Tramways of France

Tramways of France overview

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Prices from: £1,630.00
Single supplement from: £610.00
Duration: 14 days
First available departure: 7 Apr 2018
Last available departure: 7 Apr 2018
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Tramways of France

We travel to the South East of France where we visit the tramways of some of the major cities including Grenoble, Marseille and Saint Etienne. We also make a stop to visit the trams and Automatic Metro in Lille and explore the Paris network. A great way to explore France for the enthusiast.

Grenoble
Lille - © Richard Lemon
Lille - © Richard Lemon

ITINERARY

Day 1 – Lyon

Mid-morning Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Lille where we connect to a TGV service to Lyon. We arrive early evening and our hotel for the next 4 nights can be found a short walk away. An evening meal is included tonight in the hotel restaurant.

Days 2 & 3 – Trams, Metro and Funiculars

We make full use of our 2 days in Lyon to explore the 5 tramway lines, 4 metro lines and the 2 funiculars which run up the Fourviere Hill. There is also time to visit the Vieux Lyon (old town) which is one of Europe’s most extensive Renaissance neighbourhoods and was the first in France to be protected under the Malraux Law, designed to protect French cultural sites.

Day 4 – Capital of the Alps

Today we make the short journey to Grenoble, self proclaimed to be “The Capital of the Alps” due to its size and proximity to the mountain range. Grenoble has many museums and is known for its excellent restaurants and fine dining, It also boasts a superb public transport system. After checking in to our hotel the afternoon is free to start exploring.

Day 5 – Trams of Grenoble

Grenoble has 5 tram lines and 93 stations and today we have plenty of time to explore them. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could take a trip up to the Bastille on one of Grenoble’s famous ‘bubble’ cable cars (at an additional cost), which afford spectacular panoramic views of the city.

Day 6 – South to the Med

After a free morning we take a lunchtime train via Gap to Marseille, arriving early evening. Our hotel can be found opposite the station with easy access to the Metro.

Day 7 – Marseille – Metro and Trams

With 2 metro lines and 3 tram routes, the rapid-transport of Marseille covers a route of over 30km and today we will explore the entire network.

Day 8 – To the Massif Central

Leaving Marseille mid-morning we take a TGV up the high-speed line to Lyon where we change on to a local train for Saint Etienne, arriving early afternoon. Saint Etienne is notable for its tramway network, which has functioned continuously since its opening in 1881, and its trolleybus system, which is one of only three such systems currently operating in France.

Day 9 – Trams of Saint Etienne

The metre gauge tram network of Saint Etienne covers nearly 12km with two lines serving 37 stops. We have time today to ride the length of the network and also have an opportunity to ride the 11 trolleybuses the city has in service.

Day 10 – North to Lille

This morning we take a regional train to Lyon where we board a TGV north to Lille. We arrive in Lille early afternoon and the rest of the day is free to ride the Automatic Metro or the trams.

Day 11 – To the Capital

After a free morning to cover any of Lille’s network you didn’t manage yesterday we head to the capital, arriving mid-afternoon. Our hotel for the next 3 nights is situated opposite the Gare du Nord station. The rest of the day is free to explore this vibrant city using your Paris Visite pass which offers unlimited travel on trams, buses, trains and the metro whilst also giving special savings at some of Paris’s top attractions.

Days 12 & 13 – Tramways d'Ile-de-France

With 9 standard gauge tramways in Paris covering over 100km we have allowed 2 full days to explore the network. If the tramways aren’t enough there are also 14 metro lines, 5 RER lines and a funicular!

Day 14 – Homeward Bound

We take a lunchtime Eurostar from Gare du Nord back to London arriving mid-afternoon.

Price Includes

  • Rail travel as specified
  • Public transport passes as specified
  • Accommodation in good quality hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Evening meal on first night
  • Services of a tour leader from London and throughout the tour