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Potential France Itinerary in Early December- Advice Welcome!

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My husband and I are looking to travel to France in early December for 8-10 nights. This will be our first time in France. We were in Italy a year ago and loved Florence, Rome, and Tuscany equally. We particularly enjoy exploring cities and towns with a focus more on food, wine, and experiencing the culture and people- not always seeing cathedrals and musuems... although we do enjoy some of that. We are potentially considering the following itinerary and welcome any advice.

Arrive at CDG and train to Lyon for 2-3 nights with possible daytrip to Avignon (if 3 nights)
Train to Beaune for 2-3 nights with possible daytrip to Dijon and explore countryside.
Train to Paris for 4 nights before flying back to ATL.

We debate about whether to rent a car and spend more time in Burgundy and nix time in Lyon- but we worry about missing the culinary experience of Lyon. It seems many people have mixed reviews on Lyon... not sure what to do. As for Burgundy, we rented a car in Tuscany and survived our hill town adventures with a manual car... so we are optimistic about our ability to explore the French countryside. Just not sure if we can swing it in 2 days or if we need to spend more nights. We also are concerned that we may be making a mistake by not considering spending nights/ days in Provence, rather than Burgundy. We welcome any advice! Thank you!

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