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10 days in France before Paris. Which bases?

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My husband and I will arrive at CDG on 10/3 Saturday 830am. We depart from CDG on 10/18 Sunday 1030am. That gives us 15 sightseeing days in France. Husband agreed to 5 nights in Paris (I lobbyed for 7) but the rest is undetermined. This will be our 4th time in France.

Looking at a map and things that interest us (chateaux, wine, pretty towns, museums, churches, history, views) and the distance between destinations, I thought we’d train from CDG to Lyon and stay there 3 nights; rent a car and drive to ??? for 3 nights; and then drive to the Loire Valley, possibly Amboise, for 4 nights.

Is it feasible to go to the Dordogne (?Sarlat?) on this trip? I’ve already ruled out Provence; too far. Husband loves to drive in France but we really don’t want to spend all our time in the rental car.

We also want to see Chartres and Vaux le Vicomte. But given we only have 5 nights in Paris, I really don’t want to do a day trip once we’re settled there.

So how does this look?:
Lyon 3 nights; ???Sarlat in the Dordogne or a different location 3 nights; Amboise, Loire Valley 4 nights.

Is it feasible to drive from Amboise and see both Chartres and Vaux le Vicomte on our way to Paris?

Should I add another night to Paris (take it away from Amboise) if we see Chartres and Vaux le Vicomte on our way to Paris—I imagine this would take all day…

Although the trip isn’t until October, I want to lock down the apartment in Paris so your thoughts on this tentative itinerary would be helpful.

Thanks!

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