48 days in France & South Africa Itinerary

48 days in France & South Africa Itinerary

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48 days in France & South Africa Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fly:  17 h
1
Nice, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Hyeres, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Robion, France
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
4
Avignon, France
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France
— 7 nights
+4
Fly + Bus + Foot + Subway + Train:  7 h
6
Bayeux, France
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Paris, France
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h
8
Cape Town, South Africa
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
End: Johannesburg, South Africa

6
nights
Nice, France

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.
Attractions like Marineland and Castel Plage make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Nice: La Petite Cave de Saint Paul (in St-Paul-de-Vence), Aqualand Frejus (in Frejus) and Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Vieille Ville, step into the grandiose world of Haut de Cagnes, get outside with Lac de Saint-Cassien, and don't miss a visit to Place Massena.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nice travel route app .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Nice is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Nice is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in August: highs in Nice hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hyeres.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Antibes, Cagnes-sur-Mer, La Petite Cave de Saint Paul, Aqualand Frejus, Lac de Saint-Cassien
Highlights from your plan
Marineland ©
Marineland
Aqualand Frejus ©
Aqualand Frejus
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire ©
Grotte de Saint-Cezaire

7
nights
Hyeres, France

Hyeres ©
Hyères, Provençal Occitan: Ieras in classical norm, or Iero in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France.The old town lies 4km from the sea clustered around the Castle of Saint Bernard, which is set on a hill. Kids will enjoy Le Bois des Lutins and Plage noire du Langoustier. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hyeres: La Ponche Beach (in Saint-Tropez), Aqualand Saint Maxime (in Sainte-Maxime) and La Croix-Valmer (Plage de Gigaro & Plage de Sylvabelle). There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Kiddy Parc, stroll through Plage de l'Estagnol, kick back and relax at Plage La Capte, and have fun and explore at Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Hyeres tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Nice to Hyeres in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Nice in August, expect little chillier with lows of 20°C in Hyeres. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Robion.

Things to do in Hyeres

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bormes-Les-Mimosas, La Croix-Valmer, Le Lavandou, Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne, Pirates Aventures
Highlights from your plan
Plage de Gigaro ©
Plage de Gigaro
Le Bois des Lutins ©
Le Bois des Lutins
Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne ©
Musee de la Mine du Cap Garonne

1
night
Robion, France

Robion ©
Robion is a commune in the Vaucluse department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France. Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by La Roumaniere, look for all kinds of wild species at Les Gorges de Regalon, then examine the collection at Musee de la Lavande, and finally experience rural life at Les Fermiers En Herbe.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Robion online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hyeres to Robion takes 2 hours. In August in Robion, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Avignon.

Things to do in Robion

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Les Gorges de Regalon, Musee de la Lavande Luberon, Les Fermiers En Herbe
Highlights from your plan
Les Gorges de Regalon ©
Les Gorges de Regalon
Musee de la Lavande Luberon ©
Musee de la Lavande Luberon
Les Fermiers En Herbe ©
Les Fermiers En Herbe

7
nights
Avignon, France

Avignon ©
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.
Bring the kids along to Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Get out of town with these interesting Avignon side-trips: Le Parc Alexis Gruss (in Piolenc), Roman Theatre of Orange (in Orange) and Base Canyon de la Besorgues (in Labastide-sur-Besorgues). Pack the 23rd (Fri) with family-friendly diversions at Le Parc des Labyrinthes Géants. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Bureau des moniteurs du gard, get outside with Ventoux Aventure, contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, and admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Avignon trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Robion to Avignon in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Avignon are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Le Parc des Labyrinthes Géants, Base Canyon de la Besorgues, Plage du Cavaou
Highlights from your plan
Cimes et Canyons ©
Cimes et Canyons
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Le Parc Alexis Gruss ©
Le Parc Alexis Gruss

7
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda, France

Sarlat-la-Caneda ©
Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Family-friendly places like Chateau de Castelnaud and Gouffre de Padirac will thrill your kids. Change things up with these side-trips from Sarlat-la-Caneda: Brantome Police Horses & Friends (in Saint-Pancrace), Le Bugue (Le Bournat, Aquarium du Perigord Noir, & more) and Chateau de Puyguilhem (in Villars). And it doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Reserve Zoologique de Calviac, and contemplate the long history of Roc de Cazelle.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sarlat-la-Caneda trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Avignon to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Sarlat-la-Caneda when traveling from Avignon in August, with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Theme Parks Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Le Bugue, Brantome Police Horses & Friends, Reserve Zoologique de Calviac
Highlights from your plan
Jacquou parc ©
Jacquou parc
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

6
nights
Bayeux, France

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Bring the kids along to Zoo de Champrepus and Chateau Guillaume le Conquerant. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bayeux: Mont-Saint-Michel (Terrasse de l'Ouest & Mont Saint-Michel), Caramels d'Isigny (in Isigny-sur-Mer) and Ferme de Canon (in Mezidon-Canon). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, get to know the resident critters at Zoo de Jurques, and steep yourself in history at Remains Mulberry Harbour.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bayeux online route planner .

You can drive from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Bayeux in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in August: highs in Bayeux hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.

Things to do in Bayeux

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Mont-Saint-Michel, Remains Mulberry Harbour, Normandy American Cemetery, Cerza, Ferme pedagogique de Canon
Highlights from your plan
Falaises d'Etretat ©
Falaises d'Etretat
Cerza ©
Cerza
Zoo de Champrepus ©
Zoo de Champrepus

7
nights
Paris, France

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.
Attractions like Disneyland Paris and Montparnasse Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Fondation Claude Monet (in Giverny). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Paris itinerary maker .

Take a train from Bayeux to Paris in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Paris, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Cape Town.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Fondation Claude Monet, Palace of Versailles
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Jardin d'Acclimatation ©
Jardin d'Acclimatation

4
nights
Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Family-friendly places like Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony will thrill your kids. The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, examine the collection at District Six Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Two Oceans Aquarium, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Before you visit Cape Town, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by flight from Paris to Cape Town takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Paris to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Town

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Cape Point ©
Cape Point
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony ©
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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