20953
England/France
The Best of London and Paris: A Tale of Two Cities
Compare the grandeur of these two cities as you discover iconic monuments, historic landmarks, distinct cultures and classic architecture on expert-led walks through London and Paris.
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Program No. 20953RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
3,079
Flights start at
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10 days
9 nights
17 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Day
London
D
Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Arrivals continue, with free time for those who have already arrived. At 5:30pm we will have an Orientation in the hotel. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with a Group Leader in each country, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics as well as lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: A seated dinner will be taken in the hotel dining room with coffee, tea and water. Other beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Free time to unpack, relax and prepare for the program ahead.

DAY
3
Panoramic Tour & The Victoria and Albert Museum
London
B,L
Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel dining room. A breakfast buffet with a range of hot and cold items, as well as coffee, tea, water and fruit juices.

Morning: This morning we depart the hotel by motor coach for a panoramic overview of London’s many monuments and most famous sights. Your Study Leader will discuss the city’s history, as well as its architecture throughout the ages. Our final destination is the Victoria & Albert Museum. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of decorative arts and design, holding a collection of some 4.5 million objects from all over the world.

Lunch: Lunch will be served in a local pub.

Afternoon: Free time. Your Study Leader will be able to offer suggestions and directions, or you may wish to join them on a discovery walk to further explore London.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time to relax or further explore London.

DAY
4
Kensington Palace
London
B,D
Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: We continue our exploration of London as we board the motor coach for Kensington Palace, the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall as well as Prince Harry. We’ll be able to explore Queen Victoria’s bedroom, George I’s staircase and the spectacular King’s Gallery amongst other fascinating snippets of history. The palace was also home to Princess Diana, and there remains a selection of her famous dresses in the Royal Ceremonial Dress collection. Here we will be treated to a very special lecture by Ken Wharfe, former head of security to Princes William and Harry and Personal Protection Officer to Princess Diana. The lecture, titled “Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess” will explore his relationship with the family right up to the time of her tragic death.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time or join your Study Leader for a walk.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at a local restaurant such as Wildwood on Gloucester Road.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
St. Paul’s Cathedral & The National Portrait Gallery
London
B,L
Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Activity 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: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we take the world famous London Underground to St. Paul’s Cathedral, an unmissable silhouette on the London skyline and often considered to be Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece. It has been standing in its current form since 1711 and its tranquil interior is majestic in its Baroque splendour – your Study Leader will take you through its turbulent and fascinating history as we explore its magnificent three domed structure. From St. Paul’s we will then travel to the National Portrait Gallery for an expertly guided visit. Spanning six centuries of history, the Gallery tells the story of Britain through portraits of the men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken near the in St-Martin-in-the Fields Crypt Café or similar.

Afternoon: Free time, or join your Group Leader to explore the highlights of the National Gallery.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
6
Transfer to Paris: The Channel Tunnel & Île de la Cité
Paris
B,L,D
Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Activity 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: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we transfer from the London hotel to the St. Pancras train station, where we will board the Eurostar train for our journey under the English Channel. The journey from London to Paris takes only three hours and luggage service will be available upon arrival, whereupon we will meet our Study Leader for the Paris section and take some lunch.

Lunch: Lunch will be taken at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Begin your discovery of Paris with an exploration of L’Île de la Cité. Your Study Leader will cast an expert eye as we visit Notre Dame Cathedral, the Conciergerie and the exquisite Sainte Chapelle before returning to the hotel to check in.

Dinner: Taken at a local restaurant.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
7
The Musee d’Orsay
Paris
B,L
Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Activity 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: In the hotel.

Morning: Travel with your Study Leader to explore the world’s largest Impressionist painting collection at the spectacular Musee d’Orsay.

Lunch: Taken at the Musee d’Orsay.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore on your own. The Study Leader will provide recommendations for activities and maps will be provided.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
8
The Food Culture of Paris & The Rodin Museum and Gardens
Paris
B,L
Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Activity 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: In the hotel.

Morning: Today we explore the market and food culture of Paris. Discover small shops with an expert guide and taste some incredible local flavours in a typical Parisian neighbourhood.

Lunch: Taken at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will take the Metro to explore the musee Rodin, rated as one of the most enjoyable museums in Paris, boasting the finest collection of works by the sculptors Pierre August Rodin and Camille Claudel. It also features beautiful outdoor gardens for you to explore at your leisure.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: Free time.

DAY
9
The Louvre & Montmartre
Paris
B,D
Best Western Premier Opera Fauberg

Activity 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: In the hotel.

Morning: This morning we will take the Metro to enjoy an on-site presentation at the Louvre, one of the largest museums in the world. Formerly the royal residence of the Kings of France, the Louvre is now home to a collection of art unmatched by almost any other museum.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Join your Study Leader for a visit to Montmartre, including an exploration of the Place du Tertre and Sacre Couer. Alternatively, you may wish to take this time to further explore your own interests in the City of Lights.

Dinner: A farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Round off your Parisian experience by boarding the motor coach for a view of the famous city lights before returning to the hotel.

DAY
10
Program Concludes
In Flight
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Breakfast: In the hotel. Some participants may depart prior to breakfast.

Morning: Transfer to Charles De Gaulle Airport for onward flights. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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