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Avignon, the Rhône and Provence

7 days from £1,595 per person

  • Stay in a 4-Star hotel in Avignon.
  • Discover the charm of ancient Avignon.
  • Explore picturesque Provençal villages.
  • Cruise along the Rhône to Roman Arles.
  • Savour a Châteauneuf-du-Pape tasting.

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Carcassonne, Châteaux & Vineyards

7 days from £1,795 per person

  • Luxuriate at a 5-Star hotel and spa.
  • Explore the famed Châteaux de Lastours.
  • Wine and dine at an elegant château.
  • Tour Carcassonne's medieval citadel.
  • Enjoy First Class rail and all transfers.

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Cannes and the Côte d'Azur

7 days from £1,895 per person

  • Stay in a Belle Époque hotel in Cannes.
  • Experience the glamour of Monaco.
  • Savour afternoon tea at Villa Ephrussi.
  • Take a pétanque lesson in Provence.
  • Enjoy First Class rail and all transfers.

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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
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4.3 stars(111 reviews)
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Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi
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Nice & the Cote d'Azur
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Nice Carnival
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Girolata Bay
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France Tours & Holidays

Rolling hills blanketed by tantalisingly fruitful vines, opulent châteaux surrounded by manicured gardens, glamorous, azure coastlines and mouthwatering cuisine. The beauty, culture and charm of France is within easy reach on its high-speed rail network, as we explore rivers and towns that inspired world-famous artists or bask in upmarket resorts on the glistening French Riviera. Indulge in tastings of Châteauneuf-du-Pape wines, savour delicious produce at Narbonne's colourful market, and enjoy an afternoon tea in a palatial villa in St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

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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Carcassonne & the Canal du Midi
Last 100 Spaces
No Single Supplement
4.2 stars(130 reviews)
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Rhine Gorge
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Avignon, the Rhône & Provence
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Premium Rhône Cruise
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Pfalzgrafenstein Castle
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Girolata Bay
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The Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
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Nice & the Cote d'Azur
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Chateau De Chillon
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The Beautiful Basque Country
24/May
Peter Lawless
5 stars
“We enjoyed a wonderful holiday with a delightful group and an excellent tour guide.
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The Cote d'Azur and Nice Carnival
13/Mar
Rosalind
5 stars
“A great trip with a great leader. My first ever escorted tour. Nice hotel right on the Promenade des Anglais. The carnavale was spectacular.
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The Majestic Rhine
14 Oct 2023
Robert
5 stars
“Modern boat with competent staff and excellent cuisine. Good balance with excursions and free time to relax and excellent value for money. Helpful and customer focused on board tour manager..
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All-inclusive Waterways of Alsace and Lorraine
23 Sep 2023
GFS
5 stars
“It was as I expected
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Mont Blanc Express and Rhône Cruise
12 Sep 2023
Michael Ellis
5 stars
“First accommodation in hotel and on board ship,staff on the ship where exceptionally helpful and attended to all we ask of them. Mr. M Ellis.
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Waterways of The Yonne, Paris and The Petite Seine
29 Aug 2023
Stephenson
5 stars
“Already filled in form on board
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The Romantic Rhine
12 Aug 2023
David Parmley
5 stars
“An excellent itinerary, undertaken at a relaxed and enjoyable pace.
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French Riviera and Rhône Cruise
04 Jul 2023
Gerald cox
5 stars
“Carefree experience, great time
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Avignon, the Rhône and Provence
24/May
Sally Cearns
4 stars
“Very enjoyable trip. Could have had longer in pretty village of Sault. Our tour guide liz was excellent.
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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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