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; the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe; and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece.
Day 3 London.
For this day at leisure, your Local Hosts will have interesting recommendations, such as a walk along the South Bank with its theaters, museums, galleries, boutiques, and street cafés, and maybe a flight on Europe’s highest observation wheel.
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.
Full day to explore the magnificent “City of Light” at your own pace. Your Local Host will have many recommendations.
Day 7 Paris–Geneva, Switzerland.
Travel by HIGH-SPEED TGV TRAIN (first class) to Geneva.
Day 8 Geneva.
On your morning guided sightseeing, see Geneva’s international sector, with some of the world’s major peace-making organizations. Admire the amazing Jet d’Eau, a large water-jet fountain situated where Lake Geneva empties into the Rhône River and visible throughout the city. See the Flower Clock, a masterpiece of technology and floral art, symbol of the city’s internationally acclaimed watch industry. Visit ST. PETER’S CATHEDRAL, an imposing Romanesque-Gothic church in the Old Town that is best known for Protestant Reformation leader John Calvin’s inspiring sermons during the mid-16th century.
Day 9 Geneva. Excursion to Chamonix–Mont Blanc
. Today, enjoy a special highlight excursion to MONT BLANC. Travel across the Swiss-French border to Chamonix, a famous mountain resort where the first Winter Olympics were held. From the town center, ride a cable car to the Aiguille du Midi (Needle of the South), a rocky, 12,391-foot-high (3,777m) peak in the Mont Blanc mountain range with year-round snow. Its terraces provide an amazing 360-degree view of the Chamonix Valley and the Alps. A lift takes you to the summit terrace at 12,605 feet (3,842m) for stunning panoramas (if the cable car to Aiguille du Midi is not available due to adverse weather conditions, it will be substituted with a ride on the scenic rack railway to the magnificent Mer de Glace glacier on the northern slopes of Mont Blanc). Leisure time to explore Chamonix’s center and enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many local restaurants before heading back to Geneva.
Day 10 Geneva.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.