Whether it be a short Eurostar journey for the Northern France attractions of steam nostalgia, or the South of France for leisure and sunshine, its miles better and quicker by train.
The Red Train, the Yellow Train and the Blue Train can be found in many itineraries, but only Railtrail takes you through the heart of the Pyrenees, staying in local hotels and getting to know the region both sides of the border. Our grand tour stays in the foothills and valley stations, primed for spectacular excursions. Add in the Tren del Ciment, a stay on the Catalan coast and the 'Truffle Train' through the Dordogne for a fortnight's adventure not found anywhere else.
Travel in First Class style to the South of France. Relax in a beachside hotel, explore the rocky coves of the Catalan Coast, tasting local specialities, visit colourful Barcelona, the Pyrenees and the perfect medieval walled city of Carcassonne.
Enjoy a great steam gala at the unique and historic WW1 Somme line at Froissy, a day exploring the scenic Baie de Somme line and a day commemorating those who fell in the Battle of the Somme a hundred years after the end of the war. Our final visit is to the MTVS line at Crèvecoeur for a private steam charter.
We have rejigged our French Riviera tour a little in order to bring in one of France's best-known heritage railways. We still visit St Tropez by boat and take the scenic coastal train to Monte Carlo and Nice, but this time we also feature steam on the Train des Pignes!
A great steam gala at the unique Pithiviers Transport Museum with its 60cm gauge line to Bellebat, a day of steam at the 60cm gauge Tacot des Lacs Railway with its collection of over 40 locomotives, a private steam charter on the Le Train du Bas Berry, a trip on the scenic metre gauge Blanc d'Argent Line & the historic city of Orléans.
Award winning rail holidays in the UK and Europe. All departing in 2019