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France Grand Tour of France by Train

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From the City of Light to beautiful Provence and the glamorous Cote d’Azur, this wonderful trip by train will follow the rails through the best spots of France. You will explore the bustling streets of the capital. Taking the train and going South to the capital of French cuisine where you will taste the delicious local food of Lyon and its region. Then, Provence will welcome you with its French a...

From the City of Light to beautiful Provence and the glamorous Cote d’Azur, this wonderful trip by train will follow the rails through the best spots of France. You will explore the bustling streets of the capital. Taking the train and going South to the capital of French cuisine where you will taste the delicious local food of Lyon and its region. Then, Provence will welcome you with its French art de vivre and its natural warmth. Avignon will reveal all the secrets of more than seven centuries of history. You will then follow the steps of many famous painters such as Van Gogh and Cezanne. Finally, this trip will end on a very classy note with the French Riviera. Of course we can book for you numerous excursions, activities, tours and unique experiences during your trip, please do not hesitate to ask us.

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Customisable trip itinerary

This tour idea is fully customisable

The itinerary has been created by our local agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.

Day 1: Welcome to France!

Wake up in the capital and enjoy this day full of discoveries. In the morning, you will dive deep into Paris’ trendiest district and explore one of the most historical quartiers of the City: Le Marais. A perfect Parisian blend of scenic architectural back drops, trendy modern style, local fashion boutiques, lovely cafés and mouth-watering eateries and with a guide by your side the anecdotes will flow. You will dazzling arrays of hidden courtyards, gardens and enjoy a coffee among the locals at a charming café.In the afternoon, join a small-group and a guide to the world-renowned Louvre, home to the iconic Mona Lisa and dive deeper into the hidden treasures of the museum.

Visited:
Paris

Day 2: Explore Paris and the Louvre

Wake up in the capital and enjoy this day full of discoveries. In the morning, you will dive deep into Paris’ trendiest district and explore one of the most historical quarters of the City: Le Marais. A perfect Parisian blend of scenic architectural backdrops, trendy modern style, local fashion boutiques, lovely cafés and mouth-watering eateries and with a guide by your side the anecdotes will flow. You will dazzling arrays of hidden courtyards, gardens and enjoy a coffee among the locals at a charming café. In the afternoon, join a small-group and a guide to the world-renowned Louvre, home to the iconic Mona Lisa and dive deeper into the hidden treasures of the museum.

Visited:
Paris

Day 3: Discover Historic France at the Royal Palace of Versailles

Today, you could explore the history, architecture and gardens of Versailles, one of the world’s most magnificent royal palaces and finest, most complete example of 17th century architecture. Discover its immeasurable opulence and see its treasures including the Queen's bedchamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. You can explore the incredible gardens, some of the most famous in the world. This afternoon Claude Monet’s famous painting “Waterlilies” could come to life with a visit to the artist’s lovely home and enchanting gardens in the village of Giverny.

Visited:
Versailles Giverny

Day 4: Lyon, Capital of French Cuisine

Lovers of fine wines, gastronomy, history or culture…  in Lyon there is something for all tastes! After taking the train from Paris, you will arrive in the capital of Gastronomy. With its 162 classified historical buildings, from Middle Age to XVIIIth century, discover thanks to the architecture, all the history of the city. From food professions to silk artists, the traditions of Lyon are still alive and continue to be handed down from generation to generation. You will go on a gourmet food tour from old Lyon on the banks of the Saône to the Halles Paul Bocuse on the Left Bank of the Rhone, via the Presqu’île. This cultural and gourmet visit allows you to take full advantage of the Lyon way of life.

Visited:
Lyon

Day 5: Heading South via Avignon

Climb aboard the high speed TGV Train and “fly” through the beautiful French countryside on your way to Provence. Arrive in Avignon only an hour later for a delightful tour of this historic walled city. Avignon, often called the “City of Popes,” acted as a center of European religion for 70 years when the Popes moved there in 1309. A visit to the Palace of the Popes and a nice walking tour with a guide by your side bring this history to life. Continue on to Aix-en-Provence, a lovely town once frequented by Hemingway and the inspiration to many artists.

Visited:
Avignon Aix-en-Provence

Day 6: Aix-en-Provence, in the steps of Cezanne

Today you will be accompanied by your private guide to go around Aix-en-Provence and discover the magic of this region. This charming city is full of lively streets, squares and fountains. Walk in the steps of Cézanne while you visit his atelier and enter the artist’s most private space. Continue to Mont Sainte-Victoire and see the natural surrounding which are portrayed in the painter’s works. Explore the 18th century jewel of Aix-en-Provence with a visit to the Hôtel de Caumont Art Center. Delve into the intimate atmosphere of a private mansion as you view its works of art and exhibits.

Visited:
Aix-en-Provence

Day 7: The Most Beautiful Villages of Provence

Depart with your private guide for Saint-Rémy where you will enjoy a stroll to the bustling morning market in the city square – a Provençal tradition! On your way why don’t you stop and visit the Musee du Calisson, a confectionery factory where you will discover the unique taste of a calisson. This delicacy a mix of almonds, candied melon, orange blossom fragrance and marzipan is a local specialty. Delve into the Provençal landscape during a visit to the picturesque region of Luberon, known for its hill-top villages and beautiful lavender fields. Visit the Lavender Museum and learn about this precious plant, its unique distillation process and its uses through out history.

Visited:
Saint-Rémy

Day 8: Glamorous Cannes and Nice

Journey to Cannes to rub shoulders with Europe’s elite. Walk in the footsteps of celebrities when you see the Film Festival Palace and the famous red carpet featured during the Cannes Film Festival. Then it’s off to Nice, the renowned playground of the rich and famous.

Visited:
Cannes Nice

Day 9: Secrets of the French Riviera

Explore the charming hillside village of Eze. Learn the secrets of perfume making, from extraction to distillation, while visiting a famous perfumery. Your journey then takes you to witness the splendor of Monaco, the dazzling gem of the Riviera. A panoramic tour highlights the famous and extravagant Casino of Monte Carlo and the spectacular 13th-century Prince’s Palace. Pause to see the Cathedral of Monaco, where Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace are buried.

Visited:
Èze Monaco Monte Carlo

Day 10: Promenade through Nice

This morning you’ll feel like a local as you stroll through the colorful and fragrant flower market in Nice. Your day is free to discover Nice’s Place Massena and the lively seafront along the Promenade des Anglais. Partake in world-class shopping, sample the many French delicacies found in the south of France, or simply relax and take in the laid-back atmosphere along the Riviera.

Visited:
Nice

Day 11: Departure

Your tour ends today, leaving you with many unforgettable memories. Continue onwards on your journey, or prepare to return home. Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you again soon.

Visited:
Nice

Paris Versailles Giverny Lyon Avignon Aix-en-Provence Saint-Rémy Cannes Nice Èze Monaco Monte Carlo

Price details

This tour idea is fully customisable

The price reflects this specific tour itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

Approx. £2,360 / 11 days
Excluding international flights
2 Persons
Price per person  £2,360

Included in price:

  • Accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels
  • Breakfast at each accommodation place
  • Journey on the high-speed TGV Train in 2nd class
  • Guided activities and excursion (private and non-private) as mentioned in the itinerary

Not included in price:

  • Transfers
  • Cancellation and repatriation insurances, all-risk travel insurance coverage
  • Meals (unless indicated otherwise)
  • Personal expenses (drinks, tips etc)

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