Highlights
  • Visit Mont-St.-Michel UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Discover London
  • Explore Paris experience a special drive as we continue to celebrate the freedom
  • Enjoy the Palace of Versailles
  • Discovering Paris the Louvré, Notre Dame & Eiffel Tower
  • See the amazing Benedictine abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most revered wonders of Europe

Discover London and Paris and visit historic places whilst you travel around, Leave the Herd behind and discover true small group touring: No big buses, heart of city hotels & friendly expert guides.

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London & Paris with Normandy

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We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We decided to trust Story to deliver one of our bucket list trips. THEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT! The tour through Venice, Florence, Cortona, and Rome exceeded our expectations. Absolutely everything was FIRST CLASS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. We gave it 5 stars only because there aren’t 6. The published itinerary was delivered in spades with special additions, sometimes twice a day. We never touched luggage, as it was moved for us from location to location. We never had to deal with tickets for transportation or museums. The local, private guides were super. The included dinners and wine were superb. This is a no driving, hassle free tour. We are planning to take another Story Small Group tour.

AND, as a special treat, the owner of the company was our tour captain. We tried several things that may be included in future itineraries. In the course of 9 days nothing flustered him. Everything was taken in stride, dealt with and resolved quickly. Nothing interfered with his fantastic service to his guests. We were not customers in any sense of the word. There was never a hint that Story was trying to watch the budget.

For those of you reading this and trying to decide, there are some things you need to consider. (When you have questions, call. You'll find that the Story help line is very knowledgeable and helpful.)

Small group - There were 15 people on our tour (16 is maximum). The tour caption had the time to get to know all of us. We saw lots of groups that appeared to be 40-50 people! You get to decide which is best for you. The smaller group = higher cost. We thought that it was easily worth it.

Walking - There is a lot of walking on this tour. There is always the option to use a taxi to get from place to place (extra cost). Some of the people on the tour with us had apps to count steps. Most showed more than 10,000 at noon time! MANY of those steps are on stairs and rough/cobble stone streets. Many of the stairs are inside attractions - not between them – so they can’t be avoided. By the end of our nine days, some tour group members were opting out of some planned activities. Opinion: If you can't complete a three mile walk, over uneven terrain, at a three mph pace (that's faster than most people walk), comfortably; get in shape. You’ll never do a constant three mile walk, on the tour – but it’ll feel like it.

Weather - We had fantastic weather! Temperature in the mid/low 70's and two sprinkles in nine days. Mostly sunshine. A great time to go.

Crowds - On the other hand, it wasn't such a great time to go. The crowds of tourists were overwhelming, everywhere except Cortona. I.E.: Our private, skip-the-line guided tour of the Vatican was especially BAD. We waited in line for about an hour and then once inside, we were literally shoulder to shoulder for the remaining two - three hours. It was nearly impossible to enjoy/understand what we were seeing. We spent more time trying to keep in sync with the group than looking at the art. The Sistine Chapel was NOT worth the time it took to get there. This was not something that Story could control. If the Vatican is important to you, go some other time of the year! If you are there during the busy season, opt out. There are thousands of fantastic things to see in Rome that won't be busy.

Security - We had a tour guide point out a small group of gypsy/pick-pockets as we exited the Vatican and steered us around them. That was the only "issue" in nine days - not a big deal. But, we were reminded to be "vigilant" many times - especially around crowds.

Navigation - Venice, Florence and Rome are VERY difficult to get around. There are many streets/alleys that run in apparently random directions. The maps available through hotels/tourist agents are not in adequate detail. Consider a hand-held GPS navigation system MANDITORY. Our phone did not have cell connectivity, so we down loaded the Google map. It worked once. Be very careful that you have a navigation device that works! Download a local map and test, test, test in airplane mode (?) before you go.

Driving – If you are going to Italy and renting a car, during the busy season, Venice allows no cars, problem solved. Driving in Florence and ESPECIALLY Rome is crazy. You've been forewarned.

Hotels - As it says, the hotels are in the center of the city/attractions. For example: the hotel in Rome was 200 feet from the Pantheon! This means that some of the buildings are more than 1,500 years old. You'll get used to seeing corners that you'd think should be 90 degrees, but aren't. Be prepared to spend time learning how things work and how to find your room - it'll be different from hotel to hotel and what you are used to! WiFi worked good in each hotel, except Rome. (See review of Grand Hotel de Minirva on TripAdvisor)
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Trip such a wonderful experience November 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We went to London, Paris, and Rome in September, 2015 with this company. Our Tour Captains were Ryane Moates and Mark Story; and they made our trip such a wonderful experience that I know we will take future tours with them again. I love the fact that this company deals with small groups of travelers. I highly recommend Story - Land & Sea by Queenslander for your next vacation!!
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Truly a memorable experience! July 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Small group travel is the best way to go! This is my first experience with Story Land & Sea and it won't be my last. The attention to detail that this agency provides met all of my expectations and more. There was a wonderful balance between "touring" together and personal time to explore locations on our own. The professional guides that were provided in each location were exceptional and the location of the hotels made it feel like we were locals. Truly a memorable experience!
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I strongly recommend the extension July 2017

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We absolutely loved our Cities tour of Italy. David Douglas was an incredible captain, making sure everything was perfect. The trip
far surpassed our expectations in every way.
Hotels were in great locations and rooms were excellent. The restaurants chosen were fabulous, as were the tours in each city.
I strongly recommend the extension to the Amalfi Coast! It is breathtaking!
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Enhance your experience May 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I am a travel agent and have traveled with Story Land & Sea on 3 of their trip offerings. In addition, I have sent countless couples and groups with them to taste the riches of the cultures,and explore the history of destinations only imagined. Story is a first class tour operator that has dedicated English speaking Tour Captains - as well as local guides to enhance your experience. Can't say enough about the service they provide.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Trans-Atlantic flight to England

Accommodation: Deluxe: Amba Charing Cross Hotel; Classic: Hotel Strand; Budget: Budget Hotel London

Depart Your Home Airport on your Transatlantic flight to London, England.

Day 1 is the traditional flight date from North America. Airfare is not included but you can request a quotation from our air service department: Get an airfare quote by email here.

Please Note: "Day 1" is the published tour date and is the date you will arrange your air travel to depart your home airport.

Your Small Group Tour will commence on Itinerary Day 2 upon arrival into London, England.

Protect Your Vacation: We very much encourage trip cancellation and interruption insurance.

Day 2: London

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

Welcome: most popular small-group European tour vacations commences at 3:00PM at the deluxe hotel. Our deluxe hotel lobby is where the tour begins and where our Tour Captain meets you for an included Orientation Walkabout of Merry Old London.

Included Host Orientation Walkabout: Join your Tour Captain Host for a Welcome Orientation Walk on your arrival day in London. Find out where the major landmarks are located in relation to our hotel, the best ATM machines for Sterling Pounds and exchange rates, and other helpful information.

Your Small Group Tour Vacation to Europe is underway! After our reception, we'll walk to our Welcome Dinner in London, where you'll taste the finest cuisine and wine varietals from "the British Empire."

Included Welcome to London Dinner: About the Story® Way: Our approach to dining is unique: We've collected our favorites dishes from the incredible restaurants we visit for each included dinner. No buffets here! Your Tour Captain is there to make sure your dining experience goes smoothly and will help you interpret any menu item. For the 4 total included dinners (Deluxe), your Tour Captain will select a variety of appetizers featuring regional cuisine and will select your wine for the evening a variety of red and white wine from the region you're traveling.

Day 3: London, England

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Moderate

Welcome to London, England Heart of the British Empire

Start your morning sightseeing in style as your Tour Captain and our local Guide escorts you throughout London.

Historic London Panoramic Tour

The romance of this historical city of London Town is apparent every step of the way. London England on the Small Group TourOur experience in London with our official Blue Badge Guide will include views of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Hyde Park, the Houses of Parliament, St. James Palace and Buckingham Palace. We will enjoy certain perspectives by foot with our local guide.

We will have time for lunch independently near the Tower of London.

Guided Tour: Tower of London

We enjoy a visit and admission to the Tower of London. Upon arrival to the Tower of London, the Beefeaters guide us through this special venue. A completely included experience that takes us back in time to the early 1080s. William the Conqueror began to build a massive stone tower at the center of his London fortress and nothing like it had ever been tried or seen before. Through the centuries that followed, successive monarchs added to the fortifications.

The balance of the day is yours at leisure to explore London perhaps like the locals via the Tube. There are several venues and sites located around the Tower of London that you may want to optionally visit including St. Pauls' Cathedral (free admission) or take a ride on the London Eye. The Tower Bridge is also nearby.

Maybe a Full Afternoon Tea or the now famous, Harry Potter Walking Tour. You may also consider the Royal Mews (carriage house) at Buckingham. Or consider a shopping trip to world famous Harrod's or simply stroll Hyde Park.

Return to the hotel at your leisure using your new knowledge of the London Tube (this routing is very easy!).

Included guided tour with our local expert guide today enjoy our sightseeing immersion:

Panoramic Sightseeing Experience throughout London to enjoy views and commentary by our Local Guide:

Piccadilly Circus

Trafalgar Square

Westminster Abbey

Big Ben

Hyde Park

London Bridge

Houses of Parliament

St. James Palace

Buckingham Palace

Tower of London Tour

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

Day 4: Enjoy Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey

Your exciting tour of London continues with our immersion sightseeing experience this morning with a special Story Land & Sea Tours' Exclusive with special admission to either Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey (entrance is based on season: Buckingham Palace is not open year round and when closed due to season or ceremony, we will include a tour of Westminster Abbey with guided admission).

The balance of the day is yours at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the London Eye, or inquire with reservations for the Harry Potter Walking Tour. You may also consider the Royal Mews (carriage house) at Buckingham. Or consider a shopping trip to world famous Harrod's or simply stroll Hyde Park.

Perhaps you will go back to the hotel and visit the nearby British Museum.

Included Sightseeing Immersion Tour With Our Local Expert Guide

This evening: How about an optional play in the West End? Inquire with Reservations.

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace. Volume: Moderate.

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

Day 5: London to Paris | English Channel | "The Chunnel"

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation:  Eduard VII Hotel, Hotel Belami, Hotel Eduard VII or Similar; Hotel Louvré Saint-Anne or Similiar

Tonight we dine at a delightful restaurant we're trying to keep a secret! It's fully authentic Parisian cuisine. Paris welcomes us with a variety of regional culinary tastes, beverages and ample portions of fine local wines from around the city and the provinces. Free-choice dining means you select what you'd like from the menu the Tour Captain is available to help you interpret the menu. Your Tour Captain Host will provide the appetizers featuring regional cuisine and will select your wine for the evening a variety of red and white wine from the region!

The Chunnel to Paris

We embark on the train via the English Channel (the Chunnel) with reserved seats in Premium Classs to the city of Paris. After about 2 hours on the fast train under the English Channel we will welcome you to Paris!

Paris is the city of Light and Love. She holds much to discover. After we transfer from the Train Station, the Tour Captain checks you in to our hotel. We arrive Paris early afternoon, and rooms will be ready by 2PM on average.

You will join the Tour Captain for the included Paris Orientation Walkabout through the cobblestones streets to become familiar with the location around our hotel. We will visit Champs-Elysees, Trocadero and enjoy views of the Eiffel Tower.

Included Host Orientation Walkabout: Join your Tour Captain Host for a Welcome Orientation Walk on your arrival day in Paris. Find out where the major landmarks are located, ATM machines and other helpful sites. You may have opportunity for admission to the Eiffel Tower. Based on availability at time of booking. Please inquire with reservations.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Light

Day 6: Discovering Paris The Louvré, Notre Dame & Eiffel Tower

Paris, France    Optional Dinner Tonight: Join the Tour Captain or explore Paris at leisure.

Exclusive: Enjoy special access admission to the famous Eiffel Tower with Story Land & Sea® to at least the second level. Note: This entrance may occur on Day 7 of the itinerary.

Today join your Tour Captain and our local guide on a guided tour of the city of Paris. The Musée du Louvre along with the icons of Paris greet us today with our noble French guide leading the way. It's an immersion into the authentic Paris.

Our walking tour includes a guided tour of the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Jardin de Tuileries. You may alternatively add the Musee d' Orsay with its impressionist paintings as an option. Inquire with reservations.

Included guided tour with our local expert guide today enjoy admission & sightseeing to:

Notre Dame Cathedral

Walk through Jardin de Tuileries

Admission and tour of Louvré

Option: Musee d'Orsay

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Moderate to Ample

Optional dining tonight with your Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

Day 7: The Palace of Versailles

Exclusive Access: Enjoy our special access with Skip-the-Line included admission to the Palace of Versailles.

King Louis XIV's opulent 17th century palace, Chateau de Versailles, welcomes us for an in depth tour. We enjoy the marble, gold and formal gardens.

The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional excursion on the Seine River Cruise. Inquire with Reservations.

Walking Level: Light to Moderate, Leisurely Pace, Volume: Moderate

Story Exclusive: Join your Tour Captain for what can only be described as a delightful farewell experience in Paris. Our venue of choice is one of Mark Story's favorites, Le Grand Colbert.

Normandy: D-Day & Landing Beaches

Day 8: Welcome to Normandy

Accommodation: Our hotel in Normandy/Bayeux include Villa Lara or Similar; Enjoy our Superior Tourist hotel in Normandy/Bayeux.

City: Bayeux

Region: Normandy

This morning you are set for the coast of Normandy. You are transferred to the train station for included tickets on the Fast Train with self-portage. You are zipped along through the countryside while 'going back in time' with the 'eastward progression' of the Allies as you are headed on the way to the coast. Upon arrival, you are met by our Story Local Host® to begin your afternoon of honoring those who sacrificed for our freedom on the shores and fields of Normandy.

History Comes Back to Life: Freedom is not free.

Enjoy a remarkable experience today learning about the D-Day invasion by the Allies. Truly an epic time of learning about the sacrifices made, paying homage to those who gave everything for our freedom and some quite time for reflection. Explore one of the landing beaches and key World War II sites of Normandy.

You will learn about the Allied invasion of German-occupied France, visit moving sites and venues...you will see and smell the salt air, walk on the same beaches and fields and truly have the opportunity to be grateful for your life.

Highlights:

Explore the landing beaches and World War II sites of Normandy

Learn about the momentous D-Day events

Visit key D-Day sites guided by our local, professional Guide — truly a moving experience.

After our experience we arrive our hotel in Bayeux or one of the villages in Normandie where we check-in, and enjoy time at leisure until the included welcome dinner.

The villages along the coastal region include a variety of historical and cultural characteristics. For example, Bayeux features medieval architecture as well as an 11th-Century Norman Gothic Cathedral and is known for its tapestry.

Day 9: Abbey of Mont-St.-Michel

We are off to Mont St. Michel from Bayeux in the company of our small group guided experience complete with admission to the Abbey. Mont St. Michel is one of the most popular attractions in France and is a noted jewel along its coast.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The fairy-tale island and home of the Abbey of Mont-St.-Michel, perche d off the coast of Normandy, was once totally unreachable at high tide. There's lots of uphill (and downhill) walking to truly traverse the island. The Benedictine abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most revered wonders of Europe.

We then have free time to explore the village at leisure to browse shops and watch the incredible spectacle of the bay's tide rising and surrounding the island.

We return to our hotel in Bayeux for the balance of the day at leisure.

Day 10: Normandy

Accommodation:  Eduard VII Hotel, Hotel Belami or Louvré Saint-Anne or Similiar

Normandy: Final Salute

This morning experience a special drive as we continue to celebrate the freedom we now have while honoring those who gave all.

We make our way to the train station for included tickets on the Fast Train to Paris. Tonight enjoy your last evening in Paris.

Day 11: Check Out or Extend Your Adventure

 Departure Transfer available for $69 per person to Paris CDG Airport.

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Trip Includes
  • Breakfast - Full, hot breakfasts included daily.
  • Lunches are not included - Our Tour Captains and Guides will offer great, affordable suggestions for delicious lunches everyday.
  • 4 exceptionally delicious dinners with no set menus and premium beverages are included: We want you to have some time to explore on your own if you want.
Trip Excludes
  • International airfare
  • Travel Protection is not included
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Start City
London
End City
Paris

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