Villeneuve-lez-Avignon sits directly on the border of the departments of Le Gard and Vaucluse in the regions of Provence and Languedoc-Rousillon.
Rich in beauty, history and colour; you couldn't have chosen a more perfect area of France to visit. Both the Gard and Vaucluse undoubtedly offer all that you'd expect of the South of France, from the rocky pine covered landscapes and their ancient villages perched up high to the warmth of the sun and the people.
A unique mix of historical and cultural points of interest are to be found concentrated in this one area with 4 of the most fascinating being:
Roman Provence - Medieval Provence
Provence of the Artists - Festival d'Avignon
Of course you may also want to visit the more traditional Provencal sights such as the lavender fields between late June and August, and one place that will meet with all your expectations is L'abbaye de Senanque, a working monastery where they produce many products from the lavender they grow.
Stop off for lunch at any one of the numerous picturesque villages you'll find along every route. In particular the village of Gordes is worth visiting.
Or spend a day relaxing by and swimming in the river Gardon, directly beneath the magnificent Pont du Gard.
L'abbaye de Senanque
Travelling to Avignon & Villeneuve-lez-Avignon
From the U.K. by train.
This is a great relaxing way to start your holiday. No crowded airport, no long queues at check-in and no long delays at customs. Journeying by train is especially enoyable as the french TGV trains and service are excellent.
Eurostar run a weekly direct service from St.Pancras, Ashford and Ebbsfleet to Avignon Centre between July and September (approx 6hours 30mins). Alternatively you can travel Eurostar from the U.K. to Lille International (approx. 1hour 10mins) and then make the very easy and quick change onto the TGV direct to Avignon TGV (approx. 4hours 20mins), which you can book through the extremely helpful and efficient RailEurope.
You may also change in Paris, however this also means that you have to change stations as Eurostar goes into Paris Gard du Nord and the TGV departs from Gare de Lyon. It isn't far but you will need to use a taxi or the RER train service.
Of course this route is ideal if you would like to have a day or two in the Capital before heading south.
Getting to Les Saisons Bed & Breakfast via the Channel and road.
Crossing the channel has never been easier. Today sees a good choice of superb Ferry services and of course there is Eurotunnel. You have the choice of bringing your own car across or picking-up a pre hired car at the port in France.
Villeneuve-lez-Avignon can be reached by the A7 and A9 autoroutes.
Please note that many of the autoroutes in France are toll roads. However, they are some of the best maintained roads in Europe and have rest areas with facilities at approximately each 15 minute interval along the route.
We can give you an estimate of the cost of petrol and tolls for your journey for an average saloon car but please understand that this should not be taken as exact.
Travelling by Air.
Nimes airport is approx 40 minutes from Villeneuve-lez-Avignon where Ryanair fly to daily from Luton, Liverpool and Brussels.
Ryanair is a low-cost no-frills airline but with fares from as little as £5 plus taxes (certain months and days) and a journey time of about 1 hour 40 mins, it is well worth considering them. The airport at Nimes is small and quiet. There is a very reliable transfer bus (la Navette €5) directly outside the Arrival hall that meets every Ryanair flight and takes you on the 10 minute journey into the centre of Nimes, stopping outside the station from where you can take the train to Avignon - just a 25 minute journey. There is also the option to hire a car from the airport.
Marseille airport is further away, approx. one hour, however being an international airport many airlines fly directly here such as British Airways, Easyjet and Air France. A regular train service runs from Marseille St.Charles station to Avignon and of course there are several Car Hire companies to choose from.
Avignon Airport is very close-by (6 miles/10km) and you can fly direct from Leeds and Edinburgh with Jet2.com and from Southampton and Exeter with Flybe.com.
Avignon airport isn't served by any public transport, however there is a taxi service and the present cost is 15 to 20 euros. The taxi stand is just in front of the airport terminal.
Getting to Avignon and Villeneuve-lez-Avignon couldn't be easier. It is served by Avignon's 2 main rail stations, Avignon Centre and Avignon TGV and also by the airports at Nimes, Marseille and Avignon.
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