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Southern France by Rail

Whether you are in search of culture and antiquity, fine architecture, intriguing history, excellent gastronomy or scenic railways that climb magnificent mountains and highlight sweeping views, the south of France delivers in style. This short and very sweet South France tour adventure covers the length of France from Lyon through the Pyrenees to South-West France and Basque Country. The French refer to the south as “Le Midi”, and you will see first-hand why this is the most popular tourist region in the country. Join Railway Adventures and PTG Tours on an adventure that sums up the essence of France – seductive, stylish and unique.

Tour Leaders:  David Gourlay
Price: $3,985
Single Supplement: $695
ARHS Discount: $200
Date: 9 Sep 2021 – 20 Sep 2021

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At a Glance:

  • Explore Lyon, hailed as the culinary capital of France
  • Visit the former Papal Palace in Avignon and the renowned Roman amphitheater in Nîmes on guided tours
  • Visit the walled city of Carcassonne and enjoy a cruise to discover the treasures of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Canal du Midi
  • Explore Toulouse, known as the “pink city” due to its terracotta buildings
  • Travel on multiple heritage railways including the Train à Vapeur des Cévennes, the Rhune rack railway, the Azpeitia steam railway and more
  • Enjoy many alternative activities for non-rail fans along the way, including sightseeing, shopping and visits to gardens
  • Venture into Spain, where we will have the chance to explore the city of San Sebastián or to visit the Basque Railway Museum in Azpeitia, and ride a steam-hauled railway
  • Stay in quality hotels and relish extraordinary culinary delights, all in the company of your expert tour leader
  • Relax in comfortable chartered coach connections with luggage-handling throughout the tour