26 days in Sydney, Dubai & France Itinerary

26 days in Sydney, Dubai & France Itinerary

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1
Sydney, Australia
— 1 night
2
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 night
3
Paris, France
— 6 nights
4
Epernay, France
— 2 nights
5
Lyon, France
— 4 nights
6
Avignon, France
— 1 night
7
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 6 nights
8
Paris, France
— 2 nights
9
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 1 day
10
Sydney, Australia
— 1 day

1
night
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Thomas Becket Church and then snap pictures at Sydney Harbour Bridge.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sydney online sightseeing planner.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiport is Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport. May in Sydney sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Sydney

Historic Sites
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St Thomas Becket Church ©
St Thomas Becket Church
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge

1
night
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kite Beach by Meraas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Rahim Mosque, and then browse the different shops at Gold And Diamond Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip builder website.

Getting from Sydney to Dubai by flight takes about 17 hours. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Sydney to Dubai due to the time zone difference. In May, Dubai is much hotter than Sydney - with highs of °C and lows of °C. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Paris.

Things to do in Dubai

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kite Beach by Meraas ©
Kite Beach by Meraas
Al Rahim Mosque ©
Al Rahim Mosque
Gold And Diamond Park ©
Gold And Diamond Park

6
nights
Paris, France

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chartres Cathedral and Île de la Cité. Your inner history buff will appreciate Eiffel Tower and Sainte-Chapelle. Step out of Paris to go to Fontainebleau and see Chateau de Fontainebleau, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, admire the striking features of Arc de Triomphe, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and shop like a local with Champs-Elysees.

To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Paris online journey maker.

You can fly from Dubai to Paris in 10 hours. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, expect Paris to be colder, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Epernay.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chartres Cathedral, Chateau de Fontainebleau
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Eiffel Tower ©
Eiffel Tower
Chartres Cathedral ©
Chartres Cathedral
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre ©
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

2
nights
Epernay, France

Epernay ©
Best known for its Champagne production, Épernay is a small town featuring several famous brands, including Moët & Chandon, that have been aged in the miles of tunneled cellars carved from chalk rock beneath the town.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Eglise Saint Amand, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbaye de Trois-Fontaines, thendo a tasting at Champagne Thierry Rodez, and finally learn about winemaking at Champagne Pierre Morlet. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, do a tasting at Champagne Lallement Massonnot, do a tasting at Champagne Joseph Desruets, thendo a tasting at Paul-Etienne Saint Germain, and finally learn about winemaking at Champagne Boizel - Atelier 1834.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Epernay trip planner.

You can drive from Paris to Epernay in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Epernay when traveling from Paris in May, with lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for Lyon.

Things to do in Epernay

Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Champagne Bochet-Lemoine, Champagne Pierre Morlet, Champagne Thierry Rodez, Champagne Joseph Desruets, Eglise Saint Amand
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Champagne Thierry Rodez ©
Champagne Thierry Rodez
Eglise Saint Amand ©
Eglise Saint Amand
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain ©
Paul-Etienne Saint Germain

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nights
Lyon, France

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.
Vieux Lyon and Chateau de Cormatin will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere and Chateau de Crussol. Venture out of the city with trips to Cite medievale de Perouges (in Perouges), Monastere Royal de Brou (in Bourg-en-Bresse) and Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval (in Hauterives). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Abbaye Saint-Philibert, see the interesting displays at Fresque des Lyonnais, look for gifts at Huilerie Richard, and don't miss a visit to Le Mur Des Canuts.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lyon tour builder.

Drive from Epernay to Lyon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Epernay in May, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Lyon. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Lyon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Fun & Games

Side Trips

Abbaye Saint-Philibert, Huilerie Richard, Chateau de Cormatin, Cite medievale de Perouges, Monastere Royal de Brou
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Vieux Lyon ©
Vieux Lyon
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere ©
Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval ©
Palais Ideal du Facteur Cheval

1
night
Avignon, France

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.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the views from Pont d'Avignon and then explore the historical opulence of Palais des Papes.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Avignon trip builder website.

Traveling by train from Lyon to Avignon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lyon, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aix-en-Provence.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites
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Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

6
nights
Aix-en-Provence, France

Aix-en-Provence ©
Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
Explore hidden gems such as Calanques and Chartreuse de la Verne. Your inner history buff will appreciate Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde and Citadelle de Forcalquier. Get out of town with these interesting Aix-en-Provence side-trips: Prieure de Carluc (in Cereste), Scuba & Snorkeling (in La Londe Les Maures) and Basilique Sainte-Marie-Madeleine (in Saint-Maximin-la-Sainte-Baume). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, explore the galleries of Paul Cezanne’s Studio, get outside with Route des Cretes La Palud, and stop by The Panier.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aix-en-Provence trip planner.

You can drive from Avignon to Aix-en-Provence in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May in Aix-en-Provence, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Paris.

Things to do in Aix-en-Provence

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Marseille, Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Prieure de Carluc, Calanques, Route des Cretes La Palud
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Notre Dame de Beauvoir ©
Notre Dame de Beauvoir
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde ©
Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde
Calanques ©
Calanques

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Paris, France

Paris ©
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): stroll the grounds of Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and then take a stroll through Le Marais. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Maintenon and then take a stroll through Latin Quarter.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Paris trip itinerary planning website.

Fly from Aix-en-Provence to Paris in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Traveling from Aix-en-Provence in May, expect Paris to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dubai.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Chateau de Maintenon
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Chateau de Maintenon ©
Chateau de Maintenon
Latin Quarter ©
Latin Quarter
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery ©
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): enjoy breathtaking views from Burj Khalifa, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque And Centre, thenkick back and relax at Kite Beach by Meraas, and finally buy something for everyone on your list at Gold And Diamond Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Dubai trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Paris to Dubai in 10 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is 3 hours. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Paris in May; daily highs in Dubai reach °C and lows reach °C. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Dubai

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Kite Beach by Meraas ©
Kite Beach by Meraas

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
On the 27th (Mon), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Bondi Beach, and then take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sydney route planning website.

Fly from Dubai to Sydney in 17 hours. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to Australian Eastern Standard Time is 6 hours. Traveling from Dubai in May, things will get cooler in Sydney: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Bondi Beach ©
Bondi Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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