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
More places to stay in France
Gite from £350 per week, main house from £1100. 2 nights minimum
room overlooking the village €115
Weekly Rates: Oct-Mar 500-700€, Apr-May 600-800€, June&Sept 700-900€, July&Aug 800-1000€
130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people
From £167 to £205 per night
£374.00 to: £777.00 (based on two staying)
Doubles from €123.50
From £495 a week
From €240 for a weekend or €470 a week.
Doubles from €290
€50 per night (4 nights minimum stay)
Doubles from €350
Doubles from €159
Dorm beds from €15; private double rooms from €50
From €58 per night
From £499 per week
Doubles from €100
For two adults and up to four children costs from £165-£198 per night
€267 per night for safari tent. €219 per night for woodland yurt. Children €25 per child per night. No other charges, everything else included.
See website for details
£374 to: £777.00 (based on two staying)
Single ocupancy € 73.00, Double room € 106.00, Triple room €147.00, Group € 44.00 p.p. All rates inclusive half board. Special long stay rates available
Head south of the centre to the traditionally working-class district of Wazemmes where one of France’s biggest and most vibrant markets takes place at Place de la Nouvelle Aventure. The Sunday market is the most colourful but on any day of the week except Monday you’ll find stallholders offering a wide choice of local cheese, charcuterie, bread and. While you’re in the area, stroll on from the market down rue Leon Gambetta and along to Maison Folie de Wazemmes, an old textile mill refurbished as an arts centre - complete with a Turkish-style hammam.
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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 £869.00 GBP
From £106pp based on two people sharing
From £1899.00 GBP
From £585pp (from £788pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
From £849.00 GBP
From £698 per person (from £930pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
from £1495 per person including rail travel from the UK
From £760pp (£910pp including rail travel) based on 2 people sharing
Depending on holiday package
From £979.00 GBP
From £929.00 GBP
From £208pp (including Channel crossing Dover-Calais)
From £940pp based on twin sharing
From £730pp (from £1010 inc rail from London)
From £187pp (including Channel crossing Dover-Calais)
From £698pp (from £905pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
From 799.00 GBP
£995 Land Only
From £1037 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!
Tour only from £878. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!
From £645pp (from £845 inc rail) based on 2 people sharing
from £1095 per person including rail travel from the UK
from £895 per person including rail travel from the UK