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London & Paris with Budapest

Discover London & Paris with Extension to Budapest — The Perfect Ending in one of Europe's Treasured Cities
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11 Day London & Paris with Budapest

11 Day London & Paris with Budapest

Discover London & Paris with Extension to Budapest —  The Perfect Ending in one of Europe's Most Beautiful Cities

Story Land & Sea®'s London & Paris Tour with Budapest Extension is not your typical big group tour.

Dear Modern Traveler,

I invite you to join us on this delightfully hand-crafted tour to London & Paris with our special 3 night extension to Budapest. Our small-group approach to travel truly combines the very best of discovering distant lands in the company of a hand-full of travelers. I invite you to "leave the herd behind" and discover again the joys of world-class travel.

Frances Mayes once said that "...most trips have an underlying quest. We're looking for something. What? Fun, escape, adventure--but then what?"
Everyone travels for different reasons, but my question for you would be what are you looking for?

No matter what the answer to that may be, I can guarantee one thing-this trip can be life changing. To experience another culture, to open your eyes to another part of the world, to step in another's shoes, if even for a few days, it changes you, even if only a little.


  • Buckingham Palace
  • London Guard
  • Paris Arc
  • Budapest

London & Paris Tour with Budapest Extension

Transatlantic Flight to London, England

Day 1: Trans-Atlantic flight to England

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.

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Your Adventure Begins

Day 2: London

   Story® Way Included Dining: Join your Tour Captain for our included Welcome Dinner in London, England. Experience what can only be described as a tour of the best cuisine and wine from around the "British Empire."
   Story® Exclusive: Tonight AT 7:20PM, join in our reception and Welcome from the Tour Captain. Excellent experience and opportunity to meet your fellow travelers

Welcome: One of Story'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 3 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.

Accommodation in London, 3 Nights
Deluxe: Amba Charing Cross Hotel
Classic: Hotel Strand
Budget: Budget Hotel London



Day 3: London, England

London Soldier

   Optional Dinner Tonight:  OPTIONAL DINNER IN LONDON, ANYONE?
You may opt to join your Tour Captain tonight for dinner or opt to explore on your own throughout London.

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!).


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.


Of Palaces & Abbeys

Day 4: Enjoy Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey

Buckingham Palace

   OPTIONAL Dinner in London, anyone? You may opt to join your Tour Captain tonight for dinner (departs from lobby) before the play or opt to explore on your own throughout London.
   Story®  Exclusive Access: 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.


TONIGHT: OPTIONAL PLAY IN 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"

The Chunnel - Train

   Included Story Way® Dining: 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! 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.

Walking Level: Light, Leisurely Pace: Volume: Light

INCLUDED Story Way® Dining tonight: Enjoy our Welcome to Paris dinner featuring regional culinary tastes, beverages, and ample portions of fine local French wine, of course.

Deluxe Accommodation:  Hotel Sofitel Paris La Faubourg, Eduardo VII, Hotel St. James Albany, Hotel Belami, Hotel Eduard VII or similar
Classic Accommodation: Hotel Louvré Saint-Anne or similiar



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 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.

The architectural wonders are many in Paris with a visit to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, views of the Louvre, the Seine River and the list goes on as we walk and explore the city of lights and love.


~ 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

   Story® Way Dining: Enjoy a farewell to Paris included dinner tonight with your Tour Captain.
  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 Way® 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.


Paris to Budapest

Day 8: Welcome to Budapest

City: Budapest, Hungary

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our required on-tour air flight to Budapest. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in one of Europe's most beautiful cities and our amazing and funky 5-Star hotel, the Buddha Bar Hotel!

After checking in and freshening up, you will enjoy a walking tour with our Story Local Host® in the very heart of one of Europe's best-preserved medieval cities.

Welcome to Budapest!

Accommodation in the Heart of Budapest: Buddha Bar Hotel, 3 Nights

About our preferred hotel in Budapest —  Asian Colonial Design
Our luxurious 5-star hotel is situated on the pedestrianized Váci utca shopping street next to the Elisabeth Bridge and the Danube River. Part of the famous Buddha-Bar collection, the hotel occupies a historic 19th-century palace. The stylish rooms of the Buddha-Bar Hotel Budapest Klotild Palace feature Asian Colonial design and offer LED-HD TVs with a multi-media connectivity hub. Additional amenities include a Nespresso coffee machine with an assortment of capsules, free WiFi access, and a laptop-size safe.

Tea and coffee are available in the lobby bar, which also serves a range of fine pastries and finger food. The glass-roofed Klotild Bar & Lounge at the top of the building can be rented for private events and provides fascinating views over the city.

The on-site restaurant with a large Buddha statue offers fusion cuisine from Asia and the Pacific Rim. The Baalbek restaurant offers the finest Levantine cuisine and prepares all dishes halal, placing emphasis on traditional recipes, fresh and premium ingredients with exquisite service.

Spa facilities include a Finnish and an infrared sauna, a steam cabin, and a wide range of massages and facial and body treatments. State-of-the art fitness facilities are available as well.

The Grand Market Hall and the Gellért Bath can be reached on foot in 10 minutes from the Buddha-Bar Hotel Klotild Palace.

In 2013, the hotel received the award for Best International Hotel Interior from the London-based International Hotel Awards. It is the first hotel in Hungary to receive such an award. 

Enjoy the balance of your day at leisure until the included dinner tonight.

Story Way® Dining: Enjoy our included welcome dinner tonight with your Story Local Host®.


Budapest Discovery

Day 9: Exploring Buda & Pest

Budapest, Czech Republic

The Story of Budapest: Sightseeing Immersion Tour of Budapest
Today we meet our local expert Story Guide for a driving and walking tour of the city that will include on the Pest side of the Vistula:

• Andrassy Avenue - driving
• Heroes' Square - visit
• State Opera House - driving
• Dohány Synagogue - walking
• St. Stephen's Basilica - walking

Then on the Buda side we will enjoy:

• Walking exploration including Castle Hill, A UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring Gothic arches, eighteenth-century Baroque houses and cobblestone streets. 
•  Trinity Square - walking
•  Matthias Church (Mátyás templom) - walking
•  Fishermen’s Bastion (Halászbástya) - walking

Connected by Széchenyi Chain Bridge, Pest is located on the eastern side of the Danube. The name Pest comes from a Slavic word meaning furnace or oven most likely in reference to a local cave where fire burned.

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


Budapest at Leisure

Day 10: Exploring Budapest


Today enjoy a day at leisure with several options to consider, all based on season and availability at time of booking.

Budapest Szechenyi Spa Entrance with VIP Massage
• Visiting Budapest is not complete without bathing in one of its world-famous thermal spring spas. Europe’s largest spa - Szechenyi Bath - with its 18 pools, offers 50 and 70 minutes VIP massages if you’re looking for more than the already amazing comfort brought to you by this prestigious Thermal Spa.

Budapest Parliament House Tour 
• We will soak in the beauty of this architectural wonder on a night cruise on the Danube (this is different from the Story Danube cruise on Day 4), but for those who want to experience it you may optionally enjoy this 90-minute tour. The architectural jewel of Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament Building, is home to the Holy Crown of Hungary. You will get to explore its impressive interior, including stops in the Session Room, the Great Vaulted Hall and at the central staircase. Soak up the history behind the walls of Hungary’s largest building as your guide provides historical and anecdotal commentary. 

Big Bus Budapest Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
• Experience 360-degree views of Budapest as you travel aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus. Audio commentary is available as you pass through the rich history of the city’s streets. The 48-Hour sightseeing tour includes a Danube River cruise, an evening bus ride and two walking tours. With the 24-Hour ticket it is possible to enjoy the bus tour for 24 hours and join the panoramic evening bus ride. Valid for 48 or 24 hours, this ticket allows you to hop on and off at any of the 27 stops offered throughout Budapest while also enjoying the additional activities.

Hungarian State Folk Ensemble Performance
• On our last night in Budapest, perhaps you would enjoy experiencing the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble. Commences at 8:00PM. 
The world famous Hungarian State Folk Ensemble will be performing one show at the Danube Palace (not far from our hotel). The show runs approximately 90 minutes with an intermission. The group performance is based on the tradition of century old gypsy folklore and music. Great reviews. The Danube Palace is a beautiful venue. This is the only performance by this ensemble for the two free nights you will have in Budapest.


Departure Day

Day 11: Check Out or Extend Your Adventure

   Included Dining: Story® Dining Hot Breakfast

Catch flights for the USA from Budapest. Until we meet again, may your days be full of discovery and your nights full of good friends. Or are you extending to another exciting destination? Inquire with reservations for details.


DEPARTURE TRANSFER $69 PER PERSON, minimum two passengers.


Heart of City Hotels mean your experience is like none other in the travel industry.

There is a difference between centrally-located hotels and Story's Heart of City hotels. No taxis or shuttles required when you're in the historical heart of the cities and villages.

Our small group tour hotels feature historical architecture with all the amenities you'd come to expect. The properties are located in the heart of the cities, towns and villages. We proudly feature the following tour hotels which have been personally inspected for quality and standard. On very rare occasion, we may substitute any hotel for a tour property of equal or greater quality and standard.

Remember, availability in tour hotels may be affected based on seasonal demand. Alternate hotel properties of equal quality will be used when the following hotels are not available.


London Hotels - 3 Nights

Paris Hotel - 3 Nights

Budapest Hotels - 3 Nights

London, Paris & Budapest Tour

It's a world-class tour with most inclusions in the company of a few new friends...

What's Included in London, Paris & Budapest Small Group Tour Package? 

We've tried to include everything ~
However, make note of the following:

  • Breakfast - Full, hot breakfasts included daily.
  • Lunch - 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.
  • International Airfare into Europe and return is not included. Intra-Europe flight Paris to Budapest is not included. Airfare in economy class with one (1) bag checked included with purchase of required on-tour airfare Paris to
  • Arrival Transfer on Day 2 of the Itinerary: $64 per person. 
  • Departure Transfers in Budapest: $69 per person

Story's Unique Walking Tour Experience
We do walk on our small group tours! 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.


London, Paris & Budapest Tour

8 Day London, Paris & Budapest

2 STYLES OF HOTEL IN LONDON & PARIS Choose from STORY's Deluxe or Classic Budget Hotels -- Both feature Heart of City locations.
Italy small group Tour Dates and Rates
April 2020 Departures

April 25



May 2020 Departures

May 9



May 23



June 2020 Departures

June 13



June 27



July 2020 Departures

July 4






September 2020 Departures

Sep 12



Sep 19



October 2020 Departures

Oct 3



Oct 10




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