26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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26 days in France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  20​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 6 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Bayeux
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Tour-en-Sologne
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
6
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Chamonix
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
8
Gordes
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Nice
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg


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6
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 The Paris Catacombs, Champs-Elysees, Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, and other attractions you added. Kids will appreciate attractions like Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Disneyland Paris. Step out of Paris with an excursion to Palace of Versailles in Versailles--about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through Montmartre, and contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip builder .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Johannesburg to Paris. While traveling from Johannesburg, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 20°C to lows of 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Omaha Beach Memorial Museum and Airborne Museum. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the world behind art at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, pause for some photo ops at Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, then stroll the grounds of Bayeux War Cemetery, and finally get engrossed in the history at Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Normandy American Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Airborne Museum, and then learn about all things military at D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Bayeux journey builder .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

D-Day Experience (Dead Man's Corner museum), Omaha Beach Memorial Museum, Normandy American Cemetery, Airborne Museum
Highlights from your plan
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
 Bayeux War Cemetery ©
Bayeux War Cemetery

1
day
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mont-Saint-Michel day trip app .

You can drive from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

1
night
Bayeux

Bayeux
For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. On the 1st (Mon), you're off toAmboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

3
nights
Tour-en-Sologne

Tour-en-Sologne ©
Tour-en-Sologne is known for historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Cheverny, contemplate the long history of Domaine National de Chambord, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Villesavin.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tour-en-Sologne road trip planning website .

You can drive from Bayeux to Tour-en-Sologne in 3.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Tour-en-Sologne

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cheverny, Domaine National de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Cheverny ©
Chateau de Cheverny
Chateau de Villesavin ©
Chateau de Villesavin
Chateau de Troussay ©
Chateau de Troussay

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, then get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Tour-en-Sologne to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lyon when traveling from Tour-en-Sologne in June, with lows around 18°C. You'll set off for Chamonix on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon

4
nights
Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Change things up with these side-trips from Chamonix: Les Gorges du Fier (in Lovagny) and Lac d'Annecy (in Annecy). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Aiguille du Midi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Vallee Blanche, make a trip to Glacier des Bossons, and get outside with Mountain Lifestyle.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Chamonix tour planner .

Traveling by car from Lyon to Chamonix takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. You will leave for Gordes on the 10th (Wed).

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Les Gorges du Fier, Lac d'Annecy
Highlights from your plan
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Vallee Blanche ©
Vallee Blanche
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

2
nights
Gordes

Gordes
Gordes is a commune in the Vaucluse département in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Gordes itinerary planner.

You can drive from Chamonix to Gordes in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Gordes are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. On the 12th (Fri), you'll travel to Nice.

Things to do in Gordes

Outdoors Tours Shopping

3
nights
Nice

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, parks, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland and make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Nice trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Gordes to Nice in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Gordes in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Marineland
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

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