We have booked everything except our rental car. After five nights in Paris we are planning to go to Versailles for two nights at the end of June and although we had originally planned to take the RER there and then rent a car to continue on to Tours a few days later, we have discovered that the car rental agencies have very limited hours on the weekends (and are closed completely on Sundays).
We will be staying in Le Marais near Arts and Metiers and were planning to take the metro to the RER C and then the RER to Versailles, but now it seems that we might as well rent a car in Paris and drive to Versailles.
I have used Mapquest to get general driving directions and it "seems" straightforward, but is there a preferred route that avoids the larger highways? I have already figured out that I want the "D" routes, not the "A" routes, and don't mind taking the slower scenic route, but MapQuest has us driving along the Champs Elysees and exiting off the roundabout! I would be happy to start our French driving adventure on a quieter route.
If someone could please suggest an easy starting point for renting a car in Paris in terms of ease of leaving the city and driving to Versailles (perhaps near Bois de Boulogne?), I would really appreciate it.
And if you think we should just take the RER to the car rental in Versailles at Rue des Chantiers, and avoid driving in Paris, please let me know.
Thank you so much!