Superb museums, UNESCO-listed neighborhoods, and the county's best gastronomy scene are just a few reasons why France's third-largest city is worth a visit. For a solid itinerary in Lyon, we recommend at least three days to explore the city's hills, rivers, bridges, and parks. Alternatively, you could squeeze in the top draws in a day or two or take your time and soak in the culture over a week or more. Let this local guide help you decide which trip length is right for you.
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Lyon's wide range of hotel options goes hand in hand with its wide range of activities. Get acquainted with France's third-largest city with a spot in the center of the Old Town, a school-themed Art Deco spot, or a former convent.
Lyon often escapes the list of must-sees in France, but the city and its surrounding areas offer a lot to do, see, and experience. Spend your time exploring historic neighborhoods filled with Renaissance-era architecture and hidden courtyards, tasting the internationally recognized Lyonaisse cuisine, savoring historic sites like the Fourviere Basilica, and exploring the traditional world of silk. With more time, take a day trip to the surrounding vineyards or historic cities like Annecy.
Rhône Valley Itineraries
This culinary tour winds its way from gastronomic Lyon (with a food scene rivaling that of Paris) through the colorful countryside of Provence. Taste famous wines, relax in olive country, and fall in love with the ancient cities and sweeping flower-filled fields that make this region famous.
This 10-day adventure combines three of France's easternmost gems, starting with the nation's capital of gastronomy: Lyon. While here, indulge in its outstanding dining scene, visit nearby vineyards, and meet farmers and artisans. Then travel to Annecy, a storybook medieval town so gorgeous it's nicknamed the "Venice of France," before finishing in Chamonix and hiking the tallest peak in France—Mont Blanc.
Immerse yourself in Southern European culture and Mediterranean landscapes, from the vibrant and trendy Barcelona, "the pearl of Catalunya", to Lyon, the unofficial capital of French cuisine. Visit 2000-year-old Vieux Lyon, a UNESCO Heritage Site, and sample authentic Spanish tapas in Barcelona
If you've got 10 days and a heart full of love, head to France for the perfect honeymoon getaway. Start in Paris, where you'll stroll shops and galleries by day and indulge in French wine at open-air cafés at night. See the Alps and tour Avignon, then end your tour on the sunny southern coast.
If you're short on time but don't want to cut back on the experience, this packed 7-day itinerary is for you. Start in Barcelona for authentic tapas and Art Nouveau, then explore Dali's life along the coast. Fly to Lyon for the second half of the week, where French wine and world-class cuisine await.
Spend an adventurous week driving through eastern France, starting in the city of lights. You'll see the Eiffel Tower and other Parisian highlights, then head to Dijon, stopping along the way to see several resplendent countryside chateaus. Continue to Annecy to spend some time by the lake, then end in medieval Lyon, where history and wine tasting await.
Take your family on a tour of French culture and gastronomy with this 10-day itinerary. See—and taste—the highlights of some of France's liveliest and best-loved cities, with private tours of Paris, Dijon, and Lyon. Relax in the rustic charm of medieval Burgundian villages, Beaujolais vineyards, and traditional farm life. With a day at Disneyland planned as well, this trip will be one to remember for the whole family!
Eleven days to two weeks is the most popular trip length for France travelers interested in visiting Nice, Paris, and Lyon, especially when also including Avignon. For travelers wanting to visit Nice, Paris, and Lyon exclusively, plan 10 to 11 days for a well-paced trip. With less time, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as seven to nine days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Nice, Paris, Lyon, and beyond.
From the big city lights of Paris to peaceful countryside chateaux, this eight-day road trip itinerary through Eastern France has it all. Start in the capital city, then make your way to Dijon for art, culture, and history. Continue to Annecy for some time on the lake, then end in historic Lyon for time in the medieval city center.
Eight days is the perfect amount of time for a quick getaway to see the Mediterranean and Provence. Sample tapas and learn about Salvador Dali's life in Barcelona, then head to Carcassone in France to tour ancient ruins and see the incredible Cathar Castles. Drive to Lyon, stopping to visit Roman ruins and Avignon along the way.
This self-drive 12-day itinerary highlights the best of the Rhône Valley, from north to south. Perfect for the whole family, you'll start in food forward Lyon, then work your way through the colorful countryside of Provence and down to Marseille on the Mediterranean coast. Along the way, you'll taste full-bodied wines, marvel at ancient Roman ingenuity, and enjoy the majestic beauty that is southern France.
If you've got nine days, head to Barcelona on the Spanish coast for a Mediterranean getaway. Eat your fill of tapas, tour Sagrada Familia, and travel back in time to Roman Tarragona. Hop the border to France for castles in Carcassone and a tour of France's culinary capital, Lyon.
Spend nine adventurous days driving through eastern France on this road trip itinerary. Start in Paris to see the main highlights, then head to Dijon and Beaune to learn about art, culture, and history. Continue to Annecy for some time by the lake, then end in Lyon, where the city's medieval streets and Beaujolais wine region await.
Eleven days to two weeks is a great length for a trip to France, with stops in Nice, Avignon, Paris, and Lyon. Travelers with less time can hit the route's highlights in 9 or 10 days, which makes for a fast-paced journey. Or, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Aix-en-Provence, Dijon, or Amboise. Keep reading for more inspiring Nice, Avignon, Paris, and Lyon itineraries.
Got Olympic fever? Let this 10-day journey across Europe get you in the mood for the 2024 Games. It begins in scenic Switzerland on Lake Geneva with a visit to the Olympic Museum, followed by a trip to France and more grand tours in Paris, where the Olympics will be held. In between, you'll enjoy food tours in Lyon, wine tastings in Burgundy, boating on Lake Annecy, and many other cultural and culinary adventures.
Ideal for food, wine, and culture enthusiasts, this trip travels at a relaxed pace from Paris to Nice over the span of two weeks. Start off with several days in the 'City of Lights' and the French culinary mecca of Lyon. Then pick up a car in Avignon to experience Provence's vineyards and lavender fields at your own speed. Finish the adventure indulging on Mediterranean views and fresh seafood in the French Riviera.
There's plenty of reasons to visit the Mediterranean Coast and Provence, but here are ten great ones. Start in Barcelona, where authentic tapas and Art Nouveau architecture captivate the heart and taste buds. Trace Salvador Dali's life along the coast, then head to France for Roman ruins, French wine, and a visit to Lyon—the country's food capital.
Take ten days to drive from Paris to Lyon on this adventurous road trip itinerary. Start in the city of lights, then make your way to the countryside for art, history, and resplendent chateaux. Stop in Annecy to spend time on the lake and go hiking, then end in Lyon to explore the city's medieval streets and historic architecture.
There's no need to choose between French cities, mountains, or culinary attractions—this 10-day family-focused itinerary covers everything. Starting in Paris, you'll enjoy a jaunt up the Eiffel Tower and a treasure hunt in the world-famous Louvre. Continue to Annecy to climb the Alps by cogwheel train and sample fondue in an underground cave. Learn the secrets to Lyon's famous gastronomy with a family cooking class, then take to the skies to see the vineyards of Beaujolais by hot air balloon.
Leave your worries behind on this romantic 19-day honeymoon getaway to France. Experience the magic of Paris at night, bargain with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets, and tour the fairytale Châteaus de Chambord & Chenonceau. Explore Roman ruins in Avignon and see the hilltop villages of the Luberon, before ending the trip in Cannes and Monaco.
Sports and culture lovers rejoice—the Olympics are coming to Paris! This memorable 10-day journey combines the spectacle of the 2024 Olympic Games with the food culture that has made France a legend in the world of gastronomy. After immersing yourself in the sporting spirit of Paris, you're off to Lyon, Burgundy, and Marseille for foodie tours, truffle hunts, wine tastings, Champagne boat cruises, and more.
With twenty full days to experience everything France has to offer, you're bound to come away with a bit more romance in your heart. On this honeymoon itinerary, you'll do everything from exploring Paris through pastries to bargaining with vendors for regional specialties at farmer’s markets. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, visit the hilltop villages of the Luberon, and stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza.
See it all on this three-week trip to the Mediterranean Coast and the South of France. From tapas in Barcelona and Roman ruins in Tarragona to Cathar Castles and Luberon wine in Carcassone, there's no shortage of history and culinary delights. Drive peaceful country roads, browse markets in Aix-en-Provence, and explore the cuisine of Lyon—France's gastronomic epicenter.
Get to know the Mediterranean Coast and Provence region on this eleven-day trip. Stroll around Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic at night, trace Salvador Dali’s path in Catalan, and tour one of Europe's most formidable defensive fortresses in Carcassone. Top it off with drives down peaceful country roads and contemplating beauty & history in quiet medieval churches.
If you're dreaming of hitting the open road but are short on time, this 5-day cycling trip is the perfect fit! Travel on the Via Rhone, a quiet and peaceful path along the Rhone River between the cultural capitals of Lyon and Geneva. Stop in the picture-perfect villages of Pérouges and Seyssel, explore shimmering lakes and fields of wildflowers. Every stop along the Rhône possess nuggets of history, timeless beauty, and a hint of magic.
Start this eleven-day road trip in Paris to see the Eiffel Tower and big city lights, then hit the road for mustard and art in Dijon. You'll see a 12th-century monastery and taste traditional wine, enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Meursault, discover the medieval streets of Lyon, and more on this adventurous itinerary.
Get in touch with your romantic side on this sweet sixteen-day honeymoon itinerary in France. Check out the Eiffel Tower and other landmarks in Paris, see storybook villages and chateaus in the Loire Valley and explore Roman ruins in Avignon. Don't forget to make time for farmer's markets, pastries, and wine-tasting: after all, what is France without food?
Leave it all behind and enjoy eleven magical days in France for your honeymoon (or any other special occasion!) Start in Paris, where romantic dinners at streetside cafes blend perfectly with relaxed strolls through the Louvre and a night at the Eiffel Tower. Wrap up your trip in Avignon and Nice, where history, nature, and wine await you and your sweetie.
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Verdon Gorge, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 17 Days
Barcelona, the Mediterranean Coast, and the South of France—what could be sweeter? From art nouveau, Roman ruins, and tapas in Catalan, to fortified medieval ruins in Carcassone and Cathar Castles in the countryside, there's no shortage of things to see and eat. The remainder of the trip brings more of the same: hiking in Europe's highest gorge and a culinary tour of Lyon.
This seventeen-day honeymoon itinerary has something for every couple (or non-couples!) Stop by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza, experience the magic of Paris at night, and wonder at the splendor of the Versailles estate. Explore the storybook towns of the Loire Valley and go wine tasting in the Beaujolais wine region before spending time in Cannes and Monaco.
Take a break from real life and immerse yourself in the city of love on this 12-day France honeymoon itinerary. You'll start in Paris—the perfect place for art museums, pastries, and a day trip to the resplendent Versailles. From here you'll head south to romantic Avignon and historic Lyon, ending in sunny Nice for plenty of beach time.
Spend twelve days immersing yourself in culture, food, and sunny Mediterranean weather. Visit Sagrada Familia and taste tapas in Barcelona, visit ancient religious sites in Girona, and drive peaceful country roads in the South of France. Take a road trip along the Napoleon Route to see the Palais des Papes in Avignon and check out the Cathar Castles.
Take twelve days to explore the eastern side of France on this comprehensive road trip itinerary. You'll start in Paris to hit see the Louvre, then continue to Dijon for history and the best mustard in the world. Head to Annecy for a sunset sail with wine, then end your trip in the French Riviera for seaside relaxation.
With eighteen full days in the country, you'll get to experience the full variety of French cultures on this honeymoon trip. Learn about Parisian history in the heart of the city, search through the Louvre for hidden treasures, and explore the storybook towns of the Loire Valley. Stroll through historic Lyon, France’s third-most populous city, before stopping by Aix en Provence for coffee and people watching on the plaza.
This eighteen-day itinerary to the Mediterranean Coast and south of France covers it all: food, wine, history, and so much more. Feast on tapas in Barcelona and explore Dali's legacy in Catalan, then hop the border to visit hilltop castles and go wine tasting. Hiking in Europe's biggest gorge and a road trip along Napoleon's route to Grenoble round out this trip.
Thirteen days may be unlucky, but there's nothing unlucky about this thirteen-day honeymoon itinerary to France's main regions. Spend some time in Paris, where a day trip to the fairytale Chambord & Chenonceau chateaus whisks you away to a story. Stop in Lyon for some wine and Avignon for small villages, then end in Nice, where white-sand beaches and breathtaking sunsets await.
If you've ever wanted to explore art in Barcelona, stroll through Avignon's quiet streets, or go wine tasting in the south of France, this 19-day itinerary is perfect for you. From Salvador Dali's legacy in sunny Catalan to Cathar Castles in Carcassone, you'll see the region's highlights and dig deep into the local culture. End the trip with a road trip north to Lyon along Napoleon's route for a sampling of France's best cuisine.
Spend thirteen adventurous days on the road on this Eastern France road trip. Star the journey in Paris, where you'll hit the highlights and take a day trip to Champagne. Continue to Dijon to see Lison Springs and explore art, then head to Annecy for a hot air balloon trip and relaxation by the lake. End the trip in the French Riviera for sun, wine, and sailing.
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Verdon Gorge, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 13 Days
From tapas in Barcelona to wine in the Luberon, this thirteen-day cultural and cuisine tour of the Mediterranean Coast and Provence dives deep into local life. Visit Sagrada Familia and explore Dali's life in Catalan, then head to France to explore Cathar Castles and drive quiet backcountry roads through medieval villages. End in Lyon, the food capital of France.
From the sunny, white-washed homes of Catalan to the snow-capped Alps of Grenoble, this 20-day trip showcases highlights and immerses you into the local culture. Stroll around Barcelona’s Magic Fountain of Montjuic at night, explore Roman ruins in Tarragona, and trace Salvador Dali’s path in Catalan. Drive peaceful country roads in the South of France as you check out the Cathar Castles and road trip along the Napoleon Route.
Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to get away from it all, which is exactly what you'll do on this honeymoon itinerary. From Paris's busy streets to the quiet avenues of Aix-en-Provence, this itinerary has it all. Go wine tasting in the Beaujolais wine region, visit hilltop villages near Avignon, and immerse yourself in the luxurious atmosphere of Cannes and Monaco.
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Verdon Gorge, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 14 Days
Leave all your worries behind on a two-week trip to the Mediterranean Coast and Provence. Start in Barcelona, where tapas and art nouveau capture the mind and taste buds. Head to Carcassone for medieval castles and wine tasting, then road trip north to explore the Verdon Gorge, Europe’s highest canyon, and taste the best of Lyon’s cuisine.
Spend two weeks exploring the best of the French countryside on this road trip itinerary. Start in Paris for excursions to the Eiffel Tower and Louvre, then head to Reims to go wine tasting in Champagne. Continue to Dijon for history and art, then make your way to the coast for some of the best that the French Riviera has to offer: wine, sunset views, and seaside relaxation.
French cuisine and countryside are the star attractions on this three-week, self-drive itinerary. Setting out from Paris, you'll embark on a gastronomic odyssey as you wind your way south towards the Riviera. Take a culinary walking tour of Lyon, stroll the vineyards of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Beaujolais, cycle to the hilltop villages of the Luberon, and learn to cook Provençal favorites in Aix-en-Provence. After some downtime on the beaches of Saint-Tropez, your journey ends in Nice, where you'll explore its bustling markets and take a day trip to nearby Monaco.
Fifteen days is enough time to dive deep into several of France's most popular regions (and understand why they're a favorite!) Start in Paris, where mornings of fresh-baked pastries and hot espressos meld seamlessly into evenings of red wine and charcuteries. See the Chateau Chambord, immerse yourself in Avignon's history, and end your trip on a sunny note—along the warm beaches of the French Riviera.
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Verdon Gorge, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 15 Days
If fifteen days exploring the Mediterranean Coast and back roads of Provence sounds perfect to you, keep reading. This itinerary starts in Barcelona, where you'll find the best tapas in the world—bar none. From here, follow Salvador Dali's footsteps in Catalan, then cross the border to France where medieval castles, farmers markets, and Europe's biggest canyon await your discovery.
From the big city lights of Paris to the quiet seaside of the French Riviera, this fifteen-day road trip itinerary hits all the highlights while still leaving time for small adventures off-the-beaten-path. You'll explore highlights of Paris, including Eiffel Tower & Louvre, learn to cook a traditional French meal, visit countryside Chateaux, and more.
Sixteen days is enough time to explore the best of Eastern France on this comprehensive road trip — including the highlights of Paris, Beaune, Cannes, and more. Learn to cook a traditional French meal, explore countryside Chateaux, see the home of Louis Pasteur, -go wine tasting in the Beaujolais Region, and more.
Spain and France Road Trip: Barcelona, Carcassonne, Verdon Gorge, Aix-en-Provence, Lyon, & More - 16 Days
Spend sixteen days soaking in the culture and sunshine in Barcelona and southern France. From massive art nouveau churches in Barcelona to Dali's artwork in Catalan, the Mediterranean coast fills the soul. In France, Luberon wine, farmer's markets in Aix-en-Provence, and some of the world's best gastronomy in Lyon keep you coming back.
Take seventeen days to drive through Eastern France on this packed road trip itinerary. You'll see the big city lights in Paris, tour 12th-century monasteries, go wine tasting in Burgundy, and more as you wind your way through the countryside. Other highlights include a private tour of Monaco, a sunset sail on Lake Annecy, and a historic tour of Lyon.
Enjoy a new excursion every day of this 18-day Eastern France road trip itinerary: stroll through the cobblestoned streets of the city of lights, explore the beautiful art of Dijon, savor the local gastronomy at Annecy & discover the glamorous French Riviera. You'll drive through the French Countryside, taking your time as you explore all this and more.
Eat and drink your way from Paris to the Mediterranean coast on this three-week, self-drive adventure. Start in Paris with wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting, move on to Annecy for lakeside cycling and fondue, then continue to the Alps to summit glacial peaks and soak in hot tubs. After touring the gastronomic capital of Lyon, Provence's "easy life" beckons before winding down with sailing and beach time along the stunning coastlines of Marseille, Le Lavandou, and Nice.
Discover all the things that fairy tales are made of on this comprehensive, three-week tour of France. Start in Normandy, where you'll explore the rugged coastline and massive fortresses. Head to the Loire Valley for lavish châteaux, gardens, and vineyards, then turn south into the Dordogne and discover its unusual natural scenery. Continue to Lyon and immerse yourself in its "foodie" culture before embarking on a wine-tasting extravaganza between Châteauneuf and Burgundy.
Hit all the essential sites and explore some lesser-known gems on this epic, three-week loop tour around France. Start in Paris for art, cuisine, and shopping. Eat your way through Lyon before wine tasting in Beaujolais and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Discover mountains and history among the olive groves of Provence, enjoy the sun-soaked coastal cities of Marseille and Nice, then return inland for more wine and gastronomy in Bordeaux.
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