Two of the world’s most popular holiday destinations are London and Paris. Often those making their first trip to Europe will plan on visiting both during a single holiday. Getting from one country to the other is fairly fast via the Chunnel or by taking one of the many daily flights, although another, more unique way to visit both countries is by water.
A boat ride down the Seine is one of the most enjoyable ways to explore Paris. Cruising along for an hour in a glass-topped boat is a great way to explore the unique, and rather compact, Parisian landmarks. Gothic architecture is as rife as it is wonderful, and the boat tour gives you a different outlook from what you would obtain by walking or taking one of the innumerable (and rather mundane!) bus tours.
After catching your sea legs you may want to consider a stroll along the streets and avenues near the docks. Revered by locals, the area is flat and wide giving great views along the river front. There are plenty of quiet restaurants and cafes, perfect for relaxing and just soaking in the city’s unique atmosphere.
Paris to London
For those in a rush, the Eurostar (or the Chunnel) is the fastest. The trip under the English Channel only takes 2 hours and 15 minutes, but due to the time difference an hour less in “clock time.” While the Chunnel is comfortable and convenient, taking the ferry is filled provides a different atmosphere and a bit of an “old Europe” feeling. One of the more interesting ferry routes is the one that departs the port city of Dieppe, which was once one of the most popular ferry routes between the two countries. The trip takes a mere four hours and docks in Newhaven. The Dieppe harbour is loaded with excellent seafood restaurants, the beach is nice and the village itself is charming. The ferry voyage is relaxing and seems like more of an excursion than a simply a means of getting from point A to point B.
The best way to get from Newhaven to London is by train. This portion of the journey is not as pleasant as the others as you travel through a great deal of urban sprawl, just as you would expect near any major city. However once in London, you can continue your water-based exploration. To get a feel from the city many tourists, especially first time visitors, will take one of the “hop-on, hop-off” bus tours that stop at the major London landmarks. However, a boat tour down the Thames, particularly at night, gives you a unique perspective on the city and takes you past many of the iconic landmarks and points of interest.
Both cities offer a wealth of sites and experiences. One of the best tips for holiday visitors to either city is to consider a short term rental for accommodation. You will find them to be conveniently located throughout both cities and they offer a very relaxed, comfortable, and “homey” base for your holiday.