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Please critique my Provence/Cote du Rhone and Bourgogne itinerary

Please critique my Provence/Cote du Rhone and Bourgogne itinerary

Old Nov 3rd, 2017, 12:39 AM
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I'm still looking at several "mas" in the St Remy/Isle sur la Sorgue area but haven't made any booking as m My sister is still working on her dates, if possible we want to get away a few days earlier.

We want to stay someplace rural, with a pool, I'm not looking at the cities at all. We'll have a car and in any case most places are within a 30-45 minutes drive away.

One place I'm looking at is just 5kms away from St Remy, good to know the town doesn't shut down in the evenings.

Thanks for the tips guys
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Old Nov 3rd, 2017, 04:56 AM
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We've stayed in 6 different Gites in Provence for a total of 22 weeks. All but 2 weeks have been in June. We always secure these gites at least 1 1/4 years in advance. Don't wait too long.

I developed a 35 page itinerary for Provence & the Cote d'Azur. I've sent it to over 3,000 people on Fodors. If you would like a copy, e-mail me at [email protected] & I'll attach one to the reply e-mail.

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Old Nov 5th, 2017, 01:56 AM
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Stu, I'd emailed you last month and yous sent me yor wonderful itinerary, thanks again.

I do hope to book my gite this coming week, have three options and will pick one of them. I also noticed that most places are booking up fast, thanks for the tip
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Old Nov 5th, 2017, 11:00 AM
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could take the TGV to connect to the Eurostar to London, so that should work well too>

Yes TGV from Nice, Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Avignon-TGV; Lyon to Lille Europa - www.voyages-sncf.com for cheap advance tickets; then www.eurostar.com for Lille-London tickets - booking really early can save a lot - check www.seat61.com for great help booking your own online discounted or full-fare fully flexible tickets - general info on trains and where to go in France www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

TGVs are likely to be Duplex or doube-deckers and seats up top have better views than those sunken below - can chose seats when booking your own.
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Old Nov 6th, 2017, 02:20 AM
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Thanks PalenQ, will definitely be booking the TGVto Lille and connect to Eurostar on the return from Provence. I have successfully used seat61.com to book discount tickets over the last several years and plan to do the same this time round too
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Old Nov 6th, 2017, 10:18 AM
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sncf site can be balky for some foreigners (so many say here) but www.thetrainline.com has same fares and trains and apparently is a snap to use. That said it's a third party and I always suggestbooking directly if possible with www.voyages-sncf.com.
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Old Nov 6th, 2017, 11:44 AM
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And there have been Avignon-London Eurostar trains in the past but were scrubbed but could come back - check www.seat61.com for updates. Lyon is a gem for a big city - maybe spend a few days there and hop TGVs to Lille - may be more service than from Avignon.
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Old Nov 7th, 2017, 12:57 AM
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Thanks, I plan on researching my TGV and Eurostar tickets in February of next year, that will give me an idea of the latest schedules. Havent had trouble with the sncf site in the past, hopefully it'll work this time too. As PalenQ says seat61.com is a fund of information.
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Hey, you can consider making a trip to the south there are a lot of
really nice places you can check our blog post for them:
(Orthez, Bar-sur-Seine, Carcassonne and Biarritz)

www.omtripsblog.com
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Old Nov 7th, 2017, 06:13 AM
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discounted tickets come in first class too and sometimes the cheapest first class ticket may not be much more than cheapest 2nd class so check 1st class too and if not much more go for it - more room for luggage and nice solo seats that can face each other with a table in between for couples - aisle and window seat to boot - no bothering others or being bothered by others to get up and move about, etc.

Really quite a perk to me anyway and for anyone with longer legs.
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