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GUIDE: HIDDEN TREASURES OF FRANCE

There are so many beautiful and unexplored places in the world.

Travel by train to some of the less known destinations, and discover the hidden gems.

 

Fancy getting off the beaten track

If you're looking for a holiday with a difference, have a look at some of our 'hidden gems'.

Travelling by train is the perfect way to discover some of Europe's less well-known towns and cities, with a quick and easy transfer in Paris or Lille unlocking thousands of routes across the stunning French countryside to the sun-kissed Mediterranean, the snow-capped Alps and beyond. Have fun!
 

Tip : book 3 months in advance to enjoy early bird fares !

TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS: FAVORITE FRENCH GEMS

Brittany - La Baule and Pornichet

Departure to the South West for a stay on the Côte d'Amour! La Baule, also known as the most beautiful coastal area in France, is the perfect resort for water sports enthusiasts. Tip: visit the Medieval Guérande with its salt pans, Nantes and the fishing village of Le Croisis.

Basque Country - Bayonne

Rendez vous in the French capital of chocolate! We've said enough: a visit to one of the chocolate factories is a must do on your trip to Bayonne (tip: BAYONNE CHOCOLATE WORK SHOP). After, head on a discovery along the narrow houses on the quay of the Nive, and visit the famous cathedral.

Alsace - Colmar

The different Alsacian architectures, including the Koïfhuis, Saint-Martin, the Maison Pfister and colored half-timbered houses, are the touristic attraction of the French / German Colmar. Tip: treat yourself to a ride in flat-bottomed boat on the Lauch river.

Languedoc - Arles/Saint-Marie de la Mer

Flamingos, wild horses, amphitheatres and Vincent van Gogh: the highlights of the ancient Roman city of Arles remain the arena and the Baths of Constantin. After, head to Saintes Maries de La Mere for a visit to St Sara crypt and the Notre Dame de la Mer.

The French Alps - Chamonix

Head to the foot of the famous Mont-Blanc for a visit to one of France's most authentic and cozy village! Hiking, multi-day trips, winter sports and mountain bike trails: here is always something to do. Take the cable car to the Aquille du Midi for a breathtaking view.

Normandy - Deauville

Film Art, fashion and horse racing: since 1923, Deauville is known as the French capital for polo. Get out for a trip to the "Planches de Deauville (the wooden deck along the beach), or pamper yourself at the Centre de Thalasso-Spa Algotherm. Did you know that Deauville's beaches are amongst the finest along the Côté Fleurie?

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