On selected dates it is possible to take a direct Eurostar to Avignon or Marseille, although most people travel via Paris. From Paris Gare de Lyon
you board one of the sleek TGV Duplex
trains. This high-speed line crosses Burgundy then goes down the scenic Rhône Valley, repeatedly crossing the river on spectacular viaducts (including an impressive one just north of Avignon, from which you can glimpse the famous papal palace) to reach the Mediterranean at Marseille. Whether you are travelling onwards from Marseille to the heart of Provence
or to the Alpes Maritimes
, the most captivating scenery is saved until last – either a ride through the Luberon Hills revealing quintessential Provençal landscapes, or a journey past the chic coastal resorts of the Côte d’Azur to Nice, followed by a trip on the Train des Merveilles
into the mountains. This ‘train of marvels’ is well worth taking in daylight so, if you like, we can arrange an overnight stay in Nice
so you can fully appreciate the scenery the following day.