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.
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.
The Red Train, the Yellow Train and the Blue Train can be found in many itineraries, but only Railtrail takes you through the heart of the Pyrenees, staying in local hotels and getting to know the region both sides of the border. Our grand tour stays in the foothills and valley stations, primed for spectacular excursions. Add in the Tren del Ciment, a stay on the Catalan coast and the 'Truffle Train' through the Dordogne for a fortnight's adventure not found anywhere else.
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.
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!
Festive & Winter Tours 2018 - 2019