The best thing you'll ever do for your well-traveled-self is ride the high speed rails through Europe...first class, of course! Touring Europe on the rails is an adventure that every grown up deserves and it's totally affordable. Rail Europe has service between London and Paris via Eurostar that allows you to see two of the world's greatest cities without the fuss of driving or flying. Prices between the cities start at $71 each way and your Eurostar ticket can be used for a cultural journey through several museums and galleries of both London and Paris.
Hop on Eurostar in London and take a 2 hour journey that will land you in the center of Paris at Gare Du Nord station. For the ultimate experience, book the Business Premier class ticket and eat your heart out...because you can't travel to Paris on an empty stomach! The menu is created by Eurostar's Culinary Director, Michelin-star winning chef Raymond Blanc and the meal along with complimentary champagne will make this a journey to remember.
St. Pancras Station - London
St. Pancras rail station in London is full of eccentric and whimsical sculpture. Arrive early to give yourself a tour of the station before boarding Eurostar to Paris. This station feels like a 1930s movie set with all the modern touches that you desire.
Where To Stay in London
When you arrive in London, stay at One Aldwych. Perfectly situated near theaters, museums, and tons of restaurants...this location is easy to find and has the best breakfast in London!
Royal Navy Yard
Off the beaten path, you'll find the Royal Navy Yard along the Thames River. This massive space is not only a great movie backdrop (Les Miserables), but also a great place to slow down the pace and take in a different view of London.
The Victoria & Albert Museum, located in Central London and a great outing for anyone who loves art, design, fashion and history. Perfect for those looking for a non-stuff museum tour. You can use your Eurostar ticket for entry to this museum when in town.
V & A Museum
The fashion history at the V&A Museum lends a more modern perspective on fashion and design, while not neglecting the historical perspectives.
Built in 1633 for a high ranking Cardinal in the Catholic church, the Palais Royal is directly across from the Louvre and is worth a visit to see the gardens and hear the history.
Bike the River Thames
Tour London on a bike along the Thames River. You'll be able to see great art and architecture, while seeing London from the perspective of a local.
London to Paris with Rail Europe
Every girl deserves a Grace Kelly moment! When traveling Business Premiere from London to Paris on Eurostar, put on your Chanel shades and sip champagne during your complimentary Raymond Blanc dinner.
Where To Stay in Paris
This gorgeous hotel served as a former castle and it has all the amenities to this day. Le Pavillion de la Reine is situated in the Le Marais area of Paris which gives you the feel of Paris without a touristy vibe. You're not far from all of the must-see sites, but you'll get the true feel of the city when staying in this hotel.
The Van Gogh is a good enough reason to visit the Musee D'Orsay when in Paris, but you should stay to have dinner in their magnificent in-house restaurant.
Eiffel Tower view from Galerie Lafayette
When in Paris, take advantage of the views from Galerie Lafayette. The locals won't tell you this is the best spot in town to see the Eiffel Tower in the most non-tourist way.
Paris Street Art
The artistic Le Marais of Paris is a fashionable, yet Bohemian area of Paris. A great neighborhood to check out for dinner and the bar scene. Make sure you look in the alleyways to see amazing local art.
Tour the Louvre like a VIP
When in Paris, the Louvre is a must. Look for the Museum Pass that allows you to not only avoid all lines at the Louvre, but also gives you access to all of the major museums of Paris for only $104.