I would appreciate your advice and suggestions on our upcoming 15-day France driving vacation. Feel free to comment on any aspect e.g. add/remove/reduce/increase stays, routes preferences, must avoid, must see, must eat, must experience :) Most importantly, though, are we stuffing too much into 15 days with lots of driving or is this doable?
We have been to Paris and to Provence but not seen the rest of the country. We like hiking, scenery, culture, and food. We are not wine connoisseurs but enjoy wine. Rick Steves Europe inspired us to plan the below circuit.
So we will rent a convertible from Hertz at CDG, and return it when we return from Alsace to Paris. We are energetic early 50s and have driven between NYC and Canada often so could deal with with up to 7-8 hour long drives.
City / Nights / stay at / Activities
1) Rouen/ 1 / Mercure / walk the old town
2) Honfleur/ 1 / BW Le Cheval Blanc / Visit Etretat and walk Honfleur
3) Saint Malo/ 2 / Oceana Escale / visit Mont St. Michel / Visit Cancale and tour Saint Malo / Walk Dinan
4) Amboise/ 2 / Bellevue Hotel / Visit the recommended Loire chateaus and sights
5) Sarlat/ 3 / Au Grand Hotel Sarlat / Visit the Dordogne towns / canoeing / see the caves
6) Beaune/ 2 / Hotel des Ramparts / walk Beaune and possibly bicycle among the vineyards / see Dijon?
7) Colmar/ 2 / Hotel le Mandelberg / Stay in Mittelwihr and Visit Riquewihr, Ribeauville, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim, Colmar
8) Paris/ 3 / Hotel in Marais / return car to Hertz CDG then do the usual Paris sight seeing.
Thank you for your advice!