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does this make sense?

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does this make sense?

My husband and I are trying to plan a trip to France in late October and here is the schedule I'm thinking of going by:

Spend 2-3 nights in Paris

Rent a car and drive through Lyon, spend the early afternoon there and then head to Avignon, specifically St. Remy.

Spend 2-3 nights in St. Remy touring wineries and provincial life.

Drive to Cassis and spend another 2-3 nights there hanging by the sea.

Drive back to Paris and head back to the states.

Does this make any sense or am I packing too much into a 10 day trip?

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1. Re: does this make sense?

<<<am I packing too much into a 10 day trip?>>

Yes, most people try to, at least once.

Spend 5-6 in Paris, then take the train to Avignon and rent a car for 4-5 days. Stay in St. Remy if you like, it's a popular choice but if I were staying outside of a town, I'd choose Gordes. You could drive to Cassis to spend the day. From the Luberon, it's mostly autoroute.

Take the TGV back to CDG depending upon when your flight departs.

Arrange for train tickets here 90 days before departure:


Arrange for a car rental here:



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I would spent the couple of nights in Paris, then take the train down to Provence and hire the car in Avignon. It's a long way to drive. You will adore St Remy. I love Cassis but I'm not sure how warm the weather would be in late October, maybe someone else can advise. I doubt you could rely on weather mild enough to swim or lie on the beach if that is what you had in mind. If that is what you had in mind, you might want to think about spending longer in St Remy, there is a lot to see in the area and as you'll have a car you'll be able to get from one place to another quickly and easily.

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I would avoid having to drive back to Paris. It shouldn't cost too much extra to fly into Paris and depart from Nice. Why backtrack when your time is limited?

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4. Re: does this make sense?

I agree with Sarastro and Chicchantal -

Take the TGV from Paris to Avignon and hire the car there. Four nights in Paris and five nights in St. Remy would be more than enough for you to "get the feel" of the places.

Take advantage of your car and go to as many market towns in Provence as possible. Your hotel staff in St. Remy should be able to get you a schedule. If you are there on a Saturday, the Uzes market is a MUST.


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