Hi, my wife and I will be in the Provence region for ~1.5 weeks in mid-late October, and looking for some advice. We will NOT be renting a car. So far we have:
Base out of Nice
Day 1 - Land at Nice around 1 PM. Spend the day in Nice.
Day 2 - Villefranche-sur-Mer + Cap Ferrat (Debating if we really need a full day here)
Day 3 - Monaco + Eze (Excited for Eze!)
Day 4 - St Paul De Vence + Vence + ???? Cagnes sur Mer, Haut de Cagnes ???
Day 5 - Antibes + Cannes (Cannes didn't seem our think, but swing by to look)
Day 6 - Transit to Avignon (and setup base from Avignon)
Day 7 - Nimes
Day 8 - Arles. More for the historical coliseum & roman architecture, less for Van Gogh
Day 9 - Pont du Gard (morning/early afternoon) + Avignon (afternoon+evening)
Day 10 - Avignon (full day - my wife had some shopping she wanted to do!)
Day 11 - ?????
Our extra day is currently EITHER being planned for Nice or day trip from Avignon.
Nice -- We don't actually have much time budgeted for Nice right now, outside of whatever time we throw in on mixed days because we'll be based out of there. Debate if some of the days (i.e. Villefrance is relaxing enough that we add hours to Nice).
Day Trip from Avignon - Places like Gordes, Saint Remy de Provence, La Fontaine de Vaucluse, Roussillon looked interesting. I've found a few minivan based tour companies that company that into a 1-day excursion for ease of transit.