Please sign in to post.

3 Extra Days in France

My husband and I are spending 1 week in England and 1 week in France. London will take up most of our time in Engalnd as we have never been there before. However, we have been to Paris before, but we do plan to spend 1 day in Paris and 1 day going to Versailles and possibly Giverny.

That leaves us with 3-4 extra days in France to go anywhere we would like! As you can imagine, the problem is trying to narrow down the options. We are big fans of red wine and food markets, but other than that we are open to new experiences.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks for your help!

Posted by
1319 posts

For red wine and food markets, you can't go wrong with Provence. Take the train from Paris to Avignon and rent a car. There are markets every day of the week in the towns and villages and lots of Cote du Rhone wine.

Posted by
4132 posts

Burgundy has a friendly and accessible wine scene that is world class. It is largely rural and would provide a pleasant contrast to Paris and London. There are some chateaux, abbeys, and world-heritage sites. Great cuisine too.

Beaune makes a great base and you can rent bicycles there; the proprietors of the shop can suggest appropriate itineraries. It's about 2 hours from Paris by rail. I think for four days you'd probably want a car, which you could rent there.

Provence is another exceptional destination, also very different from Paris, and its wines, though not in the same league as Burgundy's, are interesting and fun. I think you'd also want a car there too, though there is more to see by rail than in Burgundy.

One logistical advantage of Provence, even though it is a bit farther, is that there is an airport in Marseilles and you might be able to arrange to fly home from there, or from Lyon, rather than returning to Paris. There are also a few direct trains from Avignon to Charles DeGaulle.