Hi, I am travelling with my two daughters (9 and 14, respectively) to Provence in mid June. Our flight will arrive in Paris, We plan to use trains as our major means of transportation. We plan to go south from Paris, stay in Lyon for two night with a day trip to Annecy, then go to Provence area and finally head to Nice for a couple of days. We do not drive. We do not drink. The main reason for going to Provence is to enjoy the countryside of Southern France. Ideally, we would like to find a base city/town in Avignon area where
1. it is safe for female travellers, especially at night when we finish a day trip back.
2. easy to take train or rent a bike to other small towns for a day trip.
I heard from a friend that some of the Southern France towns have self-guided bike tours (it may be wrong). Everyone said that a car is a necessity in southern france. I wonder whether I can use bikes to replace cars? We are not active bike riders but I think 30 KM per day is ok for us if the traffice condition is safe enough for a 9 year old girl.