The Journey begins in London with the perfect placement of our hand-picked hotels. Soak in all that is London as we visit Piccadilly Circus, see Big Ben and go inside for our expertly guided sightseeing tours. Then we're off 'under the English Channel' via The Chunnel as we make our way to Paris. The City of Lights welcomes us as we make our home in the Saint-Germaine-dus-Pres for the perfect adventure. We take in the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Montmartre, the Palace of Versailles and even a visit to Monet's House and Gardens.
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Consider our Flight and Early Arrival Options
Your flight to London Heathrow (LHR Airport) should land on Day 1 of the itinerary — this means you should depart your home airport the day prior — your round-trip travel time on this Journey is 9 Days (8 Days, 7 Nights Land). Many of our travelers arrive a "full day early" to recover from their overnight flight — inquire with us about a pre-tour overnight hotel room in London. Airfare is not included. Inquire about our Business Class and Premium Economy Airfare.
CONSIDER EXPANDING YOUR JOURNEY
Expand the Journey: Consider flying into Edinburgh for a couple of days and then take the scenic train to London. Inquire with your Trip Planner.
DAY 1: WELCOME TO LONDON
Upon arrival to London Heathrow Airport, clear customs and then you will be greeted by our driver for your included transfer to the hotel (Deluxe and Classic). Upon arrival, you will check-in, drop luggage and then relax until our Discovery Walk.
Your Journey Tour Captain welcomes you to this historical city with a toast for your arrival.
Discovery Walk: Old London Town
You will enjoy a get-to-know-London Discovery Walk — a hallmark of the Journey style of traveling and exploring new destinations hosted by your Journey Tour Captain.
Enjoy some time at leisure before meeting tonight for a special 'Welcome to London' evening from one of our exclusive perspectives.
Welcome to London Dinner
We then make our way to one of our favorite restaurants in London where we will be delighted with cuisine from 'around the Empire,' all paired with delicious wines and premium beverages - and all included with Journey.
Accommodation in London, 3 Nights with breakfast
Deluxe: One Aldwych Hotel or Similar
Classic: Victory House Hotel or Similar
DAY 2: DISCOVER LONDON TOUR
Today's Adventure: Discovering London
Our experience in London with our official Blue Badge Guide will find you seeing amazing sites including Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, St. James Palace and Buckingham Palace. The tour ends outside of the gates to see the changing of the guard. Admission is not included but can be done on your free day ($160 per person). Our Guide will break so guests can enjoy lunch at their own expense near the Tower of London. Then we enjoy a visit to the Tower complete with a Beefeaters Guide. We return to our hotel for the balance of the day at leisure.
Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner tonight, and they can also help you with dining reservations if you choose to explore London on your own.
DAY 3: DAY AT LEISURE
Today enjoy a complete day at leisure in London.
Consider our optional tours like the Harry Potter Walking Tour or special admission to Buckingham Palace (Private guided tour with admission, approx 2 1/2 hours, includes tips for guide - $160 per person) or Westminster Abbey (entrance is based on season). Inquire with your Trip Planner for details.
Tonight, join your Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure for your last night in London.
DAY 4: TO PARIS, FRANCE
This morning we will enjoy a leisurely start with breakfast and then we will make our way to the train station for our included passage to Paris. Enjoy comfort passage onboard the train as we whisk under the English Channel to Paris.
Upon arrival, we are met by our driver and transferred to our hotel in Saint-Germaine-des-Pres. Beautiful!
Later this afternoon we will enjoy our Discovery Walk of the area around our hotels and take in perspectives of the Seine River and the Île de la Cité (island of the city).
Discovery Walk: Paris
On the Discovery Walk we will orient you to our 'home away from home' in the Saint Germaine. Your Journey Tour Captain will walk you into the heart of the area with its vibrant shops and sights. We will also see the River Seine. Enjoy the balance of the afternoon at leisure.
Welcome to Paris Dinner
Your Journey Tour Captain hosts an amazing welcome dinner in Paris. Oui! Our dining in Paris is what you would expect with everything included.
Accommodation in Paris, 4 Nights with breakfast
Deluxe: Hotel d'Aubusson or Similar
Classic: Tonic Hotel Saint Germain or Similar
DAY 5: DISCOVER PARIS: PART 1
Today's Adventure: Paris Icons
On today's adventure we take in the sites that are Paris: We begin with our walking tour through some of the city's most beautiful neighborhoods to arrive at the Musee du Louvre for our Expert Guided Tour with special skip-the-long-line entrance.
Later today, enjoy time at leisure and then join the Journey Tour Captain for a transfer to the Eiffel Tower, where you will enjoy an entrance to soak in the view. Enjoy an included Metro Pass during your stay in Paris.
Tonight join your Journey Tour Captain for an optional dinner or explore at your leisure.
We also recommend for your consideration a special VIP dinner and show at the Moulin Rouge this evening. Inquire for details.
DAY 6: DISCOVER PARIS: PART 2
Today's Adventure: Enjoy the morning at leisure. Commencing at 10am, we will make our way to the Palace of Versailles for a special tour of the palace and its gardens — amazing! Then we continue on to the village of Giverny to visit Monet's house and gardens — absolutely a beautiful and immersive experience.
We return to Paris late afternoon for the day at leisure.
Journey is Different: Your Journey Tour Captain will invite you to an optional dinner tonight or choose to explore at your leisure.
DAY 7: AT LEISURE IN PARIS
Enjoy your final day at leisure in Paris as you like — there are so many options —
Discovery Walk: More Paris!
On this Discovery Walk we may we suggest joining your Journey Tour Captain for a leisurely walk to Montmartre and Scare Coeur for amazing views, great little bistros and just an enjoyable time? It's optional at no charge.
Here are more options for your consideration:
Today's Optional Adventure: l'Orangerie or d'Orsay?
Consider a visit with admission to the Musee de l'Orangerie or the Musee d'Orsay. Advanced tickets must be purchased prior to the London and Paris Tour so inquire with your Trip Planner if you're interested.
Tonight, join the Journey Tour Captain for our special Farewell Experience in Paris.
Our Special Journey Finalé
Tonight meet for our special experience to celebrate our time together. It has been a Journey of Adventure and Discovery, along with making new friends! Until our next Journey — Au Revoir!
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Day 8: DEPARTURE DAY: Au Revoir Paris!
Breakfast is included this morning should you have time before your departure. May we recommend extending to the Normandy Coast for both remembrance that 'freedom is not free,' and celebration of our freedom?