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Cassis; the best of Provence and Cote d'Azur

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Cassis; the best of Provence and Cote d'Azur

My boyfriend and I are staying in Cassis for five nights in June. We will have a car and were thinking of some slightly lavish days trips.

A) We will be training from Paris into Nice beginning of this "week" and thought to do Menton, Monte Carlo (drive thought) and Nice on our way to Cassis.

B) At some point, I really want to go to Arles, Avignon, and Aix-en-Provence.

C) Thinking maybe Antibes for some boat/swimming action.

D) Rousillon, Gordes for wine

I know we are doing a major dis-service to this area in only allocating six days, but I still really want to taste it. We are huge fans of architecture, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, drinking all of the wine, and having a good balance of adventuring/relaxing. Please recommend the best. There are far too many books and too many amazing things to do to pair down to one lifetime, let alone six days. Thank you!

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1. Re: Cassis; the best of Provence and Cote d'Azur

You are literally,all over the map.

And you are trying to way too much.

If you are arriving In Nice and the heading eastward to Monaco and to Menton and also trying to "see" Nice on that same day.....pretty much crazy.

The only place that you can "see" in a short (couple of hours) on that list is Monaco.

The rest of that day will be a blur......it's a 2.5 hour drive from Menton to Cassis.

If you are staying in the beach town of Cassis.....why would you drive 2 hours each way to go to the beach in Antibes?

Aix, Avignon and Arles deserve a day each.

No idea why you would want to go to Rousillon or Gordes for wine.

The Luberon is not known for wine at all.

I'd pretty much go back to the drawing board.

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Whitney you need weeks or months to do what you describe. Too many regions. 5 nights is not that long.

I agree going east to Monaco or Menton makes no sense.

But also why Nice? The more direct route to Cassis takes you more West by Avignon and Aix.

I suggest one stop on the way to Cassis. Once in Cassis you’ll want to spend at least a couple of days there, one for the calanques and one for the town, beaches and markets.

That leaves you with two to three days to explore the luberon villages you want (gordes and Roussillon) and a town or two you didn’t get on the way down.

Or, focus on the eastern riviera and move your base, and leave western Provence for a different visit.

Also since you want to see so many places, maybe have two bases. Cassis (which I love) is not so central that it makes the ideal base for someone who doesn’t want to really be there.

Edited: 01 May 2018, 21:45
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Are you driving all the way from Paris? It's 8 1/2 hours if you don't stop or explore on the way. Since a car is a liability in Paris (and much of the Cote d'Azur for that matter), why don't you save a day's time and fly from CDG to NCE? Enjoy Nice and its close neighbors Monte Carlo, Villefranche, Antibes, and Cannes for 4 nights and then rent a car and go to Aix and Avignon.

Edited: 02 May 2018, 00:50
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4. Re: Cassis; the best of Provence and Cote d'Azur

I know Monte Carlo has an attraction, and if you have excess time, yes, the Rocher has a quaintness to it, the Casino de Paris, the ultra crammed with buildings center city, all fascinating... but on a few days schedule I am not sure that would be my first choice. I would gladly replace Monte Carlo, Nice and probably Antibes, with the stunning Gorges du Verdon (kayaking, hiking,...) and Moustiers Sainte Marie....

Avignon, Arles, Pont du Gard, Gordes. Rousillon, if it isn't too much of a detour, yes, but I put that in the extra time bag...

Aix for a late afternoon stroll + dinner: no "monuments" just a beautiful city with a great atmosphere...

Cassis of course, les calanques hike or boat ride, wineries, I recommend Clos Sainte Magdeleine, by appointment only. In June you are fine beachwise in Cassis, unless you really love large sandy expanses, then go near Cassis to Les Lecques or something....

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5. Re: Cassis; the best of Provence and Cote d'Azur

I agree you’re trying to do too much. Personally, I would take the TGV from Paris to Marseille and then rent a car. I would allocate three days in Cassis, and day trips to Aix, Arles and Avignon. If wine is your passion, Gigondas is a great visit and not too far from Avignon. Chateau St Cosme is a fantastic wine for the price..

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