We will be spending a week exploring Provence in early October. We are hoping to visit towns such as Arles, Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Uzes, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. We would prefer to do day trips by train where possible and then hire a car for just a few days to explore some smaller towns.
We will be arriving into the region from Barcelona; I understand it is not such a straightforward train journey from Barcelona to say Avignon so I was thinking we would start in Marseilles, possibly spend a night there and then take a train to wherever we might base ourselves. I am hoping someone can recommend which town would be a good base for train travel to other towns, for ease of parking when we do hire a car and for ease of driving in and out of when it comes to exploring the smaller towns?
Also I rather like the idea of not booking accommodation so we can simply stop in places that appeal to us. Would we need to book during the first week in October?