26 days in Sydney, Dubai & France Itinerary

26 days in Sydney, Dubai & France Itinerary

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26 days in Sydney, Dubai & France Itinerary

Start: Sydney, Australia
1
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 45​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
train + bus:  1​h
7
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 day
Fly:  16​h 30​min
10
Sydney, Australia
— 1 day
End: Sydney, Australia

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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 find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sydney trip itinerary maker .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites
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St Thomas Becket Church ©
St Thomas Becket Church
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
On the 3rd (Fri), enjoy the sand and surf at Kite Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rahim Mosque, and then browse the different shops at Gold And Diamond Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Dubai road trip planning site .

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. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 6 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in May; daily highs in Dubai reach 44°C and lows reach 32°C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Kite Beach ©
Kite Beach
Al Rahim Mosque ©
Al Rahim Mosque

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chartres Cathedral and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, appreciate the history behind Arc de Triomphe, explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, and step off the mainland to explore Île de la Cité.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Dubai to Paris takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Dubai to Paris, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, expect Paris to be cooler, temps between 20°C and 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Epernay.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Fontainebleau, Chartres Cathedral
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Chateau de Fontainebleau
Chateau de Fontainebleau

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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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Amand, make a trip to Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines, then do a tasting at Champagne Thierry Rodez, and finally do a tasting at Champagne Pierre Morlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, do a tasting at Champagne Lallement Massonnot, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Joseph Desruets, then learn about winemaking at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, and finally do a tasting at Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Epernay online route planner .

Traveling by train from Paris to Epernay takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Paris in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Epernay, with lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Lyon.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champagne Thierry Rodez, Eglise Saint Amand, Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines, Champagne Lallement Massonnot
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Champagne Thierry Rodez ©
Champagne Thierry Rodez
Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines ©
Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines
Eglise Saint Amand ©
Eglise Saint Amand

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chateau de Cormatin and Chateau de Crussol. Popular historic sites such as Abbaye Saint-Philibert and Cite medievale de Perouges are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lyon: Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse), Huilerie Richard (in Tain-l'Hermitage) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, make a trip to Fresque des Lyonnais, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieux Lyon.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lyon online vacation planner .

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, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lyon, with lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Chateau de Cormatin, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Cite medievale de Perouges, Chateau de Crussol, Monastere Royal de Brou
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Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin
Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere

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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 17th (Fri): make a trip to Pont d'Avignon and then steep yourself in history at Palais des Papes.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Avignon trip planner .

Getting from Lyon to Avignon by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lyon, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon, ranging from highs of 27°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Notre Dame de Beauvoir. Visit Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine and Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence for their historical value. Explore Aix-en-Provence's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures), Citadelle de Forcalquier (in Forcalquier) and Prieure de Carluc (in Cereste). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathédrale La Major, admire the masterpieces at Musee de la Faience, and wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence holiday planner .

Drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, Scuba & Snorkeling, Chartreuse de la Verne
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Notre Dame de Beauvoir ©
Notre Dame de Beauvoir
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine ©
Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine

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Paris, France

Paris ©
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise) and then shop like a local with Le Marais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Chateau de Maintenon and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Latin Quarter.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Paris trip builder website .

You can fly from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Maintenon
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Chateau de Maintenon ©
Chateau de Maintenon
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise ©
Cemiterio de Pere-Lachaise

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai travel site .

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 when traveling from Paris to Dubai is 3 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Paris in May: high temperatures in Dubai hover around 44°C and lows are around 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Dubai

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Kite Beach ©
Kite Beach

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bondi Beach, and then don't miss a visit to Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sydney online trip planner .

You can fly from Dubai to Sydney in 16.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in May; daily highs in Sydney reach 24°C and lows reach 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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