17 days in France Itinerary

17 days in France Itinerary

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17 days in France Itinerary

Start: Gold Coast
Drive + Fly:  29​h
1
Nice
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Arles
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Carcassonne
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Amboise
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Paris
— 4 nights
+2
Fly + foot + train:  28​h
End: Gold Coast

2
nights
Nice

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.
On the 4th (Sat), take a stroll through Vieille Ville and then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, don't miss a visit to Place Massena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Promenade des Anglais.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip website .

Gold Coast, Australia to Nice is an approximately 29-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to Central European Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Gold Coast in April, with highs in Nice at 20°C and lows at 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Arles.

Things to do in Nice

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook
Promenade des Anglais ©
Promenade des Anglais

2
nights
Arles

Arles ©
Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Change things up with these side-trips from Arles: Chateau des Baux de Provence (in Les Baux de Provence), Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Horseback Riding Tours, & more) and Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes (in Aigues-Mortes). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Carrieres des Lumieres, take in the spiritual surroundings of Eglise St-Trophime, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardins de la Fontaine, and take an in-depth tour of Musee Departemental Arles Antique.

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Traveling by car from Nice to Arles takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in April, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Carcassonne.

Things to do in Arles

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Nimes, Les Baux de Provence, Tours et Remparts d'Aigues-Mortes
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Promenade a Cheval La Marisma ©
Promenade a Cheval La Marisma
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue ©

1
night
Carcassonne

Carcassonne ©
Best known as a fortified town, Carcassonne is a walled city that provided the inspiration for the castle in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" and the location for many scenes in Kevin Costner's movie "Robin Hood." For a daily dose of excitement, medieval jousting tournaments are held twice per day between the two walls--while this may sound like a typical touristy show, it's actually an entertaining display of combative competition and horsemanship.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): ponder the design of Fountain of Neptune, do a tasting at O'Vineyards, steep yourself in history at Cathar Castles, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Comtal, and finally wander the streets of Cité de Carcassonne.

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You can drive from Arles to Carcassonne in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Carcassonne are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Carcassonne

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Wineries
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O'Vineyards ©
O'Vineyards
Cité de Carcassonne ©
Cité de Carcassonne
Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles

2
nights
Sarlat-la-Caneda

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Milandes, steep yourself in history at Chateau de Castelnaud, and then explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Beynac. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Vieux Sarlat, then stroll around Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, then experience rural life at Les Noyeraies du Landers, and finally Head underground at Lascaux II.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sarlat-la-Caneda sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Carcassonne to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Carcassonne in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Amboise.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, Chateau de Beynac, Les Jardins de Marqueyssac, Lascaux II
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Les Noyeraies du Landers ©
Les Noyeraies du Landers
Chateau de Castelnaud ©
Chateau de Castelnaud
Chateau des Milandes ©
Chateau des Milandes

2
nights
Amboise

Amboise
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, then explore the historical opulence of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, then get engrossed in the history at Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci, and finally do a tasting at Plou Et Fils. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, see the interesting displays at Chateau de Chenonceau, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise.

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Traveling by car from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Amboise takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Amboise can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Amboise

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Chateau de Chenonceau
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Chateau de Chenonceau ©
Chateau de Chenonceau
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

4
nights
Paris

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, don't miss a visit to Place de la Concorde, head off the coast to Île de la Cité, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris online holiday planner .

Getting from Amboise to Paris by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Paris are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower

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