We have just returned from our second Europe trip and have started to plan our third trip for May 2017.
We initially were thinking a Paris/Bruges/Brussels trip however after reviewing Rick Steve's France book and DVDs we have decided to do all France.
We will have 11 nights. I really enjoy big cities with high quality museums, my husband also enjoys smaller cities which I can appreciate in moderation. A very important part of travel for us is good food and wine.
We will not be renting a car and I don't enjoy spending loads of my vacation time in transit between places.
Arrive in Paris, stay 6 nights(Day 1-6), Day trip to Reims for Champaign tasting - Is this easy to do on our own or should we go through an organized tour?
Day 7-8 (2 nights) Train to Burgundy - Dijon or Beaune. We really want to spend a day bicycling around to vineyards. Would Beaune be the best option?
Day 9-10 (2 nights) Train to Provence- Arles or Avignon? Join organized Cotes du Rhone wine tour
Day 11 - Train to Nice (1 night) fly out of nice
I'm most unsure about days 9-11. Is it worth it to go to Nice for ~ 1/2 day? I've also considered using our Jet-legged first day to train straight to Provence if this would best maximize out time. However, personally, it seems better to do busier/energy intensive Paris before moving on to more relaxing things.
Assuming we will not be returning France for a long time (we have an extensive travel-related bucket list), have we made good choices in destinations or is there some key place we are missing?
Thanks for your advice!