Start your tour in London and finish in Dublin. Travel up eastern parts of England, stopping in Stratford-upon-Avon, staying in York and visiting the huge Alnwick Castle. Cross the Scottish border to stay in Edinburgh before taking a ferry to Ireland. Drive along the scenic Antrim coast to the Giant’s Causeway and end in Dublin.
A tale of two amazing cities
Brand new for 2020, this London and Paris tour package is the stuff of legend, featuring the most iconic landmarks from each city. Explore masterpiece-filled museums and ancient castles, and get a taste of two distinctly different cuisines—all on one fantastic trip. LONDON AND PARIS ARE ACTIVE DESTINATIONS. This tour requires the ability to walk on uneven terrain, climb stairs, board boats and trains, and walk or stand for several hours at a time. Some tour activities end late in the evening. Tour days may require up to five miles of medium-paced walking
• Vintage Afternoon Tea Bus
• The Louvre
• Windsor Castle
• Tower of London
• Food Walking Tour
• River Seine Cruise
2020 Best of London & Paris - 7 Days /6 Nights /10 Meals
Day 1: Afternoon Tea & Sightseeing Tour of London
Tour begins mid-afternoon at your London hotel. Board a genuine London icon: a vintage double-decker bus. Enjoy a delicious afternoon tea as you cruise through the city in a classic Routemaster, viewing famed landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy a welcome drink with your group before dining independently.
Day 2: British Museum & London Pub Food Tour
Take some time to explore the British Museum, the first public national museum in the world. With over 8 million pieces of artwork and artifacts, the institution documents the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present, and its holdings were sourced from around the world during Britain’s Empire days. Later, embark on a London pub food tour to savor the many flavors of traditional pub fare. Your afternoon and evening are free to explore London with your included Oyster Card, a public transportation pass.
Day 3: Tower of London & Windsor Castle
Visit the Tower of London and experience an early entry inside the walls to see the opening ceremony, where the main gates are unlocked by the Chief Yeoman Warder or one of his fellow warders, using the Queen’s key on a huge iron ring. Learn about the history of the Tower, which was founded in 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England, and view the Crown Jewels. Go to Windsor and enjoy lunch in the city before visiting Windsor Castle, one of the Queen’s official residences. You will have time to independently explore the largest inhabited castle in the world, including the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel. The evening is free to explore and dine on your own.
Day 4: Eurostar to Paris & Seine River Cruise
Board the Eurostar train in London and travel through the tunnel deep under the English Channel on your way to Paris. Enjoy a panoramic drive down the monument-lined boulevards of this romantic city this afternoon. See the Eiffel Tower before boarding your early evening Seine River cruise, floating under lamp-lit bridges and past some of Paris’s most beloved sights along the banks.
Day 5: Louvre & Iconic Paris
Visit the Louvre Museum, the world’s largest, housed in a Paris landmark built in the late 12th century as a fortress, then rebuilt as a grand palace in the 1600s. Home to great works of Greek and Roman antiquity, medieval masterpieces, and the Mona Lisa, you’ll discover some of these gems on a guided tour. Stop for a photo of the iconic Gothic cathedral, Notre Dame. While the roof was recently damaged by fire, the flying buttresses, rose windows and most of the intriguing gargoyles remained safe. Try a sweet French macaron before returning to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore and dine independently.
Day 6: Montmartre Walk & Farewell Dinner
Discover colorful Montmartre this morning on a walking tour of this busy cafe-filled hilltop where artists and writers have taken inspiration for more than a hundred years. Sample some typical avors of Paris here. At the summit of Montmartre, you’ll find the Basilica of the Sacré-Coeur, the second highest point in Paris. This Romano-Byzantine church in gleaming white offers a peaceful perch to observe the beauty of the city below. The afternoon is yours to explore independently. In the evening, savor a typical French farewell dinner with your group as you bid adieu to the city of lights.
Day 7: Tour Ends in Paris
Your program ends after breakfast.
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
All attractions are included - CIE Tours guides never sell optional excursions - We include more so your guide can focus on you.
All CIE Tours Include:
Full daily breakfast (except day 1)
Transportation (Buses, shuttles & ferries)
Welcome drinks with your group
Free Wi-Fi on luxury coaches
Comprehensive travel itinerary and documents
Our Welcome Pack at your first hotel includes:
A travel backpack
Luggage strap and tags
CIE Tours has over 80 years of experience in the travel industry. They continually work to develop their tours to deliver the highest quality holidays and offer the largest selection of trips across Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales and now expanding into Iceland, Italy and France. Each escorted journey is curated with a commitment to quality and value, with a product range designed to suit a variety of traveller budgets.
CIE’s local tour directors make the history and culture of their homelands come alive on tour. They share their insider knowledge, stories and passion with travellers so you can truly get to know the places you visit like a local. You’ll enjoy interesting narratives, commentary, and doses of humour delivered daily. They will also take care of all the finer details and be on hand to provide assistance during your journey, making for an enjoyable and worry free holiday. CIE Tours takes pride in the outstanding service provided by their local tour directors, which has earned them a 95%+ customer satisfaction rating.
Travelling with CIE Tours, you can rest assured that there are no hidden extras. All guided holidays include daily sightseeing for which admission is included, as well as unique visits and admissions throughout the itinerary. On your guided holiday you will also enjoy most meals and special evening shows/entertainment. With this all prepaid as part of your CIE tour, there is less you have to worry about budgeting for on your holiday so you get the most out of your time away and can simply relax and enjoy a holiday to remember.