We are two women, who don't speak French, who want to see Paris and travel through Alsace, Burgundy, Provence and the Riviera for about 11 days in the latter part of May. We're thinking about staying in Colmar, Beaune, Annecy, Vaison la Romaine and Antibes. How many nights should we stay at each? Do you have suggestions for any reasonably priced, charming B&Bs or small inns?
What would be the best way to travel? If renting a car, would it be very expensive for the one-way drop-off charge, and how much extra for an automatic? Do I reserve it ahead of time from the states or when I'm in Paris?
If we'd be better off taking trains, should we reserve seats now?
Or would buses better able us to see the villages and vineyards along the way? And again, what about advance reservations?
As this is our first time traveling in France, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.