London is one of the world's great cities, vibrant London manages to shine in the greyest weather and its diversity defies a simple definition. This sprawling city has drawn people for centuries, looking for something and finding the unexpected. London's landscape is steeped in British history and tradition. The classic sights of Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and Big Ben could not be more English, and are a permanent symbol of England's former greatness.
Paris is confident that it's the world's most beautiful, fashionable and artistic capital. Visit just once and it's hard to disagree. Walking through the heart of Paris you often feel like you've wandered onto an art film set; much of the city has been scrubbed clean in recent years and it's never looked more fabulous. Its inhabitants are the definition of style, its architecture includes some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe and the ambiance is by turns exciting and alluring.
Amsterdam, with its canals, distinctive architecture and liberal culture, is one of Europe's most fun and laid-back cities and the capital of the Netherlands and has something to suit every taste. The cobbled streets are made for wandering, or cycling, and enjoying the typical Dutch landscapes of boat-lined canals and architectural landmarks such as the Oude Kerk and Beurs van Berlage. Of course the best way to see the city is from a boat and over three million people enjoyed a canal cruise in Amsterdam last year.
London - Paris - Amsterdam Singles Vacation Daily Itinerary
Vacation Day 1 - Arrive London, England
Arrive in London and take your shuttle to our hotel. Meet all your new singles travel friends as we are greeted in the lobby by our tour host at 3:00pm. Our vacation begins with an open air bus tour of London's most important sights. London’s landmarks are timeless, view the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Hyde Park and St. James’s Palace.
Tonight enjoy your Welcome Dinner at a local pub.
Vacation Day 2 - London, England
Wear you walking shoes, today the group will explore London. First stop in the Tower of London where we will join one of the famous Yeoman Warder tours and hear exciting tales from the Tower’s past. Visit the Crown Jewels (click here to read about Crown Jewels), the awe-inspiring symbols of monarchy that are still in use today.
Next we visit Westminster Abbey, steeped in more than a thousand years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the tenth century, and the Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs.
Our afternoon ends with a relaxing cruise along the Thames River to the London Tower Bridge. Before getting on the Thames cruise, soar 450 feet above the River Thames on an optional ride on the London Eye to view the sites of London.
Vacation Day 3 - London, England
On our morning guided walking tour of the St James’s Park area, the oldest Royal Park in London, we will hear stories about Buckingham Palace, St James's Palace and Westminster Palace, now the Houses of Parliament.
It wouldn't be a vacation in London without seeing the Changing of the Guard ceremony (weather permitting). A detachment of the ‘Old Guard’ form at St James Palace for an inspection by the Captain of The Queen’s Guard. Preceded by a Regimental Band or Corps of Drums, the old guards make their way down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace. One half of the Old Guard is already on duty and inspected while awaiting the arrival of the St. James’s Palace detachment.
Afternoon at leisure to explore London. Tonight we see the lights of London from great heights as we take the elevator to the 68th floor of the Shard, the tallest building in Western Europe.
Vacation Day 4 - London to Paris
After breakfast we transfer to St. Pancras station and board the high-speed Eurostar train bound for Paris, where our vacation continues. Upon arrival we will be transferred to our hotel.
After check-in, receive your 3-day museum pass and gain free entry to 60 museums and monuments in and around Paris. Let's use our passes and visit the Louvre, the home of the world famous Mona Lisa painting. We can even get a bite to eat at one of the 15 cafes, restaurants and take-away outlets located throughout the Louvre
See the monuments and the bridges of Paris by boat, as we cruise up the Seine River. Pass by Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower.
Day 5 - Paris
Put those walking shoes back on as we continue to explore Paris. Climb the steps to the top of Notre Dame to see the gargoyles and the bell. Outside there is an 360° view of Paris as you walk around the tower. Or just visit the spectacular cathedral of Notre Dame, whose massive interior can hold over 6,000 worshipers.
Get a bird's eye view of the cobbled streets of the Left Bank and the Napoleonic splendor of the Ecole Militaire as we board the Hop On Hop Off Buses of Paris. We will stop at the Eiffel Tower for photos. Then back on the bus to pass by the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, Les Invalides, and travel past the chic shops and boutiques of the Champs-Élysées.
You can stay with your host of go off on your own as all your admissions are free to the following.
From the roof of the Arch de Triomphe there are spectacular views. Looking eastwards, down the Champs Elysées, toward the Louvre, there is the Place de la Concorde, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. Westward - in the distance is its larger and newer cousin, La Grande Arche de la Défense.
Works and collections of the sculptor, Auguste Rodin, presented in an eighteenth century mansion. Architects: Auber, Gabriel (1729-1931). A few great works of the master are exhibited in the garden (The Thinker... The Burghers of Calais).
|Musée de l'Armée, Tombeau de Napoléon (Les Invalides)
The Army museum, created in 1905, is housed in the prestigious "Hôtel National des Invalides". It is the most important museum of military history in France and one of the leading ones in the world. The permanent collections are displayed chronologically from Antiquity to the end of the Second World War
• Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris • Musée national d'arts modernes (Centre Pompidou)
Tonight dinner on your own or you can join the group at a local cafe. Then enjoy the optional Moulin Rouge show.
Vacation Day 6 - Paris - Versailles - Paris
After breakfast we take the local train and travel to The Châteaux de Versailles, also known as the Palace of Versailles, one of the largest and most opulent castles in the world. Boasting around 2,143 windows, 1,252 fireplaces, and 67 staircases.
The excursion includes the Great Royal Apartments, Hall of Mirrors and the Queen's Bedroom. We can take a leisurely stroll or the take the optional tram around the Palace Park through some of the "Groves".
Tonight is your chance to get that last photo or that perfect souvenir of France, as it is a night of leisure.
Vacation Day 7 - Paris to Amsterdam
Enjoy a ride on the Thalys high-speed train as we travel to Amsterdam. Upon arrival we will check into our centrally located hotel.
Early evening our walking tour of Amsterdam begins. Stroll around the historical centre as our guide exposes us to over 800 years of "Amsterdam" culture. From its humble beginnings on the river Amstel to the glorious "Golden Age".
Our visit to the 'Wallen'' (the Red Light District) is perhaps the most interesting part of the tour. See for yourself the oldest profession of the world. Walk past monuments and through old streets, one of which is the well-known 'Zeedijk', once one of the most dangerous streets in Amsterdam - where Seamen could be found looking for local amusement. Nowadays it is a safe area, full of lively Dutch pubs and restaurants and the shady bars of yester-year are long gone.
Vacation Day 8 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Our first morning in Amsterdam, often called 'Venice of the north' would not be complete without a canal boat ride. Pass along some of the city’s most beautiful spots. View the magnificent houseboats and homes that dot the canal banks, along with the usual parade of bicyclists.While gliding through the old centre of the city you see elegant merchant’s mansions, carillon-crowned churches and the warehouses with their rich history from Holland’s Golden Age. View the magnificent houseboats and homes that dot the canal banks, along with the usual parade of bicyclists.
A free afternoon to explore the Dutch capital; visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Houseboat Museum, Oude Kerk (oldest church), Rembrandt House Museum and maybe even a coffee house. The city is wonderfully small scale, ensuring you will never venture too far off course.
Tonight the group will stroll along the streets of Amsterdam and have dinner at a local restaurant (not included)
Vacation Day 9 - Keukenhof Gardens - Flower Parade, Netherlands
A highlight morning as we travel to the Keukenhof Gardens for the flower parade. If you love flowers you won't believe the colorful display of tulips and other springtime bulbs in bloom at the magnificent Keukenhof Gardens! The unforgettable seasonal display is created by more than seven million tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, spring bulbs and gorgeous trees. The annual Bulbflower Parade travels from Noordwijk to Haarlem and has about 20 large floats and more than 30 decorated luxury cars, interspersed with lots of music.
Upon returning to Amsterdam, continue to explore the city and museums at your leisure. Tonight enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Vacation Day 10 - Depart Amsterdam
Sad to say but our London - Paris - Amsterdam singles vacation has come to an end. After breakfast it is time to say goodbye to all your new vacation buddies as we make our way to the airport and our flights home.
London - Tower of London Doubletree Hilton
|Paris - Hotel Duminy Vendome
|Amsterdam - Hotel Ibis Centre|