20 days in Paris, Lyon & Zurich Itinerary

20 days in Paris, Lyon & Zurich Itinerary

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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 as well as Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. Get out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Vieux Bassin (in Honfleur). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Montmartre, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Paris travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Thailand, the closest major aiports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Paris can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. On the 22nd (Thu), you're off to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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

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.
Musee Miniature et Cinema has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Lyon to go to Annecy and see Lake Annecy, which is approximately 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, make a trip to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon trip maker tool.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can go by car to Zurich.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Annecy
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Place des Jacobins
Place des Jacobins
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

6
nights
Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich ©
The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Limmat. Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Lucerne (Lion Monument & Chapel Bridge). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Old Town, tour the pleasant surroundings at Strandbad Tiefenbrunnen, admire the striking features of Fraumünster Church, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Grossmunster.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Zurich visit planner.

Drive from Lyon to Zurich in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lyon in August: highs in Zurich hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 16°C. On the 3rd (Tue), you're off to home.

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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