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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, then admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, and then explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Sainte-Chapelle, then admire the natural beauty at Luxembourg Gardens, then admire all the interesting features of Eiffel Tower, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Paris trip planning tool.

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 changes from South Africa Standard Time to Central European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in September, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Paris: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to catch the 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantes: Ackerman (in Saumur), Angers (Art Chapel Gallery, Musee Lurcat, &more) and Chateau de Villandry (in Villandry). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Les Machines de L'ile, put a fun spin on your tour with Sisters Mysteres, get outside with La Rochelle Croisiere Haka, and step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nantes tour itinerary maker website.

Take a train from Paris to Nantes in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lyon.

Things to do in Nantes

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Angers, La Rochelle, Carnac, Ackerman, Centre Historique de Vannes
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Jardin des Plantes ©
Jardin des Plantes
Les Machines de L'ile ©
Les Machines de L'ile
Chateau de Villandry ©
Chateau de Villandry

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lyon: Annecy (La Vieille Ville & Lake Annecy), Baume-les-Messieurs (Reculee de Baume-les-Messieurs & Belvedere de Granges-sur-Baume) and Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu (in Beaune). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere, get your game on at DreamAway Lyon, get to know the fascinating history of Vieux Lyon, and see the interesting displays at Musee Miniature et Cinema.

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

Getting from Nantes to Lyon by combination of flight and tram takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Baume-les-Messieurs, Annecy, Musee Claude Bernard, Hôtel-Dieu Museum Musée de l'Hôtel-Dieu, Mini World Lyon
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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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