9 days in Italy & France Itinerary

9 days in Italy & France Itinerary

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Milan, Italy
— 2 nights
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Bellagio, Italy
— 1 night
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Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Milan, Italy

— 2 nights

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.
Change things up with a short trip to La Citta Alta in Bergamo (about 1h 5 min away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Milano, catch a live event at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (San Siro), pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica di Sant'Ambrogio, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Milan online day trip planner.

Paris, France to Milan is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or take a train; or drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Bellagio.

Things to do in Milan

Historic Sites · Tours · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trip

Bellagio, Italy

— 1 night

Pearl of Lake Como

Known as the pearl of Lake Como for its luxury accommodations, high-end shops, and fine dining options, Bellagio serves as the lake's premiere resort town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): admire the verdant scenery at Valchiavenna, choose your vessel at Lake by Boat - Bellagio Boat Rental, then make a trip to Borgo di Pescallo, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at I Giardini di Villa Melzi.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Bellagio travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Milan to Bellagio by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Bellagio can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Bellagio

Parks · Tours · Nature · Transportation

Side Trip

Chamonix, France

— 3 nights

Alpine Capital of the World

"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Chamonix is known for nature, adventure, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, and hike along La Jonction.

To find maps and tourist information, you can read our Chamonix driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Bellagio to Chamonix takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Chamonix

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Winter Sports

Lyon, France

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, then don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planning app.

Getting from Chamonix to Lyon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In March in Lyon, expect temperatures between 15°C during the day and 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.

France travel guide

4.3
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.