A TALE OF TWO CULTURES LONDON & PARIS
London, UK to Paris, France
- seven night accommodation in 3* hotels based on a mix of twin / triple bedded rooms with private facilities
- breakfast daily
- dinner daily (three-course set menu, excluding drinks)
- private coach for all transfers according to the itinerary, incl. all drivers costs
- local guides for half day tours: London, Paris, Versailles
- entrance fees: Shakespeare’s birthplace and Anne Hathaways cottage, Royal Royal Shakespeare Theatre tour, Louvre, Disneyland, Eiffel tower (second floor), Seine boat trip, musee d’Orsay, Opera Garnier Tour, Versailles
- tickets (2nd Class) aboard the Eurostar from Paris to London
- Metro pass London for one day / Paris two days
- visit and workshop at Globe Theater
- ballet or Orchestra Performance Paris
- one London Symphonic Orchestra Performance London or Broadway play (depending on availability and seating)
- single accommodation for chaperones (customized ratio)
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Board your overnight flight to Paris!
DAY 2: Arrive in Paris
Welcome to the enchanting ‘City of Lights’. Walking Tour of Paris. A local guide will start with an introductory city tour around some of the key streets and sights of the city.
Musée d’Orsay: Part of this museum’s draw is the building itself, not just the artwork that adorns its walls. Built for the 1900 Universal Exposition, the Gare d’Orsay functioned as a train station until 1939 and was converted into a museum in 1986. The high, arching ceiling and enormous wall clocks hint at the days when trains zipped in and out of the spacious structure. The museum is noted for its collection of Impressionist paintings- a walk through the upper gallery will reveal.
Overnight in Paris.
DAY 3: Guided Sightseeing Tours of Paris
Discover the city on the Seine during your morning bus tour. Learn about Paris’ origins as a Roman settlement as you pass through the Île de la Cité, where you will also see Notre Dame Cathedral. Pass by the imposing Arc de Triomphe, commemorating Napoleon
’s Grande Armée, and the École Militaire, where he graduated to Lieutenant. Continue down the elegant Champs-Elysées to the Place de la Concorde, dedicated to King Louis XV and the site where Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette were executed during the French Revolution. Then, head through the Quartier Latin where you will see the world renowned Sorbonne University, and drive along the Seine for wonderful views of the Musée D’Orsay, the Louvre and the Pont de Neuf, or ‘new bridge’, which is ironically Paris’ oldest. Finally, make a photo stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World’s Fair. Learn why this impressive, yet controversial, symbol of Paris was spared the wrecking ball in 1909.
Guided Excursion to Versailles Palace and Gardens.
Step back into le grand siècle as you experience the opulence of Versailles, the elaborate palace of Louis XIV. Built to be the envy of all Europe, France’s most extravagant château continually threatened to bankrupt the national treasury. Here the Sun King held court in the most lavish style imaginable.
At one point, 1,000 nobles were attended by 4,000 servants inside the palace, while 15,000 soldiers and servants inhabited the annexes. You’ll also tour the State Apartments of the King himself and walk through the historic Hall of Mirrors, where France, Spain and England officially recognized the independence of the United States in 1783, and where the Treaty of Versailles, which ended WWI, was signed.
You’ll also witness the ornate decor of the Queen’s State Apartments, furnished for Marie Antoinette. After your visit inside the palace, be sure to take some time to stroll through the elaborate gardens, designed by André Le Nôtre. Because of the extreme popularity of Versailles, guided visits of the interior cannot be guaranteed during peak seasons. In this case, your group will hear a presentation from your guide before entering the palace.
This evening, take a narrated river cruise along the Seine. As your boat glides from one graceful bridge to the next, sit back and gaze at the illuminated landmarks of Paris as they pan into view.
Overnight in Paris.
DAY 4: Guided Sightseeing Tours of Paris
Visit the Eiffel Tower Built in 1889 for the World’s Fair, the tower is now one of the world’s most recognizable monuments and a symbol of Paris. Standing over 300 meters high, with a viewing balcony on each of its three levels, a journey to the top is one of the must-do events in any visit to the city.
Visit to the Louvre Museum.
The Palais du Louvre, built to defend the city in the 13th century, now safeguards one of the world’s greatest art collections. Enter the museum through world renowned architect I.M. Pei’s 1989 modernist glass pyramid. Inside, discover priceless antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Italy and Asia such the statues of Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace, better known as Winged Victory. You’ll also see some of the Louvre’s most prized paintings by Renaissance and European masters, including Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the mysterious Mona Lisa.
Tour the Opera Garnier: Admire the splendor of l’Opéra, whose stunning facade was
Re gilded and renovated in the year 2000. The large red performance hall, which is located exactly in the middle of the Opéra, can accommodate up to 2,130 spectators at a time. Learn about the musical tradition of Paris on a tour inside or just find out why Napoleon III had a horseshoe shaped entrance built at the rear of the building to protect him.
Ballet or Opera Performance(TBC)
Overnight in Paris.
DAY 5: Full Day Excursion to EuroDisney
Say “Bonjour” to Mickey while you visit EuroDisney. Visit Adventureland and ride the Pirates of the Caribbean, or go to Fantasyland to see your favorite movie characters come to life and then race down Space Mountain to Discoveryland! Located beyond the suburbs of Paris you will find all the pleasures of Disney’s Californian and Floridian predecessors.
Overnight in Paris.
DAY 6: Paris to London
Transfer on the Eurostar from Paris to London. In Paris, board the high speed Eurostar that runs through the tunnel connecting continental Europe with Britain. Completed in May of 1994, the Channel Tunnel provides travelers with easy access to and from the continent. Eurostar trains reach top speeds of up to 186mph, keeping journey times at about two hours.
Guided Sightseeing of London: A local guide leads you on a panoramic tour of London. Begin in Grosvenor Square; site of the U.S. embassy and the house where Eisenhower once lived, this area is sometimes called “Little America.” Continue to Hyde Park Corner, located at the southeast corner of Hyde Park, one of London’s largest parks.
At bustling Piccadilly Circus, the intersection of five busy streets, check out the bright lights and big city displays, before heading to Trafalgar Square, site of Nelson’s Column, built to commemorate his 1805 victory in the Battle of Trafalgar. Pass Speaker’s Corner, where anyone with something to say is invited to speak his mind. Snap a photo of the Houses of Parliament and continue along London’s South Bank for views of the famous Tower of London and London Bridge.
Stroll across the Millennium Bridge for an orientation of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the magnificent 17th century Baroque church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Finally, witness a London tradition-the Changing of the Guard (subject to scheduling).
Evening Theatre: Participate in London’s vibrant drama scene as you attend an evening theater performance in the West End. London has over 80 mainstream theaters –the largest array in the world-featuring everything from traditional classics to cutting edge works by new writers.
Overnight in London.
DAY 7: Guided Sightseeing of London
Walking tour of London by local guide. Stroll through the heart of London on your local guide for a walking tour of the city, which begins along the banks of the River Thames. As you walk along the ancient embankment, note that these shadowy waters gave the city its name, which derives from Llyn Dyn, Celtic for “city of the lake.” Walk along the Strand and see the spot from which all distances to London are measured. Enter Trafalgar Square, where you’re sure to meet the world’s most famous pigeons, and pause at Nelson’s column, a symbol of Britain’s once unrivaled naval power. Continue on to Leicester Square and end your walk at chic Covent Garden, where street performers (or “buskers”) amuse the lively crowds. (The exact walking route may vary, depending on your hotel location and the day’s other activities.)
Globe Theatre Tour & Workshop: Take a fresh approach to Shakespeare during a workshop at London’s Globe Theatre. During Elizabethan times, the Thames-side playhouse was popular with Londoners craving a little Shakespearian diversion. Learn about the layout and social importance of the theater and develop a keener sense of Shakespeare with a variety of hands-on activities. (In cases where the workshop is not available, groups will instead enjoy a special literary walking tour of London.)
Attend a Theatre Performance in London
Overnight in London.
DAY 8: Guided Sightseeing of London
Full Day Excursion to beautiful Stratford Upon Avon.
Anne Hathaway’s House Visit to the famous cottage of Shakespeare’s wife where she live before she married him. Guided sightseeing of Stratford.
Begin your tour by the statue to Shakespeare’s jester. From here you will enter the Shakespeare museum and birthplace to learn more about the works of England’s most famed writer. This half-timbered Tudor building offers detailed insight into life 500 years ago. Leaving the house, you will head towards the River Avon to see fine examples of the houseboats that still journey along England’s intricate canal ways.
William Shakespeare’s Birthplace: Shakespeare's Birthplace is a fascinating house that offers a tantalizing glimpse into Shakespeare's early world. William Shakespeare grew up here and he played here. He ate meals in the hall and he slept and dreamed in these rooms. Shakespeare also spent the first five years of married life in this house with his new wife, Anne Hathaway. For millions of Shakespeare enthusiasts worldwide, the house is a shrine. You will discover the world that shaped the man and you'll find out what other famous writers thought when they visited here.
Overnight in London.
DAY 9: Return home
Transfer to the airport for your return flight
Your tour director assists with your transfer to the airport, where you will check in for your return flight home.
Itinerary is subject to change.
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