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Robert. D K
Paris was awesome, but we should have taken the the guided tour. Getting around was a little difficult due to the maps that we received not being very readable. Once we were on the bus it would pull over and stop and say "find another one, I am off the clock." This happened to me twice in a 5 hour period.
Train was nice. Paris was good. A lot to see in the city, and one day may have been too little to see everything. We got a taste for the city.
Paris was great, but I recommend using a tour bus instead of going completely on your own.
Make sure you don't go on a Tuesday--the Louvre is CLOSED! That was a disappointment. The rail trip was fast and comfortable. All in all this is a convenient way to spend a day in Paris.
All went well except that we were told to be at the Eurostar welcome desk by 6:15 a.m. at the latest to pick up our tickets, etc. but the tour company representative did not arrive until 630 a.m. Not a big problem, but just annoying since another tour company representative was available on time for their clients.
It was definitely a good deal for the money with the travel card included and everything. And the tour operator was very professional. The only problem I had was confirming my trip, because when I called them, they gave me the wrong location to meet them at the Eurostar to pick up my tickets. So I called again the day of and got the right location. So remember to double-check that with the tour company.
This is the best deal we found! You get the Eurostar pass plus subway passes for the day and maps to help you around town. It is much cheaper than to just buy the Eurostar tickets.
This tour consists of roundtrip Eurostar tickets and a one day metro pass. The schedule allows for 10 hours in Paris. If you plan well and the weather cooperates, this is sufficient time for a great day in a great city. The train tickets can be obtained for less money directly from Eurostar, but only if you are able to make your reservations well in advance, though for a last minute trip, this isn't a bad deal. Everything delivered as promised.
We picked up our package without a hitch. We enjoyed our Eurostar ride and used the metro pass extensively. We soon realised that we could not see all we wanted to in the time available to us, so decided to see just 4 attractions, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees and Palace of Versailles and spend quality time at each. We were not disappointed. We would recommend this trip to anyone with limited time as we had.
The all-day metro pass was a surprise, because they don't tell you about it until after you purchase the package. If you plan your day ahead of time, you can definitely get it all done!
We got to the terminal at 6:25 am, the ticket said to arrive at 6:15, no later than 6:30. We went to terminal 5 and stood in the long line finally getting to the front to be told our tour guide wasn't there and we would have to call. Not having a phone in Europe, the man was nice enough to let us use his, but it went straight to voice mail. It is now after 6:30am, I am having a panic attack thinking I've spent almost $400 and I have no way of contacting a tour operator that no one seems to be able to find. Suddenly a woman shows up out of nowhere at 6:45am and hands out the tickets and passes and acts like it's no big deal that she is 30 minutes later than the time we were told to show up. It also would have been nice to be told ahead of time instead of that morning it would be a good idea to change money in London instead of Paris - when it is printed on the written instructions we were given 2 minutes prior to boarding (because our guide didn't bother showing up) we didn't know how hard it would be to fnd to a money changer once we got to Paris. That would be good information to publish ahead of time. Banks don't always change money, and money changers are sometimes difficult to find.
The only thing I would say about this is that there should be 2 return times for the train. We finished sight seeing early and it would have cost us 300.00 euro to change our time back to London.
this was a very organized tour...just be aware it is a long day. A very nice day, but if you want to leave early you will pay BIG money...It was a really nice trip I enjoyed the train ride a lot
James D. V
Trip was great. Easy way to do Paris by self. Bit of confusion in check in when another vendor tried to tell me that my vendor would not be there for another 20 minutes when they where there all along. When I confronted that person, she just shrugged. Rough way to start a trip.
The train ride to Paris was wonderful. I got the Metro pass, and had no problem going to the sites that I wanted to go do. The problem started when I went to go back to England. I had 6 hours before the train left, but could not get on an earlier train. And Eurostar had no waiting area that was heated, before you checked in, and wouldn't let me check in for 4 hours. I wound up with a cold, and was unable to take two more of my tours because of it.