Day 1 London, England
. Welcome to London! Your Local Hosts will help you maximize your stay in one of the most historically significant capital cities, containing four UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Day 2 London.
Morning guided sightseeing 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 horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; and Piccadilly Circus. Take photographs of the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel situated on the riverbank; and the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe. 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).
Day 3 London.
Full day at leisure to explore the city. Your Local Hosts will assist you with recommendations, such as a visit to the National History Museum with its collection of the biggest, tallest, and rarest animals in the world, followed by a pint of beer at a nearby pub.
Day 4 London–Paris, France.
Travel to Paris by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class).
Day 5 Paris.
Morning guided sightseeing 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 by the Seine River with its beautiful bridges, and stop to take photos of the iconic Eiffel Tower from one of the best panoramic viewing points. Also enter the world’s most visited museum, THE LOUVRE with its modern glass pyramid, to see Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and other treasures.
Day 6 Paris.
Your Local Host will have many suggestions for your day, such as a visit to the Pompidou Center, which houses a vast public library, the largest museum for modern art in Europe, and a center for music and acoustic research.
Day 7 Paris–Aix–en–Provence.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (First class) to Aix-en-Provence. Enjoy a guided walking tour along the 17th-century Cours Mirabeau, a lively area with fountains, elegant homes, and famous cafés. Admire the Mazarin Quarter, City Hall, the Jewish Quarter, and visit the CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY SAVIOUR, known for its interesting combination of architectural styles and The Burning Bush triptych art masterpiece by Nicolas Froment.
Day 8 Aix–en–Provence.
Today you may want to stroll through the famous fruit and vegetable market, or shop for lavender products. Your Local Host will have lots of ideas for you.
Day 9 Aix–en–Provence–Nice.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (First class) to Nice. Your guided sightseeing features the PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS, originally built in the second half of the 18th century and the most famous boulevard in Nice. Walk through the OLD TOWN to admire fine examples of the Belle Époque. See Cours Saleya with the Kings of Sardinia Palace and flower market, and the lovely Palace Square with Palais de Justice and PALAIS RUSCA.
Day 10 Nice.
Your Local Host has many recommendations for your full day at leisure on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, such as a stop at the Matisse Museum, or the best places to try local specialties, like socca (custard-filled chickpea pancake), Salad Niçoise (salad with tuna and anchovies), pissaladière (French pizza), farcis (stuffed vegetables), and rosé wine.
Day 11 Nice.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.