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Provence and Cote d’azur

My wife and I have 10 days in Provence and Cote d’ Azur from Aug 30 thru Sept 8th. We are arriving be train into Avignon on Aug 30 and plan to fly out of Nice to Paris on Sept 9th.
We are thinking of spend 5 nights in each region. Is that a reasonable amount of time for each region?
We are looking for some recommendations for cities or towns and nice hotels to stay in Provence and Cote d’ Azur that would be good home base city’s that we may be able to take day trips from.
We like scenic walkable locations, with good food, and wine!
Any recommendations for wineries that we can visit for wine tasting?
We also like museums, interesting architecture , and nice beach locations.

Thanks
Tom

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Will you have a rental car, or do you plan to take trains and buses?

That part of France is richly blessed with art museums. A fair number of them are smallish, single-artist museums, so a lot depends on what type of art you enjoy--or were you thinking of historical or archaeological museums? I urge you to pick up a guide book to southern France (Rick has one dedicated to that area) and read about the many options so you can narrow things down.

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We stayed in Nice for 3 days and then rented a car and drove to St Remy for a week.

Nice has excellent public transport which we used to visit Eze, Monaco, Cannes and Antibes. We were happy to move on after three days.

St Remy was a great base in Provence. Plenty to see and do within an hour or so by road. You could easily spend more than a week here.

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Thank you everyone for your responses, very helpful!
Sounds like St Remy would be a good home base town in Provence.
We will probably rent a car in St Remy or Avignon where we arrive by train, and drive to Nice.
Chateauneuf du Pape sounds really interesting.
Thank you also for the link to the other tasting room, that also looks like a greart place to visit!

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That's a good plan. There's a great deal you can do efficiently along the Riviera via train, plus some spots that aren't too difficult to reach by bus, especially if you're staying in Nice. Provence is really a lot easier with a car.

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Any hotels in Cote d’ Azur that anyone really liked?

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St Remy is a great choice if you have a car. I do not think you will be able to rent one there, though. Avignon is a good choice for that.

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Thanks Adam, we’ll look Ito rent a car when we arrive in Avignon