Hello! Please help me if you can. :) I'm flying into CDG 6/24/18 with my teenage daughter. For sure we'd like to spend 2-3 days in Paris, visit Giverny, Versailles, D-day beaches and Mont St Michel. After this we will be heading to Spain to start walking parts of Camino Frances. I'm unsure yet where we will start, but right now I think we'll be starting in St. Jean-Pied-de-Port in France.
I was thinking it would be best to do Paris first, so we wouldn't be backtracking after MSM. After MSM, we could just head south on a train.
So my problems/questions: Should I rent a car out of Paris and drive to Giverny, Versailles and then to Normandy? And if I do that, where do I rent a car from in Paris and where could I drop it off near MSM? Or should we take day trips on the train to Giverny, Versailles and a train closer to MSM? From what I've read, Normandy seems like a difficult area to get around without a car. I went there with my ex over ten years ago, but we took a Battle Bus tour and I remember it being difficult to figure out bus transportation after that.
What's the best way to get from the MSM area to southern France? I'd prefer to do an overnight train, so we can use that as our hotel for the night.
Or should I do this all in reverse? Rent a car out of CDG, Normandy, day trips from Paris, Paris, return car and take a train out of Paris to southern France?
This will be by fourth time in Europe and I've been on trains before, but unfortunately my ex-husband was the brains behind the trains, so I need to figure this out on my own! And my daughter will be looking at me as the brains, so I just need a push in the right direction. Thank you if you can help at all.