20 days in Paris, Lyon & Zurich Itinerary

20 days in Paris, Lyon & Zurich Itinerary

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20 days in Paris, Lyon & Zurich Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 7 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 6 nights
plane:  7​h 30​min
3
Zurich, Switzerland
— 6 nights
End: Zurich, Switzerland

7
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 Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris as well as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle, explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

For reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip itinerary 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 August, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. You will leave for Lyon on the 22nd (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Vieux Bassin, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Montmartre ©
Montmartre

6
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.
You've now added Musee Miniature et Cinema to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Lac d'Annecy in Annecy (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: ride a horse along Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. August in Lyon sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. You will leave for Zurich on the 28th (Wed).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lac d'Annecy
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Place des Jacobins ©
Place des Jacobins

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Limmat has been added to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zurich: Lucerne (Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Old Town, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, pause for some serene contemplation at Grossmunster, and enjoy the sand and surf at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen.

To see ratings and more tourist information, read our Zurich trip builder .

You can drive from Lyon to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of tram, flight, and train. Traveling from Lyon in August, expect nights in Zurich to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. You will leave for home on the 3rd (Tue).

Things to do in Zurich

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lucerne
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Lake Zurich ©
Lake Zurich
Old Town ©
Old Town
Bahnhofstrasse ©
Bahnhofstrasse

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