From London’s fog to Barcelona’s sparkling Mediterranean waters, this locally-hosted tour will introduce you to the diverse flavors of England, France, and the Iberian Peninsula.
About the Tour
This 13-day Locally-hosted tour brings you some of the best that Western Europe has to offer. Spend your days in London seeing Big Ben or lounging in Hyde Park, and spend your nights cozying up in a pub. In Paris, walk along the Seine at twilight and sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café. oam the endless corridors of the Louvre, and venture up to Montmartre, the hilltop bohemian heart of Paris. In Barcelona, revel in sun, sand, and whimsical architecture that put this Catalonian city on the map. You’ll never have a dull moment in vibrant Madrid, where the famous Museum Triangle means you’ll be literally surrounded by art. On this trip, all of the details are expertly arranged and your Local Host is there to give you the inside scoop at each destination, so you won’t miss a step.
- London to Paris transportation via high-speed Eurostar rail
- Barcelona to Madrid transportation via high-speed rail (first-class)
- 12 nights accommodation in pre-screened, centrally located hotels
- Daily breakfast buffet
- Rail station and airport transfers for intra-tour travel
- Guided sightseeing and orientation in each city
- Services of a friendly, knowledgeable Local Host at each destination
Day 1 - London, EnglandWelcome to London, a major settlement for two millennia and today a vibrant global city. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.
Day 2 - 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 Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall's mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister's Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank, and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. 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.
Day 3 - LondonYour Local Hosts will have exciting suggestions for your day at leisure-for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum, located in stylish South Kensington, featuring the world’s leading collection of art and design.
Day 4 - London & Paris, FranceTravel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) to Paris
Day 5 - ParisMorning 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; magnificent 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 6 - ParisToday you may choose to stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg, an oasis of formal terraces, chestnut groves, and lush lawns. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.
Day 7 - Paris & Barcelona, SpainTravel by air to Barcelona on selected flights.
Day 8 - BarcelonaMorning guided sightseeing, starting from Plaza Catalunya, includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi's Casa Batillo. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished Sagrada Familia Basilica. See the Arc de Triomf and stop at Ciutadella Park to begin a walking tour through the medieval streets of the trendy El Born district. Your city discovery continues to the Old Port area and Columbus Monument, arriving at magnificent Montjuic Hill with time for a photo stop at Miramar lookout point.
Day 9 - BarcelonaYour Local Host can assist you with ideas for your day-perhaps an inside visit of Gaudi’s last residential building, La Pedrera.
Day 10 - Barcelona & MadridTravel to Madrid by high-speed Ave Train (first-class).
Day 11 - MadridMorning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial Prado museum and the Plaza de España. Also see the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.
Day 12 - MadridYour Local Host can assist you in planning your day. You may wish to stroll through Pasajes, one of the best multilingual bookshops in the world.
Day 13 - MadridYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Millenium Gloucester, London
This modern and luxurious hotel is located in fashionable South Kensington, a relaxed environment in the heart of London. 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.
Courtyard Paris Gare de Lyon, Paris
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.
Tryp Apolo, Barcelona
A modern 314 room hotel located in the heart of Barcelona with Free Wi-Fi internet access in all rooms and public areas. Delicious snacks can be enjoyed at the Tapas Bar whilst the lobby bar serves refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Novotel Madrid Center, Madrid
A stylish 790 room hotel located in Madrid's elegant Salamanca District with Free Wi-Fi internet access available throughout. Amenities include a gourmet restaurant, a chic bar featuring a large video wall, a fitness room and relaxing lounge areas.
The high-speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
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!
AVE is Spain's flagship high-speed service, connecting Madrid, Cordoba and Seville across dedicated high-speed tracks. AVE trains are based on the French TGV and Thalys, and the speed and comfort offered are similar. However, the level of service for passengers in First Class ("Preferente") is much higher, with a complimentary drink and light snack included. A café-bar serving drinks and snacks is also available on board. AVE is so reliable that the Spanish railroad company, RENFE, promise a full refund if the train is more than five minutes late - so far they have only had to honor that promise in 0.16% of cases!
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.