Castles & Kings: Family – London to Paris - 8 Days

Castles & Kings: London to Paris

TIME OF YEAR – Mar – Apr, Jun – Aug

Picture you and your family ruling England from inside Windsor Castle… but don’t wind up a “prisoner” in the Tower of London. Take a bicycle ride through the Royal Parks, and stay stealthy on a spy walk. Ride a double-decker bus… the London Eye in a private capsule… and a speedboat on the Thames! Then cross the English Channel aboard the Eurostar for more historic adventures in Paris. Step into the 17th century at the opulent Palace of Versailles… discover the Louvre’s treasures on a scavenger hunt… see street artists at work in Montmartre… and visit Notre Dame Cathedral, from which Quasimodo gazed out over Paris in The Hunchback of Notre Dame – a “living” witness to centuries of Parisian history.

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June 13, June 20, August 4 and August 18 departures enjoy a special after-hours private visit and scavenger hunt in Musée du Louvre when one of the world’s favorite museums is closed to the public.

Tour prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel accommodations, First Class accommodations on the Eurostar, motor coach transportation, sightseeing, admissions, porterage and the services of the Tauck Director, local guides and drivers are included. Transportation from London Heathrow and Gatwick Airports or St. Pancras or Waterloo Train Stations to The Royal Horseguards is included, regardless of the time you check in to the hotel, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight arrival information at least three weeks prior to the start of the tour. If you are arriving into another local train station please retain a receipt for the transfer and submit it to your Tour Director for reimbursement.Transportation from The Westin Paris to the Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly Airports or the Paris train station is also included when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from airports and train stations may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Day 1
See London by private double-decker bus

Tourbegins:3:00PM,TheRoyalHorseguards. Welcometo”merrieolde”EnglandforthestartofTauckBridges’funand enriching London and Paris family vacation! A transfer is included from London’s Heathrow Airport to The Royal Horseguards. Climb aboard one of London’s signature double-decker buses for a private guided tour of this grand capital city, which you’ll learn about on a four-night stay in the heart of it all at The Royal Horseguards, the former WWI-era headquarters of the British Secret Service. Get to know your fellow travelers at our welcome reception and dinner tonight.

Meals – Dinner

Lodging – The Royal Horseguards

Day 2
Tower, Thames by speedboat & the London Eye

Meet the Beefeaters who watch over the Tower of London and the famous ravens that live within its walls; see the Bloody Tower and the British Empire’s priceless Crown Jewels. You’ll explore more than history today as you embark on a thrilling speedboat adventure* along the River Thames… then ride 450 feet above the city in a glass pod – a private one, thanks to Tauck Bridges – on the celebrated London Eye, the world’s highest observation wheel. Tonight’s dinner is a Tauck Exclusive – a “progressive dinner” thought fashionable Soho; explore historical sites and landmarks led by an expert foodie guide – and enjoy food tastings at some of the best Soho restaurants where you’ll meet the owners and hear their stories.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lodging – The Royal Horseguards

Day 3
Windsor Castle, bicycling & a West End show

The home of English kings and queens for over 900 years, stately Windsor Castle is still a residence of the British Royal Family – and you’ll tour this castle “fit for a queen” (or a king) today; seeing the exquisitely detailed Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House is a treat for children of all ages. As your exciting London and Paris family vacation continues this afternoon, join us on a bicycle ride* through the Royal Parks of London. After dinner on your own this evening, your family enjoys a special treat tonight… a performance of a hit show in London’s West End Theatre District!

Meals – Breakfast

Lodging – The Royal Horseguards

Day 4
British Museum plus a London spy walk

Although two million years’ worth of history and culture might be a little tough to see in one day, you’ll get a taste of what the fascinating British Museum has to offer on a guided tour of this amazing place – housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts, from maps to mummies and more, in nearly two-and-a-half miles’ worth of galleries. Later, it’s spy versus spy on an afternoon “spy walk,” where you’ll become a secret agent and try to save the world… will you rescue the damsel in distress… and what about the white cat? A very fitting event for your last evening in your London hotel… where real spies of the British Secret Service roamed the halls a century ago during World War I!

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Lodging – The Royal Horseguards

Day 5
Eurostar to Paris & a walk through Montmartre

Say “Cheerio” to London as you ride aboard the high-speed Eurostar train to Paris. You’ll travel under the English Channel through the engineering marvel known as the Channel Tunnel (unofficially called the “Chunnel”) – arriving in Paris before you know it. Your first taste of Paris is the special joie de vivre atmosphere of hilltop Montmartre, where poets, writers and artists have practiced their crafts for centuries; a guided walking tour may reveal them at work. Check into your hotel, right next to the Tuileries Garden, then join us for dinner at an authentic Parisian brasserie where you will experience a real taste of life in Paris!

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Lodging – The Westin Paris – Vendôme

Day 6
An opulent château at Versailles and lunch at the Eiffel Tower

Today takes you about an hour outside the city for a guided visit to Château de Versailles, built by King Louis XIV and the largest palace in Europe, revealing a realm of grandeur and riches beyond the imagination of the Montmartre artists of his time; it would cost more than $2 billion to build this sprawling palace complex today! Explore the opulent palace with a local guide and view the exquisite gardens, among the most extraordinary and famous in the world. Return to Paris, where your family enjoys a special treat – lunch at the Eiel Tower and a guided visit of the first floor. An afternoon sightseeing tour introduces you to landmark city sights; the evening is free to enjoy Paris as you wish.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Lodging – The Westin Paris – Vendôme

Day 7
Louvre scavenger hunt, Notre Dame & more

Discover the treasures of one of the world’s most famous museums this morning – Musée du Louvre, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s mysterious Mona Lisa, the 2nd-century Greek sculpture, Venus de Milo, and about 35,000 other works of art from the Middle Ages to the 19th century housed in this former palace – on a guided scavenger hunt and tour. Visit the Tuileries Garden, then look for gargoyles and imagine The Hunchback of Notre Dame high up in his bell tower on a visit to Cathedral of Notre Dame. Enjoy some free time this afternoon, then join us for our private, exclusive and magical farewell dinner.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Lodging – The Westin Paris – Vendôme

Day 8
Bid au revoir to Paris

Tour ends: Paris. Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from The Westin Paris – Vendôme to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for your flight check-in. Fond memories of your trip will linger long after you return home.

Meals – Breakfast

What's Included

  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
  • London "Spy Walk" A guided tour through the British Museum
  • Private double-decker bus tour aboard a private capsule, sightseeing high above the city on the London Eye A speedboat adventure on the River Thames
  • A bicycle ride adventure through the London Royal Parks
  • Tickets to a hit musical in London's West End theatre district
  • Travel aboard the Eurostar train from London to Paris
  • Guided visits in Paris to Notre Dame and Montmartre
  • A scavenger hunt on a visit to the Musée du Louvre
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure as noted
  • 14 meals; service charges, taxes, and porterage

Nights 1-4 London, England

The Royal Horseguards

Just yards from Westminster and Downing Street in the historic heart of London, The Royal Horseguards was the headquarters of the British Secret Service during the First World War. Spacious, sumptuously furnished guest rooms reflecting the Victorian age in this historic hotel offer up-to-the-minute amenities like an iPod docking station with Bose surround sound, an electrical plug built into the in-room safe so you can charge your laptop while keeping it safe, plasma-screen TV in the bedroom and the bathroom and free BT Openzone wireless Internet access as well as a minibar, Egyptian linens, and coffee and tea making facilities. If you still have energy to spare after a busy day in London Town, visit the hotel’s gym offering a complete range of cardiovascular fitness equipment and weights. The Terrace, offering alfresco dining, is a peaceful oasis in the midst of the busy city while the Equus Bar, which has a wide array on interesting non-alcoholic refreshments such as Equus Cola made from a top-secret recipe, as well as traditional and contemporary cocktails, is reminiscent of the kind of “gentlemen’s club” of which upper-crust Englishmen were so fond in days gone by.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Nights 5-7 Paris, France

The Westin Paris – Vendôme

Situated in the heart of Paris near the Tuileries Gardens and the Eiffel Tower, The Westin Paris – Vendôme offers an ideal, idyllic retreat – an oasis of tranquility right in the center of one of the world’s most exciting cities. Newly decorated, stylishly appointed guest rooms represent a perfect balance between traditional Parisian and contemporary design elements, reflecting the highest quality of handmade craftsmanship in every detail from the furnishings to the floral arrangements. Each guest room features The Heavenly Bed®, air conditioning, television with satellite channels, in-room movies, voicemail, safe, minibar, hair dryer, bathrobes, slippers and deluxe bath amenities. Other hotel features include the WestinWORKOUT Gym, a world-class spa, business center, available in-room spa services, fine dining in the elegant Le First restaurant, outdoor dining at La Terrasse, and the warm, inviting Tuileries Bar.

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