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 € 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 €).
From Avignon train station we would suggest either the car, a taxi (circa 60 €) 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 & Nimes to a lesser extent). Avignon airport is 25 mins away, Marseille airport is an easy 50 mins motorway journey away, Nimes 1h10, Montpellier 1h30 & Nice is 2h30 by motorway.
See the following links:
Easyjet fly to Marseille & Montpellier https://goo.gl/oci63A
Ryanair fly to Marseille & Montpellier https://goo.gl/KbkWOq
Flybe to Avignon https://goo.gl/W6i2nY
BA to Marseille https://goo.gl/xOr4VY
Air France to Marseille https://goo.gl/lVuEcN
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 April to October - Mon, Fri and Sat only - there are Eurostar / TGV trains that travel directly to and from London to Avignon (with no stops & no change needed) - takes 5h50.
In July & August, additionnal Eurostar services direct from London to Avignon are on Thursdays & Sundays.
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 €.
7 day car hire for a medium Golf sized car should cost circa 250 €.
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
Nimes 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:
Eurotunnel - https://goo.gl/qGNxCv
P&O Ferries - https://goo.gl/cL0D9f
"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.