20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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Paris — 9 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Army Museum and Pantheon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly City), Chateau de Fontainebleau (in Fontainebleau) and Abbey of St. Vincent (in Senlis). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, wander the streets of 1st Arrondissement, examine the collection at National Museum of Natural History, and contemplate the long history of Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 60.5-hour travel. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Washington DC to Paris. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Paris reach 77°F and lows reach 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can catch the flight 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to La Vieille Ville and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Théâtre gallo-romain and Cite medievale de Perouges. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny), Notre-Dame de Liesse (in Annecy) and Abbey of Cluny (in Cluny). Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, make a trip to Statue de Notre Dame de France, see the interesting displays at Institut & Musee Lumiere, and explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cormatin.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon travel planning site.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Lyon are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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