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Need input on 4-5 week trip summer 2013 – France, Italy, Switzerland.

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I’m about to buy the tickets for my trip next summer so want to see if anyone has suggestions I may have not thought of. I’m flexible on the return date so want to get the basic itinerary mapped out before I buy the tickets, then I’m sure I’ll be back to work out the details.

The first two weeks of the trip will be me and my daughter (age 27), the rest of trip I’ll be solo. Leave NY Saturday June 22, arrive Paris Sunday June 23
Day 1 – arrive Paris; Day 2, 3, 4 Paris

Day 5 – train/car to Sarlat
Day 6, 7, 8 – day trips to LaRoche, Beynac, Domme, Rocamadur, St Cirq, Monpazier- and whatever else we can fit in. Sleep in Sarlat

Day 9 – drive to Avignon, stopping in Cahors en route, sleep in Avignon
Day 10 – day trip to Gordes and maybe Roussillon and/or Bonieux, sleep in Avignon
Day 11, 12, 13 – sleep in Arles, day trips to Pond du Gard, Uzes, St. Remy, Les Baux, Tarascon, Aigues-Mortes, Nimes
Day 14 – we need to be at Avignon train station by late afternoon so daughter can get train back to Paris for flight the following day. After I drop her I’ll go to Aix for the night. But we still have most of that day to see things in the Arles-Avignon area.

Note – the reason I have Avignon on days 9 and 10 followed by Arles instead of the other way around is that the Avignon festival begins on July 5 which is day 13 of this trip. The only other time I’ve been to Avignon was (12 years ago) also during the festival and I’d like to see it without the festival going on.

Day 15, 16 ,17 – Vence – other than Vence and St Paul du Vence am open to suggestions for what else to see with Vence as a base (other than Nice, Eze, and Antibes which I’ve been to recently).

Day 18 – drop car in Nice, train to Italy
Days 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 – to see Portovenere, Portofino, CT, S. Marugerita, Genova. Not sure where to base. Will use boats and trains.

Day 23 – Milano

Day 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 – Lake Geneva area – probably base in Lausanne, possibly Vevey. Want to see: Chateau Chillon, Rochers, Zermatt, Geneva, Gruyeres, possibly Yviore.

Day 29 – Bern en route to Basel for the night

Day 30, 31, 32 – Strasbourg – Day trip to Colmar. Not sure if I can do other towns in the region without a car.
Day 32 late afternoon train to CDG to overnight for flight the following day

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