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11 DAYS •  TRUE SMALL GROUP TOURING •  UP TO 16 GUESTS

Quintessential London to Paris

Discover London and Paris in sheer luxury on this amazing adventure through the Grand Empires
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London & Paris: Grand Luxe Empires

11 Day London & Paris: The Grand Luxe Empires Tour


Discover London & Paris, Differently.

Story Land & Sea®'s London & Paris Grand Luxe Empires Tour is not your typical big group tour. Rather, find out why more and more travelers are opting to 'Leave the Herd Behind' while discovering Europe's treasures.

Dear Modern Traveler,

I invite you to join us on this delightfully hand-crafted tour to London & Paris. 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. The trip is fully-hosted by our professional Tour Captain complemented by our local, professional tour guides.

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.

Let's discover London & Paris together, exquisitely!


Itinerary

  • London Guards
  • London, England, Westminster Abbey
  • Paris Arc of Triumph

London & Paris: Grand Luxe Empires Tour Itinerary


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. 

Note: Please make sure your flight is arranged to arrive no later than 1:00pm local time.

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

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ARRIVE IN LONDON TO SHEER LUXURY

 


Day 2: London, England –  Heart of the Empire

Story Land & Sea®'s amazing journey through London & Paris: The Grand Luxe Empires begins today with your fellow guests.

We've included your welcome transfer from London Heathrow Aiprort today - just watch for our representative after clearing customs. Arriving on another day? Inquire for arrival transfer services and rate information.

Upon arrival to our hotel, you will be met by the exceptional staff and welcomed properly!

Note: Please make sure your flight is arranged to arrive no later than 1:00 pm local time. Your Tour Captain will be available in the lobby of the Deluxe hotel from 10:00 am to help with early arrivals.

Story Exclusive
We kick off our time in London "right" when you join the Tour Captain for our special Welcome Reception.

Your Small Group Tour Vacation through the Grand Luxe Empires is underway!

Accommodation in London, 4 Nights
5-Star Deluxe: The Ritz London
Classic Budget: Holiday Inn London Mayfair or Similar

About Our 5-Star Hotel in London
The only iconic five-star deluxe London hotel owned by a British family is located in the heart of London and overlooks the royal Green Park and is the recipeint of the Royal Warrant award from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.

  Story Exclusive: Check in to our hotels and later join your Tour Captain for the Afternoon Tea at the Ritz at 5.15pm. Following that enjoy a nice stroll thru the gardens and parks adjacent to the Royal Palaces nearby. All guests will enjoy this included experience. Then join the Tour Captain afterwards at 7.45pm for an optional welcome dinner or explore at your leisure.

High Noon Tea, London, England

 
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MERRY OL' LONDON
 
Day 3: London, England
Tower Bridge, London, England

Welcome to London, England ~ Heart of the British Empire

We will enjoy a Story morning tour around London via walking and our vehicle that will include the TOWER OF LONDON with the Crown Jewels on display.

We will visit Shakespeare's GLOBE THEATRE, an amazing replica and then have time at leisure for shopping in the city.

The pomp is not over yet! Tonight we will take in a performance at the theatre.

Highlights:

  • Tower of London visit
  • Globe Theatre Visit
  • Vehicle & Walking Tour
  • Afternoon Free for Shopping or Museum Visits
  • Dinner this evening in Covent Garden, prior to our Theatre Experience

  Special Dining
Tonight we will get to enjoy a lovely dinner together in Covent Garden district before we attend one of the famous theatres in London's historic Theatre District. Where Andrew Lloyd Weber created spectacular award winning musicals!

We will return to the hotel after the performance.


 
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ANCIENT ENGLAND & COUNTRYSIDE

Day 4

 
Stonehenge
Stonehenge

 

Roman Bath Houses, Bath, England
Roman Bath Houses

 

Today we will enjoy an outing to the English Countryside to visit the ancient STONEHENGE, and then we're off to visit the beautiful city of BATH (named after the 1st Century Roman Baths ). Yes, the ancient Roman Empire stretched all the way up to Great Britain.

We return to London at the end of the day.

  Special Dining —  Tonight, join the Tour Captain to an included (and fun) dining tonight at the oldest pub in London.
 
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THE ROYAL DAY

Day 5: Buckingham Palace / Westminster Abbey / Windsor Castle

 
 
Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace & Spring Flowers

 
Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace & Spring Gardens

 
Buckingham PalaceWestminster Abbey with Big Ben

 
Buckingham PalaceWindsor Castle Park

 
Buckingham PalaceWindsor Castle & Garden

 

Today, we will stroll up the Royal Way to Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard. We will also enjoy a tour of WESTMINSTER ABBEY and we will view Parliament and hear Big Ben chime!

Today's Highlights

  • Visit Westminster Abbey where The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth took place
  • Views of Parliament & Big Ben nearby
  • Stroll up the Royal Way to Buckingham Palace and watch the Changing of the Guard
  • Following this, we enjoy a lunch, and then off to the country side Royal Castle of Windsor
  • Return to the City for our Farewell to London Dinner

  Story Way Dining — Join the Tour Captain tonight for a Farewell to London dining experience.

 
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PARIS, FRANCE: THE CITY OF LIGHTS

Day 6: Discovering Unique Paris

 
The Chunnel - Train

We make our way to the train station to catch the bullet Train to Paris via the "Chunnel" under the English Channel. Arriving and resurfacing in what is undeniably the most beautiful city in the world, PARIS.

Buckingham PalaceTypical Spring Flowers at Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

 
Buckingham Palace Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

 

Story Exclusive — Paris has so many treasures that are close to our heart –  we enjoy great perspectives tonight as we soak in the ambiance that only the City of Lights can boast.

  Special Dining tonight at the Eiffel Tower

Accommodation in Paris, 5 Nights
5-Star Deluxe:
Hotel d'Aubusson or Similar
Classic Budget: Grand Hôtel De L'Univers or Similar

 
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A DAY IN THE LOIRE VALLEY: THE CHATEAUX OF THE COURT

Day 7: Chateau Chambord and Chateau Chenonceau

Chateaux de Chambord
Chateau de Chambord

 

Chenonceau
Chateau Chenonceau


A full day in THE LOIRE VALLEY and the famous chateaus of Chambord and Chenonceau.

Story Exclusive® —  Enjoy a special lunch at the L'Orangerie in the gardens of Chenonceau.

We will return late afternoon to our luxury hotel to freshen up and enjoy time at leisure.

Highlights:

  • Chateaux de Chambord
  • Chateau Chenonceau

Tonight, join the Tour Captain for an optional dining experience or explore on your own.
 
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MUSEE DU LOUVRE & MUSEE DE L'ORANGERIE

Day 8: A fresh experience in the Louvre & L'Orangerie

The Louvre

Enjoy a fresh tour of the most famous museum in the world, The LOUVRE.

Lunch Today — Enjoy a light lunch on Story.

We make our way to the L'ORANGERIE Museum of Monet's "Water Lilies" to help prepare us for our visit to his gardens.

Join your Tour Captain for a late afternoon transfer to the Montmartre District, with optional dinner, near the Sacre Coure and Place du Tertre, where the famous Pedestrians in the Rain paintings originated.

The late afternoon and balance of day is at your leisure. Shop, explore, or just sit and enjoy a coffee at the famous street cafes of Paris.

Tonight, consider joining the Tour Captain for an optional dining experience in the Montmartre district.
 
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MONET'S GIVERNY & LOUIS' VERSAILLES

Day 9: A Perfectly Wonderful Day in the Countryside

Monet's Garden at Giverny

Today we enjoy a day in the French Countryside with a visit to GIVERNY to tour Monet's private home and world famous gardens and ponds that inspired his paint plen aire. You will find yourself in his famous paintings.

We've arranged a special lite lunch today to top off our visit to Monet's estate.

Story Exclusive —  PALACE OF THE SUN KING –  A proper visit to the Palce of VERSAILLES includes an amazing walk through the Gardens and viewing of the famous fountains.

Highlights:

  • Story Exclusive: Special apperitivo at Giverny
  • Afternoon: Palace of Versailles with the Gardens - a unique visit with Story!

We return to Paris for an optional dinner with the Tour Captain or explore at leisure.

Monet's Garden at GivernySpring Flowers, Paris

 

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GRAND SITES OF PARIS

Day 10: We'll Always Have Paris!


Notre Dame, Paris, France

We visit NOTRE DAME, ST. CHAPPEL and then enjoy a French picnic lunch on the banks of the Seine.

After a picnic lunch, we start our drive thru the sights of Paris, including a visit to the world famous Le Pere Lachaise Cemetery where such famous people as Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Frederic Chopin, and others are buried..

Highlights:

  • Notre Dame
  • Saint Chapel
  • Montmartre
  • Le Pere Lachaise

The balance of the afternoon is at leisure.

Story Way Dining — Tonight we gather with the Tour Captain for a very special Farewell Dinner in Paris.

Story Exclusive —  After dinner tonight enjoy a special Paris farewell experience.

 
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ADIEU!

Day 11: Depart or Extend Your Journey

Champaign Toast

   Included Breakfast This Morning


Option: Extend to Normandy 3 Days & 3 Nights Amazing Experience

 
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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 - 4 Nights

Paris Hotel - 5 Nights


What's Included in Your Small Group Tour?


What's Included in Your Small Group Tour?

We've tried to include everything ~
Make note of the following items:

  • Arrival Transfer Included: We feature an included AnyTime arrival transfer from London Heathrow on arrival day 2. Story's Meet & Greet and transfer to hotel on other days is $79 per person.
  • Departure Transfers in Paris: $69 per person, Paris Hotel to Airport, minimum two (2) guests.
  • Special Story Welcome Reception in London
  • London Welcome Afternoon Tea (5.15pm, lasts 2 hours) at The Ritz (Deluxe & Classic)
  • City Tour of London including overview drive, Tower of London admission and tour
  • Buckingham Palace and Changing of the Guard
  • A Night at the Theater Experience
  • Windsor Castle Admission and Tour
  • Stonehenge Admission and Viewing
  • Bath Tour
  • Westminster Abbey Admission and Tour
  • Parliament and Big Ben Viewing
  • 5 Story Way and Special Dinners in Deluxe
  • Classic may upgrade to a total of 5 dinners included for $390 per person
  • Tickets in Premium or Similar Class on the English Chunnel Train
  • Magic Portage Throughout
  • Loire Valley Tour: Chateaus Chenonceau and Chamboard Tours
  • Story Exclusive Receptions in London, Paris, and more
  • Musee du Louvre Admisson & Tour
  • Musee de L'Orangerie Admisson & Tour
  • Monet's Giverny Admisson & Tour
  • Palace of Versailles Special Admisson & Tour with Gardens
  • 2 Story Exclusive Lunches in the Loire Valley
  • Grand Sites of Paris Tour including Notre Dame, St. Chappel, Montmartre, Le Pere Lachaise Cemetery
  • Banks of the Seine Story Picnic
  • Story Exclusive Farewell to Paris
  • Several dinners are included: we want you to have some time to explore on your own if you want. However, do know our Tour Captains will invite you to join them to unique restaurants each and every night.
 

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
• London: Private guided commentary through the city. Welcome Dinner included.
• Premium Class Reserved Seats on the EuroStar from London to Paris 
• London to Paris Magic Bag Transport
• Bag Portage Service throughout tour

PARIS

• Paris: Walking Tour of the City of Lights with admissions and sightseeing
• Welcome Dinner first night in each city or town

THROUGHOUT TOUR
• Sightseeing per itinerary with professionally driven, air-conditioned motorcoach (half-motorcoach - 20 passenger vehicle or less based on tour group size) and Premium Class Reserved Seats on the EuroStar from London to Paris (not all itineraries utilize the Rail travel)
• Services of English-speaking, service-driven Tour Captain throughout tour.
• Services of Story's English-speaking local guides - professional, certified local guides.
• Admission and Entrance Fees per itinerary - No Long Lines.


 

London, Paris Grand Luxe Empires

2020
11-Day London, Paris Grand Luxe Empires

2 STYLES OF HOTEL IN LONDON & PARIS Choose from STORY's Deluxe or Classic Hotels -- Both feature Heart of City locations.
May 2020 Departures

May 2

Deluxe from
10,579 $9,579

Classic from
7,779 $6,779

Sep 2020 Departures

Sep 13

Deluxe from
10,579 $9,579

Classic from
7,779 $6,779

 


2021
11-Day London, Paris Grand Luxe Empires

2 STYLES OF HOTEL IN LONDON & PARIS Choose from STORY's Deluxe or Classic Hotels -- Both feature Heart of City locations.
May 2021 Departures

May 1

Deluxe from
10,579 $9,579

Classic from
7,779 $6,779

Sep 2021 Departures

Sep 12

Deluxe from
10,579 $9,579

Classic from
7,779 $6,779

 

Published prices are based on a guaranteed departure with at least six (6) Story guests — Inquire with reservations to find out your preferred departure's current tour size and pricing.

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