View of San Sebastián (Donoastia) (photo © Sergii Figurnyi / dreamstime.com).
From Paris to beyond the Spanish border
Route 17 is for those less inclined to hurry. It is a leisurely amble through some of Atlantic Europe’s most striking cultural landscapes: the Loire Valley, Aquitaine and the Basque region. The journey takes in several superb cities, notably Chartres, Angers and Bordeaux. It also features several important coastal resorts, among them La Rochelle, Biarritz and San Sebastián.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.