Ardeche France Steam Railway Holiday

Saturday, 2nd October 2021



Ardeche & Alpine Dash

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, traditionally “railway style”, hotel
The three 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:-

Outline Itinerary


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”.


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.



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!


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!



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

Our Hotel

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.
The Mercure Perrache Hotel Lyon

Special note:

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.

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
  • Porterage
  • Other meals

Let's book your dream holiday!

Ardeche France Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: BM4/1
Saturday, 2nd October 2021
5 days
Price, based on 1.05 Euro to the £. (see Booking Conditions for currency fluctuation clause) Single supplement £160.00