family trip to Southern France
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Apr 16, 2013 10:16 PM Last Post By: regards
Mar 3, 2013 12:03 PM
family trip to Southern FranceHi everyone
We're a couple with a toddler and we're planning about 10 days' trip to Southern France, or, to be more specific Provence, Riviera & Languedoc-Roussillon. We're arriving to Nice, so we'd stay there for 1-2 nights in order to explore from there the Riviera, but afterwards we'd like to continue. Being with a small child, we thought that it'd be more relaxing, enjoyable and less costly to stay in one place and from there to make day trips to all the sites of interest, rather moving every 2 to 3 nights to a new place.
So, I'd be grateful if those of you who know the region well, could recommend us a small town or even a village located within convenient distance from all the regional highlights, namely, Avignon, Marseille, Nimes, Carcassonne and other Cathar castles, some Provencal villages, may be Toulouse. We’re also planning to rent a car so a places not reachable by public transport can also be considered.
Hope you can solve our dilemma.
Tks to everyone in advance.
Mar 4, 2013 2:37 AM
11-2 nights in Nice to explore a coast line (Riviera) of 400km between Genova and Marseille - You are serious?
Nimes, Carcassonne ,other Cathar castles, Toulouse - all this places are far from the Provence. Carcassonne for example was/is not a Cathar castle at all. The distance between Nice and Toulouse also is nearly 700km - if you take half of the distance (350km from both sides) Nimes or Montpellier can be a base.
Mar 4, 2013 4:00 AM
2Um, regards -- Carcassonne does have strong links to the Cathars. The lords of Carcassonne supported the Cathars and the city was one of the bishoprics of the Cathars. This led to the attack of 1209.
However, it's true that if OP wants a relaxing holiday with a small child, driving all over the south coast is not really advisable.
Mar 4, 2013 5:07 AM
3Ok with your bjd that this town has strong relation in the past with the Cathar history but the medieval Carcassonne (la Cité) is a fortified town rather than a castle.
Mar 4, 2013 6:56 AM
Mar 5, 2013 12:17 PM
5thank you guys for the feedback.
I obviously used the wrong term saying that I wanted "to explore" Riviera in 2-3 days, "to sample" would be a more accurate. I just checked distances in google between Nice & other places of interest there, like Antibes, or St. Tropez, or the famous scenic roads in Monaco direction, and saw that they all are located quite close to Nice, an hour or so each. This is why I thought that couple of days could be enough.
Mar 5, 2013 10:04 PM
6Nice and so on. You can make a day trip sightseeing from Nice in the morning Monaco, in the afternoon Antibes and/or Cannes without any problems, the distance in both direction is +/- 20km and you have good connection by train (and busses). A car would not be very helpfull as both places have very expensive parking places if you find one.
There is no train to St. Tropez. If you take the road, the last part between Port Grimaud and St. Trop is horrible especially in the season. For only 6km - up to the daytime - you need sometimes one hour. A different way can be going to St. Raphael, taking the ship-shuttles to St. Tropez and make your visit relax as this village is small and there is not a lot to see.
Mar 7, 2013 1:09 PM
Mar 18, 2013 1:07 AM
I think I can sketch our itinerary for now, so here it is and your comments will be welcome:
Landing in Nice, renting a car a heading straight to Antibes. Spending a 1st night there.
Morning-noon - seing Antibes, then heading for Provence. Staying in Fontaine de Vaucluse, or Gordes or one of nearby villages - depending on prices & availability of accommodation.
Day trip to Avignon
Day 4 :
Exploring Vaucluse &/or Luberon, without some set plan.
Driving to Carcassone.
Sightseeing in Carcassone.
Driving from Carcassone to Spain (have a family to visit near Barcelona)
Day 8 & 9:
Driving from Spain back to France, spending night in Narbonne
Arriving to Nice
Driving one of the famous "corniches", probably the one which leads to Eze, as a day trip.
Well, I'd love to hear a knowledgeable opinion. Am I missing something which is a must ? Or on the contrary including something which can be safely skipped?
I'm a bit uneasy about staying in Marsseille. On the one hand, having been Duma's aficionado in my youth, it's hard for me to leave the region without seeing Chateau d'If, but on the other hand the city itself is rumoured to be more dangerous than average, and travelling with small child adds a dose of vulnerability.
Mar 18, 2013 1:23 AM
911 - Skip Marseille and stay in Aix. It's only 30km far and you can do your trip to If without problems, it takes just 1 more hour.
12/14 - Staying in a hotel in Nice is one thing, find a parking for your car another one. Why not a hotel near the airport. The new quarter of Nice, Arenas, offer a lot of hotels but also the next town St. Laurent du Var. From both it is easy to reach in few minutes the airport and return the car.
13 - All three Corniches are passing by Eze on three different levels. You need the middle one to visit Eze-Village on the "Moyenne Corniche".
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