I am just starting to plan a short 4-5 trip to Provence and thought you all could help me out. We will be flying into Nice, and I was thinking of renting a car there and driving to Aix, taking day trips from there. The places I think we'd like to see are Marseilles, Calanques, Arles, maybe Avignon and Pont du Gard. Not sure we can do all of those because we'd like to be able to do things in a relaxed way, enjoying the cafes, food, and wine.
What do you all think are the top places to go? Is Aix a good place to stay? Would it be better to take buses and/or trains rather than a car?
After our time in Provence, we'll be heading to Monaco where I have a meeting.