The striking TGV station in Avignon
The trip from Paris to Avignon takes only 2 hours and 40mns at aboput 300km/h on average, which means travelling one kilometre in about 5 seconds! o much time to enjoy the scenery and barely enough to enjoy the goodies at the bar - if you can get there in time before they have sold everything!
Don't worry, though, there are plenty good restaurants in Avignon, and even if you have not taken the earliest train, you will be there in time for lunch and still have time to visit Avignon before driving to our next destination and our first hotel stay.
Avis and SNCF have a very good deal for renting a car, so if you are staying in France less than 3 weeks, this is your best option.
If you plan to stay 3 weeks or more, both Renault and Peugeot have very good deals to buy a brand new car for the duration of your stay and then sell it back to them at an agreed price. The deal includes full insurance and turn out to be cheaper than renting providing you stay long enough. You can pick up the car in Avignon (or at most TGV stations/Airports) and give it back in Paris CDG when you are ready to leave for another country or coming back home.
I found this video that shows you highlights of the trip and I have also added my own...
When in Avignon, you will have to go and visit Le Palais des Papes - the Popes Residence - and the famous "Pont d'Avignon" or more to the point, what is left of it. Electronic guided tours will ensure that even our youngest travellers are kept entertained. I will leave you with these beautiful sights and will meet you tomorrow at our (still secret...) next destination!
And talking about lunch, why not "L'Essentiel" as recommended by TripAdvisor? Bon appetit and keep a little space for dessert!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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