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  • Rail holiday to Avignon and Provence

    Hotel Crillon Le Brave

    Auberge de Noves

    La Bastide de Tourtour

    Hotel Crillon Le Brave

    La Bastide de Tourtour

    Avignon and Provence by rail.

    This rail holiday combines the fast rail connections between the UK and the south of France with the convenience of a hire car to travel between destinations.
    In our suggested itinerary, you catch a morning Eurostar service from London to Paris and then continue on the high speed TGV train to Avignon. After arriving in Provence you then have all the flexibility of a hire car to travel around the glorious inland areas of the region with its colourful lavender beds and patterned olive groves. Explore the stunning landscapes that inspired Van Gogh and so many others. These three hotels have been chosen to give you a full view of Provence, but they can be modified according to your preferences. Please speak to one of our travel specialists if you would like to find out more about alternative options.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to France.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
    Day one

    Leave London St Pancras at around 7am on the direct Eurostar service that takes you all the way to Avignon TGV station. This six hour journey is a fantastic and carefree way to travel down the entire length of this beautiful country, admiring the rolling landscapes outside of your window from the comfort of your seat. This service operates every Saturday and on other days of the week dependant of the time of year. On arrival into Avignon, collect your hire car and drive to the Domaine de Capelongue, where you spend two nights.
    Day two
    You have today at leisure to explore nearby Avignon and surroundings. The city is set on the banks of the majestic Rhone river and was once the seat of the Papal court in France. Its centre, which is surrounded by high medieval ramparts, houses the massive Palais des Papes which is well worth a visit along with the Pont du Gard and Pont d’Avignon.
    Day three
    Drive from Avignon to La Bastide du Calalou, high in the hills of Provence – this is a journey of just under two hours. Spend three nights at La Bastide du Calalou.
    Days four and five
    At leisure to explore the area around La Bastide du Calalou. This region offers a wealth of sites of outstanding natural beauty, such as the Gorges du Verdon and Massif de l’Esterel. From your base at La Bastide du Calalou the towns of Cannes and St Tropez are also easy to visit for a day trip.
    Day six
    Drive from La Bastide du Calalou to Crillon le Brave in beautiful countryside in the east of Provence. This is a drive of approximately two and a half hours. Stay three nights at the Hostellerie de Crillon le Brave.
    Days seven and eight
    You have two days at leisure to explore the area. Why not visit one of the local wineries to try the Ventoux vintages, or perhaps travel further to Chateauneuf du Pape? The surrounding villages are the hosts of attractive markets and local artisans, hidden gems to be discovered.
    Day nine
    On your last day you drive back to Avignon – about 45 minutes away and leave the hire car. From here you catch the afternoon Eurostar service that takes you all the way back to London St Pancras, where you end your rail holiday a little after 10pm.

    PRICES
    From £2,055 per person for first class rail travel.
    From £1,865 per person for second class rail travel.
    Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.
    What’s included?
    First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including Eurostar
    At the hotels:
    2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a standard room at Domaine de Capelongue near Avignon
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a standard room at La Bastide du Calalou in Provence
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a standard room at Hotel Crillon le Brave near Gigondas
    Group A hire-car for the duration of your stay in Provence
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Any services not mentioned above
    Dates
    This rail holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week.
    For more information regarding rail services to and within France, view our train guide.

    AvignonandProvence by rail

    Hotels featured in this touring itinerary.

    Below is some information regarding each of the hotels featured in this touring itinerary. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations – please contact us for full details.

    Domaine de Capelongue – 4 star – Bonnieux
    The Domaine de Capelongue is a boutique four-star hotel in extensive, tranquil gardens just outside the village of Bonnieux. Made up of a series of authentic Provencal dry-stone buildings with terracotta tiled roofs the hotel boasts large grounds including botanical gardens, fruit trees and a large pool with panoramic views. The traditional features continue into the 17 rooms, with tiled floors, classic armchairs and textured bed throws which are combined with bright, neutral colours which add a contemporary touch. The hotel also has a spa for those wishing to simply relax at the hotel. In the evenings guests can choose between the Gourmet Restaurant Edouard Loubert, run by the eponymous double-Michelin-starred chef and La Bergerie restaurant situated in a charming corner of the hotel gardens surrounded by lavender fields and orchards. The Domaine de Capelongue offers a peaceful and traditional Provencal experience, in a beautiful location.
    See more detail on Domaine de Capelongue.

    Bastide du Calalou – 4 star - Moissac- Bellevue
    Nestled in the rugged regional park of Verdon the charming Bastide du Calalou enjoys an excellent location, within easy reach of the more rural areas of Provence and also the coast as well. The rooms are simply decorated in a traditional yet comfortable style and enjoy the same striking views as the grounds of the hotel, across the gardens and countryside. Spend days playing tennis or relaxing by the swimming pool and evenings enjoying the regional cuisine served in the hotel’s restaurant. The Bastide du Calalou is a charming hotel in a picturesque location, perfect for enjoying the tranquillity of the Provencal countryside.
    See more detail on the Bastide du Calalou.

    Hotel Crillon le Brave - 4 star - near Gigondas
    This is an exquisite bolt-hole in the village centre of Crillon le Brave, a village that nestles near the foot of Mont Ventoux and a short distance from the wine producing villages of Gigondas and Beaumes-de-Venise. The hotel has 35 rooms and suites scattered across the main eight buildings throughout the village. The hotel’s main restaurant, Restaurant Jerome Blanchet, serves guests gourmet food either in the magnificent stone vaulted dining room or outside on the terrace. Stylish and relaxing, this hotel comes highly recommended.
    See more detail on Hotel Crillon le Brave.

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    France FAST FACTS

    Capital

    Paris
    Airport
    Main airports are in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon, with scheduled and low cost airlines flying into the country from all over the UK.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.24)
    Size
    Roughly 600 miles wide and 700 miles long
    Population
    66 million
    Average temperature
    Varies dramatically, from about 8 degrees in winter in Brittany to 26 degrees in summer in Corsica, with snow on the Alps and Pyrenees year-round

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