Day 1– Depart USA
Depart for Europe.
Day 2 – London
Welcome to the largest city in Europe! A private bus and driver will escort you on a London City Tour. See Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Fleet Street, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s and Big Ben. Continue to Westminster where you’ll tour the formidable Westminster Abbey, site of royal weddings and coronations.
Day 3 – London
Explore Her Majesty’s Windsor Castle, the largest castle in Europe still inhabited. See the Round Tower built by Henry II, St. George’s Chapel, the State Apartments and Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House. Option: Attend an exciting West End theatre performance tonight.
Day 4 – Paris
Travel to France via the Chunnel under the English Channel, one of the greatest engineering marvels in history.
Day 5 – Paris
Bienvenue à Paris! On your Paris City Tour you will see all the highlights including the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysées, and l’Etoile with the Arc de Triomphe. Tour the Gothic masterpiece, Notre Dame. You’ll also visit the Louvre—from I. M. Pei’s modern pyramid to the ancient Egyptian sarcophaguses, the Louvre is the largest museum on earth!
Day 6 – Paris
Tour the Palace of Versailles, home of Louis XIV, the Sun King. See the magnificent Hall of Mirrors and imagine it filled with silk gowns and powdered wigs, lit by thousands of candles. This was the room in which the Treaty of Versailles was signed, ending World War I. See the Grand Trianon, the Petit Trianon, the Grand Canal and Marie Antoinette’s “peasant village” Le Hameau.
Day 7 – Barcelona
Bon dia is Catalan for “good day.” Fly to Barcelona this morning. On a Barcelona City Tour you will visit Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the surreal Church of La Sagrada Família. See Parc Güell, the Olympic Village, the Parque de la Ciudadela, Barceloneta and its beaches, Barrio Gotico, Plaza de España, the Palacio Nacional, Gaudi’s architectural curiosity, La Pedrera, and other highlights.
Day 8 – Barcelona
Today is free for additional sightseeing. You may want to ramble down the central sidewalk of Las Ramblas. Along La Rambla de Canaletes you will find a legendary fountain called Font de Canaletes. Option: Travel through mountain landscapes of fantastically eroded crags and terraces to arrive at Catalonia, Montserrat. Here you will find a mysterious Black Virgin housed in the Benedictine abbey and see magnificent panoramas.
Day 9 – Depart
Return home with fond memories of your days in three of Europe’s grandest cities.