How To Reach Avignon in Provence, The South of France

Sault, lavender country
The Medieval city of Avignon is two and a half hours away from Paris by the high speed TGV train.
Renting a car at the Avignon train station is easy enough if you book ahead on the web through

Wheels will give you freedom to visit the heart of lavender country east of Avignon in the hills of Provence.
In The Luberon Mountains and Vaucluse Plateau, East of Avignon, the farmers grow lavender for a late June and mid July harvest.
To the east of Avignon the Hilltop villages look out on lavender fields that turn purple in late June
When To Go To Avignon, Provence, The South of France
  • Fresh Produce
Cherries,  apricots, and melons ripen in June.
  • Lavender Fields
The end of June sees the lavender ripening and the fields turning purple east of Avignon..  
  • Sunflower Fields
Sunflowers are in full bloom end of June.  
  • Culinary Vacation Rentals
High on the vacation list could be a vacation rental, vacation Gite, or a villa with a full kitchen, a food chopper, grinder, or a processor so that when visiting Provence on a culinary vacation you can do some healthy French cooking. Not all rentals offer a full kitchen.
  • High Season Rentals
Vacation rental houses, villas, and vacation apartments are more available in May, June, September and October: either side of the July August high season.
Avignon Palace of the Popes,
Avignon, Provence
  • City of Apt
La Manade Restaurant in Apt, a mom and pop with a limited menu, should not be missed.
Follow the D900 east for 1 hour to the city of Apt
Provence Villages near Apt and Saignon, east of Avignon and Gordes, grow grapes, olives and lavender while the intense olive oil production is 25-35 miles to the south around Les Baux de Provence and Mouries.
  • Saignon
East of Avignon the village of Saignon occupies a hilltop overlooking the city of Apt once a center for lavender processing. One hour east of Avignon
  • The Village of Coustellet
Lavender Museum-Provence.
  • Gordes
Follow the D-900 east from Avignon for 45 minutes to the crossroads for Gordes and Coustellet.
Take the Gordes road for the Abbey de Senanque.
museum.  Take a right away from Gordes to Coustellet in the Luberon.  The  lavender museum displays antique distilling equipments

Travel To Avignon, Where is Provence

Provence is an agricultural area of Southern France that includes the city of Montelimar in the north to the Mediterranean in the south;  from Nice in the southeast to the Saintes Maries de la Mere on the Rhone River Delta.  

Reach Avignon in the center of Provence

  • Road, High Speed Highway
by high speed roads from Paris,The A-6 to Lyon, D-7 to Avignon, 420 miles
  • TGV Fast Train
From Paris, fast TGV trains Leave Gare Lyon (Station) and reach Avignon in Two and a half hours.
  • Rental Cars
Avignon is one of the principle cities of Provence and offers a TGV train station with rental cars at the station.  Bus service reaches the city of Avignon from the station.  There is a tourist information booth at the station.

Day Trips From Avignon
  • Arles is another major city in Provence.  Arles is 23 miles south of
Avignon. and offers TGV (Train Grand Vitesse)  service at the nearby city of Nimes where there is also an airport.  
Marseilles is south of Avignon.  Marseilles offers a large airport north of the city with surface transportation to all areas of Provence including bus service to Avignon. High-speed roads reach |Marseilles from Paris and Avignon
Cassis and the coastal area east of Marseilles can be reached by the D-7 high speed road south of Avignon or by TGV train and Air service to Marseilles.
Provence  tomato and eggplant come ripe to the markets in June.   Provence dessert recipes in June: fresh cherries, apricots, and Provence goat cheese topped off with a bottle of Cotes du Rhone.
Good Provence Cuisine, “la cuisine du soleil,” cuisine of the sun based on tomatoes, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and the in-season fruits and vegetables along with seafood from the nearby coasts is found in the restaurants located in the villages of lavender country.   
In Avignon,  La Fourchette is a favorite Restaurant of the locals, best to make reservations a day ahead or get there as they open at 5 PM,  Escargot notable
Villages East of Avignon in Lavender Country
Reach Avignon in the center of Provence by high speed roads from Paris, high-speed, TGV train, and domestic flights.
If driving, take the A-6 to Lyon and then the D-7 to Avignon, the 420 miles will take nine hours or more.
Avignon's  Agricultural surroundings make the village  markets interesting.

Avignon offers transportation by train, bus, road , and air to other locations in Provence
Avignon, Provence is 420 miles south of Paris
Avignon, Provence is nine hours south of Paris by high-speed road.
hills around the town of Sault ripen for a July harvest.
The villages of Lacoste and Rousillon provide a walk to the hilltop views of lavender fields.
  • Roussillon
A source of ochre which colors the houses in a village often called the most beautiful in Provence.
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Speed limits will be clearly marked and the Rotary will be a welcome site with its directions to towns.  Gassing up is similar to US with credit card and automatic shut-off at modern pumps. Car rental are available in all large cities and at many TGV Train Stations..
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