17 days in Lyon, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

17 days in Lyon, Paris & Amsterdam Itinerary

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Lyon, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
— 5 nights
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
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Lyon, France

— 6 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 some historical perspective at Fourviere Hill and Eglise de l'Immaculee Conception. You'll explore and learn at Musee de Grenoble and Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Musee Dauphinois (in Grenoble), La Maison du Cru Fleurie (in Fleurie) and Hotel-Dieu (in Belleville). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, wander the streets of La Place Bellecour, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lyon holiday maker site.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Lyon is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Indochina Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in January; daily highs in Lyon reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Lyon

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Eiffel Tower and Île de la Cité. You'll explore and learn at Louvre Museum and Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, take a stroll through Ile Saint-Louis, get a sense of history and politics at Hotel de Ville, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris vacation planner.

Take a train from Lyon to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In January in Paris, expect temperatures between 8°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Van Gogh Museum and The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Anne Frank House and Museum of Prostitution - Red Light Secrets. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Rijksmuseum, get a tailor-made plan with Rock That Boat, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at ARTIS, and steep yourself in history at Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House).

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Amsterdam takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in February, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Historic Sites

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