We are relatively new to travel in Europe. Visited Paris a few years back and then took a Mediterranean Cruise last Oct. During that cruise we spent time briefly in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence. We simply fell in love with Aix and wish to explore the area in more detail. Maybe venture in the Alps a bit as well? We wont have too many days 8-9 is probably all we can spare (children would be at home with grandparents).
My question is any advice on planning such a trip? Should we use a travel agent to help us work it all out? We live in a very small town-so I'm thinking we would use web based agency? We are fairly young (mid 30's) and usually do our own trip planning and research. I'm intimidated about planning this trip ourselves since we want to visit a few different areas-not knowing which would suit our interests and are doable in the time-frame we have. We for sure want to spend more time exploring Aix-everything else is up for debate!