If you are looking for a getaway in Europe, why not take the Eurostar, a high speed train, which will get to you cities like Lille, Paris, Brussels and London in a couple of hours. From those European hubs to can of course visit more of continental Europe and major attractions such as Disneyland Paris (formerly known as Eurodisney). Eurostar is certainly the best way to have a break.
An extended network
Eurostar trains are the perfect answer to the demands and requirements of those who are travelling for business purposes as well as those who are travelling for leisure. Eurostar is quick, modern and comfortable. Take the London to Paris Eurostar. Indeed from London, you can reach the French capital in about 2 hours for a week end of pure bliss.
If you are a shopping addict head to the world-known Galeries Lafayette or Le Printemps, another popular Parisian department store. Have a stroll along the Champs Elysées, one the most beautiful avenues in Europe to discover some of the most prestigious Parisian boutiques, cafés or night clubs.
Those looking for culture and local atmosphere can visit monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur or Notre Dame Cathedral. Whatever you are looking for, Paris has something for every taste.
While in Paris, you can also visit the Disneyland Paris, 35 minutes away by local train from the city centre of Paris. You can also take the Eurostar from London which will take you directly to Disneyland Paris. The park is ideal for family and children outings. There are several attractions, hotels and restaurants at Disneyland Paris. The kids will certainly love to meet their favourite cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, Lion King, Winnie the Pooh and Donald Duck.
If you want to head to Brussels, the Belgian capital, you can take the London to Brussels Eurostar. Brussels is the an important European hub and it hosts several EU institutions as well as international organisations. While in Brussels, visit the Royal Palace, the Mont des Arts where you will find the Royal Museums of Art and History and the Palais de Beaux Arts.
A trip in Brussels hould also include a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments (MMI) and the Magritte museum to discover the surrealistic art of this artist. Fans of cartoon characters, specially Tintin, must visit the Tintin shop which is found close to the famous Manneken-Pis statue. T learn everything about your favourite comic book hero, head to the Belgian Comic Book Centre.
The Eurostar train from London to Brussels stops at Lille, in France. It is a great opportunity to get off the train, and visit Lille, a shopping paradise for fashion addicts. Lille is a modern and vibrant city with a multicultural population. You will discover that in this part of Northern France, local languages such as the Ch’ti or the Flemish is very much present. Book worms will be happy to know that Lille has the largest space decitated to books – The Furet du Nord bookshop. While in Lille, don’t miss its belfry which is one of the tallest in Europe.
The convenience of one or more passes
Before taking the Eurostar train, you should know that you have the possibility to choose between three types of tickets : a flexible ticket, a semi-flexible ticket and a value ticket. The flexible ticket can be exchanged or refunded before and after the departure of the train. The semi-flexile ticket can be exchanged. If you want to upgrade in first class for example, you can do so by paying the difference in price and a fixed fee. As for the value ticket, it can’t be exchanged or refunded. The value ticket is best suited of you are sure about your travel dates and requirements.
Pasholders can of course travel on board the Eurostar. They will be able to travel in Standard Premier and Standard Class if they have one of the following passes : a Eurail Global Pass ; a Eurail Select pass including France, a Eurail Benelux Pass ; a France Rail Pass ; a BritRail Pass ; BritRail Pass + Ireland or a BritRail England Pass and finally a BritRail London Plus Pass.