de Perouges, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Caves of La Balme, and then take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lyon itinerary maker tool .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Lyon is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or do a combination of ferry, flight, and tram. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Lyon due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Buenos Aires in August; daily highs in Lyon reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aosta.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

The Caves of La Balme, Cite medievale de Perouges
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
The Caves of La Balme ©
The Caves of La Balme
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

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Aosta, Italy

Aosta ©
In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Criptoportico Forense, explore the ancient world of Teatro Romano, explore the historical opulence of Castello di Fenis, then explore the historical opulence of Castello Reale di Sarre, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Aosta online travel route planner .

You can drive from Lyon to Aosta in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Zermatt.

Things to do in Aosta

Historic Sites Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Castello di Fenis, Castello Reale di Sarre, River Rafting & Tubing
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Teatro Romano ©
Teatro Romano
Castello di Fenis ©
Castello di Fenis
Castello Reale di Sarre ©
Castello Reale di Sarre

1
night
Zermatt, Switzerland

Zermatt ©
Best known as home the Matterhorn mountain, Zermatt serves as a chic ski resort town of the Swiss Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Matterhorn Ski Paradise, don't miss a visit to Mountaineers' Cemetery, and then see the interesting displays at Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Zermatt online route maker .

Getting from Aosta to Zermatt by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Pinzolo.

Things to do in Zermatt

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
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Matterhorn Ski Paradise ©
Matterhorn Ski Paradise
Matterhorn Museum - Zermatlantis ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery ©
Mountaineers' Cemetery

1
night
Pinzolo, Italy

Pinzolo
Pinzolo is a small town and comune situated in Val Rendena in Trentino in the northern Italian Alps at an elevation of 800m.It is mainly known as a ski resort during the winter months and as a popular touristic destination in the summer. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): trek along Cascate di Vallesinella, admire the sheer force of Nardis Waterfalls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Cascate Val Genova.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Pinzolo journey planning app .

Explore your travel options from Zermatt to Pinzolo with the Route module. In August, daytime highs in Pinzolo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Merano.

Things to do in Pinzolo

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nardis Waterfalls

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night
Merano, Italy

Merano ©
Merano or Meran is a town and comune in South Tyrol, northern Italy. On the 11th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History, then hike along Tappeiner Promenade, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Partschinser Wasserfall.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Merano trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pinzolo to Merano takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. August in Merano sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sisteron.

Things to do in Merano

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Castle Tyrol South Tyrolean Museum of Culture and Provincial History, Partschinser Wasserfall
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Partschinser Wasserfall ©
Partschinser Wasserfall

1
day
Sisteron, France

Sisteron ©
Sisteron is a commune in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.Sisteron is situated on the banks of the River Durance just after the confluence of the rivers Buëch and Sasse. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): steep yourself in history at La Citadelle de Sisteron and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sisteron online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Merano to Sisteron takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In August, daily temperatures in Sisteron can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Sisteron

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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La Citadelle de Sisteron ©
La Citadelle de Sisteron
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

3
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Vallon des Auffes, cruise along Route des Cretes, then take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and finally contemplate the long history of Palais Longchamp. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor, get interesting insight from Tours, and then get outside with Calanque d'En-Vau.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Marseille trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sisteron to Marseille in 1.5 hours. In August in Marseille, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Calanque d'En-Vau
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Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes
La Calanque de Figuerolles ©
La Calanque de Figuerolles
Scuba & Snorkeling

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