Green Holidays in France
Not for nothing is France the world's most popular tourist destination. Who could resist its combination of stunning scenery, beautiful architecture, rich culture and fine cuisine? What's more, it's just a hop, skip and a jump from the UK, easily accessible without flying (see our journey planner for details of how to travel by train from the UK to France).
Cycle past ancient chateaux, sample local gourmet delights (and fine wine in Burgundy), walk through the Lavender fields of Provence, try a green break in the Alpine snow or simply relax under the Mediterranean sun and glamour of the Riviera and the rest of le Midi - these are just some of the wonderful holidays on offer in France.
There are plenty of green places to stay throughout the country to suit all tastes - from ecogîtes to eco-barges on the Canal du Midi.
Useful resources are the websites of the French tourist board and Ecotourisme France, and below are some of the best eco-friendly holidays and places to stay in this beautiful, varied country - all of which you can reach by train or ferry.
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How to travel by train or ferry from the UK to France
Our detailed rail journey planner shows you how to travel by train from London to France, showing you where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets for the following rail journeys:
- Train and Ferry from London to Corsica
- Train from London to Avignon - via Paris/Lille (year round)
- Train from London to Avignon - direct (summer only)
- Train from London to Bayonne
- Train from London to Biarritz
- Train from London to Bordeaux
- Train from London to Carcassonne
- Train from London to Chambery
- Train from London to Chamonix
- Train from London to Grenoble
There are many great ways to travel from the UK to France and our ferry travel planner provides in-depth information, including intermediate travel, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets for the following ferry crossings:
Ferry from Dover to Calais
Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen
Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Ferry from Poole to Cherbourg
Ferry from Poole to St Malo (Summer only)
Ferry from Plymouth to Roscoff
Ferry from Rosslare to Cherbourg
Ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff
Ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe
Ferry from Weymouth to St Malo