Day 1 LONDON, ENGLAND.
Welcome to London, a major settlement for two millennia and today a vibrant global city. Your Local Hosts will be on hand to help you make the most of your time.
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 Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, were married; Whitehall’s mounted horseguards; the Prime Minister’s Downing Street; Piccadilly Circus; and Buckingham Palace. 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.
Day 3 LONDON.
Your Local Hosts will have exciting suggestions for your day at leisure—for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum, located in stylish South Kensington, featuring the world’s leading collection of art and design.
Day 4 LONDON–PARIS, FRANCE.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED EUROSTAR TRAIN (Standard class) to Paris.
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.
Today you may choose to stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg, an oasis of formal terraces, chestnut groves, and lush lawns. Your Local Host can help you plan your day.
Day 7 PARIS–BARCELONA, SPAIN.
Travel by AIR to Barcelona on selected flights.
Day 8 BARCELONA
. Morning guided sightseeing, starting from Plaza Catalunya, includes a drive along elegant Passeig de Gràcia to see the captivating façade of La Pedrera and to visit Gaudi’s CASA BATLLÓ. Passing through the central Eixample district, reach the extraordinary but still unfinished SAGRADA FAMILIA BASILICA. Your included entrance fees contribute to its completion.
Day 9 BARCELONA.
Your Local Host can assist you with ideas for your day—perhaps an inside visit of Gaudi’s last residential building, La Pedrera.
Day 10 BARCELONA–MADRID.
Travel to Madrid by HIGH-SPEED AVE TRAIN (first class).
Day 11 MADRID.
Morning guided sightseeing features a visit to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM and the Plaza de España. Also see the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain, Orient Square with the ornate Royal Palace, Parque del Buen Retiro (Park of the Pleasant Retreat), and the Neoclassical Puerta de Alcalá monument.
Day 12 MADRID.
Your Local Host can assist you in planning your day. You may wish stroll through Pasajes, one of the best multilingual bookshops in the world.
Day 13 MADRID.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.