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Ali from Vancouver asked

9 day Road trip from Paris-Marseille

We have a rental car for the first time. Looking for small towns, beautiful natural experiences, smaller wineries, and any b&b'a or good places to stay you know of. 

Southern France

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Janice from Toronto, Ontario

As you will be passing by Avignon and the Provence area, I highly suggest you visit some of the small hilltop villages, such as Gordes and Menerbes. Don't miss going to the markets (especially L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue). It might be easier to read my post about my visit to Provence last May, 2016. It was my 24th trip to France:

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Great Website, Janice!

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  1. Gordes (region)
  2. Menerbes (city)
  3. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (city)
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John from Carlsbad (California)

Hi Ali,

You will be traveling through some of the most interesting and beautiful parts of France.  About 3 hours south of Paris is Puligny-Montrachet, one of the beautiful small wine villages in Burgundy.  From there you can explore the other villages and seethe sights in Beaune about 20 minutes to the north.  Domaine des Anges is an excellent B&B In Puligny-Montrachet, and there are wine bars, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants within walking distance.

About 4 hours south of Puligny-Montrachet is the village of Gigondas, a charming wine village.  Hotel Les Florets is a beautiful little hotel there, and you can explore the wine villages and hiking trails in the area.

Provence has so much to see, you could easily spend all 9 days there.  In addition to the villages mentioned by Janice, take a look at Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Les Baux-de-Provence and Maussane-les-Alpilles, which are central to seeing the Pont du Gard, the Roman ruins and charm of Arles, and Nimes, which is technically just outside Provence, which also has Roman ruins, including the Maison Carrée, which inspired Thomas Jefferson.  Just outside Saint-Remy, you can see Les Antiques and the excavated Roman Site Archéologique de Glanum.Aix-en-Provence is the perfect small city in Provence.  It's just north of Marseille and it has a youthful vibe, thanks to the university there.  The Cours Mirabeauis one of the great boulevards in France.  If you don't stay there, you can easily hop a train from Marseille for a day trip.  If you stay there, you can hop the train to Marseille.Have a great trip!

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Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Puligny-Montrachet (city)
  2. Domaine des Anges (hotel)
  3. Gigondas (region)
  4. Hotel Les Florets (restaurant)
  5. Saint-Remy-de-Provence (city)
  6. Les Baux-de-Provence (city)
  7. Maussane-les-Alpilles (city)
  8. Pont du Gard (attraction)
  9. Arles (city)
  10. Nimes (city)
  11. Maison Carrée (attraction)
  12. Les Antiques (hotel)
  13. Site Archéologique de Glanum (attraction)
  14. Aix-en-Provence (city)
  15. Marseille (city)
  16. Cours Mirabeau (attraction)
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