36 days in San Francisco, New York City & France Itinerary

36 days in San Francisco, New York City & France Itinerary

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San Francisco, United States
— 2 nights
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New York City, United States
— 3 nights
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Paris, France
— 9 nights
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Marseille, France
— 3 nights
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Bandol, France
— 5 nights
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Nice, France
— 6 nights
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Argentiere, France
— 3 nights
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San Francisco, United States

— 2 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
You've added Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, and other attractions to your itinerary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the San Francisco road trip planning app.

Auckland, New Zealand to San Francisco is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 20 hours traveling from Auckland to San Francisco. When traveling from Auckland in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in San Francisco: temperatures range from 25°C by day to 15°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in San Francisco

Childrens Museums · Museums · Parks · Nightlife

New York City, United States

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
New York Media Boat / Adventure Sightseeing Tours has been added to your itinerary. Step out of New York City with an excursion to Bronx Zoo in Bronx--about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and see the interesting displays at New York Public Library.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip planner.

You can fly from San Francisco to New York City in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to New York City is 3 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from San Francisco in June; daily highs in New York City reach 31°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Paris.

Things to do in New York City

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 9 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.
You've added Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles, Arc de Triomphe, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Versailles (La Galerie des Batailles, The Hall of Mirrors, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, get in on the family fun at Jardin d'Acclimatation, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Paris Catacombs, and admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Paris online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from New York City to Paris in 12 hours. Traveling from New York City to Paris, you'll lose 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in June; daily highs in Paris reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Marseille.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Marseille, France

— 3 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Change things up with a short trip to Route des Cretes in La Ciotat (about 42 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, and take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Marseille driving holiday planning tool.

Traveling by train from Paris to Marseille takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, Marseille is somewhat warmer than Paris - with highs of 36°C and lows of 23°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Bandol.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bandol, France

— 5 nights
Bandol is a commune in Var department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, southeastern France. Your day by day itinerary now includes Atlantide as well as Sea Adventure. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, step off the mainland to explore Ile des Embiez, and get outside with Ile du Gaou.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bandol travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Marseille to Bandol takes an hour. In July in Bandol, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 22°C at night. On the 12th (Sun), you're off to Nice.

Things to do in Bandol

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Nice, France

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

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.
Cap'tain Ferrat has been added to your itinerary. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, stroll through Castel Plage, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, and contemplate the long history of Place Garibaldi.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nice visit planner.

Drive from Bandol to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Bandol in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice: temperatures range from 32°C by day to 25°C at night. You will leave for Argentiere on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Argentiere, France

— 3 nights
Argentiere holidays draw skiers and snowboarders in the winter season, while alpine walkers, rock and ice climbers flock to this alpine sports destination throughout the year.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Aiguille du Midi, Grotte de Glace and Montenvers - Mer de Glace Train.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Argentiere tour itinerary maker app.

Drive from Nice to Argentiere in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Argentiere

Nature · Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trip

France travel guide

4.3
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.

Chamonix travel guide

3.7
Mountains · Parasailing & Paragliding · Outdoor Activities
Alpine Capital of the World
"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. The town in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region has the highest European mountain west of Russia called Mont Blanc, offering winter sports, such as snowboarding, skiing, extreme skiing, and ice climbing, as well as summer sports, such as rock climbing, paragliding, rafting, and canyoning.

In the summer, the city is a mecca for alpine mountaineers, mountain bikers, and sightseers drawn to the area by challenges, such as climbing the faces of the Aiguille du Midi, the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, and the massive face climbs on the south side of Mont Blanc. Traversing the Alps on the GR 5 footpath or more accessible challenges like reaching the summit of Mont Blanc via several routes of varying difficulty is also popular.

Chamonix is famous for its spectacular cable car that takes you 3,842 m (12,605 ft) up to the Aiguille du Midi. On the other side of the valley, another cable car links the town to Planpraz. A second line links Planpraz to the summit of Le Brévent at an elevation of 2,525 m (8,282 ft)."