From its herb-scented hills to its yacht-filled harbours, no other region of France fires the imagination as strongly as Provence. The vivid landscape and luminous light have inspired artists and writers. The borders of Provence are defined by nature: to the west, the Rhône; south, the Mediterranean; and north, where the olive trees end. Within is a contrasting terrain of plummeting gorges, Camargue saltflats, lavender fields and sun-drenched beaches. Past visitors have left their mark, most visibly the Romans. The warm sunlight nurtures intense flavours and colours. Peppers, garlic and olives transform a netful of Mediterranean fish into that epitome of Provencal cuisine, bouillabaisse
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Eurostar & TGV travel to Provence
Travel from the UK (London St Pancras, Ebsfleet or Ashford) to any of these destinations can be with a change of train at Lille, with a simple change of platform or via Paris with a change from Paris Nord to Paris Gare de Lyon station (Metro/RER tickets provided, the actual journey time is 12 minutes plus access time, full step by step instructions provided). Destinations beyond Marseille are by local train from there or from Toulon.
Direct Eurostar from UK to Lyon (4h 40 mins), Avignon (5h 50 mins) & Marseille (6h 25 mins)
From 1st May 2015 there will be a direct Eurostar service operating on the following dates (departing St Pancras at 07.15 and Ashford at 07.55 and getting back at 21.40/22.12).
Jul & Aug: Daily except Tue & Wed
Nov/Dec: Saturdays only