My husband and I are going to Provence in May, and I need help in planning our itinerary. I have a "wish list", but I don't know how much we can see in one day so that I can determine how long we should plan on staying. I originally thought four days, but now I'm thinking maybe five? I know two weeks would be great, but we just can't. My husband definitely doesn't want to drive, so we will be using buses, trains or tours.
Arles sounded nice for our home base, but because our flight out of Marseille is at 7:20 AM, I thought we might stay in Aix a night or two at the end. I also thought it might make more sense as far as some of the day trips also. I love to take pictures, so quaint little towns and great scenery are a priority for me. Roman ruins too. Wine tasting not necessary but OK if there's time.
Here is my wish list:
Arles (arrive mid-day, so I thought we could tour that on our own that day)
Le Baux - St. Remy
Avignon - Nimes - Pont du Gard - Uzes (possibly--or other town if it might be better?)
Orange - Chateauneuf du Pape (possibly, if there's time) - Vaison la Romaine
Isle sur la Sorgue - Roussillon - Gordes - Lourmarin
Aix-en-Provence - Cassis - Calanques (definitely don't want to miss)
I'm wondering how to group these, how many to see in a day (Can 2 and 3 be done in one day?), where is the best place to leave from, and whether we can see these on our own or if we should plan on using a guide. Private tours are definitely not in the budget, but small groups might be. Perhaps a guide is more important for certain sights and others are fine on our own? I would appreciate any suggestions on tours as well.
Thanks very much!