Please review my itinerary and let me know if there are any loop holes, too rushed, or non-achievable section.
Also, if I can save some time somewhere.
I am at very early stage of planning for France tour next June. Considering my bucket list is long, mostly I will not be able to be back to France for very long time even if I want to. I totally understand 15 days are too less for covering such a culturally, historically diverse country. So mainly I concentrated on must dos and tried to pick different kind of experience which are uniquely French. This is my Itinerary Below.
Also this is the first time ever I am going to set foot in Europe and I chose France… :). Very Excited.
Day 1: Toronto- Paris
Day 2: Paris
Day 3: Varsailes-1day-night at Paris
Day 4: Paris
Day 5: Paris
Day 6: Take train to Rennes for Mont st Michael overnight at Mont st Michael
Day 6: Rennes to Tours, Overnight at Tours
Day 7: Loire Valley (3 castles) – Will Rent a car here - Overnight Tours
Day 8: Tours to Strasburg- Overnight at Strasbourg
Day 9: Strasbourg surrounding (Wineries, Some Castles, Mostly interested in the villages b/w Strasbourg and Colmar) will a rent a car for this day. Overnight at Stratsbourg.
Day 12: Day trip Avignon, pont du gard, Nimes (may be)
Day 13: Day trip Carcassone and surrounding
Day 14: Lavender field (if dates match)/St Guilhem le desert/canal tour??
Day 15: Back to Paris
Day 16: Flyout from Paris
I purposely kept French Riviera and Alpes out of this trip.
We are more interested in History, Architecture, Culture
Not interested in Shopping, Farmer’s Markets, Museums (Not enough time anywhere), Beaches
So here are some of my questions
1. We will be a group of 6 (2 families) so will it be economical to rent a van than public transport specially while visiting rural areas surrounding the cities?
2. Strasbourg?? Is it worth including?? Wanted to keep one Winery tour and got stuck by the beauty of Colmar, Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé. Or shall I include 2 more days in Provence and do winery tour there.
4. Day 9: Overnight at Strasbourg or move back to Paris and take TGV to Montpellier next day??
Thanks in advance