Train Paris → Orleans
Duration 52 - From $12
An effortlessly chic moveable feast Effortlessly chic. An effusion of culture, couture and cuisine. A place whose name alone conjures up images of whirlwind romances and infamous scribes : This is Paris. Whether you’re arriving to or departing from Paris by train, you’ll get to travel through one of the seven train stations currently in use. Paris’ train stations are spectacular buildings, which have been immortalized by generations of artists such as famed French painter and impressionist pioneer Claude Monet. Gare De Lyon, built for the World Exposition of 1900 is a classic study in architecture for that time period. But don’t be fooled by the façade. Inside you’ll find the high-speed TGV terminal that whisks travelers throughout France at record speeds. Walk with your head toward the sky, under its massive glass roof or have dinner in the legendary Train Bleu restaurant. This is a unique traveler experience - inside a train station. However, the real excitement is where the train can take you. With France’s dense railway network, you can reach most French – and European – cities within a few hours. On the world-class Eurostar, get to London in just 2 hours and 15 minutes. Or board the Thalys train for a quick getaway to Brussels in just 90 minutes or Amsterdam in just over 3 hours. The record-breaking TGV can whisk you to Geneva (3h20) or Zurich (4h30) via its TGV Lyria service, or Frankfurt (4h), via the recently inaugurated TGV East line. Learn more about Paris
What’s old is new again Orléans, the capital of the Loiret region in the heart of the Loire Valley, is just an hour away from Paris by train. Surrounded by chateaux and wineries, it's the picture of elegance and residents with savoir-faire. Back in 1429, a local peasant girl named Joan of Arc, took this gut instinct “to know what's right” and helps her country. Thanks to "Divine guidance," Joan of Arc led the French army to several victories during the Hundred Years' War, leading to the coronation of King Charles VII. Ultimately captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English, she was tried by an ecclesiastical court and burned at the stake at the ripe age of 19. Today, this Maid of Orléans is considered a national heroine of France and is a catholic saint. Visitors to Orléans can find reminders of Joan everywhere, including the Gothic Cathédrale Ste-Croix, where two golden leopards protect her pedestal. One of the biggest churches in France, the Huguenots burned it in 1568. The Rebuilding began with Henry IV in 1601 and continued all the way to 1829. Want to see how the young maid lived ? Although a scale reproduction (the original was destroyed by fire in 1940), the Joan of Arc museum reconstructs her life story and dedicates an entire floor to the yearly celebration the city holds every May 8th. The battling history of Orléans continued as World War II swept through France. The city was badly damaged, however the historic old town was largely unharmed. The central feature of Orléans old town is the spacious Place du Martroi. In the sixth century there was a cemetery here, hence the name Martroi (originally Martyretum). The 1855 equestrian statue of Joan of Arc is by Foyatier. Learn more about Orleans
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"This was our first trip on the French Intercites train. Everything was announced only in French and since we do not speak French, was a little disconcerting. However, trains were clearly marked and we navigated the trip without incident. The first class seats were comfortable. "