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Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

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Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

My hubby and I are flying into Nice in early April and heading to a conference in Provence. After the conference, we are free to travel around the south of France for 5 nights until we fly back out of Nice. We hope to use public transportation during our entire stay.

We realize this is a short period of time but we would really appreciate any suggestions regarding an itinerary - where to stay, what to see, how long we should stay and in which areas, transportation advice, restaurant suggestions...keeping in mind that we will be beginning out trip in Provence (for 3 nights) and still have 5 additional nights to explore other areas and ultimately fly back out of Nice. Any ideas regarding things to do in Provence would also be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your help!!!!

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1. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

Provence is a very large area and Nice is in it. Where is the conference?

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2. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

In order for us to make any sort of really valid recommendations regarding places that you should see, we really need to know where the conference will be AND what sort of things you want to see and do.

For a starter, I urge you to get both the:

Michelin Green Guide for Provence

Michelin Green Guide for the French Riviera / Côte d'Azur

While the Riviera / Côte d'Azur is easily explored via public transportation, the wonderful historic sites ( both Roman and Medieval ) in Provence are more easily explored if you have a car, since public transportation is frequently scheduled to get people to and from work. Driving in the area is easy, and , if you decide to do so, you will just need to get Michelin Map # 340 in the Local Series ( Bouches-du-Rhone, Var ) where the most scenic routes are highlighted in green.

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3. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

Hi Datthecoast... The conference takes place at Club Med Opio Provence. We will be here for 3 nights. Thanks for your help!

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4. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

Hi AlpillesGal. The conference will take place at Club Med Opio Provence. We will likely stay elsewhere after the first 3 nights. In terms of what sorts of things we want to see/do, I was hoping to get an idea of the top attractions/areas worth visiting. We are open to just about anything. When we travel, we enjoy checking out local hangouts, restaurants, historical attractions, etc. I assume the south of France must have some amazing wineries as well. I will definitely take a look at the literature you suggested. Thanks so much for your response.

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5. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

Opio is inland on the Cote d'Azur.

It would probably work well if you did some reading and come back with some specific questions.

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6. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

datthecoast - My starting point has no bearing on what we do during the rest of our trip. This is why I am having trouble creating a specific itinerary. If you have any suggestions, that would be great.

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7. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

You could spend your 5 days exploring the Cote d'Azur all the way to the Italian border.

You could go to the Luberon and enjoy the perched villages there.

You could go to Western Provence and explore Roman ruins.

Or a mixture of all of the above.

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8. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

OP. Provence is a huge and varied area. No one is being difficult but you need to do some background research and have some idea.

There is Western Provence and the cote d'azure or riviera which loosely speaking can be Provence but -is distinct in feel.

Both these areas have cities on the coast and inland. Both have seaside villages and perched hilltop towns. There are glitzy beach resorts, old towns, escapes into the countryside,

Do you want to drive or train ? Do you want to see modern art museums, roman ruins, Marinas beaches, midieval old towns, go hiking, do you like cities or towns, beach or mountain, casinos, nightlife, wineries, markets, history,...???

What do you think of when you think of where you want to go? Small perched midieval villages like in the Luberon? Metropolitan city on the beach with promenade like Nice? Quaint seaside village like Cassis or Villefranche or Menton?

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9. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

Thanks Doby...well said.

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10. Re: Itinerary Assistance Needed! - South of France in 5 nights

"We hope to use public transportation during our entire stay."

If this is your most important criteria, the Côte d'Azur is where you will want to go. Come back and we can help you plan an itinerary. Five nights will mean three full days and possibly, another partial day when you move from your convention site. I'm assuming your last day will be your departure for home. Look at a guide book, and as a rough plan, give yourself a day in Nice and spend the next two in destinations on either side of the city. Look at these groupings:

1) Cannes, Antibes, Juan les Pins, St. Paul de Vence, and Vence; and

2) Villefranche, Cap Ferrat, Beaulieu sur Mer, Eze Village and Monte Carlo.

All of these destinations will be a bit much for your other two days, so pick your favorites. Any of these towns would work as a base, but on public transport, one along the coast would be best. Nice has the most direct transportation routes, transportation also works from the others.

We hope the hear back from you!

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