Welcome to London and Paris! We have combined two favorite cities into one tour! Start in London where an expert local guide and private car will help you discover this fascinating city. Visit the Tower of London, where the Beefeaters guard the dazzling crown jewels... See the legendary Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral before continuing on to Trafalgar Square where the National Gallery of Art is overshadowed by Nelson's Column... head down Whitehall and past Downing Street to the Houses of Parliament, and finally Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London. There is also time for you to explore on your own before you travel by high-speed Eurostar train through the Channel Tunnel and arrive in Paris in just over two hours! Here, enjoy a sightseeing tour featuring the must-see sights of the city as well as an excursion to one of the largest castles in the world.
DAY 01: ARRIVE LONDON, ENGLAND
Upon arrival at London Heathrow airport, you are met by your driver/guide and privately transferred to your hotel. Your representative will welcome you to England and assist you with check-in procedures.
Your local representative is part of a unique network of one of over 75 on the ground representatives throughout Europe to ensure your vacation operates smoothly and to your absolute satisfaction. Your local representative is there on the ground to ensure that your travel arrangements run perfectly. They are on the end of the phone for you should you have any queries and are there to assist you.
The remainder of the day will be at your leisure.
You are confirmed for three nights at the Rubens at the Palace in standard room accommodations, inclusive of buffet breakfast. Please note that official check-in time is 3.00pm. (If your arrival is before this time there will be an early check-in requested on your behalf however this cannot be guaranteed).
Nestled in close proximity to St. James Park opposite the Royal Mews, this four-star deluxe hotel is as close to Buckingham Palace as one can get. With this superb location, The Rubens at the Palace offers fantastic views of the pageantry and Royal occasions such as the Changing of the Guards, while providing guests with personally designed accommodations and the comforts of home. The spacious guest rooms are held in a traditional style with expensive fabrics and antiques adding to the luxurious, characteristically English atmosphere. The manifolds of amenities with careful attention to detail make it a prestigious four-star hotel within the city of London. With its selection of restaurants and bars on offer, its unbeatable location and reputation for impeccable service, this boutique style hotel is an excellent option for an unforgettable stay in London.
DAY 02: LONDON
An expert local guide and chauffeur will be waiting to meet you for a full day sightseeing tour (8-hours) of the city of London. You will visit the Tower of London, where the Beefeaters guard the dazzling Crown Jewels, and where you will have excellent views of the Tower Bridge from the Medieval Palace.
Proceed afterwards to St. Paul's Cathedral. This is the cathedral church of the London diocese- a church for Londoner's, while Westminster Abbey serves the nation. King Aethelbert of Kent founded St. Paul's for the missionary Mellitus. This, the fifth church on the site, is England's only baroque cathedral, the only one with a dome, and the only one built between the Reformation and the 19th century. It was also the first to be built entirely by a single architect, Sir Christopher Wren.
Continue on to Trafalgar Square, where the National Gallery of Art is overshadowed by Nelson's Column.
You will then head down Whitehall and past Downing Street, to the Houses of Parliament. You will also visit Westminster Abbey, the National Church of England that has been the scene of many state occasions including the Coronation.
Finally, return to your hotel past Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official residence in London.
DAY 03: LONDON
Today is at leisure to explore London further on your own.
DAY 04: LONDON- PARIS, FRANCE
Today you will be privately transferred to the train station to board the Eurostar (Standard Class) for Paris. It is a very comfortable way to travel, with a reserved seat in a spacious, air-conditioned carriage, as well as access to the extensive on-board bar buffet.
When you arrive in Paris, you will be met by an English-speaking driver and taken to your hotel. Your driver will also be on hand to help with check in at the hotel.
You will be confirmed at the Sofitel Le Faubourg for three nights including full breakfast.
The Hotel Sofitel Le Faubourg: Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is located in the luxurious 8th arrondissement, close to the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. The hotel is housed in two 18th and 19th century buildings in the historical and diplomatic area of Paris near the Jardin des Tuileries and Rue de Faubourg Saint Honore, famous for its boutiques. Situated on the Right Bank of the Seine, the hotel serves as an ideal location for exploring or as a luxury retreat in the heart of this bustling city.
The hotel has 172 rooms including 25 suites. All rooms are decorated in an elegant French style and designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon using the finest materials. The rooms feature MyBed signature bedding, providing a unique experience of comfort and well-being. All rooms are equipped with modern technology such as flat screen TV's, CD player and Wi-Fi connection. Luxury Hermes toiletries and minibars are available in each room.
This afternoon you will be met by your English-speaking driver and guide for a half-day (3 hours) sightseeing tour of Paris. Visit the Marais, one of Paris's most historic districts. This area houses many former residences pf aristocratic families, which have now been restored and are now museums. You will see the Place des Vosges, lined with pink brick and covered arcades. Continue to the Ile de la Cite where you will visit the Sainte Chapelle, a pearl of Gothic architecture.
Optional: In the evening, meet your English-speaking driver to depart for the legendary Parisian "Cabaret"- Moulin Rouge. (Not included in the tour price). Since 1889, the Moulin Rouge, famous worldwide thanks to its French Cancan, and immortalized by the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, has always presented sumptuous shows. Today the Moulin Rouge's new show "Feeire" continues the tradition.
Sofitel Le Faubourg
DAY 05: PARIS- VERSAILLES- PARIS
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your private vehicle and English-speaking guide for a cultural half-day in Versailles.
...One of the largest castles in the world, we leave Paris via the western highway and arrive at the residential town of Versailles which for almost 100 years was the capital of France between the 17th and 18th centuries. Here, you will visit the state apartments and decorative gardens. Admire the famous "Hall of Mirrors", once the center of the French court and later the scene of the signing of the peace treaty ending the First World War.
The small hunting lodge that had been built for Louis XIII was converted by his son Louis XIV into the grandiose Palace that we visit today.
The great names of the French Classic period Le Vau, Le Brun and Le Notre united together to design this masterpiece, which was terminated during the reign of Louis XV by Jules Hardouin-Mansart with his fabulous Hall of Mirrors, scene of the signing of the 1919 peace treaty ending the First World War.
The reign of Versailles ended when the people of Paris came to fetch the young king Louis XVI and his queen Marie-Antoinette to face the terror of the French Revolution.
View part of the immense park and gardens that surround the castle.
After your visit to this remarkable place, return to Paris, where lunch, dinner and the evening are at your leisure.
Sofitel Le Faubourg
DAY 06: PARIS
This morning visit the world famous Louvre Museum with your guide and private vehicle.
The Louvre is housed in a magnificent building, which was originally built for use as a royal palace for King Francis I. A large glass, steel rod and cable pyramid designed by American architect I.M. Pei now covers the main entrance. It is home to one of the most important art collections in the western world, spanning the period from remotest antiquity, through to about 1850.
Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the hotel where the remainder of the day will be at your leisure.
Optional: In the evening, enjoy a Seine River Dinner Cruise with the Bateaux Parisiens. (Not included in the tour price). The boat cruise on the Seine River is the most pleasant way to discover the city as the sights unfold on either bank of the river, while you enjoy an excellent dinner. Leaving at 8:30pm from the foot of the Eiffel Tower, you will be back about 10:45pm.
Admire the most exquisite architecture and all the historical places along the waterways such as the Palais Chaillot, Place de la Concorde, Assemblee Nationale, Musee d'Orsay, Louvre Palace, Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ile St Louis, Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie, to name a few. The dinner cruise is accompanied by live musical entertainment.
Sofitel Le Faubourg
DAY 07: PARIS, DEPART
Meet your English-speaking driver for your private transfer to the airport or train station.
Depart any day! Contact an iExplore Adventure Consultant for details.
January 1 to April 3, July 11 to September 4 and November 21 to December 31:
$4,979 per person double occupancy.
$4,639 per person triple occupancy.
$3,709 per person double occupancy, based on four people traveling together.
$9,209 Solo traveler.
April 4 to July 10 and September 5 to November 20:
$5,529 per person double occupancy.
$4,779 per person triple occupancy.
$4,249 per person double occupancy, based on four people traveling together.
$10,259 Solo traveler.
The hotels mentioned have different weekday and weekend rates. The above costs are based on the least expensive days of the week, so a supplementary charge may apply based on your particular dates of travel.
Prices for your dates of travel may vary- please contact iExplore for an exact quote. Quoted prices are based on current rates of exchange, tariffs and taxes as of March, 2011. iExplore reserves the right to increase tour prices to cover increased costs, tariffs and taxes received after prices are published, and to reflect fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. iExplore is under no obligation to give breakdown costs involved in any package.
· Accommodations in a Standard Room at the Rubens London.
· Breakfast daily.
· Private transport where stated by Mercedes E Class (or similar) for 1-2 persons or VW Caravelle (or similar) for 3-4 persons. Please note that the vehicle provided allows for two pieces of luggage per person. For additional luggage, larger vehicles can be provided for a supplementary cost.
· Eurostar tickets in Standard Class from London to Paris on Day 4.
· Qualified local guide for stated tours on Day 2.
· Entrance fees to all stated sites and museums in the itinerary.
· The services of a local representative to meet you at your hotel upon arrival, telephone monitoring the hotel and reconfirmation of all services in advance of your arrival.
· Welcome pack (one per room).
· All taxes.
· Three nights accommodations at the Sofitel Le Faubourg, including buffet breakfast.
· Private transportation by Peugeot 607 or similar. Please note that the vehicle provided allows for tow pieces of luggage per person. For additional luggage, larger vehicles can be provided for a supplementary cost.
· Basis English-speaking driver for stated transfers.
· Expert local English-speaking guides for stated sightseeing.
· Entrance fees to sites and museums.
· Welcome Pack
· All taxes
· 24-hour emergency contact service.
· Any/all airfare and associated costs.
· Travel insurance.
· Meals other than those specified in the program.
· Any visas, if necessary, and related costs.
· Any/all items of a personal nature, such as beverages, phone calls, room service, etc.
· Entrance fees not mentioned in the program.
· Holiday Surcharges.
· Optional trip to Moulin Rouge.
· Optional Seine River Dinner Cruise.
All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.