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European Trip

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European Trip

We are thinking about travelling to France and Italy sometime in May or September 2013.

We would like some advise/help with making an itinerary.

We are considering to go to London, France and italy - the main focus being on spending time in France. We are planning to spend our first 5 days in London and then going to France and making a trip to see different regions in France - Paris, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Dijon, Champagne, French Riviera, Leon - How many days would you suggest to spend in each of these areas. We don't want things to be too rushed - we want to really enjoy a comfortable pace - and then depending on the time left we were thinking of going Rome, Tuscanny, Venise - or any other suggestions?

ps: We are a couple in our late 30's and we are interested in the gourmet aspect as well as art/village life of these regions.

Edited: 15 May 2012, 10:21
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1. Re: European Trip

If you want to enjoy things at a comfortable pace I would suggest picking a couple of areas to see properly for a longer period (a week or so); you could just spend your time driving around otherwise.

Personally I would suggest a week in Paris and a week in Nice on the Cote d'Azur (from where you can explore the region and Provence) before heading on to Italy.

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First, the link between London and Paris is easy - travel by Eurostar train, just over 2 hours city centre to city centre, bookable 120 days in adance of departure for the most reasonable priced tickets.

You could visit the Champagne area - Reims and/or Epernay as a day trip from Paris.

As to other areas, it really depends on how much time you have. As you specifically refer to your interest in gastronomy I would certainly recommend at least one night, and preferrably more, in Lyon (not Leon, thats in Spain). As well as a rich and interesting history it has long had a reputation for good food because it is in the centre of very varied farming areas.

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3. Re: European Trip

And on your way from Paris to Lyon, spend a few hours (or longer) in Beaune (Burgundy). A beautiful (small) historic city.

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4. Re: European Trip

It all depends on how much time you have, and whether you'll be traveling by train or by car.

Give us that much guidance, and we can begin to help.

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5. Re: European Trip

We are looking at 6 weeks in total including travel. How much time do you think is needed to enjoy each region of France within that period?

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