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4 days in the south of France... can we do the Langedoc....

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4 days in the south of France... can we do the Langedoc....

and a little of Provence too. We can choose either Montpelier or Marseille as a base but must fly out of Marseille. We can rent a car.

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1. Re: 4 days in the south of France... can we do the Langedoc....

With only 4 days, choose either one or the other. Every time you change hotel, you loose the best part of a half-day in packing up, checking out, checking in, unpacking. You don't have time to spare for that, and 4 days is not enough to even scratch the surface of one of these areas.

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2. Re: 4 days in the south of France... can we do the Langedoc....

Since you have have only 4 days, you have to make a choice - either Provence or Langedoc. The most important factor is what you want to see/do while you are in the South of France.

Since you are coming all the way from Australia, and have allocated only 4 days to explore the South of France, you REALLY need to consider what types of sites you are really interested in visiting, and then think in terms of establishing a single base that is well centered for visiting these sites.

Personally, I would recommend Western Provence, since in 4 days you can easily explore any number of wonderful Roman and Medieval sites ( Arles, Avignon, Nimes, Les Baux, Nimes, etc ...) via a series of day-trips from a well-centered base .

Please keep in mind that establishing a well-centered base in a given area, such as Western Provence, is WAY better than changing bases day after day.

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3. Re: 4 days in the south of France... can we do the Langedoc....

With a car I think you can get a flavor of both areas in 4 days but don't use either town you mention if at all possible. If you have to pick Montpellier.

A better option would be Arles or Avignon.

From Arles you can head into the Camargue and also tour the Alpilles National Park.

From Avignon you will probably not get to the Camargue but are well placed to see some lovely parts of Provence.

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4. Re: 4 days in the south of France... can we do the Langedoc....

I think you need to decide just what you want to see in your limited time, and the time of year you'll be visiting is important, too. Have a look at a guidebook or google some of the places mentioned.

Not knowing either of these things, I'd suggest if you're interested in important Roman sites and also want to get a flavour of villages coast and countryside, stay either in or close to Avignon or Arles if you can choose somewhere other than the towns you've mentioned.

With a car you could explore the Camargue and maybe Les Saintes Maries de la Mer and or Aigues Mortes one day. Nimes and the exceptional Pont du Gard and maybe Uzes a second day - and if you can make it a saturday for uzes market, that would be a bonus! Avignon and Arles will make up your other days, along with some of the small villages nearby.

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