Taking a Rail Holiday in France
France has long been a popular tourist destination for people from around the world, and it is visited by millions of people every year. Drawn to its culture, history, good food, excellent wines and wonderful countryside, there are as many ways to see the country as there are reasons to visit it. One of the best ways is to travel by rail, either as part of a luxury rail holiday in France, or using the excellent TGV railway to get between cities.
France has a huge range of attractions and “must see's” that can keep people returning to the country year after year. A romantic weekend in Paris might appeal to some, and the city is home to landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe. It also has some of the best art galleries and museums anywhere in the world. Other popular tourist destinations within France include the French Riviera, the Pyrenees, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Brittany among others.
Great Rail Holidays in France
People looking for a rail holiday in France have a number of different options that they can choose from. Whether beginning the holiday from the UK or some other country, or starting and ending the train holiday within France itself, travelling by rail is an excellent way to get around and see the country. Below, are listed some popular rail travel ideas.
The Dordogne – What better way to see this beautiful part of France than by travelling there from the UK by the Eurostar?
The Cote d'Azur – Travelling by Eurostar to Paris and then the TGV to Cannes begins a wonderful time in the area which could be ended after another train journey to Monte Carlo.
Provence – Using a combination of the Eurostar and the TGV, cities such as Paris, Orange and Avignon can all be visited in a way which offers a unique perspective.
Essential Travel Information for France
Language – French is of course the national language, and whilst an in-depth knowledge of it may not be necessary in order to enjoy a train holiday in France, speaking a few words will always be appreciated. People working within the tourism industry will usually be able to speak English to some degree, and depending on the location, may also speak a little Spanish or German as well.
Currency – Much of Europe uses the Euro as their currency, and France is no exception. Travellers from outside of the Eurozone can choose to exchange money in the country, or alternatively simply withdraw it from an ATM machine within France which is the easiest way.
Weather – France is a large country with many differing terrains and landscapes, all of which make it difficult to generalise the climate that it has. Southern France, for example, enjoys a Mediterranean climate with its warm summers and mild winters, whilst northern France has similar weather patterns to the UK. The mountain areas have a different climate altogether, with winter snowfall essential for the ski resorts there. The best times to travel to France for a railway holiday will depend on on the route that one wishes to take, and the landscape that one wants to see.