We are in the early planning stages for a trip to France- late Aug/Sept 2018. Not sure yet how many nights but most likely anywhere from 21-24. "We" is my husband and myself- will be 63/67- experienced travelers in good shape ;)
I am stuck on Provence area. Originally thought we would rent an apartment for 5-7 days there and day trip around, but I cannot decide where that apartment should be. Now I am thinking we might stay in a few different locations while in the area. We don’t mind moving around a bit more because we prefer to see different villages/towns in the evening rather than all 7 evenings in one town. Normally we like to tour/day trip in the am and be “home” by late afternoon for dinner and a stroll for atmosphere.
I know this question has been asked many times and I have read thru lots and lots of posts but still looking for a bit of advice.
Plan so far
Fly DC to Paris- 3 or 4 nights- we have been to Paris and won’t need to do all museums, etc- we will take a day trip to Chartres.
Train to Bayeux- 3 nights- guided tour of WW2 beaches and a tour to Mont St. Michel.
Pick up car on Day 3 and drive to
Amboise- 2 nights- 1 or 2 chateaux visits- drive to
Sarlat 2 or 3 nights- drive to Nimes? (5-6 hour drive)
And here is where I am stuck.
This is what I am thinking:
Get to Nimes 3 pm- check in hotel- 1 night- Nimes evening
Nimes sights in am- drive to Pont du Gard- then drive to
St. Remy- 3 nights with day trip to Gordes, L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue
Leave St Remy- visit Les Baux on way to Arles
Arles 2 nights- drop car here and train to
Avignon for 1 night arriving in am
Train to Nice 3 nights
——or to Avignon from St Remy for 2 nights and skip Arles
——or add night to St. Remy- day trip to Avignon from there and train from Arles to Nice.
Fly home from Nice.
That’s 7 nights in 4 diff locations which seems a bit nuts but how do you decide which town to skip?
If we do just 3 nights in Paris and 2 in Sarlat and drop a night or 2 from Provence- we’d probably train to Lyon from Nice for 2-3 nights then back to Paris to fly home. Making it a real whirlwind trip!
So I guess my question is- Arles or Avignon?
Is Les Baux a must see?- I am seeing mixed reviews.
I am patiently awaiting the new RS Provence book, hoping it helps me make a decision.
Thanks for reading, sorry it is so long!