Arrival by car
For directions from your residence or the airport to your first hotel in Avignon we refer to www.michelin.com. On the enclosed map of Avignon you will find the Ibis hotel as well as the Avignon Grand Hotel and the train station
Arrival by train
Avignon lies on the TGV line from Paris to Marseille, about three hours from Paris, Gare de Lyon. It is also served by numerous local and regional services. Local and regional trains call at the central station, outside the walls on the southern edge of the old town. TGVs call at Avignon TGV, about 2 km out of town. A regular bus (“TGV Navette”, links the TGV station with the square outside the post office, just opposite central station. A weekly Eurostar service from London St. Pancras International to Avignon operates every Saturday in the summer. The journey takes approximately 6 hours.
Arrival by plane
Avignon airport (AVN) (www.avignon.aeroport.fr)
The airport is located 8 km south of the town centre. The only way to get to the city from the airport would be by taxi.
Marseille-Provence airport (MRS) (www.marseille.aeroport.fr)
This airport is located 80 km south of Avignon. To get to Avignon, take the navette (shuttle bus) from the airport to the Marseille-St. Charles train station. From there, take the train to Avignon.
Nîmes-Arles-Camargue airport (FNI) (www.nimes-aeroport.fr ) This airport is located 50 km west of Avignon. To get to Avignon, take the navette (shuttle bus) from the airport to the Nîmes train station. From there, take the train to Avignon.
In case you arrive by car, you can park your car at the ‘St Charles’ parking (Boulevard Saint-Roch) near the Ibis hotel. A parking lot costs about € 100,- per week and € 15,- for each day additional.
You also can park in front of the “Provence Bike’ shop.
For a successful cycling holiday it is necessary to have a good bike. If you bring your own bicycle, please check it carefully before departure. Pay special attention to tires, brakes and gears. Especially on the first day you’ll have to climb some challenging slopes. Always bring a repair kit and bicycle pump with you while you go cycling. On some parts of the track, the pavement is rather poor so we discourage the use of narrow bands (25 mm). Don’t forget to bring comfortable cycle clothing. In France cyclist are obliged to wear a safety vest when cycling outside the city area after sunset or at low visibility (mist/rain).
The rental bicycles are 24-speed bicycles and they come with a bottle and bottlecage, cyclocomputer, panniers, lock (1 per two bikes), repair kit and pump and an inner tube (1 per booking). You don’t have to pay a surety but you’ll have to give your credit cardnumber because you’re personally responsible for your rental bike and the road book in case of damage or theft. In case of damage or theft, our agent can charge you for a maximum of € 300, – for the bike and € 46, – for the road book. If you have serious problems with your bike (we assume that you can fix flat tires, etc.) please call Transhumance, for instructions, tel: +33 (0)490 955 781.
In case you get such problems with your own bike so you are unable to go further you can always ask Transhumance for a rental bike. The accompanying costs have to be paid on the spot.
At the store “Provence Bike” in Avignon (close to the hotels), a representative will meet you to hand over your bicycle and itinerary for this tour.
This meeting is every day from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm (except on Sunday, store is closed all day).
Should you arrive later than 6:00 pm or should you arrive on Sunday, this meeting will take place at “Provence Bike” the next day at 9:00 am sharp
Should you arrive on Saturday: you need to be on time, because on Sunday this store is closed!
You will receive a road book, which consists of an itinerary and some detailed maps with marked routes. In case you find any errors in the description, please inform us so we can correct these for future guests. At the end of the trip, you have to return the road book.
Your room is available from 12.00 a.m. on the day of arrival.
Breakfast is served between 8.00 am and 9.30 am. Dinners (5x) are included except the dinner in Avignon. Coffee, tea and other beverages during dinner are not included in the arrangement. They can be paid at departure.
CAT. A COMFORT
2 nights in 2 stars hotels, 5 nights in 3* hotel (in double room, bath or shower / WC).
Swimming-pool for 3 nights.
– Continental breakfast or buffet – depends on hotels (except day 1)
– Lunch (not included)
– Diner in the hotel or in a restaurant nearby (except day 1, 7, 8).
– Drinks not included
During this tour, you will overnight in several hotels. In case your itinerary does not describe the route to the hotel on your hotel list please use the extra route-information you have received at the ‘Provence Bike’ in Avignon. We advise to check the addresses on your hotel list and the extra route information before you start the tour.
Please leave your luggage for the luggage transfer (1 suitcase or large bag per person) before 9.30 a.m. at the reception (do not forget to use the luggage tags). Usually you’ll find your luggage from 5.00 a.m.
The tour doesn’t have any major difficulty. Most of the roads are tarred, very quiet with small traffic. Sometimes short paths will be suggested but they are easy one.
Daily kilometres are from 47 to 65 km.
In summer, temperatures are more than 30°