The best way to explore the Luberon is in a rented car. One of the beauties of the Luberon is the "perched villages." The perched part means that they are up on the top of hills. Hills and bikes don't mix...
I have done my share of cycling in the Luberon and I have fortunately survived. Many of the roads are very narrow and whether the French are driving a truck, a tractor or a "deux chevaux", they approach the activity like a Formula One race car driver. It is a dangerous endeavour.
Avignon to Milan...The TGV to Nice...NIce to Ventimiglia on a French train...Ventimiglia to Milan on an Italian train.
I am sure the train experts will weigh in on this section.
IMO...the best solution...If you do rent a car in the Luberon, take it to Menton...drop it there and take the train to MIlan.Edited: 3:32 pm, December 11, 2012
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I think you'll find a lot of cyclists come to Provence specifically to enjoy the hills ;-) And my experience is that French drivers are generally very patient with cyclists, waiting behind and giving a very wide berth when they do eventually overtake.
There are a lot of cycling ideas on the tourist office websites:
There is a bus service between Apt and Avignon, service 15.1:
and there may be others via Cavaillon.
Hey Diz...don't know why, but those hills are a lot less appealing now than they were 20 years ago! They see so much higher now ... :-)
French drivers take great car to be considerate to cyclists. I think this is because, in the event of a collision between a cycle and a motor vehicle, the driver of the motor vehicle is assumed to be at fault.
There are indeed many lunatics who take pleasure in cycling up Mont Venteoux.Edited: 5:43 pm, December 11, 2012
Where I live, many drivers are not so careful around cyclists. I live in an area that sees massive amounts of cyclists arrive every year. Many who live in this area grow extremely tired of this and vent their frustrations with what I would call road rage.
There are few or no bike lanes and there are accidents every year involving cars and bikes. There is a particular route between Bédoin and Malaucene that is very difficult regarding this issue.
I walk nearly every single day and the beginning of my walk includes about 1 mile on the route du Mt. Ventoux. The near misses that I have seen between car and bike are almost daily. Especially between Easter and September. And those misses have almost always been a result of road rage.
I'm not saying all drivers do this, but I think it only fair to make sure visiting cyclists are as careful a possible.
My comments were based on what I have seen, but Toutou would have much better knowledge than I of what occurs on a daily basis.
You can get a bus from Avignon bus station to Apt see …vaucluse.fr/transvaucluse/…2015_1.xls
Cost is 2 euro
Or if you wanted to cycle it, it's flattish but about 30 miles. I stayed in Hotel l'Aptois in Apt about three years ago and it was very cyclist friendly, if you're interested, they had storage at the back of the hotel for cycles as I remember and people used to wheel them through the reception to get them out.
Any idea that i can bring my lugguage to bus whentravel from Avignon TGV station to Apt?
Hi any idea that i can bring my lugguage to bus when travel by bus from Avignon tgv station to Apt?