26 days in France, Sydney & Suburbs & Dubai Itinerary

26 days in France, Sydney & Suburbs & Dubai Itinerary

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Sydney, Australia
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Epernay, France
— 2 nights
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Lyon, France
— 4 nights
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Avignon, France
— 1 night
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 6 nights
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Paris, France
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Sydney, Australia

— 1 night

The Harbour City

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sydney travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Sydney can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. You will leave for Dubai on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Nightlife

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 1 night

City of Gold

Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dubai trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Sydney to Dubai takes 17 hours. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Sydney to Dubai due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Dubai reach 44°C and lows reach 32°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Dubai

Tours · Outdoors · Shopping · Nightlife

Paris, France

— 6 nights

City of Light

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.
Louvre Museum and Appartement-Atelier de Le Corbusier will appeal to museum buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Chartres Cathedral and Le Bois des Aigles. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Arboretum des Grandes Bruyères (in Ingrannes) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Paris online sightseeing planner.

Fly from Dubai to Paris in 10 hours. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. You'll set off for Epernay on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Epernay, France

— 2 nights

Capital of Champagne

Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Moet et Chandon and Aisne Marne American Cemetery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain and Champagne Roger Manceaux. Step out of Epernay with an excursion to Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial in Fere-en-Tardenois--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers, head outdoors with Les Faux de Verzy, get engrossed in the history at Memorial de Dormans 14-18, and do a tasting at Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils.

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Traveling by car from Paris to Epernay takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Paris in May since evenings lows in Epernay dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 4 nights

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Vieux Lyon and Cite medievale de Perouges. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Cathedrale saint Jean-Baptiste. Get out of town with these interesting Lyon side-trips: Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Col du Beal (in Saint-Pierre-la-Bourlhonne). There's still lots to do: walk around Parc de la Tete d'Or, view the masterpieces at Galerie Estades Lyon, and examine the collection at Fresque des Lyonnais.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lyon trip builder tool.

Drive from Epernay to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Epernay in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lyon, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Avignon, France

— 1 night

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Ile de la Barthelasse.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Avignon trip itinerary tool.

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lyon in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon: temperatures range from 27°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Nature · Parks

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 6 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Let the collections at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations and Chateau La Coste en Provence capture your imagination. Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Site Memorial du Camp des Milles are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures), Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume) and Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, experience rural life at Lavande Angelvin, explore the striking landscape of Parc National des Calanques, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Notre Dame de Beauvoir.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Aix-en-Provence driving holiday planning site.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Paris, France

— 2 nights

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): visit Ile Saint-Louis, take a stroll through Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Seine River, wander the streets of Le Marais, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Paris trip planner.

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May; daily highs in Paris reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Dubai.

Things to do in Paris

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Nature

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

— 1 night

City of Gold

Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Bastakia Quarter.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dubai day trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dubai takes 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is 3 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in May; daily highs in Dubai reach 44°C and lows reach 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Dubai

Historic Sites
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.