I along with my husband are planning a road trip in France in June'16 for 2 weeks. This is our third visit to Europe; we have been to Republic of Ireland in 2014 & Austria / Germany (Alpine regions) in 2015. I've been reading quite a bit about the country since a month, and am really fascinated by the variety that it offers- spectacular landscapes, vineyards, great food, historical places and perfect for art lovers. The more I read about it, the more I want to see EVERYTHING!!
We are planning to fly from Mumbai, India on 11th June, land in Paris and depart from Paris again on 25th June.
We understand that June is a peak time for tourists in Europe, hence we wish to base ourselves mostly in small, quaint villages (of course Paris being an exception).
Both of us are very interested to see cute villages in the countryside (However, I have had an overdose of them in Austria and Germany), do some wine tasting, drive through pretty landscapes, visit atleast one beach and engage in some outdoorsy activities (like parasailing, canoeing, etc). We are not big fans of history, but we do want to see important historical sights in Paris. I really want to dedicate 4 days to this wonderful city; it's my dream to visit Paris !
We don't mind stretching ourselves a bit since this is our first trip to France, and it's unlikely that we will return :) We'd rather explore an unseen country next!
Here's a tentative itinerary that I prepared basis my research. Requesting your honest opinion about the same! Thanks in advance :)
11 June- Land in Paris at 8-9 am. Stay overnight for 4 days
14 June- Day trip to Versailles
15 June- Rent a car in Paris early morning, set off to visit Monet's garden in Giverny.
After the garden trip, drive to Amboise : 224 km. Visit one or two Chateaus. Stay overnight
16 June- Visit the remaining one or two Chateaus. Stay overnight
17 June- Drive to Dordogne region (327 km).
Visit Sarlat or Lascaux caves. Stay overnight
18 June- Sight seeing in nearby areas of Dordogne (Please suggest). Stay overnight
19 June- Drive to Toulouse (271 km). Relax/ light sight seeing (Please suggest). Stay overnight
20 June- Drive to Nimes/ Uzes (292 km). Stay overnight. (I know that we are stretching a bit here, but this 1 night stay is in
order to reach Lyon with a break journey)
21 June- Drive to Lyon (251 km). Stay overnight
22 June- Day drip to Annecy (300 km roundtrip). Stay overnight at Lyon
23 June- Drive to Beaune (150 km). Visit the vineyard. Stay overnight
24 June- Remaining sight seeing
25 June- Drive back to Paris (311 km). Drop the car. Reach airport at noon. Catch a flight in the evening
I know that there's a lot of time and scope to further improve my itinerary. I'm trying to fit in too much in 2 weeks. But I have tried to limit the driving distance between two towns to around 300 km. Will have to check the actual time on Michelin. Given the superb roads in France, I think the drive will be smooth. My hubby dearest is used to drive for even longer hours! In the above itinerary, I could not fit any coastal region, please suggest some good beaches that are a short drive from Nimes/ Toulose)
So, dear travellers, your suggestions/ criticisms are welcome!! Please help me design my dream vacation :)