My husband and I are in the beginning stages of planning a trip to Spain and Southern France. We will probably take a tour that ends in Barcelona and then hop a train to Nimes, Arles, or Avignon.
I had two ideas for seeing Provence and am very torn as to which one to go with. My first idea is to rent a gite or stay at a chamber d'hote for the whole time in Provence and use it as a home base to day-trip by car to the other places we want to see. This would, of course, require a car rental and I'm not sure I want to do that. I have no issue driving in France (well, in small towns and villages anyway....I would not attempt big cities!) as I spent a year living there as an Au Pair in my early twenties. My hesitation is that I would most likely be the only one doing the driving. My husband is not really too keen on driving in France, but I don't want to be stuck having to keep my eyes on the road all the time and not get to enjoy the scenery!
So my other idea is to use the trains and just spend a couple of nights in several different areas. I realize this will limit us on choice of towns and probably exclude villages, which I want to see (especially the Cotes du Rhone). I did notice there are some mini bus tours we could take to go places like the Pont du Gard and possible the Cotes du Rhone villages.
Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on the best way to tour Provence, given those challenges? Thanks!