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Europe's Star Cities

London, Cheltenham, Paris, Rome
14 Days
  • Our in country expert says
    From the grandeur of the global city of London, home of royalty and pageantry, off to the romantic, artistic Paris, filled with sights such as the Louvre and Eiffel Tower to the eternal Rome, where a thousand years of history and culture lay in an incredible open museum. Spend a wonderful two weeks discovering the highlights of these iconic cities and experiencing the finest things on offer.

     

    Day
    01
    London
    Your personal driver will meet you inside the arrival halls, escort you to your centrally located hotel and give you a short welcome to London.

    The rest of the day is for you to relax and settle in at leisure or to start exploring this classic city. London is a true global capital, once the heart of the British Empire, with a rich heritage and more than 2,000 years of history to discover. An innovator in everything cultural and artistic, London is a city filled with creative ideas and imagination, proof being the presence of some of the greatest museums and art galleries in the world right here, in this charming capital.
    Day
    02
    London
    After breakfast, you will visit the Tower of London, where your private Yeoman will show you the luxurious Crown Jewels and tell you about the historic significance of ravens. Then it's on to the vibrant Convent Garden, a destination for anyone who enjoys theatre, restaurants and culture. The area is rich in museums and a stop at the Royal Academy of Arts and the National Gallery is a must.

    Continue with a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through London's Royal Parks and historic streets. Your professional coachman will leave you at Harrods, where you will be welcomed to the most famous department store in the world. You can spend the afternoon browsing and shopping in luxury surroundings or dine in one of the many restaurants and bars.
    Day
    03
    London
    Start your day with a visit to the famous Borough Market before you cross the Millennium Bridge to visit the Buckingham Palace. Close nearby is the famous Bond Street, revered throughout the world for its wealth of elegant stores, fine jewels, art and antiques.

    You can choose to spend your afternoon discovering the East End neighborhood, with its tapestry of diverse cultures, unique architecture and fascinating stories or you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Greenwich and pay a visit to the historic ship, Cutty Sark.
    Day
    04
    Cotswolds
    Leave London for a tour of the Cotswolds, an officially designated 'Area of Outstanding Beauty'. Spend time discovering the English countryside, trying out the tasteful Cotswold cream tea and strolling down the charming little streets. Continue with a visit to Blenheim Palace. This World Heritage Site was modeled on the French Palace of Versailles and is also the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
    Day
    05
    Bath
    It's time you explore the Heritage city of Bath, with its original 2000 years old Roman Baths, its Fashion Museum and Bath Abbey. Explore the city centre, the art galleries and soak up the rich history of the city.

    Return to London in the afternoon, where you can experience a romantic champagne flight on the London Eye, which offers spectacular views over the British capital.

    Day
    06
    Paris
    Board the Eurostar Train which will take you from London to the French capital in a little over 2 hours.

    The day is at leisure to stroll along the famous Champs Elysees. On your walk, among famous shops and cafes, look out for the Hotel de Crillon, adjacent to the American Embassy. This is said to be the place where Benjamin Franklin met King Louis XVI to sign the treaty recognizing America's independence.

    Day
    07
    Paris
    After breakfast at your hotel, meet with you local guide. Today is all about discovering Paris on a full-day city sightseeing tour.

    Paris was born on the Ile de la Cite, where the Notre Dame Cathedral now stands. After your visit to the Cathedral, take a quick look at the Sainte Chapelle just across the island and to the nearby Place de la Bastille, where the infamous prison once stood.

    Medieval Paris can still be found in the enchanting Marais with narrow cobbled streets and the elegant 17th century Place des Vosges, the Maison Victor Hugo or the Synagogue des Tournelles. Nearby you may visit the Picasso National Museum, depicting 5000 art works from the famous painter.

    In the afternoon visit the Musee d'Orsay, an eclectic exhibit and vast impressionist collection.

    Day
    08
    Paris
    Paris is a cradle of culture. Each and every monument in Paris deserves a visit.

    Meet your local guide and explore the Montmartre area and the beautiful Sacre Coeur Basilica. Continue with a visit to the famous Eiffel Tower.

    Afternoon at leisure to explore the city at your own pace or enjoy a cruise on river Seine.

    Day
    09
    Versailles
    Your day will take you to the stunning Palace of Versailles, the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. It began as a hunting lodge, but it was only during the reign of King Louis XVI that it became the vast palace which we admire today. Jules Mansart, the King's architect, drew the new plans complemented with lavish landscaping.

    Versailles is divided into 4 different spaces - The Palace, the garden, the Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Estate. During the summer, the Palace' fountains offer an animated water show with music.

    Return to Paris in the afternoon.

    Day
    10
    Rome
    Enjoy a late breakfast at your hotel then take the afternoon flight from Paris to Rome.

    Few cities can rival Rome's astonishing heritage. With its combination of incredible sights, awe-inspiring art and unique street culture, Italy's capital is one of the world's most beautiful cities.

    Day
    11
    Rome
    After breakfast, meet your local guide at the hotel for a half-day Ancient Rome tour which will take you to the symbol of the 'Eternal City', the Roman Colosseum. The Colosseum is an enormous amphitheater where gladiators, Christians and wild beasts once battled to the death in front of 50,000 spectators.

    After the Colosseum visit, continue the tour with the Roman Forum, where the creation of the Roman civilization is reflected in the vast ensemble of ruins. You will follow Via Sacra (the Sacred Way), the route used for religious and triumphal processions during that time.



    Day
    12
    Rome
    Meet your local guide for a full-day tour of the Vatican city, the smallest state in the world.

    The first part of the tour will include the visit of the Vatican Museum, where over one thousand rooms and galleries contain numerous amazing treasures, collected by the Popes throughout the centuries. Then you will visit the Sistine Chapel, highlighted by Michelangelo's masterpieces, the impressive frescoes, including the 'Last Judgement'.

    Finally, you will view St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. Among the many fine pieces of art and mosaics on display are Michelangelo's 'Pieta' and the beautifully carved Bernini Pulpit.

    Rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy a stroll on the narrow streets of the city and eat delicious gelato.

    Day
    13
    Rome
    Today you'll explore 'modern Rome'.

    Marvel at the incredible Spanish Steps, toss a coin and make a wish at the Trevi Fountain and enjoy 'la dolce vita' sipping a drink at one of the many cafes in Piazza Navona.

    In the afternoon, go on a boat ride at the Villa Borghese Gardens and discover culinary Rome, with a food tour which will put to test all your senses.

    Day
    14
    Departure
    Private transfer to the airport and flight back to homeland.

    Inclusion
    • All nights in a first class hotel
    • Entrances to sightseeings and excursions as per the itinerary
    • All internal transfers using local speed trains at certain places
    Exclusion
    • Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, lunch etc.
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