9 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

9 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

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9 days in Paris, Lyon & Geneva Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
1
Paris, France
— 1 day
train:  2​h
2
Lyon, France
— 1 night
3
Geneva, Switzerland
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
4
Paris, France
— 4 nights
End: Paris, France

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, look for gifts at Barthelemy, then stop by Maison Chaudun, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and finally stop by La Maison du Savon de Marseille.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Paris sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airports are Paris-Orly Airport, Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris Beauvais Tillé Airport. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Barthelemy ©
Barthelemy
La Maison du Savon de Marseille ©
La Maison du Savon de Marseille

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): browse the different shops at Les Halles de Lyon Paul Bocuse, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, get to know the fascinating history of Secrets d'Apiculteur, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then take a stroll through The Presqu'ile, and finally admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lyon visit planning tool .

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Lyon are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Geneva.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
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Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

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Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva ©
Geneva brings the world to one small city with a huge expat population and the highest number of international organizations in any one city.
For shopping fun, head to Chocolaterie Alexandre or Auer Chocolatier. Get some cultural insight at Cathedrale de St-Pierre and Maison Tavel. Spend the 22nd (Wed) exploring at Lake Geneva. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Patek Philippe Museum, ponder the world of politics at Palais des Nations, Genève, enjoy the sand and surf at Bains des Paquis, and look for gifts at Sweetzerland Chocolatier.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Geneva trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Lyon to Geneva by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Geneva can reach 61°F, while at night they dip to 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Geneva

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Chocolaterie Alexandre
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre
Patek Philippe Museum ©
Patek Philippe Museum

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Paris, France

Paris ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. Get some historical perspective at Arc de Triomphe and Palace of Versailles. See even more of Paris: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees, stop by Les Expressives, and get a taste of the local shopping with Le Marais.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Paris attractions planning site .

Getting from Geneva to Paris by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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