Hi, we are couple in early 30s looking to visit France from 2-15 Sep 2015. We are budget travellers & enjoy tranquil settings of small towns vs. the hustle of large cities. We are flying in & out of Paris. We were planning to cover the following in France (mode of travel would be train/ local transport):
- Cote d'Azur (2-6 Sep)
- Provence (6-9 Sep)
- Annecy (9-11 Sep)
- Paris (11-15 Sep)
Would be great if we can hear from you all on the below:
Addition of Annecy to the itinerary is quite cumbersome due to travel time to/ from Nice. Is it worth the trip in 2-3 days or should we drop it and add more time to Nice/ Marseilles
With Nice as base, is it doable to explore Antibes, Villefranche, Eze, Monaco, St. paul de vence in 3-4 days. If not, what is the ideal time. Or on second thoughts, would Antibes be a better base? We did explore Villefranche but availability of budget hotels was not very good. Nice on the other hand has IBIS which is great.
Would it be advisable to cover Provence from Nice through a day trip offered by viator (http://www.viator.com/tours/Nice/Provence-Countryside-Small-Group-Day-Trip/d478-2356NCE05). If not, where do we base ourselves- Marseilles/ Avignon/ any other.
Have I missed any part of South of France that I should have considered.
Sorry for the long query, but wanted to detail.. Please do let us know!!