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One week in south of France end of this summer

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One week in south of France end of this summer

I am going back to Paris for businees, first week of September. Am considering throwing in one week south of France. Have never been outside of Paris. We are interested in visiting countries, historic sites. Not too much on beach, maybe one day just for the sake of it. Here are my questions. (1) Time: last week of August, or 2nd week of September. Which is better?

(2) Trasportation: we are thinking of picking up a car in Paris and drive down. Heard a lot of mideval places we are interested in visiting are not on bus/train route. How congested the drive would be? difficulty find parking? Or should we fly to Nice and pick up a car there? What about high-speed train?

(3) Where to stay: we are considering to split lodging in 2 places, Provence for 4 nights, French riviera for 4 nights. Which towns would you recommend in these 2 areas?

(4) Is it possible to make a day-trip to Monocon? worth it? Not going to gamble. Rather, just to see what it's like.

Many thanks in advance!

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1. Re: One week in south of France end of this summer

The second week of September is by far the best option; in August the south is jammed with vacationers.

Your best bet would be to take the TGV train to Avignon and pick up a car there. You could spend 4 nights in western Provence and see the medieval villages and prime sights: the Pont du Gard, Arles, Les Baux de Provence (go up through the village to see the ruins of the citadel at the top), the pretty town of St-Rémy, and much more.

Then drive or take the train to Nice for 4 nights. You could stay in Nice, which makes taking the train to spots along the coast very easy, or Villefranche for something by the sea.

You can see Monaco by taking the train along the coast, which is a very scenic route. Half a day in Monte Carlo (which is most of Monaco) is plenty.

I really recommend that you get the Michelin Green Guides to Provence and the Côte d'Azur so you can do some research on your own.

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2. Re: One week in south of France end of this summer

This is very helpful! Thanks a million!!!

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3. Re: One week in south of France end of this summer

By the way, how difficult is it to find parking, say hotel in Avignon and those medieval villages and prime sights? An parking in hotel in Nice and vicinity?

Thanks for recommending Michelin Green Guides to Provence and the Côte d'Azur. I have done so. No doubt will have a lot to do/see. Now we are to solidify the plans for transportation and lodging.

By the way, how is long-dsitance drive, from Paris down to south, 2nd week of September?

Many thanks again!

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4. Re: One week in south of France end of this summer

The drive from Paris down to Provence is best split into 2 days, as it's a long drive even on the auroroute. We usually stay overnight somewhere in lower Burgundy, and you might want to take the drive a bit slower so you can see the medieval sights in Burgundy on the way.

Consider taking the TGV to Dijon and picking your car up there. Dijon is a very interesting city, and after some time there you can head south.

The Michelin Green Guide to Burgundy is a terrific resource.

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