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Outside the French capital lively cities, from Marseille to Mulhouse, ooze culture like a ripe brie while 22 regions dish up unique local food, wine and joie de vivre. Take along your phrase book and uncover France beyond the clichés.

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Paris Nice 05:37 AU$ 55
Avignon Paris 02:41 AU$ 39
Nice Paris Cdg Airport 06:36 AU$ 118
Paris Lyon 01:56 AU$ 39
Paris Marseille 03:05 AU$ 39
Avignon Nice 02:56 AU$ 31
Nice Lyon 04:27 AU$ 47
Bordeaux Paris 03:15 AU$ 31
Marseille Nice 02:31 AU$ 36
Avignon Paris Cdg Airport 03:10 AU$ 47
Paris Cdg Airport Lyon 01:59 AU$ 39
Toulouse Paris 05:29 AU$ 24
Bordeaux Nice 08:50 AU$ 31
Montpellier Paris 03:21 AU$ 39
Paris Cdg Airport Marseille 03:45 AU$ 63
Monaco Paris 06:08 AU$ 107
Avignon Lyon 01:02 AU$ 24
Toulouse Nice 06:43 AU$ 31
Marseille Avignon 00:27 AU$ 22
Nice Montpellier 04:19 AU$ 31
Paris Cdg Airport Bordeaux 04:16 AU$ 58
Paris Dijon 01:31 AU$ 24
Marseille Lyon 01:36 AU$ 31
Monaco Nice 00:14 AU$ 14
Avignon Bordeaux 05:33 AU$ 76

France

France has one of the most extensive and modern railway networks in Europe. The railway network is managed by SNCF, the French national railway company. SNCF literally stands for Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français in French. More than 32,000 km of railway tracks are managed by SNCF. The group is a leading travel company in France and throughout the world. The high speed rail service in France is almost entirely operated by SNCF through its flagship trains called the TGV. Other local and regional trains are operated by the company. Regional trains are called TER. A seat reservation is mandatory for pass holders to travel on board the TGV.

Cityscape

In Paris and around, you have already a lot to see. Pompidou Center, Louvre museum, Versailles Castle and so one are waiting for you. From France’s capital, you can hop on a train to discover the German influence in Strasbourg, the Spanish one in Toulouse. You can also stroll in Bordeaux neo-classical streets or discover Renaissance Lyon and its “traboules”.

Landscape

France is everything that you want. Board a train to Provence to be wowed by the landscape. Explore the numerous Loire Valley Castles or be touched by the Prehistoric Painted caves in Dordogne. If you like nature, enjoy canoeing along Ardèche’s river, go skiing in the Pyrenees or run to Camargue plateau to admire wild horses.

Take Home

If you like high-end fashion, you’ll find beautiful shops in Paris, Bordeaux, or Cannes. Buy some foie gras in Dordogne while you visit. In the Provence region, pick up olive oil and by-products. If you like wines, Loire Valley, Burgundy and Bordeaux regions provide excellent ones.

Eat & Drink

If you’re visiting France by train, stop on Toulouse to taste the Cassoulet. In eastern region Alsace try the choucroute, or the Bouillabaisse (fish soup) with anise-flavoured Pastis if you are near Marseille.

New Perspective

If you’re fond of contemporary art, wander around the Abattoirs in Toulouse or around Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, or enjoy the view from the new Millau’s viaduct, an amazing bridge.

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A Eurail Pass valid for France is also valid by using reservation for travel from France to Basel (Switzerland), Geneva (Switzerland), Ventimiglia (Italy) and Port Bou (Spain).

REDUCED BOAT CROSSINGS

Grimaldi Ferries 20% on official fares (port taxes excluded)
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  • Toulon - Civitavecchia
  • Porto Vecchio (Corsica)
  • Civitavecchia/Livorno For tickets and reservations fill in the form EURAIL INTERRAIL on www.grimaldi-lines.com. Italy: +39 081 496 444 Spain: +34 932 959 100

SeaFrance 50% discount
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  • Calais - Dover Reservations: +33 (0)321 177 020

[Irish Ferries] 30% discount, advance booking recommended

  • Cherbourg - Rosslare (February to December)*
  • Roscoff - Rosslare (May to September)* *No daily sailings. France +33 (0)233 234 444 Ireland +353 (0)818 300 400

PASS BONUSES

Bus free transportation

  • Digne – St. Auban / Veynes
  • Oloron – Canfranc (Spain)

Chemins de fer de Corse All journeys in Corsica 50% discount
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Chemins de fer de Provence
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  • Nice - Digne 50% discount

Bus SNCF free transportation

  • Canfranc-Oloron
  • Digne-Veynes
  • Digne-St Auban

Admission with a discount
Grévin Wax Museum in Paris: 20% off (www.grevin.com)
France Miniature Parc in Elancourt; www.franceminiature.com