We are in the beginning planning stages of our next trip to Paris and surroundings. Our rough plan is to fly into Paris, train to the Loire Valley where we will rent a car. We would like to spend 3-4 days in the Loire then drive to Normandy. We want to see the D-Day beaches and Bayeaux spending about 2-3 days there. Would also love to see St. Malo and St. Michel so perhaps on our way to Normandy we could do a one night stay somewhere there.
My primary question is which town should we base our stay in the Loire? We will have a car. We prefer B & B's and smaller hotels and are open to the idea of staying in a chateau. Then which town is best for a 2-3 night stay close to the Normandy sights? Also, will we be able to return the rental car in Normandy before taking a train back to Paris? We would then spend about 2 weeks in Paris. We plan this trip for the end of August into Sept. Thank you.