Hi folks! We are experienced Europe travelers, a family of 4 with two near teenagers, and enjoy hopscotching around Europe to see different parts of countries as part of our every other year vacations.
This summer, we are planning to fly in to CDG (from a different part of Europe). and would like to visit Normandy, Brittany AND the Loire Valley, then come back to Paris for a few days. My question is - which order should we do them in? Should we go from CDG directly to Normandy then a bit of Brittany and on to Loire, or CDG directly to Loire and then later drive on to Brittany and Normandy? We have planned for about 5 days to see Loire and Normandy. I know that's not a ton of time, but I am hoping we can hit the highlights well.
Considerations - it looks like from CDG we can get a direct TGV to Tours - so starting in the Loire Valley seems better. If we go to Normandy first from CDG, it looks like we take an RER into Paris, and then transfer to another station, where we take a TGV. I assume renting a car in either Tours or Caen or Rouen is roughly the same. After we spend time in the Loire Valley-Brittany-Normandy we will spend a few days in Paris, so it seems like going to the Loire Valley seems best, just efficiency wise. But I'm asking here to see if folks have other opinions or other suggestions.