3 days in Zurich & Lyon Itinerary

3 days in Zurich & Lyon Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 1 day
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Lyon, France
— 2 nights
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Zurich, Switzerland

— 1 day

Big Small Town

The financial hub of Switzerland, Zurich is most often associated with money and banks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get outside with Zurich Succulent Plant Collection, explore the activities along Lake Zurich, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Zurich road trip planning tool.

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major aiports are Zürich Airport, EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport and Bern Belp Airport. December in Zurich sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Zurich

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
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Lyon, France

— 2 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.
On the 11th (Sat), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Rue Saint-Jean, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Colline de Fourviere. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon online vacation planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lyon by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. When traveling from Zurich in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lyon, with highs around 9°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums
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