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After a quick look at SNCF timetables:

TGV Paris-Toulouse takes approx 5h 20m. (True very fast train to somewhere north of Bordeaux, then normal express from there on). Comfortable unless chock-a-block.

TGV Toulouse-Lyon takes approx 4h 45m. (very fast between Avignon and Lyon).

Lyon-Geneva by Corail Lunéar (comfortable express) takes 1h 42m.

Other suggestion (but disclaimer: I'm not trying to persuade you not to go to Lyon or Geneva, just pointing out an alternative) : you could go Toulouse-Nice then take an Italian train Ventimiglia-Florence. It may take time (haven't got details), because of changes, but it'll fit in a day. And you would follow the Med coastline from Marseille all the way round, often on corniche lines squeezed between mountains and sea. I've never done it, but I think it would be a nice trip. Then Florence-Venice is not a huge jump.

Of course, you wouldn't be going via Finland, and what would that reveal about European attitudes to strange far northern countries where the Triloqvists dwell?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jul 26th, 2006 at 01:00:41 PM EST
Starting this summer there is a once-weekly Eurostar return service from London to Avignon, on Saturdays. If you time things right you might be able to take advantage of it, at least on the way back. You could also take advantage of the Paris-Avignon leg on the way out if you do London-Paris on a suitable weekday.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jul 26th, 2006 at 02:59:31 PM EST
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