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France in December - can you see any big problems with this itinerary?

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Hi, I have been reading lots of posts on here so I hope I am not repeating other threads.

We are a family of 5, (three children aged 12,10 & 8) who are planning to go to France over December / January. Our flights are booked. My husband and I have both travelled but not overseas since we have had children, and more of the 'buy a ticket and decide what to do when we get there' type of travel. This is not something I'm keen on with kids.

Here's the plan:

Arrive in Paris, stay for 5 nights. I plan to find an apartment. We have no real plans, except that we'll be in Paris :)

Train to Strasbourg and stay for 5 nights. I have found an apartment already and am in the process of booking it. We will be there for Christmas, so again, no real plans except to experience a white Christmas.

From there we will go to Arles by train. This looks to be do-able, although a long day. (I am ok with a long day of travel though, as where we live it is a six hour drive to the nearest city). We plan to stay in Arles for 7 nights.

From there we are a bit up in the air for the next 5 nights, we were thinking the Dordogne for a few nights if that is feasable? Will we need a car there? Then maybe a night in Calais to catch the ferry to Dover? (This is the part of the itinerary I expect people might see some holes in).

We then have 5 nights in London with friends. After that we will get the train back to Paris and spend our last 2 nights there. It would have been better to fly out of London, I know, but we got a fantastic deal on airfares that was difficult to to pass up. Besides, it's two extra nights in Paris!

Anyway, do you see big gaping holes that I have missed in my planning? I know that there are loads of parts of France that we are missing, but we figure that we can't see it all anyway, so would rather spend a it longer in fewer places.

I would appreciate any feedback as the only parts that are locked in are the flights so far. I am some ways in organising the accommodation in Strasbourg and Arles, but not too far in that i couldn't make changes.

Thanks very much.

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