Julie King

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Looking to travel fast train London to Calais Paris 9/5/2016, prices on first and next class below first class. 2 adults. Do you recommend purchasing this ticket separately to another ticket for travel within Switzerland, France and Italy?

Plans are about 3 days sight seeing immediately in Paris (via rail if required).

Travel via Rail Paris to Lucerne. Train trip with panaramic windows in first class to view countryside and meet up with Wilhelm Tell tour. Travel Lucerne to Nice. Nice to Turin, Venice and places enroute linking down to Rome. Depart Rome 31/5/2016 on flight to return to Australia.

Can you please advise best ticket to incorporate above countries and price per ticket. 2 adults. How far in advance do you recommend booking & purchasing tickets & reserving seats. Wishing to enjoy sights of countryside along the way, (without being too slow or too fast).

Is there an option to hop on and hop off train within travel dates enroute to Rome by rail on the one ticket? Do we need to make reservations for each time we wish to travel on a train?

THank you for your assistance.

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Rail Europe Posted 4 years ago

Hello Julie,

Thanks for your question.

To start off, I would recommend that as you would be put up in Paris and Rome and would want to travel to all the major tourist destinations you could purchase the Paris Pass as well as the Omnia Vatican and Rome Card.

The Paris Pass would give you the following benefits:

Free entrance:

Benefit from free entry to over 50 of Paris’ world famous attractions, including the Louvre Museum, Arc of Triumph, Notre Dame, Palace of Versailles, Orsay Museum, Tropical Aquarium, Grevin Wax Museum etc. Get a free passage on Seine River Day Cruise with Bateaux Parisiens, Tour Maine-Montparnasse, Tenniseum of Roland Garros.

Unlimited travel:

With a Paris Pass you will benefit from unlimited travel time on the Metro, buses, tramway and RER within central Paris.

Free guidebook:

To make sure you do not to miss anything, use your free guidebook. It details useful information including maps and directions as well as great tips on how to make the most out of your trip.

And the OMNIA Vatican and Rome Card would give you the following benefits:

Free entry in Vatican:

Visit the Vatican City sights and attractions, including Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel and either St Peter’s Basilica or Vatican Gardens Tour.

Free entry in Rome:

Pick 2 of Rome’s attractions, the Coliseum, Palatine Hill & Roman Forum, Capitolini Museums, Borghese Gallery or the National Museum of Castel St. Angelo, and visit free.

Hop on hop off bus:

3 day ticket for a stress-free way to discover the best of the city: stops at San Pietro in Vaticano, Palazzo della Cancelleria, Santa Maria ad Martyres Pantheon, Santa Maria in Aracoeli, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Stazione Termini, Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni, Colosseo, Circo Massimo, San Bartolomeo all’Isola Tiberina, Palazzo Farnese.

Unlimited public transport:

Grab your free travel card and travel around freely with public transports in Rome, including trams, metro and buses.

Lastly, as you would be traveling rather more within Switzerland, I would suggest that you purchase the Swiss Travel Pass. This pass would give you the following benefits:

Children below 16 years are free if accompanied by the at least one parent having a Swiss Pass. We issue a Swiss family card for children.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel free within Switzerland on the STS (Swiss Travel System) network on trains, buses and boats. Also with a Swiss Pass you would get discounts on mountain excursions within Switzerland. These discounts can only be availed locally by showing your Swiss Pass to the ticketing office in Switzerland.

With a Swiss Travel Pass you can travel free on intercity trains within Switzerland.

You can also refer to our travel magazine Connexion for sample itineraries.

I would suggest that you hold on for a while and then make your booking for passes/tickets as your travel dates are out of the booking horizon.

Hope this helps!!!

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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Thank you Anthony for your valued information.

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Hello Julie,

Thank you for the comment

Happy to help you always!!

Best Regards,

Anthony, Rail Europe Travel Expert.

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