I'm traveling with my daughters (18 & 15) to France in late June this year for 9 days. We were originally thinking of spending the whole time in Paris, but we decided since this is their first time there, we'd spend at least a couple nights outside the city. I've been around different parts of France in previous visits, but I haven't been to Normandy, and given both of my kids' interest in history we decided to spend 2 nights in Bayeux and visit the D-Day beaches.
In planning out the itinerary, I'm left with a day/night in between when we were planning to be in Normandy and Paris, and was contemplating a short stop in Loire Valley (another place I have not been), though one of my kids, and probably all of us, would be happier reducing how many times we're moving, checking in and out, etc.
So, which of these choices would you pick: staying a 3rd night at our AirBnB in Bayeux and driving over to Mont St. Michel or other nearby sights, OR driving to Loire Valley and staying one night, OR heading back to Paris and having time in our schedule for a day trip to Versailles? Based on their priorities and that I don't want to have a super packed schedule in Paris, Versailles probably won't happen unless we shift that extra night back to Paris.
I haven't booked our plane tickets yet so we could consider adding a day on one end or the other (though I booked AirBnb's already covering the beginning/end of the trip, and neither of them has flexibility to accommodate that change).
The itinerary looks like this right now:
Day 1: arrive in Paris in the AM, drive to Bayeux;
Day 2: D-Day beaches;
Day 3: scheduled to depart Bayeux, but this is where above options come in;
Day 4: return to Paris for 5 nights (or choose to head back on Day 3 and have 6 nights in Paris);
Day 9: leave Paris