There are very few treats in life like the Splendor of Paris Tour from Rail Europe. It’s a full day that starts when you depart London via the Eurostar high-speed train. You’re transported through the English and French countryside before being met in Paris for a fully escorted and guided panoramic sightseeing tour by luxury coach. You’ll see the world-famous Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe before visiting the landmark of all landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. Tour the Palace of Versailles, including a visit to the Great Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s Apartments. It all ends in a high-speed rail ride back to London, a whirlwind of luxurious French memories behind you. But then, that’s Rail Europe for you. They understand the value of treating every guest like royalty.
- Why wait until you reach Versailles for the royal treatment ?
- Children under 4 travel for free.
Here’s what’s included :
- Fully escorted and guided panoramic sightseeing tour of Paris in a luxury air-conditioned motor coach.
- Escorted tour to the second floor of Eiffel Tower.
- Round-trip travel on Eurostar high-speed train through the British and French countryside between London and Paris.
- Visit to Versailles.
- Groups of 10 or more get a 5% discount on Splendor of 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.
- Tour begins at 5:30am at London St. Pancras international station.
- Passports are required.
- Tour operates :
- Nov - Feb on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
- March - October on Tuesday - Saturday.
- Train departs from Paris at 8:13pm.
- Tour ends approximately 9:40 pm.
- Voucher must be exchanged within 6 months of purchase date.
- Prices are subject to change.
- Once the tour has been reserved the tour is non-refundable.
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Common Questions, Simple Answers
Q. Can I print my train ticket at the station ?
A. Some, but not all train tickets can be printed at a train station in Europe. Once you’ve selected a particular train ticket and begin checkout, all delivery options will be presented to you. You will then be able to select, if offered, “Print at the Station e-ticket”.
Q. What credit cards does Rail Europe accept online ?
A. You can use an American Express, Diner’s Club, Discover, MasterCard, or Visa card on our website.
Q. Do I need to tip the train staff ?
A. Tipping the train staff (other than bar-buffet car waiters) is neither necessary nor customary.
Q. Once on the train platform, how can I find my car ? Is there a difference between where first and second class carriages are located or how they look on the outside ?
A. Typically you will see a (1) or a (2) or the words “First” or “Second” or a combination of both on the outside of the train car indicating First or Second class. Once you board the train, you’ll notice that some trains have inside indicators for first or second class. Some high speed trains have headrest covers that state the class of service.
For certain high speed trains such as the Thalys, TGV, or Eurostar you’ll also find displays right on the platform indicating where each car of the train will be located for boarding. You can use this chart to find the mark on the platform corresponding to the car you would like to board. It is a good rule of thumb to arrive at the station early so that you can find the train and the right car matching the class of service on your pass or ticket.
And of course, you can always ask a railway official or conductor for assistance.
Q. When I board the train, can I sit anywhere I want ?
A. If you booked a reservation for a specific train, you’ll have a designated car and seat number. This information will be located on your ticket.
If you don’t have a reservation and the train you’re traveling on either doesn’t accept reservations or reservations are not mandatory, then you’ll be able to get on board and look for an available seat in the class of service you booked. Keep in mind that during the train journey, if another traveller gets on board and has reserved the seat you’re occupying, you will need to move.
Keep in mind that local commuter trains generally do not accept reservations. During peak hours (typically before 9am and in the evening between 5-7pm) the trains are used by locals going to work and tend to be a bit more crowded. This may make it more difficult to find an available seat.
Q. What are the fees associated with getting a train ticket refunded ?
A. The first type of fee is carrier penalties. These are charges determined by the rail carrier depending on the exchange and refund conditions associated with your original train ticket. For example, there may be a 15% penalty assessed for exchanges, which means that only 85% of the value of the original ticket will be carried over for the purchase of a new ticket. Or there may be a fixed penalty charged for exchanges, or no fee at all.
When browsing fares on our website, you can read a brief description of each fare flexibility level, and then see the full exchange and refund conditions for each fare.
Once you have booked a train ticket with us, its exchange and refund rules will be indicated in your Rail Europe booking confirmation email, as well as printed with your train ticket and/or on the ticket jacket in the case of paper tickets. Please note that train tickets must be received for exchange or refund within the allowed time frame mentioned in the exchange and refund conditions.
The second type of fee is Rail Europe’s administrative fee. This fee is charged in addition to applicable carrier penalties. The processing fee is 7% of the cost of the original train ticket.
Q. Will my luggage be safe, accessible, and in my line of sight throughout the duration of my trip ?
A. Your luggage will either be safely above you in a luggage rack, or at the end of your train car. These are the designated locations for luggage storage. You will be able to access your bags as needed.
You are responsible for your luggage. The railways will assume no responsibility in case of loss or theft of baggage carried on board.
Be sure to have luggage tags with your name and contact information securely attached in case you leave anything behind.
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. Are there smoking and non smoking sections on trains ?
A. Smoking is not permitted on any trains in Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg), France, Hungary, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, Sweden, or Poland.
Smoking is restricted on trains in Finland and the Czech Republic.
Smoking is also prohibited in lavatories and dining cars. And you must observe special regulations at stations where you usually find dedicated smoking areas or rooms.
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.