8 days in Paris, Lyon & Bordeaux Itinerary

8 days in Paris, Lyon & Bordeaux Itinerary

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8 days in Paris, Lyon & Bordeaux Itinerary

Start: Cardiff
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Paris
— 4 nights
train:  2​h
2
Lyon
— 1 night
tram + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Bordeaux
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + shuttle + train:  5​h 30​min
End: Cardiff

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre and Île de la Cité. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry), Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Caresse de Tigre (in La Mailleraye-sur-Seine). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, wander the streets of Le Marais, pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, and get to know the fascinating history of Montmartre.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris trip builder website .

Cardiff, UK to Paris is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cardiff to Paris is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 12°C in November, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups, Palace of Versailles, Caresse de Tigre
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lyon online visit planner .

You can take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. November in Lyon sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Bordeaux

Bordeaux ©
With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Maison de la Nature, then look for all kinds of wild species at Réserve Ornithologique du Teich, and then contemplate the long history of Prieure de Cayac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, then look for all kinds of wild species at Parc animalier Rene CANIVENC (Le Moulineau), then learn about winemaking at Chateau Beaurang, and finally do a tasting at Chateau Cantenac.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bordeaux trip builder app .

Getting from Lyon to Bordeaux by combination of tram and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. November in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Saint-Emilion, Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
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Réserve Ornithologique du Teich ©
Réserve Ornithologique du Teich
Chateau Cantenac ©
Chateau Cantenac
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

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