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Itinerary Help for Travel Between Strasbourg and Paris

Sep 3rd, 2007, 09:54 AM
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Itinerary Help for Travel Between Strasbourg and Paris

We are going to France in late Oct early Nov for 15 days. We have all been to France before but travelled on guided tours. We want do this trip on our own to give us a little more freedom. Right now we are schedule to fly into Paris and head directly to Bayeux for 3 nights. From there we plan on going to Strasbourg and spending 3 or 4 nights.....after that, we are open until the last 3 or 4 nights that we will spend in Paris. We prefer the smaller towns and were thinking of leaving Strasbourg for Beaune......The reason we have decided on Normandy and Strasbourg is that each of us has an area we want to visit and of course Paris is essential. So now we just need to fill in the gaps.I would love to hear any suggestions you might have.
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 10:48 AM
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It would help to know your planned mode of transportation, before anyone can comment. By auto, or by train? or combo? There would be a decided difference in travel time.

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Sep 3rd, 2007, 12:40 PM
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We are travelling by train from Paris to Bayeux and renting a car there. Then taking the train to Strasbourg where we plan to rent another car. From there we are open to either car or train travel.
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 01:22 PM
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How do you plan on getting from the Normandy to Paris? Just last year the new TGV from Paris to Strasbourg was inaugurated. Suggest you may want to turn your Bayeux car into Bayeux or Caen to catch the Paris train to Gare St. Lazare, taxi to Gare Est for the TGV to Strasbourg. This could all take you half the day.

For example, take an early morning train to Paris from Caen (6:14, 7:00 and 7:30...2 hours approx), connect to a 11:24, 12:17, 2:24 for the 2-and-a -half hour ride to Strasbourg.(Check below)

There are other alternatives, like driving back to Paris from Normandy, so let's see what further advice you will get here.

Stu T.

http://www.raileurope.com/us/rail/fares_schedules/
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Sep 3rd, 2007, 03:26 PM
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I would think you'd want to spend a day or two along the Route du Vin in Alsace as you head towards Beaune. On the way, just west of Belfort, at Ronchamp in the Vosges, is the famous chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, designed by Le Corbusier - well worth a visit IMO. And you might want to spend a day or two in the attractive city of Dijon.
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Sep 4th, 2007, 02:46 AM
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Thanks for the great advice on the train from Normandy to Paris and then to Strasbourg. We wanted to turn the car back in Bayeux or Caen and the recommendation to take the TGV from Paris is excellent.
Also, do you think Beaune is a better place to stay than Dijon? We tend to like the smaller towns....
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Sep 4th, 2007, 04:39 AM
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HI Kb,

You have about 7 nights. I suggest splitting it 4 for Alsace and 3 for Burgundy.

You can pick up your car in Strasbourg and drop it in Dijon.

We enjoyed our stay in Beaune at http://www.hotel-grillon.fr/

You might find my trip report helpful:
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...2&tid=35014078

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Sep 4th, 2007, 04:51 AM
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I drive the route on a random itinerary a few years back and made delightfull stops along the way in Verdun and Reims. Something to consider.
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