8 days in Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

8 days in Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

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8 days in Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Heraklion, Greece
Fly + Tram:  9 h 30 min
1
Lyon, France
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
End: Heraklion, Greece

3
nights
Lyon, France

Lyon ©
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.
Appreciate the collections at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Musee des Confluences. Get some cultural insight at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Take a break from Lyon with a short trip to Les Pertes de le Valserine in Bellegarde sur Valserine, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, and explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lyon journey maker website .

Heraklion, Greece to Lyon is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and tram; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Heraklion in April, things will get little chillier in Lyon: highs are around 20°C and lows about 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Les Pertes de le Valserine
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

3
nights
Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Get some historical perspective at Chateau de Chillon and Gruyeres Castle. Patek Philippe Museum and The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Geneva to go to Bern and see Barenpark, which is approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lake Geneva, ponder the design of The Geneva Water Fountain, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Geneva online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Geneva, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

The Olympic Museum Lausanne (Musee Olympique), Barenpark, Gruyeres Castle, Chateau de Chillon
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Gruyeres Castle ©
Gruyeres Castle

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