In the Nimes / Avignon area, I really recommend the Orangerie hotel in Nîmes (well worth a visit - Avignon is small, can be visited in one day), not a chain, just wonderful, reasonable prices for what is a superb 3-star (should really be 4), full of character, roundabout 100 € / double at that time of the year http://www.orangerie.fr/English.phtml http://www.orangerie.fr/English--Hotel.phtml Near Avignon, in Tarascon, we stayed in this wonderful luxury B&B (90 € /double), http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/bed-breakfast-tarascon/rue-chateau/ great hosts, they even drove us back to the Tarascon station! In Tarascon, we ate in this amazing restaurant, called Restaurant le Théâtre, the boss is mad! (in a nice way, he gave us lots of dishes to "taste" - for free - it was admittedly quiet, week day, but brilliant place, he used to be a thespian, hence the location) http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g445028-d1752333-Reviews-Restaurant_Le_Theatre-Tarascon_Provence.html In Avignon, the Cloître Saint-Louis is just out of this world, we stayed there one night (pricey, 200 €/double but amazing place, 4-star) http://www.cloitre-saint-louis.com/uk/index.php The other 2 nights in Avignon, we stayed at the Primotel (much cheaper!), part of the Frantour chain but excellent quality, very nice staff and wonderfully located, slap bang in centre (Place de l'Horloge - great informal tapas resto 50 yards away, tapaslocas). We wanted to stay here : http://www.alombredupalais.com/bedandbreakfast-avignon.htm (lots of excellent recommandations) but it was full Make sure you visit Les Baux de Provence The Cathédrale d'Images (500 yards from village) is amazing: http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/tourisme-provence/cathedrale-images-baux-provence/ Arles is also a must-visit, especially at Easter, massive Feria.