LONDON - PARIS - AMSTERDAM
May 7th – 16th
10 Days – 9 Nights
London is one of the world’s great cities. Vibrant London manages to shine in the greyest weather and its diversity defies a simple definition. This sprawling city has drawn people for centuries, looking for something and finding the unexpected. London’s landscape is steeped in British history and tradition. The classic sights of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben are permanent symbols of England’s former greatness.
Paris is confident that it’s the world’s most beautiful, fashionable and artistic capital. Visit just once and it’s hard to disagree. Walking through the heart of Paris you often feel like you’ve wandered onto an art film set; much of the city has been scrubbed clean in recent years and it’s never looked more fabulous. Its inhabitants are the definition of style, its architecture includes some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe and the ambiance is by turns exciting and alluring.
Amsterdam, with its canals, distinctive architecture and liberal culture, is one of Europe’s most fun and laid-back cities. It is the capital of the Netherlands and has something to suit every taste. The cobbled streets are made for wandering, or cycling, and enjoying the typical Dutch landscapes of boat-lined canals and architectural landmarks such as the Oude Kerk and Beurs van Berlage. The best way to see the city is from a canal cruise.
Day 1: London
Arrive in London, England and take your provided shuttle to The Tower Hotel London. Meet all your new singles travel friends as we are greeted in the lobby by our tour host at 7:00pm. Then walk to a restaurant for an optional dinner. (Arrive early in the day and enjoy a ride on the Thames river with afternoon tea.)
Day 2: London
We get to experience the underground tube as we travel to St James’s Park area, the oldest Royal Park in London. On our guided walking tour hear stories about Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace and Westminster Palace, now the Houses of Parliament. It wouldn’t be a vacation in London without seeing the Changing of the Guard ceremony (weather permitting). A detachment of the ‘Old Guard’ form at St James Palace for an inspection by the Captain of The Queen’s Guard. Preceded by a Regimental Band or Corps of Drums, the old guards make their way down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. One half of the Old Guard is already on duty and inspected while awaiting the arrival of the St. James’s Palace detachment.
Next, we get to go inside Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty the Queen and one of the few working royal palaces in the world. We will visit the State Rooms, The Queen’s Gallery and the Royal Mews.
Next, sit back and relax on our guided bus tour of London’s most important sights. London’s landmarks are timeless, view the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Hyde Park and St. James’s Palace. Then enjoy a Welcome Dinner at a typical English pub.
Day 3: London
This morning we visit the Tower of London where we will join one of the famous Yeoman Warder tours and hear exciting tales from the Tower’s past. Visit the Crown Jewels, the awe-inspiring symbols of monarchy that are still in use today. Take the afternoon to explore London at your own pace.
Day 4: London to Paris
After breakfast we transfer to St. Pancras station and board the high-speed Eurostar train bound for Paris, where our vacation continues. Upon arrival we will be transferred to the Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel.
After check-in at our Paris hotel, we visit the Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument. Showcase to 35,000 works of art – from Egyptian and Greek antiquities to masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa.
Day 5: Paris
On our guided walking tour we will hear about the beheadings of the French Revolution to present day Paris, (including years of Nazi occupation). Walk along the banks of the Seine, through its royal gardens and squares past Napoléon’s Tomb, Académie Française, Assemblée Nationale, the Latin Quarter, Musée d’Orsay and other historical buildings.
Board the Hop-On Hop-Off Buses of Paris and get a bird’s eye view of the the chic shops and boutiques of the Champs-Élysées and stop at the Arc de Triomphe. Then back to the bus for a stop at the Eiffel Tower for photos.
Day 6: Paris
Today is your day to explore Paris at your own pace or with a few of your new travel friends. Use your hop-on hop-off pass and travel your choice of many different routes or spend some time shopping on the Champs de Elysees or take an optional tour to Versailles.
Tonight is your chance to get that last photo or that perfect souvenir of France, as it is a night of leisure.
Day 7: Paris to Amsterdam
Enjoy a ride on the Thalys high-speed train as we travel to Amsterdam. Upon arrival we will check into our centrally located hotel, the Radisson Blu. Our first day in Amsterdam, often called ‘Venice of the north’ would not be complete without a canal boat ride. Pass along some of the city’s most beautiful spots. View the magnificent houseboats and homes that dot the canal banks, along with the usual parade of bicyclists.While gliding through the old center of the city you see elegant merchant’s mansions, carillon-crowned churches and the warehouses with their rich history from Holland’s Golden Age.
Then our guided tour through the Red Light District begins. Stroll around the historical centre as our guide exposes us to over 800 years of “Amsterdam” culture. From its humble beginnings on the river Amstel to the glorious “Golden Age.”
Our visit to the ‘Wallen” (the Red Light District) is perhaps the most interesting part of the tour. See for yourself the oldest profession of the world. Walk past monuments and through old streets, one of which is the well-known ‘Zeedijk’, once one of the most dangerous streets in Amsterdam – where Seamen could be found looking for local amusement. Nowadays it is a safe area, full of lively Dutch pubs and restaurants and the shady bars of yesteryear are long gone.
Day 8: Amsterdam
Today we enjoy a full day tour in and around Amsterdam. During this day tour you will see the highlights of both North and South Holland. We will take you to the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where we will visit a cheese farm and wooden clog maker. Later we will of course take a look at the world famous windmills. After this tour we will drive through to Delft, famous for its potteries.
Then on to The Hague, where we will have a city tour and end the day with a visit to the miniature town of Madurodam. Tonight, the group will stroll along the streets of Amsterdam.
Day 9: Amsterdam
A free day to explore the Dutch capital; visit the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, the Houseboat Museum, Oude Kerk Church, the Rembrandt House Museum and maybe even a coffee house. Amsterdam is a wonderful small scale city, ensuring you will never venture to far off.
Tonight, enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10: Depart Amsterdam
Sad to say but our London – Paris – Amsterdam vacation has come to an end. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to all your new vacation buddies as we make our way to the airport and our flights home.
London – Paris – Amsterdam
Price (Double Occupancy): $3495.00
Single Supplement: $1000.00
Balance Due: June 14th
9 Nights Accommodations
Welcome Pub Dinner – Farewell Dinner
EuroStar and Thalys High Speed Train Rides
Travel Leader and Tour Guide
Guided Tours, Admissions and Activities per Itinerary
Airport/Hotel Transfers on Tour Dates
All Taxes and Surcharges