11 days in Lyon, Marseille & Barcelona Itinerary

11 days in Lyon, Marseille & Barcelona Itinerary

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Ferry to Billy Bishop Toronto City, Fly to Lyon
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Fly
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Barcelona, Spain
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France

— 2 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Musee Miniature et Cinema. Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Monastere Royal de Brou. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lyon: Domaine Le Fagolet-Gite La Girardiere (in Vaux-en-Beaujolais), Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges) and Abbey of Cluny (in Cluny). There's lots more to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, take a stroll through Place des Jacobins, and see the interesting displays at Musee des Confluences.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon online route planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of ferry and flight. Traveling from Toronto to Lyon, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 2 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 30th (Thu), take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de l’Arene, then kick back and relax at Bestouan Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Abbaye Saint Victor.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille online travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May, daytime highs in Marseille are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Barcelona, Spain

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Deviant Bikes as well as Barcelone à vélo. Visit Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Parc Guell and Casa Batllo. There's lots more to do: visit El Barri Gòtic, shop like a local with La Boqueria, stroll through Playa de La Barceloneta, and admire the striking features of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Barcelona day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Marseille to Barcelona takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June in Barcelona, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Barcelona

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks