Expressions Holidays offers tailor-made rail holidays to France, allowing you to relax in comfort as you pass picturesque landscapes. Travelling by rail to France is a popular holiday experience thanks to the fast Eurostar connection and is one of the best ways to see the changes in scenery. Once in France, the best way to explore your surroundings is by hire-car so this is usually included with your holiday. If you do not wish to drive in France, we would recommend a holiday on the French Riviera as it is easy to get around without a car.France may be the destination in itself for your holiday, or you may spend time in France on your way by train to other countries such as Italy, Spain, Austria or Switzerland. You can choose to travel both ways by train or just one – the other direction, you can fly or sometimes travel by ferry. We have put together a selection of suggested rail itineraries, which can be used as a starting point and adapted to your requirements. We will tailor-make your rail holiday according to your needs, navigating through the options to select the most convenient trains and most appropriate hotels - we offer a wide range of hotels in France, from charming boutique hotels to luxurious five-star resorts.Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to France.
An Expressions rail holiday is tailor-made according to your requirements and can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. From a single-centre stay in a destination that is reached by train to a touring holiday that visits multiple locations, we cater for your wishes.Train travel to FranceA rail holiday to France starts with a journey by Eurostar from London St Pancras, Ebbsfleet or Ashford stations in the UK to either Paris Gare du Nord or Lille Europe. In summer months there are direct trains on Saturdays from London St Pancras to Avignon with no change required.Eurostar offers almost hourly departures every day, allowing you to travel from the centre of London to the centre of Paris on the same train in three hours. Not all trains stop at the Ebbsfleet and Ashford stations in Kent, but parking is plentiful at both stations and it allows you to avoid London. Check-in is 30 minutes prior to departure, customs formalities are completed before boarding and there is no limit to the amount of baggage that can be taken on board. The Eurostar trains themselves have 8 coaches which are split into Standard Class, Standard Premier and Business Premier as well as 2 cafeterias. Standard Premier customers are served a light cold meal and enjoy a more spacious environment than Standard Class, while Business Premier customers receive a hot meal and unlimited beverages as well as lounge access. Train travel within FranceAfter crossing the English Channel on board the Eurostar, you may wish to start your holiday with a night or more in Paris, or you may wish to simply change stations in order to continue further into France. For certain destinations such as the Mediterranean you can change in Lille Europe station which is a very straightforward connection with no change of station required. TGV trains are high-speed trains that serve most of France, covering large distances in a short space of time. There is a choice between Standard Class and First Class, the latter offering a more spacious seating environment but no meals included. Our HotelsEach of the luxury hotels that are featured by Expressions Holidays has been personally selected to offer you high standards of comfort, service and cuisine. Our hotels are renowned for their charm and character, whilst others provide rest and relaxation amid an atmosphere of luxury and style.Holidays with a hire-carWe include a hire-car with most of our rail holidays as this offers a convenient and cost-effective way of exploring the area in which you are staying. We work with Avis in France as they offer a variety of cars at a good range of offices, and have negotiated a number of benefits for you. It is possible to upgrade your hire-car if required – we include a basic hire-car which is adequate for just two people, a short break or if you don’t intend to do much driving, but you might want to up-grade to something larger and more powerful.It is also possible to collect your hire-car in one location and return it to another at no additional cost with the vast majority of car types. We provide directions from the airport to each hotel that you are visiting, as well as our own suggestions for sightseeing and local visits.
Expressions Holidays is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made rail holidays within Europe and further afield, providing personal service with a professional approach. We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to provide you with the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.. Not only are your holidays tailor-made to your individual requirements, but you also have the chance to deal with one person from beginning to end, offering you confidence and security and the best possible prices.Personal and professional serviceWe personally know the majority of the hotels that we feature, and we put together our holidays with our clients in mind. Contact with Expressions Holidays means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you – our team of travel consultants know the country and culture very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday. All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing. We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.How we price your holidayAll prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.Our Price GuaranteeWe guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.Full Financial ProtectionFull financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.
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Paris Airport Main airports are in Paris, Bordeaux and Lyon, with scheduled and low cost airlines flying into the country from all over the UK. Currency Euro (£1 = Euro 1.24) Size Roughly 600 miles wide and 700 miles long Population 66 million Average temperature Varies dramatically, from about 8 degrees in winter in Brittany to 26 degrees in summer in Corsica, with snow on the Alps and Pyrenees year-round
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