Avignon

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Dec66, 29 Jan 2018.

  1. Dec66

    Dec66 Veteran

    Location:
    West Wickham
    I'm planning a jaunt to Avignon in June; I'll probably be basing myself there and bumbling about a bit.

    I'm intending to take the Eurostar direct from St. Pancras on a Monday morning (prob. 18 June) but the direct return is not till the following Friday and is not due into St. Pancras till 11pm. I'd like to come back on the Thursday (actually, I'd like to not come back, but the kids might miss me ^_^).

    I'm looking at either getting the TGV to Lille and joining a Eurostar service there, or going up to Calais and getting a ferry. Will I be able to put my bike on at Lille?

    Also; it seems that I can't book a TGV at present, anyone know when I can start to book (12 weeks or so?).

    Any recommendations of where to stay, rides etc would be welcome. I know there's a little bump not far away that is there to be explored.
     
  2. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Are you going twice:laugh::laugh: Enjoy
     
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  3. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    https://www.eurostar.com/uk-en/travel-info/travel-planning/luggage/bikes implies yes. http://seat61.com/bike-by-train.htm is more verbose but unofficial.

    loco2.com used to have a tool that emailed you when bookings opened. It's not obvious to me now (maybe you have to search for a journey first) and I think bookings open sooner than UK trains.
     
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  4. OP
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    Dec66

    Dec66 Veteran

    Location:
    West Wickham
    Not sure yet, scoping it out... Any recommendations?

    Edit: just looked back and saw you were at the Ibis, which presumably was clean and the beds were at least reasonable comfy; did you notice if there was anywhere to store a non-folder securely?
     
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  5. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    You can book the Mercure 405 days ahead. DAMHIK.
     
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  6. OP
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    Dec66

    Dec66 Veteran

    Location:
    West Wickham
    Ah, bollix. It seems you can't take non-folding bikes on direct Eurostar services to Avignon. They'll have it delivered door to door at extra cost, but that completely defeats the object for me as I wanted to do a bit of a ride as soon as I got there, mid-afternoon (plus, the company would probably deliver it just as I was about to leave).

    So, my options are to buy a Brommie, hire something in Avignon, or go somewhere else. Gutted.
     
  7. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

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  8. OP
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    Dec66

    Dec66 Veteran

    Location:
    West Wickham
    Hee hee... Twice round the town, then stop and fill me face... Sounds like a plan!

    There's a bike shop which looks like it rents out road bikes for €25/day, with mixed reviews, I may give that a punt.
     
  9. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewe...90612&spn=1.958325,3.290405&z=10&source=embed ;) :evil:

    If you feel really frisky, Velopop Versus Ventoux might be a nice sequel to Boris Versus Ventoux:

    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUWCeAzkc2Q
     
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  10. Naaah. Buy an Airnimal. Or a Bike Friday. Something you can tour on, yet still folds up. There's a couple of Airnimals on eBay and Gumtree at the moment...
     
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  11. OP
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    Dec66

    Dec66 Veteran

    Location:
    West Wickham
    Ooh... Thanks, you've educated me there...
     
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  12. Lee-M

    Lee-M Active Member

    I spent hour upon hour trying to find a way to get me and my unfolding bike to the south of France for a short tour this March . In the end Easyjet with a clear plastic bag seemed the best and cheapest way . Not to mention the quickest .
     
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  13. mjr

    mjr Wanting to Keep My EU Citizenship

    Update us in March as to how it went, please!

    I've taken mine on ferries and trains. When I've flown, I've hired there instead. I know people do it but I don't think I'd trust airport handlers with anything less than a hard shell box unless I really had to.
     
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  14. briantrumpet

    briantrumpet Guru

    Location:
    Devon & Die
    Re TGV tickets, it's three months ahead that sales open. trainline.eu is the easiest/best way to buy - they took over Captain Train, but (unusually) kept all the functionality of Captain Train - the app and website are superb.
     
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  15. yostumpy

    yostumpy Senior Member

    Location:
    Gravesend
    ever thought about European Bike Express, coach service. They get booked up quickly, but worth a look.
     
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