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. If my travel party won’t fill the entire compartment, can we buy it out to travel by ourselves ?
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Q. I missed my train. What should I do ?
A. If you’re traveling with a train ticket that doesn’t include a reservation, you can simply get on the next train that accepts tickets without reservations.
If you’re traveling with a train ticket that includes a reservation, you may have to purchase a new train ticket. Review the exchange and refund terms of your ticket to determine if your train ticket can be exchanged.
If you missed your train due to a connecting train being delayed, ask a Conductor or railway official to endorse your train ticket to say there had been a delay. This is usually sufficient proof for the train staff at the onward station to allow a free transfer to the next available train.
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Q. How far in advance can I purchase a train ticket ?
A. Train tickets can be purchased in a booking horizon of 30 to 180 days in advance of a journey. This booking horizon depends on the route and each rail carrier’s policy.
In order to take advantage of the best prices and availability, always book as far in advance as possible. It’s particularly important to book early during peak travel seasons to ensure you can travel on the date you wish.
Please note – when planning a journey you can always enter a date within 30 days of today to view general travel times and ticket fares.
Booking horizon by country (in advance of the date of travel) :*
Austria - 90 days
Balkans - 60 days
Benelux (International) - 90 days
Croatia/Slovenia (International) - 90 days
Czech Republic (International) - 60 days
Denmark - 60 days
Finland - 60 days
France - 90 days
Germany - 180 days
Great Britain - 75 days
Hungary (International) - 90 days
Italy - 120 days
Montenegro/Serbia - 90 days
Norway - 90 days
Spain - 60 days
Sweden - 180 days
Switzerland - 90 days
Poland (Domestic) - 30 days
Poland (International) - 60 days
Romania (Domestic) - 30 days
Romania (International) - 90 days
Russia - 45 days
Booking horizons for the major train lines or carriers (in advance of the date of travel) :*
Allegro - 60 days
ATOC Britain - 90 days
Berlin-Warsaw Express - 60 days
DB - 180 days
Eurostar - 180 days
France-Freiburg (Breisgau)TGV - 90 days
France-Germany High Speed - 90 days
France-Italy TGV - 90 days
France - Russia - 60 days
France-Spain High Speed - 119 days
Germany-Italy Day - 120 days
Hungarian Trains - 90 days
ICE - 180 days
Lusitania - 60 days
Lyria - 90 days
NTV Italo - 120 days
RENFE - 60 days
Romanian Night Trains - 90 days
Thalys - 90 days
Thello Night - 120 days
Tolstoy - 60 days
Trenitalia (Domestic) - 120 days
Trenitalia (International) - 120 days
*Subject to change.
Q. What if I have a group of 10 or more purchasing rail passes ?
A. Please contact our Groups Department who can arrange customized travel solutions perfect for your travellers.
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 lockers and luggage storage services available at the train station ?
A. Most major train stations have a left luggage facility offering either self-serve luggage lockers or staffed luggage facilities.
Keep in mind that there is a fee to store your luggage at a train station. Typically, stations will charge a flat rate to rent a luggage locker that you’re free to fill. For staffed luggage facilities, you may incur a “per bag” fee. In either case, the fee is usually under 10 Euros. If you do leave your bags, be sure to keep some money in your pockets for the luggage lockers.
Q. Is there onboard medical help in case of emergency ?
A. Currently most trains do not carry emergency medical equipment. In case of a medical emergency, conductors on board will radio ahead to the next stop so that help will be ready and waiting.
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.