Thanks to all that posted suggestions on my previous 1/20/2022 question about visiting France for the first time. Took them all to heart and my husband and I've come up with the following ideas and would appreciate your input. As an FYI, we are traveling their for a birthday which begins in Champagne. We will be renting a car as we figure that will be easiest with luggage and will allow us to explore on our own time. Here is what we've come up with - keeping the KISS theory so many of you mentioned!
1. Champage/Reims - 7 days - Party - pre-planned festivities through out the week.
2. Strasbourg France - 3 n/4d (this way if we want to visit Germany and it's possible we'll be close!)
3. Beaune - 3 n/4d (hoping to visit some good wineries)
4. Annecy - 3n/4d (if possible we'd like to do a day trip to Switzerland)
5. Head to Bourges, with a stop over in Vichy for one night. This will allow us to pass through Lyon as well making a stop if we feel so inclined. Has anyone been to Vichy? We just sort of picked it as it looked quaint and we want to break up the drive.
6. Bourges 2n/3 days
7. Drive from Bourges to CDG to drop of rental car and then take train/taxi/shuttle to hotel in Paris. What is best way to get to hotels from airport? NOTE: when reading notes about dropping rental cars off in the city it sounded like a bad idea, which is why we are heading back to airport.
8. Paris 6 n/7 days.
Fly back to US
Between each leg driving is no more than 4 hours, according to Google although we understand this is a guideline. We are staying in France when driving so not crossing borders.
Any place we should adjust are stay - shorter or longer?
I'll post a few more specific questions on renting car in Paris at another moment. Focusing on the itinerary! But if you have comments on rental cars, do share.
So appreciate all of you for your help.