18 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

18 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 5 nights
2
Lyon, France
— 5 nights
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 6 nights

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens and Île de la Cité. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Paris: Square des Victimes de la Gestapo (in Reims), Epernay (Avenue de Champagne & Moet et Chandon) and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre (in Beauvais). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Chateau of Vincennes, explore the world behind art at Musee Marmottan Monet, wander the streets of Montmartre, and visit 1st Arrondissement.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris day trip planning website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Town to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in July, things will get somewhat warmer in Paris: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Epernay, Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens, Chateau of Vincennes, Square des Victimes de la Gestapo, Cathedrale Saint-Pierre
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Musee Marmottan Monet ©
Musee Marmottan Monet
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Théâtre gallo-romain and Chateau de Tournoel. Do some cultural sightseeing at Musee Miniature et Cinema and Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny), Le Cassissium (in Nuits-Saint-Georges) and Place de la Liberation (in Dijon). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, examine the collection at L'Aventure Michelin, step into the grandiose world of Chateau Lamartine, and step off the mainland to explore Ile des Cygnes.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon itinerary planning app.

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Nightlife

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Fier, La Roche de Solutre, L'Aventure Michelin, Ile des Cygnes, Le Cassissium
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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 Corniche Lavaux Vineyards. Vieille ville and Eglise Russe will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Geneva: Roman Columns (in Nyon), Musee Baud (in L'Auberson) and Escaliers du Marche (in Lausanne). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Musee d'ethnographie de Geneve, take in the exciting artwork at MB&F M.A.D.Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Musee d'histoire des sciences de la Ville de Geneve, and admire the masterpieces at Collections Baur, Musee des Arts d’Extreme-Orient.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva road trip planning website.

Drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Geneva

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

International Museum of Watches, Chateau de Chillon, Roman Columns, Latenium, Musee Baud
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Chateau de Chillon ©
Chateau de Chillon
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum
Musee Baud ©
Musee Baud

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