South of France - The French Riviera to Biarritz by Train
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
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 playground of
a great place to finish your trip across France. Make sure
you finish in style by staying at the
Hotel du Palais, the former palace of Emperor
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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