Explore museums and historic sites during engaging, specially arranged excursions with your family in these two European capitals. Plus, take the Eurostar from London to Paris.  

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 London's Tower Bridge  The gates of Buckingham Palace, London  The Tower of London  Exhibit on view in London's Tower of London. Credit: London On View  Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London. Credit: London On View  Exhibit of theatrical costumes in the Globe Theatre's museum. Credit: London On View  Gallery of London's Tate Modern. Credit: London On View  Trafalgar Square, London  The Eiffel Tower in Paris  The famous Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris  The famous Louvre museum, with the glass entrance designed by I.M. Pei  The Palace of Versailles  The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles  The basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Montmartre  Typical artist square in Montmartre  Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Exploring London and Paris: A Family Journey

10 days from $5,995

Explore museums and historic sites during engaging, specially arranged excursions with your family in these two European capitals. Plus, take the Eurostar from London to Paris.  

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The London/Paris tour was such a wonderful experience. I was able to do a lot of the things that I wanted to do in both places. I met so many great people and learned so much about both places.

- Olivia H.

This trip is perfect for multi-generational families; days are filled with activities that are fun and education based!

- Judith A.

This trip was the most amazing way for a grandmother and granddaughter to celebrate a 10th birthday!

- Barbara S.

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Overview

London and Paris are ideal destinations for a summer vacation with grandchildren and children. Enjoy a special tour of the Tower of London with a Beefeater, learn about Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, and hear stories about Britain’s royalty at Westminster Abbey. Then ride the “Chunnel” train to Paris and take specially designed art tours of the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. You’ll also visit Notre Dame, take an excursion to Versailles, and enjoy an evening tour to the Eiffel Tower for views of the city. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and older.

The London/Paris tour was such a wonderful experience. I was able to do a lot of the things that I wanted to do in both places. I met so many great people and learned so much about both places.

- Olivia H.

This trip is perfect for multi-generational families; days are filled with activities that are fun and education based!

- Judith A.

This trip was the most amazing way for a grandmother and granddaughter to celebrate a 10th birthday!

- Barbara S.

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Itinerary

Day 1— Depart U.S. for London, England

Day 2 — London

Upon arrival at the airport, a representative will meet you at the arrivals area and transfer you to your hotel. Later in the day enjoy an orientation tour of London that showcases many of the city’s iconic sites, from Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Royal Albert Hall, and Kensington Gardens. This evening, enjoy a festive welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 — London

Gather with other families for an exciting tour of historic London, featuring Westminster Abbey and the Globe Theatre. Begin at Westminster Abbey, a World Heritage site and the setting for every coronation since 1066. During an engaging tour, learn about the lives of kings and queens as you see their various tombs or markers, and explore memorials to famous poets, writers. Your guide will then take you to nearby Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard, one of London’s most famous traditions. Here the Queen's Guard, dressed in traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, changes guard in a formal ceremony set to music.

Introduce your children or grandchildren to Shakespeare during a fun tour of the Globe Theatre. This faithful reconstruction reflects the Elizabethan open-air playhouse originally built on the South Bank of the River Thames in 1599, where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed. Learn about the playwright, theater, and performances from your guide, then gain an understanding of what it’s like to be part of the “groundling” audience closest to the stage.

Afterwards continue to the Tate Modern for an artist-led workshop and an interactive tour emphasizing the “Understanding of Modern Art,” which includes an introduction to the collection as well as a sketching activity led by an artist. Tate Modern is London’s flagship museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames, the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, and Warhol.

Alternatively, you have the option to visit the National Theatre for a backstage tour. Knowledgeable and entertaining guides share behind-the-scenes secrets of the theater, a working venue with over twenty new productions every year. (B)

Day 4 — London

After breakfast, enjoy a morning visit to the Tower of London, an integral site in British royal history. Marvel at the breathtaking Crown Jewels, stand on the execution site of three English queens, and hear all the myths and legends of this historic place. The “Beefeaters” or Yeoman Warders as they are more properly known, have long been symbols of London and Britain. It is thought that their nickname is derived from their position in the Royal Bodyguard, which permitted them to eat as much beef as they wanted from the king's table. This “Beefeater” led tour is one of the most popular attractions for visitors to the Tower.

At the conclusion of your tour of the tower, continue to Tower Pier for a scenic cruise along the Thames River passing many of London’s major landmarks en route. On arrival at Westminster pier, proceed to the iconic London Eye for a chance to experience a breathtaking bird’s eye view over London. The remainder of the day is free for independent activities. (B)

Day 5 — London, Eurostar to Paris

This morning, enjoy your choice of three of the following walking tours:

• Legal London: Tour the Inns of Court—a warren of cloisters, courtyards, and passageways set amongst some of the best gardens in London. Amid delightful surroundings, discover the ancient rites and customs, high drama, colorful characters, and matters of life and death that once existed at this locale.

• Secret London: Travel among the hidden places and forgotten nooks of the world's most elusive city. Exploring parts of London that few people know exist—up creeping lanes, round out-of-the-way corners, and past secret islands of green.

• Harry Potter: Visit a number of sites featured in the famous Harry Potter films. Visit the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, the location of the red telephone box where Harry and Mr. Weasley entered the Ministry of Magic, the bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters, Platform 9 ¾, and much more.

In the afternoon, take the Eurostar train to Paris where you’ll travel beneath the English Channel via the “Chunnel”—a thrill for kids and adults alike. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and gather for dinner. (B,D)

Day 6 — Paris

This morning visit glorious Versailles, the center of political power in France under Louis XIV. The château itself is breathtakingly opulent inside. Visit the Royal Chapel and Hall of Mirrors, where the Treaty of Versailles was ratified, ending the First World War. Venture outside, where you’ll find the formal gardens designed by acclaimed French landscape gardener Andre Le Notre. After your tour, enjoy lunch near the palace. Later, return to Paris with the afternoon free for independent activities.

Then, visit the Eiffel Tower. Perhaps the most famous symbol of Paris, the tower serves as a global icon and the most visited monument in the world. Built in 1889 by the engineer Gustave Eiffel for the World’s Fair, it is still the tallest structure in Paris—equivalent in height to that of an 81 story tower. You will travel to the 2nd floor for magnificent views over the city. (B,L)

Day 7 — Paris

Today, visit the Louvre Museum and enjoy our unique Muse Clues scavenger hunt. The Louvre Museum is one of the oldest, largest, and most visited art galleries and museums in the world. The building was previously a royal palace, and is famous for holding several of the world's most prestigious works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci's Mona LisaThe Virgin and Child with St. Anne, Madonna of the Rocks, and the Venus de Milo.

The Muse Clues tour is designed for families to visit the museum together in a fun and meaningful way. Parents and children learn from the same works of art, however children receive additional motivation through "Paris Muse Clues"—an educational and interactive treasure hunt. This scavenger hunt takes the family and their personal guide through a broad range of collections asking specific and detailed questions about many of the Louvre's masterpieces. It’s designed to give children an entertaining background to the history of art while sharpening their "detective" skills of observation. Their own answers to the clues lead them to discover an educational prize hidden somewhere under the Louvre's glass pyramid.

This afternoon take a cruise of the River Seine. This hour-long cruise along the majestic Seine allows you to discover the sights of Paris from a new perspective. From the water, gaze at the spectacle of bridges and monuments of this magnificent city. An informative historical and cultural commentary is available in English and on-board guides occasionally take the microphone to inform visitors about current events, exhibits, and festivals around the city. Later, attend a cooking class and demonstration. Learn about French haute cuisine and finish with a meal featuring some of your creations. (B,D)

Day 8 — Paris

This morning visit the Musée D’Orsay where you’ll find the works of Impressionist painters Monet, Cézanne, Van Gogh, and Renoir. This monumental art gallery displays France’s national collections of paintings, sculptures, objects d’art, and other works produced between 1848 and 1914. They are spectacularly housed in this former train station, built in 1900. After lunch at a traditional Parisian restaurant, stroll through the Latin Quarter. The name was given to the network of narrow streets located on the Left Bank around Sorbonne University, an area traditionally frequented by students, intellectuals, and artists.

This afternoon there will be a guided panoramic tour of Paris featuring views of many of the city’s most famous landmarks such as the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme, Place de la Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Centre Pompidou, Le Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Pantheon. Your tour also showcases a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, located on the Île de la Cité in central Paris, widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. The famous Rose Window is surely one of the greatest masterpieces of Christian art. (B,L)

Day 9 — Paris

Start off your day with optional visits to the Pompidou Arts Centre or the Fragonard Parfumerie.

• Pompidou Arts Centre: The Centre Pompidou is Europe’s most important museum of modern art and one of the world’s most significant art galleries. Some of the art movements featured within the Centre Pompidou comprise Fauvism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Abstract Expressionism, and includes 50,000 works of art (including paintings, sculpture, drawings, and photography), of which only 1,500 to 2,000 are on display.

• Fragonard Parfumerie: Become the perfumer's apprentice and customize an Eau de Toilette in a dedicated workshop. You’re certain to enjoy this unforgettable, funny and fascinating sensorial experience focused on the creation of a fragrance, where aromatic notes blend with citrus fruits and orange blossom.

This afternoon visit the artists' quarter of Montmartre, with its spectacular white church of the Sacre Coeur. The name signifies "mount of martyrs," because by tradition it is the place of the martyrdom of Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris. (B,D)

Day 10 —Depart Paris for the U.S.

Transfer to the airport today for return flights to the U.S.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)