Need help fine-tuning trip to Provence!

Old Jan 20th, 2013, 10:33 AM
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Need help fine-tuning trip to Provence!

Fodorites, I need your help fine-tuning our trip to Provence! After much consideration, we have decided to save the Dordogne for another trip and will visit Paris and Provence for a 2 week vacation (2 couples) in France in mid-June. We will stay in Paris for 6 nights in an apartment (Marais Village 2 bedroom We will then take the train to Avignon where we will rent a car and stay for one week. After reading Stu Dudley's Provence itinerary, we have decided to stay the first 4 nights in the Luberon area. Le Mas Perreal, which many of you had recommended, had no availability and they suggested Le Mas Jorel in their area ( which we have booked. We like the idea of 2 locations in Provence; we have done this with previous trips to Umbria and Tuscany and it has worked well. For the next 3 nights we have considered St. Remy. After staying in the countryside for the first part of Provence, we thought it would be nice to stay where we could walk to dinner and enjoy wine without having to worry about driving. So far the accomodations have been unavailable (Mas des Carassins), too expensive, or not in the town proper. We would like to limit the cost to no more than 300 Euros for 2 rooms or a 2 bedroom suite. Le Mas des Tourterelles ( is a 5 or 10 minute walk to the town center, is available and in our price range, and is an option. Do any of you have any other suggestions in St. Remy or in any of the other towns and villages in the general area of Arles and Avignon? Also, do you have any restaurant suggestions in any of these two areas? Any off-the-beat or "can't miss" suggestions for travelers that like beautiful vistas, good food and wine, and slow paced travel? Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
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Have you considered staying in Arles itself ? Would make a nice contrast after the countryside around here. And I believe the Hotel Calendal is close to your budget - great location, right in the heart of the town. Strolling aorund the Roman Forum in the evenings after a nice dinner is not too shabby...

Personally, I'd take Arles as a base over St. Remy any day.

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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 10:37 AM
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Thanks Kevin. I had not considered Arles because we were thinking more of a small town or village. I will look into that and check on availability of Hotel Calendal. Any restaurant suggestions in your area or in Arles? Any smaller villages that you would consider in that area?
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