Explore Europe’s two most popular cities with ease on this locally-hosted getaway.
About the Tour
Charles Dickens: A Tale of Two Cities. George Orwell: Down and Out in Paris and London. You: My Wonderful Vacation to Paris & London. Yes, Paris & London are not just perfect settings for novels, but also for a vacation filled with fun, adventure, and memories. On this 7-day package, all you have to do is show up; we’ve arranged everything else for you: hotel reservations, sightseeing, transportation between cities, daily breakfast, and transfers to/from the train stations. To help you get the most out of your vacation, your Local Host is there for you in both cities—to answer your questions, to let you in on little-known secrets, and to help make sure your vacation is everything you want it to be.
Your vacation starts in Paris, where you will be met by your Local Host, who will welcome you to the city and give you a Paris destination guide, so you can get to know the city immediately. Your sightseeing the next day with a local expert includes the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral, where you’ll see its 13th-century, stained-glass windows, and the Louvre, home of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa (Louvre replaced with Seine cruise on Tuesdays). Plus, you’ll receive VIP access and skip the lines, and you’ll be escorted throughout both—ensuring you won’t get home and realize you missed an important part of the museum or church. In London, your exclusive sightseeing tour with a local expert includes VIP access to St. Paul’s Cathedral, with its deep history and famous dome. Get the inside story and learn its fascinating history before heading to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard. In both cities, you’ll have a free day to explore on your own and to take optional excursions. Perhaps take a romantic dinner cruise on the Seine River in Paris and enjoy a pre-theater dinner and musical in London’s West End. Maybe visit the British Museum in London and the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. With these two cities, the opportunities are endless, and your Local Host in each city can help you personalize your vacation perfectly for you!
And that’s not all...this vacation also includes a thrilling ride on the high-speed Eurostar train through the Chunnel, an engineering marvel, and transfers to/from the train stations to your hotels.
What are you waiting for…Paris and London are calling!
- Transportation via the high-speed Eurostar train
- 6 nights accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Buffet breakfast daily
- Paris guided sightseeing, including a Seine River Cruise
- London guided sightseeing, including a visit to St. Paul’s Cathedral
- Services of Local Hosts in each city
Day 1 - Paris, FranceBienvenue - welcome! Your local Host will help you maximize your time in the "City of Light."
Day 2 - Paris
Morning guided sightseeing includes a drive past the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, and a stop to take photos of the Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also admire the heart of the city from a different perspective on a Seine River Cruise. Board your comfortable boat near the Eiffel Tower and spend a relaxing hour gliding by many of the city's important landmarks such as the L'Institut de France; Notre Dame Cathedral; Hôtel de Ville; the Conciergerie; famous Louvre Palace and museum; and much more. (Note: there are occasions when your city sightseeing in Paris may be affected due to events in the city. On any of these dates, your sightseeing will be moved to an alternate day to ensure you have the full experience.)
Day 3 - ParisYour Local Host can suggest wonderful options for the day-like a visit to Musée d’Orsay, where to try tasty French onion soup, a walking route through the fashion district, and much more.
Day 4 - Paris & London, EnglandTravel to London by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class).
Day 5 - LondonMorning guided sightseeing 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 horse guards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Visit St. Paul’s Cathedral (except on Sundays), 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.
Day 6 - LondonYour Local Hosts will be pleased to give you some interesting suggestions for the day. For example, join a river cruise to enjoy unique views across London from the Thames-Big Ben, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, Tate Modern, the Shard, HMS Belfast, and much more.
Day 7 - LondonYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Courtyard Paris Gare De Lyon
This contemporary 249-room property is housed in a brand new 19-storey building conveniently situated opposite the historic Gare de Lyon station in the 12th Arrondissement. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is an International restaurant, lounge bar and fitness facility.
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. Situated next to Gloucester Road underground station, it is perfectly placed for visiting London's greatest attractions. The hotel offers a variety of dining options such as Bombay Brasserie and Bugis Street Brasserie for Indian and Oriental cuisine, South West 7 for breakfast and Humphrey's Bar for light meals and drinks. 24-hour room service, concierge service, and a fitness room with cardiovascular equipment and weights is also available.
The high speed Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers traveling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
Additional departures are available upon request. Speak with a rail specialist for details.
Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.