you can take the TGV train (fast, comfortable train)
to the Avignon TGV train station. We will meet
you at the Avignon TGV train station at 4:30 PM
Saturday afternoon. The following Saturday we will
depart from the lodging at 9:30 AM and will
arrive at the Avignon TGV train station at about
10:30 AM. Tour "Tips," address and phone
contacts will be provided 30 days prior to the
tour. Please be advised that there are two
train stations: the "Avignon TGV train station is
where we'll pick you up. Do not make
reservations at the train station called "Avignon
Centre." We can't pick you up at the Avignon Centre
most important is that you can walk to the
village and restaurants on your free time. We have
available lodging in the village of Gordes,
but as spring approaches we often have to turn
down guests due to lack of lodging.
We recommend that you reserve in advance, and
keep this in mind when looking for a tour.
The lodging we use
functions as a vacation home where you have almost
everything you need as you may find in your own home
such as a refrigerator, oven and stove, dishwasher,
coffee makers, microwave, eating & cooking
utensils, etc. This provides you with the
opportunity to purchase specialty foods from the
local markets if you decide you don't want to go to
a restaurant on your evenings off. This
is a rare opportunity to enjoy local French gourmet
foods that you would not normally have. French
restaurants don't open their doors for dinner before
7:30 PM. so you can snack and have a cold glass of
Rose wine before going out to dinner.
Most small group tours
do not have village access which is important.
You may end up stranded with little to do
on your free time. By July or "High Season"
there is no lodging available anywhere in
our area and prices have gone up.
Some tours may lodge you in hotel rooms in towns
such as Avignon, but then you will have an
extra hour or two drive time getting to the more
important sites, villages and markets.
Food for thought .
TGV train schedules: click on this "fares and
and enter destinations such as Paris to Avignon.
Keep in mind there are two
train stations: One is the Gare de Lyon
(inside Paris) and one is at the CDG Airport (outside
Paris). We recommend you stay an extra day or so
AFTER our tour for better train/flight
connections. Last time we checked it was not
possible to make train reservations more than 60 days
prior to departure. Travel time between Paris
and Avignon is around 3 hours. See Rail Europe's
home page at: Rail
Also see: Special fares such as "Any 3 days
unlimited train travel in a 1 month period", (Fares that
offer better deals than just two-way/two-day travel
for a few dollars more).
For longer tours
we think our price is very competitive even
somewhat lower than most when you consider the
cost of 7 nights lodging with breakfast and meals
with wine. See what our price includes
Many people ask us who we
would recommend for travel insurance. We think
Travel Guard is a good
one. You can ask your travel agent to set
you up with travel insurance or you can contact Travel Guard and they can help you.
We highly recommend that you get travel
30 days before the first
tour of the season we will be providing you with
an important "TIP SHEET"
with travel information which
will also include contact phone numbers.
our old 1995 web site very descriptive Day
by Day: http://www.frenchvintagev.com
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