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Luxurious London and Paris at Milestone (Luxury Gold - Summer 2017)

Duration: 8 days Visiting: England, France

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London and Paris offer something for everyone, but for discerning guests, these exciting capitals present an unrivalled panoply of cultural, gastronomic and retail opportunities. And with every step, Luxury Gold ensures all details are taken care of, in an individual and attentive way.

• Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris

• Accept a private invitation to the 'Ceremony of the Keys'

• Discover the British love affair for afternoon tea

• Explore the culinary scene of Montmartre, during a gourmet walk.

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to London

    On arrival, you are met and transferred to your central London hotel, which has enchanted royalty and celebrities for 150 years. The rest of the day is yours to relax, shop or explore. At 18:00, join your London Travelling Concierge to savour a stunning Welcome Dinner with drinks.

  2. Day 2

    London Landmarks and Ceremony of the Keys

    Acquaint yourself with London during a comprehensive sightseeing tour. Your Local Expert will show you Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Then continue past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Stop at Buckingham Palace to witness the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony (when operating). The afternoon is free to shop at Harrods, listen to the soapbox orators of Speaker's Corner or view the masterpieces in the National Gallery. In the evening, once the crowds have gone home, you will be taken to the Tower of London for an exclusive, private visit, culminating with the Ceremony of the Keys. Join the warden for this ancient gate-closing ritual, carried out every night by the Beefeaters, without fail, for the last 700 years.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    London High Tea

    (Relaxed Start) Today is free to enjoy as you please. Perhaps witness the ancient treasures of the British Museum or visit St. Paul's Cathedral - the baroque masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren? Afternoon tea is a centuries old custom in the capital. During your stay in London, you will have an opportunity to enjoy this quintessential English tradition at one of the Red Carnation Properties. Perhaps enjoy this special occasion in the afternoon?

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Free time in London

    (Relaxed Start) Your last day in London - you will certainly want to spend some time browsing the elegant boutiques of Chelsea (where the younger members of the Royal Family shop). Maybe ride the London Eye or even venture further afield to Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon, ancient Stonehenge or Windsor Castle?

  5. Day 5

    Eurostar to Paris

    You are escorted to St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar train with your Standard Premier class tickets. Travel via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris where, on arrival, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Late afternoon, your Paris Travelling Concierge will show you the highlights of the city, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and a drive along the elegant Champs Élysées.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    Montmartre and The Eiffel Tower

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before a mid morning departure for the hill of Montmartre - famous for its Bohemian artists, Sacre Coeur Basilica and flourishing restaurant scene. Join a food connoisseur for a culinary walk through this unique neighbourhood. Sample different types of French delicacies and learn about the Parisian way of life as you stroll from creperie to boulangerie, fromagerie to pâtisserie. In the afternoon, ascend to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views over the city. Then maybe stroll by the Seine or watch the passers-by from a Parisian café? Perhaps visit the dazzling Moulin Rouge with dinner and the world famous cabaret?

  7. Day 7

    Iconic Paris in Style

    Enjoy more time to explore this stylish and elegant city. For your last night in the City of Light, your ‘Diner de Célébration' with wine, will be at Le Céladon, one of the capital's prized Michelin-starred restaurants. Bon Appetit!

  8. Day 8

    Au revoir Paris

    Your wonderful stay concludes with private transfers to the airport after breakfast.

Highlights

 

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHTS

  • London: At the Tower of London, experience an exclusive, private visit, culminating with the Ceremony of the Keys. Join the warden for this ancient gate-closing ritual, carried out every night by the Beefeaters, without fail, for the last 700 years.
  • Paris: Ascend to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower for panoramic views over the city. Avoid the queues with fast track tickets.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • London: Insight Vacations will show you Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. Then continue past Downing Street to Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus. Stop at Buckingham Palace to witness the colourful Changing of the Guard ceremony (when operating).
  • Paris: Ride the Eurostar. You are shown the highlights of the city, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe and a drive along the elegant Champs Elysees. Plus Montmartre, famous for its Bohemian artists, Sacre Coeur Basilica and flourishing restaurant scene.

EPICUREAN DINING

  • London: Savour a stunning Welcome Dinner with drinks in the contemporary setting of a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
  • London: Partake in a quintessential English tradition - afternoon tea. Enjoy a mouth watering selection of bite sized sandwiches, cakes and scones, washed down with a delicious cup of tea.
  • Paris: In Montmartre, join a food connoisseur for a culinary walk. Sample different types of French delicacies and learn about the Parisian way of life as you stroll from creperie to boulangerie, fromagerie to pâtisserie.
  • Paris: At Le Céladon, one of the capital's prized Michelin-starred restaurants, the head chef shows off his gastronomic virtuosity during a fabulous ‘Diner de Célébration' with wine and good cheer.
  • 4 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 1 Lunch (L) and 1 Afternoon Tea (AT); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Michelin Celebration Dinner (MCD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.

OUTSTANDING HOTELS

  • London: The Milestone Hotel is an exquisite five-star property located within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Overlooking Kensington Palace and Gardens, minutes from the Royal Albert Hall, with easy access to the West End.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • Escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Tour Directors - hand picked for every departure. They are your ‘travelling concierge', expert guide, consummate facilitator and a friend in a foreign land.
  • Baggage handling everywhere on tour, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for coins or banknotes.
  • Complimentary in-room Internet access (where available).
  • Personal radio headsets to give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentary.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's Luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom.
  • Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi where possible.
  • Complimentary water on coach.
  • Complimentary airport transfers.
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  • 5 out of 5

    London Paris

    9/29/2016 Susan Hodge, Rochester (NY), United States

    It was a trip of a life time. The Milestone Hotel was so special. The location was perfect. I can't say enough about the room and staff. Just wonderful. Paris was great, the tour to Versailles was perfect. We had time to see the Castile and the gardens. Chantal was great. A good time wa had by all.

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