10 days in Lyon, Carcassonne & Avignon Itinerary

10 days in Lyon, Carcassonne & Avignon Itinerary

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10 days in Lyon, Carcassonne & Avignon Itinerary

Start: Lugano
Drive:  5 h 15 min
1
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 30 min
2
Carcassonne
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Avignon
— 4 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
End: Lugano

2
nights
Lyon

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): get your game on at DreamAway and then tee off at Parc de la Tete d'Or. On your second day here, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon online trip builder .

Lugano, Switzerland to Lyon is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and tram; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
BPK Entertainment ©
BPK Entertainment
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or

2
nights
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, and then take a stroll through Cité de Carcassonne. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint-Nazaire, get to know the resident critters at Le Parc Australien, and then explore the activities along Lac de la Cavayere.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Carcassonne trip maker .

Take a train from Lyon to Carcassonne in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Expect a daytime high around 33°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Carcassonne

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Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine ©
Gouffre Geant de Cabrespine
Lac de la Cavayere ©
Lac de la Cavayere

4
nights
Avignon

Avignon ©
An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Calanques (in Cassis), Le Sentier des Ocres (in Roussillon) and Laser game Evolution (in Les-Pennes-Mirabeau). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, get your game on at Le Bois des Lutins, and awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

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Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Avignon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Avignon

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calanques, Le Bois des Lutins, Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, Moulin Le Pain Blanc, Le Sentier des Ocres
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
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Calanques
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins

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