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Too much to see, too little time! Please help trim our itinerary in France!

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The end of May, my husband and I will be in Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix and then in Fayence for three nights after which, we'll pick up a car in Cannes on June 1 and begin a journey which will end in Paris on June 16.

This is husband's first trip to France and my first trip outside Paris and the Loire, so we are equal parts excited and confused by our options and in need of wise counsel!

The part of our itinerary that is in question is from June 1, when we depart Cannes, to June 9, when we arrive Bayeux.....

It has been suggested that we see the Luberon villages (Bonnieux, perhaps?) which appears to be 2.5 hours driving time from Cannes.

From there, we're considering a drive to Arles, via Avignon, (1.5 hours driving) and then on to Carcassone (2.25 hours).

Next stop would be Sarlat (3 hours driving from Carcassone) and from Sarlat, to St. Emilion (2 hours). Finally, from St. Emilion to Mont St. Michel (6 hours!).

Following Mont St. Michel, we'd head to Bayeux (1.75 hours) for two nights before dropping the car in Caen and training to Paris for our final 5 nights.

It's obvious that we're attempting to pack too much into the 8 days we have available between Cannes and Bayeux as we hate the idea of packing/unpacking nightly! But, what to eliminate?? This is where we could really use guidance!

We're inclined to stick to countryside/village travel since we'll be in Paris for quite a nice stretch at the end. (That's why we're thinking St. Emilion vs. Bordeaux, for example...)

To save time, we'd considered dropping the car in Bordeaux and taking a train to Caen, where we'd pick up another car for the purpose of touring Normandy and perhaps, Mont St. Michel, but it appears the train trip would be equal in length to the 6 hour drive from Bordeaux to Mont St. Michel!

Could/should we cut Bonnieux/Luberon? Carcassone? Sarlat/Dordogne? St. Emilion/Bordeaux? Is there any suggestion for a stop along the way north to Mont St. Michel that would be a nice break in the 6 hour drive from the south?

Please.....help!

Thanks!

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