Spend a week exploring two of Europe's greatest cities- go sightseeing in Paris, then take the night train to Berlin
A week which showcases the very best of both capitals; this wonderful journey allows time for sightseeing in beautiful Paris, where romance is in the air no matter what the season. Climb the Eiffel Tower, rest at a pavement cafe once frequented by Hemingway, stroll the boulevards...then take the night train to Berlin, and wake in this city that pulsates with energy. Head to edgy, cool Kreuzberg for vintage shopping and cool bars, or wander the elegant streets of glamorous Prenzlauer Berg. Experience the city's dense, fascinating history around the Brandenburg gate, or enjoy a day strolling in the beautiful Tiergarten before experiencing a slice of Berlin nightlife. You will begin the trip in love with Paris, and end it besotted by Berlin.
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PRICES FROM £830 pp
Prices from £830 per person based on second class rail, 2-berth sleeper on overnight train and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)
Prices from £1320 per person based on first class rail, en-suite 2-berth sleeper on overnight train and accommodation based on twin share (B&B basis)
Enjoy a relaxing lunch in one of St Pancras International’s restaurants, including Carluccio’s , the Fine Burger Company and Yo! Sushi, or celebrate the beginning of your journey with a meal at The Gilbert Scott, in the beautifully refurbished St Pancras Hotel. If there’s time, choose from 17 different champagnes at Searcys Champagne Bar, before boarding Eurostar.
Go from the champagne bar of St Pancras to the heart of Paris in under three hours.
Check-in at The Eurostar terminal is smooth and simple, with e-ticket machines and a brisk security scan. Queues are usually short, though there may be a slight delay at rush-hour and weekends.
Check-in is open until 30 minutes before departure, and once checked in, there is a large passenger lounge with wifi and plug sockets, shops and cafes including WH Smith and Costa Coffee and comfortable seating, with a travelator which delivers passengers directly to the platform, and makes it easy to manoeuvre luggage. There’s also a lift if you prefer.
There is a buffet car on board the train, and an optional executive upgrade means food service at your table, a quieter carriage, more spacious seats and a plug socket and free wifi.
The Eurostar sets off from the beautifully refurbished St Pancras station, speeds through the countryside and takes just twenty minutes to dash through the Channel Tunnel and emerge in France. The journey is deceptively fast- the comfortable train rockets trough Kent, beneath the channel and emerges in France in the time it takes to queue at an airport.
Leave in the morning and the Eurostar will pull into the Gare Du Nord two hours and fifteen minutes later, in time for lunch.
Days 1 - 3
Take the Metro or pre-book a cab from the taxi company G7. You can join the taxi queue at the front of the Gare du Nord, but be aware it can be long and slow-moving at peak times.
All our approved hotels on our Paris page are close to the city’s main attractions, so drop the bags off at your hotel and head out again for a twilight stroll around the area- admire the fairylit bateaux mouches on the Seine, and investigate the bars of the Marais or the Left Bank for a pre-dinner drink, before relaxing into the romance of a Parisian brasserie, as the wine flows and the accordion strikes up in your heart.
Day 2: Paris
After breakfast in your hotel or a stroll to a pavement café perhaps in Montmartre, or around the Left Bank, for a petit dejeuner (coffee, baguette, jams and croissants), spend the morning exploring the museums of Paris- lovers of the impressionists should head for the Musee D’Orsay, modern art fans have the Pompidou Centre to explore, and for a comprehensive overview, the Louvre is the gold standard. However, its vast salons require at least a day to see properly. If time is limited, head straight to your personal highlights- the online floor plan means you can map out your visit in advance. A Museum Card which offers discounted entry can be useful if you plan to visit various cultural attractions (ask Railbookers when booking this holiday). Spend the afternoon outdoors if the weather is pleasant, in the beautiful Jardins de Luxembourg, or take a stroll along the Seine towards the Eiffel Tower. In the late afternoon, head up to Sacre Coeur to watch the sun set over Paris. In the evening, enjoy classic Parisian cuisine at a traditional bistro before heading back to your hotel.
Day 3: Paris
Check out of your hotel mid-morning, leave your bags with the concierge or at left luggage at your station, and spend the day window-shopping on the Champs Elysees, browsing the independent boutiques of the Marais, visiting Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower or the Tuileries and absorbing the unique atmosphere of the City of Light before leaving for Berlin in the early evening.
Collect your bags and head for the Gare de L’Est –a short walk from the Gare du Nord, or take the Metro or taxi- for the overnight train to Berlin, which leaves at around 8pm, giving you time to have dinner before boarding. Alternatively, buy a picnic at the station.
Days 3 - 4
There is a toilet and shower at the end of each carriage. The full journey takes just over twelve hours, and the conductor will wake passengers within half an hour of arrival, with a light breakfast of rolls and tea or coffee, before the train pulls into Berlin by 8.30 in the morning.
Days 4 - 7
Day 4: Berlin
Disembark at Berlin Hauptbanhof, then take the U-Bahn or a taxi to your hotel, where you can leave your bags, and head off to explore. Berlin pulses with energy and creativity. Ease into the city’s friendly, funky atmosphere, by taking the Metro to the Kreutzberg district. Full of independent shops, antique sellers, vintage boutiques and bars, it’s the perfect place for a casual lunch followed by an afternoon of strolling around. In the evening, stay in Kreutzberg for cocktails and dinner or take the Metro over to Prenzlauer Berg, an elegant 19th century district with a wonderful selection of stylish restaurants and bars before returning to your hotel.
Day 5: Berlin
Spend the morning admiring the panoramic city view from the infamous TV Tower which once surveyed East Berlin, then have lunch at one of Berlin’s excellent café bars, before an afternoon of sightseeing around the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and the Tiergarten. In the evening, enjoy the sunset from Hugo’s restaurant, on the 14th floor of the Intercontinental hotel.
Day 6: Berlin
After a relaxed breakfast at Art Deco café Anna Blume, spend the day at the world-class Berlin Zoo, admiring the panda, monkeys, rhinos and hippos in lavishly landscaped grounds, before a stroll in the adjacent Tiergarten, the vast park right at the heart of Berlin. If zoos are not to your taste, explore the city’s innovative museums and galleries with a museum pass and head back to Kreutzberg for a casual dinner and drinks.
Day 7: Berlin
A chance to explore a little deeper- visit the Holocaust memorial or spend your day discovering what used to be East Berlin, or shopping in the Charlottenberg district. Alternatively, take an overground train out to Wansee to enjoy the glorious rural lake area where native Berliners spend their time off.
Have an early dinner before returning to Berlin Hauptbanhof and boarding the overnight train for Paris, departing at 20.07.
Days 7 - 8
Although seats are available overnight, it is infinitely preferable to book a couchette. The Deluxe couchettes include a small private bathroom, and cut out the need for midnight wanderings in the corridors.
Comfortable and clean, the City Night Line Berlin-Paris sleeper trains provide an adequate night’s sleep, and it can be enhanced further by earplugs and an eye mask to cut out any grinding of gears mid-journey. Take a picnic on board, which you can assemble from one of the many shops at Berlin HBF. The train leaves Berlin at 20.07 and arrives in Paris after a light breakfast of rolls or croissants and coffee served in your cabin, by 9.30am.
The train arrives into Paris from Berlin at around 9.30am, so there’s time for coffee and croissants and a few hours’ sightseeing. Leave the bags at left luggage at Gare de L'Est, and take a petit - dejeuner at one of Paris’s charming pavement cafes.
You can then either head back to the Gare Du Nord by foot (it's only a ten minute walk), Metro or taxi and catch a mid-morning Eurostar back to London, arriving early afternoon for your onward journey home- or enjoy a relaxed Parisian lunch in the Marais and perhaps take a stroll along the Seine to leave you with memories of the city’s marvels, before taking a mid afternoon Eurostar and arriving back in London just as the sun sets over Big Ben.
Or you could stay an extra night in Paris and travel back to London the following day. CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR PARIS PAGE
Make your way to Gare Du Nord to catch the Eurostar back to London St Pancras, allowing at least forty-five minutes for check-in. The journey only takes just over two hours, so you should be back in plenty of time for your connection to your onward journey home.
Of course, if you can't bear to leave, you could always stay for just one more night in Paris...
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