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Arrive CDG at 8:10a on Thursday, October 3. Help w/ planning first day.

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I have read enough posts to know, arriving at 8:10a is not to be counted on! Hence our waffling on the plan for this first day. Our general itinerary is 3 nights in Burgundy on the front end of the trip and 6-7 nights in Paris after Burgundy w/ a day trip to Champagne and possibly one other day trip to Giverny or Versailles (have done once, but would do again) or I am open to hearing other a suggestions. We traveled to Paris in April 2012 and saw the most recommended places except Sacre Coeur/Monmarte.

We have two options:
1) After arriving CDG, take RER/Metro to a hotel in Paris, leave our carryon suitcases secured until check in. We have the option to stay at the hotel in St. Germain we are using for our stay after Burgundy or we can stay at a different hotel such as near Gare du Lyon or one we might consider for a future visit. We could leisurely take in one or two sights in Paris that we did not see in April 2012. I do not think a museum would be appropriate since we will be tired. What about a hop on/hop off bus? I am thinking Sacre Coeur/Monmarte is top on my list, but will that visit be an ok choice with travel hangover? I would have Lunch and Dinner planned, but nothing to expensive/extravagant and we would retire early to bed for an early train Friday to Dijon/Beaune.

2)Upon arrival at CDG buy a train ticket to Dijon/Beaune . My husband is opposed to buying this in advance since we have the unknown of exact arrival time of our flight. We have an option to do a 1:30p Discovery Tour w/ Authentica Tours on Friday from Dijon, but my husband does not feel comfortable about our belongings being stored in the minivan during the tour.
We could have lunch and dinner planned and retire early. We wanted to stay in Dijon for first night or two, but all Fodor/Frommer highly recommended lodging was booked. So we have reservations for nights one and two at Hotel de la Poste in Beaune and night three and at Hotel Wilson.

We have no car rental at the moment, but may do a one day only for Saturday and or Sunday. We do not want to drink and drive. So how does one manage to be so disciplined when driving around to all these wineries!!! I guess we can take turns being the DD. Seems like a tour is the best choice, though.

Thanking you in advance for your advice Fodorites!

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