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Itinerary review and questions - Burgundy and French Alps

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I plan on spending about two weeks in France during June or early July. I've been to several different regions of France but never to Burgundy and the French Alps, which is my objective for this trip.

I have sketched out a rough itinerary and would really appreciate comments from people who have been to either of these regions before. I also have a few specific questions I'd really like feedback on.

Rough Itineary:
Day 1: Fly overnight from USA to CDG
Day 2: Pick up car at CDG and drive to Bourges. Sleep.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Bourges, Vezelay. Sleep near Avallon or Auxerre.
Day 4: Drive to Beaune or Dijon, via Chablis, Tonnere, Ancy-le-Franc, Fontenay, Semur-en-Auxois, Chateauneuf (please see question below on which of these - or other places - is worth focusing on).. Sleep in Beaune or Dijon.
Day 5 and Day 6: Explore Beaune and Dijon and use one of these towns as a base to explore some more of the countryside.
Day 7: Drive through Lyon via Cluny, Beaujolais country. Sleep in Lyon.
Day 8: Explore Lyon. Sleep in Lyon.
Day 9: Drive to Grenoble via Vienne. Sleep in Grenoble.
Day 10: Drive to Chamonix-Mont Blanc. Sleep in Chamonix.
Day 11: Explore Chamonix. Sleep in Chamonix.
Day 12: Drive to Annecy. Explore Annecy. Sleep in Annecy.
Day 13 and 14: Drive to Geneva, Switzerland. Return car. Stay two nights.
Day 15: Fly back to USA.

Now some specific questions:

1. Some guidebooks say Bourges is well worth a stop, but it's a bit out of the way. Would I be better off skipping Bourges and heading straight to Auxerre/Avallon/etc., spending two nights there instead of one.
2. Would Troyes or Sens be better stops for the first night?
3. Any recommendations on which villages/sites to focus on between Auxerre and Dijon. There are several chateaux and several towns that sound really photo worthy (and I am an amateur photographer), but perhaps too many to really stop in.
4. Is it worth going to Chamonix which again is a little out of the way. By the way, I have traveled through a good part of Switzerland including the Jungfraubahn and the train from Zermatt that heads toward the Matterhorn. Given that, is the ride to the Aiguille du Midi worth an extra day or would my time better be spent somewhere else.

I really look forward to comments so I can finalize my reservations.

Thanks!

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