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 15 min
1
Geneva, Switzerland
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Lyon, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  1 h 30 min
3
Chambery, France
— Few hours
Train:  15 min
4
Aix-les-Bains, France
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
5
Annecy, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Morzine, France
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

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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.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Geneva travel route builder .

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. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Geneva due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, expect Geneva to be much colder, temps between 6°C and 0°C. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste and The Presqu'ile. You'll explore and learn at Institut & Musee Lumiere and Musee d'Histoire de Lyon. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, ponder the design of Place des Jacobins, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Geneva to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lyon sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Chambery.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon ©
Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste ©
Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste

few
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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Chambéry Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Pierre de Lemenc, then look for gifts at La Fromagerie, and finally steep yourself in history at Ville Ancienne.

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Traveling by bus from Lyon to Chambery takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lyon in December, Chambery is a bit cooler at night with lows of -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough 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. On the 20th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Arc De Campanus and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-les-Bains travel itinerary planner.

Aix-les-Bains is just a stone's throw from Chambery. In December, plan for daily highs up to 7°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can 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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Esf la Clusaz, pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage, explore the landscape on two wheels at Voie Verte du Lac d'Annecy, then stop by Meyer le Chocolatier, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Francois.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Annecy road trip tool .

Drive from Aix-les-Bains to Annecy in an hour. Alternatively, you can 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 enough time to drive to Morzine.

Things to do in Annecy

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort De Tamie, Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage, Esf la Clusaz, Abbaye de Tamie
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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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Barrage et Site de Roselend and Eglise Notre-Dame de Toute Grace. Let the collections at Musee de la Musique Mecanique and Ecomusee de Hauteluce capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Morzine: Praz de Lys Sommand (in Taninges), Les Contamines-Montjoie Ski Resort (in Les Contamines-Montjoie) and Fromagerie Vesin (in Thollon-les-Memises). The adventure continues: stroll through Les Gets - Morzine, hit the slopes at Billski Ski School, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get outside with Village des Enfants.

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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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Annecy in December: highs in Morzine hover around 7°C, while lows dip to -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, Musee de la Musique Mecanique, Fromagerie Vesin, Praz de Lys Sommand
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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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