20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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Paris

— 8 nights

City of Light

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.
Get in touch with nature at Seine River and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Arboretum de Versailles-Chevreloup (in Rocquencourt) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, L'Orangerie, &more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris journey planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Central European Standard Time (CET) is 6 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in July; daily highs in Paris reach 79°F and lows reach 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Lyon

— 9 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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 out of the city life by going to Lake Annecy and Mont Mezenc. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Annecy (Terra Canyon, Parasailing & Paragliding, &more), Grenoble (Via Ferrata : Les Prises de la Bastille, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Grotte de Choranche (in Choranche). There's still lots to do: get outside with Go & Sea, take in the dramatic scenery at La cluse du Flumen et ses cascades, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mont Saint-Romain, and Head underground at Carrieres de Glay.

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Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

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