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Destination > Europe > British Isles

Pageantry to Romance

Day 1: Home - London

Depart today on your transatlantic flight bound for London.

Day 2: London (D)

Arrive in London, and after clearing customs, you will be transferred to your hotel. En route to the hotel, enjoy a panoramic tour of this city of pageantry and display, home of thinkers and speakers, birthplace of English drama, and where more than 40 theatres remain in operation year round.

Day 3: London (B, D)

Today enjoy your morning guided city walking tour. Stroll through Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Parliament Big Ben, Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, and more! Your afternoon is free to continue on your own and visit Buckingham Palace to watch the changing of the guards, pop into Harrods for a little souvenir shopping, or visit the British Museum.

Day 4: Paris (D)

This morning, you will be transferred to the train station for your train to Paris, the city of perfume and charm, everlastingly beautiful and unchanged. No other city has lavished such energy and attention upon its music halls and cabarets with names such as “Opera Comique”. “Follies Bergere”, and “Casino de Paris” that are famous around the world. Upon arrival, you will transfer from the train station to your hotel and enjoy en route, a panoramic city tour including Les Grand’s Boulevard, L’Opera, Place de la Concorde, Les Champs Elysees, L’Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame. After you have settled into your hotel, you may wish to survey your surroundings or walk to the Latin Quarter. The remainder of the day is free to wander the narrow and colourful streets of Paris and to do some souvenir shopping.

This evening you may wish to ascend the Eiffel Tower for a spectacular night view of the city from atop this world famous landmark.

Day 5: Paris (B, D)

This morning your guide will escort you throughout the lively streets of Paris. Meander the Champs Elysse, marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, and then visit the magnificent gilded dome church where you will see the imposing Tomb of the Emperor Napoleon. The remainder of the day is free to visit Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum, shop, have lunch or a cappuccino at an outdoor cafe or just explore on your own the vibrant streets of this historic city.

Day 6: Paris (B, D)

This morning after an early breakfast, you will board your coach and head off for a morning excursion to Versailles to visit this creation of the French Monarchy at the time of its greatest splendour. Consisting of the great palace, the gardens, and the Trianons, it is a wonderful harmonious composition of building and landscape, a unique expression of the vitality of French art during the 17th -18th century. Between 1682 -1789, Versailles was the seat of government and France’s political capital. Today the Chateau of Versailles seems outrageously large but in 1682 when Louis XIV took up residence it housed about 15,000 noblemen, servants and hangers–on who moved in with Louis. After your guided tour of this magnificent chateau, return to Paris. The remainder of your day is free.

Day 7: Paris - Chartres, St. Malo (B, D)

Today after breakfast board your private coach heading for Chartres to visit the magnificent 13th century cathedral. The two soaring spires of the cathedral dominate the medieval town at it’s base. The town of Chartres has been attracting pilgrims for over 2000 years, particularly because of the Sainte Chemise, a piece of cloth claimed to have been worn by the Virgin Mary when she gave birth to Jesus. Then it is on to the Channel Port of St. Malo, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Brittany. Here you will visit the Chateau de St. Malo which dates from the 14th and 15th centuries. Lose yourself wandering within the city walls along a web of narrow, cobbled streets with tall 18th century buildings housing souvenir shops and restaurants.

Day 8: St. Malo - Chenonceaux (B, D)

Today board your coach for Mont St. Michel. Mont St. Michel grew from a humble 8th century oratory to become a Benedictine Monastery of great influence in the 12th and 13th centuries. Then on to Chenonceau Castle. The 16th century Chenonceau, complete with a moat, drawbridge, towers, and turrets, is everything you imagine a fairy tale castle to be. It is considered to be the loveliest of the Loire chateaux. After free time to wander, you will return to your hotel for the night.

Day 9: Chenonceaux - Paris (B, D)

Today you return to Paris but not before visiting Chambord Castle. The 440 room castle was begun in 1519 by King Francois I and was believed to have been inspired by Leonardo da Vinci. It is the largest and most spectacular chateau in the entire Loire Valley. Later return to Paris for your last overnight.

Day 10: Paris - Home (B)

Au revoir Paris. Be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.

 

Tour includes:

  • Return Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • 6 dinners
  • Assisted airport transfers with panoramic sightseeing in London
  • Guided walking tour of London
  • Transfer to train station in London
  • Train transfer from London to Paris
  • Transfer from train station to hotel in Paris
  • Panoramic sightseeing upon arrival in Paris
  • Guided walking tour of Paris
  • 2 day metro pass in Paris
  • Entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral
  • Guided half day coach tour to Versailles
  • Entrance to Versailles
  • Guided tour of Versailles
  • Coach tour to Loire Valley
  • Visit and entrance to Chartres Cathedral
  • Visit and entrance to Mont St. Michel
  • Visit and entrance to Chenonceau Castle
  • Guided tour of Chambord Castle