London - Paris - September 06

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May 22nd, 2006, 10:20 AM
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Use Priceline, and if they stick you out at the end of a Métro line, so what? Even if you stay right in the middle of town, you'll have to ride to some venues after a day or two anyway.

If your timetable is flexible, I recommend taking the cheapest Eurostar fare you can find, as far in advance as you can get it. High-priced train accommodations are for long hauls, not 2-hour rides.

Don't overlook the possibility of finding a return fare that's cheaper than a one-way, and throwing away the second coupon. It's not illegal, and you won't go to hell.
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May 22nd, 2006, 10:47 AM
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I would tend to recommend finding a great, small hotel. We like the 6th. Try http://www.france-hotel-guide.com/, or www.parisby.com. I just posted a trip report, you might be interested in.
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May 22nd, 2006, 11:06 AM
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As for Eurostar trains London-Paris Raileurope in U.S. offers bargain prices as low as $90 round trip on certain days of the week - weekends however the cheapest they offer is $150 r.t. These fares can be hard to book as the train date nears but can be booked up to six months in advance. Word is that RailEurope is finally going to raise these bargain fares but if you buy you fare is guaranteed. You could pay much much more if you wait until London or even on the www.eurostar.co.uk or www.eurostar.com web sites with prices in pounds. I always recommend BETS (800-441-2387) for their Eurostar expertise in my years of dealing with them and they don't charge some of RailEurope's mailing fees even though they work thru RailEurope. In any case booking Eurostars early can save tons of money - but these cheapest tickets are non-refundable, non-changeable so be sure about your time. 60 yrs and over can get $90 each way senior fare and this fare can be changed once in London up until the time of the train so is a bit more flexible.
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May 22nd, 2006, 11:09 AM
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I would suggest at least 3-4 full days (not just nights) in both Paris and London.

London is awesome and Paris is soo beautiful as well. I think 4 full days in both countries would be a great way to get a real feel for the city, also combat any jet lag, do some shopping, and really relax. Rushing from place to place can tire you out and make you miss out on seeing some cool and interesting things.
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May 22nd, 2006, 12:11 PM
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You can't count the 13th as a full day in London, because by the time you get out of Heathrow and settled in London and un-jetlagged, it will be well after midday. If you go to Paris on the evening of the 17th, you will have 4-plus days in London and 5 days in Paris.

13 - LON 1
14 - LON 2
15 - LON 3
16 - LON 4
17 - LON 5 (Last train to Paris)
18 - PAR 1
19 - PAR 2
20 - PAR 3
21 - PAR 4
22 - PAR 5
23 - Fly home
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May 22nd, 2006, 01:34 PM
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My plan is, and pretty much set now:

LON - 13(half day)
LON - 14
LON - 15
LON - 16
LON - 17
LON - 18
LON - 19(travel to Paris)
PAR - 19(Early? Late?)
PAR - 20
PAR - 21
PAR - 22
PAR - 23(heading home noonish)

Maybe not perfect, but I am at least going which is a big deal(to me). So 6.5/3.5 it looks like. Although, I can just as easily take a very early train on the 19th to add more time in Paris. Haven't booked yet.

The initial excitement is starting to wear off a bit. So far everything is going better and is costing less than I expected/budgeted. And it's all better than my initial plan to just do a single week(minus travel) in London.

So, I look at it as a good trip, but now I wish it weren't 4 months away.

Thanks again everyone! Most helpful!
 
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May 22nd, 2006, 01:56 PM
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Even if you take a very early train to Paris on the 19th, you'll still have to get up an ungodly hour and spend most of the morning on the train. Plus, you'll have paid more for that last night in expensive* London instead of inexpensive* Paris with nothing to show for it.

If you take an evening train on the 18th and arrive around 21h37 or 22h10, you can get settled and ready to hit the streets at first light.

* Relatively.
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