We will arrive in Paris on 8/4 & will not be able to venture out of Paris until 8/9 because we will be attending a wedding in Paris. Leaving Paris on 8/9, we would have 7-8 days left to head south of France by rail which we would very much like to end in Nice/Eze/Monaco before heading back to Paris for our flight back to Dallas. Any advise which cities to stop while taking the TGV train from Paris to Nice? Like one of the cities in the Burgundy wine region..... Is 7-8 days too ambitious to visit southern France? Any advise will be very helpful.
Wendy,, you must have something booked if you plan on visiting any southern beach town in south of France in August,, you see, that is when most French people take their holidays, and they often flock to seaside towns too. You will find hotel rooms alright, but they may be on side of highways ,, or may have highly inflated prices. Exception may be Paris where hotel prices often dip in August( business travel is down so inventory of rooms goes up in August and more then a few hotels will offer summer sale prices from mid to late July through August)
I would try and pick a lesser known spot for beach holiday in August, have you considered somewhere like Cassis, I haven't been there but a friend has and her photos blew me away.. Do look at booking yesterday though.
In Burgundy, Beaune makes a nice 1-or-2-day introduction to the region, though it is not strictly on the Paris - Nice TGV run.
You might also consider stopping in Provence, which is 100% enroute.