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Home to fine cuisine, romantic cities and world-class wines, France is a fantastic destination for an elegant holiday abroad. 

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Escorted holidays to enjoy France's History, Culture and Cuisine

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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Premium Rhône Cruise
(14 reviews)
2020JunAug
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  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi
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2020MayJunJulSepOct
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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
(41 reviews)
2020MayJunAugSepOct
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France's Waterways from Champagne to Paris
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2020Jun
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Secrets of Provence
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2020JunJulAugSep
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Nice & the Cote d'Azur
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2020MayJunSepOct
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Biarritz & the Atlantic Pyrenees
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2020JunSep
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Gardens of the Loire & Versailles 2016
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2020JunSep
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Lille, Flanders & the Somme
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2020AprJunSep
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  • DestinationBelgium, France
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
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2020MayJunSep
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The Waterways of Burgundy
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2020JulAug
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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
Dr P Hill
“excellent organisation. No problems
Beautiful Bordeaux & The Dordogne Cruise (Rail & Cruise)
Anonymous
“great food, great boat & great tour manager
Biarritz & the Atlantic Pyrenees
Mr K Berridge
“Great holiday almost ruined by the chaotic and badly planned journey home
Lille, Flanders & the Somme
Anonymous
“Very good holiday. Plenty of variety and excellent tour manager/guide
Nice & the Côte d'Azur
Dr G Lloyd
“Excellent & Jeannette Croft was a brilliant tour guide.
Provence and The Elegant Rhône (Rail & Cruise)
Anonymous
“It was an excellent relaxing holiday
Secrets of Provence
Anonymous
“Great holiday made really excellent by the partner croisieuropes peniche Anne Marie and her crew
The Waterways of Alsace & Lorraine
Mr A Gander
“An excellent holiday in terms of restfullness, good food and wine, plus some very interesting visits.
Waterways of Burgundy
Anonymous
“great holiday but we had to divert due to lack of water in a canal.Manager and crew made the best of a very difficult situation

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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