18 days in France Itinerary

18 days in France Itinerary

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18 days in France Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  14 h 30 min
1
Paris
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
2
Nantes
— 7 nights
Fly + Tram:  3 h 30 min
3
Lyon
— 6 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h
End: Johannesburg

3
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.
On the 12th (Sat), admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, and then browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Sainte-Chapelle, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, then contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, and finally admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paris tour itinerary builder.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Paris is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Central European Time (CET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Johannesburg in September, you will find days in Paris are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (13°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nantes.

Things to do in Paris

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

7
nights
Nantes

Nantes ©
Regarded as an art and history city, Nantes is called the Venice of the West.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nantes: Le Sacre Coeur (in Cholet), Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry) and La Rochelle (Le Comptoir Charentais, Aquarium La Rochelle, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Puy du Fou, explore the historical opulence of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, steep yourself in history at Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau, and admire the striking features of Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Nantes day trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Paris to Nantes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Nantes can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nantes

Historic Sites Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Angers, La Rochelle, Fontevraud L'Abbaye Royale, Centre Historique de Vannes, Chateau de Villandry
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Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne ©
Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
Puy du Fou ©
Puy du Fou
Aquarium La Rochelle ©
Aquarium La Rochelle

6
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.
Explore Lyon's surroundings by going to Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lac d'Annecy), Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu & Athenaeum) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapelle Saint-Vincent., don't miss a visit to Traboules du Vieux Lyon, and stroll around Parc de la Tete d'Or.

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Traveling by combination of flight and tram from Nantes to Lyon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Lyon are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Beaune, Annecy, Musee de Grenoble, Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval, Chapelle Saint-Vincent.
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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
Lake Annecy ©
Lake Annecy

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