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Trip to/involving Spain/Provence - preliminary ideas?

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I thought I had a big trip planned for this year already, but it looks like it's going to get postponed, so as of the last 24 hours I'm looking for a quick replacement! My intrepid traveling companion, M, is most able to travel in May due to her job, so this is leaving us less time to plan than I usually have. I will of course be researching options further, but would love a little direction about the logistics and relative expense of these options to get me started.

We'll have about two weeks to travel (currently looking at leaving the US either on a Sunday or Monday in May, arriving in London the following day, and leaving Barcelona Sunday two weeks later). The trip will most likely start in London because M and I both have a deep and abiding love for it and haven't been in several years, plus we found decent airfares into London and out of Barcelona. So we'll have roughly a week and a half after London, depending on how exactly we decide to split our time. Spain (in general, but Barcelona and Andalucia specifically) and Provence have been on my list to see for quite awhile, so I'm thinking one of the following:

1) fly from London to Marseille, see Provence, most likely fly from there to Barcelona or San Sebastian
2) fly from London to Andalucia (Malaga or Seville?) and then make our way to Barcelona (+San Sebastian if we have time - a long shot, I'm guessing)
3) fly directly to Bilbao/San Sebastian and just focus on the Basque country before flying home from Barcelona - no Provence or Andalucia

We've both been to Madrid as college students, and I don't feel the need to include it on this trip. I have a rusty Spanish minor, spent a couple of days in Seville in college, and have wanted to see both the Alhambra and Provence for awhile, but I know that combining everything into one trip is probably not going to work! We have good friends who have been to the north of Spain several times and prefer it to the south, hence the leaning toward Barcelona/San Sebastian, but I'd love to see it all eventually.

We'll spend money as needed to have a great trip, but we are pretty low maintenance and into maximizing value. We spent about €120/night on hotels on our trip to Italy a few years ago, if that helps. I know that moving locations adds up. We're not opposed to renting a car (did it in Ireland) but we do like public transit.

We're both in our early 30s and travel relatively quickly compared to many here. As an example, on that Italy trip, we spent 4.5 days in Rome, 2.5 in Venice, and 2.5 in Bellagio plus an overnight in Milan. That worked well for us. Another day in Bellagio and I would have felt like we were wasting precious sightseeing time, based on our preferences. We don't make it overseas very often, so try to see as much as possible while not making ourselves crazy.

Long post, but hopefully that gives enough information to get started! Thanks in advance for any help.

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