Ligne des Causses & the Vivarais
- Ride the Ligne des Causses from Clermont Ferrand to Béziers
- Steam on the old Vivarais network
- Free time in Béziers
- Journey by rail through stunning scenery
- 7 days from £1,625pp
Tuesday 13 September to Monday 19 September 2022
Journey on the remarkable 'Ligne des Causses', France's longest single track line to the South of France and enjoy steam on the country's famous Vivarais Railway that runs between the Rhône and the Loire rivers.
Day 1 – London to Lille
Leaving London St. Pancras early afternoon we take the Eurostar to Lille for a 1-night stay. We arrive mid-afternoon and the rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to explore this city.
Day 2 – Lille to Clermont Ferrand
Today we continue southwards on a mid-morning TGV to Lyon where we connect with our onward train to Clermont Ferrand arriving late afternoon for a 1-night stay.
Day 3 – Ligne des Causses
Ride the spectacular Ligne des Causses. Starting from Clermont Ferrand we head to the town of Béziers in Southern France, passing en route the Massif Central, gorges, valleys, vineyards, tunnels and viaducts. Highlights include the 'Viaduc de Garabit' built by Gustave Eiffel, which spans the gorge of the river Truyère and is now a national monument, and the descent into the deep valley of the Tarn. There is only one direct train a day on this line that winds its way south at a leisurely pace. We arrive into Béziers in the evening for a 1-night stay.
Please note there are engineering works on part of the line and the journey between Clermont-Ferrand and Marvejols will be by bus replacement service, a journey time of approximately 3 hours. The remainder of the journey between Marvejols and Beziers will continue by train as scheduled, a journey time of approximately 3hrs 45 mins.
Day 4 – Beziérs to Tournon
A morning at leisure in Béziers. The St. Nazaire Cathedral lies upon a hill and aside from its own impressive features, offers great views over the surrounding area. We take an early afternoon train to Valence where we will continue our journey to Tournon by coach arriving late afternoon. We have a 3-night stay in Tournon.
Days 5 & 6 – Steam on the Vivarais
Spend 2 full days riding the lines of the old Vivarais network. We plan to offer travel on both the Rhône (Tournon, St. Jean de Muzols to Lamastre) section, and the Loire-side lines operated as the 'Voies Ferrées du Velay'. Past experience suggests there will be options for journeys with steam locomotives (both sections have Mallets), railcars and locotracteurs. The vélorail (cycle railcar) also provides a different perspective of travel along the line and some spectacular scenery.
Day 7 – Homeward Bound
A morning coach to Valence to begin our rail journey back to London via Lille. We arrive into St. Pancras late afternoon.
Hotel La Valiz, Lille
Mercure Clermont Ferrand Centre Jaude, Clermont Ferrand
Mercure Béziers, Béziers
Hotel Azalées, Tournon
Please note - hotel can be subject to change
- All rail travel as stated in standard class
- Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- All coach transfers as stated
- 2-days on the Vivarais network
- Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour
Price per person
|Single room supplement:||£260|
|Deposit for this holiday:||£100|
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