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Itinerary: 5 Days in Provence

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I'm going to Provence for 5 days with my husband and 2 kids, in July. I need help with planning the trip - things to do, places to stay, eat, etc. My kids are 7 and 2 so we'd like to keep walking to a minimum and do the sightseeing at a relaxed pace. We like art and culture and my husband is a huge Van Gogh fan, so it is a must to include some of the relevant places. We also want to sample the best wines of the region.

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Day 2 afternoon - Avignon (other attractions):

Head back into Avignon after lunch to check out some of the other attractions that will interest you.


The Musee Angladon (open Tue-Sun 1pm-6pm) is an enchanting museum that contains the magnificent art collection of Jacques Doucet, renowned Parisian haute couture designer. Doucet cultivated a number of young artists, among them Van Gogh, Picasso, Braque, Max Jacob, Marcel Duchamp, and Guillaume Apollinaire, and began to collect their early works.


If you're still in the mood for more art, then head to Musee Calvet, an 18th-century mansion that features the works of Vernet, David, Corot, Manet, and Soutine, plus a collection of ancient silverware.


Head back to the B&B early so you can spend an evening sipping on the wonderful wine you purchased, while the kids can run around the grounds.

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Day 3 - Arles:

Drive off to Arles soon after breakfast. Arles is packed with historical sights, but the city's compact size makes it easy to fit them within a day. Park outside the walls of the inner city and walk.


Start with a walk through the old town that so enchanted Van Gogh. Head to the Théâtre Antique/Amphithéâtre (Les Arènes), where you can wander among the ruins of a Roman theater after taking a tour of the impressive arena. Stop at one of the cafes on place du Forum, ones of the liveliest squares in Arles. Check out the famous cafe that inspired Van Gogh's painting "Café la nuit" and is now called Le Cafe de Van Gogh (but avoiding eating here as it is an overpriced tourist trap - eat at any of the other nearby cafes).


Van Gogh Cafe


After lunch, visit the Musée Réattu, an exciting mix of contemporary art and old masters. Spend the rest of the afternoon wandering the streets and checking out the shops in Arles.


Here is a map of the walking tour I suggested:



Head back to the B&B for a relaxing evening.

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Day 4 - Les Baux-de-Provence & St-Rémy-de-Provence:

Drive to the tiny village of Les Baux-de-Provence in the southern Alpilles. Arrive early to explore this medieval village and its evocative ruins, as large groups of tourists can soon overrun the place.



From Les Baux, drive 10km (7 miles) north to St-Rémy-de-Provence, the birthplace of the French astrologer Nostradamus. It's one of the most pleasant towns in Provence, with a medieval old town full of galleries and shops encircled by a tree-shaded boulevard where cafes and restaurants tempt you to stop for lunch. In the afternoon, you can visit some of the town's major attractions, including the Roman ruins of Glanum and Monastère de St-Paul-de-Mausole, the 12th-century monastery where van Gogh sought treatment and where he was inspired to paint some of his best works.

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Day 5 - Nord Luberon:

Visit two of the best-known hilltop villages in the Luberon, Gordes and Roussillon.


Gordes is perched above the Coulon Valley and its little houses appear piled on top of one another. From Gordes is also the best approach to the famous Abbaye de Senanque which will be in the midst of lavendar blossoms is summer.



Roussillon is fashioned by the ochre mining and multicoloured cliffs of the region, making for a bewitching setting for this romantic perched village.

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Itinerary theme options By Aashish Gupta
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Aashish Gupta wrote:  

Hi Patricia,

Firstly thanks for choosing me to plan your trip. I'm a big Van Gogh fan myself so I'm really excited about this.

There are a few different styles of vacations you can take in Provence and it would help me if you choose one that you prefer:

1. Rural charm - see hillside villages and artist-inspiration towns.

2. Coastal cities - see the famous towns of the French Riviera and the glamourous casinos, etc.

Let me know which you prefer.

Patricia Williams wrote:  

I'll go with the rural theme. Seems more our style.

Aashish Gupta wrote:  

Hi Patricia,

I've updated the Itinerary tab with a rough outline. Let me know your thoughts and we'll refine it further after that.

Cheers,

Aashish

Aashish Gupta wrote:  

Yet another update - now with a detailed daily plan.

Patricia Williams wrote:  

Wonderful, thanks. I've updated the activities with my comments.


Getting there and around By Aashish Gupta
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Aashish Gupta wrote:  

The world's fastest trains link some 50 French cities, allowing you to get from Paris to just about anywhere else in the country in hours. With 39,000km (24,233 miles) of track and about 3,000 stations, SNCF (French national railroads; www.voyages-sncf.com) is known for its on-time performance. You can travel in first or second class by day and in couchette by night. Many trains have dining facilities.

Patricia Williams wrote:  

Thanks. I'll go ahead and book the trains.

Aashish Gupta wrote:  

Great 

Do let me know if you need any other help in figuring out the transportation.


Child-friendly Restaurants By Aashish Gupta
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Aashish Gupta wrote:  

I've listed the most child-friendly restaurants in each of the towns you'll be visiting. All of them also serve great food, of course.

Arles: Le Criquet, L'Ingenu, L'authentic

Avignon: Mama Corsica, Ginette et Marcel, Le Synopsis, Pace e Salute, Le Verso

Gordes: Marianna

Patricia Williams wrote:  

This is really helpful. Thanks.

Aashish Gupta wrote:  

Glad you liked them. :)


Getting there:

Avignon is best reached by the TGV from Paris, by a 2.5 hour ride, with trains leaving every hour. You can find the exact schedule and book it from http://en.voyages-sncf.com/en/ 

Avignon has two train stations - Gare d'Avignon Centre and Gare d'Avignon TGV. Most TGVs arrive at the Gare d'Avignon TGV. But some are from Avignon Centre. So be sure which one your train is to/from so that you book the car rental from the right location and go to the right station to catch your train back. Try and book trains to/from Avignon TGV to have more car rental options.

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Getting around:

For getting around, I found the best deals on http://www.autoeurope.eu/. Be sure to choose the right pick up location (Avignon TGV Station, if you book your train to/from there). I recommend choosing a slightly bigger car so you can fit in your stroller wherever you go.

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La Bastide des Anges:

La Bastide des Anges is a charming bed and breakfast just outside town (on the island Ile de la Barthelasse).


La Bastide des Anges


It is run by a very hospitable family and has plenty of room for your kids to run around.

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Wow!

I am simply amazed at this service.


It's like having a friend who's been-there-done-that and loves helping you discover these great experiences.


Aashish gave us a very detailed plan, including driving directions and everything. I loved his suggestions especially the kid-friendly restaurants that he picked out for us. Great job!

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Map of the regional bus routes in case you decide to move around by bus.