For my September trip I have 7 days to split between Nice, Provence, and Burgundy. What is the ideal day split for these areas? We arrive in Nice and will be moving on to Paris after Burgundy. Should we rent a car for our travels?
We did this in the opposite direction driving the whole way. However, we had a lot more time than you do, four weeks and spent a week in each location including Paris. I would add Provence to Nice and take train to Paris from there. Save Burgundy for another trip or it will all be a blur.
Provence is beautiful, small villages as well as Arles and Avignon. Three days Nice, four days Provence would behow I would plan it. I assume Paris isn’t included in the seven days.Get a rental car in Nice as you leave town( airport has easy higway access) and turn ot in near train, probably in Avignon.
I'd spend 7 days in Provence.
I think the amount of time you'd want in Nice would be heavily dependent on your level of interest in its art museums. I enjoyed Nice a great deal, and it certainly has other attractions, but if you're not into art, I think it would be reasonable to skip Nice and focus on some smaller towns (perhaps all in Provence) and Burgundy.
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People will often spend a week in each place. Each has a distinctive flavor. Are you interested in wine? That is a big reason to head to Burgundy during September. Otherwise, focus your time on the first two, and as suggested (3/4 or 4/3) and take the TGV to Paris from Avignon.
Also, if you are coming from overseas, then you really don't want to hop into a car after you arrive. Stay at least one night in Nice. To see the Cote d'Azur and the inland areas takes more time obviously, as there are a wide range of destinations throughout the region.
We just got back from France and spent 8 nights split between Provence and Nice- I think I'd agree with stick to one place for 7 nights. We rented a car in Marseille (stayed in Jonquieres) and dropped it off in Nice (we stayed in Antibes). Both our BNB's were awesome.
But as it seems like you have a route to take I'd say 3 nights in Nice and 4 nights in Provence skip Burgundy. You can take the train from Avignon to Paris provided they aren't on strike.
You could really spend 7 nights in and around Nice and then fly to Paris or you could spend 7 night in and around Marseille and fly to Paris.