8-Day Provence Itinerary
Few places in the world are as reliably charming and consistently surprising as the south of France. Even after dozens of trips, whenever I return to Provence and the Riviera I never fail to find a new hotel, a previously unknown village, a little restaurant, an atmospheric church, several wines to add to my cellar or maybe a new olive oil.
What we’ve learned, though, is that the best of the south of France is often found off the beaten path. And this doesn’t mean simply taking quiet country roads instead of highways, but tracking down those lesser-known places that the locals understandably keep to themselves.
Day 1 - 2 : Avignon
Take the TGV train from Paris to Avignon (2 hours, 40 minutes). Spend two nights at enchanting La Mirande. Visit the Musée Angladon for its superb art collection, including works by Degas, Van Gogh and Cézanne.