Hello! We are a well-traveled family of four (2 teens) who enjoy road trips through pretty parts of the world, and who enjoy rustic and rural as well as urban and chic. We are planning to spend the full two weeks exploring southern France for the first time, but I need some advice on how I have broken up our trip (before I buy plane tickets and reserve lodging). I have Rick's book on Provence and the French Riviera and have read and seen his Andorra pieces. But wonder if anyone out there has done them at the same time. Here is what I am proposing.
March 24 - land in Toulouse, rent car and drive to lodging ( approx 1 hr away south/southeast)
March 25 - Carcassonne and Perpignan
March 26 - Andorra and the Pyrenees
March 27 - Drive to next lodging (between Avignon and Arles)
seven nights exploring places like Avignon, Arles, Séte, (Aix, le Baux, Salon de) Provence, Saintes Marie de la Mare. (staying aware of Easter holiday events and closings in the areas.)
April 3 - Drive to lodging outside of Nice
four nights/5 days exploring Nice and beyond including Monaco, St. Tropez, Antibes, part of the Italian Riviera
April 7 - fly out of Nice.
I guess I am second guessing the western leg of the trip. I, personally, love the little countries and love going places not many people have gone, getting stamps for my mom from unique places, etc. I figure if I don't see Andorra now, I may never do so. But is it worth taking those three days from the other regions?
I would appreciate anyone with experience weighing in to tell me I'm crazy, or right on point, or tell me what I am missing.