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Classic London + Paris by Rail

7 days

7-Day Independent Tour

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Independent Discoveries for Our World Travelers

+ Tailor this trip to your style and budget with our fine choice of city-center hotels.
+ Travel through the Chunnel aboard the Eurostar train from London to Paris… We include First Class tickets and private rail station transfers for a wonderful, carefree journey. 
+ Our included hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tours in both cities make it easy to see all the sites on your list.
+ Enjoy a cruise on the Thames and ride the London Eye.
+ Ride the buses and subways for free with our included transport passes in both cities.
+ Gain free entry to the top sites of Paris with our 2-day Museum Pass.

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Upon arrival at Heathrow Airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and escorted to your choice of accommodations: The first class Melia White House Hotel or The Bloomsbury – our inviting superior first class hotel. Both have been carefully chosen for their warm English hospitality and convenient city-center location.  The balance of this day is yours to enjoy as you wish.

London is friendly and easy to get around! We’ve prepaid your Visitor Oyster card so that you can travel throughout the city over the next two days without having to reach for any pound notes! The card can be used on all bus, Tube, and tram routes in and around London. We’ve also included one day on the Original London Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-Off Bus, which includes a cruise on the River Thames. You can join this circular tour at any one of its 80 pick-up points in London and see every major sight, including Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Whitehall, Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, and the Tower of London - home of the Crown Jewels. And be sure to take advantage of your included Fast Track tickets for The London Eye… Enjoy a thrilling ride on the world’s largest observation wheel. Meals B

You have this entire day at leisure to enjoy as you wish. London is a friendly, accessible city and your hotel’s heart-of-it-all location makes it easy to step out and explore at your own pace. Don’t forget, travelers come from all over the world just to attend the theater, perhaps London’s greatest love. Your hotel concierge can help arrange tickets. Meals B

You’ll be chauffeured to the rail station to board the Eurostar. Sit back in First Class comfort and enjoy the passing English scenery until you descend into the Chunnel – the celebrated undersea link between Britain and the Continent! Upon arrival in Paris, you’ll be met and transferred by private vehicle to your choice of air-conditioned city-center hotel: The first class Lavoisier or the superior first class Hotel Le Six.  Meals B

We’ve included a day on the L’Open Tour hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses so you can explore the City of Light and its many landmarks at your own pace. Enjoy fine views of the city through large panoramic windows or head up to the top of your double-decker bus for refreshing open-air vistas. You can choose from four different lines that wind through the Arrondissements of Paris and hop-off at any of the 50 stops – conveniently situated so you can explore more than 100 landmarks and sights at your own pace.
 
We’ve even included a 2-day Museum Pass which you can activate to enhance today’s sightseeing. Bypass the ticket lines and enjoy free entry to more than 50 museums and monuments including the most popular sites like the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre Dame, Pantheon and Picasso Museum.
 
After sightseeing, you can get around town for free with your 2-day Paris Visite Pass. The scope and efficiency of the Parisian Metro is legendary and makes it easy to explore, dine and shop anywhere in the city!  Meals B

After breakfast, this entire day is yours to explore the City of Light at your own pace. Don’t forget that we’ve included transportation and museum passes that are valid for two days. If you activated them yesterday, you can use them today to get around town for free and gain complimentary admission to more than 50 attractions. Today might be a good day to explore personal interests and venture a bit off the beaten path. Your Museum Pass is valid for the most popular attractions as well as lesser-known places like the Museum of Decorative Arts, the National Delacroix Museum, and the Museum of Music!

Day
7

Au Revoir, Paris!

Your tour with us finishes today. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Travel on by Rail to Italy...

Add our Italy by Rail from $1,999

This affordable, easy-to-add Post Trip extension includes all on-tour transportation; 6 nights in your choice of hotels in Rome, Florence and Venice; daily breakfast; and sightseeing.

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Day
7

From the City of Light to Enchanting Venice

We’ve included a first class train ticket for your rail journey from Paris to Venice, where an inviting guestroom awaits at the hotel of your choice.

Day
8

Personalize your stay in Venice c

Tailor your exploration of Venice to your own tastes and interests. Simply choose one of these included, expertly-guided excursions:
 
• Ducal Venice Tour: With our in-the-know and friendly guide leading the way, you’ll discover the city’s most beloved sites! Walk through the celebrated Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and admire the impressive monuments which grace this oft-photographed city square, including St. Mark’s Basilica and the Bell Tower. Continue to the historic Ducal Palace for a guided inside visit of this resplendent Gothic residence.
 
• Excursion to the Three Islands: Journey across the Venetian Lagoon to visit three of the city’s most celebrated islands... Murano – famous throughout the world for its exquisite glass; Burano – renowned for its beautiful and delicate lace; and Torcello – home to Venice’s first Cathedral.
 
• Twilight Gondola Serenade: Experience the magic of Venice as the sun dips toward the horizon and deepening shadows fall across Venice’s glorious medieval architecture. Accompanied by music and song, your Gondola cruise takes you on a romantic promenade along the city’s most picturesque canals and waterways.
 
Note: The availability of these included sightseeing tours may be affected by holidays, museum closures and seasonally-adjusted schedules. Meals B
 

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9

Through the countryside to Florence

A reserved first class seat on the Eurostar Italia train is a comfortable – and traditional – way to travel to Florence… the city of the Medici’s and home of the Italian Renaissance. Check in to your choice of hotel, all carefully selected for convenient access to some of the city’s best dining and shopping. Meals B

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10

Make your own magic in Florence c

An extraordinary Renaissance legacy of art, architecture and culture has blessed Florence with a wealth of impressive sites to discover. Today, you can customize your vacation with the included escorted sightseeing tour of your choice.
 
• Morning City Tour: Drive along the romantic Viale dei Colli and up to Piazza Michelangelo for a captivating view over the Florence. Continue by motorcoach into the historic heart of the city for a guided walking tour to take in the magnificent Duomo complex. See Giotto’s Bell Tower and the famous bronze doors of the Baptistery. An interior visit through the Cathedral reveals the artistic and engineering genius of Brunelleschi’s Cupola. Continue on to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see some of Michelangelo’s finest masterpieces including the famous David. Your tour ends here inside the museum so you can linger on to explore this vast collection at your own pace.
 
• Afternoon City Tour: This panoramic motorcoach tour showcases Florence’s captivating beauty. Begin the afternoon in Fiesole, a delightful town of Etruscan origin set on the hills overlooking Florence and the Arno Valley. Continue on to admire the Church of Santa Croce and then walk through the historic heart of Florence to the famous Piazza Signoria, home to the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and the beautiful Loggia dei Lanzi. Your tour ends inside the world-famous Galleria degli Uffizi, home to masterpieces by Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raffaello and others.
 
• Half-day Excursion to Pisa: Travel into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to this historic university city. Begin your sightseeing in Pisa along the beautiful riverfront and continue with a walking tour through the Piazza dei Cavalieri to the Piazza de Miracoli. See the celebrated Leaning Tower and enjoy a guided inside visit through the Cathedral, a Romanesque masterpiece of the 11th and 12th centuries.
 
Note: The availability of these included sightseeing tours may be affected by holidays, museum closures and seasonally-adjusted schedules. Meals B

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11

A scenic rail journey to Rome

Sit back and enjoy your first class rail journey through the Tuscan countryside to Rome, the celebrated Eternal City! Check in to the hotel of your choice… All of them have been handpicked to enhance your stay in this magical city. Meals B

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12

Customize your stay in Rome c

Rome offers a wealth of ancient and historic sites to explore. Today you’ll have the opportunity to tailor this Roman holiday to your own personal interests! Just choose any one of these included half-day tours, each one lead by an engaging and knowledgeable guide:
 
• Classic Rome: This combination of motorcoach touring and guided walks reveals many of the city’s best-known monuments. Begin the morning with a stroll through the Piazza della Republica to see the beautiful Fountain of Nayads. Continuing through the historic city center, you’ll admire the Trevi Fountain, La Colonna di Marco Aurelio and the Palazzo di Montecitorio. Then visit the Pantheon and continue by motorcoach to stand in St. Peter’s Square as your guide illuminates the history of the Basilica. Your morning tour concludes with some free time to admire the artistic masterpieces that fill this magnificent church.
 
• Imperial Rome: Discover some of the most celebrated sites of ancient Rome on this well-planned afternoon tour! Travel by motorcoach to the Piazza Venezia for a guided walking tour to the famous Piazza del Campidoglio, designed by Michelangelo and offering a must-photograph view of the Roman Forum. Our coach will take you to the Circus Maximus and the Pyramid of Caius Cestius. Tour the magnificent interior of the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains before ending your tour with a visit to the imposing Colosseum.
 
• Christian Rome: This unique tour offers fascinating insight into Rome’s early Christian traditions. The first stop of the afternoon is Esquiline Hill where our guide will show you the treasures of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. Continue by motorcoach to see the Holy Staircase and the Lateran Palace. Tour the splendid interior of the Basilica of St. John and then travel along the ancient Appian Way to visit the Catacombs, the ancient underground cemeteries that served as hiding places for early Christians. The tour ends with a spectacular view of the Baths of Emperor Caracalla.
 
• Rome by Night: Departing your hotel in the early evening, this panoramic sightseeing tour reveals all the magic and romance of the Eternal City! Traveling comfortably by motorcoach, you’ll have a chance to admire Rome’s most beloved sites including the Fountain of Nayads, Piazza Venezia, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Capitoline Hill. You’ll also drive along the banks of the Tiber River and past the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus. The tour includes stops in the Piazza Navona to see Bernini’s celebrated Fountain of Four Rivers and at the Trevi Fountain where you can continue the tradition of throwing coins into the fountain!
 
Note: The availability of these included sightseeing tours may be affected by holidays, museum closures and seasonally-adjusted schedules. Meals B

Day
13

Arrivederci, Roma!

Our tour services end this morning after breakfast. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Sorrento and Pompeii

Our 3-day FreeStyle Tour includes our handpicked deluxe hotel in Sorrento, daily breakfast, private car transfers from Naples, and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide

Venice

We include everything for a perfect stay in one of Europe’s most enchanting and romantic cities! Choose from our outstanding heart-of-it-all hotels and set out with our engaging resident guide on a private walking tour featuring St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace and more.

Warsaw

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package features a choice of fine city-center hotels, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

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    2020
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Prices are per person, land only and may vary by day of week, season and during holiday periods. Availability of included sightseeing tours may be affected by holidays, museum closures and seasonally-adjusted schedules. Holiday surcharges may apply.

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Ask about international air service, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

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