Paris City Breaks
The incredible "City of Lights" is famous as the most romantic city in the world and also has the distinction of being the world's most visited city. On Paris city breaks you can enjoy iconic monuments, famous museums and art galleries, fantastic restaurants and a superb and varied nightlife to suit every visitor.
Paris is one of Europe's most instantly recognisable and iconic cities, which truly offers something for everyone. Throughout the city there are beautiful streets and buildings - Paris is a true architectural delight. The city is best explored on foot, while the efficient Metro is the easiest way to move around the different districts. A cruise along the magnificent River Seine is a great way to see the sights and landmarks of the city, particularly at night when they are beautifully illuminated against the night sky.
Our Paris city breaks depart from St Pancras International in London, and the journey could not be easier - it is just two hours and fifteen minutes by Eurostar. Travelling at up to 186mph (299km/h), Eurostar speeds through the Kent countryside before travelling through the 31.4 mile (50.5km) long Channel Tunnel in Kent and emerging in Coquelles in northern France. From here the train travels to Lille before heading on to Paris. For your Rail & Stay city break to Paris, you have the option of choosing a morning or afternoon Eurostar service.
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A 2-night city break including accommodation at the 4* Mercure Gare de Lyon hotel, located beside the Gare de Lyon railway station in the heart of Paris. The building is a mixture of modern and contemporary styles and is noted for a high clock tower, reminiscent of Big Ben.
Prices from £295Departures from January to March
Popular attractions on Paris city breaks
The Eiffel Tower
Paris city breaks wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower - also known as the 'Iron Lady', this attraction has become the symbol of Paris (and of France) around the world, and is visible from almost everywhere in the city as it is 324 metres tall. There are three visitor levels on the Eiffel Tower - there are shops and restaurants on the first and second floors and a Champagne Bar on the third floor, as well as spectacular views across the city.
One of the largest museums in the world, Le Louvre is home to the celebrated Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and works by Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Vermeer, as well as a host of other leading artists. The museum is also one of the most recognisable buildings in Paris due to its elaborate main entrance which is covered by the 21-metre-high glass Pyramide de Louvre.
The most visited attraction in the city is the Notre-Dame de Paris, built on a site which has always been the religious centre of Paris.
The 'New Bridge' is the oldest bridge in Paris, built on the orders of King Henry III to replace the previous bridge, which was in a poor state of repair.
One of the most popular areas of the city, overlooked by the Sacré-Cour Basilica (on a 130-metre hill, the highest point in Paris), Montmartre is home to many of the great Parisian art studios and is recognisable as the filming location of the movie Amélie. The area is full of superb cafés and restaurants, including the famous Moulin Rouge.
The Musée d'Orsay is located in a grand old railway station and boasts sculptures and impressionist paintings, including works by Cezanne, Van Gogh and Monet.
Museum of African & Oceanic Art
This fascinating museum has artefacts and exhibitions from French colonies in Africa and South-East Asia, as well as a superb tropical aquarium in the cellar.