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Short Breaks

Short Breaks in France

Across the Channel and just a short jaunt by train from the UK, the beautiful and diverse country of France is a perfect destination for a short break – whatever your tastes and interests may be.

The spectacular cities of Northern France, such as Paris and Lille, are just a few hours away and wonderful destinations for a weekend fulfilled of enjoyment such as historical landmarks, museums and galleries, lovely cafés and countless opportunities for shopping. With a few extra days, trips to the gastronomically rich Lyon, historically stunning Strasbourg, cosmopolitan Cannes, beautifully preserved medieval Avignon or the country’s fabulous wine capital, Bordeaux are all easily accessible and absolutely destinations for memorable urban breaks to experience the atmospheric culture of French city life: the options really are endless.

Alternatively away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a relaxing stay in fantastic accommodation such as a traditional auberge or a delightful 4-star hotel set in some of the most stunning villages of Normandy or Picardy is a great escape for those seeking a peaceful weekend away. These lovely breaks to the French countryside are also the perfect opportunity to really indulge your taste buds with multiple courses of scrumptious French cuisine and fine wine.

The choices for a short break in France are plentiful and diverse: there really is something for everyone. Featured below are some of the best short breaks on offer in France, all of which are easy to reach by train or ferry:

Relaxing short breaks at the Auberge d'Inxent in Picardy

Special 'Getaway Break' in France - Picardy C

Gently discover the lush countryside of the Course Valley as you self drive from a hamlet in Picardy, staying at the traditional Auberge d'Inxent, famed for its 'Menu de Terroir' and scoff 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and quaff a bottle of champagne.
From £187pp (including Channel crossing Dover-Calais)
Lyon by First Class Rail

Lyon by First Class Rail

Discover Lyon, France’s capital of gastronomy, on a journey taking just under five hours. Sample Michelin starred culinary delights and enjoy the contrast between the ancient and modern as you explore the city’s historical sites.

From £449 per person (based on two people travelling together)

5 days or tailor-made to your specific requirements
Tailor-made to suit your departure dates and requirements
Made it! Cyclists in Paris.

Cycling Tour from London to Paris, Beespoke

Cycle from classic London landmarks, to the iconic Eiffel Tower, Paris, via: a transformed railway, gorgeous countryside and historic Normandy. A woodland bell tent and boutique Parisian hotel means the accommodation as varied as it is comfortable.


From 1 May to 1 October
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

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