16 days in Paris, South of France & Locarno Itinerary

16 days in Paris, South of France & Locarno Itinerary

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16 days in Paris, South of France & Locarno Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Arles, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hyeres, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 15​min
6
Locarno, Switzerland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Los Angeles, United States

3
nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Musee d'Orsay and Arc de Triomphe. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Chateau de Chantilly (in Chantilly City) and Lochnagar Crater (in Ovillers-la-Boisselle). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, stroll through Île de la Cité, catch a live event at Philippe-Chatrier Court, and step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris trip builder tool .

Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Paris is 9 hours. Traveling from Los Angeles in June, expect Paris to be little chillier, temps between 74°F and 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Chateau de Chantilly, Lochnagar Crater, Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte
Highlights from your plan
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte ©
Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
On the 2nd (Thu), don't miss a visit to Chateau des Milandes, step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Castelnaud, and then step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Beynac. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Commarque, step into the grandiose world of The Maison Forte de Reignac, then contemplate the long history of Le Regourdou, and finally explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Hautefort.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sarlat-la-Caneda route builder app .

Getting from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In July in Sarlat-la-Caneda, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Arles.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Commarque, The Maison Forte de Reignac, Chateau de Hautefort, Chateau de Beynac
Highlights from your plan
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes
Chateau de Beynac ©
Chateau de Beynac
The Maison Forte de Reignac ©
The Maison Forte de Reignac

2
nights
Arles, France

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
On the 4th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, then admire the striking features of Chateau des Baux de Provence, and finally delve into the distant past at Amphitheatre (les Arenes). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, then don't miss a visit to Salin d'Aigues-Mortes, then admire the landmark architecture of Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Arles road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Arles takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Arles when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, with lows around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Aigues-Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Highlights from your plan
Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes) ©
Amphitheatre (les Arenes)
Salin d'Aigues-Mortes ©
Salin d'Aigues-Mortes

2
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. On the 6th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Sylvabelle, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Gigaro, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Plage de Jean Blanc, enjoy breathtaking views from Chateau d'Hyeres, and then kick back and relax at Plage noire du Langoustier.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hyeres day trip planner.

Drive from Arles to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in July, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Hyeres

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste, Plage de Jean Blanc
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Plage de Sylvabelle ©
Plage de Sylvabelle
Plage de Jean Blanc ©
Plage de Jean Blanc

2
nights
Nice, France

Nice ©
Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
On the 8th (Wed), get to know the fascinating history of Saint-Paul de Vence, steep yourself in history at Place Garibaldi, and then take a stroll through Vieille Ville. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through La Croisette, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate, and then examine the collection at Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild.

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You can drive from Hyeres to Nice in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyeres in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 71°F in Nice. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Locarno.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Saint-Paul de Vence, La Croisette, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild
Highlights from your plan
Saint-Paul de Vence ©
Saint-Paul de Vence
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville

2
nights
Locarno, Switzerland

Locarno ©
Locarno's Mediterranean climate, palm trees, and 2,300 hours of sunlight per year make this city the warmest in Switzerland.
On the 10th (Fri), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Monte San Salvatore, step into the grandiose world of Castelli di Bellinzona, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelgrande. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Lugano and then explore the striking landscape at Aletsch Glacier.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Locarno vacation planner .

You can drive from Nice to Locarno in 5 hours. Traveling from Nice in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 64°F in Locarno. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Locarno

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lugano, Bellinzona, Aletsch Glacier
Highlights from your plan
Castelgrande ©
Castelgrande
Aletsch Glacier ©
Aletsch Glacier
Monte San Salvatore ©
Monte San Salvatore

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