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Help: 9-10 day trip to Paris and South of France

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Would appreciate help improving my itinerary, for a first time to France, family of 4, kids ages 16 and 21, first half July.

Air Travel (already booked): Fly in and out of Paris. Cannot change flights without big penalty, due to using miles.

Itinerary start and end: Arrive late afternoon Paris on day one, then depart Paris early afternoon day 11.

Preferences: Few days in Paris, few days in Provence (Avignon? Aix? Arles? smaller town?), or few days seaside south of France (Nice?), or both.

Plan: Enjoy a few highlights in each place to get a flavor. One or two days at a beach, few afternoons to just meander, sit at cafes, etc. Mix of interesting sights, half day trips, relaxation.

FIrst Pass Itinerary (too much moving around, not enough time each place)?
Day 1 - Arrive Paris late pm
Day 2 - Paris
Day 3 - Paris
Day 4 - Paris
Day 5 - early train to Avignon; half day Avignon .
Day 6 - rent car, see some part of Provence (1-2 towns/sights)
Day 7 - Scenic drive Provence headed towards Nice? (or other seaside) ; end up in Nice
Day 8 - Nice
Day 9 - coastal Nice towns or highland towns
Day 10 - morning Nice, Late afternoon train Nice to Paris (cdg); pm at airport
Day 11 - wasted morning waiting for early afternoon flight (must depart from Paris) ...

Suggestions? I don't have a sense of distances and logistics. Would it be better to:
- Stay in Paris 4 or 5 days, and spend 4 or 5 days Provence ... OR,
- Save Provence for a future trip and after 4 or 5 days Paris , take train directly to Nice, and spend more time coastal Nice area?
- What is better itinerary considering 16 and 21 year old
- Finally, if I end in Nice, what are best logistics back from Nice to Paris cdg airport for early afternoon flight?

Help me plan this better? Any ideas? Thanks very much in advance.

Ronnie

PS I finally figured how to tag this post as "france" and so am reposting. Sorry for duplicate post.

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