17 days in France & London Itinerary

17 days in France & London Itinerary

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London, United Kingdom
— 2 nights
Paris, France
— 4 nights
Train to Les Arcs, Bus to Saint-Tropez
Saint-Tropez, France
— 2 nights
Aix-en-Provence, France
— 2 nights
Bus to Gare de Marseille-St-Charles, Train to Nice
Nice, France
— 4 nights


London, United Kingdom — 2 nights

Vibrant and noisy, London is one of the world’s leading cities, an international capital of culture, education, fashion, music, finance, trade, and politics.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in panoramic vistas at Tower Bridge, steep yourself in history at Tower of London, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Cathedral, then make a trip to Big Ben, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Coca-Cola London Eye.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our London driving holiday planner.

Melbourne, Australia to London is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In July, London is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Paris.
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Paris, France — 4 nights

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.
When in Paris, make a side trip to see Palace of Versailles in Versailles, approximately Versailles away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Louvre Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, shop like a local with Champs-Elysees, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Montmartre.

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You can take a train from London to Paris in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of car and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Paris. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Saint-Tropez.
Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks
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Saint-Tropez, France — 2 nights

Saint-Tropez is a town, 100km west of Nice, in the Var department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of southeastern France. Change things up with these side-trips from Saint-Tropez: Waterworld lake of gaudrade (in Puget-sur-Argens), Aqualand Frejus (in Frejus) and TakSea (in Saint-Raphael). There's lots more to do: learn and have fun at Kelys, get engrossed in the history at Citadelle de Saint-Tropez - Musee d'histoire maritime, go for a stroll along the water at St. Tropez Harbor, and enjoy the sand and surf at La Ponche Beach.

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You can fly from Paris to Saint-Tropez in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Traveling from Paris in July, you will find days in Saint-Tropez are somewhat warmer (38°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aix-en-Provence.
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Aix-en-Provence, France — 2 nights

Aix-en-Provence is a small, classically Provençal town, famous for being home to Cézanne.
On the 20th (Thu), wander the streets of The Panier, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, then take in the waterfront at Le Vieux Port, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathédrale La Major. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): explore the world behind art at Hotel de Caumont - Art Centre, then take a stroll through Cours Mirabeau, then steep yourself in history at Paul Cezanne’s Studio, and finally steep yourself in history at Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence.

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You can drive from Saint-Tropez to Aix-en-Provence in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Saint-Tropez in July, you will find days in Aix-en-Provence are slightly colder (35°C), and nights are about the same (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Nice.
Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites
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Nice, France — 4 nights

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.
Spend the 22nd (Sat) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Castel Plage, make a trip to Promenade des Anglais, wander the streets of Vieille Ville, and get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook.

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You can drive from Aix-en-Provence to Nice in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. While traveling from Aix-en-Provence, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can fly back home.
Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Outdoors
Side Trips
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France travel guide

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.