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.
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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. Can I bring my bike on board ?
A. In general, bicycles can be taken with you as carry-on luggage, free of charge on just about any national or international train- if you put it in a bike bag. In the bike bag, the wheels, pedals and handlebars must be removed.
In addition, many European trains allow bikes in a special bike compartment for free or a small fee. If there is a fee, it’s typically about 5-15 Euros per journey. Bikes are typically permitted on local & regional trains in most countries, at least outside peak travel hours.
Many inter-city trains also allow bikes, however not in Spain. And in France only a few French TGVs allow bikes that aren’t in a bike bag. Some TGV-Lyria trains between Paris & Switzerland also allow bikes. Paris-Madrid & Paris-Barcelona night trains only allow bikes if they’re in a bike bag and if you & your fellow travellers occupy the entire sleeper compartment. Overnight Thello sleeper trains & daytime TGV trains between Paris & Italy only allow bikes in a bike bag. Thalys trains between Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam & Cologne only allow bikes in bike bags. Long-distance trains into Eastern Europe such as Cologne-Moscow, Bucharest-Istanbul or Budapest-Sofia only allow bikes in bike bags, primarily because these trains don’t have luggage compartments.
Lastly, some trains, primarily in the UK, will require advance reservations for bicycles. These reservations will need to be made locally at the station.
Q. How early should I arrive at the train station ?
A. We advise travellers to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure. This allows you time to clear any security checks and locate the platform where your train will be departing. If you are departing from a larger train station (typically a city’s main station) and need to activate your rail pass prior to boarding, you will want to arrive even earlier to make sure you have enough time to get your rail pass activated and avoid doing a luggage-hauling sprint through the station.
Please note : For Eurostar trains, follow the "check-in and Ticket Gate Time Limit" instructions which can be found on your ticket under "Additional Information".
Q. I selected a train ticket, but when I placed my booking the price changed. Why ? Can the previously quoted price be honored ?
A. For most trains, the price quoted is based on live availability from current seat inventories. However, for some trains, we cannot check fare availability at the time of quote due to technical limitations of the international rail distribution system. Therefore, we use a cached price to build your quote, based on generally available fares for the trip you requested.
While rare, sometimes, we find out that the fare used for quoting your trip is no longer available as we’re trying to confirm your reservation. This is when the system gives us the new price based on that very moment’s availability. This explains why you may receive a message advising you that the price has changed from the original quote.
Q. Can I still buy train tickets from you once I’m in Europe ?
A. Yes, but only for trains that offer print at home or print at the station e-tickets. In general, we don’t ship paper tickets to Europe unless you will be at the same location (and able to receive tickets) for 3-5 business days. If the train you want only offers a paper ticket option, and you won’t be able to receive those tickets in the main, you will need to buy it locally at the station.
Q. How can I contact Rail Europe prior to my departure to Europe ?
A. Please send us a message from our Contact Us page and we will respond to you via email within 24 to 48 hours.
Q. Can I choose a specific seat when booking a train ticket ?
A. At this time, we are unable to offer this service. Unlike airlines, most rail carriers do not offer the possibility to select your specific seat.
Q. What should I do if I’m unable to print my e-ticket at the station ?
A. First, make sure you’re entering the correct information in the self-service kiosk. You need to provide your e-ticket confirmation code, also known as PNR, which is a 6 character letter code (or an 8 character alphanumeric code for British e-tickets) that appears on your Rail Europe booking confirmation email. Any other booking reference (like the Rail Europe booking number) will not work to retrieve your print at station e-ticket.
Don’t attempt to retrieve your ticket using a different method of identification such as swiping a credit card. This will not work.
Although highly unusual, if you’re still unable to retrieve your ticket, go to the ticket counter and seek the assistance of a railway official. Make sure you know your e-ticket number.
If you’re still unable to retrieve your ticket, you may have to purchase a new train ticket. If possible, document the circumstances that prevented you from retrieving your e-ticket. If you purchase new tickets, make sure to keep a copy of the new tickets and the receipt.
Upon your return home, contact our customer relations department and write us a letter indicating what happened. Make sure to provide the new tickets you purchased and the receipt. We’ll review the matter and work things out with you.
Q. What is the benefit of buying passes through the group department versus the web ?
A. While group rates on passes match our web prices, booking with the group department will also provide your group with one pass at 75% off for every 15 people paying. And we’ll help ensure you’re buying the best rail pass for your group, as well as confirm any reservations with your group seated together (if required and/or wanted). An even better deal ? You’ll still receive all the applicable pass benefits as shown on our site ; discounted rates for Youth and Seniors, and Saver rail pass rates for parties of 2 or more traveling together.
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. Where can I find specific information regarding the services offered on the train I'll be taking ?
A. We try to provide you with as many details about your train trip as possible. When you’re searching for train fares and schedules, click on the train numbers listed on the results page. Choose the class of service you prefer to sit in and you’ll be able to see all onboard services offered.