I hope to purchase tickets in a few days, so your help is greatly appreciated. My husband and I will spend one week in France in November, and we will be traveling by train only once we arrive. Our goal is to see art and cathedrals (mainly gothic), including tapestries and museums.
Itineray one: fly into Frankfurt, take train from Frankfurt airport directly to Strasbourg. Day trip from Strasbourg to Colmar. Strasbourg to Paris. Day trip from Paris to either Chartres or Amiens.
Itinerary two. Fly in and out of Paris. Paris to Reims, Reims to Amien, Amien to Roun. Rouen to Chartes. Fly out Paris.
We don't neccessary want to spend time in Paris (we love it but we've been there before). Both iterieries would allow us to see fabulous art and cathedrals, but I am baffled by the various train pass options. We are budget minded and would love input from anyone. Thanks!