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Travel in Provence in late August/September

Two of us are planning to spend twelve days mostly in Provence. We do not look forward to the idea of the limitations of renting a car however would a train give us as much and as timely access to the many small towns. As well, is parking a major issue. Are there other considerations that we should be aware of when comparing the two modes of transport?


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Provence is largely rural. You will be able to see more, and further, if you rent a car for part of your stay in Provence. Parking is a minor issue in my view. Trains, buses, and bicycles have their charms--and could also be part of your plans if you like--but will not take you as deep as a car.

With 12 days, consider renting a place in a small town or in the country, with parking included, for a week. Use that time to explore the countryside with a car. If you would like to be car free for part of your trip, spend the balance of your time in a city that is served by rail and bus.

Other considerations: You'll get a better rate, if you rent, if you make reservations before you leave. Also, you can generally return a rental anywhere within France without a special drop-off fee.

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We traveled to Provence and Southern France a couple years ago. We rented a car to do the Rhone River Valley winery tour (in Rick's book) and found the views and experience to be amazing. Renting a car in Vaison la Romaine is DEFINITELY recommended. Otherwise, we were able to travel easily from Nice, Avignon, Vaison la Romaine, Aix en Provence & Villefrance via bus and train with no troubles or incidents.