17 days in Italy, Sion & Chamonix Itinerary

17 days in Italy, Sion & Chamonix Itinerary

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Como, Italy
— 3 nights
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Arona, Italy
— 1 night
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Orta San Giulio, Italy
— 1 night
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Sion, Switzerland
— 3 nights
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Chamonix, France
— 3 nights
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Courmayeur, Italy
— 1 night
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Aosta, Italy
— 2 nights
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Turin, Italy
— 1 night
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Novara, Italy
— 1 night

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Como, Italy — 3 nights

Known for its idyllic location on the shores of Lake Como and at the foot of the Alps, Como is one of northern Italy's most popular tourist destinations.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Como: Edone (in Seveso) and Bergamo (La Citta Alta & Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Como (Duomo), stop by Tea World, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica di San Fedele, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Como travel planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Malpensa International Airport, Milano Linate Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arona.
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Arona, Italy — 1 night

Arona is a town and comune on Lake Maggiore, in the province of Novara (northern Italy). For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Arona trip planner.

You can drive from Como to Arona in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Orta San Giulio.
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Orta San Giulio, Italy — 1 night

Orta San Giulio is a town and comune (municipality) in the Province of Novara in the Italian region of Piedmont, located about 100km northeast of Turin and about 40km northwest of Novara.The town itself is built on a promontory which juts out from the eastern bank of Lake Orta close to Isola San Giulio, an island which also falls within the municipal boundaries. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Piazza Motta, then explore the activities along Lake Orta, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sacro Monte di Orta.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Orta San Giulio vacation planner.

Orta San Giulio is very close to Arona. In May, daily temperatures in Orta San Giulio can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sion.
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Sion, Switzerland — 3 nights

Sion is the capital of the Swiss canton of Valais and of the district of Sion. Sion is known for historic sites, fun & games, and wildlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour along fresh powder with Neige Aventure - OnTheMountain, explore the historical opulence of Valere Basilica, and fly down the slopes at Premier Alpine Centre.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sion vacation maker site.

You can drive from Orta San Giulio to Sion in 2.5 hours. In May in Sion, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Chamonix.
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Chamonix, France — 3 nights

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.
On the 4th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vallee Blanche, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aiguille des Grands Montets, take in the awesome beauty at Brevent Cable Car, and then fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

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You can drive from Sion to Chamonix in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Courmayeur.
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Courmayeur, Italy — 1 night

Courmayeur is a town and comune in northern Italy, in the autonomous region of Aosta Valley. On the 6th (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at QC Terme Pre Saint Didier and then take a memorable ride with Skyway Monte Bianco. On your second day here, admire the verdant scenery at Val Ferret.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Courmayeur itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Courmayeur in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aosta.
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Aosta, Italy — 2 nights

In the Aosta Valley bordering Switzerland and France, the medieval city of Aosta is famous for its prime skiing conditions and rich cultural history.
On the 8th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Criptoportico Forense, take in the spiritual surroundings of Collegiata dei Santi Pietro e Orso, and then delve into the distant past at Porta Praetoria.

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Getting from Courmayeur to Aosta by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. You'll set off for Turin on the 9th (Thu).
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Turin, Italy — 1 night

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 9th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica di Superga and then admire the landmark architecture of Palazzo Reale Di Torino.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Turin road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Aosta to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Novara.
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Novara, Italy — 1 night

Novara is the capital city of the province of Novara in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, to the west of Milan. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbazia Benedettina dei Santi Nazario e Celso, get a taste of the local shopping with Galleria d'Arte Moderna Giannoni, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Novara trip planner.

Traveling by car from Turin to Novara takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Turin, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Novara, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. You will leave for home on the 11th (Sat).
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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.
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