I need some trip planning suggestions.
I plan to visit France in the first week of October for 11 days. Its my first trip to France. My Itinerary looks like this - Paris (3N) -> Normandy (3N)->Provence(3N)->Paris(2N). I will be covering Loire Valley and St Michel during my stays in Paris and Normandy. I dont really know what scenic places to see in Provence except the Lavender fields in Luberon. I mostly like to visit beautiful scenic villages, small towns and castles, lakes. etc.
Can anyone please suggest noteworthy places in Provence district and is 3 days enough to explore the area? Im also going to travel by public transport so please advice me where can I base myself in Provence or Normandy? I guess Paris is well connected by metro rail/buses. Is it possible to explore Provence using local buses? I do not have any car driving experience in Europe so dont want to self drive, but can try bikes.
Last question - where can I get covid test done in Provence?
Appreciate your kind help.