You can now travel to one of the world’s most remarkable cities for the day without ever checking out of your London hotel room. The Simply Paris tour from Rail Europe is the perfect way to get a taste of Paris in just one day. It starts with a scenic high-speed train ride through British and French countryside that delivers you to a semi-escorted tour of Paris on a luxury coach. See the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe before going on an escorted tour to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous landmark. You’ll then experience quintessential French scenery from a Seine River cruise before spending some time doing your own Paris exploration. Your high-speed travel on Eurostar returns you to London at the end of day, just in time for bed. Perfect. One dream down, 26 Rail Europe countries to go.
Travel roundtrip on Eurostar from London and enjoy an escorted tour of Paris on board a luxury coach.
Here’s what’s included :
- Semi escorted and guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris in a luxury air-conditioned coach.
- Escorted tour to the second floor of Eiffel Tower.
- Seine River cruise.
- Walking tour and entry ticket to the Louvre Museum. (On Tuesdays when the Louvre is closed you will receive entry ticket to the d’Orsay Museum.)
- Travel on Eurostar high-speed train through the British and French countryside both ways between London and Paris.
- Free time to explore Paris.
- Reservations must be confirmed at least 4 days in advance by calling the reservation center in London. Details on making reservations are included with your voucher.
- Passports are required.
- Tour begins at 5:45am at London St. Pancras international station.
- Train departs from Paris at 8:13 pm
- Tour ends approximately at 9:30pm.
- Days of Operation :
- January - March on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
- April - October daily except on Sundays.
- November - December on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
- Once the tour has been reserved the tour is non-refundable.
- Voucher must be exchanged within 6 months of purchase date.
- Prices are subject to change.
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Q. Why are e tickets not available for certain trips ?
A. Availability of e-tickets depends on two factors : whether the rail company operating the train offers e-ticketing, and if it does, whether Rail Europe was granted technical access to their inventory to enable e-ticketing on their behalf.
Not all European rail companies offer e-tickets. But when they do, we work with them to make this option available on our website. And we’ll continue to do so in order provide more e-ticket options for your convenience.
Q. Does taking an overnight train mean using 2 travel days on my rail pass ?
A. If you travel on a direct overnight train departing after 7:00pm and arriving after 4:00am, it’s only necessary to enter the date of arrival in the travel calendar, thereby using only one travel day. If you travel on an overnight train that departs after 7:00pm but has a change of trains or arrives before 4:00am, you will be required to enter both the date of departure and arrival in the travel calendar, using two travel days of your rail pass.
Q. What happens if I board a train with my rail pass but forgot to purchase a reservation ?
A. We suggest advising the conductor as soon as possible of the situation and purchase the required reservation. If you’re traveling on a train that requires a reservation you could be fined.
Q. Are there luggage handling services at the station for groups ?
A. Yes, luggage handling is offered at select train stations in Europe. Please contact our group department for more details.
Q. What’s the difference between a seat reservation and a train ticket ?
A. A train ticket is a travel document that allows you to board a train for a journey, but does not necessarily guarantee an accommodation (seat/sleeper) assigned to you on board. A reservation guarantees you a specific accommodation on a specific train.
In many cases, train tickets are issued as combined ticket and reservation : you receive one travel document that indicates the specific train and seat assignment. This is the case for most high speed trains such as Eurostar, Thalys and TGV, as well as for night trains.
In some other cases, you may receive a train ticket and a separate travel document for your reservation.
By itself, a reservation can never be used to board a train. It must be used in conjunction with an open train ticket, as we’ve just described, or with a rail pass.
Q. Are the fares offered on your website based on live availability ?
A. Yes, in most cases. The fares displayed on our website are based on current seat availability at the time you requested the fares and schedules for your journey. our booking engine has a direct link to the inventory of many European rail carriers including SNCF, Eurostar, Thalys, DB, Trenitalia, RENFE, the UK’s Association Of Train Operating Companies, and more.
There are some routes which we can only display a cached price at the time of quotation, based on generally available fares for those trains. Actual confirmation of space and fare occurs upon completion of your order. If there are any issues, you’ll be contacted.
Q. My Rail Europe train tickets were not accepted by the conductor. What do I do ?
A. While all train tickets issued by Rail Europe should be accepted onboard the train, if you should run into any issues, be sure to ask the conductor to stamp your Rail Europe ticket "Not Used" with a written note explaining why this ticket could not be accepted by a railway official. You will want to keep that ticket safe and upon your return home, you can send the original ticket, any replacement tickets and receipts, and a brief letter of explanation to our Customer Relations team.
Please use the Contact Us page to get more information regarding a refund.
Q. What if I’ve purchased a Twin/Saver pass and one of the travellers decides not to travel that day ?
A. It’s perfectly fine, but the traveller who didn’t travel will still use a travel day on their pass.
If you’re all traveling on the same day, but split up and take different trains, those not carrying the pass will need to buy separate train tickets.
Q. How long are train tickets valid for ?
A. It depends if you have a ticket with a reservation or a point to point train ticket.
Point to point train tickets are valid within 15 days from the first day of validity printed on the ticket. You can travel with your train ticket on any date within the validity period (however, remember : separate reservations may be necessary, depending on the route).
Tickets with reservations are only valid for the train for which the reservation was issued, on that specific travel date and time of travel.
Q. What should I do if the train is late ?
A. It depends if you’re traveling with train tickets that include a reservation or with open tickets. If your train ticket includes a reservation, then it’s only valid for travel on the train for which it was issued. If the train is late, you’ll need to wait until it arrives.
If you’re traveling with open tickets you can decide to take another train, as long is it doesn’t require a reservation and travels the same route as the one for which your open ticket was issued.