We are planning a roughly 2 week trip to Burgundy and Provence/Rhone sometime in later summer 2019 (August/September)
My wants are touring and tasting in the wine country, by bicycle and/or barge. I also want to visit the Roman ruins in southern France, along with eating lots of good food and just meandering through the cities and countryside. We don't plan to visit Paris.
We usually rent apartments and try to stay in one area at least 3-4 days, and minimize one-night stays.
Suggestions requested for good places to stay that are central.
Not sure where we will fly into our out of, that is flexible right now. It seems there are lots of choices besides Paris (Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Geneva, Basel, etc)
Here is a rough idea, not sure how to make it happen or if it is realistic
Beaune: 3 days, to ride bikes around wine area, go to Dijon
Lyon: 3 days, tour around, bicycle, etc
Arles/Avignon/Aix/Orange: 4 days, Roman ruins,etc, wine
Marseilles/Nice: 3 days, beach,
Monaco? 1-2 days
Where are good central places (towns) to stay?
Has anyone bicycled the bike paths along the canals in Burgundy?
Please forgive me if this seems not well thought out. We are just starting our planning and I'm trying to get a feel whether 2 weeks to do Burgundy/Provence, southern coast is reasonable in that time frame. I don't want this to be rushed.
Thanks in advance!