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Tale of Two Cities

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,567

Spend time in two of the World’s greatest cites, London and Paris. Also get to know the English countryside with a day tour to Warwick, Stratford upon Avon, the Cotswold’s and Oxford and another tour to the gardens of Govern and the Palace of Versailles.


Start off in London with a 4 night stay. During your time in this remarkable city, you will get to know London on a half day orientation tour which includes the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall. You will also go to Buckingham Palace to experience the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

The next day is a full day into the English countryside. First visit Warwick Castle with its long history. You will go through the interior of the castle with its Great Hall and state rooms as well as walk on the ramparts. After this, head north to Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Then it’s on to the nearby Cotswold’s with its charming villages, tea shops and old inns. The final stop is in the city of gleaming spires, Oxford. Take a fascinating walking tour to see Christchurch College where many scenes from Harry Potter were filmed, the Bodleian Library and the other picture perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is famous. The following day is free to explore London on your own.

Next stop is Paris, the City of Lights, for a 4 night stay. Here you will have a tour which will include the Eiffel Tower and a visit to the 2nd level for great views of the city. The tour will end with a one-hour cruise on the River Seine.

You will head out of Paris the next morning for a visit to Giverny to view the gardens made famous by the Impressionist painter, Monet. You will also visit his house and studio here. Then continue to the Palace of Versailles where you will tour the building and the spectacular gardens. You will have one more day in Paris to explore further this amazing city.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,567

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Day 1

London Heathrow or City Airport to London Central Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Thistle City Barbican

As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too.

Not only is it just around the corner from the Barbican Centre, Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Islington Business Design Centre, it is also close to Angel Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Hoxton's Square, and enjoys easy access to three underground stations. The opportunities to indulge your creative side or explore London's many attractions are countless.

Whether you are traveling for business, the ballet, the nightlife or simply a short break in London, the Thistle City Barbican hotel has all you need to relax and unwind, including complimentary access the hotel's Otium Health & Leisure Club.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Thistle City Barbican

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    Thistle City Barbican



    As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too. Not ...

    As you would expect of one of the few London City hotels, the Thistle City Barbican hotel is a popular choice for business people wheeling, dealing and networking in the Square Mile. However, it is also popular with art lovers, concert-goers and tourists, too.

    Not only is it just around the corner from the Barbican Centre, Sadler's Wells Theatre and the Islington Business Design Centre, it is also close to Angel Islington, Shoreditch, Clerkenwell and Hoxton's Square, and enjoys easy access to three underground stations. The opportunities to indulge your creative side or explore London's many attractions are countless.

    Whether you are traveling for business, the ballet, the nightlife or simply a short break in London, the Thistle City Barbican hotel has all you need to relax and unwind, including complimentary access the hotel's Otium Health & Leisure Club.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hot Tub
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Packed Lunches
    • Private Parking Possible (charges may apply)
    • Restaurant
    • Solarium
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Tour Desk

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Day 2

Morning London

Kensington Palace, Parliament Square and Westminster Abbey.

The tour begins with a panoramic drive around Parliament Square to see the magnificent Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. To Kensington Palace, former home of Diana, Princess of Wales. We'll see the Royal Albert Hall and Albert Memorial.

Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard.

We head to St James' Park and Buckingham Palace to see the colourful ceremony of the Changing of the Guard. Accompanied by a military band, a detachment of the Queen's Foot Guard march to Buckingham Palace to change with the old guard.

Duration3 Hours
Day 3

Warwick Castle, Oxford, The Cotswolds and Stratford

Today you will be taken back through Warwick Castle's 1,000 year history to a time of bloody battles, extravagant banquets and royal ceremony. Visit the magnificent interiors of the Great Hall & State Rooms, climb the Towers and Ramparts for an archer's view of the historic town of Warwick, and enter the multi-sensory Kingmaker attraction and journey back to 1471 as Richard Neville prepares his army for battle. Alternatively, you might like to stroll through some of the 60 acres of Warwick Castle's landscaped gardens. The next stop is Stratford upon Avon - the birthplace of William Shakespeare. We will visit his Birthplace, and will gain a fascinating insight into his life. Your stop here is followed by the most scenic areas of England, the Cotswolds. Passing through charming villages with thatched cottages, tea shops and ancient inns. Next is Oxford, where the colleges date back to the 13th century and among its famous students were Bill Clinton, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll. We take you on a fascinating walking tour to see Christ Church where many scenes from Harry Potter were filmed. We'll also see the Bodleian Library and the picture perfect college courtyards for which Oxford is famous.

Duration10 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 5

London Central Hotel to London Train Station

Duration30 Minutes

Paris Railway Station to Paris Central Hotels - 20:00 to 08:00

Duration1 Hour

Victor Hugo Hotel

The Best Western Victor Hugo is set in a beautiful, typically Parisian building, offering elegance, charm and refinement. The hotel is in the 16th district of Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the Trocadero Gardens, the Eiffel Tower and Palais des Congres all just steps from the hotel. One of the swankiest spots in the capital, this quiet residential area is a perfect base to explore the capital's hottest tourist attractions. Stroll along the Victor Hugo Avenue, packed with luxury and haute-couture stores, or check out the many top-class restaurants in the area.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Victor Hugo Hotel

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    Victor Hugo Hotel



    The Best Western Victor Hugo is set in a beautiful, typically Parisian building, offering elegance, charm and refinement. The hotel is in the 16th district of Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the Trocadero Gardens, the Eiffel Tower and Palais des Congres all just ...

    The Best Western Victor Hugo is set in a beautiful, typically Parisian building, offering elegance, charm and refinement. The hotel is in the 16th district of Paris, with the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the Trocadero Gardens, the Eiffel Tower and Palais des Congres all just steps from the hotel. One of the swankiest spots in the capital, this quiet residential area is a perfect base to explore the capital's hottest tourist attractions. Stroll along the Victor Hugo Avenue, packed with luxury and haute-couture stores, or check out the many top-class restaurants in the area.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Complimentary WI-FI
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lift/elevator
    • Lounge Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Newsstand

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Day 6

Paris City Tour and Cruise

This excursion will give you the opportunity to discover Paris, its history and great buildings with a tour of the city by coach (duration 3hrs) followed by a one hour commented cruise the Seine. Departure from the Eiffel Tower, the crew will welcome you on board one of the three trimarans belonging to the "Bateaux Parisiens", for a one hour cruise. Entirely glass fitted, with a terrace behind and gangways all round, these boats are perfectly designed to discover and admire the rich architecture of the city. A clear and vivid commentary accompanied by lyrics and music evoking the various places and times, is broadcast through individual handsets. End of the excursion at the Eiffel Tower.

Duration3 Hours
Day 7

Versailles Afternoon - Small Group

Leave your Paris accommodation at 1:15 p.m. for a minibus journey to the Palace of Versailles; arrival scheduled for around 2:15 p.m. The number of participants is limited to a maximum of eight people to allow you to enjoy a personalized tour with your driver-guide.

One of the world's most illustrious monuments, the Palace of Versailles was the official residence of the Kings of France Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI and their courts from 1682 until the French Revolution. Your guide will help you to experience everything about what life was like in the Palace of Versailles, the symbol of the power of the French monarchy. Then enjoy some free time strolling through the palace's stunning grounds and formal gardens.

The Palace of Versailles covers an area of over 721,000 square feet and has more than 700 rooms. Follow your guide straight to the front of the line to visit the most beautiful rooms inside the palace: the King's Grand Apartments, with seven rooms dedicated to different gods, and the Queen's Grand Apartments, mirroring those of the king, which include the Coronation Room and the Queen's Bedroom, once occupied by Marie Antoinette, among others. Also, marvel at the sparkling Hall of Mirrors of Versailles, a large reception room in which to see and be seen, dreamt up by the celebrated architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart. Designed to dazzle the Sun King's visitors, this huge hall with marble and gilded bronze decoration was somewhere to stroll and meet. It was also the setting for sumptuous receptions and royal wedding balls.

Your tour will be followed by an opportunity to discover the palace's gardens, the second part of your visit. In 1661, Louis XIV commissioned the landscape architect André Le Notre to lay out the grounds and gardens, something that was just as important as the construction of the palace itself as far as the king was concerned. Enjoy your free time and explore the Gardens of Versailles, admiring the magnificent sculpted decoration (marble statues, busts, and vases), fountains, and pools.

Your return to your Paris accommodation is scheduled for approximately 5:15 p.m.

Duration4 Hours
Day 8

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 9

Paris Central Hotels to Paris Airport - 20:00 to 08:00

Duration1 Hour

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Roundtrip transfers between airport/railway station and hotels
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Guided tours as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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