18 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

18 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

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18 days in Paris & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  12​h
1
Paris
— 9 nights
Fly + Tram:  1​h
2
Lyon
— 7 nights
Train + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Bangkok

9
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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Champs-Elysees. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chateau de Fontainebleau and Chateau Royal de Blois. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles), Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte (in Maincy) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame d'Amiens (in Amiens). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Laon, pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Pierrefonds, and admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paris travel route builder site .

Bangkok, Thailand to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Bangkok to Paris due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Bangkok in December, things will get colder in Paris: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Orléans Cathedral, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chateau de Pierrefonds, Palace of Versailles
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Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cite medievale de Perouges and Cathedrale Notre-Dame. Do your shopping at Cite du Chocolat Valrhona and Place Bellecour. Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Eglise de Saint Albain (in Saint-Albain), Chateau de Cormatin (in Cormatin) and Chateau de Grignan (in Grignan). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and take an in-depth tour of Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyon.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lyon online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cite medievale de Perouges, Chateau de Grignan, Abbaye Saint-Philibert, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Chateau de Cormatin
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 26:
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin

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