17 days in Paris, South of France & Greek Isles Itinerary

17 days in Paris, South of France & Greek Isles Itinerary

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17 days in Paris, South of France & Greek Isles Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles, United States
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Paris, France
— 2 nights
+3
Fly + bus + foot + train:  4​h
2
Carcassonne Center, France
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h
3
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
+2
train + Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
4
Lindos, Greece
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
Heraklion, Greece
— 2 nights
shuttle:  2​h
6
Chania Town, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + ferry:  3​h 30​min
7
Akrotiri, Greece
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Naxos, Greece
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h
End: Los Angeles, United States

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): wander the streets of Le Marais, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, then kick back and relax at Paris Plage, and finally stroll through Île de la Cité. Keep things going the next day: wander the streets of Montmartre, then pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe, then examine the collection at Musee d'Orsay, and finally step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis.

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Los Angeles, USA to Paris is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Los Angeles to Paris, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in September; daily highs in Paris reach 70°F and lows reach 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Carcassonne Center.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks
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Arc de Triomphe ©
Arc de Triomphe
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris ©
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris

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Carcassonne Center, France

Carcassonne Center ©
On the 9th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Vincent's Church, explore the historical opulence of Cité de Carcassonne, contemplate the long history of Cathar Castles, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of Saint-Nazaire, then contemplate the long history of Carcassonne Medieval City, and finally admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Carcassonne Center driving holiday site .

Traveling by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi from Paris to Carcassonne Center takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and flight; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in September: highs in Carcassonne Center hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Carcassonne Center

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Cathar Castles ©
Cathar Castles
Eglise Saint-Nazaire ©
Eglise Saint-Nazaire

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Chateau des Baux de Provence, explore the world behind art at Carrieres de Lumieres, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, and finally wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, then see the interesting displays at Site Memorial du Camp des Milles, and then contemplate the long history of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aix-en-Provence day trip planning website .

Getting from Carcassonne Center to Aix-en-Provence by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Aix-en-Provence sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Lindos.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Les Baux de Provence, Marseille, Calanques
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Chateau des Baux de Provence ©
Chateau des Baux de Provence
Carrieres des Lumieres ©
Carrieres des Lumieres
Calanques ©
Calanques

1
night
Lindos, Greece

Lindos ©
A medieval settlement on the island of Rhodes, Lindos provides a mix of ancient history and modern attractions.
On the 12th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Village of Lindos. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Bee Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Kalathos Beach, delve into the distant past at Acropolis of Lindos, then contemplate the long history of The Church of the Panagia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Lindos Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lindos online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Aix-en-Provence to Lindos takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence to Lindos, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Lindos when traveling from Aix-en-Provence in September, with lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Heraklion.

Things to do in Lindos

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalathos Beach, Bee Museum
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Lindos Beach ©
Lindos Beach
Village of Lindos ©
Village of Lindos
The Church of the Panagia ©
The Church of the Panagia

2
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Heraklion, Greece

Heraklion ©
Crete's largest city, Heraklion remains best known for its proximity to a sprawling Bronze Age archaeological site, once the center of a vanished Minoan civilization.
On the 14th (Mon), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, relax in the rural setting at Snail Farm and Fun, then get engrossed in the history at Ιστορικό Μουσείο Κρήτης - Historical Museum of Crete, then get a new perspective on nature at The Natural History Museum of Crete, and finally get engrossed in the history at Heraklion Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, delve into the distant past at The Palace of Knossos, then learn about winemaking at Domaine Paterianakis- Κτήμα Πατεριανάκη, and finally see the interesting displays at Kazantzakis Museum.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Heraklion trip itinerary maker tool .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Lindos to Heraklion in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in September, and nighttime lows around 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the shuttle to Chania Town.

Things to do in Heraklion

Museums Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Palace of Knossos, Snail Farm and Fun, Kazantzakis Museum
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2
nights
Chania Town, Greece

Chania Town ©
The place where Cretan and Venetian cultures merged in the 13th century, Chania Town attracts throngs of tourists with its well-preserved medieval harbor.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Eisodion tis Theotokou, see the interesting displays at Minoan's World, then kick back and relax at Agii Apostoli Beach, then examine the collection at Ancient Olive Tree, and finally kick back and relax at Agia Marina Beach. On your second day here, brush up on your military savvy at Maritime Museum of Crete, then kick back and relax at Chrissi Akti Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nea Chora Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Chania Town day trip site .

Traveling by shuttle from Heraklion to Chania Town takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in September, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Akrotiri.

Things to do in Chania Town

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Agia Marina Beach, Chrissi Akti Beach, Ancient Olive Tree
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Agii Apostoli Beach ©
Agii Apostoli Beach
Maritime Museum of Crete ©
Maritime Museum of Crete
Chrissi Akti Beach ©
Chrissi Akti Beach

2
nights
Akrotiri, Greece

Akrotiri ©
Located on Santorini's southwestern coastline, the small village of Akrotiri sits just a short walk from one of Europe's most significant Bronze Age archaeological sites.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): kick back and relax at Red Beach, learn about winemaking at Venetsanos Winery, see the interesting displays at Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, then learn about winemaking at Avantis Estate - Santorini, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Eros Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Vlichada Beach, see the interesting displays at Tomato Industrial Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and finally explore the ancient world of Akrotiri.

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Getting from Chania Town to Akrotiri by combination of taxi and ferry takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In September, daytime highs in Akrotiri are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can catch the ferry to Naxos.

Things to do in Akrotiri

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vlychada, Eros Beach, Avantis Santorini, Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos, Perissa Black Sand Beach
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Venetsanos Winery ©
Venetsanos Winery
Perissa Black Sand Beach ©
Perissa Black Sand Beach
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos ©
Wine Museum Koutsogiannopoulos

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Naxos, Greece

Naxos ©
Zeus, the master of all gods from Greek mythology, allegedly grew up in a cave on Naxos, a small but fertile island in the South Aegean Sea.
On the 20th (Sun), take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, take a stroll through Old Town, see the interesting displays at Eggares Olive Press Museum, delve into the distant past at Portara, then explore the ancient world of Temple of Apollo, and finally kick back and relax at Pyrgaki. Here are some ideas for day two: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Kouros Statue, and then take an in-depth tour of Venetian Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Naxos route maker .

Getting from Akrotiri to Naxos by ferry takes about 1.5 hours. September in Naxos sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Naxos

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Old Town ©
Old Town
Portara ©
Portara
Eggares Olive Press Museum ©
Eggares Olive Press Museum

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