Cathay Pacific operates more than 70 flights a week from six cities in Australia to Hong Kong, with daily onward flights to Paris (twice-daily in summer). The stopover time can be as short as 1.5 hours; cathaypacific.com.au. Avalon Waterways’ 11-day Rhone and Saone itinerary between the Cote d’Azur and Paris includes seven nights’ cruising and three in hotels (Monte Carlo and Paris). Departures aboard Avalon Poetry II in 2016 are priced from $4395 a person twinshare for a lower deck deluxe stateroom. More: 1300 230 234; avalonwaterways.com.au.