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Begin in London where an included tour takes you to some of London's most famous World Heritage sights. Learn about Big Ben and Parliament; see Buckingham Palace, the Royal Family’s city residence; hear the horror tales of the Tower of London; and stand in awe at the magnificent Westminster Abbey. Attend one of the many theatrical performances always on offer in the city that invented Shakespeare.
With your optional excursion credit, you might want to consider taking a memorable visit to Windsor Castle, the Queen's weekend home a few miles outside London. Originally built by William the Conqueror to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries. Its construction has grown in size, reflecting many architectural eras and great works of art. It is also the oldest royal residence still in use today.
Then depart for Paris aboard the high-speed Eurostar train where even hardened travelers are romanced by the city’s moveable feast of architecture, fashion, sophistication and sheer beauty. Sightseeing includes the Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées Avenue, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre-Dame Cathedral. Spend a day exploring the stunning Palace of Versailles, a must-see on any trip to Paris. Finish your trip at the Eiffel Tower that includes a dinner highlighting French cuisine while enjoying spectacular views of the Paris skyline.
• 6 nights in superior and first-class hotels: 3 nights in London and 3 nights in Paris
• 9 meals - Daily breakfast and 3 dinners
• On-tour transportation by deluxe motor coach
• Services of a professional tour manager
• Comprehensive sightseeing
• Hotel to hotel baggage handling
Day 1 – Arrive in London
Your tour begins in London, a sophisticated metropolitan city with style, culture and history. Its bustling streets are filled with colorful history, regal pageantry, beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, celebrated monuments and grand theaters. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Copthorne Tara Hotel or Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel - 3 nights
Day 2 – London Sightseeing
A local guide leads you on a panoramic tour of London. See Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Trafalgar Square. At Westminster, see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. When available, also witness the Changing of the Guard. The Changing of the Guard ceremony does not take place every day so when not available, a stop will be made at Buckingham Palace, the London home to Britain’s royalty since 1837. Engaging Experience: Cap off your afternoon with one of London’s finest theater performances. (Note: On most dates, the theatre performance will be a matinee performance.)
Day 3 – London at Leisure
Today is yours to spend independently exploring this historic city.
Day 4 – London to Paris
Engaging Experience: Sit back and relax as you depart London and travel on the innovative Eurostar high-speed train to France; a portion of the route travels under the English Channel. Arrive in the "City of Light," Paris.
Upon arrival, the world-famous Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde and the magnificent Place Vendome are some of the amazing landmarks you will see while on a locally guided tour of Paris. Enjoy dinner in a charming restaurant, complete with traditional music and entertainment.
Accommodation: Marriott Rive Gauche – 3 nights
Day 5 – Versailles Excursion
Engaging Experience: Spend the day at King Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles, the largest palace in Europe. Relive history as you walk through the various rooms of the State Apartments, including the Queen’s bed chamber and the famous Hall of Mirrors. Later, return to Paris in the afternoon where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 6 – Paris at Leisure
Today you are free to enjoy the city however you would like. Enjoy an optional tour at the Louvre, indulge in some of the world’s best shopping on the Champs-Elysees or simply do as the Parisians do and sit at a sidewalk café and watch the beauty of Paris go by.
Engaging Experience: Tonight, sample delicious French cuisine and breathtaking views during dinner at the Eiffel Tower. Following dinner, enjoy a romantic Seine River cruise against the backdrop of Paris’ glittering skyline.
Day 7 – Depart Paris
Your tour ends this morning, leaving you with many pleasant memories of two wonderful cities.
Limitations & Restrictions
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