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
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Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h
3
Paris, France
— 6 nights
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:  10​h
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.
For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sydney trip itinerary planning tool .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time 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), kick back and relax at Kite Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Al Rahim Mosque, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Gold And Diamond Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dubai trip itinerary maker 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. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Sydney to Dubai due to the time zone difference. In May, Dubai is much warmer than Sydney - with highs of 44°C and lows of 32°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sat) before leaving for Paris.

Things to do in Dubai

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

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chartres Cathedral and Chateau de Fontainebleau. Get some historical perspective at Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, explore the different monuments and memorials at The Catacombs of Paris, explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, and contemplate the long history of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Paris vacation builder app .

You can fly from Dubai to Paris in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Paris is minus 3 hours. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in May, with highs in Paris at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can take a train to Epernay.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Amand, then make a trip to Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines, then learn about winemaking at Champagne Thierry Rodez, and finally do a tasting at Champagne Pierre Morlet. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, learn about winemaking at Champagne Lallement Massonnot, do a tasting at Champagne Joseph Desruets, then do a tasting at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, and finally do a tasting at Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Epernay online trip itinerary 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, Epernay is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lyon.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines, Champagne Thierry Rodez, Champagne Lallement Massonnot, Champagne Roger-Constant Lemaire
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chateau de Cormatin and Abbaye Saint-Philibert. Get some historical perspective at Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Vieux Lyon. Venture out of the city with trips to Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse), Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Chateau de Crussol, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, and make a trip to Le Mur Des Canuts.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip maker website .

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. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Lyon when traveling from Epernay in May, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Monastere Royal de Brou, Chateau de Cormatin, Abbaye Saint-Philibert, Huilerie Richard, Room Escape Games
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Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Chateau de Cormatin ©
Chateau de Cormatin

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the views from Pont d'Avignon and then step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Avignon trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Lyon to Avignon in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lyon in May: highs in Avignon hover around 27°C, while lows dip to 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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Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Popular historic sites such as Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Notre Dame de Beauvoir and Citadelle de Forcalquier. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures), Chartreuse de la Verne (in Collobrieres) and Prieure de Carluc (in Cereste). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, explore the world behind art at Musee de la Faience, take in the dramatic natural features at Calanques, and take an in-depth tour of Paul Cezanne’s Studio.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aix-en-Provence tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Citadelle de Forcalquier, Prieure de Carluc, 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise) and then wander the streets of Le Marais. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon and then take a stroll through Latin Quarter.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Paris online travel 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. 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 reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Dubai trip builder site .

You can fly from Paris to Dubai in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Paris to Dubai. In May, Dubai is much hotter than Paris - with highs of 44°C and lows of 32°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Dubai

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

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bondi Beach, and then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sydney day trip website .

Getting from Dubai to Sydney by flight takes about 16.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Sydney is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get much colder in Sydney: highs are around 24°C and lows about 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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