12 Days in Central and Southern France
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Mar 20, 2013 6:31 AM Last Post By: InBiarritz
Mar 19, 2013 3:27 AM
12 Days in Central and Southern FranceHi All
I am looking to spend 11/12 days getting a taste of Central/Southern France (last week of May, first week of June) and am looking for a bit of friendly advice. (I am travelling with my Mother so think wine, food, wine, relaxing, wine, wine etc etc)
We will be in Paris for a few days and then we are thinking we will catch a train to our next destination, where we will pick up a rental car and continue our journey that way. I know we definitely want to spend a fair amount of our time in the Provence region. We are thinking of basing ourselves somewhere (I am thinking cute village with lovely B'n'b??) and then make some day trips from there to surrounding Arles, Marseilles, Carcassone, Avignon etc etc (obviously not all of them, but what we can manage).
However my big question is this: I would also like to visit Bordeux for a night or two, and have heard the drive from there down to Marseilles area is quite nice if you take the road through Gailliac/Albi etc so that would work. Is it too much to also try to spend a night or two in the Loire valley en route from Paris? Or maybe it is best to just head straight for Bordeux?
Also is the Cote d'Azur really worth going to? I am worried it is a bit flashy/touristy but maybe even would it be possible as a day trip to head to a nice smaller coastal village or something or other from our base in Provence area.
This is my vague travel itinerary so far:
27th May: Leave Paris. Arrive somewhere in the Loire (??)
29th May: Leave Loire. Arrive Bordeux.
31st May: Leave Bordeux. Arrive Provence area.
1-6th June: Base ourselves and explore surrounding areas with potentially one night elsewhere (am thinking cote d'azur area)
Does this sound plausible? Basically I am looking for suggestions of villages/areas that are a little bit off the beaten track, or perhaps just less city time, as we are really looking to relax, eat and drink and if possible avoid the crowds (although I am aware we are travelling in summer so this will only be so achievable.
Thanks in advance!
Mar 19, 2013 10:14 AM
1Concerning your questions:
cute village with lovely B'n'b?? - http://www.gites-de-france-paca.com/chambre-hotes-definition.html - look in there for "chambre d'hotes"
a night or two in the Loire valley en route from Paris? It make sense if you are interested to visit some castls in the region, if not go straight to Bordeaux.
Cote d'Azur really worth going to? Why not if you stay in the Provence for some nights one or two day trips to discover the coast could be nice. It's not the high season in your time and if the weather is fine there is a lot to discover - all depend of your interest.
Mar 20, 2013 6:31 AM
2If you are going to Bordeaux then for a real experience of the 'other' south of France continue your journey down to Biarritz or Saint Jean de Luz. A video of the driving route is available here: Biarritz to Bordeaux
If you haven't got time then a nice town in between Bordeaux and Provence is Sarlat-la-Canéda.
Edited by: InBiarritz
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