TIMING: Our self guided bike tours start any day of the week, from 1 April to 31 October. Arrivals are from 4pm and departures after breakfast (until 11am).
LOCATION: We are based in the South of France, just outside the village of Coustellet, in the Luberon Regional Park, in the Department of the Vaucluse, Provence. We are 5 Kms South of Gordes & 20 Kms east of Avignon.
TRANSPORT LINKS - OUR TRAVEL SUGGESTION:
A plane to Marseille or the French high speed trains (TGV) to Avignon are the best travel options.
Once at these terminals you can hire a car fairly cheaply (circa 200 euros for a 6 day hire).
There is also a train service from the airport (via a shuttle bus transfer to Vitrolles train station) to Cavaillon station. Then it's a 15 min taxi ride to us (circa 20 euros).
From Avignon train station we would suggest either the car, a taxi (circa 60 euros) or the bus (service 15.1 - Avignon / Apt - Approx 6 buses per day from outside the station) to get to us at Coustellet.
BY AIR & THEN ROAD:
There are frequent international flights (including low cost) to Marseille, Montpellier & Nice airports (and Avignon & Nîmes to a lesser extent). Avignon airport is 25 mins away, Marseille airport is an easy 50 mins motorway journey away, Nîmes 1h10, Montpellier 1h30 & Nice is 2h30 by motorway.
See the following links:
Easyjet fly to Marseille & Montpellier http://www.easyjet.com/asp/en/book/index.asp
Ryanair fly to Marseille & Montpellier http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/
Flybe to Avignon http://www.flybe.com/
BA to Marseille http://www.britishairways.com
Air France to Marseille http://www.airfrance.co.uk
From the UK: Frequent Eurostar / TGV trains leave from the UK (St Pancras & Ashford) to Lille
or Paris, a second train will then take you to Avignon.
If travelling via Paris you will arrive at the "Gare du Nord" train station and you will need to get the metro to the "Gare de Lyon". About an hour's transfer via the metro.
It's easier if you can go via Lille (Northern France) as you simply change platform for your 2nd train to Avignon.
The TGV trains are a nice way to travel as they are quite comfortable, the journey from the UK should take approx 6hrs from St Pancras.
From early July to early September - Sat only - there are Eurostar / TGV trains that travel directly to and from London to Avignon (with no stops & no change needed) - takes 4h30.
TGV Trains from Paris: Trains leave Charles de Gaulle airport & Gare de Lyon train station to Avignon TGV
Bookings must be made before you travel, but can not be made more than 3 months in advance.
Make sure your travel to Avignon TGV station (and not Avignon SNCF central station) as that is where the hire cars are.
Once at Avignon high speed train (TGV) station we are an easy 35 minute drive away.
Hire cars are easily available at all the airports and Avignon TGV station. It's best to book in advance.
As an idea a 7-day car hire for a small Peugeot 106 sized car should cost circa 200 Euros.
7 day car hire for a medium Golf sized car should cost circa 250 Euros.
Taxis are readily available at any of the above airports or train stations.
Journey time (approx):
Avignon TGV - 35 mins
Avignon airport - 20 mins
Marseille airport - 50 mins
Nîmes airport - 1h10
Nice airport - 2h30
BY ROAD FROM EUROTUNNEL TERMINAL (trains from Folkestone, UK to Calais, Northern France).
We are a 9 hour motorway drive from the Eurotunnel terminal in Northern France.
See the following links:
"We took Neil's advice and hired a car, which allowed us to travel into Avignon and to Mont Ventoux. Several car hire companies have outlets at the Avignon TGV station which is 40 minutes' drive from the house."
Alan -– UK -– Sept 13.
Neil & Natalène COWELL- Provence Cycling Holidays - 536 Chemin du Sarret - 84220 Coustellet - France.
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