My husband and I are spending 4 days and 3 nights in Provence this March, after taking the TGV down from Paris. We will spend one of those nights in Gordes, then the rest based in Aix. We would like to visit Marseille, Arles, and perhaps one other village while we are there, time permitting. The consensus seems to be we will need to rent a car, rather than rely on trains.
a) Would you agree that is the case? We have always heard how well-connected things are in Europe by rail, but I understand Provence is less urban.
b) Is it possible to rent a car in one town (i.e., Avignon) and return it in another (Aix?) Or does that cost beaucoup more bucks?
c) Is there a recommended medium through which to rent a car?? Kayak? Or should we do it through a French site?
d) Is it best to rent ahead of time (online) or in-person once we arrive?
Thank you so much for your help! We are traveling London and Paris in the week prior, but I feel like I am totally screwing up Provence :)