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Rail Holidays in France

The rail trips to France from Arena Rail Holidays offer the chance to experience the breathtaking architecture, sophisticated art and the glorious food of one of the world’s most culturally identifiable countries.

Located south of the UK, France is our first point of contact with central Europe. France’s political and cultural history is as complex as it is impressive. It offers a starkly contrasting mixture of quaint, rural villages and huge cities you could spend a lifetime exploring.

France by rail

The French countryside is colourful and elegant; and the many successful French vineyards are just a single element of France’s beautiful greenery. While the major French cities are a spectacle in themselves, make sure you visit a few of the numerous little villages dotted about between the cities.

Fantastic cities

The highlight of France is no doubt Paris, its capital city. Here you can see iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Notre-Dame Cathedral. The south of France is the playgroup for the rich and famous with Monte Carlo, home to the renowned grand prix circuit and St Tropez being the hotspots for jet-setters from all over the world. If sightseeing doesn’t take your fancy, you can disappear into one of the hundreds of dainty cafés located throughout the city and sample the local delicacies.

Food and drink

France’s wine is world famous. The French are known for their attention to detail in winemaking, where every flavour or element is heavily calculated, ensuring a complex and nuanced taste, regardless of the grape or vintage. French food is just as sophisticated: the nation’s breads, cheeses, and meats are among the world’s finest, and its restaurants are arguably the most sophisticated in the entire world. The food, wine and fine dining in France make it the ultimate holiday destination for any foodie or oenophile.

Rich cultural history

In France the culture lives and breathes in its cities and is remembered in its museums and art galleries. Priceless works of art are dotted all around the country, from the Louvre in Paris, to the Bayeaux tapestry in Normandy; and on top of all of that, France’s assortment of opera, street performers, dance and music make it one of the most sought-after holiday destinations in the world. France’s cultural offering provides a rich, rewarding experience for visitors, and a rail holiday is a wonderful way to see and do as much as possible in this exciting country.

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  1. Corte

    Highlights of Corsica

    1 May 2020 - 2 Oct 2020

    If you're looking for more adventure compared to your usual beach or sightseeing break - we're here to tell you why a rail tour of the French island of Corsica is the perfect break for you! Located in the Northern Mediterranean Sea, enjoy ten days exploring this spectacular island from Corte to Bastia aboard little trains that travel across mountainous landscapes and along stunning coastlines.

    10 days from £1,599
    Ref: RECOR101920
  2. Yellow Train of the Pyrenees

    Little Trains of the Pyrenees

    3 May 2020 - 27 Sep 2020

    Based in the pretty town of Roses on the Spanish coast, we spend this rail holiday journeying through both the Spanish and French Pyrenees mountain range. Enjoy four spectacular train journeys, visit the famous Dali Museum in Figueres and relax in Roses as you take in the stunning coastal setting.

    8 days from £995
    Ref: REPYR081920
  3. Monet's Garden

    Monet’s Garden, Chartres, Versailles & the Loire Valley

    8 May 2020 - 16 Oct 2020

    Board Eurostar for the ultimate French experience as you follow in the footsteps of two of the greatest artists of all time, along with the powerful Kings and Queens of France. On this spectacular short break by rail we visit the Loire Valley, Versailles and Monet's Garden! With a trip also to Amboise, the home town of Leonardo da Vinci - you'll feel the joie de vivre on this rail adventure.

    4 days from £579
    Ref: RECHM041920
  4. 	 Lake Annecy

    Lake Annecy & the Mont Blanc Express

    5 Jun 2020 - 20 Sep 2020

    Lakes and Mountains combine to create a picture perfect rail holiday, which takes in the very best of France's natural landscape. From the glistening waters of Lake Annecy, to spectacular views from the Mont Blanc Express, there’s plenty to see and do. Enjoy time in the quaint towns of Aix-les-Bains, Geneva, Annecy and a journey to Chamonix on the Mont Blanc Express train . We know you’ll love it!

    6 days from £895
    Ref: RELAMB1920
  5. Carcassonne

    The Beauty of the Languedoc, Carcassonne & Provence

    14 Jun 2020 - 20 Sep 2020

    Often referred to as the 'real' South of France, Languedoc is a destination you're certainly going to want to discover. On this rail holiday we see the very best of France as we travel by train and visit Carcassonne. You'll spend time in Cap d'Agde - located at the foot of an ancient Volcano, visit the famous Pont du Gard and the ‘City of the Popes’ Avignon.

    8 days from £1,049
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  6. Monaco

    St Tropez, Nice & Monte Carlo

    16 Jun 2020 - 8 Sep 2020

    Travel by train to one of the most stylish coastlines in the world on this European rail holiday. Staying in a pretty Mediterranean resort of St Raphael, you can experience the glitz and glamour of the Côte d'Azur, from Nice to Monte Carlo, along with its stunning natural beauty.

    8 days from £1,095
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