Planning our first trip to France for our family with 2 boys aged 5 and 9. We are arriving at the very end of August and are starting with 1 week in Paris and ending with 1 week on the Canal du Midi (Carcassonne to Adge) in house boat. It is the 11 nights inbetween which I would like a little trip advice.
We will have a car, we like driving (both for getting from place to place and just randomly for pleasure) so we are not too concerned about jumping in the car every couple of days. My current thinking is a trip that looks something like this :
28 AUG : 1 week in Paris (with a day trip to Versailles)
6 SEP : Leave Paris and drive towards the northern WW1 sites. We would like to visit area of significance to Australians - Villers Bretonneux/ Poziers? - overnighting there. (ideas on what is possible with such limited time please)
7 SEP : Drive to Mont St Michel area. Overnight. Depending on arrival time vist either this day or before leaving the next day.
11-14 SEP : Somewhere in the Dordogne/Perigord area or possibly a bit further west towards Bordeaux. Visit Cave sites, see primitive art and medevial villages etc. (would day trips be possible from Bordeaux?)
14/15 SEP : Carcassonne
Depart on Canal trip
I have included the dates in case anyone knows of event/ festivals /markets we should try and catch. Other than that I'm looking for general feedback. Is it too rushed? Suggestions on bases for the 3 night stays and day trips. Anything specific in these areas of interest to children (boys!) etc, etc, etc. All comments welcome. Thanks.