What is a must do if I have four extra days after seeing Paris? Rhone Alps? Lyon? I have seen Versailles and the Loire Valley. It was beautiful, but want something new.
From Paris you have (obviously) lots of great choices. For me - I would pick Normandy - You get to see Honfleur - the D-Day beaches - Bayeux and the tapestry (a really nice museum experience) - the great Norman cuisine (great seafood and creamy sauces) OR Brussels and Bruge and you can put mayo on your pommes frites and nobody will look at you funny. Have Fun!
It's a 3 hour train ride to Amsterdam -- that would be my choice, or possibly London via the Chunnel, if you can afford it!
I am so jealous! I look at my itinerary and clearly see that I need at least two more days! And besides, is there really such a thing as "extra" days in Paris?:)
Burgundy! 2 hour train from Paris to Dijon. Stay in Semur en Auxois. Get a car and drive to Flavigny, Beaune, Brancion. Cuisine is fabulous,wine is better, have lunch in Flavigny at the Grange, countryside is gorgeous. Check out Rick's books for more suggestions.
Lyon is a great choice because it's situated in such a great location that it allows so many options for day trips out of the city. Of course there's also the quick 3hr train ride to Brussels in the other direction that would be great to do some beer tours and moules frites.
Lyon is 45 min to Geneva, Switzerland, 3 hrs to Turin, Italy, in the Beaujolais wine region, just north of the Rhone wine region.
If you like Monet, there is Giverny, the gardens he created and from which he painted. It's a very easy day trip. Never been there myself, but I saw a travel video just last night and the gardens were stunning and so serene.
You have a 'dilemma' many of us would like to share!! 4 extra days!! Enjoy!!
What a dilemma! Personally, I'd go south (depending on the time of year) for maximum contrast with Paris--but these are all great destinations.
You don't say what you like to do and see. In 4 days you could get a good taste of another region. Provence has intimate hilltowns, magnificent Roman antiquities, and a Mediteranean influence. Peregord (Dordogne) has neolithic art and midaeval fortresses. Normandy (D-day, impressionism, Mt. St. Michel & more) and Burgundy (food, wine, and ancient sites) also wonderful. Have fun!
What about the Alsace region and Colmar?
I went on to Normandy (Bayeaux, D-Day Beaches, and then to Mont St. Michel) which was terrific, and I would highly recommend it. However, I do regret that I did not take a side trip to Brussels or Salzburg or Alsace.
Edit to above: sorry, I meant Stasbourg, not Salzburg!
Rent a car and drive to Bayeux, Normandy. Take one of the tours-either a one or two day tour(Battlebus etc). Then take an early morning 1+ hour drive to Mont Ste. Michelle,followed by a 1+ hour drive to the walled city of Dinan, returning to Bayeux. We had a gps system on our rental car, and instructed it to take off highway roads and we had a beautiful country road trip back to Bayeux, and then drove back to CDG. Our best weekend trip ever.
you can also consider going to the dordogne region. TGV from paris to bordeaux is about 3.5 hours. you can rent a car from bordeaux and drive to sarlat. it's about 2 hours drive on local roads, and you can check out the vinyards and villages on the way. you can use sarlat as home base and tour the dordogne and lot river valley, it's a lot less travelled and great food and wine. Driving from paris to Sarlat is about 5 to 6 hours, but cheaper than TGV.
Completely agree with Natasha above about "no such thing as 'extra days' in Paris." I would stay in Paris.
I agree with Les. Mont St.Michel is two days alone, stay at the Chateau De Buceel near St. James email Nicole for info. Eat at the St.James restaurant. more info if interested.
Completely agree on Normandy - It is sacred ground, but why leave Paris, it takes weeks to see it all.
Thanks so much for all of the replies. We have decided to stay in Paris for two of our days and do day trips from there. The other two days we are going to rent a car and drive St. Germain en Laye and Malmaisson area and venture to the west some, just to get out of the city and see some country. We like the little villages, markets, rural areas.
How long is your stay in Paris, 5-7 days?
Another vote for Normandy!
My stay in Paris is 9 days.