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Paris — 5 nights

City of Light

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.
Appreciate the collections at Louvre Museum and Galerie Chappe. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Explore Paris' surroundings by going to Disneyland Paris (in Marne-la-Vallee) and Palace of Versailles (in Versailles). There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Musee d'Orsay, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, take a stroll through 1st Arrondissement, and stroll around Luxembourg Gardens.

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Sydney, Australia to Paris is an approximately 26.5-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Sydney to Paris due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in July; daily highs in Paris reach 30°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Sarlat-la-Caneda.
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Sarlat-la-Caneda — 4 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Visit Chateau des Milandes and Chateau de Beynac for their historical value. Visiting Lascaux Caves 4 and Grotte de Rouffignac will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac (in Audrix), Parc Le Bournat (in Le Bugue) and Roque Saint-Christophe Fort et Cite Troglodytiques (in Peyzac-le-Moustier). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Chateau de Castelnaud, take in nature's colorful creations at Les Jardins d'Eau, relax and rejuvenate at Mandala Spirit, and steep yourself in history at The Maison Forte de Reignac.

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Traveling by flight from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Saint-Raphael.
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Saint-Raphael — 1 night

Saint-Raphael vacations have so much more to offer than an indulgent splurge on a beach.
On the 11th (Tue), steep yourself in history at Chateau de la Napoule / Musee Henry-Clews, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Parc Zoologique de Frejus, identify plant and animal life at Base Nature Francois Leotard, then see the vivid underwater world at Lion of the Sea (Lion de Mer), and finally look for gifts at Catalan Bougie. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with TakSea, make a splash at Aqualand Frejus, then find something for the whole family at Luna Park Frejus, and finally cool off at Waterworld lake of gaudrade.

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Traveling by flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Saint-Raphael takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Saint-Raphael when traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in July, with lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
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Paris — 7 nights

City of Light

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Montmartre and Champs-Elysees. For shopping fun, head to Le Marais or Saint Germain des Pres Quarter. Change things up with these side-trips from Paris: Foret De Barbizon (in Barbizon), Evasion Canine (in Fontainebleau) and Arboretum de la Vallee-aux-Loups (in Chatenay-Malabry). See even more of Paris: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, explore the world behind art at Centre National d'Art et de Culture George Pompidou, examine the collection at Fondation Claude Monet, and contemplate the long history of Sainte-Chapelle.

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Fly from Saint-Raphael to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saint-Raphael in July: high temperatures in Paris hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
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France travel guide

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.