The Perfect London, Paris and Rome Tour: 2018-2019

A 13 day trip to England, France & Italy 
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You will find magnificent treasures and unparalleled inspiration no matter the time of year on this perfect London, Paris, and Rome tour. The soul of a country can be seen most prominently in its capital city, brimming with vibrant life, cultural heritage, and the essence of past, present, and future. On your custom tailored tour of Europe, you will stroll in the shaded walkway of the Champs Elysees. Sit on a wooden bench inside a charming pub that Charles Dickens frequented. Stand on Palatine Hill, the most ancient part of Rome, and look over the ruins of the city. 

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People inside the Louvre, Paris.
Detailed Itinerary

Places Visited 

London, Paris, Rome  

Departure Dates 

Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures.

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Luscious London

London is a city that stands at the top of everyone’s destination list, filled with vast history and captivating heritage. The city has hosted the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Roman ruins and magnificent cathedrals. The rock and roll atmosphere continues to fill the cityscape, with locals who have embraced the connective majesty of their past and present. Guards in bright red coats and gilded buttons, sporting bearskin hats stand at attention outside Buckingham Palace. Graceful Ionic columns support the portico of the famed British Museum. The Tower of London stands dramatically beside the River Thames, harkening back to the 11th century and housing the Crown Jewels.

Your private transfer awaits your arrival at the airport, ready to escort you to your sensational hotel in the heart of the city. Glass-topped boats float down the river reflecting the Gothic exterior of Parliament. Teahouses, such as The Magazine, fill with people ordering tiers of cucumber sandwiches and sweet pistachio cakes, with a view of the glittering springtime flowers of Hyde Park. People stroll along the pebbled walkways of the park and linger underneath the trees. Elements of the city’s and the country’s imperial past remain strong, now acting as embellishments to the contemporary culture.

What’s Included: airport transfer, accommodation

Day 2: A Different World 

The sunlight washes over the city and showcases the current in the River Thames. The aroma of black breakfast tea accompanies breakfast. Locals often add milk and sugar to help start their day. The shops on Regent Street on London’s West End open with delight, populating the roads until the grounds of Piccadilly Circus. Your guide meets you at your hotel after breakfast, and leads you into the cosmopolitan splendor of London, filed with specificity of British heritage, blended with the collections of cultures from the days of the British Empire. Westminster Abbey is situated near Parliament, and was erected in the 11th century by Edward the Confessor.

For over seven centuries, patriarchs were crowned in the abbey and buried in the catacombs. The Gothic exterior has a pale sandy hue. A large stained glass window adorns the central portico connecting the two large towers overlooking the forecourt. The interior maintains as much drama as the façade, filled with marbled floors and stoic statues. At the North Transept, you find Poet’s Corner, where statues of numerous poets and writers commemorate scholars like Sir Walter Scott and William Shakespeare. A familiar herbaceous aroma lingers in the air, and the regal poses of historic poets add to the grace of the cloister.   

What’s Included: breakfast, tour, accommodation

Days 3 - 4: London at Leisure

The majesty of London runs so deep that it is impossible to see everything in a single day. At the quarter hour, you can hear Big Ben peel above the banks of the River Thames. The Globe Theatre sits alongside the water commemorated by a small museum near the more contemporary Tate Modern. After breakfast, the day is yours to experience London as you wish, from strolling along the 350 acres of Hyde Park to venturing into the subterranean world of London to view Churchill’s War Rooms.

For Fiction fans, you can even visit King’s Cross Station to see the celebrated Platform 9 ¾ from the Harry Potter series. The British Museum was established in the 18th century and contains more than 13 million artifacts spanning the ancient world. The neo-classical façade has elegant columns standing 45 feet tall. The interior opens with a radiant woven glass ceiling with the Reading Room standing in a circular edifice in the center of the Great Court.

History is not just alive in the museum but palpable, showcasing the British footprint across the globe and spanning the ancient world. A colossal red granite statue of Amenhotep III dates back to 1350 BC and watches over the collection of sarcophagi and hieroglyphics in the Egyptian exhibition, the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquity outside of Cairo. In the very same exhibit you can see the large, aged Rosetta Stone, which unlocked the ancient Egyptian language for the modern world to better understand and appreciate the magnificent history of the world changing civilization. 

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 5: England to France - Under the English Channel

In the morning, the shops on Portobello Road open their doors under the pastel colors of the connected buildings. The wide boulevard is known as the world’s largest antique market, with more than 1,000 vendors buying and selling wares from hats to coats, chairs to lockets. After breakfast, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to St. Pancras International, where you board the comforts of your luxury train car.

The Chunnel opened in 1994, connecting Folkestone, England to Calais, France by 31 miles underneath the English Channel. When you reach Paris, your private transfer meets you at the train station and escorts you to the comforts and spectacular views of your hotel. The aroma of mouthwatering macaroons emanates from Angelina, Audrey Hepburn’s favorite café in the city, across the boulevard from the Tuileries Gardens. In the autumn and winter, there are few better treats that linger inside the elegantly lit café and sipping on their famous, rich, and creamy hot chocolate.

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 6: Towers and Triomphe

Morning in Paris is immediately different than morning in London. The air has a different aroma, one filled with fresh pastries and sweet, fruity tarts. People walk along the streets, but don’t seem to be in as much of a hurry. You notice locals enjoying their breakfasts at tables lining the sidewalks, looking out to the city. After your meal, your guide meets you at the hotel and whisks you out into the city famed for its romantic architecture and artistic sensibilities. Cobblestone walkways line the River Seine creating another layer to the city.

Place de la Concorde is one of the largest public squares in France measuring more than 21 acres and touching the edge of the glamorous Champs Elysees. To the east of the square are the Tuileries Gardens and the Musee de l’Orangerie. The aroma of oranges and blossomed flowers fills the air in spring and summer. The mist from the Fountain of River Commerce and Navigation condenses around you. The trickling water adds to the classical ambiance. The obelisk at the center of the square was given to the French government in the 19th century, and once marked the temple of the Luxor Temple. The monument has over 3,300 years of history, standing 75 feet tall and maintains hieroglyphics celebrating the reign of Ramses II.

What’s Included: breakfast, tour, accommodation

Days 7 - 8: Exclaiming Paris Exploration

Houseboats line the River Seine, moored to the cobblestone walkways and bobbing in the gentle current. Some boats have open upper-decks and become dance floors in the evening, with charming restaurants in the lower level with views over the water. The city continues to embrace its past effortlessly, blending its heritage with the contemporary lifestyle filling historic buildings. After breakfast, the day is yours to enjoy Paris at your whim and pleasure. You could spend the day in regal opulence at the Palace of Versailles or wander through the limitless wonders of the Louvre. The Musee d’Orsay decorates the Old Train station on the famed Left Bank.

The museum opened in the 1980s and houses collections of French artists between the 1848 and 1915. Hanging over the main gallery entrance is a lock designed by Victor Laloux. The large timepiece emanates Beaux-Arts architecture. Natural light spills into the main gallery from the large window supporting the clock-face. You can find the famous Renoir, Bal du Moulin de la Galette, or Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette, which was painted in 1876 in the iconic impressionist’s style. The painting depicts a Sunday afternoon in Montmartre, when working class Parisians dressed to impress and dance, drink, and eat the day away. The celebratory atmosphere emanates out of the painting and energizes the entire gallery.    

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 9: Lights to Eternity

The rainbow displays of macaroons catch the light in the display windows across the bakeries of the city. The airy and delicious cookies can be breakfast or dessert, enjoyed with a slightly bitter morning espresso or a foamy cappuccino. After breakfast, your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight to the Eternal City, Rome. Rome has a skyline of historic cathedrals, built with stone dating back to the Roman Empire. Palm trees line the boulevards and rustle in the breeze. The aroma of zesty orange trees gives way to the scent of freshly made pasta and herbaceous basil.

Your private transfer meets you at the airport and escorts you to a lavish hotel with a view of the domes of Santa Maria Maggiore. Ancient history becomes visceral, placing you at the center of Roman and Catholic pasts, decorating the city with grand palaces and wondrous domes, elegant artwork and mouthwatering cuisine. In the evening, you can make your way to I Caruos and taste the fondente gelato, dark chocolate flavor with a rich creamy texture that helps warm you in the winter and cool you down in the summer. 

What’s Included: breakfast, transfer, accommodation

Day 10: Rome in the Spotlight

The morning sun spreads through the streets of Rome and washes over the historic stone structures. The aroma of flowers emanates from the morning market in Campo dei Fiori. The scent of espresso filters out of corner cafes. Your guide meets you at the hotel after breakfast and takes you deeper into the historic center of the city, touching the Colosseum and wandering into the Pantheon. The edifice was erected between 118 and 128 AD with powerful granite Corinthian columns supporting the pediment linking to the rotunda. When you enter the ancient structure, you find an arched vault reminiscent of the heavens.

The Oculus floods the interior with natural light, moving with the shifting sun. Sunken panels decorate the Oculus spaced with perfect precision around the dome. The structure verges on breathtaking, not only because of its architectural precision but also due to its lasting existence, permeating the contemporary with lavish décor and continued beauty. A statue of Madonna and Child marks the tomb of Renaissance master Raphael. The marble figures stand watch with delicate features inside the decadent pagan building refurbished as a 17th century church.  

What’s Included: breakfast, tour, accommodation

Days 11 - 12: Roman Holiday

The sunlight casts a glow over Rome and returns the glory of natural light to the strength of the Colosseum. At breakfast, you savor the foam of a frothy cappuccino, even dipping biscotti into the coffee to absorb some of the extra flavors, and adding a little crunch. The day is yours in Rome to relish in the city as you please, so visit the Vatican Museum to see the Sistine Chapel or enjoy the energetic ambiance around the Spanish Steps. The Galleria Borghese was established in the early 20th century in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana.

The villa was constructed in the 17th century. The aroma of orange zest enlivens the morning around the estate in the summer. The interior showcases a gem, displaying 20 rooms of Renaissance and Baroque art. Marble statues flank graceful wall-sized mirrors. The polished marble sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte by Canova decorates the center of the room. She holds an apple in her hand, referencing the Roman goddess Venus and reclines in a refined oppose. The statue was designed in the early 19th century, transforming the historical figure of Pauline into something of a legend. 

What’s Included: breakfast, accommodation

Day 13: Roman Reverie

In the morning you find the sounds of the city coursing around the soothing Tiber River. The Castel Sant’Angelo rises above the banks of the river with a cylindrical tower, once home to historic popes and commissioned by Emperor Hadrian. The glories of Rome’s past continue, giving it the name the Eternal City. After breakfast, your private transfer meets you at your hotel and escorts you to the Fiumicino Airport for your flight home. Although your vacation is coming to an end, you know the images of your time in Europe will continue, just like Rome, to ceaselessly inspire you.

What’s Included: breakfast, airport transfer

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Price 

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