I will be traveling with my 20 year old daughter in early October. We land at 10:30 a.m. on Friday at the Marseille airport and leave Sunday at 14:00/ 2:00 p.m. We want to see as much as we can, but not run around crazy. Neither of us has ever been to the South of France. I thought we would use Aix-en-Provence as our base.
I was thinking we could land, spend the day in Cassis to see the town (maybe market on Friday if we get there on time) and see a Calanques or two. We love the beach and water and would enjoy a short hike or boat trip. The problem is that it seems impossible to get to Cassis from the airport unless I take a cab which would get pricey. (Over 100 euros???). Can we store our backpacks somewhere? Then how do we get to Aix?
On Saturday, I was thought we would rent a car to visit Luberon (Lourmarin, Roussillon, maybe Isle-sur-la-Sorgue if we can). I have rented a standard transmission car for the day for $100. Will the driving be difficult? Would another place be better to visit?
Any thoughts on this plan? Any other thoughts if I skip Cassis? Is there a logical way to see the calanques/beach and charming Provence. We don't care much about the history. More about scenery, markets and good food.