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Luxury

France By Rail

Paris Return
11 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EULFT11
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Loire Valley Splendours

Pay a visit to Château de Villandry and wander the exquisite gardens and lovingly restored castle.

Romance Of Rail Travel

Admire the beauty of the French countryside on a high-speed rail journey.

Explore Cité de Carcassonne

In the French town of Carcassone, wander the cobbled streets to the medieval Cité de Carcassonne castle.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Expert APT Tour Director
  • 10 nights luxury land accommodation
  • Finest dining - a total of 16 meals
  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 10 destinations
  • APT's Freedom of Choice Inclusions in Bordeaux

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map EULFT11 2020
Paris Return

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

Arrive in the romantic city of Paris and be transferred to your hotel. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers as you enjoy a Welcome Reception.

Stay: Paris, Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe

Hop in a special Citroën 2CV vintage car to gain a unique perspective of the ‘City of Light’. Afterwards, the time has come to board your high-speed train to Tours. You will then be whisked away to the regal Château de Beauvois in the Loire Valley, whose historic 15th-century Renaissance Tower sets the scene. This evening, come together to share a welcome dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Loire Valley, Château de Beauvois

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today’s exploration takes you some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau, whose current form was built between 1513 and 1517. Here, a private tour takes you through its rooms adorned with a rich art collection. Later, pay a visit to Château de Villandry, where you will wander its unique Sun Garden. A visit to a winery for a tasting is the perfect way to end the day. The night is yours at leisure to discover or relax on your terms.

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  • Breakfast

Enjoy a free morning to absorb the final moments of luxuriating in the surrounds of your château. Afterwards, it’s onto the next first-class train journey to Bordeaux. Upon arrival, take in the city sights on a walking discovery, that includes neoclassical neighbourhoods surrounding the Place des Quinconces. The 18th-century Grand-Théâtre is a sight to behold, as well as the reflecting pond in front of Place de la Bourse plus the narrow lanes of the Saint Pierre district. This evening, taste for yourself why Bordeaux has earned its reputation as a gastronomic haven as you sit down to dinner at a local restaurant.

Stay: Two Nights, InterContinental Bordeaux, Le Grand Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Another train transports you with ease to the seaside town of Arcachon, renowned for its oyster harvesting. There’s nothing better than freshly shucked oysters caught that day, so we’ve arranged a tasting just for you. Afterwards, lunch at Cap Ferret puts you in the prime setting on a headland overlooking the waters of the Côte d’Argent.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps hop in an authentic open-roofed Citroën 2CV vintage car and enjoy a guided discovery through Bordeaux. Snake your way along the Garonne and through the city centre to admire World Heritage-listed wonders. Otherwise, tuck into some gourmet delights, including specialty dunes blanches filled with chantilly cream at a local patisserie.


Today, you will be able to choose the sightseeing activity that best suits your interests. Later, board your first-class train to Toulouse, where you will enjoy a delicious dinner.

Stay: Hotel Pullman Toulouse Centre

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, savour dinner at La Barbacane, a fine Michelin-star restaurant in the heart of this medieval fortified city.


After breakfast, you will embark on a driving tour of the Airbus Factory. During your panoramic tour of the 700-hectare site, you will see the SAS Headquarters, training centre where the pilots are trained and the assembly sites for the A320-A350 flight lines. Later, board your first-class train to the medieval town of Carcassonne.

Stay: Two Nights, Carcassonne, Hôtel De La Cité

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a walking tour of the fortified hilltop village, which is famed for its medieval fortress, the Cité de Carcassonne. Traces of humankind dating back to 6th century BC were found on the promontory where the Cité lies today. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to further explore this wondrous medieval village on your own.

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  • Breakfast

This morning, embark on another fantastic first-class train journey to the picturesque village of Aix-en-Provence. En route, disembark your train in the busy port city of Marseille, a fascinating city situated on the Provençal coastline. Continue by train to your accommodation in Aix-en-Provence.

Stay: Two Nights, Renaissance Aix-en-Provence Hotel

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Delight in a visit to Château Virant, which houses an exceptional vineyard and olive oil mill. A member of the Cheylan family will guide you around the estate including its cave and mill, then savour fine wines and olive oils during a tasting.


This evening, say goodbye newfound friends during a Farewell Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to the railway station, where you will board your included TGV train to Paris. Your tour ends on arrival in Paris.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Luxury In The Heart Of Paris

The Hotel du Collectionneur Paris is just minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Elysées.

Château de Beauvois

Experience the French art of living with two memorable evenings at Château de Beauvois in the Loire Valley countryside.

InterContinental Le Grand Hotel

Open your curtains to views of the Opéra Garnier building during your stay amid the leafy Parisian streets.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary