London and Paris loom large in the imagination of many travelers. After all, few cities can compare when it comes to cultural riches, historic sites, and an incredible variety of shopping and dining options. For families, Adventures by Disney trips offer an appealing range of activities, while sophisticated experiences take center stage on adults-exclusive trips. Travelers on the Adventures by Disney England and France itinerary, which includes a number of adults-exclusive departures each year, can see iconic sites that have long been on their must-visit lists, like Buckingham Palace and Versailles. There are also opportunities to do more than admire the landmarks. The trip includes the chance to walk alongside the ghosts in the Tower of London and ascend the Eiffel Tower. Best of all, your Adventure Guides will take care of all the details, so you can focus on everything these captivating destinations have to offer.
When you visit the Louvre, for example, a private guide and art expert will provide context to the works you are admiring, from ancient sculptures to paintings by Old Masters. At other historic sites, like Windsor Castle, local guides will explain their histories and point out the highlights of the buildings and grounds. In every destination that Adventures by Disney visits, authentic programs include activities designed to allow travelers to experience the local culture in a hands-on way—like a chocolate-making class in Paris.
Finally, you can expect your trip to London and Paris with Adventures by Disney to reflect the flawless and warm service that is a Disney trademark. If you want to hand off the responsibility of being the travel planner for your next vacation, Adventures by Disney is ready to take over. You can stop worrying about logistics and start enjoying the sites you visit.
Itinerary / 8 DAYSPLAN YOUR TRIP
DAY 1Arrive in London
This historic property, constructed in 1899, offers a taste of old England, while all the rooms offer the latest in comforts and amenities. It also boasts an enviable location, in Marylebone, between Regent’s Park and Hyde Park. It’s a quiet yet central neighborhood, with everything from West End theaters to many of London’s most famous historic sites nearby.
You’ll have the remainder of the day free to explore London on your own. Note: The Landmark London has a spa, if you’d like to book a treatment to ease you into your vacation. Perhaps you could try the Traveller’s Massage, designed to help your internal body clock adjust.
In the evening, join your fellow travelers and meet your Adventure Guides at a welcome dinner at The Landmark. You’ll learn more about what you’ll see over the upcoming week in two different countries, and the other adventurers who will join you on this journey.
DAY 2London’s Royal Sites
Afterwards, you’ll tour the Tower itself, an 11th-century castle that stands alongside the Thames in the middle of contemporary London. Over the years, the Tower has had a number of functions, including as a zoo, a mint, and perhaps most infamously as a prison. Among those confined in its walls were the “Princes in the Tower” (the sons of Edward IV), the nine-day queen Lady Jane Grey, and even Elizabeth I (briefly). Henry VIII’s third wife, Anne Boleyn, was executed in the Tower, and her ghost is said to still haunt it. Your guide will bring the Tower’s colorful history and legends to life.
You’ll next enjoy a private boat ride on the Thames. This river has long been the commercial thoroughfare of southern England—a place where royals made their way to the capital, and ships from around the world brought goods to the city’s markets, especially at the height of the empire. Your boat ride will provide an unusual perspective on the many buildings—the Tower, the Houses of Parliament, the Tate Gallery, and others—on its banks.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit Westminster Abbey on another private tour with a guide. Since the Norman Conquest, every king and queen of England has been crowned here, and it’s also been the location of a number of royal weddings, most recently that of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Most of England’s monarchs are buried in the abbey, while there are also tombs and memorials to many of the country’s leading scientific and cultural figures. There’s a lot of history in the Abbey, and your guide will ensure that you don’t overlook any intriguing details.
After lunch, take part in a guided walk via St. James Park, witness the Queen’s Royal Guards on horseback, and then take a photo in front of Buckingham Palace, the historic residence of England’s royal family.
You’ll have this evening on your own, and your Adventure Guide will be able to provide restaurant and theater recommendations.
DAY 3A Visit to Windsor and the English Countryside
DAY 4Travel to Paris
Your first activity in Paris will be a funicular ride to the top of Montmartre with your local expert and Adventure Guides to begin your guided walking tour of this charming Parisian district. This neighborhood in the north of Paris is most famous for its landmark church, Sacré-Coeur—a Romano-Byzantine basilica visible from many distant corners of the city and one of Paris’s iconic buildings. Montmartre is also known for the period in the late-19th and early-20th centuries when it was the center of the city’s bohemian life. Many Impressionist artists—as well as Picasso, Van Gogh, and others—lived and worked in Montmartre. While starving artists are less common there these days, this remains one of Paris’s most culturally rich neighborhoods.
After exploring Montmartre, you’ll enjoy a wine tasting at La Bonne Franquette. If you’re relatively new to the world of wines, it will serve as a helpful introduction to all the elements to consider when evaluating a wine. For more serious oenophiles, it’s an opportunity to sample three French wines that you may not have tried before.
In the evening, you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel, the Hilton Paris Opéra, which originally opened in 1889 and was thoroughly renovated in 2015. In a central Right Bank location, the hotel is convenient to many of Paris’s most famous landmarks.
DAY 5Explore Paris
You’ll rejoin the rest of your group for lunch in an unforgettable setting, 58 Tour Eiffel, located in the Eiffel Tower—the 1,063-foot-tall wrought-iron building completed in 1889. Your lunch today will be accompanied by stunning views of the Paris streets below. After your meal, you can see more of the tower, and Paris, from the first-floor observation deck. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can climb the 341 steps to a second, higher viewpoint.
In the afternoon, you’ll visit a museum dedicated to chocolate. You’ll learn about how chocolate is made from the cultivation of cacao beans to the finished products of chocolate bars and candies. Your visit will also include a chocolate-making class, with a professional chocolatier guiding you through the process of creating your own sweet masterpiece.
On the many adult-exclusive departures, your evening includes a marvelous, freshly prepared meal of French cuisine on a late-evening dinner cruise. Take in the illuminated sights of Paris—including the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, the Pantheon, and Notre Dame Cathedral—as you cruise along the Seine River.
DAY 6Masterpieces of Art and Architecture
You’re then free to get lunch on your own, and again the Adventure Guides will help with suggestions, from local favorites to markets where you can buy the essentials for an impromptu picnic.
In the afternoon, you’ll rejoin your group for a guided tour of the Louvre, one of the world’s foremost art museums, with a local art expert. Its most famous work is Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, but in gallery after gallery, you’ll find other renowned sculptures and paintings: the Venus de Milo, Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People, Ingres’ Odalisque, and many others. After your visit to the Louvre, you’ll have your last free evening in Paris to explore on your own and try one more restaurant on your list.
You’ll eat lunch today at La Flottille, a restaurant on the Grand Canal in the landscaped gardens by André La Nôtre, with views of the fountains of Neptune and Apollo.
Those gardens by La Nôtre are almost as famous as the palace itself, and you’ll explore them this afternoon in a unique way—on a bicycle. The influence of these gardens extended not only to the world of garden design but also, perhaps surprisingly, to urban design. The grand boulevards of Paris, as well as Washington, D.C. and countless other cities around the world, can be traced to the allées of La Nôtre’s design. Exploring the lush palace gardens on two wheels is truly a magical way to go, riding along tree-lined pathways and taking in majestic views of the grounds.
After your royal day outside of Paris, you’ll return to the capital for a final dinner with your fellow travelers, complete with an accordionist playing familiar French songs. It’s a good time to exchange contact information so that you can stay in touch with your new globetrotting friends.