11 days in Paris, Amboise & Lyon Itinerary

11 days in Paris, Amboise & Lyon Itinerary

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11 days in Paris, Amboise & Lyon Itinerary

Start: Paris
1
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Amboise
— 2 nights
Train:  3​h 30​min
3
Lyon
— 4 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
End: Paris

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Le Marais and Louvre Museum. Take a break from the city and head to River Seine and Île de la Cité. Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 44 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Musée d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and wander the streets of Montmartre.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation trip 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 61°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Amboise.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Get some cultural insight at Château de Villandry and Chateau de Chenonceau. Step off the beaten path and head to Les Anes de Madame and Troglo Degusto. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amboise: Chateau de Langeais (in Langeais), Chateau de Montpoupon (in Cere La Ronde) and Les Halles (in Tours). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Chateau d'Amboise and stop by La Balade Des Fromages.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Amboise trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Paris to Amboise in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in April, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Chateau de Villandry, La Balade des Fromages, Les Halles, chateau Montpoupon, Chateau de Chenonceau
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Troglo Degusto ©
Troglo Degusto
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Cave Aux Cinq Sens and L'or-feve. Visit Cite medievale de Perouges and Secrets d'Apiculteur for their historical value. Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Louhans Market (in Louhans), Rock of Solutre (in Solutre-Pouilly) and Tain-l'Hermitage (Cité du Chocolat Valrhona & Compagnie de l'Hermitage). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Parc de la Tete d'Or, take a stroll through Place Bellecour, and stop by La Fromagerie d'Oullins.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lyon travel planner.

You can take a train from Amboise to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In May, daytime highs in Lyon are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tain-l'Hermitage, L'Or-Feve, Cite medievale de Perouges, La Roche de Solutre, Louhans Market
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Cite medievale de Perouges ©
Cite medievale de Perouges
Cite du Chocolat Valrhona ©
Cite du Chocolat Valrhona
La Roche de Solutre ©
La Roche de Solutre

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