Car hire and camping in Provence
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 16, 2012 9:37 AM Last Post By: reporter
Jul 15, 2012 2:13 PM
Car hire and camping in ProvenceMy husband and I are trying to figure out what we can afford to do for four days in Provence in September. I haven't decided on Vence vs. Aix vs. Avignon. Location will be determined by affordability and accessibility.
Question is, how much does it cost to rent a car in the region -- including average costs to park, price of petrol, insurance, etc.? If we camp, the car would need to be big enough to sleep in. (maybe a van?) Just trying to figure out if camping is even a logical option. And what does camping cost for basic services?
If we stay in a modest hotel or B&B, we might not have enough for a car rental.
If we can't afford a car, which towns are best on foot? We are interested in food, wine, cooking and charm. we have never been to France but our favorite places in other countries have been Luang Prabang and the Amalfi Coast to give you an idea of what we enjoy.
What would you do? We're easy going and just want to eat wonderful food and enjoy the history and charm of wherever we are.
Jul 15, 2012 3:27 PM
Jul 16, 2012 4:04 AM
2Question is, how much does it cost to rent a car in the region - all depend what kind of car and how long you will rent it. If you look into the offer via Internet all different companies gives you their prices.
including average costs to park, - here also it depend if you park in the street or parking places. that can be from -0,40 €/h up to 2,80€/h - In villages you find places for free.
price of petrol - Gasoil is in the moment between 1,50 and 1,60€, super 95 between 1,60 and 1,70€ per liter,
insurance, etc.? Insurance is most of the time included in the price.
And what does camping cost for basic services? Between 20 and 35€ per day for a tent and the car.
Jul 16, 2012 7:33 AM
3We're just back from Provence having stayed in Avignon for the festival. Don't know about B&B/hotels as we stayed with friends, but there is camping in some areas, particularly along the Rhone River delta on the Mediterrenean in and around Camarque. Unfortunately, it is buggy (lots of mosquitoes) and right now Europe is on vacation, so there are lots of northern Europeans camping there too. Still, there's plenty of room there. Also, there is some camping in the parks east of Mont Venteaux towards the alps.
I'd advise against trying to drive in Merseilles, traffic is pretty horrendous, but the more rural routes and smaller areas are OK.
While in the area, I'd recommend a couple days in Avignon of course, but we found Arles to be a great surprise and much more than we expected with its Roman coliseum and extensivie medieval town center. It's all nice, you can't lose, but it is high season too, so be prepared for crowds.
Jul 16, 2012 9:37 AM
4Avignon has campgrounds just outside the city walls on an island in the Rhone river. The setting is spectacular. You can camp at the missing end of the famous bridge and gaze up at the castle night and day. From the central train station it's about a kilometre walk. This campground is the closest to the bridge http://www.campingbagatelle.com/55/Camping.html
There is, or was, another campground beside it known as Ile des Papes but I can't find an up-to-date link for it.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$134.33 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$101.20 per night
(4 star Hotel)
From US$171.47 per night