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From Arles to Sault - Lavender route questions

Hi,

I'm planning to be in Arles from July 24 to 28. I've been in Arles before (love this city), but the last time I went it was late August and missed the Lavender season. I would like to see the Lavender fields this time , I will be in Arles from July 24 to 28...

Question 1)
What would be the best route to see the lavender fields. Hopefully I'm not too late in the season but that's the earliest I can make it to Arles (South of France). I was thinking of renting a car in Arles, then drive to Gordes, Abbaye de Senanque, Roussillon and Sault.

Any suggestions are welcomed .. (I've already been to Avignon, Orange, Aix, Les Beaux, St-Remy).

Question 2)
I will be coming from Montreal (Canada), what is the closest International airport to get to Arles ?
Should I rent a car at the Airport or get to Arles first then rent a car ?
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Thanks in advance

Posted by
16887 posts

You can fly to Marseille-Provence Airport. Air Transat has a direct flight from Montreal; may not operate every day. Then take a short shuttle bus to Vitrolles Aeroport train station to catch a 30-minute, cheap, unreserved regional train to Arles. If you pick up the car in Arles, you'd pay for fewer rental days as well as avoid any risk from driving while jet-lagged. Several major agencies are represented there. The road to Sault is pretty well guaranteed to have lavender in season but dates can vary by year.

Posted by
3810 posts

Marseille-Provence aeroport maintains a very useful Internet site which can help with train travel. The regional TER service is not glamorous or high-speed but it works. Arles is not a large city so its selection of rental agencies may be limited.
http://www.marseille-airport.com/access-car-parks/access/trains
Air Canada and Air France/KLM offer one-stop flights from Montreal to Marseille daily.
Question: How to you want to return to Montreal? If it is from another city, the best itinerary can be arranged with a multi-destination search function on airline or travel agent sites.