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France is effortlessly chic, bursting with romantic cities, pavement cafés perfect for people watching, world-famous food and wine, and a southern coastline which epitomises Mediterranean glamour.

Its capital, Paris, is regarded as the most romantic city in the world. It is revered for its wine and cuisines. It has an almost unrivalled historic and cultural heritage in its architecture, artworks and music. Beyond compelling cities that routinely feature exquisite palaces, ornamental gardens, gourmet restaurants and world-class museums, France also boasts natural beauty that extends from the snow-clad Alps to the sun-kissed beaches of the French Riviera.

France also possesses one of the most modern and efficient rail networks in Europe, and an escorted rail tour in France with Great Rail Journeys is one of the easiest and most comfortable ways in which to explore and enjoy a host of France's greatest attractions.

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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
Small Group
4.2 stars(64 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Premium Rhine Cruise
4.2 stars(46 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance, Germany, The Netherlands
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi
Small Group
4.1 stars(55 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSepOct
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  • DestinationFrance
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San Sebastian
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3.4 stars(8 reviews)
2023AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationFrance, Spain
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Garonne & the Dordogne Cruise
2023Sep
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Loire Valley
4.2 stars(24 reviews)
2023MayJunAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Premium Rhône Cruise
4.6 stars(30 reviews)
2023JunJulAug
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  • DestinationFrance
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
4.6 stars(28 reviews)
2023MayJunJulAugSep
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Sardinia Island
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2023AprMayJunSepOct
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  • DestinationFrance, Italy
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationFrance
  • Starts / EndsLTN Luton
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Our customers love our France tours
Carcassonne and Cathar Castles of France
3/Oct
Chris and Deirdre Francis (UK tourists)
5 stars
“This was a top quality break with plenty of free time to do your own thing, which was much appreciated bearing in mind the two travel days were quite long and tiring.
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The Beautiful Basque Country
1/Oct
John
5 stars
“Fantastic local food and wine
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Secrets of Provence by Barge
28/Sep
Gillie
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday - staff on barge excellent. Food (except the meat) very French and delicious. Places interesting and unusual 'Course Camarguaise' (bulls in arena), olive oil making farm and Roman ruins (Arles) Transfer thro' Paris once again a shambles - Gt Rail need to sort this out - but ride in a Parisian taxi was much more exciting than a coach! More barge holidays will be booked!
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Nice and the Côte d'Azur
23/Sep
P Peters
5 stars
“It lived upto my expectations
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Lille, Flanders and the Somme
20/Sep
MN
5 stars
“Very good. Very emotive experience and would recommend it to everyone.
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Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail and Cruise)
15/Sep
David
5 stars
“Excellent. Trips out were good & the meals & service were equally good.
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France's Waterways from Paris to Champagne by Barge
17/Aug
Sue Ganley
5 stars
“Brilliant holiday. The barge staff were delightful and couldn’t do enough to make our journey comfortable. The food was delicious and interesting wines and cheeses to complement. Already booked for another barge cruise next year!
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The Cote d'Azur and Nice Carnival
29/Mar
Roger Witt
5 stars
“A well organised holiday. The carnival was amazing
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The Majestic Rhine (Rail and Cruise)
3/Oct
Graham Prentice
4 stars
“cruising and the boat crew etc were great -
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Discovering the best of France with Great Rail Journeys

At Great Rail Journeys we offer our guests a variety of escorted rail tours in France covering everything from a romantic Seine cruise to a short break in the rustic Dordogne region or a longer relaxing stay on the shores of Lake Annecy. Whichever you choose, you can be sure that our French rail breaks offer excellent value. The price of your trip covers travel to, from and within France, accommodation of a high standard, an itinerary of excursions designed to highlight the best aspects of each French destination and a selection of meals.

You'll stay in hotels that we've personally selected for their quality and value to ensure that you enjoy the best comfort, service and facilities. Where possible you'll stay in family-run hotels which we find are more relaxed and give our guests a more personal service.

 

 

You'll be escorted throughout your French train holiday by our friendly and professional Tour Manager who is on-hand whenever needed to provide assistance, answer questions and offer information and advice about the places you'll visit.

France's History and Culture

France's modern history is a story of invasions and conflicts for control. The region of Europe originally known as Gaul was ruled by Celtic tribes until the Roman Empire, under Julius Caesar, took control in 58BC. When Rome fell, Gaul was ruled by a heathen tribe - the 'Franks', who gave the country its name and its first king: Charlemagne. The monarchy continued despite an attempted invasion by the English during the 'Hundred Years War' between 1337 and 1453. They were defeated thanks to the army-rallying efforts of a young French peasant called Joan of Arc. By the seventeenth-century, ruled by King Louis XIV France had become a European superpower but a subsequent financial crisis and disillusionment with the monarchy sparked the French Revolution in 1789. The monarchy was abolished and France became the republic that it remains today.

 

 

 

France's Climate

France's climate varies with location, but is generally mild and temperate throughout the year. The north and west of the country are the coolest and experience most rainfall, whilst the Mediterranean coast enjoys the driest, warmest and sunniest weather. Spring and summer are the best times to visit anywhere in the country unless you're a snow sports enthusiast, whilst autumn is typically the wettest season.

French Cuisine

Great Rail Journeys' tours allow you to enjoy French cuisine which is renowned for its culinary artistry, flair and flavour. Should Escargots de Bourgogne (snails in garlic butter) or cuisses de grenouille (frogs legs) not be to your taste there are countless other French classic dishes and specialities to enjoy such as baked Camembert cheese, Moules Marinières; mussels cooked in a white wine broth; Soupe à L'oignon; an onion soup traditionally served with a unique crust; Cassoulet; a popular stew of duck and beans and Bouillabaisse; a colourful stew of fish and shellfish flavoured with saffron.

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