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
- Hotel accommodations for 9 nights
- Rail transportation throughout
- 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. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held). (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 - 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 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.
Holiday Inn London - Kensington Forum
Located in fashionable Kensington the striking, 27-storey property enjoys excellent transport links close to London's key attractions. Leafy Kensington's restaurants and cafes are on your doorstep and the Natural History Museum and brand-name shopping on bustling High Street Kensington are a short walk away. The elegant Consortia Restaurant serves a varied European menu, light lunches and hearty breakfasts, and the Cromwell Tavern offers chilled beers, world wines and spirits. The hotel also boasts a fitness center and a gift shop.
Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur
Located at the foot of Sacré Coeur in the bohemian Montmartre district of Paris. This 305-room hotel is just a few hundred meters from the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret and close to the Haussman-Opéra district's department stores, bistros and bustling cafés. Free Wi-Fi access is available in all guestrooms and public areas of the hotel and there is a fitness room. A plentiful breakfast buffet is served in the bright breakfast room and there is also a trendy lounge bar for snacks and drinks with an alluring outdoor terrace.
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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Transfers are available for an additional charge as well as sightseeing.