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Ardeche France Steam Railway Holiday

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Ardeche and Alpine Dash

Lyon in waiting

Holiday date: Saturday, 1st October 2022
5 days for  £929 per person
£1858 for two people sharing
Single supplement £160
Tour reference: AD5/1
Price, based on 1.10 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause)

The two A’s add up to a magnificent addition to our Autumn programme. A five day trip with memorable days in and around the Ardeche and the Alps goes like this:-

Holiday Highlights

Two top tourist railways with the Vivarais and Velay Express
Eurostar and TGV to Lyon via Lille
Grenoble and cheese on a mountain top
Discover the transport and tourist delights of Lyon
Incredible mountain and Alpine scenery
A top notch, traditional, “railway style” hotel

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday

Meet at London St Pancras International mid-morning, then it is a Eurostar to Lille and TGV to our hotel at Lyon Perrache arriving about 18.00. On arrival, and after checking in, you are invited to join your courier for a short stroll to where the local cafes are. A relaxed start to our “dash”.

Day 2 - Sunday

A morning exploring the old parts of Lyon, including an optional (but included) walking tour of the “Traboules”. A scenic rail trip into the Loire Valley begins our afternoon trip and first excursion into the Ardeche. The train calls at Retournac where we join our coach for a splendid drive to St Agreve. Here we find our first “steam” of the holiday, chuffing from St Agreve to Tence aboard the Velay Express.

Meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Monday

To the Alps today, via two stunning SNCF rail journeys from Lyon, via Aix-les-Bains to Grenoble. Two highlights, literally, to enjoy here. Lunch amid stunning views from the top of the St Hilaire Tramway, and fantastic views of the Isere River and Grenoble from high up on the Chartreuse Range, overlooking the Vercours Range – magnifique!

Meals: Breakfast
Credit: Alain GAVILLET
Day 4 - Tuesday

To the Ardeche, again, for the unsurpassable trip, steam hauled, from St Jean to L’Amastre aboard the Vivarais Railway. This two-hour journey is regarded as the finest, most scenic, narrow gauge railway ride in Europe. Enjoy incredible views as we travel through gorges, up hills and down dales to the lovely market town at L’Amastre. A lunch time break here and then we drive back down to Tournon, St Jean and rail back to Lyon. No visit to Lyon is complete without a meal in its most famous restaurant, George’s Brasserie. Enjoy a gastronomic, iconic, unique experience (included) – a fitting finale!

Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 - Wednesday

Homeward bound, but a lazy morning, then via Lille and back into London by 16.00 ish!

Meals: Breakfast

Not ready to go home?

Why not have a night in Paris and join our Black, White and Gold holiday at Paris Gare d’Est tomorrow afternoon for a further 7 days touring the Alsace, Black Forest and Switzerland – price on application.


Coming soon!

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The Mercure Pullman Perrache Hotel, Lyon

This four-star hotel is situated immediately adjacent to Lyon Perrache Station and within ten minutes walk of the city centre. It is a traditional railway hotel with high ceilings and a certain air of opulence. Recently modernised and renovated it serves an excellent buffet style breakfast – a quality base for a quality holiday.

Features and Facilities

Air conditioning
Room service
Elevator to all floor
Iron at reception
Private bathroom
24-hour front desk
Flat-screen TV
Tea/Coffee maker
Alarm clock

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis


Evening meal out at Georges Brasserie

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Other meals
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