12 days in France, Portugal & Johannesburg Itinerary

12 days in France, Portugal & Johannesburg Itinerary

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Paris, France
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Lyon, France
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Val Thorens, France
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Lyon, France
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Faro, Portugal
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Portimao, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Paris, France
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Johannesburg, South Africa

— 1 day

City of Light

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): examine the collection at Apartheid Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Johannesburg trip itinerary builder site.

Durban to Johannesburg is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Johannesburg when traveling from Durban in August, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums
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Paris, France

City of Light

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.
For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Paris trip tool.

You can fly from Johannesburg to Paris in 14 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg to Paris, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Johannesburg in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of 16°C in Paris. You'll set off for Lyon on the 31st (Tue).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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Lyon, France

Culinary Capital of France

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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Lyon holiday maker app.

Getting from Paris to Lyon by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Val Thorens.

Things to do in Lyon

Parks
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Val Thorens, France

— 4 nights
Val Thorens, located in the Tarentaise Valley, Savoie, French Alps, is the highest ski resort in Europe, at 2300 m altitude. Explore Val Thorens' surroundings by going to snow panthers motoneige (in Macot-la-Plagne), La Plagne (in La Plagne-Tarentaise) and Reve d'Eau (in Bellentre). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at La Belle en Cuisse, hit the slopes at Domaine Skiable de Val Thorens, and stroll through Ferme & jardins de Chez Pepe Nicolas.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Val Thorens vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Lyon to Val Thorens takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lyon.

Things to do in Val Thorens

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Shopping

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Lyon, France

Culinary Capital of France

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lyon journey planner.

You can drive from Val Thorens to Lyon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 4th (Sat), you'll travel to Faro.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Museums · Outdoors
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Faro, Portugal

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
On the 4th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Roman Ruins of Milreu.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Faro trip maker website.

You can fly from Lyon to Faro in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lyon to Faro. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Faro when traveling from Lyon in September, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Portimao.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Portimao, Portugal

— 5 nights
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portimao: Lagos (Ponta da Piedade & Praia Dona Ana), Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Speed Boats Tours (in Albufeira). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, look for gifts at Mar d'Estorias, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Portimao trip planner.

You can drive from Faro to Portimao in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Portimao sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Portimao

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Belém Tower and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon attractions app.

Traveling by car from Portimao to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites
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Paris, France

City of Light

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Paris journey planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Paris in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon to Paris, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, Paris is a bit cooler than Lisbon - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. You will leave for Johannesburg on the 9th (Thu).

Things to do in Paris

Nightlife · Historic Sites · Shopping · Tours
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Johannesburg, South Africa

City of Light

Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg online trip maker.

Fly from Paris to Johannesburg in 14 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to South Africa Standard Time (SAST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Paris in September, you will find days in Johannesburg are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are about the same (12°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Johannesburg

Museums · Historic Sites
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France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Portugal travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.