18 days in France & New Caledonia Itinerary

18 days in France & New Caledonia Itinerary

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18 days in France & New Caledonia Itinerary

Start: Auckland, New Zealand
Fly:  28​h
1
Paris, France
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Avignon, France
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Marseille, France
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nice, France
— 3 nights
Fly:  35​h
5
Bourail, New Caledonia
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  3​h
6
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  1​h
7
Noumea, New Caledonia
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Auckland, New Zealand

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling, The Catacombs of Paris and Disneyland Paris. Take a break from Paris with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, contemplate the long history of Eiffel Tower, admire the striking features of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, and pause for some photo ops at Arc de Triomphe.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Paris journey planner.

Auckland, New Zealand to Paris is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Auckland to Paris, you'll gain 11 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Auckland, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Paris, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Avignon.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Disneyland Paris, Palace of Versailles
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Louvre Museum ©
Louvre Museum
Disneyland Paris ©
Disneyland Paris
The Paris Catacombs ©
The Paris Catacombs

2
nights
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 7th (Sun), catch a live event at Arenes de Nimes and then Head underground at Bureau des moniteurs du gard. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: head outdoors with Canoe Evasion and then snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Avignon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Paris to Avignon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. While traveling from Paris, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Avignon, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Marseille.

Things to do in Avignon

Outdoors Historic Sites Adventure

Side Trips

Arenes de Nimes, Bureau des moniteurs du gard, Canoe Evasion, Carrieres des Lumieres
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Bureau des moniteurs du gard ©
Bureau des moniteurs du gard
Palais des Papes ©
Palais des Papes
Pont d'Avignon ©
Pont d'Avignon

2
nights
Marseille, France

Marseille ©
The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
On the 10th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a memorable drive along Route des Cretes, then take in the dramatic natural features at La Calanque de Figuerolles, and then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Marseille holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Avignon to Marseille takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 23°C. On the 11th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nice.

Things to do in Marseille

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

La Ciotat, Cassis
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Calanques ©
Calanques
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Route des Cretes ©
Route des Cretes

3
nights
Nice, France

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Scuba & Snorkeling & Swim with Dolphins). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Nikaia Glisse.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nice itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Marseille to Nice takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Marseille, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Nice, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Bourail.

Things to do in Nice

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mandelieu-la-Napoule, Lérins Islands
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lérins Islands ©
Lérins Islands

1
night
Bourail, New Caledonia

Bourail ©
Bourail is a commune in the South Province of New Caledonia, an overseas territory of France in the Pacific Ocean.GeographyBourail a rural town of Grande Terre . On the 16th (Tue), hike along Sentier des Trois Baies and then kick back and relax at Grand Terre: Poe Beach and Roche Percee.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Bourail trip planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Nice to Bourail. The time zone difference when traveling from Nice to Bourail is 10 hours. In July, Bourail is a bit cooler than Nice - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Ile Des Pins.

Things to do in Bourail

Outdoors Parks Trails
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few
hours
Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

Ile Des Pins ©
Just a little way off the southern end of Grand Terre, Île des Pins (the Isle of Pines) gets its name from the tall columnar pines that stick out of the surrounding vegetation like bristles on a brush.
On the 17th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Piscine Naturelle, then explore the activities along Kanumera Bay, and then head off the coast to Isle of Pines.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Ile Des Pins attractions planner.

Getting from Bourail to Ile Des Pins by combination of car and flight takes about 3 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ile Des Pins are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Noumea.

Things to do in Ile Des Pins

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kanumera Bay ©
Kanumera Bay
Piscine Naturelle ©
Piscine Naturelle
Isle of Pines ©
Isle of Pines

3
nights
Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea ©
Capital of New Caledonia, Nouméa sits on a large peninsula of attractive, snaking bays.
Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Promenade Pierre-Vernier, meet the residents at Aquarium des Lagons Nouvelle Caledonie, then head off the coast to Ile aux Canards island, and finally choose your vessel at La Maison Du Lagon.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Noumea day trip app .

You can do a combination of car and flight from Ile Des Pins to Noumea in an hour. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Noumea

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Ile aux Canards island ©
Ile aux Canards island
Anse Vata Beach ©
Anse Vata Beach
La Maison Du Lagon ©
La Maison Du Lagon

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