London and Paris bask in their fame, two world-class cities that attract millions far and wide. This 9-day London and Paris private luxury tour is all about uncovering their hidden sides, taking you far from the beaten track, with a selection of private luxury tours. Enjoy closed-door access to palaces, find the sights that only locals know about, and enjoy the hidden gems that can’t be found on other travel sites. This custom itinerary pieces together eight sublime private tours, each unraveling...
London – Introductions to Royalty at Kensington Palace
Regal traditions stretch all across London, from the bizarre spectacle of guards changing outside Buckingham Palace to the grand meeting rooms of residing monarchs. Picture the Queen's accommodations, King's resting quarters, glittering dresses worn by 19th-century royalty; there's a wonderful air of opulence to discover on your first day in London. You're greeted at the airport and transferred to a five-star hotel in Mayfair, London's premier central address. Dependent on flight times, you'll enjoy a visit to the staterooms of Buckingham Palace, the working residence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Relax at the hotel before an evening tour that intimately unveils the pomp of regality.
Lavish and decadent, Kensington Palace has been in royal hands since William III in the 17th century. Tours to England are especially breathtaking on a private access tour, starting in the sumptuous State Apartments. Elaborate golden details are etched into the ceilings, world-famous paintings hang in the corridors, and the decoration radiates classical history. Wander up the Grand Staircase, admire the silk wedding dress and private wardrobe of Queen Victoria II, and rest your toes in the sumptuous Turkish carpets of Queen Mary II's private rooms. Completing the invitation into royalty is an evening reception with canapés and wine. Consider reading some of our England traveler reviews to further refine and perfect your own personal itinerary.
London – Exploring the Local Markets of London
London – The Rock and Roll History of London
London – Private Viewing of the Crown Jewels
London – Exploring the War Rooms and Winston Churchill's Legacy
Paris – A Marie Antoinette Tour of Paris
Paris – Hidden Culinary Delights of Paris
Paris – The Inspiration for the Impressionists
Paris – Departure
- Discover the hidden side to two world-famous cities, with a series of handcrafted tours that reveal the sights you won't find on other travel sites
- Eight private half-day or full day tours that celebrate the inimitability and exclusiveness of London and Paris
- Enjoy a private tour of a royal palace, personal viewing of the crown jewels, and behind closed door access to Churchill's war rooms and bunkers
- Explore the rock and roll history of London inspired by the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix
- Visit London's historic markets and discover suburbs filled with atmospheric tradition
- Marie Antoinette’s presence is sprinkled all throughout Paris, and you'll spend a day exploring her evocative history
- Anyone can see the Impressionists' paintings in famous art galleries; in Paris, you're taken to the actual locations that were immortalized on canvas by the legendary painters
- A local culinary guide unveils Paris for food lovers, uncovering the markets and cafes that never want to be on the overrun tourist trail
London and Paris can captivate for months. Picture famous art in the Louvre and the Tate, a journey by boat on the Thames or the Seine, ticking off world-renowned landmarks like Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. But everyone seems to see the same side to these famous cities, frantically touring the sights that have been photographed by half the world. Instead, go behind the scenes in the cities that continue to enchant, just without the crowds and with far more fascination. You could see the famous canvases of the impressionists. Or you could tour the bridges and villages that were painted. In the Tower of London, you can get a sense of England's history. But on a private tour with a Jewel House Warden, you'll have exclusive access to the crowns and diamonds owned by the monarchy. Even if you've visited London and Paris many times before, this carefully crafted private luxury tour of London and Paris reveals a very different side, one that few people get to experience.
On this handcrafted itinerary, you combine five nights in London with three nights in Paris. Each day features a carefully selected private tour that showcases a new angle, plus there's plenty of time to explore at leisure, so you don't miss out on any of your must-visit sites. Royal London introductions come at Kensington Palace, a closed-door tour revealing the reception rooms of the monarchy and a fabulous private art collection. Uncover the buildings that have defined rock and roll history with a tailored music tour, including the Abbey Road crossing immortalized by The Beatles. Explore local markets in London's East End, destinations with an atmosphere unchanged for over a century; think cockney rhyming slang and jellied eels amongst other bizarre traditions. After a private viewing of the crown jewels, you discover a clandestine WWII narrative, with Churchill's bunkers and war rooms being another redolent slice of London history.
Paris is equally resplendent when you get off the beaten track. While there's free time to visit some of the monuments that tower above the River Seine, three sumptuous tours reveal so much more. Marie Antoinette is synonymous with the city, and a unique journey covers the evocative chronicles of France's most famous lady. Sensual and surprising, a culinary tour uncovers the cafes and treats favored by locals. Then you're out into the countryside, meandering through cute villages painted by Van Gogh and exploring Monet's hypnotic bridges. You'll even have time for a beer in the timeless cafes that the Impressionists once drank in. While most leave Paris with a postcard of the Champs-Elysees, you will end up behind the scenes at Versailles and in the charming alleyways revered by the locals.
$7,600 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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