We're planning on a trip to the French med, just up the road from Toulon, in October and I'm having a hell of a time booking anything. Can anyone help?
The rules of engagement are....
1. My OH won't fly
2. We did the bike bag shuffle across Paris last year and vowed never to do it again.
I've found that Eurostar charge a massive £30 per bike per train (so £120) and won't allow bike collection from the train after 9pm. SNCF charge £9 per bike per train but there are no bike spaces on trains out of Paris to the med. I have a schedule from Rail Europe that goes London-Paris-Dijon-Toulon but takes 13 hours.
I'm not far off booking the train via Paris to Toulon with no bikes and having them delivered (£56 per bike each way) to a pre-booked hotel in bike boxes. Before I do this, does anyone know a simple, easy way to get there that allows our bikes to go with us, doesn't involve bulky bike bags and an hour of spannering on station platforms, and doesn't incur nearly as much cost as the tickets for us to travel?