South of France - The French Riviera to Biarritz by Train
French Train Travel Holiday
With a train travel holiday from the French Riviera to Biarritz you can relax and watch the world go by instead of driving or spending too much time at airports - without seeing the real France as it's been for centuries.
French trains are so fast and well-connected in the 21st century that a flexible Eurail pass can give travellers a wonderful, good value French train holiday.
Nice in the south of France is a great place to start your French train travel holiday as you check out the famous beachfront Promenade des Anglais, including the landmark Negresco Hotel. Head south along the French Rivera to Cannes for its glamorous French lifestyle which includes the famous Cannes Film Festival in the month of May.
And a little further south,
Marseille is the perfect port to travel by train from the west
coast right across to the west coast to the famous wine region of
Bordeaux, and glamorous
Biarritz on the Spanish border.
As you head east from Marseille, you'll see the
fortified French town of Carcassonne,
with its pretty waterways and boats. It's beautiful provicial French
countryside here, with bright yellow sunflowers reaching for the sky, reminiscent
of a Monet painting
Here you'll find pilgrims from around the world
at the end of their journey, many with crosses they've carried for many
miles. At the entry to the church built on this religious site, you
can see just a few of the hundreds of thousands of crosses that have been
carried to Lourdes over the years.
The atmosphere here is uplifting to say the least,
and everyone is friendly. In town, you'll find all manner of religious icons
to remind you of a special place.
Aboard your train again, it's three hours to the famous French wine region of Bordeaux on the west coast, passing through superb vineyards in comfort before you arrive in this big old French city with its landmark cathedral.
Only two hours south is the famous French beach
Biarritz, a great place to finish
your trip across France. Make sure you finish in style by staying
at the famous
Hotel du Palais, the former palace of Emperor Napoleon III.
The Hotel du Palais is the iconic standout in this Basque town on the Spanish border, and your accommodation is near Biarritz beaches.
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