20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

20 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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Paris

— 5 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Seine River and Cite Universitaire. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry) and Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, L'Orangerie, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Arc de Triomphe, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Paris is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Paris 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 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Lyon

— 12 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Lake Annecy and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Mont Brouilly (in Saint-Lager), Carrieres de Glay (in Saint-Germain-Nuelles) and Mont Saint-Romain (in Blanot). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, get outside with Go & Sea, take in breathtaking views at Terra Canyon, and take in the dramatic scenery at Cascade du Saut du Chien.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lyon trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 84°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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