13 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

13 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

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13 days in France & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Chambery, France
— Few hours
Train:  30 min
4
Aix-les-Bains, France
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
5
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Morzine, France
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

1
day
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
On the 18th (Wed), stop by La Chocolaterie de Geneve.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Geneva trip planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Geneva is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, tram, and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Johannesburg in December; daily highs in Geneva reach 6°C and lows reach 0°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Lyon.

Things to do in Geneva

Shopping
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La Chocolaterie de Geneve ©
La Chocolaterie de Geneve

2
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 Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste and Institut & Musee Lumiere. You'll explore and learn at Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon and Fresque des Lyonnais. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, and take a stroll through The Presqu'ile.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lyon day trip website .

Getting from Geneva to Lyon by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Chambery.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Institut & Musee Lumiere ©
Institut & Musee Lumiere

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hours
Chambery, France

Chambery ©
Chambéry is a city in the department of Savoie, located in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.It is the capital of the department and has been the historical capital of the Savoy region since the 13th century, when Amadeus V, Count of Savoy, made the city his seat of power.Together with other Alpine towns Chambéry engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chambéry Cathedral, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Pierre de Lemenc, then stop by La Fromagerie, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Ville Ancienne.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Chambery tour builder app .

You can take a bus from Lyon to Chambery in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lyon in December since evenings lows in Chambery dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Aix-les-Bains.

Things to do in Chambery

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Eglise Saint Pierre de Lemenc ©
Eglise Saint Pierre de Lemenc
Chambéry Cathedral ©
Chambéry Cathedral
La Fromagerie ©
La Fromagerie

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hours
Aix-les-Bains, France

Aix-les-Bains, locally called Aix, is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.Rising from the shores of the largest natural lake of glacial origin in France, the Lac du Bourget, this resort is one of the important French spa towns, and has the largest fresh water marina in France. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Arc De Campanus and then test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-les-Bains trip planner .

Aix-les-Bains is just a short distance from Chambery. In December, daytime highs in Aix-les-Bains are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Annecy.

Things to do in Aix-les-Bains

Spas Historic Sites
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Thermal Spas
Arc De Campanus ©
Arc De Campanus

2
nights
Annecy, France

Annecy ©
The canals is in Annecy helped earn the medieval town the nickname the Venice of the Alps.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): hit the slopes at Esf la Clusaz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage, grab your bike and head to Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, then look for gifts at Meyer le Chocolatier, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois.

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Getting from Aix-les-Bains to Annecy by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Annecy are 10°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Morzine.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort De Tamie, Abbaye de Tamie, Esf la Clusaz, Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage
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Eglise Saint-Francois ©
Eglise Saint-Francois
Abbaye de Tamie ©
Abbaye de Tamie
Fort De Tamie ©
Fort De Tamie

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nights
Morzine, France

Morzine ©
Morzine is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France. Barrage et Site de Roselend and Musee de la Musique Mecanique are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Kids will enjoy Praz de Lys Sommand and Les Lindarets Village des Chevres. Venture out of the city with trips to Les Contamines-Montjoie Ski Resort (in Les Contamines-Montjoie), Fromagerie Vesin (in Thollon-les-Memises) and Les Portes du Mont-Blanc (in Megeve). Next up on the itinerary: ski along the peaceful trails at Les Gets - Morzine, stroll through Station de Ski Bernex Dent d'Oche, fly down the slopes at Billski Ski School, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Morzine trip planner .

Traveling by car from Annecy to Morzine takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Annecy in December, you will find days in Morzine are slightly colder (7°C), and nights are about the same (-1°C). On the 28th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Morzine

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Barrage et Site de Roselend, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, Fromagerie Vesin, Praz de Lys Sommand, Les Contamines-Montjoie Ski Resort
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Village des Enfants ©
Village des Enfants
Barrage et Site de Roselend ©
Barrage et Site de Roselend
Praz de Lys Sommand ©
Praz de Lys Sommand

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