12 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

12 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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12 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Lyon
— 5 nights
Tram + Fly:  16 h
End: Bangkok

5
nights
Paris

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.
Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Montmartre, take in nature's colorful creations at Luxembourg Gardens, shop like a local with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Paris visit planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Montmartre ©
Montmartre
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Beaune (Wine Tours & Tastings & Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu) and Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lac d'Annecy). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Lyon itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Beaune, Annecy
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Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

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