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4 adults and 2 kids Car (minivan) rental question

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4 adults and 2 kids Car (minivan) rental question

Hello.

Planning a 4 week driving trip to France. Need a car to carry 4 adults + 2 kids (6 and 9) + luggage. Would a Ford S max or similar work? Do you know of any itinerary that I can borrow? We start and end our trip in Paris. 2 of the adults are grand parents (65+). Can't be too stressful!

Thanks

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1. Re: 4 adults and 2 kids Car (minivan) rental question

The Ford S max is normally configured for 5 and you have 6. Even if you are able to arrange for the 7 seat configuration, there would not be sufficient room for all of your luggage.

You need a van, and one with sufficient capacity for 6 and to carry all of your luggage.

The various Michelin Green guides have excellent driving itineraries. This trip will be very stressful, particularly for you.

For what month are you planning this trip?

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2. Re: 4 adults and 2 kids Car (minivan) rental question

Rick Steves offers a "whirlwind three week" itinerary thru France for drivers. You could slow that down and adapt it for a less stressful four-week trip. It's in his France guidebook, which will also provide you with lots of practical information about renting a van, navigating around various cities, where to park, etc.

Sounds like you will have a memorable family trip!

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3. Re: 4 adults and 2 kids Car (minivan) rental question

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4. Re: 4 adults and 2 kids Car (minivan) rental question

I really agree with the last post that thinking in terms of several bases of several days using the van just to get to restaurants in the evening if in the countryside, or to the start of a hike or to the edge of a small town visited is the way to go.

riding around in a van is a misery especially for people stuck in the middle.

I would rent a place where you could spent 4 or 5 nights here or there -- or even a week here or there and end with a week in Paris.

with this kind of plan, some people could hang out at the gite while others went off to hike or sightsee if that worked better for them that day --

we once rented a place in Burgundy for a week and did day trips every other day while enjoying the small town on some days. it was lovely. any region of france would work this way

If you do want a road trip moving around a lot (which defines stressful to me) then organizing it around 3 night stops with a couple side trips at each stop at least spares the packing up and moving on.

also to consider is that your luggage will be highly visible in a van and so stowing it at your lodgings rather than having it with you constantly reduces the odds of having it all stolen --

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