51 days in France & Leon Itinerary

51 days in France & Leon Itinerary

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51 days in France & Leon Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
Fly:  25​h
1
Nice, France
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Marseille, France
— 5 nights
Fly:  3​h
3
Toulouse, France
— 5 nights
train + Fly:  6​h 30​min
4
Leon, Spain
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h
5
Bordeaux, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
6
Tours, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Le Havre, France
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Paris, France
— 5 nights
train:  2​h
9
Lyon, France
— 5 nights
tram + Fly:  3​h
10
Strasbourg, France
— 4 nights
train + Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney, Australia

4
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.
Explore Nice's surroundings by going to Cannes (Le Suquet & La Croisette), Saint-Paul de Vence (in St-Paul-de-Vence) and Le Sentier du Littoral, Cap d'Antibes (in Antibes). And it doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Vieille Ville, contemplate the long history of La cité médiévale, take some stellar pictures from Colline du Chateau overlook, and take in nature's colorful creations at Le Jardin exotique d'Eze.

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Sydney, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Nice due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in June, with highs in Nice at 28°C and lows at 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Eze, Antibes, Cannes, Villa & Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Paul de Vence
Highlights from your plan
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

5
nights
Marseille, France

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.
Explore Marseille's surroundings by going to Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres), Avignon (Pont d'Avignon & Palais des Papes) and Arles (Amphitheatre (les Arenes) & Eglise St-Trophime). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, explore the striking landscape at Calanques, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, and get to know the fascinating history of Vieil Aix.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Marseille journey planner .

Getting from Nice to Marseille by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Nice in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Marseille, with highs around 33°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Toulouse.

Things to do in Marseille

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Avignon, Arles, Vieil Aix, Calanques
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Calanques ©
Calanques

5
nights
Toulouse, France

Toulouse ©
On the Garonne River, Toulouse is on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, and even today, many of the smaller streets follow their Roman counterparts, while many of the red brick buildings are built in a pseudo-Roman style.
Get out of town with these interesting Toulouse side-trips: Albi (Cathedrale Sainte-Cecile, Les Jardins de la Berbie, & more), Carcassonne Center (Eglise Saint-Nazaire & Cité de Carcassonne) and Pont Valentre (in Cahors). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Saint-Sernin, make a trip to Place du Capitole, engage your brain at Aeroscopia, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Toulouse travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Marseille to Toulouse by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Leon.

Things to do in Toulouse

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Albi, Carcassonne, Aeroscopia, Pont Valentre
Highlights from your plan
Cite de l'espace ©
Cite de l'espace
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Basilique Saint-Sernin ©
Basilique Saint-Sernin

5
nights
Leon, Spain

Leon ©
León is the capital of the province of León, located in the northwest of Spain. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Leon: Lake Covadonga (in Cangas de Onis), Oviedo (Esculturas Oviedo, Santa María del Naranco. Prerrománico asturiano, & more) and Gijon (Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura, Playa de San Lorenzo, & more). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral, steep yourself in history at La Basilica De San Isidoro De Leon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Astorga Cathedral, and take in the exciting artwork at Palacio De Gaudi.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Leon trip maker .

Do a combination of train and flight from Toulouse to Leon in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Toulouse in June: high temperatures in Leon hover around 27°C and lows are around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Bordeaux.

Things to do in Leon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Gijon, Oviedo, Cangas de Onis, Astorga, Castillo de los Templarios
Highlights from your plan
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral ©
Santa Maria de Leon Cathedral
Room Escape Games
Lake Covadonga ©
Lake Covadonga

5
nights
Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux
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.
Camino de Santiago has been added to your itinerary. Explore Bordeaux's surroundings by going to Zoo de La Palmyre (in La Palmyre-Les Mathes), Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines (in Meschers-sur-Gironde) and Dune du Pilat (in La Teste-de-Buch). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Andre Cathedral, make a trip to The Water Mirror, and ponder the design of Fountain of Three Graces.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bordeaux journey maker tool .

Getting from Leon to Bordeaux by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Leon in July, Bordeaux is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Bordeaux

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Dune du Pilat, Grottes du Regulus et des Fontaines, Zoo de La Palmyre, Camino de Santiago
Highlights from your plan
Dune du Pilat
Dune du Pilat
Place de la Bourse (Place Royale) ©
St. Andre Cathedral ©
St. Andre Cathedral

5
nights
Tours, France

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tours: ZooParc de Beauval (in Saint-Aignan), Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire (in Chaumont-sur-Loire) and Futuroscope (in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal de Blois, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien, and don't miss a visit to Chateau de Chambord.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tours journey planner .

Take a train from Bordeaux to Tours in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Tours, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Le Havre.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Amboise, Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Chateau de Chenonceau, Chateau Royal de Blois, Chateau de Chambord
Highlights from your plan
Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Futuroscope ©
Futuroscope

5
nights
Le Havre, France

Le Havre ©
Le Havre is a port city at the mouth of the Seine, on the English Channel in Upper Normandy.
Get out of town with these interesting Le Havre side-trips: Pointe du Hoc (in Cricqueville-en-Bessin), Omaha Beach (in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer) and Remains Mulberry Harbour (in Arromanches-les-Bains). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of American Cemetery & Memorial, see the interesting displays at Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and make a trip to Vieux Bassin.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Le Havre road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tours to Le Havre takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Tours in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Le Havre: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Paris.

Things to do in Le Havre

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Honfleur, Bayeux, Rouen, Omaha Beach, Falaises d'Etretat
Highlights from your plan
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux ©
Musee de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen ©
Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen

5
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.
Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Versailles (The Hall of Mirrors & Palace of Versailles) and Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sainte-Chapelle, admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, and get to know the fascinating history of Champs-Elysees.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris itinerary planner.

Getting from Le Havre to Paris by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Le Havre, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Versailles, Disneyland Paris
Highlights from your plan
Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

5
nights
Lyon, France

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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, explore by horseback at Parc de la Tete d'Or, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lyon road trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Paris to Lyon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or drive. July in Lyon sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Strasbourg.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Monastere Royal de Brou
Highlights from your plan
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

4
nights
Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg ©
Strasbourg is famous for its beautiful historical center, the Grande Île, which was the first city center classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Change things up with these side-trips from Strasbourg: Vieille Ville (in Riquewihr), Colmar (Little Venice & Old Town) and Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg (in Orschwiller). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg, ponder the world of politics at European Parliament Strasbourg, make a trip to Vieille ville d'Eguisheim, and take a stroll through La Petite France.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Strasbourg travel planner.

You can do a combination of tram and flight from Lyon to Strasbourg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Strasbourg, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Strasbourg

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Colmar, Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, Vieille Ville, Vieille ville d'Eguisheim
Highlights from your plan
Cathedrale Notre Dame de Strasbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg ©
Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg
La Petite France ©
La Petite France

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