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The Best of London and Paris: A Tale of Two Cities

Program Number: 20953RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/6/2014 - 6/15/2014; 9/5/2014 - 9/14/2014; 9/19/2014 - 9/28/2014; 10/3/2014 - 10/12/2014; 10/17/2014 - 10/26/2014; 4/3/2015 - 4/12/2015; 5/8/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/15/2015 - 5/24/2015; 6/5/2015 - 6/14/2015; 7/24/2015 - 8/2/2015; 8/14/2015 - 8/23/2015; 9/4/2015 - 9/13/2015; 9/18/2015 - 9/27/2015; 10/2/2015 - 10/11/2015; 10/16/2015 - 10/25/2015; 10/30/2015 - 11/8/2015;
Duration: 9 nights
Location: France/England
Price starting at: $2,850.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 17; 8 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

London and Paris. Both historic capital cities boast world-class museums and instantly recognizable landmarks and buzz with commerce, politics, education and culture. But it’s what separates them that makes them most intriguing: the languages, the aesthetics, the food, the attitudes. Compare for yourself on this journey that combines field trips led by top-notch Road Scholar experts and abundant time for independent discoveries.




Highlights

• Step inside Kensington Palace, the residence of royals including Princess Diana, and visit the Royal Mews.
• Uncover the great artistic treasures of Paris at the Musee du Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay and the Musee Rodin.
• Enjoy free time to explore the neighborhoods, historic sites, pubs and cafes of London and Paris.



Activity Particulars

3-5 hours of walking and standing per day. Extensive use of the London Tube and Paris Metro system, often accessed only by stairs.




Date Specific Information

6-6-2014, 9-5-2014, 9-19-2014, 10-3-2014, 6-5-2015, 7-24-2015, 8-14-2015, 9-4-2015, 9-18-2015, 10-2-2015

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10-17-2014

Please note that the Queens Gallery is closed for preparation of a new exhibition and instead the field trip will be to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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4-3-2015, 5-8-2015, 5-15-2015, 10-16-2015, 10-30-2015

Please note that the Queens Gallery is closed in preparation of a new exhibition and instead the field trip will be to the Victoria and Albert Museum.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival London (England), 4 nights; train to Paris (France), 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival London (England)
4 nights

Your Road Scholar group leaders introduce you to London and offer detailed advice on getting around. An expert-led city excursion highlights historic architecture and ends at the Royal Mews, the stables and carriage house of the Royal Family. Encounter six centuries’ worth of significant British men and women face to face at the National Portrait Gallery. Step inside Kensington Palace, the residence of royals including Princess Diana, and learn about Queen Victoria in her own words at a new permanent exhibition. Your afternoons are free for independent exploration — make sure to ask your group leaders to suggest their favorite interesting places and outstanding restaurants.



Train to Paris (France)
4 nights
Departure

Zip to Paris in just three hours on the TGV high-speed rail. Discover the world’s largest collection of Impressionist paintings and more at the Musee d’Orsay. An evening excursion by coach highlights the famous monuments of the City of Lights. Explore Ile de la Cite, the island where Notre Dame Cathedral is found, and the Latin Quarter. Local experts bring you to markets and small shops to sample the incredible local flavors of a Parisian neighborhood. Savor visits to the world famous Louvre and the Musee Rodin, one of the most enjoyable museums in the city — don’t miss the sculpture garden. As in London, there's time for you to set out independently to make your own discoveries.




Accommodations
Hotel located right on the River Thames in the heart of London, with panoramic views over Tower Bridge and the river. Paris: Elegant hotel on the Left Bank, known for its many artists and intellectuals.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Fiona Cater

After a 13-year career on stage as a professional ballet dancer, Fiona Cater changed course to become an educational excursion leader throughout London and the United Kingdom. She specializes in sharing the Christian history of the region, but is well-versed in the art, theater and architecture. Fiona loves meeting people and helping them discover London and the U.K. by introducing them to famous landmarks and local hidden secrets.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Millennium Gloucester Hotel
  London, UK:England 4 nights
   Villa Beaumarchais
  Paris, France 4 nights
 Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Three restaurants and one bar.
  Contact info: 4-18 Harrington Gardens
London,   UK:England
phone: +4402073736030
web: http://www.millenniumhotels.co.uk/millenniumgloucester/
  Facility amenities: •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Exercise room •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine services •Doctor on call •Wifi •Disabled Access
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Rates vary depending on season Please contact Road Scholar if seeking additional nights.

 Villa Beaumarchais
Type: Hotel
  Description: Nestled at the corner of the Passage du Grand Veneur, the Villa Beaumarchais echoes the charm of typical lanes of the Place des Vosges.
  Contact info: 5 rue des Arquebusiers
Paris,  75003 France
phone: +33 (0)1 40 29 14 00
web: www.villa-beaumarchais.com
  Room amenities: Cable television, complimentary newspaper, air conditioning, phone, internet access, minibar, wake-up calls, private bathroom, bathrobes, hair dryer, pay movies, in-room safe
  Facility amenities: Buffet breakfasts, room service, air conditioning, mini bar, WiFi, safe.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBA Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and availability.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins at 5:30 p.m. at the welcome and orientation meeting at the hotel in London. You will be staying at Millennium Gloucester Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at 8:00 a.m. after breakfast at the hotel in Paris. You will be staying at Villa Beaumarchais the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Driving is not an option.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Yes, public transportation is available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London
  Nearest airport:  Heathrow
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purcahsed an air inclusive program and arrive on the group arrival date. This information will be provided in the final mailing. From London Heathrow, we recommend the Heathrow Express: this runs direct from the airport to London Paddington in just 15 minutes (20 from Terminal 5) and there’s a train every quarter of an hour. The Gatwick Express runs a similar service into Victoria. From either terminus, you can take the Underground (Circle Line) to Millenium Gloucester Hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Paris
  Nearest airport:  Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group departure date. This information will be provided in the final mailing. To get to the airport from Paris, independent travelers can take a taxi, take the Air France airport bus (purchasing the ticket from the driver), take the metro/RER, or can arrange a shuttle transfer. Paris Shuttle, a third party service, offers discounted shared shuttle and private transfer rates to Road Scholar participants. The rate they offer is about 10% discount off their published rate. By using the web link below, you can take advantage of these rates and book your transfer for arrival in or departure from Paris. You will need to pay in advance with a credit card to confirm reservations and print your own voucher. www.parishuttle.com/index.php?partner=P60WEN
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure from the US
(Friday, June 6)
   
 Depart From: Departures from the U.S. for overnight flight to London.

Day 2: Arrival in London: Welcome and Orientation
(Saturday, June 7)
   
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to pack and relax. We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Before dinner, there will be an Expert Presentation at the hotel focusing on The Royal Collection, shaped by the personal tastes of kings and queens over more than 500 years, the Royal Collection includes paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, ceramics, clocks, silver, sculpture, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: The Royal Collection: Queens Gallery and the Royal Mews
(Sunday, June 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: The coach will depart the hotel for a panoramic overview of London's monuments and most famous sights. Your London Expert will continue a discussion of the city's history, as well as its architecture throughout the ages. Afterward, we will take a field trip to The Queens Gallery and The Royal Mews. Hear how the Mews serve the Queen in the performance of her official duties and prepare for major State and ceremonial occasions, from the State Opening of Parliament to royal weddings.
 Lunch: At a local pub.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free for independent exploration. Your group leader will be available to make suggestions or you are welcome to join your group leader for a discovery walk to further explore London. Here you will have the chance to walk through St. James' Gardens, the Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, and Embankment. You may also want to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) whilst you are in the neighborhood. It is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design. Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, it was founded in 1852 and has since grown to cover 12.5 acres and 145 galleries. Public transport will be taken back to the hotel.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Discover the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery
(Monday, June 9)

Note: This day includes use of the Undergound in London. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: We will begin our lecture at the hotel and then take the underground line to the National Portrait Gallery. Spanning six centuries of history, the Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life. From Elizabeth I and Henry VIII to Shakespeare, Cromwell, Nelson, Dickens, Churchill and Beckham, gain an overview of the Collection seeing the highlights on display.
 Lunch: At or near the Gallery.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free for independent exploration or feel free to join your group leader to visit the National Gallery London. The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to the 19th centuries. We will use audio guides to hear curators, scientific and conservation staff talking about the techniques used to create some of the masterpieces in the National Gallery collection. Get beneath the surface of the paintings; find out what has been discovered using x-rays and modern scientific techniques. We will return to the hotel by underground or you may join your group leader for a discovery walk on the River Thames. It will take you to Blackfriars Bridge via the Millenium Bridge, to Southwark Cathedral and on to Tower Bridge. You may also want to spend the afternoon visiting the Courtauld Gallery. Founded by Samuel Courtauld, the art collection at the institute showcases an extensive collection of mainly French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. It includes masterpieces such as Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère and a version of his Déjeuner sur l'Herbe, Renoir's La Loge, a ballet scene by Edgar Degas and a group of eight major works by Cézanne.
 Dinner: On your own.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Discover Kensington Palace and Hyde Park
(Tuesday, June 10)

Note: This day includes use of the Undergound in London. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: We start the morning with a special presentation: Diana, glimpses of a Modern Princess. Later, we make our way by coach to Kensington Palace. As part of Kensington's transformation, Victoria Revealed, an exciting new permanent exhibition explores Queen Victoria's life and reign through her own words. Experience Victoria's first day as Queen at Kensington Palace, the romance of her early relationship with Prince Albert, moments of family life, and aspects of Albert's involvement in the 1851 Great Exhibition.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and suggestions of interesting sites to visit will be made by your group leader. You may also join your group leader for a discovery walk in the Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. We will take public transport back to the hotel. This afternoon, you perhaps would want to visit Tate Gallery. The gallery opened on July 21, 1897 as the National Gallery of British Art, but became commonly known as the Tate Gallery, after its founder Sir Henry tate. It houses a substantial collection of J.M.W. Turner's works.
 Dinner: At or near the hotel.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Depart London and TGV Train to Paris / Ile de la Cité
(Wednesday, June 11)

Note: This day includes use of the Undergound in London and the Metro in Paris. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Early breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer from the hotel in London to the train station for your TGV train to Paris. The journey takes about 3 hours and luggage service is available on arrival and at the hotel. The coach will drop you off at the restaurant and the luggage assistant will take luggage and carry-ons to the rooms at the hotel.
 Lunch: Near the Ile de la Cité.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a field trip to discover Ile de la Cité. On this 2 hour tour, led by your local expert, you will learn about and explore Gothic Paris with visits to Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie (where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned before her death by guillotine) and the exquisite Sainte Chapelle. Later we will check-in at the hotel for the next 4 nights. Take time to unpack and to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
 Evening: On your own to explore.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Paris: Musée d'Orsay and Free Time
(Thursday, June 12)

Note: This day includes use of the Metro in Paris. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: We will depart the hotel and walk to the metro, which will take us to the Musée d'Orsay, where we will explore the world's largest Impressionist painting collection.
 Lunch: At the Musée d'Orsay restaurant.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore on your own and the group leader will provide recommendations for activities and maps will be provided.
 Dinner: On your own.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: The Food Culture of Paris / Rodin Museum and Gardens
(Friday, June 13)

Note: This day includes use of the Metro in Paris. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning explore the market and food culture of Paris. Discover small shops while learning and tasting some incredible local flavors in a typical Parisian neighborhood.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We will take the metro to explore the Musee Rodin, rated as one of the most enjoyable museum in Paris. The museum boasts the best collection of works by the sculptors Pierre August Rodin and Camille Claudel. It features an indoor museum and a lovely outdoor garden, showcasing Rodin's best work. We will then take the metro back to the hotel.
 Dinner: On your own.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Paris: the Louvre and Montmartre
(Saturday, June 14)

Note: This day includes use of the Metro in Paris. This underground public transportation system is accessed by going up and down flights of stairs; elevators or escalators are NOT available in the majority of stations. This can add considerably to the amount of walking done in the day. Participants must be able to navigate stairs on their own.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We will take the metro to enjoy an on-site presentation of the Louvre. One of the largest museums in the world, the Louvre was once the royal residence of the kings of France and is now home to a collection of art unmatched by any other museum.
 Lunch: On your own in or near the museum. Alternatively, grab a sandwich at one of the local bakeries and enjoy a leisurely walk in the Tuillerie Gardens and eat lunch on a park bench, watching people stroll the stone pathways.
 Afternoon: Enjoy some time to explore on your own. Later, meet your group leader for an optional visit to Montmartre. Included is a special visit to Place du Tertre and Sacre Coeur. The metro will be taken back to the hotel and enjoy some leisure time before dinner. A bus will be taken for the farewell dinner and illumination drive.
 Dinner: Enjoy your farewell dinner.
 Evening: The coach will take you on a city lights tour during the return to the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Villa Beaumarchais
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Departure from Paris and return to the U.S.
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning transfers from the hotel to the airport. Exact transfer time is subject to final flight departures to the U.S. and will be posted in your final mailing prior to the start of the program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  London British Museum
One of London’s most visited attractions, the British Museum draws an average of five million punters each year. The museum was founded in 1753 following the bequest of royal physician Hans Sloane’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’. The collection opened to the public in 1759 and the museum has since kept ex-panding its collection through judicious acquisitions and the controversial plundering of imperialism. It has galleries devoted to ancient civilisations, from Egypt to Western Asia, the Middle East, the Romans and Greece, India, Africa, prehistoric and Roman Britain and medieval antiquities. One of its most famous items is the Rosetta Stone.
  Buckingham Palace
Built in 1705 as Buckingham House for the duke of the same name, this palace has been the Royal Family’s London lodgings since 1837, when Queen Victoria moved in. You can always tell if the Queen is in residence, look at the flagpole on top of the Palace, if the flag is flying then 'the Queen is at home'! The Changing of the Guard in front of the palace is one of the most popular attractions in London. It happens on most days. The official start time is 11:30 a.m.
  Tower of London
The Tower of London was started during the reign of William the Conqueror (1066–87). The Tower is in fact a castle and has served over the years as a palace, observatory, storehouse and mint, but it is most famous for its grizzly past as a prison and site of execution. The culmination of your tour will leave you at the Chapel Royal of St Peter in Chains, a rare example of ecclesiastical Tudor architecture and the burial place of those beheaded on the scaffold outside, most notably Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Grey. In the Waterloo Barracks you will see the Crown Jewels, including the Imperial State Crown, set with 2868 diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and pearls, and the platinum crown of the late Queen Mother, Elizabeth, which is famously set with the 105-carat Koh-i-Noor (Mountain of Light) diamond. Surrounded by myth and legend, the 14th-century diamond has been claimed by both India and Afghanistan. It reputedly confers enormous power on its owner, but male owners are destined to die a tormented death.
  Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey has never been a cathedral (the seat of a bishop). It's what is called a 'royal peculiar' and is administered directly by the Crown. Every monarch since William the Conqueror has been crowned here, with the exception of Edward V who was murdered and Edward VIII who abdicated before coronation. Look for the ordinary-looking Coronation Chair. The building is a mixture of architectural styles, considered the finest example of Early English Gothic in existence. The original church was built in the 11th century by King (later Saint) Edward the Confessor, who is buried in the chapel behind the main altar. Henry III began work on the new building in 1245 but didn't complete it; the French Gothic nave was finished in 1388. Henry VII's magnificent Late Perpendicular–style Lady Chapel was consecrated in 1519 after 16 years of construction. Apart from the royal graves (including most of the monarchs from Henry III to George II), many famous commoners were interred here, especially in Poets' Corner, where you'll find the resting places of Chaucer, Dickens, Hardy, Tennyson, Dr Johnson and Kipling as well as memorials to the other greats (Shakespeare, Austen, Brontë etc). Also in the abbey are the graves of Handel and Sir Isaac Newton.
  Paris Musee Jacquemart-Andre
The Jacquemart-André Museum, founded by collector Édouard André and his portraitist wife Nélie Jacquemart, is in an opulent mid-19th-century residence on one of Paris’ posher avenues. It has furniture, tapestries and enamels, but is most noted for its paintings by Rembrandt and Van Dyck and Italian Renaissance works by Bernini, Botticelli, Carpaccio, Donatello, Mantegna, Tintoretto, Titian and Uccello. Don’t miss the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), with its marble statuary, tropical plants and double-helix marble staircase. Just off it is the delightful fumoir (the erstwhile smoking room) filled with exotic objects collected by Jacquemart during her travels. The salon de thé is one of the most beautiful in the city. For additional information, visit www.musee-jacquemart-andre.com
  Musee National du Moyen Age
The National Museum of the Middle Ages is housed in two structures: the frigidarium (cooling room) and other remains of Gallo-Roman baths dating from around AD 200, and the late-15th-century Hôtel de Cluny, considered the finest example of medieval civil architecture in Paris. The spectacular displays at the museum include statuary, illuminated manuscripts, weapons, furnishings, and objets d’art made of gold, ivory and enamel. But nothing compares with La Dame à la Licorne (The Lady with the Unicorn), a sublime series of late-15th-century tapestries from the southern Netherlands now hung in circular room 13 on the 1st floor. Five of them are devoted to the senses, while the sixth is the enigmatic À Mon Seul Désir (To My Sole Desire), a reflection on vanity. For additional information, visit http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/
  Musee de L’Orangerie
Located in the southwestern corner of the Jardin des Tuileries, this museum, with the Jeu de Paume, is all that remains of the once palatial Palais des Tuileries, which was razed during the Paris Commune in 1871. It exhibits important Impressionist works, including a series of Monet's Decorations des Nymphéas (Water Lilies) in two huge oval rooms purpose-built in 1927 on the artist's instructions, as well as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Renoir, Sisley, Soutine and Utrillo. For additional information, visit www.musee-orangerie.fr/
  Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
The rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is a street in the 8th arrondissement. Although relatively narrow and nondescript (especially in comparison to the avenue des Champs-Élysées), it is cited as being one of the most fashionable streets in the world, thanks to the presence of virtually every major global fashion house.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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A Tale of Two Cities


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Murder in the Marais


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The Road from the Past, Traveling through History in France


Author: Ina Caro


Description: Time travel through France by way of its finest castles, chateaux, cathedrals and monasteries. This unusual travelogue is an invaluable companion for traveling in Paris, southern France, the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, combining personal observation with large doses of well-presented history.



The Story of England


Author: Christopher Hibbert


Description: Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic age to the 1990s is an excellent traveler's companion.



Time Out London Walks, 30 Walks by London Writers


Author: Time Out


Description: A personable guide to a wide variety of London excursions.The handy guide is chock full of color photographs, illustrations, practical information and good maps.





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