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.
Splendor of Paris
Why wait until you reach Versailles for the royal treatment?
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. What constitutes a group?
A. Ten or more people traveling together constitutes a group.
Q. Do I need to do anything to my train ticket before boarding the train?
A. If you purchased and received a paper train ticket in the mail, there is nothing further you need to do.
If you purchased a print at home e-ticket, be sure to print your ticket before you leave home and keep your train ticket safe and secure. For Italo tickets, just print your Rail Europe email confirmation which includes your unique e-ticket confirmation code(s). This e-ticket confirmation code along with your photo i.d. will be checked when on the Italo train.
If you purchased a print at the station e-ticket, you’ll need to visit a self-service kiosk to print your train ticket (remember, you’ll need the e-ticket confirmation code included on your invoice). When retrieving your e-ticket in France at an SNCF kiosk or in Italy at a Trenitalia kiosk, you will need to “stamp your ticket” (composter votre ticket as French say) prior to boarding the train. Should you have any problems, just ask the conductor of the train to do it for you when you board the train.
Q. Can I sit in First class if I have a Second class rail pass?
A. In general, you cannot travel in first class with a second class rail pass.
In certain cases it may be possible to purchase an upgrade for your trip, you can visit the ticket window at your departure train station prior to boarding your train.
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. What is the "validity period" of a rail pass?
A. The validity period of a rail pass is the time period in which you must complete your travels with your rail pass. This period is calculated from the date stamped on the rail pass by the railway official.
With a flexi pass this period is defined as a certain number of calendar months – typically one or two.
With a continuous day pass the validity period equals the number of travel days.
Q. Do you ship to PO and APO boxes?
A. At this time, we are unable to ship to P.O. or A.P.O. boxes.
Q. In the event of a strike, is my rail pass covered under the Rail Protection Plan™?
A. In general no – the Rail Protection Plan™ doesn’t provide specific coverage for rail passes, city passes, or tours in the event a strike occurs during your travels.
During a strike, there are usually trains that operate along all routes, as well as substitute buses. While you may not be able to take the exact train you were planning on using, there are usually trains or some other method of transportation that can get you to where you need to go.
In case a severe strike occurs that significantly prevents you from using your pass as intended, you may contact our customer relations team. We will review your particular circumstances and may provide compensation, if appropriate.
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. Will I be sharing my sleeping compartment with strangers?
A. If you book a reservation for a bed in a compartment that can accommodate more people than are in your traveling party, yes, additional people may be in the compartment. It’s also important to note that couchette accommodations are usually not gender specific.
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.