Hi everyone! We've been reading up on this forum and RS books, but we could use a little more help. My fiance and I are getting married on October 22, then leaving the following day for Paris. Our plan is to get into Paris on Monday early afternoon (we're flying from NYC), stay there through Saturday evening, then take the TGV to Avignon. From there, we'll rent a car and stay in Saint Remy from Saturday night to Tuesday, then drive towards Nice, stopping in either (or, if possible, both), Aix or Marseille. Then we'll get into Nice on Tuesday night and stay there until our flight leaves on Friday, November 4 (since we haven't booked yet, I'm not sure what time on Friday we're leaving).
We are big travellers and prefer to be going on tours and learning about art and history rather than lounging around. We are also aware that at that time of year, it's going to be on the chilly side, so even if we wanted to, it's not a good time for sunbathing on the Riviera. That said, of course we don't want to run around like crazy people for the duration of our honeymoon. I have the general feeling that people might not be fond of tours, but we actually really love tours, and plan on doing quite a few.
Here's our outline for our time in Paris (with a museum pass):
Settle in, explore the neighborhood (staying in Saint-Germain, which is actually booked)
Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle
Louvre some more (or we can divide it into two different days)
Eiffel Tower at night
Champs-Elysees to Arc de Triumphe (in evening)
Enjoy our last day in Paris
We would like to get to the Basilique du Sacre-Couer, and potentially the catacombs?
Then we get to Saint Remy Saturday night, and Sunday we have plans to go on a pretty big Roman ruins tour of the area. Monday morning we'd see the Pope's Palace in Avignon, and likely spend the rest of the day in Saint Remy.
Then Tuesday we could do either Aix or Marseille - which is better?
Tuesday night, get into Nice.
Wednesday do some Nice-area tour, though we aren't dying to go to any place that's particularly fancy. We're more interested in quaint villages, eating, and Roman ruins, though we feel like we couldn't just skip Cannes and potentially Monaco.
Thursday, just enjoy Nice itself (considering staying by Castle Hill).
So all that is to ask - does this look reasonable? Are we planning to see too much? Are we missing anything major in any of those places? Should we shift one day back to the Avignon area (so stay there Saturday night to Tuesday night, then move on on Wednesday)? Is Aix or Marseille more worth seeing?
We so appreciate your help!!!