20 days in France, Australia & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

20 days in France, Australia & Great Smoky Mountains National Park Itinerary

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Drive to Brisbane International Airport, Fly to Nîmes-Arles-Camargue Airport, Drive to Arles
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Arles, France
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nimes, France
— 3 nights
Fly
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Paris, France
Fly to McGhee Tyson Airport, Drive to Great Smoky Mountains National Park
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States
— 2 nights
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Drive to McGhee Tyson Airport, Fly to Strahan Airport, Drive to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Australia
— 2 nights
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Fly to Brisbane, Train to Nerang station, stop E, Bus to Surfers Paradise
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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Arles, France — 2 nights

Soul of Provence

Remote, uneventful, but definitely not a waste of time, Arles is absolutely steeped in Provençal culture.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer Beach, Horseback Riding Tours, Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in panoramic vistas at Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée and then trot along with Promenade a Cheval La Marisma. On the next day, explore the ancient world of Amphitheatre (les Arenes), then identify plant and animal life at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arles trip itinerary builder app.

Surfers Paradise, Australia to Arles is an approximately 40-hour combination of car and flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Surfers Paradise to Arles due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Surfers Paradise in August, with highs in Arles at 34°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nimes.
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Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Beaches
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Nimes, France — 3 nights

French Rome

Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire, with a stunning coliseum that is second only to Rome's.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): delve into the distant past at La Maison Carree and then take in panoramic vistas at Tour Magne. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Roman Theatre of Orange, then learn about winemaking at Chateau de la Gardine, and then take in the views from Pont du Gard.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nimes trip planner.

You can drive from Arles to Nimes in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Nimes, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 22°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Paris.
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Paris, France

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.
You've now added Arc de Triomphe to your itinerary. On the 6th (Sun), take a stroll through Île de la Cité and then admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Paris travel route planning site.

Fly from Nimes to Paris in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Nimes in August; daily highs in Paris reach 29°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, United States — 2 nights

A Wondrous Diversity of Life

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the highest mountains east of the Mississippi River, but it's the ease of access that makes this national park the United States' most visited.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Roaring Fork, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Sugarlands Distilling Company, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies, then make a splash at Dollywood, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Ole Smoky.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park holiday planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Paris to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You'll gain 6 hours traveling from Paris to Great Smoky Mountains National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Paris in August; daily highs in Great Smoky Mountains National Park reach 36°C and lows reach 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park.
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A holiday in Cradle Mountain-Lake St.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Devils Gullet Lookout and then appreciate the history behind The Wall in the Wilderness.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park day trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park due to the time zone difference. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Surfers Paradise.
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Surfers Paradise, Australia — 6 nights

Capital of the Gold Coast

The main appeal of Surfer’s Paradise can be identified from its name alone.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Australian Outback Spectacular as well as Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Step out of Surfers Paradise with an excursion to Coolangatta Beach in Coolangatta--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Sea World Theme Park. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, look for gifts at RQAS Royal Queensland Art Society Gold Coast, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Burleigh Head National Park, and enjoy breathtaking views from SkyPoint Observation Deck.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Surfers Paradise tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park to Surfers Paradise by combination of flight, train, and bus takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Surfers Paradise sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 11°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
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France travel guide

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Architectural Buildings · Art Museums · Landmarks
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.
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Australia travel guide

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Beaches · Wildlife Areas · Gardens
Australia is a country of breathtaking beauty and unforgettable adventure. From coast to coast you’ll find ancient rainforests, towering cities, stunning outback landscapes and white sand beaches. It’s not only the scenery that varies here, but also the lifestyle. Lay back and relax within a coastal paradise, explore the bustling laneways of a lively metropolis, or feed your sense of adventure in the most remote and remarkable pockets of the country. Whether you’re connecting with Aboriginal culture, tasting seafood straight from the ocean, or diving with gentle whale sharks, you’ll discover why there’s nothing like Australia.
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