We are planning a trip to France May 6th., arriving in Paris and directly taking the train to Arles. Joining a bike and barge trip there for 8 days ending in Lyon. From there we would like to take the train from Lyon to Annecy, stay 4 nights and travel by train from Annecy to Paris then fly home.
There is the possibility that we may do a day trip by train to Chamonix while in Annecy.
I have purchased your 2020 travel guide on France and read the section on train travel but hoped to get some specific direction regarding our trip. I realize the TGV train from Paris requires a reservation( it will be daytime travel) Should we purchase a rail pass, senior discount pass.....or any other ideas? There are 6 of us travelling together...... just thought of this now but perhaps renting a van with driver would be a better option.
One more thing the reserved train tickets are non refundable so if by some chance we have to cancel our plans due to a travel ban because of the Corona virus we would be out that money.
So much to think about!
I would greatly appreciate advice. Thank You, Debbie