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Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

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Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Looking for suggestions of reasonably priced tour companies that you have had positive experiences with for an escorted day trip to Paris from London via the Chunnel.

Any help would be appreciated and thanks.

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1. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Doing and escorted trip is just a waste of money when you can do it easily yourself. Just book you Eurostar tickets at eurostar.co.uk and buy a metro pass when you get to Paris.

(BTW Chunnel is an antiquated term not used anymore)

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2. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Hi

There was a great report of her day in Paris written by mcubed recently I have taken the liberty of copying it for you because I thought she really did pack a lot into the day. So here it is

10/9 – At 5:15 the alarm goes off like a stick of dynamite. We get ready and hustle downstairs for our taxi that is due to pick us up at 6:00 sharp to take us to Waterloo. Since we have a buffet breakfast included in our rate here at the KK Hotel George, the hotel has graciously packed us a box breakfast. We hop in the taxi and head to Waterloo to take the Eurostar for our day in Paris. London reminds me so much of LA in the sense it takes no time to get anywhere at “off” times. It’s just the traffic that makes every destination so time consuming. We are able to easily access our pre-paid tickets in the machines at the station and head to caffeinate ourselves before the 2 hour and 45 minute train ride. The train is nice and we settle in easily. Aside from the girl who is incessantly on her cell phone speaking intolerably loud (case in point, I know his name is Ed, he forgot his passport, she is worried about him not getting enough sleep or food to eat) FINALLY someone sitting next to her asks for her to take her conversation out by the restrooms. I seriously thought the whole car would applaud. I speak to a really nice guy who works in the dining car about his last trip to California. So far, the French seem very nice!

We arrive at the station and a sense of “Toto you are not in Kansas anymore” settles in as every sign, etc is in French (no kidding). We head out to find out L’Open tour bus top and are greeted by a group of “gypsies” arguing with each other and loudly calling to us “Do you speak English?”. We pretend we don’t and head toward our stop. OK, I will admit I was NOT prepared to be impressed by Paris. I was going at my husband’s request. Boy, was I turned around after 5 minutes atop that bus. I was absolutely bowled over by the architecture, sense of history and a rugged beauty foreign to most Americans. We just don’t have anything that compares to 600 year old buildings, let alone ones that are still inhabited and part of the daily structure of this magical city. We hopped off at one of the first stops so we could get on the “Grands Blvd.” bus that takes you around to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomph, Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower (among others). Our time in Paris was very limited, so we wanted to make sure we at least got to see these historic structures from the outside. I kept thinking of my high school humanities teacher as we rode by the Louvre and Notre Dame. She would be so proud to know that she really inspired me so long ago to be interested in architecture and to actually care what a flying buttress really was! We did not get off the bus until almost the end of this particular tour at the Eiffel Tower. We had been lucky with only a slight drizzle all morning, but once we got off the bus the sun was shining and encouraging us to take in this marvel. We were starving at this point and bought a delicious cheese sandwiches on baguettes, frites and cokes. We were sitting LITERALLY underneath the tower while we enjoyed our simple lunch. It made me so grateful to be able to experience this (and want to). I can’t wait to share all of this with my young daughter once she is a bit older. After a while we decided to take the bus back to the Auber stop where we could wander around for a few hours before having to head back to London. We did a bit of window shopping (well, I did purchase a gold Eiffel Tower for my charm bracelet) and figured we should at least start heading back in the general direction of the train station. Hah! Easier said than done. My map didn’t have the smaller streets (only the big, major ones) so we were walking for a good 20-30 minutes before we were sure we were headed in the right direction. When we were getting close to the train station, but not yet positive which street to turn up a sweet, older gentleman who spoke not a word of English saw us with what must have been the universal look of bewilderment. He said “Gare du Nord?” we said “Oui” and we both struggled for a moment in our respective languages until we realized neither group understood the other. He then walked us about 6 blocks until we could see the train station. It was one of those moments when you realize there are good people everywhere. You just have to be open to it! We were so grateful to him and thanked him as best we could in our broken French. We decided to sit at a cafe across the street from the train station and soak in the last bit of Paris before heading onto the train. It was fine until it started to get dark. Then, like any major city it started looking a bit seedy with odd characters seeming to come out of the woodwork and we decided to head in to the actual station. It was a fantastic, eye-opening day but we were ready to head back to London. The language barrier was exhausting! All in all, it was a huge success. Do I feel like I have really experienced Paris? No, but I do know that I want to go back. When I do, it will either be with a guide or friend who is fluent in French. Other than the 45 minutes we were stuck before being allowed to go back into the tunnel headed toward London the return trip was uneventful. Since we were the last train back and were late at that, there was a HUGE line for people waiting for taxis from Waterloo. Who should also be in this line, but star sighting #2 – Natalie Portman! She looks like a teenager and is so teeny tiny – very naturally pretty. We FINALLY got our taxi (it was past midnight at this point) and after being dropped off my husband realizes he left his favorite jacket in the taxi. We were not able to flag our driver down and it was a bit of a letdown on such a great day (it has sentimental value. He LOVED that jacket). Anyway, back to our room for a well deserved rest after a very long, full day. Tomorrow will actually be our first full day where we have no commitments of any kind – my favorite kind of day!

I hope that gives you an idea of what you can do by yourself.

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3. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Hi! Look at goldentours.co.uk.

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4. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Thanks for the quick responses. We are doing an inquiry for an elderly friend who is traveling solo to London and would like to visit Paris for the day this way.

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5. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

JBart - Thanks for the kudos!

TravelinB - I don't think it's a bad idea to get a guide. I think I may do the same on my next trip. It's a lot to do in one day for the most able-bodied. If you had someone to take you around and knew exactly when/how to get places it would make for a much more relaxing day. I hope you are able to work it out! If you have never been, you will be in awe of the place! Good luck!

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6. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

<<< (BTW Chunnel is an antiquated term not used anymore) >>>

I hear it quite a lot, still.

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7. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Dlin -

Golden Tours' link is listed here on TripAdvisor as well. Perhaps that's a good sign and we shall look into it.

Thanks to all and take care!

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8. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

B

With your latest information yes a guided tour is best. I hope your friend has a really great day.

mcubed

When are we going? I lived in Paris for 16 months do I get the job?????

Judy

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9. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

Judy: I asked first!! (We could do a double act, of course!)

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10. Re: Escorted Day Trip To Paris From London Via Chunnel

The tours offered by Golden, Premium, Evan Evans and others are all nearly identical and offer a reasonably priced (yes you could do it cheaper yourself but could you do it as well?) selection ranging from a one day unescorted trip to a two day trip travelling first class.

Given your criteria I think you will be better off taking something as least partly escorted.

Good luck.