I am planning a last minute trip to the southern part of France starting next Thursday. I will be flying in from London on the morning of Thursday 3 May and returning to London on the evening of 10 May..and I need help with an itinerary.
The difficulty in planning an itinerary is that I have friends in Geneva, so I want to spend 2 days with them (which days can be flexible). I will be renting a car (I like to drive) and I am traveling solo. The perfect choice would be to spend the week exploring Burgundy...however, I've spent 10 days there on a previous trip to France, so I'd prefer not to repeat myself.
1. Flying into Lyon then Macon>Bresse>Geneva for the weekend..then on Sunday night, head to Nice/Monaco...Drive back to Lyon to catch flight to London. Seems like a lot of driving.
2. Fly direct into Geneva..spend Thursday/Friday in Geneva then pick up a rental car and head to Cote d'Azur or Provence for remainder of trip. Drop off car in Marseille or Nice and fly back to London.
3. Fly into Marseille or Nice...hang out for 5 days then drive/train to Geneva and fly back to the UK from there.
Challenge is...one way car rentals from Auto Europe are 2x the price. Grr. And I hate to spend 1/2 my day on a train from Geneva getting to the coast or to Provence.
I prefer good food (local, simple) museums, art galleries, historical sites, wineries and back roads to shopping and 'cruise ship' crowds. Prefer simple, clean and local small hotels rather than big chains. If it makes a difference (and although it's rusty), I do speak French.
Any advice or help is greatly appreciated.