We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Suggestion itinerary

Philadelphia
Level Contributor
106 posts
7 reviews
Save Topic
Suggestion itinerary

Hi,

Our family of 3 (our son is 8 y.o) is planning 2 weeks vacation in France in August. I really appreciate any suggestion for itinerary. I read threads for suggestions, but it seems everyone has set destinations in mind - we don’t. We would like spend 3-4 days in Paris, and maybe 3 days in South France (perhaps swing to Monaco for a day). But we need help with the rest of the trip. If we have destination in mind, it would help us to narrow the search options. We like beautiful scenery, easy hiking, beaches, mountains, would like to see castles. Don’t care about wineries, night life, shopping. We would like to see every region of France, but understand that it’s impossible during such short trip. We also like this trip to be budget friendly as much as possible:)Thank you for your suggestions.

Elena

Tampa, Florida
Level Contributor
36,057 posts
10 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Suggestion itinerary

Some important things to keep in mind:

1) Your first day and your last day are largely lost to airport logistics (and jet lag on your arrival day, and the 3-hour check-in requirement on your departure day).

2) You lose at least a half a day, and sometimes almost a whole day, every time you change locations (getting packed up, checked out, transportation to the new city, checking in and getting settled, etc.,e tc., etc)

3) The south of France is **packed** with people during August. Hotels are full and prices are at their 'high-season' best.

4) It's YOUR trip...we can throw out suggestions all day long, but it would be better if you have a look at your guidebook(s) and frame out a rough idea of the things you'd like to see and do on your vacation...

At the moment, since you've bookended Paris and the Cote d'Azur, you might see if you can fly open-jaw (into Paris and out of, say, Nice) to save yourself an extra travel day, as you'd otherwise need to return to Paris the night before your flight back to Philly.

With that bookend, you really, really are limiting yourself to somewhere more or less on the way -- Champagne, Lyon, Burgundy -- as to go any further on your whistle-stop tour will force you to spend as much or more time traveling as you spend vacationing.

Liverpool
Level Contributor
1,317 posts
17 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Suggestion itinerary

The south of France is a huge area, so you may want to look more closely at where you would like to go - if you want hiking, scenery and castles, and are not interested in night life and shopping, then the Languedoc is probably better than the Cote d'Azur, and will be less crowded - especially if you find somewhere away from (but driveable to) the coast.

United Kingdom
Destination Expert
for Barnstaple, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby
Level Contributor
4,648 posts
193 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: Suggestion itinerary

Personally I would say have a week in Paris and a week on the Cote d'Azur, but that's because I like to actually spend some time in one place and get a feel for it rather than 'tick places off' on a list. The South of France is very busy and - can be - very hot during August but it is a stunning part of the country and well worth exploring. I would suggest Nice as a base, from there you can travel to Monaco and all the towns and villages around cheaply and easily.

Philadelphia
Level Contributor
106 posts
7 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: Suggestion itinerary

Thank you for the suggestions. We are leaning to split our time between Paris and south (still have to pinpoint where in particular). We understand that it’s going to be crowded (everywhere) when traveling in August, but we willing to suffer:) Thank you again.

5. Re: Suggestion itinerary

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 15 January 2013, 10:18