EUROSTAR begins its popular rail service to Avignon on July 8, offering travellers the chance to reach the south of France from just £99 return.
The high-speed train takes a little over six hours from London and gives passengers a chance to begin their holiday en route.
Standard class returns are available from £99 and for those who want pampering with meals, wine and champagne served at their seat, then Leisure Select is available from £249 return.
The weekly service, now in its fifth year of operation, will depart London every Saturday from early July and it will continue to operate until September 9.
The Eurostar arrives at Avignon Centre station, which is immediately opposite the historic city walls, allowing easy access to the town’s hotels and restaurants.
Visitors to Avignon, which sits on the banks of the River Rhône, can enjoy the stunning 14th Century Palais des Papes - Popes' Palace, Pont d’Avignon - the famous ruined bridge, or, simply wander the medieval streets taking in the splendor of the city’s architecture.
Train times (all local):
Departs Waterloo 7.09am; Ashford, Kent 8.02am
Arrives Avignon Centre 2.12pm
Departs Avignon Centre 4.30pm
Arrives Ashford, Kent 8.35pm; Waterloo 9.30pm
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