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Dividing 13 days between Alsace and Burgundy?

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I had started another thread focusing on Germany for our trip in July 2013, but now that I've finished my research on all possible circle tours from Dusseldorf :), I've decided that for our family's first trip to Europe we'll focus on Alsace/Lorraine and Burgundy/Jura.

We're and active family so the towns/cities we stay in will be bases for us to get out and drive/bike/hike to or in impressive places. As far as the selection of overnights goes, the priorities are: great pre-breakfast/after dinner strolls at least one day (of a couple hours each) and easy in/out car access for daytrips. If a town is worthwhile to check out in the evening it would not bother us to stay for one night before moving on - "bases" are fine but so are one-night stops, depending on the situation.

I've read through the Michelin Green Guides to both areas so have a good idea of the route we might take.

Coming from 5 nights in Belgium seeing Brussels, Gent and Brugges - this part is pretty well set, we'll be coming from Orval Abbey after lunch. (1.5 hour drive to either Metz or Rheims).

2 nights Metz - where the afternoon is spent at Fort Hackenberg
lunch in Nancy.

Head to Troyes/Auxerre area for 4 nights (one night in Troyes and three in Auxerre?)

Over to Dijon area for 4 nights (at least one night in Besancon?)

3 nights Alsace (this should be easier to figure out as the area is smaller).

Hit Burg Eltz on the way back to Dusseldorf so we can tell everyone we went to Germany. :)

One question I have in particular is regarding Metz and how it "compares" to other cities like Dijon, for example. I have not any luck finding opinions on Metz positive or negative either way, but to me it looks like a fine walking city (but pictures can deceive).

Originally I was planning a few days in the Mosel/Rhine valley as it is on our return path. Should I shave a day or 2 off France to include it?

Any advice on how to arrange our days would be appreciated. No more than 4 days in any one place though.

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