My husband and I are planning a 10 day trip to France in the Fall of 2014 to visit family in Troyes. Neither of us has travelled in Europe before and we have many, many questions. I've gathered a lot of info from online souces but there is so much it's hard to sort through. Ideally, we will be flying into Paris and travelling by train to Troyes. We plan to make Troyes our base and take short day trips by train/bus/automobile from there. At some point, we'd like to spend a few days in the south of France - Marseilles or Nice. But our first question is:
How much should we budget for the trip? We are not looking for luxury, just clean, safe accomdations (we will not be staying in residence with the family we are visiting) and simple meals. We have no idea how to account for intra-country travel (train, bus, fuel for auto) or how much to expect to pay for food per day.
Any suggestions on budget or itinerary would be truly appreciated. Thank you for your responses!!