20 days in Paris, Lyon & Marseille Itinerary

20 days in Paris, Lyon & Marseille Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route planner

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Paris
— 8 nights
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Lyon
— 7 nights
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Marseille
— 3 nights

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Luxembourg Gardens as well as Place de la Bastille. Visit Eiffel Tower and Montmartre for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Louvre Museum and Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: The Trianons & The Hamlet (in Versailles), Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines) and Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm (in Saint-Aquilin-de-Pacy). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and take a stroll through Le Marais.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Sydney in January; daily highs in Paris reach 8°C and lows reach 1°C. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon

— 7 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 outdoors at Parc d'Activites de Montagne de Praboure and Station Autrans-Meaudre en Vercors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee de Grenoble and Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Mont-Saint-Vincent (in Mont-Saint-Vincent), Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune) and Annecy (Lake Annecy & Maison de la Galerie). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema, and get engrossed in the history at Musee de la Resistance et de la Deportation de l'Isere.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lyon sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Marseille

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and The Panier. Visiting Parc National des Calanques and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, steep yourself in history at Maison de l'Echevin de Cabre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Notre Dame des Accoules.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Marseille online travel planner.

You can take a train from Lyon to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. While traveling from Lyon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Marseille, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Marseille

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites