25 days in France Itinerary

25 days in France Itinerary

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25 days in France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Paris
— 5 nights
train:  4​h
2
Bayeux
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Bayeux
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
5
Amboise
— 3 nights
train:  3​h 30​min
6
Lyon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Aix-en-Provence
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Nice
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
9
Chamonix
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  18​h
End: Johannesburg

5
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Palais Garnier - Opera National de Paris, Grevin Museum, Louvre Museum, and other attractions. Bring the kids along to Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou and Luxembourg Palace. When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Eiffel Tower, make a trip to Champs-Elysees, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, and pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Paris vacation maker site .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of taxi and flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in May, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (20°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Bayeux.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
Seine River ©
Seine River

2
nights
Bayeux

Bayeux ©
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
On the 31st (Sun), look for gifts at Cave a Vin - Le Volet qui penche and then stroll around Jardin Public de Bayeux.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bayeux travel planning site .

Traveling by train from Paris to Bayeux takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Pointe du Hoc, Normandy American Cemetery
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Omaha Beach ©
Omaha Beach
Normandy American Cemetery ©
Normandy American Cemetery

1
night
Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel ©
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire the striking features of Mont Saint-Michel.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mont-Saint-Michel online journey planner .

Getting from Bayeux to Mont-Saint-Michel by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Historic Sites
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Mont Saint-Michel ©
Mont Saint-Michel

few
hours
Bayeux

Bayeux
To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux trip itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll travel to Amboise.

Things to do in Bayeux

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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3
nights
Amboise

Amboise ©
Amboise is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. Bring the kids along to Le Chateau du Clos Luce - Parc Leonardo da Vinci and Mini-Châteaux Val de Loire. Explore Amboise's surroundings by going to Chateau Royal de Blois (in Blois), Collégiale Saint-Aignan (in Saint-Aignan) and Chateau de Chambord (in Chambord). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Chateau Royal d'Amboise, do a tasting at Plou Et Fils, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Closerie de Chanteloup - Brasserie d' Amboise.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Amboise itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Amboise takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Lyon.

Things to do in Amboise

Historic Sites Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Chateau de Chambord, Chateau Royal de Blois
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Chateau de Chambord ©
Chateau de Chambord
Chateau Royal d'Amboise ©
Chateau Royal d'Amboise

2
nights
Lyon

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.
Go for a jaunt from Lyon to Perouges to see Cite medievale de Perouges about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tee off at Parc de la Tete d'Or, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, make a trip to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and stop by La boutique de Mathilde.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lyon online trip itinerary builder .

Take a train from Amboise to Lyon in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and tram; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Amboise in June; daily highs in Lyon reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Cite medievale de Perouges
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or ©
Parc de la Tete d'Or
Traboules du Vieux Lyon ©
Traboules du Vieux Lyon

2
nights
Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 9th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: have some family-friendly fun at Aviasim Aix-en-Provence, examine the collection at Fondation Vasarely, then wander the streets of Cours Mirabeau, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Aix-en-Provence trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Lyon to Aix-en-Provence takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of tram and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Aix-en-Provence can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nice.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Calanques
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Fondation Vasarely ©
Fondation Vasarely

3
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.
Step out of Nice with an excursion to Lérins Islands in Cannes--about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: observe the fascinating underwater world at Marineland, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Nicholas Cathedral, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nice trip planner .

Traveling by car from Aix-en-Provence to Nice takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in June, expect nights in Nice to be about the same, around 22°C, while days are slightly colder, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Chamonix.

Things to do in Nice

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lérins Islands, Marineland
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Marineland ©
Marineland
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

4
nights
Chamonix

Chamonix ©
"Situated near the massive peaks of the Aiguilles Rouges and, most notably, the Aiguille du Midi, Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in France and known as the Alpine Capital of the World.
Family-friendly places like Parc de Merlet and Les Gorges de la Diosaz will thrill your kids. Explore Chamonix's surroundings by going to Station de Ski les Saisies (in Les Saisies), Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage (in Talloires) and Lac d'Annecy (in Annecy). And it doesn't end there: glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, fly down the slopes at Domaine des Planards, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, and get outside with Lac Bleu.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Chamonix trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Nice to Chamonix in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Chamonix

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lac d'Annecy, Station de Ski les Saisies, Oxygene Ski School Val d'Isere, River Rafting & Tubing, Eglise Saint-Germain l'Ermitage
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Parc de Merlet ©
Parc de Merlet
Aiguille du Midi ©
Aiguille du Midi
Brevent Cable Car ©
Brevent Cable Car

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