20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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Paris — 11 nights

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and Pantheon. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Rouen (Historial Jeanne d’Arc, Rue du Gros-Horloge, &more), Basilique Notre-Dame de Bonsecours (in Bonsecours) and Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis (in Saint-Denis). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the masterpieces at Petit Palais, and wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Paris journey maker website.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris due to the time zone difference. In August, Paris is a bit cooler than Washington DC - with highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to fly to Lyon.
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Lyon — 8 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like La Vieille Ville and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Théâtre gallo-romain and Cathedrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin), Annecy (Parasailing & Paragliding & Palais de l'Ile) and Abbey of Cluny (in Cluny). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Lyon, examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, don't miss a visit to Mur des Canuts, and explore the galleries of Fresque des Lyonnais.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Lyon trip planning app.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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