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 Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, 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, the Castle grounds and St. George’s Chapel 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.
During your afternoon in London, 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 difference 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. So why not plan your day over a leisurely breakfast at the hotel? 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?
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 Hotel Astoria Opera.
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.
You will also have a one-hour walking tour that will take you around the charming Latin Quarter on the left bank of the River Seine. This walking tour of Paris’ famous Left Bank and Latin Quarter highlights will 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. You could also soak up some culture with a visit to the treasures of the marvellous Louvre, including the Mona Lisa, feast on the impressionist spectacle at the Musée d’Orsay or revel in the inimitable Centre Pompidou.
Alternatively seek out the quieter streets and lesser known charm of the Marais near the Bastille or head for the city’s elegant stores and colourful markets. Experience the marvellous views from the Sacré-Coeur, the poignancy and quirkiness of Notre Dame and the Père-Lachaise cemetery. In the evening you may prefer one of Paris’ traditional, evocative brasseries for dinner.
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!
We recently returned from the London and Paris tour (September 19-28) and just wanted to say what a great trip we had. We felt is was a good mix of scheduled and free time and we were very happy with our accommodations in both cities. The tours in both London and Paris were well organized and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. Eliane our tour director was superb. She went above and beyond and we particularly want to thank her for helping us to arrange our day trip to Vimy Ridge. It was one of our best days and in our opinion a must see place for all Canadians. We would definitely travel with Comfort Tours again.
Holly & Terry
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