9.5 Getting there

Adelaide (ADL) to Paris (CDG) return

Our routine is to fly with Emirates because we can virtually fly straight there with only one brief 2-3 hour stopover to stretch our legs and change planes. We find that their schedule is also very good for combating jet-lag.
We always book the same flight schedule online.
We leave Adelaide on EK441 at about 10pm (the only ex-Adelaide Emirates option). It is about a 13 hour flight on a Boeing 777.
At Dubai we have about a 3 hour stopover. We need at least half of that time to pass through security and find our way to the departure gates.
From Dubai we fly EK073 to CDG, Paris on an Airbus A380. This is about a 7 hour flight.
We arrive at CDG early in the afternoon but clearing customs can take up to 1 hour.

The return journey is very similar - EK074 departs CDG mid-afternoon, the Dubai stopover is less than 2 hours and EK440 arrives in Adelaide at about 9pm and we are usually on our way by 10pm.

CDG to Mailly-le-Chateau

Our routine is to pre-book a Hertz hirecar for collection from and return to CDG. Avis and Europcar also have offices at CDG. We take our own TomTom and we would highly recommend that you also have a good navigation system.

We drive straight from CDG to Mailly-le-Chateau with a brief stop at a supermarket in Auxerre on the way. It is about a 2 1/2 hour journey by toll roads.

To minimise the stress of a long journey, a preferable option might be to spend a night at one of the many hotels at CDG and then continue on by road the next day. There are free courtesy buses that make regular trips to and from each of the hotels.