I'd like first to thank you for looking at my itinerary and providing your advices.
I'm planning a trip to the Eastern part of France (with a little diversion to Germany) and need your guidance in itinerary. I have been to Paris, Bordeaux and the Medoc a few times, and now want to focus this trip on Alsace and Burgundy. My goal is to get immersed in the culture and the language, and eating local foods and wines. I like small towns and will do both trains and cars (rental and BlaBlaCar). I'm thinking of making the round: Paris > Dijon > Lyon > Strasbourg > Paris. Timeframe is arriving CDG Wed, April 20 at 10:35am. Leaving CDG-SFO May 10 at 11:25am.
Here's my draft, with the extra days that I don't have a plan for. Should I visit more places (Reims) or spend more time in any places?
Day1 (Wed): land in CDG at 10:35a. Train to Dijon.
Day2, 3 (Thurs, Fri): stay in Dijon. Visit surroundings - Beaune? Need a suggestion for reasonable rate hotel or Airbnb.
Day4 (Sat): train or BlaBlaCar to Lyon
Day5, 6 (Sun, Mon): Lyon and surroundings
Day7 (Tues) : Train or Bus to Annecy. Stay overnight.
Day8 (Wed) : Train to Strasbourg. Stay 3 days in Strasbourg.
Day9 (Thurs): Strasbourg
Day10 (Fri): Rent a bike to visit closed-by wineries on Route Du Vin
Day 11 (Sat): Rent car in Strasbourg, and drive down to Colmar. Stay in Eguisheim (as suggested in several posts).
Day 12, 13 (Sun, Mon): Visit Riqueher and other villages.
Day 14 (Tues): Day trip to Freiburg
Day 15 (Wed): Return to Strasbourg and return rental car
Day 16 (Thurs): Train to Baden-Baden for the day, and train back to Strasbourg.
Day 19 (Mon): Train to Paris-CDG
Day 20 (Tues): Leaving for SFO at 11:25a