18 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

18 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

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18 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Cape Town, South Africa
Fly:  15​h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Cape Town, South Africa

5
nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
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 Red Cup Lounge, Moulin Rouge and Paris City Vision. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and 1st Arrondissement. Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais), Epernay (Avenue de Champagne & Moet et Chandon Champagne Cellars) and Square des Victimes de la Gestapo (in Reims). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Musee Marmottan Monet, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Vincennes, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Paris tour planning website .

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Epernay, Lochnagar Crater, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre, Square des Victimes de la Gestapo, Musee Somme 1916
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Musee Marmottan Monet ©
Musee Marmottan Monet
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

5
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jazz Club St Georges as well as Bar Melhor. You'll explore and learn at Musee Miniature et Cinema and L'Aventure Michelin. Take a break from the city and head to Les Gorges du Fier and La Roche de Solutre. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Place de la Liberation (in Dijon), Ile des Cygnes (in Annecy) and Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Théâtre gallo-romain, appreciate the extensive heritage of Secrets d'Apiculteur, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Lamartine, and make a trip to Chateau de Tournoel.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Chateau Lamartine, L'Aventure Michelin, Les Gorges du Fier, Place de la Liberation, Ile des Cygnes
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Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Musee Miniature et Cinema ©
Musee Miniature et Cinema
Chateau de Tournoel ©
Chateau de Tournoel

6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Patek Philippe Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Chateau de Chillon and Latenium. Step off the beaten path and head to Musee Baud and Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geneva: International Museum of Watches (in La Chaux-de-Fonds), Escaliers du Marche (in Lausanne) and Roman Columns (in Nyon). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee des Suisses Dans Le Monde, take a leisurely stroll along Pointe de la Jonction, get to know the fascinating history of Vieille ville, and admire the masterpieces at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

To find maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva online day trip planner .

Drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Geneva are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Escaliers du Marche, Latenium, International Museum of Watches, Corniche Lavaux Vineyards, Roman Columns
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Musee Baud ©
Musee Baud

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