Pont du Gard aqueduct not far from Nîmes (photo © Sorin Colac / dreamstime.com).
Travelling on the ligne du Bourbonnais and the ligne des Cévennes
This first journey to France in Europe by Rail starts at London’s St Pancras station, as inspiring a space as any cathedral. From London, it's a fast run to Paris on Eurostar. We continue south from the French capital on a route which takes us almost to the shores of the Mediterranean. For lovers of rural landscapes, that journey from Paris to southern France is much superior to the more usual route along high-speed lines.
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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 over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and – brand new for this 16th edition – now also the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.