38 days in France & New York City Itinerary

38 days in France & New York City Itinerary

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New York City, United States
— 4 nights
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Paris, France
— 6 nights
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Lyon, France
— 1 day
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Aix-en-Provence, France
— 4 nights
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Sete, France
— 3 nights
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Biarritz, France
— 3 nights
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Bordeaux, France
— 4 nights
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Nantes, France
— 1 night
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Concarneau, France
— 4 nights
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Mont-Saint-Michel, France
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Caen, France
— 1 night
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Giverny, France
— 1 day
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Paris, France
— 1 night
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New York City, United States
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New York City, United States

— 4 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, steep yourself in history at Ellis Island, get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History, and don't miss a visit to Broadway.

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Auckland, New Zealand to New York City is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. You'll gain 17 hours traveling from Auckland to New York City due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Auckland in June, expect nights in New York City to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are much warmer, around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Paris: Versailles (The Trianons & The Hamlet, Palace of Versailles, &more) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower, take a stroll through Montmartre, walk around Luxembourg Gardens, and admire the landmark architecture of Louvre Museum.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Paris holiday website.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Paris takes 12 hours. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in June: high temperatures in Paris hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Lyon, France

— 1 day

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Fourviere Hill, then admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lyon driving holiday planning tool.

Take a train from Paris to Lyon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly; or drive. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Parks

Aix-en-Provence, France

— 4 nights

City of a Thousand Fountains

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Venture out of the city with trips to Calanques (in Cassis) and Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde (in Marseille). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, make a trip to Paul Cezanne’s Studio, explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, and see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip site.

You can drive from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sete.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sete, France

— 3 nights
Sète, known as Cette until 1928, is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sete: Reserve Africaine de Sigean (in Sigean), Aigues-Mortes (Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes & Salin d'Aigues-Mortes) and Europark (in Vias). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Plage des Trois Digues, take some stellar pictures from Mont St-Clair, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cimetiere le Py, and see the interesting displays at Espace Georges Brassens.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sete day trip planning tool.

Drive from Aix-en-Provence to Sete in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Sete can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Biarritz.

Things to do in Sete

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Biarritz, France

— 3 nights
A popular holiday destination with world-class surfing, Biarritz has interesting coastal rock formations and stellar waves that make this luxurious seaside town popular with tourists and surfers alike.
Get out of town with these interesting Biarritz side-trips: Hendaye (Plage d'Hendaye & Chateau Observatoire Abbadia) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Bidarray). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, enjoy the sea views from Phare de Biarritz, take in the exciting artwork at Banaka, and stroll through La Cote des Basques.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Biarritz travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sete to Biarritz takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Sete in July, with highs in Biarritz at 28°C and lows at 19°C. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Biarritz

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Bordeaux, France

— 4 nights

The Port of the Moon

With a long history of producing regional wines since the Romans brought grapevines here during the first century, so many people consider Bordeaux to be the wine capital of the world.
Venture out of the city with trips to La Grande Dune du Pilat (in Pyla-sur-Mer), Zoo de La Palmyre (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes) and Phare de la Coubre (in La Tremblade). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Place de la Bourse, take in the views from Pont de Pierre, admire the striking features of Tour Pey-Berland, and admire the local landmark of Fountain of Three Graces.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bordeaux trip website.

Traveling by car from Biarritz to Bordeaux takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. July in Bordeaux sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Nantes.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Nantes, France

— 1 night

Venice of the West

Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Le Miroir d'Eau, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardin des Plantes, then see the interesting displays at Les Machines de L'ile, and finally contemplate the long history of Porte Saint-Pierre.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nantes day trip website.

You can drive from Bordeaux to Nantes in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Concarneau.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Concarneau, France

— 4 nights
Concarneau is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in north-western France. Explore Concarneau's surroundings by going to Pointe du Raz (in Plogoff), Pointe du Van (in Cleden-Cap-Sizun) and Port De St Goustan (in Auray). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Carnac stones, enjoy the sand and surf at Plage de Cornouaille, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Marinarium, and get outside with Cote Sauvage.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Concarneau trip planner.

You can drive from Nantes to Concarneau in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Nantes in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Concarneau: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Concarneau

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, France

Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Terrasse de l'Ouest and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Concarneau to Mont-Saint-Michel takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to drive to Caen.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Caen, France

— 1 night

City of a Hundred Steeples

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried there, and for the Battle for Caen--heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the city.
For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Caen vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Mont-Saint-Michel to Caen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Giverny.

Things to do in Caen

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Giverny, France

— 1 day
Giverny is a small French village in Upper Normandy, best known as the rural retreat of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet (1840-1926).
On the 26th (Mon), get outside with Avion Normandie - L'Eure de l'Ulm, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Giverny, then take in nature's colorful creations at Fondation Claude Monet, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee des impressionnismes.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Giverny road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Caen to Giverny takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Giverny sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Giverny

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Paris, France

— 1 night

City of Light

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the views from Pont Alexandre III.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris sightseeing planning tool.

You can drive from Giverny to Paris in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to New York City.
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New York City, United States

— 3 nights

Big Apple

Explore New York City further: stroll around Central Park, take a stroll through Times Square, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, and snap pictures at Brooklyn Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online trip builder.

Getting from Paris to New York City by flight takes about 12 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to New York City is minus 6 hours. Traveling from Paris in July, expect New York City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Tours

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.