21 days in Lyon, South of France & Paris Itinerary

21 days in Lyon, South of France & Paris Itinerary

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21 days in Lyon, South of France & Paris Itinerary

Start: Toronto
+2
ferry + Fly + tram:  12​h 30​min
1
Lyon
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Cassis
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Olonzac
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
5
Paris
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 45​min
6
Narbonne
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
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.
Lyon is known for museums, historic sites, trails, fun & games, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill, make a trip to Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon.

For traveler tips and tourist information, read our Lyon trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Lyon is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and tram. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Lyon, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Lyon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Cassis.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

2
nights
Cassis

Cassis ©
Cassis is a commune situated east of Marseille in the department of Bouches-du-Rhône in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southern France.It is a popular tourist destination, famous for its cliffs (falaises) and the sheltered inlets called calanques. On the 30th (Tue), take in the waterfront at Port de Cassis. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Calanques and then cruise along Calanque de Port-Miou.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Cassis trip itinerary maker tool .

Take a train from Lyon to Cassis in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and flight. July in Cassis sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 22°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Thu) before leaving for Arles.

Things to do in Cassis

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Port de Cassis ©
Port de Cassis
Calanque de Port-Miou ©
Calanque de Port-Miou

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles. Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Musee Departemental Arles Antique and then contemplate the long history of Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Baux de Provence, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, and finally view the masterpieces at Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Arles journey builder .

Traveling by train from Cassis to Arles takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Arles sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Olonzac.

Things to do in Arles

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Les Baux de Provence
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Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence

6
nights
Olonzac

Olonzac ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Abbaye de Fontfroide. Explore Olonzac's surroundings by going to Grotte de Limousis (in Limousis), Chateau de Puilaurens (in Lapradelle-Puilaurens) and Chateau de Termes (in Termes).

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Olonzac trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arles to Olonzac takes 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 19°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Paris.

Things to do in Olonzac

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Minerve, Abbaye de Fontfroide, Grotte de Limousis, Chateau de Puilaurens, Chateau Grand Moulin
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Chateau de Puilaurens ©
Chateau de Puilaurens
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Grotte de Limousis ©
Grotte de Limousis

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac and Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): walk around Parc des Buttes Chaumont. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, then examine the collection at Musee du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, then don't miss a visit to Eiffel Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Arc de Triomphe.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Paris tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Olonzac to Paris in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Olonzac in August: high temperatures in Paris hover around 29°C and lows are around 16°C. On the 11th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

3
nights
Narbonne

Narbonne ©
The Mediterranean city of Narbonne links to the nearby Canal du Midi and the Aude River by the Canal de la Robine, which runs through the center of town.
You've now added Canal de la Robine to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Narbonne side-trips: Europark (in Vias), The nine Locks of Fonseranes (in Beziers) and Château de Salses (in Salses-Le-Chateau). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Fontfroide, examine the collection at Horreum romain, steep yourself in history at Via Domitia of Narbonne, and admire the striking features of Cathedrale St-Just.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Narbonne tour itinerary builder site .

Take a train from Paris to Narbonne in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Narbonne reach 33°C and lows reach 21°C. On the 14th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Narbonne

Historic Sites Theme Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Château de Salses, Europark, The nine Locks of Fonseranes
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Cathedrale St-Just ©
Cathedrale St-Just
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Château de Salses ©
Château de Salses

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