we are traveling to france first week in november this year and would like input on a reasonable itinerary. we have a friends flat in paris so thought we would stay there 4 or 5 nights and do day trips from there as we have seen alot of the common sights there such as eiffel tower, notre dame, arch d triumph, d orsay, and the louve. Day trips under consideration are D-Day beaches, Loire castles, champagne, versaille or fountainhead.
From there we considered renting a car and heading to bordeaux, then eze where we have a prepaid hotel for 2-3 nights (could do day trips to provence and south beach towns...dont need to see Monaco as we did that on another trip), then drive up toward lyon-dijon-beaune regions and return to paris where we drop the car and take the train to amsterdam for 3 additional nights where we fly home to the US.
Is this reasonable or NO? What do you suggest we either omit or add? We like driving so we have some freedom to stop or not but not opposed to mix up modes of transportation if it helps move things along. We are middle aged very active couple that prefer a local vs tourist travel experience.
Thanks for advice and suggestions.
Terri and Craig