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Jul 24th, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Lyon, Arles, etc. advice sought

We will arrive in Lyon from Paris on May 23 (yes, we are planning well ahead) and returning to Paris from the Arles area on June 1. We would appreciate any advice as to well-located hotels to consider in Lyon, how to divide the time (effectively 7-8 days) among Lyon, Arles, and the area around Arles, hotels to look at in Arles and in surrounding towns, day trips from Lyon or Arles, etc. We have no strong interests except to experience what is distinctive and typical about these areas of France, and we will travel by train and other public transit. This excursion will complement our month of June in Paris, which we have visited many times. Although not fluent, we get by comfortably in French and do not feel constrained by culture or language.

All advice and/or reference to sources is welcome.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 02:00 PM
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I don't know about how to divide your time best, I'd probalby spend about two days in Lyon, though.

I really liked the Mercure Lyon Beaux-Arts for a hotel (stayed there last year). It is very central so you can walk to everything or close to a metro stop. Great location for checking out some of the restaurants at night, it's very near a street full of them (rue Merciere), plus others are nearby. I took a taxi from the gare Part-Dieu as it was too much trouble for me to fool with the metro (you have to change and then the closest stop is maybe 2-3 blocks away. The taxi didn't cost that much, anyway, maybe 10 euro.

here it is http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-2949...ts/index.shtml
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Jul 24th, 2012, 02:01 PM
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I loved the Hôtel La Résidence in Lyon, recommended to me here on Fodors. I would spend 3 days in Lyon and the rest in Arles. In Arles, I have stayed at the Hôtel d'Arlatan, but not for many years, so don't go on my recommendation alone. I know nothing about public transportation from Arles, so can't help with that, but I'd recommend you make sure one of your days there is market day, and if you can get there visit Les Baux, St-Rémy, Uzès, the Pont du Gard, and Aigues-Mortes.
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Jul 24th, 2012, 03:35 PM
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We were in Lyon for three days last fall and really enjoyed visiting the city. We also stayed in the Hôtel la Résidence which was very well-located for getting around to the sites we wanted to visit.

Here's a link to my trip report with more information about what we did there:

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...tober-2011.cfm
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Jul 24th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Although it has been several years since I stayed there, I,too, would recommend the Hotel d'Arlatan.

I know you can get to Nimes from Arles on the Edgard bus system; from there you could take another bus to the Pont du Gard, Uzes, etc.
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