Catch the 07:55 train from London and with a simple change in Paris get to Toulouse at 17:55.
From there you can contemplate the Canal du Midi which sits right across the station while sipping a well-deserved aperitif.
With a strong medieval heritage, Toulouse, also nicknamed "ville rose" for its redbrick buildings, is France's fourth largest city.
With its many universities, Toulouse pays host to the largest student population outside Paris, making it a young and vibrant city.
As for the food, don't miss the local delicacy - cassoulet. It's a hearty stew made with tender meat and beans and is the ultimate in French comfort food.
Following the football in 2016?
Book your ticket for kick-off all the way to Toulouse and arrive in time for dinner.*