Hi, I will be visiting Provence for 4 days in April. Never been. I'm trying to decide whether to drive or hook up with three separate day tours. I do like to understand a region's history when I travel, and make the most of my time, so the idea of a group guided tour is appealing. They are running about $150 pp per day in a group, not a personal guide. A rental car is a much more inexpensive option. It seems that's the way most people explore the area.
Would I be missing much driving around and seeing the villages myself without hearing about the history from a guide? Is there much history to learn, or is it all about quaintness of the towns? Or is a guided tour worth the extra $$ to really understand the area. Thinking of basing in Avignon. Is there a reliable driving itinerary I can access? Or just a friendly person willing to spend a few days with us :-)