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Mar 18, 2012 02:22 AM

Nice to Provence (Avignon?) - How to fit in Luberon?

Hi all,

I'll be arriving in Nice on 26 Apr (Thur) morning and staying for a night there before driving down to Provence area for 3 days before flying out of Marseille on 30 Apr (Mon) morning.

Would appreciate itinerary suggestions (eats and where to stay). Should I drive down to Avignon or Arles? Have read so much about Luberon in the threads here and I'm giddyhead. Would like to visit the Sunday market at L'Isle-sur-la-sourge and also fit in a day of vineyard visits. Where should I stay and where should I go and eat? Appreciate any suggestions!

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  1. You can take the 2.5 hour TGV train from Paris to Avignon, which will save you precious time for your extremely short trip.
    From there you can rent a car and stay 3 nights in the Luberon (45 minutes away). If you stay in a village like the beautiful Lourmarin, it is near many good restaurants which you can again search under Lourmarin, Bonnieux, Saignon, and is about 1 hour driveto Marseille.
    Please search Kurtis's honeymoon thread that has all the recommendations you need in the Luberon and then some.

    Depending on how early you fly out, on the last night you can stay in or near Arles.
    If you search "Arles", you will also find all the most uptodate recommendations.

    The Isle sur la Sorgue is on Monday morning. With your extremely short trip, I would give the increasingly touristy market a miss. You can visit the morning Arles market which is more authentic and just as overwhelming.

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    1. re: Parigi

      Think if you arrive in Nice you'll be driving up to the Luberon rather than down.It's about a two and half to Aix or Avignon. And the marche on the Isle sur Sorgue is on Sunday with a smaller one Thur.They'll be locals and tourists at the Marche which makes it part of the fun...lots of stare value! We're all tourists in the should go too.Most of the flights to Paris
      leave in the morning...many peope spend the night before the flight at the airport which would give you an opportunity to tour and dine in beautiful Marseilles.Bonne journey!

      1. re: Franco American

        we'll be staying one night in Nice before catching an early morning flight. I'd appreciate any restaurant and hotel recommendations.


    2. Avignon is closer to Isle-sur-la-Sorgue than Arles, but it's your call which you'll choose. I've always loved Avignon. looks like you have a very ambitious itinerary. It would be easy to stay in Avignon and 'burbs for all 4 days and never be bored. Chateauneuf-du-Pape is about 30 minutes north of Avignon, and a lovely, winy way to spend a day. :)

      2 Replies
      1. re: ChefJune

        Note that the OP posed his/her question a year ago as to visiting the Luberons and I suspect that trip has already occurred. The post was bumped today by someone who only is inquiring about recommendations for restaurants in Nice.

        1. re: masha

          Yeah, they should have started a new thread!

      2. The Sunday market at L'Isle-sur-La-Sorgue is antiquités and brocante, and be aware that much of it is directed at tourists and overpriced. I did get some nice Absinthe spoons there a few years back. Parking will be daunting, you will be doing a lot of walking. The town itself is beautiful, though.

        A spectacular town nearby is Gordes, just the approach by car is breathtaking. It's like a painting. Highly recommended.

        You should enjoy wherever you wind up, the Vaucluse/Luberon area is stunning.