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Journeys in SlowMotion in the South of France

  • Slow Motion journeys in Southern France
  • Slow Motion journeys in Southern France
  • Slow Motion journeys in Southern France
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  • journey by rail from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean
  • enjoy the beautiful cities of Bordeaux, Avignon & Nice
  • stay within the magnificent walled citadel of Carcassonne
  • admire the Canal du Midi, the Rhône delta & the Côte d’Azur

 

France’s southern regions hold a special allure. From Aquitaine and the wine country of the Gironde on the Atlantic Coast, through vast and beautiful Languedoc-Roussillon – curling around the edge of the Mediterranean’s Golfe du Lion – to the delights of Provence and the Côte d’Azur, you encounter sun-drenched and irresistibly seductive landscapes, and hugely rewarding cities and towns that give full expression to the warm spirit of the south. Embark on a magical journey through it all, from elegant Bordeaux all the way to vibrant, Italianate Nice, as you whizz past celebrated vineyards, swathes of lavender and fertile wetlands, journeying from sea to dazzling sea and savouring the renowned French gastronomy – and some fabulous works of art – along the way. Enjoy the ride!

Read on to discover more of what the South of France has to offer...

Bordeaux Beckons

Surrounded by some of the world’s most celebrated vineyards, the attractive and vibrant city of Bordeaux has long been deliciously intertwined with the wine trade. Wander its broad avenues and squares, by all means, and admire works by Rubens, Matisse and others in the Museum of Fine Arts; but be sure to enjoy a dégustation and a look around the Musée du Vin et du Négoce, before enjoying a glass or two of red at a pavement café or restaurant as you savour one of the delicious blends that has made this city synonymous with the noble grape.

Medieval Carcassonne

Few people know about Carcassonne’s alter ego as a busy port on the Canal du Midi; but that’s for good reason as this medieval citadel, perched on a rocky hilltop and bristling with zigzag battlements, is one of France's most extraordinary sights. The view from afar – of its watchtowers, turrets, spires and gates – is like something out of a children’s storybook, and a stroll around the lices (the area between its stout, double-layered walls) offers tantalising glimpses of the countryside, and panoramic views of the Pyrenees away to the south.

Beguiling Avignon

There is so much more to Avignon than ‘that’ bridge. An illustrious past, during which it was the temporary capital of Christendom, has left a rich architectural and cultural legacy, including the vast, magnificent Palais des Papes in the heart of the city, plus nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the site of a now-ruined castle built by a later pope that still produces some of the world’s most highly acclaimed red wine. Despite all this grandeur, Avignon has a friendly, small-town feel, and a stroll in the gardens of Le Rocher des Doms, overlooking the mighty Rhône Valley and Provençal countryside, is an exceedingly pleasant way to while away an afternoon.

Nice & the French Riviera

Much of what attracted northern European aristocrats to Nice – not to mention artists such as Matisse and Chagall – remains of great appeal today: plentiful sunshine, swaying palm trees, the proximity of mountains and sea, the elegance of Baroque palazzi and the clarity of the light. And although a stroll along the sweeping, seafront Promenade des Anglais is a must, it’s the winding streets of Vieux Nice that capture our attention. Nose around quirky boutiques, and take in the vibrant, sweet-smelling Marché aux Fleurs, recalling the days when, at the very end of the 19th century, Nice held the very first flower market of all.
To delve deeper and linger longer, we suggest:
Atlantic to the Mediterranean
Journey in France
Across the south of France
Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Avignon and Nice are very different in character, history and architecture and thus reveal various aspects of southern France on this journey by rail.
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1 Apr-31 Jul & 1 Sep-31 Oct 2016
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