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Luxury

France by Rail with Romantic Rhône and Seine

Paris Return
25 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: EURSCFT25
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Romance Of Rail Travel

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

Loire Valley Splendours

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

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 12 locations
  • Luxury dining - a total of 57 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert tour and cruise directors
  • 10 nights luxury accommodation
  • Transfers, rail porterage, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

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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

The romantic city of Paris is ready to embrace you with open arms. We will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. This evening, attend 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, Tours, 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’s right for you. Later, board your first-class train journey to Toulouse.

Stay: Hotel Pullman Toulouse Centre

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tonight, we’ve arranged something very special. Dinner is served at La Barbacane, a fine Michelin star restaurant in the heart of this fortified city.


Embark on a driving tour of the Airbus Factory, home of the acclaimed A380 aircraft. 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, it’s first-class rail travel all the way to the medieval town of Carcassonne.

Stay: Two Nights, Carcassonne, Hôtel De La Cité

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a walking discovery 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 get among medieval wonders or take it easy and relax at your hotel – it’s entirely up to you.

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  • Breakfast

This morning, a first-class train journey takes you into the quintessential French village of Aix-en-Provence. En route, disembark your train in the busy port city of Marseille, situated on the Provençal coastline. Re-board your train to your hotel in Aix-en-Provence, which was created as a genuine art gallery.

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

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  • Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPEREINCE

Visit Château Virant, housing a prized vineyard and olive oil mill. Arranged especially for you, a member of the Cheylan family will guide you around the estate including its cave and mill, then be rewarded with sampling fine wines and olive oils during a tasting.


Enjoy your Signature Experience. This evening, say goodbye to your new-found friends during a farewell dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Transfer to Arles to continue the fun, where they will board their river ship docked on the harbour.

Stay: 14 Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Choose to see the ruins in Les Baux-de-Provence then visit an olive mill, where there’s a chance to sample olive oil straight from the press. Those feeling like getting close to nature might like to visit Camargue National Reserve.


Your ship remained in Arles overnight so you have time to explore. Later, perhaps tour Arles and its Roman ruins.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You can’t help but be drawn to its imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, which is on today’s agenda. Though some of you may prefer a round of golf. Alternatively, journey to the Pont du Gard and admire this ancient Roman aqueduct.


Entering Avignon, choose your sightseeing. You will then have the afternoon at leisure to do as you please.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Join a farmer and his dogs to sniff out prized truffles, then visit Grignan Castle. Or spend the day in the Drôme region and visit an artisan nougat factory where you’ll of course sample this tasty treat. Or have a leisurely day on board and take in a French lesson.


Choose your sightseeing today.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Take a ride on the Ardèche Steam Train, winding through the Doux gorge. For wine lovers, visit the historic Maison M. Chapoutier winery for a tasting. Otherwise, if you’d like to get active, enjoy a guided bike ride with a stop at the Valrhona Chocolate Factory for a little indulgence.


Choose your sightseeing, then later, cruise to Vienne.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

This evening, dine at L’Abbaye de Collonges, founded by renowned chef, the late Paul Bocuse.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit a snail farm for a tasting, then discover the village of Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne. Or explore the village of Oingt, then sample Beaujolais wines.


Select your sightseeing today, then enjoy your Signature Experience tonight.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

See what makes the food in Lyon so famous on a discovery of the city’s fresh food market. Otherwise, explore the sights with a local guide or embark on a guided bike tour.


Choose your preferred sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave your ship and jump on a train bound for Paris, where you’ll waste no time hitting those must-see sights. On arrival, settle in for lunch aboard a glass-top boat while you take in Paris at a relaxed pace. Later, your second vessel is waiting your arrival on the Seine.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Get your fill of French food on a walking tour, soak up Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur, or the Palace of Versailles may prove to be just too tempting.


Select the sightseeing that suits you best.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Arrive in Vernon and see one of Monet’s greatest inspirations, the water lilies at his house and gardens in Giverny. Or take the scenic route, pedalling from the river all the way to Monet’s house.


Enjoy the day to enjoy your preferred sightseeing inclusion.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPEREINCE

After the Palais Bénédictine closes its doors to the public, slip inside for a private wander through the museum and distillery, before dinner in the Abbots Hall.


Arrive in Le Havre and step ashore to experience Honfleur, a lovely little port town. Later, savour your Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Stay in Caudebec-en-Caux and explore, or head out on a World War II excursion to the beaches of Normandy. You might like to taste the fruits of the Pays de Caux region with a visit to a unique cider farm, or linger on board for a calvados and cheese tasting.


The old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux greets you with colourful buildings dotted along its harbour as well as a choice of sightseeing.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

From Rouen, look back on World War I at the Somme Battlefields. Otherwise stay in the city and see the Notre Dame Cathedral and the square where Joan of Arc was martyred, or play a round of golf.


Choose your sightseeing. Tonight, gather for a gala farewell dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

See the ruins of Chateau-Gaillard, offering stunning views from below, then walk back down to your ship. Otherwise, visit Château de la Roche-Guyon, or take an onboard impressionist painting class.


From Les Andelys, choose your sightseeing.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Transfer to the airport for your flight.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Double bed and 2 arm chairs in the stateroom

Travel in luxury

No matter which suite you choose, each offers a balance of luxury and intimacy. Plus, you'll always enjoy river views.

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Château de Beauvois

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

Hôtel de la Cité

Enjoy a lovely two night stay amid a medieval castle, enjoying beautiful views and stunning gardens.

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