If you are beginning your journey from further afield in the UK and taking a later Eurostar, then you could choose to break your journey in elegant Bordeaux
, staying overnight at one of our centrally-located hotels. Inntravellers have recommended calling in at the Marché des Grandes Hommes, a Victorian covered market where you can buy a range of gastronomic delights to enjoy on the train, including Cannelés Bordelais pastries and, of course, the city’s famous claret.
Alternatively, continue on the TGV to Hendaye and enjoy an overnight stay just across the border in Hondarribia, at the Hotel Obispo, a converted 15th-century mansion. The following day, soak up the atmosphere of this medieval fishing village (and its excellent pintxos
(tapas) bars) or enjoy a stroll on the beach before taking a taxi to Hendaye to join the sleeper train.