Wednesday Market: Arles or St. Remy

Old Feb 7th, 2023, 04:02 PM
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Wednesday Market: Arles or St. Remy

Market: Arles or St Remy
We are staying in St. Remy for two nights. We will drive from Marseille early Tuesday morning. Would you recommend stopping in Arles first to tour the city or heading directly to St. Remy to settle in there and see St. Remy Tuesday. Then Wednesday do a market in St.Remy or Arles and head back to Arles to tour it. Which market would you prefer on Wednesday: St. Remy or Arles?
As always, thanks to all for your considered and wise advice!
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Old Feb 7th, 2023, 04:18 PM
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Only 2 nights & 1 1/2 days??? Wow. I would not even go to Arles. Limit your back & forth driving. Much of the drive to Arles is really not very scenic. Spend your time around St Remy - Les Baux, Maussane, Antiques, Glanum, Eygalieres, Alpilles. IMO, the St Remy market kinda obscures the village.

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Old Feb 8th, 2023, 10:30 AM
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Actually, this is our itinerary:
Arrive Marseilles at 11:20pm and spend the night at the airport hotel
Tuesday...drive to either St. Remy or Arles but spend the night in St. Remy
Tuesday and Wednesday we divide between Arles and St. Remy with a full day in each.
So, the question is, does it matter if we drive to St. Remy or Arles on Tuesday? We want to see Wednesday markets.
Two nights in St. Remy
Thursday see Pont du Gard, and Chateauneuf and drive to Aix for dinner at the Mickael Feval restaurant and stay in Aix.
Friday take a tour or drive through the Luberon villages..
Stay in Aix Thursday and Friday nights.
Also, some want to rent a seven seater van for our group. Do you suggest that on the village roads?
Saturday: spend the day in Cassis.
Night in Cassis or Marseilles for our departure flight at 9:45 Sunday morning.
and P.S.,might you have dinner/lunch suggestions for the stops along the way? Deux Garcons has burned!
Thank You!!


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I hope your group are mostly young people with plenty of energy.

You arrive at 11:20 PM - so you won't get into bed till about 1-2 AM. Next morning. you'll need to pick up a rental car & drive 1 hr to Arles. You'll probably get there just before noon - when all the shops close for a 2 hour lunch. Have lunch, and spend the afternoon in Arles. Drive 30 mins to St Remy, check in to a hotel at 6PM, & ready for dinner at 7:30-8PM. Next morning - the market, and visit St Remy. Visit Les Baux at 4-5pm after many of the day-trippers have departed.

Next morning (Thurs), drive 1 hr to the Pont, visit, & have lunch. Depart around 2pm & drive 1 hr to Chateauneuf du Pape. Visit a few tasting rooms or perhaps a tour, and finish around 5PM. Drive 1 1/2 hrs to Aix, arrive at 6:30, check in to your hotel, and ready to have dinner at 8PM or later.

Friday - Drive 1 hr to Bonnieux and visit the Luberon villages all day. What about visiting Aix????? Our favorite city in Provence!!

Saturday. Personally, I prefer the Saturday market in Aix over the markets in St Remy & Arles. But you want to visit Cassis. Have breakfast, check out of your hotel, and drive 45 mins to Cassis. Spend another 45 mins trying to find a place to park (on a Saturday).

Drive 1 hr back to the Marseille airport hotel and have dinner. Get up and off to the airport at 7:30 am for your flight home.

If this was my trip - I would skip Cassis and skip the market in St Remy. Visit more stuff around St Remy, and spend Saturday in Aix. Visit the wonderful Aix market on Sat morning, and drive to the Marseille airport hotel from Aix.

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