Positioned just a short hop over the English Channel, France is the ultimate destination for practicing responsible travel. Avoid the airport queues and do your part for the environment by boarding the iconic Eurostar from London to Paris. Arrive in the ‘City of Lights’ – which is eminently explorable on foot – and spend time strolling through the leaf-lined boulevards, with a cup of coffee and a croissant in hand. With myriad train routes criss-crossing the countryside, continue travelling responsibly throughout the country, stopping in the wine-producing regions of Bordeaux and Champagne (to witness
sustainable viticulture) or the culinary hotspots of Lyon and Dijon (where local produce abounds). Marvel at the stunning French countryside along the way, another added benefit of swapping wings for wheels as part of responsible travel in France.
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With multiple train routes winding their way through Europe, there’s no need to step foot in an airport in order to experience another culture, and France is a clear winner when it comes to combining culture, cuisine and responsible travel. Paris – just over two hours by train from London – oozes sophisticated French charm and promises flaky pastries, boutique bistros and more masterpieces than you could hope to cram into one visit. Commit to the slow-paced nature of responsible travel in France and head back in time with guided walking tours around Normandy, a region of immense historical significance, or embrace la vie douce (‘the sweet life’) by road tripping through the French Riviera.
Responsible travel in France is also about indulging in local produce and embracing authentic cuisine, which isn’t difficult to do in Lyon, the undisputed foodie capital of France. Lyonnaise cuisine incorporates its own unique elements, while still maintaining a sense of classic French flair. Oenophiles (wine lovers) can enjoy the fruits of France’s vineyards in a responsible manner, with tours of vineyards that favour organic farming methods throughout the Loire Valley. As champions of responsible travel, our experts are on hand to help join the dots between France’s best bits, without ever having to leave solid ground.