When the Frommer’s guidebooks were first launched, founder Arthur Frommer cautioned his readers, “You can get lost in France.” It’s still an apt warning—and promise—today.
For those with unlimited time, one of the world’s great pleasures is getting “lost” in France, wandering at random, making new discoveries off the beaten path. Few of us have this luxury, however, and so here we present 1- and 2-week itineraries to help you make the most of your time.
Provence and the French Riviera in particular are so treasure-filled that you may barely do more than skim the surface in a week. So relax and savor Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, St-Tropez, or Cannes—among other alluring destinations—saving the rest for another day.
Careful planning ahead of time can help you to see as much of these regions as possible without trying to cram in too much. Travel times can be cut considerably thanks to France's excellent road network, which leaves more time to meander along the quiet, secondary roads that take you into the hill towns. The region has an extensive public transportation system, with many of the towns and cities connected by train and/or bus. However, you might find that renting a car will be the best option if you want to explore some of the smaller villages.
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