I'm planning a trip to France this fall with my mother to celebrate her 80th birthday. We'll spend a few days in Paris, then plan to travel to Provence and Monaco. Our total time in the south of France will be limited to about 4 days. I'm thinking of staying in Villefranche-Sur-Mer for 2 nights because of its close proximity to Nice and Monaco, but I'd also like to spend 1-2 nights in Provence. I've read a lot about Aix-en-Provence, Arles, and Avignon, but just don't know which would be a good place to visit for 1-2 nights. Rick Steves makes them all sound ideal! It's hard to decide on just one! We won't have a car, so we need to be able to get to one of these towns via train.
- Can you recommend which of these towns we should visit? Is it easy to visit more than one, but use only one as our base?
- Can you recommend a hotel or small inn that is quaint, clean, and has private baths?
I'd appreciate any recommendations that you can offer.