Rail Pass for travel in France - Does the total number travel days need to be consecutive days?

On a 5 day Rail Pass, are the travel days required to be consecutive days, or can I travel by train one day, and stay in one place a few days, then travel again? We plan to fly into Paris, travel to Paray le Monial and then stay there 5 days. Then we will travel to Toulouse and stay there 2 days with one train trip up to Carcasonne. Finally, we will travel back to Paris to fly out. While we will only be travelling by train on 5 days, we will be in France for 11 days. Do we have to purchase a 10 day pass when we only plan to travel 5 days? The website says that the clock starts on the day you activate your pass
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) October 30, 2014 15:10
    Thank you for your question, Richard.

    Since all of the travel you mentioned will be within France, you would purchase the France Rail Pass. The France Rail Pass is what is known as a 'flexipass'. A flexipass allows for a set number of travel days, which must be completed within a longer time frame (the longer time frame being 1 month in the case of the France Rail Pass). Therefore, you would have a month to complete your 5 days of rail travel.

    'Travel days' on a flexipass refer to how many separate days you plan on using your pass. A rail day is a 24 hour time period from midnight to midnight. You may take as many trains as you wish during the 24 time frame and still only use one day of travel on a pass. For instance, if you were to take a train from 'City A' to 'City B' and then take a connecting train to 'City C' on the same day, then you would use up only one day of travel on your pass. In contrast, if you were to take that connecting train to 'City C' on the next day instead, then you would use up 2 days of rail travel on your pass.
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