8 days in Lyon, Geneva & Venice Itinerary

8 days in Lyon, Geneva & Venice Itinerary

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8 days in Lyon, Geneva & Venice Itinerary

Start: Paris, France
Train:  2 h
1
Lyon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Geneva, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
3
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h
End: Paris, France

1
night
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 13th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and then explore the world behind art at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. On your second day here, take in the views from Passerelle du Palais de Justice, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, and finally have some family-friendly fun at DreamAway Lyon.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon planning app .

Paris to Lyon is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. April in Lyon sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Geneva.

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
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

2
nights
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.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the activities along Lake Geneva and then take some stellar pictures from Cathedrale de St-Pierre. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Palais des Nations, Genève, admire the local landmark of The Geneva Water Fountain, then appreciate the history behind Reformation Wall (Mur de la Reformation), then examine the collection at Patek Philippe Museum, and finally test your team's savvy at Virtual Room.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Geneva online trip builder .

You can drive from Lyon to Geneva in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Geneva are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Venice.

Things to do in Geneva

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Lake Geneva ©
Lake Geneva
Virtual Room ©
Virtual Room
Cathedrale de St-Pierre ©
Cathedrale de St-Pierre

4
nights
Venice, Italy

Venice ©
Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Venture out of the city with trips to Scrovegni Chapel (in Padua) and Verona (Piazza delle Erbe, Arena di Verona, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Doge's Palace, admire the landmark architecture of Basilica di San Marco, admire the masterpieces at Gallerie dell'Accademia, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Venice trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Geneva to Venice takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Geneva in April since evenings lows in Venice dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Venice

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Verona, Scrovegni Chapel
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Doge's Palace ©
Doge's Palace
Canal Grande ©
Canal Grande
Piazza San Marco ©
Piazza San Marco

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