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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.

Medieval Carcassonne

Enjoy a walking discovery of the fortified hilltop village, which is famed for its fortress, the Cité de Carcassonne.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 22 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in 11 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

Europe map EURSCFT25 2021
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

Board your high-speed train to Tours this morning. You will then be whisked away to the charming Fontevraud L’Hôtel, set in a sprawling 12th-century abbey complex in the beautiful Loire Valley. This evening, come together to share a welcome dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Tours, Fontevraud L’Hôtel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today’s exploration takes you to some of the finest châteaux the Loire Valley has to offer. Call into Château de Chenonceau. 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. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Loire Valley Villandry Castle and garden in France

Enjoy a free morning to relax at your hotel. Afterwards, it’s on 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 tour of the Aeroscopia Museum. Devoted to the history of aviation, it houses an exceptional collection of legendary aircraft, scale models and a large historic mural. Later, it’s first-class rail travel all the way to the medieval town of Carcassonne. Tonight, we’ve arranged something very special.

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. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps explore more of Carcassonne’s medieval wonders or take it easy and relax at your hotel. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

This morning, a first-class train journey takes you into the quintessential French town 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.

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.


You have the choice between two experiences here today. Enjoy dinner with your griup this evening.

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a guided walking discovery of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Afterwards, stop to see Saint Paul de Mausole Monastery on your way to Arles, where you will board your river ship. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception.

Stay: 14 Nights, an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Avignon’s imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, or take part in a French lesson on board your ship.


Set out on a guided exploration of Arles this morning and admire the charming sun-baked buildings that inspired many of Van Gogh’s paintings. As you continue to Avignon, you can’t help but be drawn to its imposing château, the Palace of the Popes, which is also on today’s agenda. This incredible structure is one of the largest and most important medieval Gothic buildings in all of Europe.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Popes Palace overlooking the Rhone River in Avignon, France

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, enjoy a guided bike ride with a stop at the Valrhona Chocolate Factory for a little indulgence.


Choose how you’d like to spend your day.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

A morning walking tour of Vienne reveals its spectacular Roman ruins, including a theatre and temple. Alternatively, hike to Mount Pipet for panoramic views of the town below.


After your morning activity, it’s time to head back on board as your ship sets sail for Lyon. On arrival, become acquainted with this picturesque city during an orientation tour.

Daily :
  • 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

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 bike tour. You also have the option to visit the Beaujolais wine region.


Spend the morning on your preferred activity and this evening on a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
The Saone River passing through Lyon, France

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Set out on a guided exploration of Tournus, including a visit to the Abbey of Saint Philibert. Alternatively, travel to Château Cormatin for a guided tour.


The day unfolds just the way you’d like it, thanks to a choice of activities on offer.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore Beaune, an ancient town encircled by medieval ramparts. With its surrounding landscapes blanketed in grapevines, it comes as no surprise that Beaune is renowned for its production of fine Burgundy wines. BLD

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Leave your ship and travel to Le Creusot Montceau, where you’ll jump on a train bound for Paris. On arrival, your second vessel is waiting for you on the Seine.

Stay: Seven Nights: an Aria River Ship

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPEREINCE

This evening, a night of glittering feathers and sparkling lights awaits as you take in a Parisian Cabaret show at the Lido.

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.


Spend the morning on your chosen activity.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Perhaps visit Château de la Roche-Guyon, or take an onboard impressionist painting class.


The choice is yours when it comes to today’s touring.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in Le Havre and step ashore to explore Honfleur, a lovely little port town.

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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.


The old fishing village of Caudebec-en-Caux greets you with colourful buildings dotted along its harbour.

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  • Breakfast
  • 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.


From Rouen, set out on your preferred activity. Tonight, come together for a gala farewell dinner.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

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.


Arrive in Vernon and set out on your choice of sightseeing experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

After breakfast, the time has come to farewell your crew and disembark your ship, and then be transferred to the airport.

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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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Hôtel de la Cité

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

Dessert glass of berries and cream with a side dish of Icecream

Amazing Onboard Dining

Highlighting the exquisite local produce, there's always something new to savour in amazing onboard dining venues.

Virtual Tour

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