My husband and I plan a trip to various regions in France for either Fall 2022 or spring 2023. We have been to Paris, Versailles and Chartres. We plan to fly into Paris, but from there these are the places we are considering but need some help to either pare down the list and ideas for easiest way to cover these places in 2 weeks or less. We are also considering going from France to Italy (our favorite country), probably the lakes in the NW part. Here is what is on the long list for France:
Definitely Normandy and Mont St. Michel (thinking 3 nights in Bayeau);
Definitely Provence (best place for a home base while there? Do we need a car? How many days?);
Reims, Giverney, Amiens, Rouen all possible ideas, as well as St. Denis and St. Sulpice in the Paris area;
Should we consider the Loire area?
We need some help in deciding which of the possible places are worth it to see (we love cathedrals, wine, smaller towns with character and beauty), as well as figuring out if we need to drive or can we get there without a rent car and, last, a reasonable itinerary to cover these places but not at break-neck speed. We are in our early 70’s but very healthy and active. Thank you for any suggestions! This forum was very helpful when we planned a month in Italy a few years ago!