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Old May 12th, 2017, 03:43 AM
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Itinerary Paris/Provence July

Hi, need some help! We are booking a trip to France for 8 days in July (arriving day after Bastille). Arriving Paris 21/2 days. Then train to South of France. 5 full days there. Want to explore some small and larger towns (Cassis is one, Roussillon seems interesting, Aix? Avignon? any suggestions? ), have been advised to stay near Aix to be centrally located (?) We would like to rent a car. Have not done so before in Europe, usually use trains.

Have tix on hold out of Marseilles. Hearing conflicting stories about Marseille (will have to spend one night at hotel before leaving early am). Better to go from Nice (we also want to see St Tropez if possible and not too much?)?


2 scenarios I am thinking about:

1. If we are departing Marseille airport: Take train to Provence from Paris (which stop Aix?). Recommendations on which town to stay in (Aix difficult to get in and out of? Avignon? Another town?) Where/when/how to pick up car? Do a day trip to St Tropez using public transportation or tour (do not really want to drive if that is a tough trip)?
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Take Train to Nice from Paris. Spend night St Tropez (how far/transportation?), rent car and drive to our intended location 4 nights.

2. Depart from Nice airport (if can get reservation). Go to Provence area by train 4 days see Tropez last and spend night there.



Thoughts? Suggestions re: Itineary and also places to stay (air bnb/bnb or moderate priced hotels)Thank you!
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>>8 days in July (arriving day after Bastille). Arriving Paris 21/2 days. >Then train to South of France. 5 full days there. Want to explore some small and larger towns (Cassis is one, Roussillon seems interesting, Aix? Avignon? any suggestions? )> have been advised to stay near Aix to be centrally located (?) We would like to rent a car. Have not done so before in Europe, usually use trains.>Take train to Provence from Paris (which stop Aix?). Recommendations on which town to stay in (Aix difficult to get in and out of? Avignon? Another town?) Where/when/how to pick up car?>Do a day trip to St Tropez using public transportation or tour (do not really want to drive if that is a tough trip)?
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Thank you! I just emailed you! We are doing exactly as you suggest! Enjoy!
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Book TGV train tickets far in advance to get absurdly low discount fares - www.voyages-sncf.com; www.thetrainline.com - great info on trains at www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

I've been all over Provence several times and highly recommend the Avignon/Arles area as the best IMO for first-time travelers - take TGV to Avignon-TGV station pick up car and base in one town and have a plethora of great places and sights to visit in a compact area.

Then simply drive to Marseille Airport and return the car.
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