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Michelle
Fayetteville (Arkansas)

Michelle from Fayetteville (Arkansas) asked

3 week Road Trip in France

I am planning a 3 week road trip in France. Im thinking Paris for 3 days, Honfleur (2 days) with stops in Giverny and Rouen. Visit Etrat while in Honfleur. Next stop Bayeaux (2 days) to visit Dday sites. Bayeaux to Amboise visitng Mont St Michel on the way. (2 days). Then to Lyon or Avignon (2 or 3 days?) last to Aix-en_Provence (2 days) leave from Marseille. another question, should I contine with extra time to Cote d'Azur or should I allow more time at any and all of these places?

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Dave from Houston
We did trips like that we we first started going to Europe. What we realized is that we were spending a whole lot of time checking in, checking out, packing, unpacking, and moving from hotel to hotel. Those activities were eating a lot of our vacation time.  In more recent years our vacations evolved to a different model. We now base for a week at a time in a good location for day trips within abouit a one hour drive time radius. For a three week trip we rent through a service like VRBO.com or AirBNB. Since we always rent a car, we prefer to avoid center city locations where parking can be an issue and rents tend to be highest. There are great things to see, do, and eat in most all of France. These are some of the best places we've based for a week of day triping: Dordogne is a fabulous region basing near Sarlat. Pays Basque is worderful basing near Bayonne and day tripping to Biarritz, San Sebastian Spain, and many of the towns in the region. Provence is another great region for day trips basing near Avignon. Alsace is amazing and Colmar is a good base with day trips to Strasbourg, Germany's Black Forest, etc. There is also much to see and do in the Cote d'Azur including Monaco, Atilles, Cannes, Nice, and even a day trip to Portofino is possible. Trying to cover so much in one trip might be a mistake. Sometimes less is more when traveling. If you slow down and delete some of those stops you may enjoy it more.

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Ragan from Hamburg, Michigan

We drove from Paris to Mont St Michel and the DDay sites in 2014, Germany to France in August 2019 and from Toulouse to Carcassonne and back a week ago...as a word of caution, if you want to go on main freeways, be prepared to pay large toll fees. If you want to skip the tolls the side roads are through the towns and have more round abouts and sites but take longer... all that being said all the sites your planning on seeing will just be a blur... maybe best to see Northern France, Paris and the DDay beaches and maybe Versaille this trip and then do Southern France another time... There is just so much to see and enjoy..take time to visit the grocery stores or a French McDonald's or a Vide Grenier in a town square.. and by all means, drink the wine and eat the bread and cheese!!! Have Fun!!


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