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Itinerary Help - 9 Full Days in France

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TL: DR - To make a long story short – I have 5 days in the south of France during the second week of October and would love to hear your thoughts. Furthermore, if you think I can improve my time in Paris and Ile-de-France I would be most appreciative.

The long version: I am trying to plan a trip to France for my future wife and myself and would love to get some extra input. I have a tendency to march my fiancée around when we go on vacation in an effort to maximize our time in any given location… She has expressed a desire to have a slower and much more capricious trip to take in France properly. I, of course, as a then newly married man would like to accomplish this.

Below is the itinerary as it stands now. The basic frame work was to start in Paris as a hub and then move down to the south of France to see if we can catch some of the warmer weather… even though it will be the second week in October. I have never been outside of North America before and I am trying my best to work all this out, but have come to the conclusion that I need some expert opinions.

I was going to do an open jaw (Flying into Paris from NYC), but I don’t know where to fly out of? Barcelona or Nice… or somewhere else? This brings me to my next point. Should I go directly to Aix-en Provence via train… rent a car and drive east to Nice? Should I Start in Nice and drive west to Barcelona? Do I drive the whole way down from Paris checking out Burgundy… stopping in Lyon, and then going to Provence… and then going either west or east to Barcelona, or Nice?

Honeymoon – September 29th to October 11th
- 9 Full Days – 3 Travel Days = 12 Days Total

Monday, September 29th – Leave for France – NYC to Paris @ ~6pm to 7p EST

Tuesday – Travel Day – Land in Paris @ ~8am to 9am CEST
- Check Bags @ Hotel and explore
- Check into Hotel after lunch
- Walk around aimlessly, dinner, bed

Wednesday – Day 1
- Full day in Paris

Thursday – Day 2
- Day Trip to Versailles
- Dinner out in Paris

Friday – Day 3
- Day Trip to Reims
- Dinner there
- Back to Paris by Train at 9:30pm (45 min ride)

Saturday – Day 4
- Full day in Paris
- Nuit Blanche Art Festival – 10pm – 4am (Museums & art galleries stay open all night)

Sunday – Travel Day - Leave for Southern France (via car or train – TBD)

Monday – Day 5
Tuesday – Day 6
Wednesday – Day 7
Thursday – Day 8
Friday – Day 9

Saturday – Travel Day - Leave for NYC – XX to NYC @ ~1:30pm to CEST
- Land in NYC @ ~4:30pm EST

Sunday - SLEEP

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