26 days in France, Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

26 days in France, Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

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26 days in France, Germany & Amsterdam Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  27 h
1
Paris, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
2
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
3
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 3 nights
Bus:  3 h 45 min
4
Saint-Tropez, France
— 3 nights
bus:  4 h
5
Nice, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 15 min
6
Hamburg, Germany
— 1 night
Train:  45 min
7
Lubeck, Germany
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
8
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
— 4 nights
Fly:  25 h
End: Sydney, Australia


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5
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 out of town with these interesting Paris side-trips: Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen (in Rouen). There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Louvre Museum, take a stroll through Le Marais, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris driving holiday website.

Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 9 hours. In May, Paris is slightly colder than Sydney - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 18th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parc National des Calanques, then walk around Le Palais de Justice, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and finally take a stroll through The Panier.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Marseille online visit planner.

Fly from Paris to Marseille in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, expect nights in Marseille to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 26°C. On the 19th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Parc National des Calanques ©
Parc National des Calanques
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
The Panier ©
The Panier

3
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 19th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Hotel de Chateaurenard and then take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then examine the collection at Musee Granet, and finally stroll around Parc Saint Mitre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence day trip website.

Aix-en-Provence is very close to Marseille. In May, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Saint-Tropez.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Musee Granet ©
Musee Granet
Fondation Vasarely ©
Fondation Vasarely

3
nights
Saint-Tropez, France

Saint-Tropez ©
Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Saint-Tropez is known for beaches, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Plage de l'Escalet, learn about winemaking at Chateau Minuty, make a trip to Chapelle Sainte-Anne, and go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Saint-Tropez day trip planner.

Getting from Aix-en-Provence to Saint-Tropez by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Saint-Tropez sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 12°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Nice.

Things to do in Saint-Tropez

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Grimaud
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Pampelonne ©
Plage de Pampelonne
Plage de l'Escalet ©
Plage de l'Escalet

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.
Nice is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Musée Marc Chagall.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nice trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in May, you will find days in Nice are little chillier (24°C), and nights are somewhat warmer (16°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Hamburg.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

1
night
Hamburg, Germany

As the country's biggest port and one of the busiest in all of Europe, Hamburg has a well-deserved reputation as Germany's Gateway to the World.
On the 28th (Thu), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Speicherstadt, and then see the interesting displays at Miniatur Wunderland.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Hamburg driving holiday planner.

Getting from Nice to Hamburg by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Nice in May, with highs in Hamburg at 20°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Lubeck.

Things to do in Hamburg

Museums Tours Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Miniatur Wunderland ©
Miniatur Wunderland
Speicherstadt ©
Speicherstadt

3
nights
Lubeck, Germany

Lubeck ©
Lubeck is the only northern German city with a largely intact medieval old town comparable to sites farther south.
Venture out of the city with trips to Seebruecke Niendorf (in Timmendorfer Strand) and Schwerin (Schwerin Cathedral, Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss), &more). There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown), ponder the world of politics at Rathaus, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Marienkirche, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Petri zu Lubeck.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lubeck day trip site.

You can take a train from Hamburg to Lubeck in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow time for travel to Amsterdam.

Things to do in Lubeck

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Schwerin, Seebruecke Niendorf
Highlights from your plan
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss) ©
Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown) ©
Lubeck Altstadt (Lubeck Oldtown)
Pfaffenteich ©
Pfaffenteich

4
nights
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam ©
Known as one of the greatest small cities in the world, Amsterdam charms visitors with its cool and cozy atmosphere.
Amsterdam is known for museums, nightlife, and breweries & distilleries. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Van Gogh Museum, wander the streets of The Jordaan, browse the exhibits of Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), and get to know the fascinating history of Begijnhof.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Amsterdam trip planning website.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Lubeck to Amsterdam in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. In May in Amsterdam, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Amsterdam

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Van Gogh Museum ©
Van Gogh Museum
Anne Frank House ©
Anne Frank House
Rijksmuseum ©
Rijksmuseum

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