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10 day France Trip

Old Feb 26th, 2009, 09:03 AM
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10 day France Trip

We are planning a 10 day trip to France this summer, July (only month that will work).
We are flying from the US and possibly have another couple joining us. It is for our 40th birthday(s)! Both of us have never been there. I was hoping someone could give us an suggestions for a trip that will encompass all the best of France including Paris and hopefully some nights in quaint villages, and the coast. Nice hotel to simple. Schedule, towns, accommodations etc. Costco Travel has a six day....3 nights in Paris, 3 nights in Nice Package... we could add a couple of nights into that. We both do not speak French. We appreciate any suggestions
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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3 nights in Paris is really only 2 days - IMHO simply not enough time. In 10 days I would spend 6 in paris (and thre will stil be tons of things you haven;t had time to do), one on a stop on the way south and 3 n Nice.

(You cauld also easily spend a week of more in Nice - seeing al the cute towns along the coast, up into the hills, the local museums etc.)

I would collect a pack of tour brochures (not for the tours but for the pix - so yuo can decide what YOU must see - then organize a trip aroud it. But, whatever you do , don;t shortchange Paris.
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 09:17 AM
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I assume that this is your first trip. Do it yourself. You do not need a tour company. Ask lots of questions here and you will find answers.

Since you have 10 days, I am going to assume the first day will be "lost" in transit--which means 9 days. I would spend 6 days in Paris and 3 in ONE of the regions. You cannot "do" France in 10 days. You can only taste a bit of it. The more you pack and unpack and move hotels, the grouchier everyone will get
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 09:26 AM
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We spent a few days in Paris, then took the high speed train to Avignon where we rented a car and toured around the Provence region. We then drove over to Nice and Eze. Then we took an Easyjet flight back to Paris and then back home.

It was a nice taste of France and not too stressed. It was about 3 days Paris, 4 days Provence, 3 days Nice area.
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Old Feb 26th, 2009, 09:40 AM
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July is lavender season in Provence - and Provence is next to the sea/beach.

For ease of getting back home after your trip, reducing the amount of travel time, and insuring that the lavender fields will not be harvested before you arrive - I would fly to either Paris or Nice & start your trip in Provence. From Nice it is 2 hrs by car to Provence (stay in St Remy or the Luberon near Gordes). From Paris you can take the inexpensive TGV directly from CDG airport & you'll be in Provence 3 hours later.

Spend 4 nights in Provence.

Take the 3 hr TGV from Avignon (Provence) back to Paris & spend the remaining time there.

If the Lavender does not excite you as much as spending time on the beach, do Paris/Riveria (Nice). There are just as many cute little villages in the backcountry around Nice as there are in Provence - just no lavender fields. This would also make transportation easier. You could fly into Nice & out of Paris - or vice versa. The TGV goes between Paris or CDG and Nice - but it is a 5 1/2 to 6 hr trip instead of 3.

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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:19 AM
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Thank you for all of your feedback. I really appreciate all of your responses.
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Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 10:37 AM
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And have a great trip however you decide to structure it!
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