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1. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 16w

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We are planning on going to France for the first time from the US.

I want to fly into Paris and stay 2 to 3 days there and then travel south to Provence. If I wanted to fly back home elsewhere, what is the best airport to do so?

The idea here is I don't want to waste time driving back to Paris. Does anyone have any suggestions as to the best way on doing this?

We plan on going for 7 to 10 days depending on the feasibility of where we fly in and out of? I really want to spend some time somewhere south of France but don't want to miss Paris as well but I know Paris can only take 2 to 3 days to be satisfied. There is obviously so much to see and I don't mind if anyone suggests other cities/towns that we should go to on our way down or whichever way is best. I want to see quaint towns and honestly, we haven't locked down anything yet as to what we really want to do.

I need a starting point which would most likely be Paris first and then from there, I'm looking towards the community to point me in the right direction.

We plan on going on in the early September time frame...

Please help!

2. Posted by Borisborough (Respected Member 430 posts) 16w

I'm not sure which airport in the US you want to fly back to but it's possible to fly out from Lyon or even Geneva. Depending upon your arrival airport, these flights may have one or two stops on the way and they might not be the cheapest way to get back home.

"... Paris can only take 2 to 3 days to be satisfied."! A great many people would disagree with you on that statement. It depends on what floats your boat but I spent five days there a few years ago and that wasn't enough.

As for places to visit on the way down from Paris to Provence, I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestions from the TP community. Enjoy your travels! :)

3. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 16w

Quoting Borisborough

I'm not sure which airport in the US you want to fly back to but it's possible to fly out from Lyon or even Geneva. Depending upon your arrival airport, these flights may have one or two stops on the way and they might not be the cheapest way to get back home.

"... Paris can only take 2 to 3 days to be satisfied."! A great many people would disagree with you on that statement. It depends on what floats your boat but I spent five days there a few years ago and that wasn't enough.

As for places to visit on the way down from Paris to Provence, I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestions from the TP community. Enjoy your travels! :)

Thanks for the suggestion. For starters, I will be flying out/in from New Jersey. The arrival airport would hopefully be in Paris but would like to travel south and fly out somewhere there. Not sure the costs overall yet but that is what I'm trying to figure out. I figured one way ticket to Paris and then one way ticket back home. I just don't want to return back to Paris to fly back home if I can avoid it.

On the other hand, I know Paris isn't just 2 to 3 day trip... most definitely not. But with the limited time I have, I would rather spend it elsewhere in France. There are so many things to see.

4. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 16w

You can fly from JFK to CDG or ORY on either Air France or Delta (SkyTeam partners); and return from Nice (NCE) to JFK. Both legs are nonstop.

5. Posted by hasbeen (Respected Member 602 posts) 16w

Go to Google maps .. Search for someplace in South of France ... I chose NICE, you could try Lyons or anywhere .. then type airports into the 'nearby' feature ... Nice still looks good to me.

Then in Flight Network use 'Multiple city' .. first result of many options gave me this for New York ..

From New York. Flight Network gives this for $651.00
United Airlines
Flight 8870 (K) Departs: Tue Sep 13 5:55pm New York - NY, John F Kennedy International (JFK)
Arrives: Wed Sep 14 7:55am Munich - Franz Josef Strauss (MUC)
Flight Duration: 8h 00m
Connection Time: 7h 30m

Operated by: DLH LUFTHANSA

United Airlines
Flight 9188 (K) Departs: Wed Sep 14 3:25pm Munich - Franz Josef Strauss (MUC)
Arrives: Wed Sep 14 5:00pm Paris - Ch. De Gaulle (CDG)
Flight Duration: 1h 35m

Operated by: DLH LUFTHANSA

You get a Credit (unlimited) if the price of this flight drops after you buy!
Return: Nice - Cote d'Azur (NCE) to New York - NY, John F Kennedy International (JFK)

Lufthansa
Flight 2271 (K) Departs: Fri Sep 30 8:50am Nice - Cote d'Azur (NCE)
Arrives: Fri Sep 30 10:15am
Munich - Franz Josef Strauss (MUC)
Flight Duration: 1h 25m
Connection Time: 1h 50m

Operated by: LFTNSA CITYLINE


Lufthansa
Flight 410 (K) Departs: Fri Sep 30 12:05pm Munich - Franz Josef Strauss (MUC)
Arrives: Fri Sep 30 3:05pm
New York - NY, John F Kennedy International (JFK)
Flight Duration: 9h 00m

Or this one from Newark for $631

United Airlines
Flight 57 (K) Departs: Tue Sep 13 6:25pm Newark - NJ, Newark Liberty International (EWR)
Arrives: Wed Sep 14 7:45am Paris - Ch. De Gaulle (CDG)
Flight Duration: 7h 20m


You get a Credit (unlimited) if the price of this flight drops after you buy!
Return: Nice - Cote d'Azur (NCE) to Newark - NJ, Newark Liberty International (EWR)

United Airlines
Flight 9737 (K) Departs: Fri Sep 30 6:50am Nice - Cote d'Azur (NCE)
Arrives: Fri Sep 30 8:00am
Zurich - Zurich (ZRH)
Flight Duration: 1h 10m
Connection Time: 2h 15m

Operated by: SWISS


United Airlines
Flight 135 (K) Departs: Fri Sep 30 10:15am Zurich - Zurich (ZRH)
Arrives: Fri Sep 30 1:30pm
Newark - NJ, Newark Liberty International (EWR)

Using Lyons instead of NICe brings the cost down to $620 but comes back via Montreal & that can ba a pain to transit to the US.

I like Flight Network but there are many other flight sites too,

Happy Travels.

Steve

6. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 16w

Steve gives you additional options, but if I were traveling, I'd pick the nonstops since there isn't much savings in price.

There's another reason. Air France and Lufthansa are subject to strikes in ongoing labor disputes. Better to fly back to JFK on Delta from Nice.

Closer to the time you plan to travel, check this Web site: http://www.airportstrikes.com/index.html. The Web site also is useful for gauging other labor actions, such as rail strikes.

Some dismiss enrolling in the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler program as not worthwhile. I always register. For example, recently it alerted me to a strike on Chile's Sky Airline, canceling my flight. So I quickly bought a ticket on LAN to get home, later getting a refund from Sky. I first learned of the strike from friends in Chile, but I thought they were joking. But the e-mail from the State Department got me moving to secure alternative transportation from Punta Arenas to Santiago to catch my flight home.

When traveling, it pays to stay informed; and to be aware of options.

P.S. You also should consider traveling first to Nice and southern France, then making your way to Paris.

[ Edit: Edited on 05-Jun-2016, at 05:00 by berner256 ]

7. Posted by berner256 (Travel Guru 499 posts) 16w

Since there is a nonstop flight from JFK to Nice, you also could consider spending all your time in southern France, saving Paris for another trip. There is lots to see and do in southern France; and September is lovely. But Paris also has its Autumn Festival in September, especially if you like culture and the arts.

http://www.festival-automne.com/en/program

Ten days definitely is better than seven. You'll be more relaxed; and happier. Go for it!

8. Posted by OldPro (Respected Member 219 posts) 16w

To me this is a no-brainer. If you want to visit Paris then Paris it is and as for the return, NIce is the obvious and I would say only worthwhile choice.

Do you know what an 'open jaw' ticket it? I would check for an open jaw ticket price for Paris and NIce and with both as the arrival/departure point. It might work out better to fly to Nice and back from Paris as Berner256 suggests looking at.

An open jaw ticket is usually cheaper than 2 one way tickets.

9. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 16w

Quoting berner256

Steve gives you additional options, but if I were traveling, I'd pick the nonstops since there isn't much savings in price.

There's another reason. Air France and Lufthansa are subject to strikes in ongoing labor disputes. Better to fly back to JFK on Delta from Nice.

Closer to the time you plan to travel, check this Web site: http://www.airportstrikes.com/index.html. The Web site also is useful for gauging other labor actions, such as rail strikes.

Some dismiss enrolling in the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler program as not worthwhile. I always register. For example, recently it alerted me to a strike on Chile's Sky Airline, canceling my flight. So I quickly bought a ticket on LAN to get home, later getting a refund from Sky. I first learned of the strike from friends in Chile, but I thought they were joking. But the e-mail from the State Department got me moving to secure alternative transportation from Punta Arenas to Santiago to catch my flight home.

When traveling, it pays to stay informed; and to be aware of options.

P.S. You also should consider traveling first to Nice and southern France, then making your way to Paris.

Thanks for this advise. Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. I'm not looking for flights specifically but more in the lines of folks experience as to what is the best way to fly into paris and where to fly out of southern france OR vice versa. I know that Southern France is pretty large and can be done alone without Paris, but if I want to see Paris for 2 to 3 days and head south OR vice versa, what is the best airport to fly into or depart from (depending on which choice I make) to maximize a base location.

It seems like the best option is to fly somewhere in Southern France, spend the majority of time there and then head to Paris and fly out of Paris back home. I'm fine with that but I'm still mixed on where or what airport I should choose in Southern France.

10. Posted by nutsnbolts (Respected Member 155 posts) 16w

Quoting OldPro

To me this is a no-brainer. If you want to visit Paris then Paris it is and as for the return, NIce is the obvious and I would say only worthwhile choice.

Do you know what an 'open jaw' ticket it? I would check for an open jaw ticket price for Paris and NIce and with both as the arrival/departure point. It might work out better to fly to Nice and back from Paris as Berner256 suggests looking at.

An open jaw ticket is usually cheaper than 2 one way tickets.

sorry I'm not familiar with an Open Jaw ticket, thanks for bringing it up again. I'm assuming Nice is the best place to start it out with.