Hello all. Thanks so much for your ongoing help. We leave Thursday!
We are a family of 4: mom, dad 21 YO daughter and 16 YO son. We have all had a lot of fun in planning, but have a few more questions.
1. In regard to train travel, how much time do we need to arrive at the station before our train departure time -- is it like an airport where you have to go through security, etc., or can we just get there a few (15?) minutes before departure time? (for TGV trains.)
One day we will be driving from Beaune to Avignon. Do you have any favorite stops/detours along the way?
Here is our itenerary outline. Do you see any problems or have suggestions about how to better organize?
Paris - Friday, July 17 Arrive CDG 2:25. At the airport buy carnets and museum pass. Take taxi into city to hotel in 6th Arr.
Drop bags and freshen up.
Go to the Louvre this afternoon. (open until 10 p.m. on Fridays.) Late dinner, then Eiffel Tower tickets at 11 p.m.
Day 2 Saturday, July 18 Follow Rick Steve’s “Historic Paris” walk, featuring Ile de la Cité, Notre-Dame, and Sainte-Chapelle
Have lunch in Latin Quarter. After lunch, stop at City Pharma. Take the train/metro up to Sacre Coeur. Explore the neighborhood.
Evening: Cruise the Seine River on Bateaux-Mouche.
Day 3 Sunday, July 19 Tour the Orsay Museum. Follow Rick Steve’s Champs-Elysées walk from the Arc de Triomphe downhill along Avenue des Champs-Elysées to the Tuileries Garden, and the Orangerie Museum. After dinner, walk by Notre-Dame at night.
Day 4 Monday, July 20 Breakfast at a cafe after we checkout of hotel. Train to Dijon. In Dijon, pick up rental car. Drive to Gite in Volnay. Explore the area.
Day 5, Tuesday, July 21. Wine tour with Max.
Day 6 Wednesday, July 22 Explore the area, including Beaune, Fontaney Abbey. Dinner reservation in Beaune.
Day 7, Thursday, July 23 Visit Chantier Médiéval de Guédelon.
Day 8 Friday, July 24 Drive to Avignon. Explore Avignon.
Day 9, Saturday, July 25 Senanque Abbey near Gordes. Afternoon in Pont du Gard.
Day 10, Sunday, July 26 Arles. Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
Day 11 Monday, July 27 Return to Paris via train. Depart for home.