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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.

>> See also our unique green travel guides to the Lot Valley and Savoie Mont Blanc.

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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:







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

Exterior of La Villa 30, the sign encircled by leaves

La Villa 30, Lille, France

This 1930s house has comfortable, spacious rooms and a welcoming atmosphere. Ideally located right in the centre of Lille, in no time at all you can be exploring the area's attractions encouraged by your knowledgeable and enthusiastic hosts.
3 doubles (1 with extra sofa bed), 1 single

Doubles from €99

Exterior of Villa Florentine lit up in the evening

Villa Florentine, Lyon, France

Set on the Fourviere hillside with splendid views over Lyon, this is a gloriously upscale hotel in a 17th-century mansion. The luxury here is created with impressive environmental care, from water and energy conservation to recycling.
28 rooms

Doubles from €290

Communal living room in the Marseille homestay apartment.

Homestay Marseille, Marseille, France

Experience Marseille like a local by renting a room in someone's house or apartment. This stylish apartment in the bohemian Cours Julien area is owned by Maxime and Gabriel who can also give advice on where to eat and what to do in the city.
One double room

€50 per night (4 nights minimum stay)

A double room in B&B Hotel Lille Centre Grand Palais

B&B Hotel Lille Centre Grand Palais, Lille, France

This comfortable budget hotel is very conveniently situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood close to the Lille-Europe station. It has recently earned Clef Verte accreditation for its measures in conserving energy and water.
127 rooms

Doubles from €41,25

A double room in Comfort Hotel

Comfort Hotel Lille-Tourcoing, Lille, France

Despite its slightly bland appearance, this is a revolutionary hotel that has been turning heads in the industry. It's Green Key certified and a model of sustainability, with low-energy lighting, responsibly sourced bed linen and low-energy lights.
51 rooms

Doubles from €79

La Violette, Avignon, France

Just a stone’s throw from the train station and Avignon's buzzing centre is this delightful B&B – a true home from home. Expect a warm welcome from Isabelle and family and a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere.
3 doubles, 1 single

Doubles from €75

You will love to sleep on the water...

Floating Village of Pressac - France

France's first ever floating village - offering amazing private cabins for the whole family or just for two, bobbing in a lake, with fishing and cycling on site. Picnic hampers are available, cake and champagne delivery, too!
80 people max. 8 family cabins (4/5 persons) and 13 doubles.

130 euros for 2 people and 195 euros for four people

Exterior of L’Hermitage Gantois

L’Hermitage Gantois, Lille, France

This hotel certainly has a unique feel to it: the building was converted from a hospital after the 1990s, and it retains many historic features. The public spaces exhibit local, regional artwork and the restaurant serves locally sourced food.
72 rooms

Doubles from €130

Modern glass-fronted exterior of Hotel Novotel, Lyon

Hotel Novotel Part-Dieu, Lyon, France

This well-priced 124-room hotel is conveniently located just minutes from the station and within easy reach of Lyon's attractions. It is committed to a programme of sustainable development including reducing energy use and water consumption.
124 rooms

Doubles from €100

Front facade of Hotel La Mirande

La Mirande, Avignon, France

This cosy 5-star hotel is a must for lovers of traditional, elegant luxury. A Michelin-starred chef lovingly prepares gourmet meals with organic, local ingredients and even runs a cookery school. Complementary toiletries are organic and natural.
27 rooms, including doubles and suites

Doubles from €350

Exterior of A Villa Massalia and outdoor swimming pool

A Villa Massalia, Marseille, France

This luxurious 4-star hotel definitely feels like a complete resort, with spa, swimming pool, restaurant serving gourmet meals and Borély Park and golf course just five minutes away. It's also making impressive progress on the sustainability side.
140 rooms

Doubles from €123.50

The terrace of Home Sweet Home, where breakfast is served

Home Sweet Home, Lyon, France

Set on Fourviere hill just a few minutes' walk from central Lyon, this charming small guest house is filled with fascinating objects collected by the owner whilst travelling. The organic home-made breakfast is served on a lovely leafy terrace.
3 rooms: 2 doubles, 1 twin

From €58 per night

Luxury tented camp

Le Camp, Tarn et Garonne, Southwest France

A stunning six-tented luxury camp in a beautiful part of SW France. Extra king-size beds in spacious tents, well equipped communal kitchen, free concierge service and lots of play opportunities for children including a lovely natural swimming pool.
Six tents sleeping 2-8: 4 Yurts, 1 Giant Yurt, 1 Big Tent

€267 per night for safari tent. €219 per night for woodland yurt. Children €25 per child per night. No other charges, everything else included.

Impressive architecture of the exterior of Pop' Hotel, Avignon

Pop' Hostel, Avignon, France

This bright and vibrant hostel doesn't just offer good value and a central location - it's also great for socialising, with a bar serving regional wines and tapas and a communal lounge area with a library of resources to help you plan your stay.
22 rooms - dorms and private rooms available

Dorm beds from €15; private double rooms from €50

The lounge of Le Gite du Lievre de Mars

Le Gite du Lievre de Mars, Marseille, France

This light, bright two-bedroom property in the central Canebière area has many eco-friendly features and from the balcony you can enjoy beautiful panoramic rooftop views of the city.
2 bedrooms, sleeps up to 6 people

From €240 for a weekend or €470 a week.

Limousin Townhouse

Limousin Townhouse, Limousin, Central France

A restored French medieval townhouse, dating back to the 15th century, in Bellac. Retaining original features including a staircase over 500 years old, late medieval floor tiles and cut granite fireplace. Home to a traditional full French 'box bed'.
Sleeps 7: twin (ground floor), double, single, twin

£374.00 to: £777.00 (based on two staying)

Exterior of Radisson Blu Lyon

Radisson Blu Lyon, Lyon, France

'The tallest hotel in Europe', this is the place to stay if you want amazing panoramic views from the top nine floors of Lyon's tallest building. Behind the spectacle and luxury there is also an impressive commitment to the environment.
245 rooms

Doubles from €159

Blanzac Townhouse

Blanzac Townhouse, Limousin, France

Blanzac Townhouse is a fabulous, rustic and original French medieval townhouse in the beautiful Limousin region of central France. This house, and its neighbour that is also let, are perfect for families and groups, yet intimate enough for just two.
Sleeps 8: Master Double, Twin, Double, Twin

£374 to: £777.00 (based on two staying)

The walls of the bedrooms in Rêve de Mouettes are decorated with birds

Rêve de Mouettes, Marseille, France

This chic one-bedroom apartment is conveniently located just a few minutes' walk from Castellane Metro station. It's had a green makeover, with A-rated appliances, a water-conserving shower and toilet, organic toiletries and eco cleaning products.
One-bedroom apartment, sleeps 2

See website for details

More holidays in France

Mont Blanc Circuit, French Alps, France

Mont Blanc Circuit, French Alps, France

One of the most dramatic walks in Europe, the Tour du Mont Blanc offers two weeks of climbing passes, traversing glaciers and meandering through meadows - all under the watchful gaze of the Alps' most beautiful peaks.

From £1299.00

15 Days
Various Saturday departures from June to September
Cycling in France

Cycling in France - Along the Canal du Midi

A week long, self guided, cycling trip through picturesque landscapes, pretty villages, historic churches and towering cypress trees of the southern Languedoc Roussillon region.

From £895pp (from £1075pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

6 days, 7 nights
Various departures from April to July & September to October
Self guided walking holidays in Gascony

Walking in France - Pilgrim Routes of Gascony

Experience alluring landscapes, scenic self-guided walking routes, enriching cultural visits, tasty regional cuisine featuring truffles and duck, as you transfer from welcoming small hotel to hotel on this enjoyable holiday in Gascony.

From £585pp (from £788pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

5 days, 6 nights
Various departures from April - October Sun-Wed (Apr & Oct) Sat-Thu all other dates
Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival and the Côte d’Azur by First Class Rail

Soak up the sun during this first class, self-guided 5-day rail holiday to Nice, where you'll not only be able to revel in the beauty of the French Riviera's turquoise shores, but also explore the vibrancy of the Nice carnival.

From £495.00 per person (based on two people travelling together)

5 Days or tailor-made to your specific requirements
Between 12th and 28th February 2016 you can experience Nice Carnival
Self guided walking holidays in France

Walking in France - Alps to the Mediterranean

This enjoyable self guided walking holiday starts in the enchanting town of La Brigue in the mountains, where you'll discover mixed woodland, gorges, dramatic peaks and even the mysterious Vallée des Merveilles ('Valley of Marvels').

From £692pp (from £892pp inc rail) based on 2 people sharing

5 days, 6 nights
Various departures from April- July & September-October
Village overlooking Lake Garda

Enchanting Lake Garda

Our eight day Lake Garda rail holiday is based in Desenzano, on the shores of the lake. Enjoy exciting excursions to picturesque Sirmione, famous for its imposing 13th century castle as well as lively Verona and Venice.

From £945

8 days
Various departures from April to October
Premium Rhone Cruise

Premium Rhone Cruise, France

Hop on the MS Amadeus Symphony for a special trip along the River Rhone. Admire beautiful landscapes and scenic valleys relaxing on board, while on land discover charming cities, elegant buildings and historic towns along the river.

From £1695

8 days
Various departures from June to October
Zip wires in the Ardeche

Ardeche Mixed Activity Week

Explore the beautiful Ardeche by kayak and bike, enjoy a rope park and visit the Ardeche region of France's natural wonders. Perfect adventure for families.

From £1079.00 GBP

8 days
Sunday departures in September
French Riviera coast

French Riviera by Train

The French Riviera, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is surrounded by pretty harbours and leafy trees as you relax in the typically warm climate of the French Riviera on a train holiday. Discover the tiny alleyways of Nice.

From £795

6 days
Various departures from April to October