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5-Days in Provence - return trip

We are planning a trip to Europe in early June, during which we will be spending 5 days in Provence. This is our second visit to the area. Last time, we visited Arles, Avignon, Nimes, Isle-sur-la-Sourgue, and the Pont du Gard.

We will be in the area from Tuesday to Saturday. We want to see a few new spots and hit some markets whenever possible. We will be relying on public transportation. Here is our preliminary plan:

Tues - arrive in Avignon. This will be our base. Wander the city.
Weds - day trip to St. Remy-de-Provence for the market
Thurs - day trip to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for the market
Friday - day trip to Orange and Vaison la Romaine
Saturday - head to Aix-en-Provence in the morning for market. Spend night in Aix.
Sunday - transfer to Marsailles airport in morning for flight

Does seem like a reasonable plan? Are there other or better stops people would recommend? Remember that we will not be driving. Thanks!

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Excellent picks - I hope you're staying inside the walls, in old Avignon.

Just south of Saint-Remy is Les Baux - well worth a visit if you can get there by public transport (we had a car last summer).

If you can't fit it in this time, on your next visit, consider stops in Gordes and Roussillon. Bon voyage!

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Aix market is great. Warning: it's such a café-sitting city that I did not find much in the way of picnic spots; the only suitable bench that I happened upon was at Place Bellegarde (intersection of Blvd. A Briand and Cours St Louis).

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Sounds absolutely wonderful, and the perfect time to be doing it. I can almost taste the Provençal food. You'll have a great time. Enjoy.

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Chad,
I think you've planned a great trip!

We may run into you as we will also be in Provence in early June.

I'd like to visit some of the town/villages in the Lubéron (Lourmarin &/Ménerbes) & I'm still doing research.

I will be following this thread for more ideas, thanks!

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Thank you for the responses. Is Vaison-la-Romaine worth an afternoon of wandering if it is not market day? Is there somewhere better we should consider for the Friday day trip? Thanks

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Also, is it worth trying to go to Sault in mid-June for lavender viewing? If so, is there someway to get to Sault using public transit? Thanks again.

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Chad, the ancient Roman ruins at Vaison make for a worthwhile visit any time (unless maybe when it's 98 degrees out in the sun), and especially at night, when the ruins are floodlit.

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Did you get a car last time? We're planning 3 nights in Arles with day trips (your suggestions above are helpful) and then 3 nights in Nice before we head to Paris and Amsterdam for the last week. We were planning to get a car to explore the countryside and smaller towns but not sure the best place to fly in, pick up and drop off car. Thanks!

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Hi erin.z -- you might want to post a separate question under a new link. I will say, though, that a car is a pain in bigger cities like Nice -- have a rental car for Arles and nearby day trips, but turn it in in Nice and use the local buses and trains to visit places like St. Paul de Vence and Antibes.