Itinerary – London, Paris and Rome
Day by Day Itinerary
London, Paris and Rome
August 9 – 19, 2017
DAY 1 – Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Depart U.S. for your international overnight flight to London.
DAY 2 – Thursday, August 10, 2017 – London
Upon arrival in London meet your local guide in the terminal’s arrival hall for a 2-hour panoramic city tour of London.
After the city tour, you will be transferred to the hotel. That afternoon meet in hotel lobby for transport to High Tea beside the River Thames in the House of Parliament.
Remainder of the day on your own.
Tour: High Tea in the House of Parliament
DAY 3 – Friday, August 11, 2017 – London
After breakfast, meet local guide in the hotel lobby for a full-day tour of London.
The Tower of London is one of the world’s most famous fortresses and has seen service as royal palace, prison, armory and even a zoo. The ancient stones hold within them dark secrets, as fortified vaults shine with priceless jewels and historic uniformed Beefeaters stroll the grounds. Situated in Central London, just a stone’s throw from the River Thames, the Tower of London is one of the city’s premier attractions. A Thames river cruise is without doubt one of the best ways to see London, meandering through the heart of the city and past so many of its most famous attractions. See and experience the sights and splendor of this great city from the relaxed comfort of City Cruises modern, all-weather boats with open upper decks and spacious lower saloons with panoramic windows.
Just a short walk from the Thames, Westminster Abbey is a must-see and a significant structure in British history. This beautiful gothic church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site popular with many visitors to London. Complete with paintings, stained glass windows and other religious artefacts, Westminster Abbey owns the most important collection of monumental sculpture anywhere in Britain.
London Eye – One of the world’s most famous Ferris wheels, the London Eye is also officially the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist attraction. The gigantic, 443-foot-high observation wheel was built to mark the millennium in 2000 and boasts a prime location on the Thames River waterfront, opposite Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. In short, it’d be a mistake to skip the London Eye.
We will make a stop for lunch (on your own).
Tours: Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and London Eye
DAY 4 – Saturday, August 12, 2017 – London
After breakfast, meet guide in the hotel lobby for a half-day Black History Walking Tour of London. Millions of people walk through London every day and have no idea of the centuries of African history under their feet and in front of their eyes. On this tour, we will expose the links between Africa, India and the Caribbean and explain how history was whitewashed and racism institutionalized.
This evening we go on a classic dinner cruise along the River Thames. The Bateaux London provides a must-do dining cruise experience that combines fresh food, exclusive views of London and upbeat live entertainment to create one of London’s most unique experiences on the Thames.
Tours: Black History Walking Tour of London and Bateaux London Classic Dinner Cruise
Remainder of day on your own.
DAY 5 – Sunday, August 13, 2017 – Paris
After breakfast and check-out, transfer via private coach to the London rail station to board the Chunnel, Eurostar train to Paris.
Upon arrival in Paris, meet your private guide and board the coach to embark on the Black Paris Tour and lunch. You will have the evening at leisure.
Tour: Black Paris Tour and Lunch (lunch included)
DAY 6 – Monday, August 14, 2017 – Paris
After breakfast, meet in the hotel lobby for a half day walking tour of the Louvre.
With your private guide, you will also view the Black Images at the Louvre. The Louvre is the most visited museum in the world. Its permanent collections consist of antiquities from Rome, Etruria (Italy), Greece, the Near East, and Egypt; Islamic art; sculptures; decorative arts; graphic arts (prints and drawings); and, of course, paintings. However, few travelers realize that the Louvre’s collections contain magnificent works that depict Africans and persons of African descent.
Tour: Louvre Museum and Black Images at the Louvre
Remainder of day on own
DAY 7 – Tuesday, August 15, 2017 – Paris
After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a city tour of Paris. Experience the best of Paris in a city tour that covers the top attractions in the City of Light. You will take a sightseeing tour of the city, relax on a Seine River cruise, and have lunch at the Eiffel Tower. After lunch, take in the incredible views from the second level of the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Tour: Paris City Tour, River Seine Cruise and Lunch at Eiffel Tower.
Evening on your own.
DAY 8 – Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Paris to Rome
After breakfast, meet in the lobby to be transferred to the Paris airport. Upon arrival in Rome, meet your local guide in the terminal’s arrival hall and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon take a half-day city tour of the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica
Tour: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Whisper System Headsets will be provided. Evening on your own.
DAY 9 – Thursday, August 17, 2017 – Rome
After breakfast, meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a full-day tour of Rome.
On your walking tour of Rome’s historical center, you will visit famous landmarks like the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
You will also take a complete tour of Ancient Rome’s major sights. You will visit the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Archaeological Area. At the Roman Forum, you will see ancient ruins like the Temple of Julius Caesar. Once inside the Colosseum, you will learn about the bloody past of the Amphitheatre and its atmosphere. You will admire the splendid Arch of Constantine and climb up Palatine Hill.
Tour: Full day city tour of Rome, Colosseum, and Roman Forum
Free time for lunch (on your own). Evening on your own.
DAY 10 – Friday, August 18, 2017 – Rome
Today we enjoy a guided tour of the Footsteps of Paul. We will visit Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Wall, Church of San Paolo alla Regola, Abbey (monastery) of the Three Fountains (Tre Fontane) to see the site of St. Paul’s martyrdom; and Mamertine Prison (Carcere Mamertino) where Paul and Peter were imprisoned. Rest of the day at leisure to go shopping or take an optional tour. See list of optional tours provided.
Tour: Footsteps of Paul Tour.
DAY 11 – Saturday, August 19, 2017
Today we say farewell to Rome as we depart to the U.S. with fond memories of London, Paris and Rome. Group will meet in the lobby to be transferred to the airport for the international flight home. Time to be determined by airline schedule.
ROME OPTIONAL TOURS
Friday, August 18
Espresso and Ice – cream Tour. Visit the city off the beaten path and enjoy a special tour in a small group. Walk, taste, and experience the best Roman food traditions. 2 hours 30 mins. $67 per person
Catacombs and Roman Countryside Tour – Discover the rustic Appian Way and the Roman catacombs on this unique tour. $75 per person. 3 hours
Crypts and Catacombs – The Underside of Rome – An unusual and exciting guided excursion exploring the underground heart of Rome and including skip the line entrance to Domitilla Catacombs. $95 per person. 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Exclusive Cooking Class lesson and Grocery Tour – Experience a mix of leisure and lifestyle, exploring markets and small grocery shops and learn how to make handmade pasta enjoying a typical Italian lunch in an amazing location. $151 per person. 5 hours.
Night Walking Tour. Experience the romance of Rome as the sun is setting and the lights go up on the monuments. Duration of tour: 3 hours. $40 per person
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