A Train Odyssey - The Great Outdoors

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    © RA Tourisme - P. Smit

A Train Odyssey - The Great Outdoors

Experience a combination of 3 essential elements of nature on your “Be There! Do That” tryst with adventure in France. Exciting activities on air, water and earth promise an adrenalin rush. Skydive with glee abandon or challenge the waters on a rafting adventure or take to the seas on a sailing expedition. An expert network of trains waits to escort you all over France for your rendezvous with the “elements”!

Earthy Adventures:
A host of activities such as golfing, hiking and trekking keep your feet firmly on the ground in your connect with element earth. Home to more than 500 golf courses, France is a veritable golfing paradise. Avid golfers find their paradise in picturesque Evian in the Rhone Alpes region which offers you a chance to tee off on the same hallowed ground that hosts the Evian Masters Golf Tournament - The Evian Royal Golf Club. A hard day’s golf is best treated with a relaxing spa treatment. Indulge in thermal cures for a complete rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul! An alpine rendezvous awaits at the Chamonix Golf Course and Club, located in picturesque Chamonix. Stunning vistas of the Mont Blanc envelop you as you prepare to tee off on a superbly laid out golf course. The invigorating mountain air and the serene ambience gently encourage you to stay on top of your game.

Enjoy a game of golf in a Provencal setting. An exceptional location near Cannes, the Terre Blanche offers you a two in one golf and spa experience... it’s two 18 hole golf courses propose friendly challenges among friends, coaching or even options for budding amateurs-children! Completely recharge your batteries with their relaxing spa sessions in a tranquil ambience enhanced by natural light. 

A different facet of element earth reveals itself on hiking and trekking expeditions. Religious Lourdes in the Midi-Pyrenees offers a stunning view of the Pyrenees mountains from the Pic du Jer. Accessible via funicular, a walking trail at the top takes you to an observatory where you encounter a unique panoramic viewpoint offering a 360° view of Lourdes, Tarbes, Pau, the Argelès Gazost valley and the peaks of the Pyrenees.

Chamonix offers you hiking and trekking expeditions at the foot of the Mont Blanc. 350 kms of paths traversing valleys and 160 kms of routes adapted for all sorts of walkers are yours for the walking!

An Aerial Encounter:
Air is in its element as you enjoy spectacular vistas from a hot air balloon ride or enjoy exhilarating sky diving escapades! Hot air ballooning awaits you in the Loire Valley. Choose from sunrise or sunset hot air balloon rides and enjoy magnificent snapshots of famous landmarks such as the Château de Chenonceau, Château de Chaumont, Château de Azay-le-Rideau.

Continue the ballooning experience in wine country-Burgundy. Fly over the verdant Chablis vineyards or the spectacular medieval hilltop village of Vezelay. The region of Champagne invites you to raise a toast to the bubbly in the air! Take off from Reims and discover picturesque landscapes of the Touristic Route of Champagne and the Regional Mountain Park of Reims... A mid air toast is yours for the taking!

A treat is in store for skydiving enthusiasts! Head straight to Pau in the Aquitaine region for a tandem paragliding experience! Feel free as a bird as you skydive from an altitude of 4000 metres. A true conquest of the skies is attained as you enjoy your walk in the clouds!

Marine Adventures:
Water remains the final element that waits to be discovered! Vibrant Chamonix invites you to discover its ‘’wild’’ side... Get an adrenalin rush with a  white water rafting experience on the Arve river! Rafting and canyoning encounters continue in the Gorges du Verdon area - Europe’s most beautiful canyon located in the Provence Alpes Cote d Azur region. Head to the Castellane village for exciting rafting, canyoning and kayaking possibilities.

If it’s the beach that appeals to you, Biarritz in the Aquitaine region promises an exciting surfing caper. A mecca for surfers, this exclusive sea side resort hosts many famous surfing tournaments around the year. For novices, a choice of 10 surfing schools helps hone those surfing skills.

The glamorous beaches of the Mediterranean invite you for a sailing expedition with friends. The exclusive seaside resorts of Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez are your best bets for sailing. Discover unspoilt islands, rugged coastlines and fine beaches as your sailboat takes you around this celebrated playground of the rich and the famous and acquaints you with a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle.