Enjoy two panoramic city tours of London and Paris, an excursion to Leeds Castle and the Cliffs of Dover and learn about life in a château at Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. Visit the regal Palace of Versailles on this 9 day tour of London and Paris.
1 Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to London, England.
2 London, England
Welcome to England! Upon arrival
at London’s Heathrow Airport, you’ll be met by a representative
of Mayflower Cruises & Tours and transferred to your hotel.
The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to become
acquainted with your new surroundings.
This evening, join your traveling
companions for an included dinner, hosted by your Tour
Manager. Meal: D
Begin the day with a panoramic orientation
tour of London. Your local guide brings history to life as you
depart by coach to see the historical sites and architectural
wonders throughout the city.
Monuments abound from the Marble Arch to the Nelson Column in Trafalgar
Square. Intricate façades decorate Westminster Abbey and
the Houses of Parliament. Big Ben and the postcard-perfect
Tower Bridge stand guard over the Thames River.
The Victoria Memorial is showcased in front of Buckingham Palace. In
contrast, the London Eye and the Shard are contemporary
highlights to the skyline. The afternoon is free to explore on your own.
4 Leeds Castle & Dover
Depart on a full-day excursion with your local guide for a visit to the 900-year-old
Leeds Castle. Located in a picturesque countryside setting,
and still surrounded by a moat, it has been called the ‘loveliest
castle in the world’.
Originally built as a Norman stronghold, the castle has evolved into one of the most visited historic buildings in Britain. From its military beginnings to uses as a palace by Henry VIII, private residence by royalty and political agendas, the local guide will tell tales of the history held within its walls.
After visiting the castle, continue by coach to the
Eastern coast to witness the majestic ‘White Cliffs of Dover’.
Known around the world for their place in history, as well as
scenic beauty, they are considered England’s most spectacular
natural phenomenon. Return to the hotel for an evening at
leisure. Meal: B
Enjoy a full day at leisure to pursue
independent interests or join the optional excursion to Windsor
Castle. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit the Tower of London,
explore local markets, visit some museums, take a ride on
the London Eye, shop for souvenirs, see a show at one of
the theatres, or relax at a local pub. Your Tour
Manager will be available to assist with your plans. Meal: B
6 London, England – Paris, France
It’s time to say ‘cheerio’ to
London as you depart for the station where it’s ‘all aboard’ the
. Sit back and relax during this high-speed train ride
under the English Channel via the ‘Chunnel’ to Paris, France.
Upon arrival in the ‘City of Light’, your coach will be waiting to
take you on an orientation tour.
Your local guide will provide commentary as you drive along the Champs-Élysées and see
other famous sites such as the Arc de Triomphe, Place de la
Bastille, Opera Garnier, Place Vendôme, Les Invalides, the
Latin Quarter, the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. Enjoy a
photo stop at the iconic Eiffel Tower. The tour ends at the hotel
for check in and an evening at leisure. Meal: B
Discover what it was like to live in a castle during
today’s visit to Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte. The guided tour
through this privately owned château will highlight the period
furnishings, beautiful paintings, tapestries and household items
used in daily life.
After the tour, attend a private workshop on
‘French Etiquette... the Art of Receiving.’ Learn how the staff
was trained to properly greet guests, how seating plans were
created for dinners at the château, the art of setting a formal
table, appropriate manners, dress code and more.
Before departing, enjoy an included lunch at the château. Upon
returning to the hotel, the rest of the day is left free of planned
activities. This evening, sample world-renowned entertainment
on an optional excursion to Le Lido – famous for its cabaret
and burlesque acts. Meals: B, L
Today’s included excursion begins with a journey
by coach with a local guide to the opulent 17th-century Palace
of Versailles. While visiting the palace, discover the former
royal residence restored to its original grandeur.
See the sleeping quarters of France’s kings and queens, the rooms
where elegant soirees were held, and the famous ‘Hall of
Mirrors’ where the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919.
After the excursion, return to the hotel for the remainder of the
day and the final evening at leisure. Meal: B
9 Paris / USA
Having visited two historic yet
cosmopolitan capital cities, bid ‘au revoir’ to Paris as you
depart on the transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport for your
flight home. Meal: B
Itinerary is subject to change.