**Edit: Italics and BOLD. *We are planning to travel the first week of May 2020. We have a healthy budget but definitely do not want to spend too much either...$100-200 perhaps? ** I want to thank you for the recs that came pouring in. I am adding the tidbits in bold/italics.***
My husband and I are celebrating our 10 year anniversary by flying to Paris and we wanted to explore France as well. Here is our plan. We wanted to ask more seasoned travelers a few questions. One, is our itinerary too ambitious? Two, what are your recommendations at each locations? What are your must sees? Hotels/Restaurants/Cafes/Desserts/Off the cuff places to go? Also Paris City Pass - yes or no? Metro Pass in Paris? This trip is us two; no kids.
Day 1: We will arrive in Paris at 10am - stay at the Hotel La Comtesse (view of Eiffel Tower) Recs for restaurants/desserts/cafes/other hotels? We are definitely doing touristy things but wanted suggestions for off the cuff things to do like the Promenade Plante (We are from NYC and this is supposed to be the High Line of Paris)
Day 1 & 2 (after adjusting to time change: Paris Sight seeing day for 1.5 to 2 days - our bucket list is Eiffel Tower, Le Louvre, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, the Catacombs, Musee Rodin gardens, Riviere Seine boat tour (go at 930pm), & Rue Honore & Cambon.
Day 3-4: Spending Day 3 and leaving after spending the night in Amboise to drive to MSM **
AM Train to Tours ***(straight to Amboise per rec from blogger)* to visit Loire Valley - we were thinking of staying at Château De Pray & getting a rental car to go to other chateaux in the area. Recs for must see and restaurants? We were thinking of going to Chateaux d'Amboise & Chenonceau & Clos Luce - get bike rental
Day 4-5: Mount Saint Michel (Rental car after late breakfast in Loire Valley)
sight seeing and staying the night - recs for hotels/restaurants/must see areas
Guided walk on mud flats? Cancale - oysters
Day 6-7: Normandy - recs for hotels/restaurants/must see areas? Bayeux and Honfleur
Day 7: Return to Paris at night suggestion to stop in Giverny on the way back
Day 8: Day trip via Train to Versailles
Day 9: Paris all day - shopping for last minute souvenirs
Day 10: Flight back home 10 AM