12 days in Italy, Lyon & Annecy Itinerary

12 days in Italy, Lyon & Annecy Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Annecy, France
— 2 nights
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Aosta, Italy
— 3 nights
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Borgosesia, Italy
— 1 night
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Varese, Italy
— 3 nights
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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 12th (Mon): admire the striking features of Hotel de Ville de Lyon and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, get engrossed in the history at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon, and then admire the striking features of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon tour itinerary maker tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Lyon is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and train; or do a combination of ferry and car. Traveling from Dublin to Lyon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Lyon is somewhat warmer than Dublin - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. You'll set off for Annecy on the 14th (Wed).
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Annecy, France — 2 nights

Venice of the Alps

The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Palais de l'Ile and then take in the dramatic natural features at Les Gorges du Fier. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Menthon-Saint-Bernard, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at La Tournette, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Annecy trip planner.

Drive from Lyon to Annecy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Annecy can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aosta.
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Aosta, Italy — 3 nights

Rome of the Alps

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
Visiting Lillaz Waterfalls and Parco Nazionale Gran Paradiso will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Castello di Fenis and Aosta Old Town. Venture out of the city with trips to Rifugio Vittorio Sella (in Cogne), Castello di Issogne (in Issogne) and Castello di Verres (in Verres). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castello Sarriod de La Tour, make a trip to Porta Praetoria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Orso, and explore the ancient world of Criptoportico Forense.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Aosta day trip planning website.

You can drive from Annecy to Aosta in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Borgosesia.
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Borgosesia, Italy — 1 night

Borgosesia is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Vercelli in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 80km northeast of Turin and about 45km north of Vercelli.The largest town in the Valsesia, it is crossed by the Sesia River.HistoryThe town was founded in 14 BC by the native population, and later was called Seso by the Romans after their conquest. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sacro Monte, steep yourself in history at Varallo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Borgosesia trip itinerary site.

Drive from Aosta to Borgosesia in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Varese.
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Varese, Italy — 3 nights

Varese is a city and comune in north-western Lombardy, northern Italy, 55km north of Milan.It is the capital of the Province of Varese. Let the collections at Villa e Collezione Panza and Palazzo Borromeo capture your imagination. Discover out-of-the-way places like Isola Bella and Parco della Rocca Borromea. Get out of town with these interesting Varese side-trips: Basilica di San Giulio (in Orta San Giulio), Eremo di S. Caterina del Sasso (in Leggiuno) and Cantina Fontechiara (in Borgomanero). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacro Monte Unesco di Varese.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Varese route planner.

Drive from Borgosesia to Varese in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Varese can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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Italy travel guide

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Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
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.
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