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South of France roadtrip itinerary Sept 2014

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Hi all, I have a business trip to Paris this late August and planning to continue on a South of France road trip with my brother for a little over 2 weeks starting September. We know for sure we want to start by taking a train to Bordeaux (which will be our first base) and rent a car from there until we return it in Nice (our last base), and we're thinking of backpacking. Because we want to experience the most out of our time in South of France, we don't want to do repeats of the types of places we're visiting, and we would like the most effective route possible. We also want to avoid tourist traps and overcrowded/overpriced places.

So the things we'd like to include in our trip:
1) one or two vineyard visit / wine tasting
We're quite set on going to Cotes de Bordeaux instead of Medoc as we heard it's less expensive but equally beautiful. Is anyone familiar with wine tasting in this area? Any recommendation?
Also for our second wine tasting we want to do a different region, I heard Languedoc is also an exceptional wine producing region. Any recommendation or other ideas for our second vineyard visit?

2) one or two sea view
We definitely love the Meditteranean sea, but we want to avoid the glitzy St Tropez-type resort. Any recommendation on good, unspoilt beach? Since it's September we're not expecting to do any sunbathing, maybe just a stroll and a nice spot for lunch with a view, real laid-back feel. I'm also quite interested in Bay of Biscay, particularly Arcachon, and Coilloure/Cote de Vermielle. Thoughts?

3) Provencal village visits
Any recommendation on this? Preferably not too touristy and definitely some lavander fields view although I don't know if that would be available on September. We also like markets. Also I hear there might be some festivals in some villages in September?

4) fortified town
We're thinking Carcassonne, as this is the only one we've heard. Any thoughts or ideas?

5) natural park
Either Camargue or Gorges du Verdon, the latter my brother has visited but he doesn't mind a second trip at all. Any thoughts on which would be better, or should we go for both?

6) one lively city with nice architecture and museums
That can maybe serve as a mid-way base between Bordeaux and Nice.

We're quite familiar with the Riviera so we're planning to exclude that from our trip except maybe Grasse as I'm quite interested in perfumery. So... that's our basic draft, thanks for any help at all!

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