London full itinerary

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Day 1: Departure Flight (B)

Depart on your overnight flight to London.

Day 2: Arrive London (D)

Welcome to London!  We’ll greet you at the airport when you land and you can travel in comfort by coach to your hotel for check-in.

Along the way, we’ll give you an orientation tour of the city. You’ll see some of the most famous sights, including Big Ben tower and the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and Nelson’s Column, and Piccadilly Circus. After check in you’ll have the rest of the day free to relax after your journey and to explore your surroundings.

In the evening, join us for a group “Welcome to London” dinner in the hotel or at a local restaurant.

Overnight in London.

Day 3: London (B,L,D)

Breakfast will be served at your hotel in the morning.

Afterwards we’ll start the world-famous Tower of London, a giant fortress and royal prison on the banks of the Thames river. The Tower dates back centuries, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Join us for a guided tour inside, and meet some of the Yeoman Warders – the picturesque guards more commonly known as Beefeaters.  The sights inside the tower include Traitor’s Gate, a Torture Exhibition, and, of course, the glittering Crown Jewels – the world’s largest and most famous jewelry collection. Next to the tower is the double-decker Tower Bridge, one of London’s most recognizable monuments.

We’ll then travel to the royal avenue, known as the Mall, outside Buckingham Palace. Here, at the ceremonial London home of the British royal family, we’ll watch the famous Changing of the Guards ceremony.  Every morning, as a military band plays, the members of the Queen’s Foot Guard change the watch at the royal palace in an elaborate ritual that dates back centuries.

Join us for lunch at a local restaurant, included in the tour.

Afterwards we’ll continue the tour, which will include many of London’s other famous landmarks, including Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Shakespeare’s Globe. Come with us on a special backstage tour of the famous Royal National Theatre.

The tour will end with dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight in London.

Day 4: London (B/L/D]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Afterwards we’ll continue to tour London’s historic sights. We’ll start at the Houses of Parliament in Parliament Square, including the famous Big Ben clock tower. We’ll also tour inside famous Westminster Abbey, scene of the royal wedding where Prince William married Kate Middleton.
Then we’ll take a look at London from another perspective – from the water! Step onboard a boat and join us for a one-hour cruise along the River Thames, viewing the spectacular waterfront of the city until we reach historic Greenwich. There you’ll have the afternoon to explore with a local guide. Greenwich is home to a number of museums – mostly focused on the great traditions of Britain’s royal navy, which once “ruled the waves.” Here is the Royal Naval College, the Maritime Museum and The Queen’s House. Here too you can visit the Royal Observatory (a payment is required), and stand on the famous “meridian” – the line from which the rest of the world’s longitudes are measured

Lunch and dinner will be included during the day.

Overnight in London.

Day 5: London (B,L,D)

Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Afterwards come with us on a tour behind the scenes at Emirates Stadium, home of one London’s most celebrated sports clubs, the Arsenal Football Club. Using audio-visual handsets, see the sights and learn the history of this club’s storied past, as narrated by legendary player Bob Wilson.

The afternoon will be free to explore the city.

Lunch and dinner will be included.

In the evening, join us on the Jack the Ripper Tour. Journey back to late Victorian London – a time when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had just published his first Sherlock Holmes story, and Joseph Merrick (also known as the Elephant Man) was being cared for at Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. Come with us on an historic walk through the dark streets of the old East End, scene of one of the most notorious serial killers in history – and one of its greatest unsolved mysteries. Learn what we know, and still don’t know, of Jack the Ripper.

Stay overnight in London.

Day 6: London (B,L,D)

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

After breakfast, join us on a guided tour of Windsor Castle, perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. Nearly 1,000 years of royal history awaits you! From William the Conqueror all the way to the current Queen, Elizabeth II, successive British monarchs have called this home. They have all left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world. Our tour inside will include a chance to see the splendor of St. George’s Chapel, and the sumptuous state apartments.

After our visit to the castle, you’ll have free time in Windsor, a pretty town full of traditional shops and historic pubs. Shakespeare is said to have written his play The Merry Wives of Windsor in one of them.

Lunch will be included during the day.

During the afternoon you’ll be free to explore London and visit some of the many world-class museums. Those with free admission to the public include the Victoria & Albert Museum of design, the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery of art, the Natural History Museum, and the British Museum, one of the largest museums in the world.

And don’t miss a chance to explore some of London’s famous outdoor markets too, including trendy Camden Town Market and Borough Market, and the redeveloped Covent Garden.

Dinner will be included in the evening.

Stay overnight in London.

Day 7: London to Paris (B,L,D)

Breakfast will be served at the hotel.

Afterwards we will check out, and then transfer to the train station to take the high-speed Eurostar train under the English Channel to Paris.

When we arrive in Paris, we’ll be greeted by a local guide for an afternoon’s sightseeing tour of the city. This will include a visit inside Notre Dame Cathedral, and a ride up the Eiffel Tower, and a stop for lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

We’ll end the tour at your hotel. Then join us for a “welcome to Paris” dinner out in the evening at one of Paris’ many celebrated restaurants.

Overnight in Paris.

Day 8: Paris (B,L,D)

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Afterwards, come with us on a guided morning’s tour of the world’s largest and greatest art museum, the Louvre on the banks of the River Seine. Here’s a chance to see up close some of the most famous masterpieces of art, including the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.

After exploring the museum we’ll stop for lunch. Then we’ll travel to nearby Versailles to visit the spectacular Palace of Versailles. This was built by King Louis XIV, the so-called “Sun King,” and was the center of French royal power for until the revolution of 1789. This is where Louis XVI and his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette, held court. Come on a guided tour through the elegant halls and rooms, including the famous Hall of Mirrors, and learn the history of the monarchs who lived there and the court life of the time. After that we’ll take some time to explore the Baroque-style gardens, which are almost as remarkable as the palace itself. They took nearly forty years to complete, and boast magnificent features like the Versailles fountains and the Orangery.

Afterwards, back in Paris dinner will be included at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Paris.

Day 9: Paris (B)

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

Then we’ll take a full day’s excursion to the Normandy Beaches on the north coast of France, to see the site of the largest amphibious military invasion in history. See where U.S. and other Allied forces stormed ashore in June, 1944, to free France and western Europe from the Nazis.

We’ll visit the Arromanches Landing Museum, which commemorates the landings, and which is built where one of the famous Mulberry floating harbours was sited.

We’ll also visit Omaha Beach, near the coastal village of Colleville-sur-Mer, which was one of the U.S. Army’s principal beachheads on D-Day.  We’ll also travel to Pointe du Hoc, located between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, where a group of U.S. Army Rangers defied the odds by scaling a massive cliff at a critical moment during the invasion.

Then we’ll travel to the somber, beautiful and incredibly moving American Cemetery and Memorial, where thousands of U.S. soldiers who gave their lives during the landing are honored and have been laid to rest.

The excursion will include both lunch and dinner. We’ll return to Paris by coach.

Overnight in Paris.

Day 10: Departure [B]

Breakfast will be served at your hotel.

After breakfast, we’ll check out. Then a coach will meet you and your tour guide and take you in comfort to the airport for your departure home.

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