Our 11 yo grandtr is very interested in history and in Europe. My wife and I will be taking her to Europe for 3-4 weeks in June. We have rented an apartment in Paris for 8 days, which will include several day trips (D-Day, London, Chartes, castles). We also want to expose her to Venice, Florence, and Rome. Any suggestions relative to the cheapest sequence? We want to expose her to B&B so would appreciate recommendations here in the cities we want to visit. Thanks, Dorsey and Esther
First of all, you might want to delete your duplicate Post on this subject, before it attracts any replies.
Using open-jaw flights would be the most efficient travel method. In the same circumstances, I'd fly into Paris and return from Rome.
Taking a day trip from Paris to see D-Day sites is going to be a bit challenging. With the transportation times back and forth, you'll only have a few hours to spend in Normandy. You might consider spending at least one night in Bayeux and taking a BattleBus tour, as it's a much more efficient method to get around to the various sites, and it will be a far better learning experience for your grand daughter.
As far as a "sequence", I'd probably take a budget flight from Paris to Venice, and then use train from there to Florence and Rome. The EuroStar Italia / Alta Velocita is very quick so your travel times would be minimal.
Good luck with your planning!