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London & Paris with Normandy

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
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Overview

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

Short Description

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.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City London
End City Paris

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Trans-Atlantic flight to England

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

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

Day 2: London

Accommodation in London, 3 Nights

Deluxe: Amba Charing Cross Hotel

Classic: Hotel Strand

Budget: Budget Hotel London

STORY Exclusive®: Tonight join in our reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain. Excellent experience and opportunity to meet your fellow travelers

Welcome: One of STORY Land & Sea®'s 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.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace; Volume: Light

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

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

Walking Level: Moderate, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Moderate

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

Day 4: Enjoy Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey

STORY Exclusive®: Westminster Abbey or Buckingham Palace ~ entrance is based on seasonal openings. You will enjoy an exclusive access tour with admission of Westminster Abbey or of Buckingham Palace, the Queen's home, where she has the world's finest private art collection.

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"

Deluxe Accommodation:  Eduard VII Hotel, Hotel Belami, Hotel Eduard VII or Similar

Classic Accommodation: Hotel Louvré Saint-Anne or Similiar

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! Make note: Magic Portage is included in your tour! This means you will pack up your suitcase in London and then it will be transported to Paris to arrive in your hotel room by 8pm local time while we are out at our Welcome Dinner. Make sure to pack a day bag with a change of clothes, a jacket in cooler weather and any pertinent medication (do not pack medicine in your suitcase that is being portaged).

City: 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

STORY Way® Dining: Enjoy STORY Way® Dining in Paris tonight. featuring regional culinary tastes, beverages, and ample portions of fine local French wine, of course.

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

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.

Day 8: Welcome to Normandy

Deluxe Accommodation: Our hotel in Normandy/Bayeux include Villa Lara or Similar.

Classic Budget Accommodation: 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.

STORY Way® Dining: Enjoy a welcome dinner with our STORY Local Host®.

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 fairytale 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

Deluxe Accommodation:  Eduard VII Hotel, Hotel Belami or Similar

Classic Accommodation: Hotel 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: Departure Day

Check Out or Extend Your Adventure

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

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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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We were on a tour of Portugal with Dan Dieckhaus in October 2015. It was a wonderful trip! Dan is a great tour captain and made sure our experience was everything we had hoped for. Portugal is a beautiful country, and I feel like we saw the best of it. We have taken several tours with Queenslander/Story--Land & Sea, and we have loved them all. I would absolutely recommend them. They do it right!
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My mom and I went to Italy with a Queenslander tour two years ago. It was perfect. I wouldn't change one minute. We are going again this fall! Can't wait!

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I went on a trip to Italy led by Caron. It was absolutely fantastic! Our group was small and Caron made the trip very enjoyable and memorable. I never have enjoyed traveling with a tour group before, but going with Queen slander is a different experience than other tour groups I've experienced. Can't recommend Queenslander enough!
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I can see why guests would rate QueensLander Tours with 5 stars, as the guests are treated like royalty for the entire tour. As an employee (Tour Captain) with QueensLander, I can speak from an insider's point of view. This company is run with the utmost of integrity and ALWAYS with the absolute determination to provide exclusive experiences and first class treatment for our esteemed guests. The entire team, whether in office or in the field, work tirelessly to provide the vacation of a lifetime for the very wise traveler who chooses QueensLander Small Group Tours!!
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In April of 2013 my wife and I took the Philadelphia and Washington DC trip. Mark and Sherry know how to treat their travelers like royalty. It was a very enjoyable trip and the price was very attractive. I would not hesitate one bit going on another Queenslander trip
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 6

Additional Information:

  • It's a world-class tour with most inclusions in the company of a few new friends…
  • We've tried to include everything
  • However, make note of the following:
  • Departure transfer via train is available from the Bayeaux train station to the Charles de GAulle airport in Paris for $89/person. We recommend independent taxi from the Bayeaux hotel to the Bayeaux train station (not included).
  • STORY Land & Sea®'s Unique Walking Tour Experience
  • We do walk on our small group tours of France! We walk a lot, but it's unhurried and there are ample opportunities to sit and relax. But you must be physically capable of walking and experiencing the many stairs of Europe. Please inquire with STORY Reservations for more details.

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Trip Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel Protection is not included

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