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19 day Itinerary with 8-year-old, Mom, and Dad

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19 day Itinerary with 8-year-old, Mom, and Dad

Hi everybody,

I'm starting to plan our trip for early this summer. Since we are staying 19 nights, we need cheaper lodgings (we like farm stays like Italy Farm Stay and smaller hotels). We like taking the train or bus, rather than driving. Mom (me) loves natural beauty, spas, and exploring small towns. Daughter loves swimming, castles, fairy tales (hence the Black Forest region) and Dad loves good food, drink, and swimming too. Last year in Italy, staying 2-3 nights per area worked well for us. I absolutely loves the Tuscan countryside; thus, I;d like to stay a little longer in Provence. Yes? Please look over my tentative itinerary. I welcome any and all suggestions as to how to travel and what to see along the way. We don't want to miss anything wonderful!

Paris 2 nights

1. see Eiffel Tower

Go by bus or train to Black Forest, Germany, 2 nights

1. Hike to waterfalls or go to spa, buy a cuckoo clock, go on steam train

Train or bus to Annecy, France, or town around that area (between Black Forest and Provence) 1 night

1. Explore a gorgeous town, or Yvoire?

Train or bus down to Provence area 4 nights

1. Day trip to Marseille?

Train or bus to Nice/Monaco area 2 nights (where can we stay for cheaper?)

1. Want to see Monaco and Eze (stay here?)

Ferry to Corsica, France next morning

1. 5 nights calm, beautiful beach for swimming in sea (northeast side?) and see Bonifacio

Ferry to Sardinia, Italy

1. 3 nights on northwest side? (cheaper than Costa Esmeralda and as pretty?)

Fly home (19 nights)

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1. Re: 19 day Itinerary with 8-year-old, Mom, and Dad

You are covering a lot of ground there, and I can only comment on the bit I know - the French Riviera. Nice is the travel hub and the best place for a base - it is very easy from Nice to travel by bus or train to Monaco and a direct bus to Eze Village. These are both normally places people visit for a few hours rather than stay. You also get the advantage of exploring Nice, and your ferry for Corsica leaves from Nice port, so it all hangs together

Lots of hotels in Nice for those on a tight budget - two or three star.

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2. Re: 19 day Itinerary with 8-year-old, Mom, and Dad

Hi. I lived in South of France for 3 years between 1993 and 1996, and have travelled widely throughout France and Europe.

...Paris 2 nights

1. see Eiffel Tower

A cool thing to see. MY fabvurite area of Paris to stay is the Marais.

Go by bus or train to Black Forest, Germany, 2 nights

1. Hike to waterfalls or go to spa, buy a cuckoo clock, go on steam train

Sounds like fun. I'm not sure how it would fit into your itinerary but in my view the following are better:

The Bodensee- stay at Meersburg

Bamberg

The romantic road- especially Rothenberg ob der Tauber and Fussen (Neuschwanstein castle!)

Train or bus to Annecy, France, or town around that area (between Black Forest and Provence) 1 night

I would stay in Beaune personally.Annecy is nice but be careful about underestimating distnaces.

Explore a gorgeous town, or Yvoire?

Train or bus down to Provence area 4 nights

Best place to stay in Provence is the Luberon. Bonnieux,Menerbes, Gordes area. Takie it fom me. Once you've been there , every where else will seem less wow. However hard to reach without a car. .

Of course the Cote d'Azur is great but more spoiled and commercialised. .

1. Day trip to Marseille?

No. No. No. Don't .It is relatively nice as a city, but a low priority. Visit St Remy de Provence, Aix en Provence, or hike the Calanques in Cassis. Trust me.

Train or bus to Nice/Monaco area 2 nights (where can we stay for cheaper?)

Very hard to stay cheaply on the Cote d'azur. Nice is probably your best bet. Use the railway from Nice to do excursions (a car would be better but if you hire one, get a satnavc as the roads are very confusing along the coast). Old Nice is where I would stay.

Don't stay in Monaco.

1. Want to see Monaco and Eze (stay here?)

Monaco is a place that feels like you have to see it, and it is interesting, but I wouldn't put it high on my list. It's ful of billionaires and a plice statew. Very quiet, nothing happening, empoty streets, sterile.

If your time is limited on the riviera , I would go and visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild especially the gardens, probably the most beautiful house in Europe after the Alhambra, Canes, and Antibes. St Paul de Vence is very cool too.

Mougins for dinner.

Ferry to Corsica, France next morning

Never been there. I'm sure you'll enjoy it .

1. 5 nights calm, beautiful beach for swimming in sea (northeast side?) and see Bonifacio

Ferry to Sardinia, Italy

Never been there. I'm sure you'll enjoy it .

1. 3 nights on northwest side? (cheaper than Costa Esmeralda and as pretty?)

Fly home (19 nights)

..

Other top places: Lake MAggiore Italy - stay in Stresa

The Cinque terre

The Amalfi coast in Italy./

Greece!

The Dordogne region in France

If it was me, and I wante dthe trop ofa lifetme, I would start at say

Paris, work myway through Germany, (Rhine, Bamberg, Romantic Road, Bodensee, Go to Intelraken inSwitzerland, visit the Jungfraujoch, stop at Stresa onLake Maggiore, Then hit the Cote d'Azur- I'd stay in Old Nice, hire a car, visit St PAul de Vence, Roquebrune Cap MArtin, Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, Vence...but I would then drive to the Luberon, base myself inBonnieux, tour the area, then drive thruogh thre Lot valley to Cahorsa, then drive along the Dordogne , stay at Sarlat, visit surrounding villages (LaRoque Gageac, Domme, Beynac etc) then finish up in Bordeaux ad do saome wine tasting.

No beach though. Repsect your desire to see Corsica/Sardinia.

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3. Re: 19 day Itinerary with 8-year-old, Mom, and Dad

Hi. I lived in South of France for 3 years between 1993 and 1996, and have travelled widely throughout France and Europe.

...Paris 2 nights

1. see Eiffel Tower

A cool thing to see. MY fabvurite area of Paris to stay is the Marais.

Go by bus or train to Black Forest, Germany, 2 nights

1. Hike to waterfalls or go to spa, buy a cuckoo clock, go on steam train

Sounds like fun. I'm not sure how it would fit into your itinerary but in my view the following are better:

The Bodensee- stay at Meersburg

Bamberg

The romantic road- especially Rothenberg ob der Tauber and Fussen (Neuschwanstein castle!)

Train or bus to Annecy, France, or town around that area (between Black Forest and Provence) 1 night

I would stay in Beaune personally.Annecy is nice but be careful about underestimating distnaces.

Explore a gorgeous town, or Yvoire?

Train or bus down to Provence area 4 nights

Best place to stay in Provence is the Luberon. Bonnieux,Menerbes, Gordes area. Takie it fom me. Once you've been there , every where else will seem less wow. However hard to reach without a car. .

Of course the Cote d'Azur is great but more spoiled and commercialised. .

1. Day trip to Marseille?

No. No. No. Don't .It is relatively nice as a city, but a low priority. Visit St Remy de Provence, Aix en Provence, or hike the Calanques in Cassis. Trust me.

Train or bus to Nice/Monaco area 2 nights (where can we stay for cheaper?)

Very hard to stay cheaply on the Cote d'azur. Nice is probably your best bet. Use the railway from Nice to do excursions (a car would be better but if you hire one, get a satnavc as the roads are very confusing along the coast). Old Nice is where I would stay.

Don't stay in Monaco.

1. Want to see Monaco and Eze (stay here?)

Monaco is a place that feels like you have to see it, and it is interesting, but I wouldn't put it high on my list. It's ful of billionaires and a plice statew. Very quiet, nothing happening, empoty streets, sterile.

If your time is limited on the riviera , I would go and visit the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild especially the gardens, probably the most beautiful house in Europe after the Alhambra, Canes, and Antibes. St Paul de Vence is very cool too.

Mougins for dinner.

Ferry to Corsica, France next morning

Never been there. I'm sure you'll enjoy it .

1. 5 nights calm, beautiful beach for swimming in sea (northeast side?) and see Bonifacio

Ferry to Sardinia, Italy

Never been there. I'm sure you'll enjoy it .

1. 3 nights on northwest side? (cheaper than Costa Esmeralda and as pretty?)

Fly home (19 nights)

..

Other top places: Lake MAggiore Italy - stay in Stresa

The Cinque terre

The Amalfi coast in Italy./

Greece!

The Dordogne region in France

If it was me, and I wante dthe trop ofa lifetme, I would start at say

Paris, work myway through Germany, (Rhine, Bamberg, Romantic Road, Bodensee, Go to Intelraken inSwitzerland, visit the Jungfraujoch, stop at Stresa onLake Maggiore, Then hit the Cote d'Azur- I'd stay in Old Nice, hire a car, visit St PAul de Vence, Roquebrune Cap MArtin, Monaco, Antibes, Cannes, Vence...but I would then drive to the Luberon, base myself inBonnieux, tour the area, then drive thruogh thre Lot valley to Cahorsa, then drive along the Dordogne , stay at Sarlat, visit surrounding villages (LaRoque Gageac, Domme, Beynac etc) then finish up in Bordeaux ad do saome wine tasting.

No beach though. Repsect your desire to see Corsica/Sardinia.

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