Discover France with Rail Europe
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France has so much to offer. Explore more this summer - take a high speed TGV and visit one of these fantastic destinations:
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If you have yet to discover Marseille, this is the year to go. Awarded European Capital of Culture 2013, the city is hosting a long and lively programme of events and opening some sensational new galleries and museums.
Avignon is the ultimate destination in the south of France. The city is famous for its medieval ramparts, Pont Saint- Bénezet and the spectacular Palais des Papes. It’s also considered a gateway to Provence, so expect sloping vineyards, ancient olive groves and rolling lavender fields.
The Annual Summer Jazz Festival, Tremplin Jazz d Avignon, takes place between 30 July and 4 August 2013.
Bordeaux is one of the most beautiful cities in France. It is glorious by day but at night, when many of the finest old buildings are lit, the city is even more striking.
Sample some of the finest wines of the region and join a guided tour or tasting class; Bordeaux is the wine capital of the world after all.
Visit Toulouse for an historic and gastronomic getaway. Stroll, or cycle, through the city streets and soak up the wonderful history and atmosphere.
If you love French cuisine, you will not be disappointed. Do not leave before trying the most famous and traditional dish of ther region, cassoulet, even in summer!
Montpellier contrasts its medieval past with the youthful vibe of a university city. It is a beautiful spot at any time of the year but in the summertime, as sunlight bounces off the terracotta rooftops and café culture spills onto the old winding lanes, it is perhaps at its best.
Friday nights in Montpellier from June to September are not to be missed. During the Les Estivales festival, you’ll enjoy a night out with music, wine and food tasting and an evening market.
The enchanting city of Lyon offers something for all. Discover the different districts, wander the cobble-stoned narrow streets and visit the museums - there is plenty to keep you occupied. Be sure to work up an appetite as Lyon, the gastronomic capital of France, has plenty of local specialities for you to feast on.
Catch a glimpse of the 100th Tour de France… if you are in Lyon on 13 July 2013, join in the celebrations of Stage 14 of the Tour.
Rail Europe can help with every aspect of your trip. To book, visit www.raileurope.co.uk call 0844 848 4083 or pop in to the Rail Europe Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London.
Prices are based on the lowest one-way fare from Paris per person and are subject to availability and change.
Prices correct as at 11 June 2013