France

France - Annecy

Framed by snow-capped mountains on the shores of its namesake lake, French city Annecy attracts thrill-seekers for watersports in summer and skiing in winter. Visit the Old Town’s 12th-century Palais de l’�le, a former prison which seems to float in the Thiou Canal. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Annecy : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Annecy. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 

France - Avignon

Don’t Miss

The world’s largest Gothic building, the incredible Papal Palace, is made entirely from stone, ornate spires and all. The UNESCO accredited remains of the nearby 12th century Pont Saint-Benezet Bridge harbour an interesting history worthy of your investigation. 

Retail Therapy

Maneuver the maze of narrow streets and find the Place Pie, a covered market selling fresh produce, cheese and wine. On Sundays browse the morning flea market at Place des Carmes, you’re sure to find some hidden treasure. 

Eat and Drink

Proven�al olive oil, tomatoes and herbs are the key to Avignon’s cuisine, and there are plenty of restaurants to experience them in. The atmospheric Rue des Teinturiers is lined with cheap eateries and bars - as the night progresses move to the trendy Rue Carnot and Place des Corps-Saints. 

Hidden Gem

Seek shade in the Rocher des Doms Park and Gardens up the street to the side of the cathedral. Check out the various water features, ducks and peacocks, and enjoy the sprawling views across the River Rh�ne. 

Day Trip

The world heritage site Le Pont du Gard is just 30km away at the end of the Gardon Gorges. The Roman aqueduct is a great place for hiking, canoeing, swimming and snapping photographs. Enjoy your travel to Avignon! 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Avignon : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Avignon. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 
 

France - Bordeaux

Don’t Miss

It’s a beautiful walk to Les Quais along the shores of the Garonne. Find the unique Aquitaine Bridge; it’s a great place to snap some photographs. Explore Cours Clemenceau, Cours de l’Intendance and Les Allees de Tourny, known among the Bordelais as the Golden Triangle, on foot for the best perspective. 

Retail Therapy

The kilometre of Rue Ste-Catherine is lined with the best shopping in Bordeaux; it’s also one of the eldest streets in town. Visit the multi-storied Le Marche des Grands Hommes for the best in luxury pickings. 

Eat and Drink

As an area world-famous for its wines it’d be easy to get carried away. Maintain a balance with plenty of local, fresh seafood - go for Lamproie a la Bordelaise (eel cooked in red wine). If you’re not a fish fan try Confit d’Oie (potted preserved goose). 

Hidden Gem

Literally bathe in the local Bordeaux wine at Les Sources de Caudalie in the Smith Haut Lafitte grand ch�teau. Their pioneering vinotherapy treatment, based on the health benefits of grapes, is an interesting concept. 

Day Trip

From the main train station, Gare Saint Jean, you can explore the history, heritage and taste of the vineyards of Bordeaux. Go via Les Chartrons, the wine merchants’ district, and the medieval village of Saint-Emilion. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Bordeaux : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Bordeaux. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 
 

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