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We are planning a short visit into Arles from Avignon. We are wondering if we can see the sites in about half a day or are we better a full day?

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1. Re: Short visit ..

I urge you to seriously consider spending an entire day in Arles.You might want to consider spending the morning exploring the Musee de l'Arles Antique, and enjoying a wonderful mid-day meal at on of the really good restaurants. After your mid-day meal you should check out

- The Amphitheatre

- The Roman Baths

- Les Alyscamps

- The Museon Arles

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I think it depends on how long of a stay you are planning in Provence and what other towns/villages you have on your list. If you are staying in Avignon, you are already experiencing a small town/urban atmosphere of sorts. Unless you are a Roman ruins diehard and do not also have Nimes, Orange, Aix on your "must visit" list, make sure you save plenty of time for the uber charming perched villages of Provence and for just driving the country roads.

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Well,of course you can see SOME sights in Arles in half a day, but I've never spent less than a full day there on many trips and still haven't seen everything. Besides, once you park and get your bearings and wait for things to open, the morning's half gone. Then it's siesta time, and you're either packing up and moving on or having a leisurely lunch for two hours, and the whole rest of the afternoon awaits to visit other things.

It's really important to understand the pace of life in this part of the world. You can never expect to roll into town and just barrel through site after site after site. There are proscribed pauses and closings and you, as a tourist, just have to live by them, not set your own pace.

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can some-one please guide me--how can one visit the perched villages mentioned by Anna-Roz without a car? Do the public bus routes take you there or will we have to take a "tour"?

We are planning to spend 3 days in either Avignon or Arles and would like to make a day trip to a perched village, apart from visiting Pont-du-Gard, and/or Les Baux de Provence.

Thank you in advance

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