26 days in France, Sydney & Suburbs & Dubai Itinerary

26 days in France, Sydney & Suburbs & Dubai Itinerary

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26 days in France, Sydney & Suburbs & Dubai Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
1
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
3
Paris, France
— 6 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
Epernay, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
6
Avignon, France
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
7
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sydney, Australia

1
night
Sydney, Australia

Sydney
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sydney travel website .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. May in Sydney sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. You will leave for Dubai on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Tours Nightlife
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1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Dubai holiday builder website .

You can fly from Sydney to Dubai in 16.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Dubai, you'll gain 6 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: high temperatures in Dubai hover around 44°C and lows are around 32°C. You will leave for Paris on the 4th (Sat).

Things to do in Dubai

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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6
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 hidden gems such as Chartres Cathedral and Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres. Let the collections at Musee d'Orsay and Appartement-Atelier de Le Corbusier capture your imagination. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Palace of Versailles (in Versailles) and Le Bois des Aigles (in Balines). There's much more to do: admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, get to know the fascinating history of Île de la Cité, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and make a trip to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Paris trip maker website .

You can fly from Dubai to Paris in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Dubai to Paris. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Dubai in May: high temperatures in Paris hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. You will leave for Epernay on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Palace of Versailles, Le Bois des Aigles, Arboretum des Grandes Bruyeres, Chartres Cathedral
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles

2
nights
Epernay, France

Epernay ©
Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Memorial de Dormans 14-18 and Champagne Domi. Step out of the city life by going to Foret Domaniale de Verzy and Les Faux de Verzy. Explore Epernay's surroundings by going to Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial (in Fere-en-Tardenois) and WWI Marine Memorial at Belleau Wood (in Chateau-Thierry). And it doesn't end there: learn about winemaking at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, look for gifts at Champagne Janisson Baradon et Fils, and pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Pierre d'Hautvillers.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Epernay trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Paris to Epernay in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Epernay when traveling from Paris in May, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lyon.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Hautvillers, Verzy, Champagne Roger Manceaux, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery and Memorial, WWI Marine Memorial at Belleau Wood
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Paul-Etienne Saint Germain ©
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain
Memorial de Dormans 14-18 ©
Memorial de Dormans 14-18

4
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 hidden gems such as Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Col du Beal. Your inner history buff will appreciate Vieux Lyon and Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste. Venture out of the city with trips to Cite du Chocolat Valrhona (in Tain-l'Hermitage), Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives) and Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, get a taste of the local shopping with Galerie Estades Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lyon road trip app .

Traveling by car from Epernay to Lyon takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train, flight, and tram. Traveling from Epernay in May, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Lyon. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow time for the train ride to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Cite medievale de Perouges, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Cite du Chocolat Valrhona, Col du Beal
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Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval
Col du Beal ©
Col du Beal
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): stroll through Ile de la Barthelasse.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lyon in May, expect nights in Avignon to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Musee du Petit Palais ©
Musee du Petit Palais

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nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine. Museum-lovers will get to explore Site Memorial du Camp des Milles and Chateau La Coste en Provence. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures), Calanques (in Cassis) and Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Parc national des Calanques. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, stop by Lavande Angelvin, explore the world behind art at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Notre Dame de Beauvoir.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence trip maker tool .

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Lavande Angelvin, Scuba & Snorkeling, Calanques
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Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Scuba & Snorkeling

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nights
Paris, France

Paris ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Ile Saint-Louis, get a taste of the local shopping with Saint Germain des Pres Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Musee Rodin, and finally ponder the world of politics at Hotel de Ville. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Seine River, then take a stroll through Le Marais, and then admire the landmark architecture of Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Paris route planner.

Traveling by flight from Aix-en-Provence to Paris takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, things will get a bit cooler in Paris: highs are around 20°C and lows about 11°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Dubai.

Things to do in Paris

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
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Musee Rodin ©
Musee Rodin
Le Marais ©
Le Marais

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night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Paris to Dubai takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Gulf Standard Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Paris in May, expect Dubai to be warmer, temps between 44°C and 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Dubai

Historic Sites
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Bastakia Quarter ©
Bastakia Quarter

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