My mum and are starting to plan a 4.5week (on land) trip to France in August and early September. I am aware that this is the height of tourist season but It is ideal for travel for us before I start my study in the UK. We have from Mon 3rd Aug - Fri 5th Sep. We hoping to travel mostly by train/bus but to hire a car 2/3 times to explore places a little off the beaten track (perhaps in the Loire Valley and Provence areas). I was just hoping for a little advice on a very early draft itinerary. We are both happy to be travelling full on for the whole time with early starts and late nights. Any advice/ideas/suggestions would be great to hear. I have yet to look at transport to/from and around these areas so am aware that some of the following may be not be achievable or may be inefficient.
Fly into paris
Day 1 - Depart Paris - visit Rouen - end the day in Honfluer
Day 2 - Explore Honfleur/surrounding areas
Day 3 - D-Day Sights - overnight Bayeux
Day 4 - Mont St Michel - overnight nearby
Day 5/6/7/8 - Loire Valley - pick up car?
Day 9/10/11/12 - Dordonge Region (including Sarlat and possibly a trip to Bordeaux??)
Day 13 - (ditch car here??) Carcassone - overnight here
Day 14/15 - travel to Arles - explore arles and surrounds
Day 16/17/18/19 - pick up car again?? and explore provence region
Day 20/21/22 - Drop car back then Southeast coast/riviera
Day 23/24/25 - Travel to (possibly stop in Lyon for one night) and around Chamonix and alps area
Day 26/27/28 - Return to Paris (nights in Dijon and somewhere else?)
Day 29/30/31/32/33/34 - Paris (plus day trip to Versailles?)
Day 35 - Mum Fly home, me travel to London