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2 Weeks in different parts of France

Hello, We'll be traveling to France in May 2014 for about 14-16 days, visiting two different regions and would like help with a good itinerary. During the first week I thought we'd fly into Paris and spend 3 - 4 days, then take the train out to Normandy for 3 days. I'd like to hire a semi-private or small tour company when in Normandy. Then either by train or plane head down south for our second week.
During the second week we have a villa in the Chateauneuf-du-pape area so we'll rent a car and do day trips. I've never been to this area can anyone give recommendations on wineries, cooking classes and interesting items to see in the area? Then fly home out of Marseille.

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We stayed in Avignon for a week and found it the perfect location for day trips in the area, including Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We stayed in the history city center which was nearby the open daily market, Les Halles. Loved Pont du Gard, Oranges, Arles - all a nice day trip from Avignon. Went to Cassis one day to see the sea. Great food, beautiful driving, so loved it! Have fun!

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If you want Rick's tips and advice, be sure to get his Provence And The French Riviera book. It has MUCH more information on this region than his general France book does. Of course, you'll need the general book for Paris and Normandy, so I'd get both books. I was in Provence without a car, so my sightseeing options were limited. My favorite place in the region was Nimes. Orange has the amazing Roman Theatre with its intact wall, but the town itself was a bit grungy. I preferred Arles to Avignon, but both are worth seeing. And I don't get the appeal of Aix (nothing wrong with it, but nothing special to me). I liked Marseille, but not everyone will; there's nothing quaint, picturesque, or cozy about it. I found almost no English speakers in Marseille (my French improved noticeably in the two days I was there), but others here say they did not have this issue. Good for you for flying into Paris and out of Marseille - it will make your trip much easier than trying to return to Paris at the end.

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Thanks everyone for your comments, very helpful.