There’s so much more to France than the romance of Paris. How about experiencing the sun-kissed glamour and white, sandy beaches of the Cote d’Azur, or the rolling lavender fields and old stone farmhouses of Provence?
Perhaps you’d prefer a weekend of wining and dining in Lyon, France’s gastronomic capital, with more restaurants per square yard than anywhere else in Europe? Or how does a visit to the dramatic walled city of Avignon during its huge summer arts festival grab you?
TGV celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, making 2011 the perfect time to experience these iconic, quintessentially French high speed trains if you haven’t done so before. It’s by far the savviest way to travel, with none of the long queues and hidden charges you find at the airport, and takes you right into the centre of your destination rather than the outskirts of town.
It’s far better for the environment than flying too, and you can sit back, relax, and take in some of the most stunning countryside in Europe as you travel at speeds of up to 186mph across France and beyond.
On board you’ll find modern and airy carriages and roomy seats. Extra facilities such as baby changing areas are available as standard. If you get peckish, you can pop along to the buffet car for a choice of hot and cold meals, you can even take a picnic along with you if you prefer.
Book early and you could pay just £109 for a return fare from London to Bordeaux, La Rochelle or Lyon with a simple change from Eurostar to TGV in Paris or Lille.
All prices are per person and subject to availability. Prices quoted are Eurostar Connections fares from London. Tickets are available to purchase up to three months prior to departure. Tickets are non-exchangeable, non-refundable and cannot be combined with any other Eurostar or TGV offers, or SNCF cards. Credit card fees apply to all bookings. Booking fees apply to bookings made in the Rail Europe Travel Centre or by phone. No booking fees apply online.