Classic European cities can conjure images of strong castles and historic ramparts. Vibrant paintings hang on museum walls and display textured masterpieces created by unforgettable artists remembered for their work and their unique histories. From narrow cobblestone streets lining winding canals to wide avenues shaded by emerald trees, your tailor-made London, Amsterdam, and Paris tour takes you to these beautiful capitals, each of which expanded their culture across the globe and collected countless wonders in return. Of course we can book for you numerous other excursions, activities, tours and unique experiences during your trip, so please do not hesitate to ask us.
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
The magnificent ambiance of the city inspires visitors from around the world. Parliament lines the River Thames and the Crown Jewels sparkle underneath the display lights in the Tower of London. History is tangible whether walking down the cobbled streets near the old city walls of the East End or strolling through the immaculate displays of collected cultures at the British Museum. The aroma of pasties, a traditional Cornish dish of beef and, or potatoes stuffed into filo dough, drifts out of small cafes. The smell of blossomed flowers swirls around Hyde Park. People sip tea in the cool afternoon.
Buckingham Palace emanates the iconic image of London and England. The palace was constructed in the 18th century for the Duke of Buckingham and became the monarchy’s official city residence in the 1830s. The current east wing façade was remodeled in the early 20th century to create the picture-perfect palace the world sees today. You see the Queen’s Guard dressed in bright red coats with golden buttons lining the front. Their bearskin hats are tall and lined with fur, reaching 18 inches’ top to bottom. Observe the changing of the guard during a special walking tour and learn all the details with a guide by your side. You will march in step with the Queen’s foot soldiers as they walk to Buckingham Palace and listen to the ceremonial band as it accompanies the guards.
In the afternoon,discover the West End on the tracks of Sherlock Holmes with a private guide. You will explore London in the footstep of the famous British detective and its creator, Arthur Conan Doyle: investigation of a myth.
Today, you venture out of the city and into the countryside to find lush hills rolling into the horizon. We take you on a full-day tour.You arrive in Wiltshire, home to the famous Neolithic and Bronze Aged monument of Stonehenge. Archeologists believe the structure was built between 3,000 and 2,000 BC. When you step onto the grounds, you feel the undeniable mysticism all around you.
The reasons for the structure and the method of its erection remain a mystery. The granite glints in the sunlight highlighting the size of the four-ton blocks taken from South Wales. The stones were placed in two concentric circles. The cropped landscape makes the stones look even bigger. The inner horseshoe marks the sunrise during the summer solstice. The mysteries of the site continue to captivate people from around the world. Then, continue your journey to the historic city of Bath, and get dropped off in the city center to walk with your tour manager to the Roman Baths (entrance included). From here, you will be free to explore the city at your own pace. Grab some lunch (not included) in one of the many restaurants or pubs, and take a stroll around the Georgian buildings of the picturesque city center.
There is inherent charm in the university cities that have educated some of the most brilliant minds of the world. In the morning, you make your way to Oxford.
The university was established in the 13th century and the medieval architecture creating the cityscape creates an enchanting environment. The River Cam flows gracefully around the gardens shaded by jade trees and crossed over by arched stone bridges. Leafy meadows encompass the historic stone buildings adding to the historic rivalry against Oxford. You will meet your guide at Paddington Station in the morning to catch the train to the legendary city of graceful university buildings and dreamy spires. Oxford has produced some of the world’s greatest thinkers, from Stephen Hawking to Albert Einstein - via Mr Bean - and during the day you will hear stories of many of the most famous alumni.
The amount of writers, poets, artists, and politicians seem to permeate the cobbled passage ways. Discover where "Lord of the Rings" was dreamt up, and where “The Golden Compass” begins its tale. See location sites from the Harry Potter movies, and learn how the real Oxford “Gowns” (students) engage in strange, archaic traditions that date back centuries.
After breakfast, you will make your way to St. Pancras Station where you board your train. The high-speed train rushes you out of the city and into the countryside en route to Brussels, Belgium. The scent of coffee and pastries fills the cabin. Soon you pass underneath the Channel, traveling along the famed Channel Tunnel. The Belgian countryside is colorful and level. The leaves range from green to rustic orange. Your ride continues northbound into the Netherlands until arriving in the treasured city of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam effortlessly blends its vibrant past with an eclectic present, with 17th century buildings lining the tranquil canal. The waterways meander around the city turning neighborhoods into serene islands. The facades are as mesmeric as the Renaissance art hanging in the celebrated museums. In the morning, the scent of rich, strong coffee filters through the air. Boats drift down the canals and locals cycle to work along the cobblestone streets. You will meet your guide in front of the Jewish Historical Museum, where the tour starts. Walk past monuments and buildings still bearing scars from WWII. Your guide will bring history to life, giving you a sense of how the city’s citizens coped during the occupation and how they moved around in times of alarm, fear, and horror.
Travel back in time to the dark days of WWII, learning what life was like during the occupation by the Germans from 1940-1945, and how Anne Frank became an iconic symbol of the brutality of suppression. Hear the story about her diary and how it came to be published by her father Otto Frank. Learn why the Dutch tried to co-exist with the occupying army, and hear about several events, such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger. Visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter, listen to the history of dokwerker, the Portuguese synagogue and the Auswitch monument. Discover locations the Dutch resistance offered as secret hiding places to families like the Franks. The tour ends by the Anne Frank House.
The canals rush underneath the series of bridges with a slow current. The scent of fresh coffee returns with breakfast. In the evening, you will have a guided tour of the history and evolution of Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. In the company of an experienced guide, you will wander through the sinful streets exploring its surprising nocturnal life. Discover what Amsterdam’s oldest and most controversial neighborhood has to offer. Learn about the realities and legends of this storied district. However, the daylight hours are yours to delight in the city however you wish. When you reach the Museumplein, the sign “I Amsterdam” stands in front of the entrance to the Rijksmuseum.
Trimmed grass flows through the square offering lushness to a city of stone and water. The Van Gogh museum (tickets included) celebrates the 19th century artist by displaying his paintings over three floors of sensationally curated space. The museum opened in the 1970s and is the second most visited museum in the Netherlands. Over 200 paintings hang in the various galleries of the museum. Natural light filters through the main floor. The vibrant colors burst from the paintings with swirling texture. The modern design blends in with the Impressionist art. The famous painting, Yellow House, was painted in 1888 and recorded the artist’s surroundings when living in the house.
The flower markets blossom in the morning emitting the floral aroma of famous Dutch tulips. The bright yellow and pink hues create a jovial atmosphere in the early hours of the day. Today is at leisure and you can experience the life and beauty of Holland outside of Amsterdam, venturing to Haarlem, a city only 13 miles away, but feels like light years. Haarlem is smaller and maintains its town-like charm in its history, dating back over 1,000 years. The city is classically Dutch. The streets are paved with cobblestones, and the skies are lined with church spires. Duck under the stone crossbeams and find cozy bars. Friendly cafes line the canals. Continue on to Lisse to find the nearby legendary Keukenhof Garden, open from March to May, where you find 80 acres of blossoming tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths, creating a sea of flowers. When the breeze comes and ruffles the petals the entire gardens ripple, sweeping across the landscape with unparalleled life.
In the morning, the main plaza known as Dam Square becomes filled with locals on their way to work. The Palace of the Queen helps border the square. When the train departs, you look out the window and watch the level plains of the Netherlands and northern Belgium turn to the undulating hills of northern France. The City of Lights has an undeniable energy stemming from its vibrant past and unforgettable architecture. In the afternoon, you can stop in at Angelina, known as Audrey Hepburn’s favorite café in Paris, and famous for its decadent hot chocolate. Whether dining in the classic décor with polished tile floors and dangling chandeliers, or taking your hot chocolate and black currant macaroons into the Tuileries Garden to sit by fountains and listen to the soothing trickle of the water your day will feel complete.
When the sunlight brushes over Paris, the entire city comes back to life. Houseboats anchor against the cobblestone walkways bordering the waterway. The scent of freshly baked croissants practically fills the city. The day is yours to revel in the treasured city at your pace, taking in the beauty of the architecture and indulgent flavors of the cuisine at your whim and desire. The Arc de Triomphe stands at the edge of renowned Champs Elysee, at the center of a large roundabout. The massive structure was completed in 1836 and contains larger than life reliefs decorating the sides. The inside walls contain 660 names commemorating those who defended the First French Empire. One of the most notable friezes is known as La Marseillaise, “The Departure of the Volunteers of 1792.” France is depicted as a winged woman leading her people into a battle for freedom, a visual interpretation of the national anthem. No matter where you wander to in the city, it always feels like you have found a captivating monument and a quiet gem meant just for you.
The aroma of butter blends in with the flaky crust of a morning croissant. The city comes to life around Montparnasse and people wander along the streets past the façade of the popular Shakespeare and Company Bookstore near Notre-Dame. The day is yours to relish the wonders of Paris, taking time to truly experience the city. There are few better ways to dive into the luscious culture of Paris than with a sweet side food tour of Paris. Sink your teeth into the most luxurious treats the City of Light has to offer with a discovery walk of the sweet and sultry side of Paris. A friendly foodie expert will be your secret weapon as you partake in the ultimate indulgence: a delicious whirlwind of cakes, tarts, meringues, chocolates and more.
After breakfast, your guide meets you at the hotel and escorts you about 12 miles southwest of the city to the extravagant Palace of Versailles. A gravel forecourt leads from the wrought iron gate to the lavish, almost golden yellow façade. The tiled floors have a polished sheen. Many of the walls have gilded edges. The Hall of Mirrors has 17 mirror-clad arches reflecting the 17 windows that look out to the immense gardens totaling over 56 acres of land. Marble pillars frame the mirrors, each adorned with a symbolic depiction of France. Gold tinted statues hold up light fixtures intermittently between chandeliers. The painted ceiling glistens with a gold tint when the light ushers in through the windows and is reflected in the mirrors.
The sun rises over the Eiffel Tower, and you can’t help but think of the glittering décor of the Hall of Mirrors and the staggering fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. People crowd Marché aux Puces de St. Ouen on the weekend. The area covers 17 acres with over 3,000 traders selling antiques, from jewelry to furniture and even a collection of records. Soon you will be at Charles De Gaulle Airport for your flight home. Continue onwards on your journey, or prepare to return home. Thank you for visiting, we hope to see you again soon.
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
|Price per person||$2,420|