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Hi all,

It is four of us (2 in their 30s and our mothers, in their 60s) quite active and with a car in the Avignon/Provence area in May. We usually like to move around a lot and visit different places in one day. As an example, we did a 5 days route in the Highlands with about 200km of car by day, stopping in different places to visit a village or a castle here and there and sleeping in different places every day....

I'm looking for some validation about this itinerary, if it is too crazy and/or if I'm losing a picturesque or nice place that it is on the way or closeby.

We would like Avignon or Aix-en-Provence to be our base for the 5 days, as distances are not that big I have the impression. Otherwise please let me know if it would be better to settle 2 bases instead of one.

Day 1: Avignon - Gordes - Rousillon - L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue-Avignon

Day 2: Avignon - Carpentras - Orange - Avignon

Day 3: Avignon - Camargue Natural Park - Arles - Avignon

Day 4: Avignon - Aix-en-Provence - something else, the coast, Marseille? - Avignon

Thanks for all your suggestions

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It would be too rushed for me, but if you have done it before in Scotland, then yes it can be done. I only advise you to base yourself in a smaller town. Getting in and out of Avignon has busy traffic and will take a lot of time. We really like Saint Remy de Provence which is central for the daytrips you want to take.

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Its busy as heck, but doable.

A lot of what you are looking at visiting is also very easily reached by local train so its possible to leave the car parked once in a while and enjoy letting someone else drive.

Cheer!

Mark

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Just a few general observations:

* If you intend to drive in and out on day trips, then you could easily base in a smaller village. It will be easier in terms of driving in and out and parking.

* All things being equal, Avignon is a better base then Aix in terms of accessiibility to what you want to see.

* What do you want to see in Carpentras? There is a great, old Jewish Synagogue and a good Friday market. Otherwise, you can skip it altogether. Ber in mind that this is my subjective opinion.

* Instead of your day to Carpentras and even Orange, you can do a Seguret-Gigondas-Baume de Venise-Bedoin-Vaison. Or, if you get really ambitious, stop by Bedoin on Monday morning (market day) and then drive up Mont Ventoux.

* If you want something coastal, visit Cassis and take the boat tour of the Calanques. Very interesting.

* BTW, we took two weeks to drive the Highlands and a few days on Skye. We do not seem to move nearly as fast as you do :)

Edited: 4:11 pm, February 11, 2014
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I could not agree more:

* Instead of your day to Carpentras and even Orange, you can do a Seguret-Gigondas-Baume de Venise-Bedoin-Vaison...*

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I like your thinking, you don't have a lot of time so it's logical to fit in as much as you can. Really, don't worry about Avignon traffic in May, coming from a big city, you will hardly notice it. The roads are good and Avignon a great base with a lot to see.

Anna-Roz's suggestion of the Dentelles circuit is a great one, wonderful scenery as you drive from one village to the next, all with a lot of charm and some fabulous wines to be tasted. Vaison is very well worth a visit (though personally I would be loath to omit Orange).

You should consider adding a visit to the Pont du Gard to your Day 3 itinerary, it's on the way.

And I would skip Aix in favour of Marseille and Cassis - Aix is nice, but more of a nice place to live than somewhere that has a lot to offer in the way of tourism.

Have a great trip!

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Yes, definitely add Pont du Gard, as noted by Moth, and if you are making real good time, then add a brief visit to Uzes, which is an uber charming small town.

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Thanks for all your suggestions, they are really helping to figure out the final itinerary! I was for Carpentras and Orange because they came high on a book guide I bought last week, but I love the local expertise you guys have and I will do the alternative daytrip (thanks @Anna-Roz!)

@Moth: thanks for the heads up on staying in Avignon. We would like the city-feeling after returning from the daytrips, a variety of restaurants, etc... But I've also being looking (following @Dutchfemale suggestion) into other possibilities close to Avignon and I've found pretty interesting options. I'm definetely skipping Aix and doing Marseille and coast instead.

As for Pont du Gard, yes, that was somewhere on my list but I forgot to write it, thanks for the reminder!

Now it is time for checking lodgement. It is not that we are on a tight budget but the less we spend on lodging is going to mean more of fine wine, cheese and restaurants, so I was thinking of airbnb house or apartment type of thing instead of a hotel. I will come back with some proposals so I can use (abuse?) your knowledge for location, etc.

We also have some logistics to do in terms of transportation, because we are travelling by car from Brussels and the mothers are travelling by train from Madrid, but I will figure this out and tell you later.

One last question: is there anything anywhere you think I should reserve or book before the trip? Like a certain monument or sight that has long queues but that I can get an online ticket, or a special wine tasting event I have to reserve 2 weeks in advance....

Thanks for the help so far guys!

Edited: 11:18 am, February 12, 2014
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