Our tour guide will meet the group at the airport three hours before the flight departure. After a short introduction and overview of the upcoming few days, you will go through the flight registration and board the Air Transat plane en route to London!
Arrive in London
This morning your flight arrives at London Gatwick airport. Once you have collected your luggage and been through customs and passport control, you will proceed to the arrivals area where your English speaking guide will meet you. They will be holding a sign with Comfort Tours written on it. Your group will then be transferred to your central London hotel, the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel, conveniently located close to many attractions within Central London!
You will have the remainder of your day free to explore England’s capital city. Many of the city’s principal attractions, such as the British Museum, are within walking distance of your hotel. This evening you can choose whether to eat at your hotel or seek out one of many restaurants in London’s West End which feature all varieties of cuisine.
This morning after breakfast you meet your English speaking guide at 9am. You board your coach at your Central London hotel for the start of your 4 hour panoramic tour of London. Your tour includes a combination of sightseeing by coach, a walking tour and a river cruise which will all enable you to see the principal attractions of this wonderful city, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Your walking tour will take you along the Mall, past Horseguard’s Parade and towards Buckingham Palace. There may also be the opportunity to see the ‘Changing of the Guard’ if it is happening on this day.
Highlights of the tour:
»Piccadilly Circus »Buckingham Palace and the Changing of the Guard. St. James’s Park »Horse Guards’ Parade »Westminster Abbey »Nelson’s Column »Big Ben and Parliament »Trafalgar Square »Fleet Street »Tower of London »St. James’s Palace »The London Eye and much more.
Following the tour, from the Westminster Pier you will be taken on a cruise along the River Thames to the Tower of London. From your vantage point on the river you will be able to see many of London’s key attractions, including Big Ben, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. There will be the opportunity for a photo stop at the Tower of London, before your cruise back to Westminster Pier. Your coach will then take you back to your Central London Hotel at about 1.30pm.
London River Cruise: The River Cruise passes under the following bridges:
You have the remainder of your afternoon free to explore London or head for the shops before dinner and perhaps a West End show.
Tour of Windsor Castle
Today after breakfast in your hotel, you will meet your English speaking guide at 9am and board your coach for the journey west to Windsor Castle. Your half-day tour to the Windsor Castle will include entrance into the Windsor Castle itself, where you will have the opportunity to explore the State Apartments and the Castle grounds in the company of your knowledgeable ‘Blue Badge’ guide. There will also be some free time to pick up souvenirs before your coach transfers you back to your hotel in London at around 1pm.
Upon your return to London, you will be free to wander and explore the city. Why not head to Covent Garden or take a stroll in one of London’s beautiful leafy parks? This evening, perhaps head to Chinatown to experience the cultural differences in this compact area of the city or pay a visit to the hip SoHo district for dinner.
You have the whole day free to explore England’s capital city. You might like to visit some of London’s famous museums or art galleries, some of which have free entrance. Perhaps spend part of your day in the shopping area around Oxford Street or pay a visit to the famous department store, Harrods?
Here are some suggestions of what you may like to visit during your free day:
The centre of London is fairly compact and many attractions are within walking distance in the city centre. You might also like to head into the ‘City of London’, often the scene of many of Charles Dickens’ famous novels or take the opportunity to see inside Buckingham Palace itself.
London » Paris
This morning after breakfast, you check-out of your London hotel. Your coach will pick you up at 10.30am and transfer you the short distance to London St Pancras International Train station. As you stroll into beautifully restored London St Pancras, take your time to admire the magnificent glass roof. Then sit back, relax and watch the countryside glide past as you travel by Eurostar to Paris at speeds of up to 186mph.
Upon arrival at the Gare du Nord in Paris, our coach will meet you and transfer you to your Parisian hotel, the comfortable and centrally-located Hôtel Le Pierre.
This afternoon, you will have at your leisure to explore the area around your hotel or possibly head towards the River Seine. Then seek out a cosy bistro or a gastronomic restaurant for dinner.
Today, you have breakfast in your hotel and at 9am your city sightseeing tour begins. First, you travel through the French capital by coach accompanied by our tour guide and local city guide. As you pass by the main monuments of Paris, your local guide will provide you with a commentary that takes you through the centuries and tells you about Paris’ history and artistic heritage, and its cultural and architectural richness. Your coach tour will take you past or close to the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre and the Cathedral of Notre Dame.
Other sights to be seen include:
» The Place St. Michel and its monumental fountain, popular amongst couples. » La Sorbonne, seat of learning and culture for many of Paris’ glitterati and politicians. » The Odéon theatre famous for its performance of many award-winning shows. » Tour the Panthéon, the final resting place for many well-known French writers, poets and scientists. » There may be time to include a walk in the Luxembourg gardens where Flaubert, Victor Hugo and Sartre acquired their inspiration.
Seine River Cruise
You then join your river cruise along the sparkling River Seine where sights include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Conciergerie, Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) along with some of the best views of the city.
You then return to your hotel around 3pm for free time before you choose somewhere for dinner this evening.
Paris Free Day
Take some time to plan your free day over a leisurely breakfast to ensure you make the most of this magnificent city. You may decide to explore Paris by foot and wend your way along the river Seine past Notre Dame, the charming Île St. Louis and onto the Rive Gauche.
Here are some suggestions for what to do during your free time:
Seek out the quieter streets and lesser known charm of the Marais near the Bastille.
Experience the marvellous views from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica on the charming Montmartre, the village of Artisans!
This morning after breakfast you meet your guide and board your coach at 8.30am for a guided excursion to the incomparable Palace of Versailles to the west of Paris. This wonderful excursion incorporates the best of France’s most renowned palace and gardens, which was home to the famous Sun King – Louis XIV. Your tour includes a guided visit of the King’s and Queen’s State apartments within the palace and the newly restored “Hall of Mirrors”.
After your guided tour, you will have free time to explore the wonderful palace gardens before you return by coach to your hotel, arriving back at around 1pm. This afternoon you might like to explore a different area of Paris or spend time shopping in some of the city’s chic boutiques.
Depart for Toronto
After enjoying breakfast at your hotel and perhaps taking a last brief stroll near your hotel, your coach will pick you up at 10am and transfer you north to the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport for your flight home to Canada!
Set against the backdrop of one of London's best-known historical landmarks, Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel is a modern hotel with a striking exterior. Ideally located on the doorstep of the city’s financial and shopping districts, this contemporary hotel is a five-minute walk to London Bridge Station for underground and national rail services.
5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY, United Kingdom
Points of interest around the hotel:
· 160 m from the River Thames Walk (3-minute walk)
· 650 m from The Shard (10-minute walk)
· 650 m km from the Tower of London (10-minute walk)
· 1.6 km from the City Centre
· 3.2 km from the London Eye
· 3.2 km from the London Aquarium
In a beautiful private courtyard away from the bustle of the city, the Timhotel Opéra Blanche Fontaine will welcome youbetween the Opera districts and Montmartre. Fully-renovated in March 2014, this hotel offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms, a generous buffet breakfast, large LCD screens and free WIFI. The hotel boasts a central location close to the gare Saint-Lazare, the Department Stores (Galeries Lafayette Boulevard Haussmann) and the boulevard de Clichy.
34, Rue Pierre Fontaine
75009 Paris - France
Points of interest around the hotel:
· 200 km from Le Moulin Rouge (3-minute walk)
· 1 km from Montmartre & Sacré-Cœur (15-minute walk)
· 1.4 km from Palais Garnier (20-minute walk)
» Passengers are responsible for arriving at the airport on their own. » A valid passport is required for international travel. » Please arrive at least three hours prior to the departure time with your travel documents ready. » For more general travel information and tips, please visit the Toronto Pearson Airport website: http://www.torontopearson.com/Flights.aspx#
*Flight details will be announced closer to the tour departure date.
What our passengers are saying?
We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to London-Paris. Our tour director, Gerda, provided plenty of helpful information for us to plan our ‘free time’ in both cities, and we particularly enjoyed our guides Sheila and Vincent in London and Paris.
Here is a link to a little video I made of our trip. If possible, please forward the link to the other members of our tour group, as I’m sure they would like to see it. Feel free to post on your website for others to enjoy: "http://youtu.be/36fMFMSCKG0?list=UUpvj9n7hzNj_39rF4tydgRQ"
Regards, D’Arcy M.
You will be travelling with like-minded passengers of all ages and backgrounds! We are proud to have passengers from abroad on our tours, whether it is from the U.S, Europe, Australia, or Asia.
Who will I be travelling with?
Our tours are not just drive-by. You will have opportunities to get off the bus to take photos and visit nearby sights. The general requirement is that all travellers must be able to get on and off the bus. Otherwise, the tours are set at an easy walking pace and involve approximately 5 to 15 minutes of walking between sights.
Do the city tours require a lot of walking?
Yes, of course! Based on our tour history, each coach has up to 6 single travellers. With our diverse group of travellers, you are bound to meet new people and make new friends.
Can I travel alone?
Tipping is not mandatory. However, if you are pleased with the performance of your tour guide and bus driver, tips are welcome. The amount you tip is at your discretion.
Is it necessary to tip the tour guide?
For the European tours, the deposit of $150/person is due at the time of booking. The remaining balance is withdrawn automatically 60 days prior to your departure date.
How does the tour payment work?
POINTS OF INTEREST
Tower of London
Royal Museums Greenwich
Musée du Louvre