26 days in France Itinerary

26 days in France Itinerary

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26 days in France Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  25 h
1
Nice
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Marseille
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
3
Lourdes
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
4
Paris
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h
5
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train + Fly:  27 h
End: Sydney

7
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Marineland and Ludiparc. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nice: Grotte de Saint-Cezaire (in Saint-Cezaire-sur-Siagne), La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Sylvabelle & Heraclee Beach) and Musee des Troupes de Marine (in Frejus). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, make a trip to Place Massena, and see the interesting displays at Palais Lascaris.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Nice to be somewhat warmer, temps between 28°C and 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Museums Beaches

Side Trips

La Croix-Valmer, Antibes, Le Coutelier de Saint-Paul, Trophee d'Auguste, Musee des Troupes de Marine
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire ©
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire
Waterworld lake of gaudrade ©
Waterworld lake of gaudrade

5
nights
Marseille

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.
Attractions like Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Distillerie A. Blachere (in Chateauneuf-du-Pape), Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio & Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence) and Le Bois des Lutins (in Peypin). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, don't miss a visit to Randonnees theatrales Marcel Pagnol Cie Dans la cour des Grands, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Notre Dame du Mai, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Plage de Cavaliere.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Marseille holiday planner .

You can drive from Nice to Marseille in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nice in June: highs in Marseille hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lourdes.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Avignon, Six-Fours-les-Plages, Aix-en-Provence, Laser game Evolution, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Var Lamas ©
Var Lamas

3
nights
Lourdes

Lourdes ©
Lourdes is a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Kids will enjoy Pic Du Midi and Le Chateau des Enigmes. There's lots more to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique de l’Immaculee Conception, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Grotte de Massabielle.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lourdes online trip planner .

Getting from Marseille to Lourdes by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Marseille in June: high temperatures in Lourdes hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Lourdes

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Pic Du Midi, Le Chateau des Enigmes, Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees
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Le Chateau des Enigmes ©
Le Chateau des Enigmes
Pic Du Midi ©
Pic Du Midi
Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees ©
Parc Animalier Des Pyrenees

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.
Bring the kids along to Disneyland Paris and Montparnasse Tower. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris online trip itinerary builder .

Fly from Lourdes to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, and then walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lyon trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. In June in Lyon, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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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
Fourviere Hill ©
Fourviere Hill

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