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Connect the Capitals (by Rail):
Paris & London (or reverse)
Experience two of Europe's cultural capitals Spend 3 days in the City of Light, enjoying all the attractions that Paris has to offer. Then travel 1st Class on the Eurostar to London. Your Paris Visite Pass and London Pass will provide you with the opportunity to explore both cities independently, and more importantly, at your own pace. Take advantage of the special discounts, entrance to museums, and free travel on public transportation to make this your most memorable holiday.
•3 Nights Paris
•3 Nights London
• Arrival Transfer
• Paris Trip Builder Guide Book
• 3 Day Central Zone Paris Visite Pass
• Paris City Tour with Seine Cruise
• London Trip Builder Guide Book
• The London Pass - 3 Days
• 1st Class Rail Paris to London
  Departure Transfer
• Daily Breakfast
Arrive Paris:
After arriving in Paris at the airport or train station, Meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to rest or explore your surroundings. Your Paris Visite pass becomes valid from the first use. Activate it when it's convenient for your schedule. The entire day is billed towards the duration time so it's best to activate the pass early in the day (NOTE: the Metro operates from 5:30am to about 1:00am). The pass for Zones 1-3 includes travel within central Paris including stops near all major tourist sites however, it does NOT include entrance fees. For dinner, your options are unlimited, whether it's a haute cuisine restaurant or a simple bistro. While canvassing the city, look at the menus posted, and if you find something appealing, have your hotel make a reservation for you. Not only do the French prefer that, more importantly it guarantees you a table.

(Accommodations, Paris)

After a breakfast, you'll be picked up at your hotel at 8:30 for your small group city tour and cruise. The bus will accommodate a maximum of 8 passengers to ensure a more personal tour. You'll view both sides of the Seine passing all the major sites including the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre. In addition, there will be 15-20 minute photo stops at the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. Crossing over on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, the tour finishes with a visit to the village of Montmartre on the right bank. Another 20 minute stop will be made to stroll around Sacre Coeur Basilica and the Place du Tertre, where the now famous Modernist artists and painters used to display their works. After the city tour, your driver/guide will take you to the Les Bateaux Mouches dock to board a boat for the one hour cruise on the River Seine. There will be English commentary on the historical and architectural sites along the river banks. The tour will end at the cruise dock next to the Pont de l`Alma. There is easy access to the Metro and RER for additional sightseeing, or for the return to your hotel.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Paris)

Today is free for independent exploring. Take advantage of your Trip Builder Guide and the Visite Pass to experience all that Paris has to offer. You can shop on Boulevard Haussman in Galeries Lafayette or Printemps with real Belle Epoque grandeur, or cross over the chic Left Bank with their numerous boutiques. Spend time in a couple of smaller art museums; the Orangerie in the Tuileries and Musee d'Orsay on the other side of the river. For history lovers, there's Invalides, the military museum holding the tomb of Napoleon, and the Pantheon. Some of France's best-known authors and scientists are interred in this former church including Voltaire, Curie, Braille, and Alexandre Dumas. If you prefer an "outdoor museum", Pére Lachaise Cemetery sits in the 20th arrondisement in the northeast area of Paris. Some of their more famous residents include Chopin, Moliere, Edith Piaf, and Oscar Wilde. Versailles is also an option and one can take the RER C line (a separate ticket). Some of the RER stations to board are Invalides, Musee d'Orsay, and Champ de Mars.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, Paris)

Paris to London:
After breakfast, you'll depart from Gare du Nord station. You'll clear customs and pass through security for your 2 hour Eurostar rail trip to London in 1st class. Arriving at St Pancras Station, make your way to your centrally located hotel. After checking in, start using your 3-Day London Pass. The London Pass gives you access to over 80 of the best tourist attractions in London, plus a hop on hop off bus tour, as well as other benefits like Fast Track Entry at selected busy attractions. No tickets, no hassle - just sightseeing. Plus each London Pass comes with a free guidebook and also entitles you to a range of great offers and discounts at restaurants, shops and entertainment options around the city.

(Breakfast, Paris; Accommodations, London)

Using your London Pass and Trip Builder Guide Book, a good start would be viewing the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace. Not too far away is historic Westminster Abbey; a historic London church which is the site of coronations. King Henry and all the Tudors except for Henry VIII are buried here, as well as Isaac Newton, Edward the Confessor and Charles Dickens. For history buffs, a visit to the nearby Churchill War cabinet, dedicated to his war efforts, is a must. Pop into a pub for lunch. It's the quintessential meeting place for British to relax, debate, and get together with friends. Shopping is always an option at Harrods in trendy Knightsbridge as well as Covent Garden. And energetic Soho is a great place to end the evening with an eclectic mix of dining, theaters and nightlife.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)

Today there are more attractions to discover including the Tower of London, a 900-year-old castle and fortress, notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous prisoners. On a sunny day, the London Eye affords terrific views of the city. For museum lovers, there's the National Gallery, Tate Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts, and Victoria & Albert Museum; all included with your London Pass. Just west of Hyde Park and Kensington Palace is the quirky neighborhood of Notting Hill Gate, site of the Portobello Market (weekends only). Don't forget to stop for high tea and pastry at Fortnum & Mason or at Lady Di's favorite; Claridges. in the trendy Mayfair district.

(Breakfast & Accommodations, London)

Depart London:
After breakfast, meet your driver in the reception for a private transfer to the airport for your return home or on to your next Avanti Destination!

(Breakfast, London)

** Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change