Day 1: London, England Welcome to London! Your local hosts will be delighted to help you maximize your time in the world’s most-visited city.
Day 2: London Morning guided sightseeing and orientation includes all of London’s famous landmarks. Drive past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben; Westminster Abbey, where Prince William and Kate Middleton were married; Whitehall’s mounted horse guards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the river bank; and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. Then, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral. Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece with its world-famous dome is an iconic feature of London’s skyline, and the awe-inspiring interior holds fascinating stories about its history. The final highlight is the ceremonial pageantry of the Changing of the Guard (if held) at Buckingham Palace.
Day 3: London Ask your local hosts for recommendations for your day at leisure. You might want to stroll along the bustling South Bank area and take a flight on the London Eye for stunning views over the city. Then, a traditional London pub experience, followed by an illumination cruise on the River Thames might be just the ticket for tonight.
Day 4: London-Paris, France Morning transfer to the high-speed Eurostar train, with mid-afternoon arrival in Paris.
Day 5: Paris Morning guided sightseeing and orientation takes you to Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon was crowned emperor in 1804, to admire its amazing 13th-century stained-glass Rose Window. Pass the Latin Quarter, Les Invalides, the Opéra, Place de la Concorde, and Arc de Triomphe. Drive along the fashionable Champs-Elysées. Stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enjoy a Seine cruise with its beautiful bridges.
Day 6: Paris Full day to explore the “City of Light” at your own pace. Your local host has many suggestions, such as a trip to Monet’s Giverny, a walking route in the Montmartre district, or where to enjoy a café au lait in the gardens of Musée de la Vie Romantique.
Day 7: Paris-Rome, Italy Travel to Rome by air on selected flights.
Day 9: Rome The ancient Roman advice Carpe diem (seize the day) is still relevant today. Your local host will have many ideas for you, such as an excursion to Naples and Pompeii, a trip to the Isle of Capri, a walking route featuring Piazza Navona and the Spanish Steps, or where to sample the city’s best gelato!
Day 10: Rome Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.