I am having a really hard time figuring out where my husband and I should base ourselves for 7 days in Provence during the last week of May/first week of June. We want to cover a lot of ground in that time, so although the place itself will not be where we spend most of our time, I would like it to be a part of the Provencal experience.
We will have spent 3 days in Paris and be arriving in Avignon by train, where we plan to rent a car for this leg of the trip (Nice x 3 days before flying home to follow). Having come from Paris, I'd like to stay somewhere that's a bit more village/town than city, but nothing too sleepy since my husband doesn't know how to sit still. Sadly, he is not a foodie and doesn't drink wine, so the Luberon hill towns are out.
Our tentative Provence itinerary (grouped into days) includes:
Nimes and Pont du Gard
les Baux, Glanum and possibly St.Remy
Roussillon plus one or two towns of the Luberon OR fonataine de Vaucluse
the camarague and Arles
Marseilles, the calanques and possibly Cassis (might happen over 2 days)
I am really drawn to Aix despite the fact that it is an hour's drive ( at least) from everything except Marseilles.
Salon de Provence looks well situated, but not sure it's a place to spend an entire week. and Arles just seems very urban.
Maybe we need to have 2 bases: one for the first three itinerary places and then another for the last two?
Thanks for your feedback. Always appreciated.