From cosmopolitan London to romantic Paris, cross the English Channel via train and take in the best of these iconic cities. See Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London and Big Ben. Personalize your trip to London by choosing to visit either Churchill’s War Rooms or Westminster Abbey. Savor a thrilling dinner and cabaret show at the Paradis Latin theatre. Come to know Paris in your own way with a local guide by coach or by Metro. Dine at the Eiffel Tower and cruise the River Seine at night. Enjoy a leisurely-paced exploration with plenty of time to discover the culture on your own.
- Itinerary Type : Standard
- Activity Level : 2
- Number of Days:8
- Number of Meals:9
- Hotels:Crowne Plaza Republique (Paris), Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge (London)
- Experiences:Take advantage of a full day of leisure in both London and Paris.
Cruise along the Seine against a backdrop of Paris' glittering skyline.
- Must Sees:Embark on a tour of London with a local expert.
Cross the English Channel aboard the Eurostar Train.
Get to know the amazing landmarks of Paris such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysées.
- Culinaries:Enjoy London’s culinary renaissance at a dinner featuring contemporary British cuisine.
Immerse yourself in Parisian culture with a dinner at the city’s oldest cabaret theatre.
Savor an exclusive dinner at the Eiffel Tower, featuring delicious cuisine and breathtaking views.
Itinerary (7 days)
London, England - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in London, the United Kingdom's dynamic capital. This evening, get a taste of contemporary British fare as you join your new mates for a meal highlighting London’s culinary renaissance.
Join a local expert for a day in London. Begin with a panoramic tour highlighting the must-sees, including Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Kensington and Knightsbridge. Stop by Harrods, the most iconic department store in all of London. This afternoon, it’s your choice! Return to wartime Britain while exploring the Churchill War Rooms, the secret underground center of Britain’s government during World War II -OR- tour Westminster Abbey,* the coronation church of Britain’s monarchs from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II. The evening is yours to do as you wish.
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy a day to explore at your leisure. You may take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle. Originally built to guard the city of London, Windsor Castle has been the home of kings and queens for nine centuries and is the oldest royal residence still in use today.
London - Eurostar Train - Paris, France
Today, you’re on to Paris! Hop aboard the sleek, futuristic Eurostar High Speed Train to get there in just two hours. A sophisticated metropolis of style and culture, Paris’ bustling city streets are filled with colorful history, fascinating museums, renowned monuments and grand theatres. Tonight, celebrate your arrival in Paris with a special dinner at the legendary Paradis Latin,** the city’s oldest cabaret theatre. Enjoy a savory meal complete with wine, champagne and a captivating show.
It’s your choice! Come to know the highlights of Paris by coach or by Metro! Set out on a panoramic coach tour -OR- for a truly Parisian experience, take in some of the most iconic sights by Metro. Either way you’ll see the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde, and the magnificent Place Vendome with a local guide. Write your own story during a free afternoon. You may choose an optional guided tour at the famous Louvre Museum,*** 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 that is Paris go by.
Be romanced by Paris – today is yours for the taking. Perhaps you will join an optional excursion to Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace and Gardens of Versailles*** and 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. Tonight, enjoy an exclusive dinner at the Eiffel Tower, featuring French cuisine and breathtaking views. End the day with a romantic Seine River cruise set against Paris’ glittering skyline.
Paris - Tour Ends
You depart today, but London and Paris will remain in your heart forever.
The Tower of London
Catch sight of one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the Tower of London. The historic riverside castle was built nearly 1,000 years ago and has since served as a royal residence, defense point, and prison.
Survey Trafalgar Square, a London icon. Since it was built in the 1800s, the square has been a public gathering space for rallies, holiday caroling, and tourism. See Nelson’s Column, the fountains, and the “fourth plinth.”
Standing at 315' tall, Big Ben is located in London near the Halls of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. An iconic image of London, Big Ben's clock dials are some of the largest in the world at 23' high. The current structure was built in 1858 after the previous clock tower was destroyed in a fire in the 1830s.
Choices on Tour
London: Westminster Abbey (officially the Collegiate Church of St. Peter at Westminster) is a massive building in the City of Westminster, London. This is a traditional spot for both coronations and burials of British monarchs. The inspiring Churchill War Rooms are now a London museum. Featuring the Cabinet War Rooms and command center, this is the place from which the British government conducted the business of war during WWII. Paris: Set out on a fascinating coach tour of Paris that includes a stop to marvel at the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral. For the ultimate Parisian experience, you can choose to take in the most iconic sites in Paris by metro. Both choices include a local guide and a visit to the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde and Place Vendome.
Since 1994, the Eurostar Train has been connecting London and Paris in 2.25 hours. Starting at St Pancras Station in London, the high-speed train comfortably takes you through the countryside of England, under the English Channel, and ends its journey at Gare Du Nord in Paris.
Paradis Latin Cabaret
Located in a historic theatre in Paris is Paradis Latin. Reminiscent of the cabarets of Josephine Baker's era, the Paradis Latin Cabaret is a multi-talented array of dancers, singers, comedians and acrobatic performers in a dinner theater setting. While the show is a bit risque, it is tastefully done and a wonderful finish to a Parisian visit.
Arc de Triomphe
Standing at 164' tall and at the intersection of the Champs Elysee is the Arc de Triomphe. Built for the successful return of Napoleon, yet finished after his defeat, the monument stands at the star-shaped cross point in the heart of Paris along what is referred to as the Meridian Line cutting through the city. Today it is the featured icon and terminus point for Le Tour de France and the Bastille Day celebrations for France's independence.
Eiffel Tower Dinner
Built in 1889 as part of the World's Fair by the architecture team of Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower is the symbol of Paris today. Located on the first level is 58 Tour Eiffel, a gourmet restaurant with stunning panoramic views of Paris. Since food is another big part of Parisian culture, the meal is several courses, beautifully displayed and accompanied with wine, coffee and tea.
Seine River Cruise
Separating Paris into the Left and Right Banks is the River Seine. One of the best ways to see Paris is by water. Floating along as the sun sets in a glass-roofed boat, you watch the city come to life. Guided narration and themed music allow you to soak in the atmosphere of Paris as you cruise past Notre Dame, the Musee D'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.