12 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

12 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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Paris
— 5 nights
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Lyon
— 3 nights
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Paris
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Get in touch with nature at Île de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Parc et Jardin du Chateau de Vandrimare (in Vandrimare), Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, wander the streets of Le Marais, and admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Austin, USA to Paris is an approximately 13-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Austin to Paris. When traveling from Austin in April, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Paris: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 42°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Lyon

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Cite medievale de Perouges. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon and Hameau Duboeuf. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Domaine Le Fagolet-Gite La Girardiere (in Vaux-en-Beaujolais), Fuisse (Domaine Luquet & Chateau Fuisse) and Chateau de Varennes (in Quincie-en-Beaujolais). The adventure continues: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, wander the streets of Place des Jacobins, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

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Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Wineries · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Paris

— 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): wander the streets of Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then examine the collection at Musee Rodin, then look for all kinds of wild species at Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, and finally stop by Canal Saint-Martin. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Latin Quarter, then contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, and finally don't miss a visit to Place de la Bastille.

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Traveling by train from Lyon to Paris takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip