Whether it be a short Eurostar journey for the Northern France attractions of steam nostalgia, or the South of France for leisure and sunshine, its miles better and quicker by train.
We have rejigged our French Riviera tour a little this time in order to bring in one of France's best-known heritage railways. We still visit St Tropez by boat and take the scenic coastal train to Monte Carlo and Nice, but this time we also feature steam on the Train des Pignes!
Travel in First Class style to the South of France. Relax in a beachside hotel, explore the rocky coves of the Catalan Coast, tasting local specialities, visit colourful Barcelona, the Pyrenees and the perfect medieval walled city of Carcassonne.
France is blessed with high-speed routes, but here is a tour with a difference, taking the traditional route to the Massif Central. Our triangular tour takes in Clermont Ferrand, Nimes and Béziers, with vibrant viaducts, vineyards and valley scenery on the Cévenol Railway and the Ligne des Causses, plus a plethora of heritage railways on another unique Railtrail tour. Vive la différence!
Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line and a day commemorating those who fell in the Battle of the Somme almost a hundred years after the end of the war. Fittingly, our final visit is to the replica of the Armistice Carriage at Compiègne, a railway carriage in which the German surrender was made.