From a base in Avignon (with the Pope's Palace, good hotels, restaurants and shopping) you can visit a lot of Provence. Avignon is central enough that you could spend your vacation based here, with day-trips or multi-day-trips in different directions. And there's such a tremendous variety of sites in the area that nobody will be disappointed, whatever their tastes.
The Avignon-Gordes-Apt Itinerary is just a short day's drive east, but a very long day's sightseeing; it would be best as a 2-day trip. We'll take you to the Venice of Provence, a river gushing out of the ground, the cliffs and red earth of Gordes and Roussillon, to the market town of Apt.
Lodging - Le Lutrin-Palais des Papes 2**
1 Rue Gérard Philippe
Tel: (33) 04 90 86 04 13; Fax: (33) 04 90 27 91 17
27 rooms; Centre; dining; parking. We stayed here (March 2000): great location; rooms a bit small, but in a very fine old building; excellent service; the dining is outstanding with excellent cusine and a beautiful room.