France 3-Day Itinerary: Provence


If you’re on a 10-day vacation in Paris, there’s absolutely no reason not to include a three-day jaunt to Provence. It gives you a nice break from city life, for one. It also lets you see a whole other side of France, which allows for a deeper understanding of a country you’ll surely visit again. And it’s just downright beautiful! (For the purposes of this article, we’ll simply ignore the fact that there’s no such place called Provence. Deal?)

When you look at the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region on a map, though, it can get understandably overwhelming to narrow down your choices to fit into three days. That’s where this three-day Provence itinerary comes in handy! Here are some fantastic ideas that will have you heading down south the next time you find yourself in France!

Provence Vacation Itinerary #1: The Three A’s

The three “main” towns in Provence – Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence – are perfect for a three-day itinerary. And they’re close enough to each other that you can set up camp in one town and simply visit the rest (less schlepping!). I suggest Avignon; here’s how to get from Paris to Avignon. But I understand that sometimes, it all depends on finding the perfect little bed & breakfast to decide on your base town. If that’s you, then check out hotels in Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence:

Hotels in Arles

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Hotels in Avignon

Hotels in Aix-en-Provence

Provence Vacation Itinerary #2: Road Tripping

There is perhaps no better area of France for road trips than Provence. Just being on the road gives you enough sightseeing – and then you literally stop anywhere and it gets even better. To give you some ideas for road trip routes, check out the Provence itinerary on this article about great France roadtrips, and you boozers can learn more about how to do a wine tasting road trip through Provence. And if you’re looking for those quintessential places from the coffee table books, then you’ll want to read up on these eight enchanting villages in Provence.

Provence Vacation Itinerary #3: Do & See

Provence may seem like a kind of relaxing place where frankly not a lot happens, but the truth is that you can do as little or as much as you want. If you’re more of a get-up-and-go traveler, then you’ll want to check out these ideas for a “do and see” mini-vacation:

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