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4-weel Itinerary in France

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My boyfriend and I are looking to spend about 4 weeks traveling through France at the end of May/month of June. Nothing is booked yet, we are just making preliminary plans to see if this is feasible for us. We would like to try and do it as cheaply as possible, and so we have decided that most of our accomodations will be couchsurfing (where we can get it) and any other cheap hostels/B&Bs/anything you folks suggest!

We would be flying out of Toronto (Canada) and into Paris. We have been to Paris before, so we won't be spending too much time there. Maybe 2-3 days to hit some sights we didn't go to last time.

Most of all we would like this to be a LEISURELY trip... we have no need to rush about from place to place; we want to take our time, stay relaxed, and really soak in each place. Main focuses :
- Architecture (castles!)
- French life (little towns, markets, shops, etc)
- SOME museums (we're not huge on that, but would appreciate a few must-sees)
- SOME vineyards (love wine, but not huge wine-affictionadoes, so would only like to stop at the occasional vineyard)

What we would like to fit in :
- Versailles
- Mont Saint Michel
- Loire Valley (where should we go specifically?)

I have heard of bike tours for Loire Valley, which sound fantastic, but we're not interested in paying thousands for a planned tour. How would we go about doing this on our own, is bike rental easy in this area?

As for transportation, is train the best bet? I have looked into car rentals (short-term lease) but this does seem to be on the more expensive side. Thoughts?

And what kind of budget (flight not included) could one expect from a trip like this, keeping in mind trying to make it cheap!

Thanks so much!

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