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.
There are plenty of green places to stay throughout the country - from ecogîtes to one of the largest luxury yurt camps. 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
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Weekly Rates: Oct-Mar 500-700€, Apr-May 600-800€, June&Sept 700-900€, July&Aug 800-1000€
£167 - £252 - for a 2 night stay based on two guests, 5% for each additional guest
room overlooking the village €115
Between €280 and €380 Per week. Or stay a minimum of 3 nights between €120 €160.
£280 - 2 night stay, £705 - 7 stay
£163 - £281 - 2 night stay, £339 - £661 - 7 night stay
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
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€612 adult /€498 child under 12, full board at a guest house, hotel and mountain refuge, and including luggage transport by donkey and transfer from/to train station
From £770pp (from £940pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
from £1495 per person including rail travel from the UK
From £192pp (including Channel crossing Dover-Calais)
From 1949.00 GBP
From 1149.00 GBP
£1325 (based on two people sharing)
From 779.00 GBP
From €306 for 7 nights for 4/5 people
From £625pp (from £865 inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
From 799.00 GBP
From £1037 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!
From £695 per person (from £898pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
Tour only from £878. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!
From £215pp (including Channel crossing Dover-Calais)
From £588pp (from £795pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
£825 per person (twin share basis)
From £798pp (from £965pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
From £1248 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!
From £785pp (£935pp including rail travel) based on 2 people sharing
from £1395 per person including rail travel from the UK