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Europe's number one travel destination is perfect for the summer, with luxurious beaches, world-famous wines and plenty of joie de vivre to give you the break you need. You could find all of these in Paris or Nice. But if you'd prefer to escape the crowds and keep France all to yourself, then follow our Eurail community to the Pyrenees, Provence and more, as they share their favorite finds. Or if you're short on travel time, then find out how you can discover more of France by going just beyond Paris in our Northern France itinerary.

Favorite finds from our community

Our wonderful Eurail community have sent us photos and stories of favorite finds that they discovered while traveling in Europe. Below you can find the best from France - from lakeside beaches to hilltop abbeys, follow our community members into France's interior. All of their finds are marked on the map below:



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By Julio

The Burgundy Canal, Joigny, north-central France

It is amazing to navigate the canals of France. We would arrive at each port by train using the Eurail Pass. After arriving at the station, we would walk a little, then take our boat, as shown here in Joigny. Train + Boat = The best trip in the world.


Getting there by rail: Joigny is 1h 13m by regional train from Paris Bercy station.

Occitanie, south-west France




By Olivia

Abbey of Saint-Martin-du-Canigou, Casteil, French Pyrenees

It takes an hour to hike to the top and when you reach the point overlooking the monastery, everything is silent and peaceful apart from the birdsong. An absolutely beautiful place.


Getting there by rail: The nearest major station is in the city of Perpignan. From there you can either take a bus all the way to the base of the abbey's hill at Casteil, or take a 1h 8m regional train to Villefranche-Vernet-Les-Bains station, followed by a longer, 8km hike to Casteil.




By Felipe

Cordes-sur-Ciel, Tarn

Cordes-sur-Ciel is a little medieval town on the top of a hill in France, near Toulouse. It's name means ''rocky heights above the clouds''.


Getting there by rail: Take a 55 minute regional train from Toulouse Matabiau to Cordes Vindrac station. There is a limited bus service from the train station to the town.

Provence, south-east France


By Carys

Lake of Sainte-Croix

My favorite secret spot in Europe is the Lake of Sainte-Croix in the south of France. The gorgeous waters are perfect for a summer dip, and the rentable paddle boats keep you entertained with your friends and family!


Getting there by rail: the lake is at the center of the remote Parc naturel régional du verdon, so it is best to go by rail to Marseille, Nice or Aix-en-Provence, then continue by road.

5 days in Northern France

First-time visitors to France will undoubtedly want to visit Paris... and for good reason, because it's a world capital of culture. But go just beyond Paris by train and you can discover palaces, beaches, art and history - a full French experience.


Day 1: Versailles

Day 2: Rouen

Day 3: Bayeux

Day 4: D-Day Beaches

Day 5: Mont Saint-Michel

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Day 1: Versailles




Just over half an hour from Paris, you can discover France's grandest palace. You can spend a whole day exploring its many rooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, then head outside to the pristine gardens


Paris to Versailles: Take a 14 minute regional TER train from Paris Montparnasse to Versailles Chantiers station, from which it is a 20 minute walk to the palace entrance.

Day 2: Rouen




The capital of Normandy is full of history. You can see Joan of Arc's place of execution, the Place du Vieux-Marché, or visit the house and gardens of impressionist painter Claude Monet in nearby Giverny.


Paris to Rouen: A direct regional train from Paris St Lazare to Rouen Rive Droite takes 1h 34m.

Day 3: Bayeux




Take an early train to Bayeux, with a stop in Caen for lunch and to see Abbaye aux Hommes. Check out the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a 70-meters long cloth depicting events of the 11th century Norman conquest of England.


Rouen to Bayeux: Catch the regional TER to Caen, then a direct Intercités train to Bayeux. The overall journey time is 2h 30m.

Day 4: D-Day beaches




Spend the day remembering the 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. Visit the D-Day museum and see wartime remains at Arromanches-les-Bains, then stand on Omaha Beach and see its D-Day memorial.


Bayeux to the D-Day Beaches: There are regular buses of 1hr that drop you close to Arromanches-les-Bains and Omaha Beach. Alternatively, an organized day tour from Bayeux will ensure you visit all the D-Day sights. 

Day 5: Mont Saint-Michel

Conclude your Northern France tour with a trip to the magical Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the ancient Abbey, best by guided tour, then explore the island, taking in the sea views.


Bayeux to Mont Saint-Michel: Take a direct 2h 12m train to Pontorson Mont Saint-Michel station. Note that the service does not run every day.


Mont Saint-Michel to Paris: Return to Paris by train in just over 3 hours, via Rennes (reservation required). 


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If you want to discover more of France, then you can find out how to add it to your next Eurail trip with more destinations and rail travel tips on our France main page.