21 days in Western Europe Itinerary

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Paris, France
— 7 nights
Bourges, France
— 6 nights
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights


Paris, France — 7 nights

City of Light

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.
Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the striking features of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Le Marais.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Paris planning site.

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Paris is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Bangkok in January, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 8°C and lows about 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Bourges.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods
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Bourges, France — 6 nights

Gem of the Lorraine Valley

For a peek into the architecture of a Roman city, with a monumental gate, aqueducts, thermae, amphitheater, and ruins of the Gallo-Roman walls, visit Bourges, the capital of the Cher department in the Centre-Val de Loire region.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bourges: Cour-Cheverny (Domaine Daridan & Domaine des Huards), Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire (in Chaumont-sur-Loire) and Chateau de Cheverny (in Cheverny). Spend the 26th (Thu) in the animal kingdom at ZooParc de Beauval. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Troglo Degusto, don't miss a visit to Eglise Notre-Dame de Sancerre, get a new perspective on nature at Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Bourges, and contemplate the long history of Palais Jacques-Coeur.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Bourges travel planning tool.

Drive from Paris to Bourges in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. January in Bourges sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lyon.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
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Lyon, France — 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Lyon is known for sightseeing, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Colline de Fourviere, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lyon travel website.

You can drive from Bourges to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Lyon can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.
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Geneva, Switzerland — 2 nights

Capital of Peace

Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, walk around Parc Des Bastions, then get great views at Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, and finally appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a sense of history and politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, make a trip to The Flower Clock, examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, then admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, and finally view the masterpieces at RUINE Galerie.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Geneva itinerary maker.

Drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in February, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Geneva: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 0°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.
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