We have an upcoming trip end of May 2021. I will be traveling with five 22-23 year olds, 3 of which are my own children. This is their college graduation present from me, a single Mom. We plan to fly into Paris and out of Rome. We plan to travel via train from France to Italy and use train transportation within both countries. I will have a list of possible things they can each do in each city. We will all stay in same hotels but will split up to do different things in each city.
We plan to spend 7 to 8 nights in France and 10 plus nights in Italy. I have Italy planned Venice, Florence and Rome. I need help with where to go in France and how many nights. They prefer to see more areas/cities in France as opposed to staying all 7 nights in Paris. They lean towards quantity in seeing more cities than quality in each city. They are interested in some museums but are also interested in the food, experiences, history, wine, ruins, culture , adventures and hikes.
Ideas and suggestions appreciated:
*3 to 4 nights in Paris then
*2 nights in Avignon or Provence city and one in Nice
*2 nights in Lyons
I am not opposed to stopping and sleeping a night in Milan or another city if that makes sense. Or is it better to take fast train to Venice? Can we stop and get off train and walk around Milan or another city for a few hours on the way to Venice?
I am open to any other city/region that one recommends. I am not interested in renting a car, especially needing one big enough for 6 of us. I think it will be easier and less stressful to take the train.
Thank you for your tips and suggestions. We plan to book within the next few days.