16 days in France Itinerary

16 days in France Itinerary

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16 days in France Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25 h
1
Nice
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Avignon
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Lyon
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
4
Tours
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 30 min
5
Paris
— 4 nights
Train:  15 min
6
Versailles
— 1 night
Train:  15 min
7
Paris
— 1 night
Fly:  25 h
End: Melbourne

1
night
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.
On the 17th (Fri), appreciate the extensive heritage of Vieille Ville, then get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, then make a trip to Place Massena, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Saint-Nicolas a Nice. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: sample the tasty concoctions at La Brasserie Artisanale de Nice, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, then explore the world behind art at Musee d'Art Moderne Et d'Art Contemporain, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Sainte-Reparate.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Nice journey planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Nice is an approximately 25- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) to Central European Time is minus 9 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Nice

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Musée Marc Chagall ©
Musée Marc Chagall
Vieille Ville ©
Vieille Ville
Colline du Chateau overlook ©
Colline du Chateau overlook

2
nights
Avignon

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 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Rocher des Doms, take in the views from Pont d'Avignon, then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes, then steep yourself in history at Place Crillon, and finally explore the world behind art at Musee Angladon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Avignon trip planner.

You can drive from Nice to Avignon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect little chillier evenings in Avignon when traveling from Nice in April, with lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Lyon.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon
Musee Angladon ©
Musee Angladon

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): examine the collection at Musee Miniature et Cinema, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, then look for gifts at La boutique de Mathilde, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Fourviere Hill. On your second day here, stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or, don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and then examine the collection at Musee des Confluences.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Lyon trip planner.

Traveling by train from Avignon to Lyon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Avignon in April, plan for little chillier days in Lyon, with highs around 20°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can take a train to Tours.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
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

1
night
Tours

Tours ©
Famous for its original medieval district, Tours is famous for its cafes that serve regional wines and interesting architectural bridges crossing the river Loire.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, then take in nature's colorful creations at Chateau de Villandry, and then contemplate the long history of Cathedrale Saint-Gatien.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Tours road trip planning app.

You can take a train from Lyon to Tours in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of tram, flight, and train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tours are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Tours

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, Chateau de Villandry
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Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau ©
Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien ©
Cathedrale Saint-Gatien

4
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.
Paris is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at Louvre Museum, stroll around Luxembourg Gardens, get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees, and admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Paris journey site.

You can take a train from Tours to Paris in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in April, and nighttime lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Versailles.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Musee d'Orsay ©
Musee d'Orsay

1
night
Versailles

Versailles ©
Renowned for its vast royal palace and gardens built by King Louis XIV, Versailles is also one of the wealthiest suburbs of Paris and home to a new cultural notability, such as a thriving artistic and musical scene.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): admire the striking features of The Trianons & The Hamlet, don't miss a visit to La Galerie des Batailles, don't miss a visit to The Hall of Mirrors, then admire the striking features of Palace of Versailles, and finally don't miss a visit to The Water Parterres.

Discover how to plan a Versailles trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Versailles is just a short distance from Paris. In April in Versailles, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Paris.

Things to do in Versailles

Historic Sites
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Palace of Versailles ©
Palace of Versailles
The Trianons & The Hamlet ©
The Trianons & The Hamlet
The Hall of Mirrors ©
The Hall of Mirrors

1
night
Paris

Paris ©
On the 29th (Wed), examine the collection at Musee de l'Orangerie, admire the natural beauty at Jardin des Tuileries, then steep yourself in history at The Paris Catacombs, and finally explore the activities along Seine River.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Paris vacation planner.

Paris is just a stone's throw from Versailles. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paris

Parks Nature Museums
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Seine River ©
Seine River
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs
Musee de l'Orangerie ©
Musee de l'Orangerie

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