London & Paris Tour Description
Planning a trip to London & Paris can be a daunting task on your own. We'll make it easy by creating a completely custom itinerary aimed at meeting your every need. With our custom Europe trips, no two itineraries are the same as they are built to suit YOUR needs and "must see's."
Starting can be the hardest part, as there is so much to see. There is so much to see in London and Paris, and often our time to tour is limited. We've created a 7 day mind blowing itinerary that packs a major punch. This could be your trip, or simply the inspiration to create your own customized tour of trip to London and France!
We've had the pleasure of experiencing France ourselves just recently and hope the knowledge we've learned first hand can help deliver an experience you'll remember for a lifetime!
Pack your bags for an electrifying trip to two of Europe's most popular capitals. In London, pay a visit to the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum or explore Hyde Park's vast acreage of gardens, ponds, paths, and fountains. From there it's on to Paris, where all those croissants and baguettes aren't going to eat themselves! Hop aboard the Batobus and cruise down the Seine, or admire impressionist paintings in the Musée d'Orsay. Three nights in each destination will give you just enough to keep coming back for more.
Highlights and Inclusions
Accommodations: London 3 nights, Paris 3 nights
Breakfast daily except where noted otherwise
Private arrival transfers
London Oyster Card
London Eye - Fast-Track Ticket
Windsor, Stonehenge, Lacock, Bath Tour with Lunch
Magic of London Tour with Afternoon Tea
2-Day Paris Pass
Seine River Cruise with Dinner
Macaron Cooking Class
Loire Valley Castles Tour
Private departure transfers
London - 3 nights
DAY 1: Arrive in London
Arrive in London and collect your bags. When you exit customs, your driver will be waiting to escort you to your hotel. Your Oyster Card has already been activated, so you're free to start exploring on the Tube as soon as you're ready! You're probably exhausted after your long flight, so this might be the perfect day to head to the London Eye.
LONDON OYSTER CARD
The Visitor Oyster Card is an electronic card that allows travelers to store credit for pay-as-you-go travel on transport for London services. The card automatically calculates the cheapest fare possible and stops deducting credit when a daily amount is reached. Your £20 card can be topped-up with additional credit at Tube stations, Oyster Ticket Stops and London Travel Information Centres. Your Oyster card has been pre-activated so you can start using it as soon as you arrive in London.
LONDON EYE FAST-TRACK
At 440 feet high, the London Eye is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks. The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes and gives you an ever-changing perspective of London. A trip to the top will lift you high enough to see up to 25 miles on a clear day. Fast-track tickets for the London Eye allow you to bypass part of the queue and get your tickets just 15 minutes before your experience.
Your first full day in England will see plenty of action! After breakfast, head to Victoria Coach Station for your all-day tour to Windsor , Stonehenge, Lacock, and Bath. When you return, grab a late dinner (and maybe a drink!) before heading back to your hotel for the night.
WINDSOR, STONEHENGE, LACOCK, AND BATH TOUR WITH FISH AND CHIP LUNCH
Be amongst the first people to enter Windsor Castle and witness the splendor of St. George's Chapel. Perched high above the River Thames, Windsor Castle is the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. You'll explore the town, then take a scenic drive through Runnymede, where King John signed the Magna Carta. From there you'll head to Stonehenge to marvel at its mysterious engineering and design. Standing alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain, this iconic landmark is the most famous prehistoric monument in the world. The next stop on your tour is Lacock, one of England's most picturesque villages. You'll have lunch in a 14th-century inn, then explore the quaint surroundings that have provided the setting for such movies as Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Your final stop will be Bath, a beautiful UNESCO-listed Georgian city. After your panoramic tour of the city, there will be plenty of time to shop and have afternoon tea in the Pump Rooms while you're serenaded by the string quartet.
On your last full day in London, get an in-depth feel for what this city is all about! After breakfast, head out on your tour of London that includes afternoon tea. The evening will be yours to have dinner and explore any final areas of the city before your departure for Paris the next day.
MAGIC OF LONDON INCLUDING AFTERNOON TEA
Your tour will be the first group inside St Paul's Cathedral, so you can appreciate the experience without the crowds. On Sundays, when viewing is restricted, you'll have the opportunity to sit in on a service. After a photo stop outside Westminster Abbey, you'll view the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (subject to availability). After lunch (not included), you'll tour the Tower of London and see the Crown Jewels and White Tower. Next you'll enjoy a boat cruise on the River Thames before heading to Harrods for afternoon tea. You'll get the authentic English tea experience, complete with homemade scones with preserves and clotted cream, plus a glass of Harrods prosecco. The tour ends here, where you're free to explore the world-famous department store on your own.
Paris - 3 nights
DAY 4: Arrive in Paris
After one final breakfast, make your way to St. Pancras Station for your train to Paris. When you arrive in Paris, drop off your bags at your hotel and head to the Big Bus Ticket Shop to pick up your 2-day Paris Pass. The day is yours to explore as you wish, but don't forget to show up in time (and dressed appropriately!) for your Seine River cruise with dinner.
2-DAY PARIS PASS
The Paris Pass allows you free or fast-track entry to over 60 museums, art galleries, monuments, and other attractions around the city. It is only valid for use on consecutive days.
SEINE RIVER CRUISE WITH DINNER SERVICE PREMIER
Discover what makes the City of Light so spectacular once the sun sets. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared onboard as you glide past Paris's gleaming landmarks and listen to live music. If the spirit moves you, hop on up to the dance floor! Dinner will combine tradition and innovation and will include your choice of starter, main dish, a fine cheese selection, dessert, and Champagne.
Use your Paris Pass to spend the morning as you'd like. Stop by a neighborhood boulangerie for a buttery croissant, or wander through the chestnut groves of Luxembourg Gardens. Then, in the afternoon, roll up your sleeves and learn how to make macarons in the home of a Parisian chef. The evening will be all yours. Take in a late burlesque show at Le Lido, or indulge in a fancy meal at one of the city's copious Michelin-starred restaurants.
MACARON COOKING CLASS IN PARIS
Macarons can be tricky to get right on your own, but luckily for you you'll have a real live French chef to give you pointers right in their own home. You'll leave with your delectable creations, as well as recipe cards so you can recreate them on your own. No more cracked or deflated macarons for you - you'll be a pro now!
You'll need to wake up bright and early for your all-day Loire Valley castles tour. You'll be back in time to eat dinner and breathe in your last bit of Parisian air before packing your bags to leave in the morning.
LOIRE VALLEY CASTLES BY MINIBUS
Sit back and relax as you're chauffeured through the magnificent chateaus of the Loire Valley. Admire the Renaissance-inspired architecture and manicured gardens of Chateau de Chambord. Explore Chateau Amboise, perched high atop the town of Ambroise and one of the first truly royal residences of its kind. At Chenonceau, tour the grounds and interior of this castle bridge, then head to town for lunch.
After breakfast, head to the hotel lobby to meet the private driver who will take you to the airport. As your plane takes off, consider how rich your life now feels after the adventures you've just experienced.