22 days in France, Lausanne & Milan Itinerary

22 days in France, Lausanne & Milan Itinerary

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22 days in France, Lausanne & Milan Itinerary

Start: Brisbane, Australia
Fly:  26 h
1
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Lausanne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
4
Milan, Italy
— 5 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Brisbane, Australia

7
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.
Get some historical perspective at Champs-Elysees and Eiffel Tower. Shop till you drop at Le Marais and Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll the grounds of The Paris Catacombs, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip planner .

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Brisbane in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

4
nights
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Fourviere Hill. Get some historical perspective at Vieux Lyon and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Estades Lyon.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Lyon route builder tool .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lausanne.

Things to do in Lyon

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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon ©
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon

3
nights
Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne ©
Lausanne contains several distinct neighborhoods, each offering a different side of the French-speaking Swiss town.
Visit Church of St. Sulpice (Eglise de St-Sulpice) and Cathedrale de Lausanne for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) and Collection de l'Art Brut. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Fondation de l'Hermitage, see the interesting displays at Volkswrecks Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Escaliers du Marche, and stroll the grounds of Cimetiere du Bois-de-Vaux.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lausanne trip planning tool .

Drive from Lyon to Lausanne in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Milan.

Things to do in Lausanne

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Eglise de Saint-Sulpice ©
Eglise de Saint-Sulpice
Cathedrale de Lausanne ©
Cathedrale de Lausanne

5
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Duomo di Milano and Il Cenacolo. Shop till you drop at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and Mostra Keith Haring. There's much more to do: explore the galleries of Castello Sforzesco, admire the masterpieces at Museo Poldi Pezzoli, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, and browse the collection at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Milan journey planner.

Traveling by train from Lausanne to Milan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Milan are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Milan

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Duomo di Milano ©
Duomo di Milano
Castello Sforzesco ©
Castello Sforzesco
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana ©
Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

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