Britain Sampler with Paris (GEE) - 2014 / 2015

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12 Day Tour from London to Paris


Britain Sampler with Paris
Pageantry of the Changing of the Guard
Pageantry of the Changing of the Guard
Houses of Parliament
Houses of Parliament
Statues outside Houses of Parliament
Atop the famous Edinburgh rock, the Edinburgh Castle provides panoramic views
Westminster Abbey – the traditional place of coronation and burial site for English monarchs
The Edinburgh Castle dominating the skyline of Edinburgh, Scotland
View over Auld Reekie in Edinburgh, Scotland
Louvre

Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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A Taste of London A unique chance to combine a traditional London pub experience with a relaxed, night-time river cruise, viewing some of the capital's most beautiful illuminated sights. Enjoy a three-course dinner with several local menu choices, including fish and chips and steak and ale pie at an historic London pub in the City of London. Following dinner you will enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your private cruiser. Highlights include Tower Bridge, St. Paul's and the Houses of Parliament, with commentary from your guide as you cruise along the River Thames.

Approximate value: £65 GBP per person


Afternoon Excursion to Windsor Castle Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. One of the official residences of Queen Elizabeth II the castle is still used regularly for ceremonial and state occasions. Visit the magnificent State Apartments furnished with priceless works of art by Holbein, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck. See wonderful St.George's Chapel the burial place of ten monarchs including Henry VIII and Charles I.

Approximate value: £44 GBP per person


Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews Buckingham Palace serves as both the office and London residence of Her Majesty The Queen. During August and September when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, the Palace's state rooms are open to visitors. These are the heart of the Palace, lavishly furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection which are used for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. Before entry to the Palace you will visit the Royal Mews, one of the finest working stables still in existence. See the State vehicles, both horse-drawn carriages and cars, used for coronations, royal weddings and State Visits, including the magnificent Gold State Coach which has been used for every coronation since 1821 and was last used for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Approximate value: £55 GBP per person


Tower of London and Crown Jewels The Tower of London is one of the most famous historic buildings in the world. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066-1067, it has been guarded by Yeoman Warders (popularly known as the Beefeaters) since the 14th century. It has been a fortress, a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, and an armory. It is most famously known as the home to the priceless Crown Jewels, including the solid gold crown used at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the Imperial State Crown and Sovereigns Sceptre, the incredible Cullinan diamonds, and the Koh-i-Noor.

Approximate value: £44 GBP per person


Llangollen Canal Barge Ride Board your private barge, then enjoy unforgettable views of the Dee valley as you sail over the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries the Llangollen canal, while your guide explains this 1007 feet long masterpiece of British Victorian engineering. After disembarking enjoy a drink at a local inn.

Approximate value: £27 GBP per person


Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, you will dine at a fine local restaurant.

Approximate value: £56 GBP per person


Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis Your evening commences in style with a piper welcoming you in traditional Scottish style. Savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine, then let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of 'Auld Lang Syne' written by Robert Burns.

Approximate value: £64 GBP per person


1 Day Trip to Asterix Park Enjoy a day in this family entertainment park, where children and adults will enjoy themselves on the tracks of Asterix, the hero of the most famous French comic strip. Attractions, merry-go rounds and shows are combined for a day of unforgettable fun. Your children will be thrilled to meet their favourite characters.

Approximate value: €64 EUR per person


1 Day Trip to Provins, Medieval City The city of Provins has preserved its striking medieval appearance. The site is listed on UNESCO'S Wolrd heritage list and has 58 classed or listed historic monuments. This city is a genuine showcase of civil, military and religious architecture. Provins comes to life everyday to take you back to the Middle Ages : discover breathtaking medieval shows (equestrian falconry show and exhibition) and its historical sites and monuments such as la Tour Cesar, the tithe barn (the ancient covered market), and of course the famous ramparts built between the 11th and the 13th centuries.

Approximate value: €54 EUR per person


Castle of Fontainebleau & Vaux Le Vicomte Visit the historic Castle of Fontainebleau, lavishly built and furnished in the Renaissance style, and a favorite hunting residence of French kings. An audio-guided tour inside the castle is followed by free time in the gardens. Travel through the forest and pass by the village of Barbizon, famous since the 19th century, thanks to artists such as Millet, Rousseau, and Stevenson. Continue on to the Castle of Vaux le Vicomte, Nicolas Fouquet's masterpiece and a great source of inspiration for Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. Enjoy an included lunch in the park followed by an audio-guided tour of the main rooms of the chateau. End the day with free time to stroll through the gardens and visit the Horse-Driven Carriage Museum before heading back to Paris.

Approximate value: €189 EUR per person


Claude Monet's Giverny & Museum of Impressionism Drive along the Seine Valley to the home of Claude Monet, leader of the Impressionist movement. Visit the house, the former studio, and stroll through the garden, a famous source of inspiration for many celebrated artists. Also visit the beautiful new Musee des Impressionisms nearby. Approximately 80 kilometers west of Paris, Claude Monet purchased his home in Giverny in 1890, and built his studio and waterlily pond. His famous works include The Picnic, and themed series such as Rouen Cathedral, Haystacks, Poplar, Japanese Bridge, and the River Thames. Monet donated his beloved Water Lilies paintings to his country and they are housed today in the Orangerie in Paris.

Approximate value: €76 EUR per person


Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace Of Versailles Travel to Claude Monet's Giverny with a guided visit of the wonderful gardens. Free time on your own to visit the famous artist's home and studio as well as the new Musee des Impressionisms Giverny (entrance ticket to museum included). Enjoy an included lunch at Moulin de Fourges, located a few minutes away from Giverny, with its country-like charm, relaxing atmosphere and typical regional cuisine. Later visit the lavish 17th century Palace of Versailles built by the Sun King Louis XIV. An audio-guided visit of the Palace's State Apartments and Hall of Mirrors is included. Free time to explore the elegant gardens.

Approximate value: €214 EUR per person


Cooking Class in Paris: French Market and Tasting Visit a Parisian market and buy fresh typical products for your cooking class and prepare your lunch. At the cooking class, you will prepare a main course and a dessert that you will enjoy during a lunch accompanied by wine and cheese. The chef will also make you discover French wines during the lunch. Simple and original recipes to enjoy an unusual culinary experience in Paris! Included : One way metro ticket, hostess; visit of a typical French Market with a culinary specialist, at the market, purchase of food for cooking class, a one hour cooking class, a tasting lunch (main course and dessert) served with 2 wines and some cheese.

Approximate value: €165 EUR per person


Day Trip to Zoological Parc of Thoiry Enjoy a visit to the Zoological Garden which is an authentic discovery of fauna in a natural setting. Educational games and information alternate to introduce all ages to the concepts and importance of the protection of animal species. Thoiry Chateau is a rare and unique example of esoteric architecture of the Renaissance, created to be a transparent bridge of light, which, with its parterres form a solar calendar on landscape . This agreeable walk around the Zoological Garden's offers many charming and beautiful detours through Thoiry's other gardens. A gigantic maze, Rose Garden, Perfume Garden, Autumn Garden, Bluebell Wood with centuries old trees and rhododendrons, thousands of other rare trees and flowering shrubs, Hydrangea Walk and a Long Border of perennials will enchant you with their colors and fragrances.

Approximate value: €53 EUR per person


D-Day: Normandy & Landing Beaches This full-day minibus excursion includes a visit to Pointe du Hoc, known for the WWII assault by heroic Rangers, and the American Cemetery in Colleville, where immaculately kept rows of white crosses and Stars of David commemorate the Americans who died. Also see Omaha Beach, the code name for one of the main landing points for the Allied invasion of German-occupied France on June 6 1944. After an included lunch (drinks included) in the village of Crepon, see the ruins of Arrommanches' artificial harbor, built by the Allies in 15 days, and watch The Price of Freedom at the Arromanches 360 Cinema. Stop at Juno Beach for a guided visit and explore the remains of the Atlantic Wall before returning to Paris.

Approximate value: €245 EUR per person


Dinner & Show At Lido - Menu Bonheur Enjoy dinner and a cabaret show at the Lido, located on the famous Champs-Elysees. Its revues have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. Menu Bonheur: Vegetables & crab tartare, herb salad & cream of sea urchin or duck foie gras, sweet wine & peach gelee, medallions of monkfish, marniere-style garnish or pan-seared veal, stuffed vegetables, exotic delight pistachio/pineapple blanc manger, lemon sorbet or crunchy-Lido coated in dark chocolate, 1/2 bottle of champagne Brut Lido Premiere cru or 1/2 bottle of wine.

Approximate value: €278 EUR per person


Dinner & Show At Lido - Menu Plaisir Enjoy dinner and a cabaret show at the Lido, located on the famous Champs-Elysees. Its revues have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. Menu Plaisir: Half-cooked salmon, preserved vegetables from the south, Henri IV poultry breast, stock flavored with foie gras, chocolate dessert with red fruit flavors, 1/2 bottle of champagne or 1/2 bottle of wine.

Approximate value: €225 EUR per person


Dinner Cruise - Marina De Paris Enjoy a romantic dinner "Saveurs Menu" comfortably seated by the window on a glass-covered boat of the Marina de Paris. The 2-hour cruise on the Seine will allow you to discover an illuminated Paris in the evening.

Approximate value: €150 EUR per person


Dinner Show At Moulin Rouge - Menu Belle Époque Enjoy an unforgettable evening with dinner and a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Menu Belle Epoque: Mise en Bouche / Duck Foie Gras with Sea Salt, Mango Vinaigrette, "Roquette" Salad and Grilled Toast or Lobster thin Pie "a la Parisienne", Crushed Tomato and Lobster Chiboust Cream, Herbs Salad / Fried Sea Bass Fillet, Creamy Risotto with Wood Mushrooms, Meadow Mushroom Cream or Sirloin Steak "1889", Small Fried Potatoes with Thyme, French Beans with Fresh Butter, Pepper Sauce /"Saint Honore" with Raspberries, Light Whipped Cream, Crunchy Caramel Pastry or "Moulin Rouge" Opera Pastry, Chocolate Wings, Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce or Gourmandise of Three Chocolates "Echiquier" Pastry, Crispy Chocolate Pearls and 1/2 bottle of champagne.

Approximate value: €315 EUR per person


Dinner Show At Moulin Rouge - Menu Mistinguette Enjoy an unforgettable evening with dinner and a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Menu Mistinguette: Terrine of Duck Foie Gras "Montmartre", Fruit Chutney or "Mistinguett" King Prawns with Smoked Spices, Vegetable Tartar, Vinaigrette with Herbs / "Frou Frou" Sauteed Corn-Fed Chicken Supreme, Morel Cream and Fresh Pasta or "Cabaret" Baked Salmon Fillet, French White Butter, Boiled Potatoes and Grape Tomatoes on the Vine /"Tendresse" of Red Berries, Fruity Marshmallows and Raspberry Sauce or Gourmandise of Three Chocolates "Echiquier" Pastry, Crispy Chocolate Pearls and 1/2 bottle of wine.

Approximate value: €269 EUR per person


Dinner Show At Moulin Rouge - Menu Toulouse Lautrec Enjoy an unforgettable evening with dinner and a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Menu Toulouse Lautrec: "Festival" of Norwegian Smoked Salmon Tarama, Trout Roe and Avruga Grilled Toast or "Feerie" Stuffed Dover Sole Tangy Cream and Young Shoots in Salad / Steamed Gilt Head Sea Bream, Champagne Sauce, Mashed Potatoes or "Valentin" Saute of Veal, White Supreme Sauce Pilaf Rice and Small White Onions / Moulin Rouge Opera Pastry, Chocolate Wings Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce or "Tendresse" of Red Berries Fruity Marshmallows and Raspberry Sauce and 1/2 bottle of champagne.

Approximate value: €283 EUR per person


Discovery Of Champagne See the vineyards of the Champagne region as you travel by minibus along the country roads to the historic village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of champagne. Visit the cellar of a local wine grower and sample the vineyards' champagne. Discover the world-famous Moet & Chandon cellars, where you can also enjoy a glass of champagne. Stop in Reims for a short visit of the cathedral, a gothic masterpiece where the kings of France came to be crowned. A traditional Champagne region lunch with drinks is included.

Approximate value: €230 EUR per person


Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket/2 parks) Make the most of your Paris stay and discover Disneyland® Paris. Enjoy an unforgettable day with memories that will stay with you forever. Meet Mickey Mouse and his friends as he is taking time out to welcome its guests in Fantasyland®. Then enjoy Disney Magic on Parade with all Disney amazing characters. The combined ticket gives the possibility to visit both parks on the same day and to go from one park to the other as many times as wanted.

Approximate value: €119 EUR per person


Guided Visit to Burgundy After leaving the Southern highway, reach the "Serein Valley" at Chablis, surrounded by vineyards. Visit a local cellar and taste the white wine, one of the worlds best. Enjoy lunch in the Bistrot des grands crus (or similar) drinks not included. Continue to Vezelay, the eternal hill, village classified by UNESCO as one of its cultural world heritage sites: guided visit of the basilica dedicated to Saint Mary Madeleine, centre of Romanesque architecture and sculpture, and which still keeps some relics of the saint. Free time to browse around the village and maybe taste some other Burgundy red wines before returning to Paris.

Approximate value: €182 EUR per person


Loire Castles and Lunch Visit the 11th-century gothic (with renaissance additions) Amboise Castle, a favorite of French kings and where Henry II and his wife, Catherine de' Medici, raised their children. Also see nearby Clos Luce, which is connected to Amboise Castle by an underground passage, where as a guest of the king, Leonardo da Vinci came in 1515 to live and work until his death in 1519. Visit renaissance Chenonceau Castle, built over the River Cher and a gift from Henry II to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. After his death, Queen Catherine took over this castle as her own favorite residence. Enjoy an included lunch with drinks and stop to view and photograph the largest castle in the Loire Valley, Chambord Castle.

Approximate value: €244 EUR per person


Mont St. Michel Including Lunch Enjoy the landscapes of the Normandy region on a guided excursion to 11th-century Mont Saint Michel Abbey, located on a rocky island in an immense bay with the highest tides in Europe. The first small church was built and consecrated here in 709 at the request of the Archangel Michel to the Bishop of Avranches. During the Middle Ages, it became a great spiritual and intellectual center, and was one of the most important places of pilgrimage for nearly one thousand years. People traveled to the abbey by roads called "paths to paradise," hoping for the assurance of eternity. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant that faces the island and time to stroll around the village.

Approximate value: €195 EUR per person


Paris Full Day Private Guided Tour

Group Excursion for up to 7 passengers

Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Paris. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. After all, it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system - whether by metro, bus, tram, train (train de banlieue commuter train or Grandes Lignes main line train), taxi, or even Batobus. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!
Approximate value: €439 EUR per group


Paris Half Day Private Guided Tour (Afternoon Excursion)

Group Excursion for up to 7 passengers

Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Paris. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. After all, it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system - whether by metro, bus, tram, train (train de banlieue commuter train or Grandes Lignes main line train), taxi, or even Batobus. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!
Approximate value: €299 EUR per group


Paris Half Day Private Guided Tour (Morning Excursion)

Group Excursion for up to 7 passengers

Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Paris. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. After all, it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system - whether by metro, bus, tram, train (train de banlieue commuter train or Grandes Lignes main line train), taxi, or even Batobus. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!
Approximate value: €299 EUR per group


Seine Cruise & Illuminations (Summer Excursion) Enjoy a 1-hour cruise on the River Seine followed by a guided discovery tour to admire illuminated Paris, including the Concorde, Opera, Madeleine, and Champs Elysees.

Approximate value: €79 EUR per person


Seine Cruise & Illuminations (Winter Excursion) Enjoy a 1-hour cruise on the River Seine followed by a guided discovery tour to admire illuminated Paris, including the Concorde, Opera, Madeleine, and Champs Elysees.

Approximate value: €83 EUR per person


Show at Moulin Rouge - 1st Show Enjoy an unforgettable evening at Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Half a bottle of champagne per person will be served during the spectacular "FEERIE" (Fairy) show.

Approximate value: €195 EUR per person


The Somme Battlefields - First World War Discover the area which was home to some of the most terrible battles of the Great War. Learn the history of the Battle of the Somme where, during a 4-month period in 1916, approximately three million soldiers were involved in the fighting and some 1,200,000 were killed, wounded or missing in action. See the villages of Villers-Bretonneux, P233ronne, with a guided visit of the Historical Museum, Thiepval with its great Memorial to the missing and Beaumont-Hamel. All locations where the battles took place. Also included, a tasty lunch at a typical restaurant in the village of Peronne.

Approximate value: €243 EUR per person