London, Paris, Geneva with Mont Blanc & Lucerne
Travel by rail to some of Europe's most famous cities on this 13-day train vacation.
Following your transatlantic flight from your USA gateway, start your journey in London and take in this historic city's rich culture. Continue to the City of Lights aboard the famous Eurostar high-speed train, followed by visits to the beautiful cities of Geneva and Lucerne.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- Rail transportation throughout
- Full buffet breakfast for 12 days
- Local Host service in each city
- Destination Guides
- Discounts at the famous Galeries Lafayette and other leading department stores in Paris
- Sightseeing with a Local Guide and transportation per itinerary
- Transfers (with porterage from London-Paris) to/from train stations.
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Big Ben
- St. Paul's Cathedral
- Minister's Downing Street
- Napoléon's Les Invalides
- Eiffel Tower
- Notre Dame Cathedral
- St. Peter's Cathedral
- Flower Clock
- Thorwaldsen's Lion Monument
- Chapel Bridge
Day 1 - International Flight to London
Embark on a transatlantic flight from your U.S. gateway to London. (International flight is not included)
Day 2 - London, England
Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most historically significant capital cities, containing four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (B)
Day 3 - London
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes all of London's famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards, the Prime Minister's Downing Street, and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit ST. Paul'S Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren's masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London's skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held) at Buckingham Palace. (B)
Day 4 - London at Leisure
Your Local Hosts can recommend how to best spend your day at leisure. You could join an afternoon excursion to Windsor Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in the world; see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London; or simply stroll through Hyde Park and feed the ducks in the Serpentine.(B)
Day 5 - Eurostar to Paris
This morning transfer to the rail station and board the high-speed Eurostar train for the journey to Paris. Overnight Paris. (B)
Day 6 - Paris Guided Tour
Morning guided sightseeing and orientation takes you to Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century stained-glass Rose Window. Also enter the world's most visited museum, The Louvre, with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and along the fashionable Champs-Elysées. Stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. (B)
Day 7 - Paris at Leisure
Your Local Host will have many recommendations for your day in the “City of Light,” such as a visit to the Pompidou Center, author Victor Hugo's house, the Shakespeare and Company bookstore, or a night out at the cabaret. (B)
Day 8 - TGV to Geneva, Switzerland
This morning, depart Paris by the high-speed TGV train to Geneva. Overnight Geneva. (B)
Day 9 - Geneva
On your morning guided sightseeing and orientation, see Geneva's international sector, with some of the world's major peacemaking organizations. Admire the amazing Jet d'Eau, a large water-jet fountain situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River; it is visible throughout the city and even from an altitude of 33,000 feet (10 km). See the Flower Clock, a masterpiece of technology and floral art, symbol of the city's internationally acclaimed watch industry. Visit St. Peter's Cathedral, an imposing Romanesque-Gothic church in the Old Town, best known for Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin's inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century. (B)
Day 10 - Geneva at Leisure
Today, enjoy a special highlight excursion to Mont Blanc. Travel across the Swiss-French border to Chamonix, a famous mountain resort where the first Winter Olympics were held. From the Town Center, ride a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (Needle of the South), a rocky, 12,391-foot- high (3,777-meter-high) peak in the Mont Blanc mountain range with year-round snow; its terraces provide an amazing 360-degree view of the Chamonix Valley and the Alps. A lift takes you to the summit terrace at 12,605 feet (3,842 meters) for stunning panoramas (if the cable car to Aiguille du Midi is not available due to adverse weather conditions, it will be substituted with a ride on the scenic rack railway to the magnificent Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) glacier on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc). Leisure time to explore Chamonix's center and enjoy lunch in one of the many local restaurants before heading back to Geneva. (B)
Day 11 - Geneva-Lucerne
Travel to Lucerne by train (first-lass). Enjoy guided sightseeing and orientation that includes a visit to Thorwaldsen's poignant Lion Monument, commemorating the Swiss Guards killed during the French Revolution. Walk through the charming Old Town with its pedestrian-only streets, quaint alleys, cobblestone squares, and frescoed façades. Cross the Chapel Bridge, Lucerne's famous landmark spanning the Reuss River, originally built in the 14th century as part of the city's fortifications. Admire the Water Tower, which also served as a dungeon, an archive, and a treasury vault until the 19th century. On the left bank of the river, arrive at the Jesuit Church, constructed in 1666 and one of the most beautiful baroque churches in the country. (B)
Day 12 - Lucerne
Your Local Host can suggest wonderful options for your day at leisure, like an excursion to Mount Pilatus, or the best places to sample rösti (potato pancake), bratwurst (sausage), and raclette (cheese and potato dish). (B)
Day 13 - Lucerne
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Zurich). (B)
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Transfers are available for an additional charge as well as sightseeing.