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Marseille to Moustiers to Nice

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Marseille to Moustiers to Nice

I will be going to Marseille on November and plan to go to Moustiers St Marie from Marseille. I will stay in hostel close to rail station in Marseille. My plan is Marseille - Moustiers - Nice - Monaco (not sure if worth it or skip it) - Milan. Looking for staying around 1-2 nights in each city as not having too much time off.

I have some concerns that I hope you can please kindly help with:

1. Is it better to rent a car from Marseille to go to Moustiers and then return it at Nice? Or is it better to take public transport?

2. If it's better to rent a car, can you please advise some of goof car rental company around Marseille especially close to the railway station in downtown? And is it easy to get automatic car, since I heard people drive manual there. Also how much approximately a rental fee /day for automatic car?

How about driving in France, is it the same as in US (on right side).

3. If rent a car is better, driving from Marseille to Moustiers Saint Marie, I am thinking of 3 possible route but not sure which one is the convenient one, less traffic and have a good view along the way.

Route #1, via D957 (about 2 hours drive?):


Route #2, https://goo.gl/maps/3jOrX

Route #3, thinking of this route because it cross the plateau de Valensole with the fields, a way where you will see the Durance Valley, the lavender fields. . 1hour and 40 minutes: https://goo.gl/maps/eNcrj

4. What is the best driving route from Moustiers to Nice? and is visiting Monaco worth it?

Please advise if you have any better idea or routing. Thank you very much!!!

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11. Re: Marseille to Moustiers to Nice

Just a caution: even if you actually reserve an automatic transmission car, that doesn't mean you'll actually GET one. It depends on the supply of cars, which in turn depends on people returning their rentals on time. If you rent from an airport office you have the best chance for an automatic

You can easily do preliminary research on the AutoEurope and/or Kemwell sites; they are sister companies. Sixt is a large European car agency.

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