Avignon by First Class rail
Prices from £475 per person
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Take the opportunity to experience charming Provence and stunning Avignon, the ‘City of the Popes’ with its fascinating history, impressive architecture and handsome squares on this 4 night holiday by First Class rail from London via Lille.
4 night/ 5 day holiday by First Class rail via Lille* staying in a twin/ double room at the Hotel de l’Horloge (4 star) in Avignon from £475 per person (based on 2 people travelling together).
*Alternatively, direct services between London and Avignon are available on certain days of the week – please ask for further details.
Day 1 – London to Avignon
Let the holiday mood take over this morning as you stroll through the glorious St. Pancras International station and board the Eurostar service for Lille. Unwind in the comfort of your Standard Premier Class (Eurostar’s 1st Class) seat and enjoy drinks and a light meal, as your high speed service takes you away from the bustle of early morning London. You travel through the patchwork countryside of south-east England and into France and Lille Europe where you change to the TGV service for your onward journey south to Provence. On certain dates, your Eurostar service will take you directly to Avignon. In either case, on arrival at Avignon TGV station make your own way to your hotel for 4 nights, the charming and centrally located Hotel de l’Horloge (4 star).
Days 2, 3 and 4 – Avignon and Provence
You have three full days in Avignon to visit the fascinating walled old town and stroll among the maze of medieval streets and tree-lined squares. No visit to Avignon would be complete without seeing the Palais des Papes (payable locally) and the Pont St. Bénezet, the broken bridge, made famous in the children’s song. From your hotel next to the Place de l’Horloge you can watch the world go by from this attractive central square or visit the impressive Hôtel de Ville and Opera House, decorated with statues of Corneille and Molière.
For a different perspective on the city, you may wish to take a short trip on one of the river cruises which depart from Avignon. Perhaps head out into the charming Provençal countryside with its hilltop villages or to one of the nearby towns which are accessible by train from Avignon’s central railway station, such as Nîmes, Arles or Orange. Alternatively, you may like to visit the striking Pont du Gard aqueduct, a stunning symbol of Roman engineering, and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Day 5 – Avignon to London
As you return to Avignon TGV station and board either your Eurostar service to London or your TGV service to Lille, it is time to say farewell to Provence. Unwind in your comfortable 1st Class seat as you are whisked north through France. You change trains in Lille and speed through northern France and back into England before your Standard Premier Class service arrives into London for the last stage of your journey home.