London to Paris the Long Way Round

London to Paris the Long Way Round

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London to Paris the Long Way Round

from £1,482 excluding flights

  • 10 nights
  • Year round
  • Multi-destination
  • Rail

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In pictures
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Explore the coves and trails of Guernsey

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Explore Sark and walk over the narrow spine of La Coupée to Little Sark

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Discover the history behind the great walls of St Malo

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Explore the classic sights and hidden gems of France's capital

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Learn about Guernsey's fascinating history from castles to occupation

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Enjoy café culture and watch the world go by in Paris

Why this trip...

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On track and flight free

Slow travel from London to the classic towns and cities of Europe with your rail tickets and accommodation taken care of

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Carefully planned

This itinerary has been thoughtfully designed to provide the experiences and places you'll enjoy at a comfortable pace

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

Travelling between London and Paris has become so routine – so linear and efficient – that we’re in danger of losing all the excitement and expectation of a real journey. We aim to put that right with this exclusive and intriguing itinerary, linking the British and French capitals by train and ferry. Travelling from London to Paris the long way round, you will not only sample the delights of the Channel Islands, but also spend a day exploring the historic port of St Malo on the French coast. A train then whisks you to Paris where you’ll arrive in the City of Lights feeling like you’ve really travelled there. Two full days in the French capital allow you to delve into some of its hidden treasures before catching Eurostar to London.

The Channel Islands

Guernsey and Sark feature in this holiday – two Channel Islands with distinctive characters that we know you will love. All four nights are spent on Guernsey, with a day trip arranged to Sark. Second largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey has a stunning and varied coastline – sandy bays in the north, rugged cliffs in the south – so there’s plenty to keep walkers and beach lovers happy. Hire a bike to cycle along quiet country lanes, or don a wetsuit and get your pulse racing on a coasteering adventure. Guernsey is also awash with history, from Neolithic tombs to Victorian forts. A one-hour boat ride takes you to Sark for the day where you can explore this car-free gem of the Channel Islands.

Saint Malo

Surrounded by tall granite walls, this imposing city-port on the Brittany coast is dominated by its cathedral spire, rising above the rooftops of the old town. Arriving here by ferry from Guernsey, you’ll get a strong sense of the city’s seafaring past. An infamous lair for corsairs (or privateers), St Malo has a notorious maritime history. Find out about the city’s pirates at Demeure de Corsaire – now a hotel, but once the 18th-century home of François-Auguste Magon, director of the East India Company and corsair under Louis XIV. The Musée de la Ville also shines a light on the town’s fascinating history.  While exploring intra muros (inside the walls), you’ll find cobbled streets, cosy restaurants and, of course, some fine architecture. Largely reconstructed following the Second World War, the Cathédrale St-Vincent is the city’s crowning glory and is renowned for its stained-glass windows and a floor mosaic marking the spot where Jacques Cartier received the blessing of the bishop before setting sail for Canada in 1535.

Paris

Whether it’s your first time in France’s elegant capital, or you’re a seasoned visitor, there’s never a shortage of cultural treats to discover in Paris. Classic sights range from the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame (currently being restored after the devastating fire in 2019). Some of the world’s greatest art treasures can be found in the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Centre Pompidou and countless other museums and galleries. The food scene is equally compelling, with a fabulous range of eateries to sample – from street-corner crêperies to fine-dining restaurants. Delve deeper into the City of Lights and you will discover hidden gems like the botanical riot of Jardin des Plantes, the ancient vineyard of Clos Montmarte and the macabre Catacombes de Paris where the remains of six million Parisians can be found in a network of tunnels.

Itinerary

Day 1 depart Poole or Portsmouth

Depending on your sailing schedule, overnight in Poole or Portsmouth on the English coast in preparation for the ferry crossing. Allow time to explore. Poole boasts Europe's largest natural harbour and glorious beaches, while Portsmouth is full of world-class attractions showcasing its rich naval heritage.

Depending on your sailing schedule, overnight in Poole or Portsmouth on the English coast in preparation for the ferry crossing. Allow time to explore. Poole boasts Europe's largest natural harbour and glorious beaches, while Portsmouth is full of world-class attractions showcasing its rich naval heritage.

Day 2 ferry to Guernsey

Catch a ferry across the English Channel to Guernsey, lying 75 miles to the south. After arriving at the island’s diminutive capital, St Peter Port (population around 19,000), transfer to your hotel for a four-night stay. Explore the town’s cobbled streets, admiring its Regency architecture and gazing across the harbour towards the magnificent 800-year-old Castle Cornet. There is plenty of choice for eating out, from beachside kiosks selling delicious crab sandwiches to high-end restaurants serving seafood dishes with a French twist. Overnight Guernsey.

Catch a ferry across the English Channel to Guernsey, lying 75 miles to the south. After arriving at the island’s diminutive capital, St Peter Port (population around 19,000), transfer to your hotel for a four-night stay. Explore the town’s cobbled streets, admiring its Regency architecture and gazing across the harbour towards the magnificent 800-year-old Castle Cornet. There is plenty of choice for eating out, from beachside kiosks selling delicious crab sandwiches to high-end restaurants serving seafood dishes with a French twist. Overnight Guernsey.

Days 3-4 Guernsey

Take an optional tour of Guernsey – either privately or in a small group. Public buses are also a great way to get around the island. With over 70 historic sites, there’s lots to explore. We recommend starting with Castle Cornet. Dating from 1204, the fort has a chequered history. There are fine views from the battlements and four period gardens to discover – as well as museums dedicated to the Great War, the island’s affiliation to the RAF’s 201 Squadron and the German occupation during WWII. Elsewhere on Guernsey, there are numerous megalithic structures and medieval settlements to track down, most notably Albecq, Castel Menhir, Déhus Dolmen, Delancey Dolmen and La Platte Mare. With two full days to explore the island, you will also have ample time for breathtaking coastal walks, cycling along country lanes and a chance to wind down to the island’s slower pace of life. Both nights on Guernsey.

Take an optional tour of Guernsey – either privately or in a small group. Public buses are also a great way to get around the island. With over 70 historic sites, there’s lots to explore. We recommend starting with Castle Cornet. Dating from 1204, the fort has a chequered history. There are fine views from the battlements and four period gardens to discover – as well as museums dedicated to the Great War, the island’s affiliation to the RAF’s 201 Squadron and the German occupation during WWII. Elsewhere on Guernsey, there are numerous megalithic structures and medieval settlements to track down, most notably Albecq, Castel Menhir, Déhus Dolmen, Delancey Dolmen and La Platte Mare. With two full days to explore the island, you will also have ample time for breathtaking coastal walks, cycling along country lanes and a chance to wind down to the island’s slower pace of life. Both nights on Guernsey.

Day 5 visit Sark

This morning, a ferry will take you across to Sark, third smallest of the Channel Islands, in just under an hour. There will be time to explore the best beauty spots, and learn about the fascinating island’s history. Visit La Seigneurie Gardens and wander down to Port du Moulin to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. You could also walk over the narrow spine of La Coupée to Little Sark, savouring wonderful views of rocky coves lapped by vibrant blue waters. In the late afternoon, take the ferry back to Guernsey for your last night on the island.

This morning, a ferry will take you across to Sark, third smallest of the Channel Islands, in just under an hour. There will be time to explore the best beauty spots, and learn about the fascinating island’s history. Visit La Seigneurie Gardens and wander down to Port du Moulin to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery. You could also walk over the narrow spine of La Coupée to Little Sark, savouring wonderful views of rocky coves lapped by vibrant blue waters. In the late afternoon, take the ferry back to Guernsey for your last night on the island.

Day 6 Guernsey - Saint Malo

Travel by high speed ferry to Brittany and the historic seaport of St Malo in just under two hours. Transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Travel by high speed ferry to Brittany and the historic seaport of St Malo in just under two hours. Transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.

Day 7 Saint Malo

Spend the day exploring St Malo. The tall spire of the cathedral, visible from all corners of the walled city, will draw you to this beautiful Romanesque and Gothic style building. Walk along the cobbled streets of the old town, discovering a rich history associated with the infamous corsairs of the 18th century. Take advantage of low tide by walking to the uninhabited island of Grand Bé where writer Francois-René de Chateaubriand is buried. There are also some magnificent castles, country houses and gardens near St Malo, including Chateau Le Rocher, Malouiniére de La Chipaudiére and Malouiniére de la Ville Bague. Overnight in St Malo.

Spend the day exploring St Malo. The tall spire of the cathedral, visible from all corners of the walled city, will draw you to this beautiful Romanesque and Gothic style building. Walk along the cobbled streets of the old town, discovering a rich history associated with the infamous corsairs of the 18th century. Take advantage of low tide by walking to the uninhabited island of Grand Bé where writer Francois-René de Chateaubriand is buried. There are also some magnificent castles, country houses and gardens near St Malo, including Chateau Le Rocher, Malouiniére de La Chipaudiére and Malouiniére de la Ville Bague. Overnight in St Malo.

Day 8 Saint Malo - Paris

Travel by train to Paris, arriving at Montparnasse in just under three hours. Transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay.

Travel by train to Paris, arriving at Montparnasse in just under three hours. Transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay.

Days 9-10 Paris

With two full days to explore the French capital, take your pick from a wealth of iconic landmarks, cultural treasures, museums and gardens – not to mention a plethora of restaurants, cafés, theatres and boutiques. Stroll along the Champs-Élysées to the famous Arc de Triomphe, take a lift up the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city and wander along the Seine to Ile de la Cité and Notre-Dame, where restoration is underway following the 2019 fire. Spend time admiring masterpieces by impressionists like Monet, Degas and Renoir at the Musée d’Orsay, take in the modern art collection at Centre Pompidou or delve into the magnificent Louvre where, amongst the 35,000 artworks, you will find Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

After exploring the classic sites of Paris, discover its less well-known highlights, such as Jardin des Plantes with the unusual carousel, Dodo Manége features extinct and endangered animals. Climb 300 steps to the dome of the basilica Sacré-Coeur for breathtaking views of the city, then wander around the corner to the urban vineyard of Clos Montmartre – built around a century ago on a former rubbish dump and now producing around 1,500 bottles of wine each year. Wherever you go and whatever you discover in Paris, eating out is always an exciting part of the experience – whether you’re grabbing a crêpe or savouring a classic dish like Magret de Canard, accompanied by a bottle of Pinot Noir. Both nights in Paris.

With two full days to explore the French capital, take your pick from a wealth of iconic landmarks, cultural treasures, museums and gardens – not to mention a plethora of restaurants, cafés, theatres and boutiques. Stroll along the Champs-Élysées to the famous Arc de Triomphe, take a lift up the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views across the city and wander along the Seine to Ile de la Cité and Notre-Dame, where restoration is underway following the 2019 fire. Spend time admiring masterpieces by impressionists like Monet, Degas and Renoir at the Musée d’Orsay, take in the modern art collection at Centre Pompidou or delve into the magnificent Louvre where, amongst the 35,000 artworks, you will find Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

After exploring the classic sites of Paris, discover its less well-known highlights, such as Jardin des Plantes with the unusual carousel, Dodo Manége features extinct and endangered animals. Climb 300 steps to the dome of the basilica Sacré-Coeur for breathtaking views of the city, then wander around the corner to the urban vineyard of Clos Montmartre – built around a century ago on a former rubbish dump and now producing around 1,500 bottles of wine each year. Wherever you go and whatever you discover in Paris, eating out is always an exciting part of the experience – whether you’re grabbing a crêpe or savouring a classic dish like Magret de Canard, accompanied by a bottle of Pinot Noir. Both nights in Paris.

Day 11 Paris - London

Travel by Eurostar back to London.

Travel by Eurostar back to London.

Accommodation Options

We have selected accommodation for this holiday based on quality, convenience and location, but with a vast choice available, we can adapt to suit your personal preference mixing different grades and styles in different cities.

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Prices and Departures

Price from £1,482 excluding flights

This itinerary is based on rail travel from the UK, so flights are not required.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Breakfast throughout
  • Train from London to Poole or Portsmouth and from St Malo to Paris
  • Ferry from Poole or Portsmouth to Guernsey and from Guernsey to St Malo
  • Return sailing between Guernsey and the island of Sark
  • Eurostar from Paris to London
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From price per person

Based on two sharing a twin room with private facilities and breakfast. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates.

Departure Duration Twin Price
Year Round 10 nights £1,482

This itinerary is flexible and the number of nights at each of the overnight stays can be extended or reduced.

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