The trip by Eurostar is, in most cases, just the first leg of the journey. The advantage of travelling via Paris
is you can break your journey with a night in Europe’s chicest city
and perhaps explore the narrow streets of the historic and literary St Germain district following in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and Simone de Beauvoir.
Many people prefer to travel via Lille
for an easier change from Eurostar to TGV, although connections from Lille are becoming less frequent. You can also stay overnight in Lille
to explore its handsome old quarter and sample its excellent gastronomy before continuing your journey.
Whether you choose to break your journey with an overnight stay or not, you can rest assured that we will have allowed ample time to change trains and we provide full details of all your connections in your personalised itinerary and documentation pack.
Although Eurostar sets the bar high, the French high-speed trains
compare very favourably, as do the Spanish, Swiss, Italian and other connecting rail services
for holidays further afield. As on Eurostar, we book reserved seats wherever possible, meaning you can sit back and watch the scenery change as you head further south towards the Mediterranean or into the mountains.
By the time you reach your final destination (where we usually arrange for a taxi to collect you for the transfer to your hotel), you should find yourself in good spirits, your appetite for walking or cycling thoroughly whetted by the views you’ve watched unfold from your window.