Where to Travel in France?

Nov 25th, 2007, 06:53 AM
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Let us know what your final itinerary is!!!
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Nov 25th, 2007, 05:16 PM
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Littlehouse, my wife and I have been to France numerous times, and our plan of action is to spend the first day in Paris (to make up for jet lag and flight delays). Then take a train out to a small town and pick up a rental car. Driving is extremely easy in France, and if we can do it, you can too.

We were apprehensive about driving way back when, but you will enjoy it immensely.

We found Avis was convenient as they had many offices right at the train stations. Try picking up your car in Lisieux, and then do the Mt. St. Michel, Normandy area. Be sure to spend one day in Honfleur...you will love it.

Good Luck...
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Dec 30th, 2007, 02:39 PM
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Okay here is our tentive plan for France. We've decided to just stay in Northern France for this trip. We'll hit the French Riveria in 2009 when we go to Northern Italy.

June 9 Leave US for Paris

June 10-16 Paris

June 17 Pick up car to leave Paris head to Bayeux (stay 2 nights)--may stop in Giverny on the way out of Paris

June 18 Normandy beach tour, haven't decided which company to use yet. Suggestions?

June 19 Explore what we still want to see then leave Bayeux head to Mont St Michel (stay 1 night)

June 20 Finish exploring MSM head to either Rennes (stay here 2 nights) or all the way to Carnac (stay there 1 night)(hubby wants to see the ruins)

Question: Could we base ourselves in Rennes then go to Carnac and/or Dinan as a day trips?

June 21 Explore Carnac Ruins, head back to Rennes

June 22 Exlpore Dinan, head back to Rennes

June 23 Drop off car and catch early train back to Paris or leave early to drive back to Paris (what's your suggestion?)

June 23 or 24 Take plane back to US (depends on what we get for plane tickets)


Okay that's what I have so far. I based a lot of these places on suggestions from here and our interests. Too much? Just right?We're pretty active people so we like to see all we can while we're in a country. We did 5 nts Prague, 3 Vienna, 3 Salzburg, 2 Munich and we did just fine.

Thanks so much in advance for your feedback. If I've listed a town and you're like why are did they pick that, please let me know.

Any hotel suggestions for the places I've listed (but Paris, it's covered) would be greatly appreciated.

Amy


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Dec 30th, 2007, 02:58 PM
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This past June we stayed at the Hotel Churchill in Bayeux. Great hotel. Not fancy, but well kept, great staff and fantastic location. Would definitely return. We took a one day tour with Battlebus and it was excellent. We were kicking ourselves though for not doing the 2 day tour. Battlebus has their pickup/dropoff location right next to the hotel, which is of course very convenient.
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Dec 30th, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Thanks mms! I looked at their website and they looked like a good tour. So you didn't think 1 day was enough? I don't know about doing 2 8 hour days of it. It may get too much.
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Dec 30th, 2007, 10:11 PM
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You have chosen a very beautiful part of France to visit for this trip! If you are prepared to check in & out of many hotels, your revised itinerary is certainly doable! Here are a few things to consider ...

Instead of basing yourself in Rennes which is a city of over 200,000 people, I would be inclined to stay in Dinan for 2 nights -- a charming town in itself. You can spend some time exploring the coast including the towns of St Malo & Dinard. We stayed at the Hotel D'Avaugour in Dinan.

If you are flexible on your departure date, consider adding another day in southern Brittany. In addition to visiting Carnac, you will have time to drive the coast toward Pointe du Raz, the western most point in France! FYI, we stayed at the Manoir de Kertalg in tiny Moelan-sur-Mer near Pont Aven.

Ideally, 3 nights in each spot would give you time to explore each region more thoroughly -- may not be possible unless you adjust your stay in Paris! Continued good luck with your plans!

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Dec 31st, 2007, 03:19 AM
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There is so much to see in Brittany! If interested, see my phototravelogue at http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...&x=0&y=-24d4pe
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Dec 31st, 2007, 06:10 AM
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Thanks 2010! Well we can't adjust our time in Paris cause the apt is already book. I'll check into the places you mentioned staying in Dinan and the Carnac region.

Thanks Mike for posting the link to your photos. Hubby really likes to see photos of a place, it helps him decide.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 06:12 AM
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Which should we do, drop off car and catch early train from Rennes back to Paris or leave early to drive back to Paris. What would be faster? I'm thinking train but one never knows.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 07:18 AM
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littlehouse--That was our initial thought as well, thus the one day tour. This was myself, my 16 yr old daughter and my mother...so if 3 women found it that interesting, lol, then you get the picture
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Dec 31st, 2007, 08:00 AM
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We did the Normandy/Brittany area in late September 2007.

We spent 3 days in Honfleur which was just a wonderful place. I would include this stop on my itinerary as a must.

We then drove to Bayeux and the Churchill Hotel and spent 3-days and did the one-day Battlebus tour. One day was enough for us, we covered Utah beach, St. Mere Eglise, the Airborne Museum and American Cemetery. Had we done the 2nd day I am sure we would have loved it too. They do a very good job and we were very impressed with our driver and his knowledge of D-Day.

Bayeux is not particularly pretty or interesting, but a good starting point for the D-Day beaches, and the Tapestry viewing. They had a nice market day which was fun and we visited the Cathedral, the Charles DeGaulle Museum and the Canadian Cemetery all nearby.

Then 3-days in Dinan a very very interesting medevial town. From here were easily went to the coast to Cancale and to Mont St. Michel for the day.

Rennes was our dropping off point for the car which was at the train station. We did spend the night, and wandered around the town and it was nice too. It looked spread out on the map but we walked to most everything.

I would not drive into Paris and would take the leisurely train ride and relax.

You might incorporate some of these ideas into your itinerary if you find them helpful.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 08:55 AM
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Thanks eurogals, your suggestions were very helpful. I think staying in Dinan and just going to Mt St Michel would be a good idea, that way we don't have to unpack again.
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Dec 31st, 2007, 09:51 AM
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France, of course, means Paris! We,ve been there 5 times and always add on with a few other cities.

Don't drive in Paris, but spend about 5 days(you'll still want to go back again). Take the TGV south to Aix en Provence or Nice and rent a car. It's very easy to drive in the small towns and cities.

Eze, Villefranche-sur-mer, Cap Ferrat, Antibes, Nice, Cannes, Monaco, Cagnus-sur-mer, all stunningly beautiful. Tip: skip St. Tropez, too far and not much there.

Another suggestion: Train to the Loire Valley for a minimum of 4 days. We were just there in Sept. and were very impressed. We rented a car at the train station(reserve in USA ahead of time) and it was very easy to drive around. We stayed at the "Chateau Perreux" just outside of Amboise. It was absolutely beautiful, and a great location in the middle of all the gorgeous chateaus of the Loire. We visited "Chenonceau", "Chambord", "Villandry", and the Davinci House". We will go back to see the rest of them.

Another suggestion: If you are in Paris long enough, take a day train trip to "Versailles". You'll never forget it!

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Dec 31st, 2007, 12:50 PM
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Some travellers chose to stay on Mont St Michel overnight to enjoy it in the quiet evening after the day trippers have left and then in the early morning hours.

If you are now considering visiting MSM as a day trip, may I also echo eurogals' recommendation to stay in Honfleur for 2 or 3 nights? It's a charming town with no shortage of restaurants, galleries & shops! From here, you can drive to Bayeux and visit the D-Day beaches. You can stop at MSM on your way to Dinan.

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Jan 1st, 2008, 08:19 AM
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2010,
That's what I'd hear about MSM, so that's why we were considering staying one night. We'll see what we decide. I'm really into photography so I'm sure I'll take tons of photos there.

Thanks for your help!
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Jan 8th, 2008, 04:47 PM
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OMG---I need help we are having a heck of a time finding decent airfare. Does anyone have a suggestion? We are looking at $1400 a person right now, if that's the case we may not be able to go which would really suck.

Thanks for any help you can give!!!
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Jan 9th, 2008, 03:41 PM
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Okay I think we've got most of it, just needs a little tweaking.

June 10 Arrive in Paris
June 10-16 Paris (with day trips to versailles and possibly giverny)
June 17 Leave Paris by train for Bayeux (possibly stop in giverny)
**Where should we pick up rental car?**
June 17-18 Bayeux, 18th battlebus tour of beaches
June 19 leave Bayeux for MSM overnight stay on mont
June 20 Explore MSM & leave for ????

This is where I need your help. We have until possibly June 23. Our flight leaves Paris Orly June 24 at 10:15am.

Should we stay in Brittany or try to drive down to the Lorie region to see the Chateaus then come in to Orly from that direction? Train in or drop car off at Orly?

Everything is set with airfare & hotel for the above initerary. We just need to add to June 20, 21, 22, 23. We'll probably need to be back in Paris on the evening of the 23rd.

Merci,
Amy
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