My parents, brother and I are planning a trip to France. We'll be in Paris first and I used to live there so we're all set with what to do. I haven't spent much time in the countryside though and here's the tentative agenda. Any advice on if this is the best route, etc. would be very welcome!
I'm struggling on what to do after Mont St Michel - what's the best way to see the caves at Sarlat and some Chateaux before we head back to Paris? Should we drive straight from Mont St Michel to Sarlat and then hit the chateaux on the way back to Paris? Or do the chateaux first? We'll have a rental car the entire time.
Tuesday May 8, 2012
By 11am - Check out of hotel and take metro to the airport to pick up the rental car at 12pm. Drive to Bayeux; check out city of Bayeaux; Cathedral – open until 6pm; Go to Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux in Bayeux, Normandy, to view the Tapestry. Museum is open until 6:15pm
Spend night in Bayeux (hotel is booked)
Wed. May 9, 2012
Thursday May 10, 2012
Drive to Mont St Michel (leave by 8am to arrive by 9am)
Mont St Michel open 9am- 7pm (crowds are very bad from 11am-4pm) then drive to St. Malo (?) and then onto Amboise
Check into Amboise or Tours….which is better base for chateaux? Any recommendations on hotel?
Friday May 11, 2012
Stay in Amboise for evening or Tours
Saturday May 12, 2012
Amboise – explore city or do a wine tasting in nearby Vouvray
Spend night in Amboise or drive to Sarlat?
Sunday May 13, 2012
Drive back to Paris??
Spend night in somewhere between Sarlat and Paris??
Monday May 14, 2012
Drive from Sarlat to Paris – 6 to 7 hour drive
Return rental car to CDG by 4pm and metro to hotel in Paris