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Monet , Champagne, Burgundy & Provence visit hitting Giverny, Reims, Epernay, Dijon, Aix en Provence & Paris

we arrive paris airport 20th hour want to go to Giverny, Vernon city station. does train go there from airport? then we want to go to Reims the next day. is that possible? does train go to Auvers from Reims or Epernay? then want to go to Dijon, then continue to Aix Provence. is all this possible? want to return to Paris from Aix Provence, is that possible on the tvg hi speed train?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 24, 2013 20:37
    Hi Judy,

    The closest station to Giverny is Vernon; however, there are no trains directly to there from the Paris CDG Airport. You would first go into the city of Paris. To travel between the CDG Airport and the city of Paris, you would have to take one of the local RER trains that run along line B. These trains operate every 7-15 minutes, and the trip takes about 40-45 minutes in duration. You would take Line B of the RER to the Nord station, where you would connect to Line E of the RER over to the St. Lazare station, where trains to Vernon will depart from. Tickets for the RER can only be purchased locally.

    Once you arrive into Vernon, you could walk, take a bus, or take a taxi to get to Monet's gardens.

    You would then go back through Paris from Vernon in order to get to Reims or Epernay. Trains from Vernon to Paris will arrive back into the St. Lazare station, while trains to Reims or Epernay will depart from the Est station in Paris. To commute from the St. Lazare station to the Est station, you would take line E of the RER, which only would take about 5 minutes. The trains between Paris and Reims are TGV trains.

    There is a station in Auvers sur Oise. Getting there from Reims or Epernay would involve going back through Paris again. While there are direct trains from Reims to Paris or Epernay to Paris, connections from Paris to Auvers sur Oise would involve changing trains once in either St Ouen l'Aumône, Valmondois, or Persan Beaumont along the way. Tickets for trains comprising of a connection from Paris to Auvers sur Oise can only be purchased locally.

    You would then go back through Paris to get from Auvers sur Oise to Dijon. Once again, tickets for the part of the connection from Auvers sur Oise can only be purchased locally. Connections from Auvers sur Oise to Paris arrive into the St. Lazare station, while trains from Paris to Dijon depart from the Gare de Lyon station. To commute from the Nord station to the Gare de Lyon station, you would just take line D of the local RER train network, and the ride would only take about 8 minutes.

    Trains from Paris to Dijon are TGV trains.

    To get from Dijon to Aix en Provence, you would take a regional train to Lyon, where you would switch to a TGV train that goes to Aix en Provence.

    Trains from Aix en Provence to Paris are TGV trains.

    For the requested travel, you can purchase the 'France Rail Pass'. You would find this pass to purchase here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/france-pass/index.html.

    Please note, the 'France Rail Pass' would not be valid to cover your transfers between stations in Paris on Lines E and D of the RER. In contrast, it actually would be valid to cover you on line B of the RER from the CDG Airport to the Nord station in the city. To use your 'France Rail Pass' for the RER from the airport to the city of Paris, you would just have to be sure to go to the RER ticket counter and request a "contremarque" voucher prior to boarding. Please keep in mind that this would use a day of rail travel on the pass. For RER lines D and E, you would pay to board locally.

    Trains between Paris and Vernon don't accept reservations, so the pass is all you would need to board.

    Trains between Paris and Reims require reservations in addition to the rail pass. Trains between Paris and Epernay don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Trains that comprise of a connection between Paris and Auvers sur Oise don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Trains from Paris to Dijon require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    For a trip from Dijon to Aix en Provence, the reservation would only be applied to the train from Lyon to Aix en Provence, where it would be required.

    Trains from Aix en Provence to Paris also will require reservations as a supplement to the rail pass.

    You would purchase reservations by clicking on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on our homepage, entering a route, and indicating that you'll be traveling with the 'France Rail Pass'. When purchasing reservations for trains to or from Aix en Provence on our site, you would have to be sure to type it as 'Aix En Provence TGV' (instead of just 'Aix en Provence').

    Reservable trains in France can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel falls outside of this time frame, you would just enter an earlier date. some time within the next 90 days, to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules in the meantime.

    Schedules for the connections between Paris and Auvers sur Oise are not able to be viewed on our website. If you'd like to inquire about schedules for this part of your trip, you can call us at 1-800-622-8600.
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