- easyJet fly from three London airports and four regional airports to NCE (Nice).
- easyJet fly LGW, BRS and LPL to MRS ( Marseilles ).
- BA fly LHR to NCE.
- Ryanair fly STN to GOA (Genoa/Genova/Genes)
Calais to Callas via Reims-Troyes-Dijon-Lyon-Aix-Le Muy is 723 miles (not km), 730 if the (signed) Lyon avoiding route is taken (wise at peak times).
SatNav systems usually direct from Arras to Beaune via Paris which, though marginally shorter, takes longer.
From all other French entry points, use the Paris Péripherique and A6 to Beaune. The magnificent route from Lyon via Grenoble , Sisteron, Digne and the Route Napoleon is 25 miles shorter but adds 3 hours. It has some hard stretches. Leave the N85 at Logis-de-Pin, then proceed via Bargemon to Callas, turning right onto the D225, at the metal bridge 1 mile south of Callas. [Lyon-Grenoble-Callas = 6 hours.]
Another variation is via Paris/Orléans-Clermont Ferrand and the new A75 over the Millau Viaduct (the world’s tallest). This adds 90 miles and 2½ hours. [Millau-Callas = 4 hours]
Callas is 20km (25 minutes) from Les Arcs railway station (known as Les Arcs Draguignan), situated on the Paris to Nice main line. TGV trains from Paris take under 4½ hours from Paris. Thus it is possible to leave London St. Pancras by Eurostar at 0900 or 1100 and to reach Les Arcs at 1840 or 2010. In the other direction one can leave Les Arcs at 1050 or 1150 and reach St. Pancras at 1830 or 1900. These timings may of course change in future but are accurate in late 2009, and they allow at least 80 minutes to cross between Gare du Nord and Gare de Lyon stations in Paris, which is accomplished by a 12-minute journey on Ligne D of the RER (the initials of the express Metro system) or by taxi in 20 minutes.
It is usually better to book trains separately, and as soon as tickets come on sale, to get the best prices. Eurostar tickets come on sale 4 months before date, but it is usually better to wait until the return journey becomes available as returns are usually cheaper and are often available for £59 - cheaper if aged under 25 or over 60 www.eurostar.com. TGV tickets are better booked separately as soon as each leg becomes bookable, and they can cost as little as 25 euros 2nd class, 45 euros 1st class each way www.voyages.sncf.fr If it is desired to break the outward journey in Paris, there is a train from Paris Gare de Lyon at 0945, arriving Les Arcs at 1405. There are several Ibis hotels at or near the station.
Car hire is available from ADA www.ada.fr at Draguignan, who if requested will deliver/collect the car at Les Arcs station. There is a drawback in that ADA close at 6pm and do not open Sundays. In those circumstances the alternative is Aix-en-Provence TGV station. This is served by hourly trains from/to Paris, taking only 3 hours and by several trains from Lille taking 4-4½ hours. Aix-en-Provence station to Callas takes about 80 minutes. A Motorail train with couchettes runs every night from Paris Austerlitz to St. Raphael (35 minutes distant) and there is an infrequent one from Calais.