London, Paris & Geneva with Mont Blanc
Travel by rail to some of Europe's most famous cities on this 13-day train vacation.
Your vacation begins as soon as you arrive in London where you will hear inside stories about must-see landmarks, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben before arriving in time to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. In Paris, your guided sightseeing with an expert local guide features inside visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, the iconic cathedral dating to 1163, and the Louvre, the world’s most visited art museum. And never fear…we’ve included VIP access, so you won’t waste time standing in line. Instead, you’ll be up close and personal with da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and the museum’s other famous treasures. We’ve also scouted out the best place to capture photos of the Eiffel Tower, and we’ll take you there.
Your guided sightseeing in Geneva features the Jet d' Eau, Europe's tallest water fountain, and an inside visit to St. Peter's Cathedral, the Romanesque–Gothic church best known for John Calvin's sermons during the mid-16th century. We’ve included a cable-car ride to the top of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s tallest peak, offering you breathtaking views of Chamonix and the Alps. You’ll also have free time to explore on your own. This trip is sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail transportation throughout
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- Full buffet breakfast for 10 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
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, a major settlement for two millenia and today a vibrant global city. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time. (B)
Day 3 - London
Morning 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 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. (B)
Day 4 - London at Leisure
For this day at leisure, your Local Hosts will have interesting recommendations, such as a walk along the South Bank with its theaters, museums, galleries, boutiques, and street cafes, and maybe a flight on Europe's highest observation wheel. (B)
Day 5 - Eurostar to Paris
Travel by high-speed Eurostar train (Standard class) to 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. 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 stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world's most visited museum, the louvre with it's modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and other treasures. (B)
Day 7 - Paris at Leisure
Full day to explore the magnificent "City of Light" at your own pace. Your Local Host will have many recommendations. (B)
Day 8 - Paris to Geneva, Switzerland
Travel by high-speed TGV train (first class) to Geneva. (B)
Day 9 - Geneva
On your morning guided sightseeing, 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 and it is visible throughout the city. 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 on your own in one of the many local restaurants before heading back to Geneva. (B)
Day 11 - Geneva
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
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 travelling 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!
Introduced in 1981, France's TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse) was the original European high-speed train. Linking Paris with Lyon, the new service revolutionised train travel and meant that travelling by air over medium and short distances was no longer seen as the best option, even for business travel. The network has expanded rapidly and today these sleek, stylish trains offer links to over 60 destinations throughout France. Operated by SNCF, the French national rail operator, TGV trains travel over specially-constructed high speed lines. The trains can achieve speeds of up to 186mph (300km/h) on most long distance routes and 200mph (320km/h) on the new TGV Est line, which links Paris with Strasbourg, Luxembourg and Basel. With the exception of shorter journeys, TGVs almost always have an on-board buffet car, serving a selection of drinks and light refreshments.
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 including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace, the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. 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.
Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel
This elegant 405-room hotel is located close the River Seine and Eiffel Tower. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. A light and airy restaurant serves up a range of international cuisine which during the summer months can be enjoyed in the tranquil terrace and gardens. There is also a lounge bar for snacks and drinks as well as a fitness room.
Novotel Geneve Centre
This modern 206 room hotel successfully blends stylish décor with comfort. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel. Recreational facilities include a fitness center with a hammam and sauna. For simple delicious meals, the hotel has a restaurant/café and a contemporary bar/lounge where guests can unwind with a drink.
Dates & Prices
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|20th April 2018||$2,618||Book Now|
|27th April 2018||$2,761||Book Now|
|4th May 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|11th May 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|18th May 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|25th May 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|1st June 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|8th June 2018||$3,048||Book Now|
|15th June 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|22nd June 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|29th June 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|6th July 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|13th July 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
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|27th July 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|3rd August 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|10th August 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|17th August 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|24th August 2018||$2,733||Book Now|
|31st August 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|7th September 2018||$2,842||Book Now|
|14th September 2018||$2,979||Book Now|
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: Departs 20th April 2018 ($2,618), 27th April 2018 ($2,761), 4th May 2018 ($2,842), 11th May 2018 ($2,842), 18th May 2018 ($2,842), 25th May 2018 ($2,842), 1st June 2018 ($2,842), 8th June 2018 ($3,048), 15th June 2018 ($2,842), 22nd June 2018 ($2,842), 29th June 2018 ($2,733), 6th July 2018 ($2,733), 13th July 2018 ($2,733), 20th July 2018 ($2,733), 27th July 2018 ($2,733), 3rd August 2018 ($2,733), 10th August 2018 ($2,733), 17th August 2018 ($2,733), 24th August 2018 ($2,733), 31st August 2018 ($2,842), 7th September 2018 ($2,842), 14th September 2018 ($2,979)
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Transfers are available for an additional charge as well as sightseeing.