French Riviera Holidays by Rail

S tretching from the famous Calanques around Cassis and Marseille to the Italian border east of Menton, the glamorous French Riviera has been attracting British tourists since the late 18th century. The region is also famous as a playground for the rich and famous, with its Belle Epoque villas, luxury hotels and fabulous yachts bobbing in picture-perfect harbours. In the summer, there are even direct trains from London to Marseille.

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Our Recommended Hotels on the French Riviera

Hotel Le Canberra

Hotel Le Canberra is situated on the Rue d’Antibes in the centre of Cannes, 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. Facilities at the hotel include a heated outdoor pool and sun terrace, a bar and a restaurant, Le Café Blanc, serving Mediterranean dishes. The bedrooms are soundproofed, with complimentary wi-fi access and air-conditioning.

Hotel Windsor

Occupying a 19th century building in the centre of Nice, this boutique hotel offers uniquely decorated, air-conditioned rooms. The buffet breakfast is served in the hotel’s garden or dining area and there is also a lounge bar with a fireplace for winter months. The seafront Promenade des Anglais is only 550 yards away.

Juan les Pins
Best Western Astoria

The Best Western Astoria Hotel is located in the centre of Juan les Pins, an easy walk from the beach and the train station. Bedrooms are classically furnished with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi access. There is also a 24-hour reception and an on-site bar where you can enjoy a drink at the end of the day.

Napoléon Hotel

Located on the seafront in Menton, the Hotel Napoléon is a modern hotel decorated in a Jean Cocteau themed style. All bedrooms are equipped with air-conditioning, flat screen TVs and tea & coffee making facilities. There’s also an outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour bar.

Fairmont Monte Carlo

The Fairmont Monte Carlo occupies an enviable location on the last chicane of the Monte Carlo Rally and Grand Prix routes, overlooking the Mediterranean.

Facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and a piano bar/ restaurant with uninterrupted sea views.

Palais de la Méditerranée

The Art Deco façade of the Hyatt Regency Palais de la Méditerranée has been a landmark of the famous Promenade des Anglais since 1929. The hotel boasts an outdoor and indoor heated swimming pool, a bar and restaurant with a terrace overlooking the sea, and 187 refurbished bedrooms.

Intercontinental Carlton

Built in 1911, the Intercontinental Carlton is a long-standing landmark of Cannes’ famous Boulevard de la Croisette. Along with 343 elegantly furnished bedrooms, the hotel also boasts a private beach, two restaurants and two bars. A classic choice on the Cote d’Azur.

Suggested Tours on the French Riviera

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Food & Wine Walking Tour in Nice

Enjoy a half-day walking tour of Nice, taking you off the tourist trail and into the culinary heart of the city. This is a small-group tour, limited to 12 people and includes plenty of opportunities to sample famous Niçoise food and wine.

from £63 per person
Car Hire

Pick up a car from the train station or town centre and explore the stunning Côte d'Azur at your own pace. We can also ensure that your hotel has private parking.

from £150 for 3 days