TRAVEL INFORMATION TO OUR VILLA.
TIMING: Our self guided bike tours start any day of the week, depending on availability, from 1 April to 31 October. Arrivals are from 12 Noon until 6pm and departures are by 10am.
LOCATION: We are based in the South of France, in the village of Taillades, in the Luberon
Regional Park, in the Department of the Vaucluse, Provence. We are 15 Kms South of Gordes & 30 Kms south east of Avignon.
We would highly recommend that you hire a car whilst here in order for you to get the most from your stay at our self catering villa. It helps with getting to the shops, services and the nearby restaurants, with lots just a 5 to 10 mins drive away. It's also handy should you want an afternoon off the bike to explore some the excellent sights just a little further afield, and of course should you be unlucky and get a rare spell of bad weather.
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).
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 30 mins away, Marseille airport is an easy 50 mins motorway journey away, Nimes 1h10, Montpellier 1h30 & Nice is 2h25 by motorway.
See the following links:
Easyjet fly to Marseille & Montpellier https://goo.gl/oci63A
Ryanair fly to Marseille & Montpellier https://goo.gl/0bzWvV
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 35-55 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 €.
For more information on driving in France, please click on this following link: ViaMichelin: Driving in France
Taxis are readily available at any of the above airports or train stations.
Journey time (approx):
Avignon TGV - 35 mins
Avignon airport - 30 mins
Marseille airport - 50 mins
Nimes airport - 1h10
Nice airport - 2h25
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
SOME CUSTOMER QUOTES ON OUR SELF GUIDED TOUR SET UP
"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.