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.
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 a guided 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
We get to experience the underground tube as we travel to St James’s Park area, the oldest Royal Park in London. On our guided walking tour 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.
Next we get to go inside Buckingham Palace, the London residence of Her Majesty The Queen and one of the few working royal palaces in the world. We will visit the State Rooms, The Queen's Gallery and the Royal Mews.
Vacation Day 3 - London, England
This morning we visit 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.
Afternoon to explore London at your own pace.
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 at our Paris hotel, we visit the Louvre, one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument. Showcase to 35,000 works of art – from Egyptian and Greek antiquities to masterpieces by artists such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa Painting
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, the bell and the 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.
Next on our guided walking tour we will hear about the beheadings of the French Revolution to present day Paris, (including years of Nazi occupation), Walk along the banks of the Seine, through its royal gardens and squares past Napoléon’s Tomb, Académie Française, Assemblée National, the Latin Quarterm Musée d’Orsay and other historicl builiding.
Board the Hop On Hop Off Buses of Paris and get a bird's eye view of the the chic shops and boutiques of the Champs-Élysées and stop at the Arc de Triomphe. Then back to the bus for a stop at the Eiffel Tower for photos.
Tonight dinner on your own or you can join the group at a local cafe.
Day 6 - Paris
Today is your day to explore Paris at your own pace or with a few of your new travel friends. Use your hop-on hop-off pass and travel your choice of many different routes or spend some time shopping on the Champs de Elysses.
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.
Our first day 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.
Then our guided tour through the Red Light District 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
Today we enjoy a full day tour in and around Amsterdam. During this day tour you will see the highlights of both North and South Holland. We will take you to the fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, where we will visit a cheese farm and wooden clog maker. Later we will of course take a look at the world famous windmills.After this tour we will drive through to Delft, famous for its potteries. Then on to The Hague, where we will have a city tour and end the day with a visit to the miniature town of Madurodam.
Tonight the group will stroll along the streets of Amsterdam and have dinner at a local restaurant (not included)
Vacation Day 9 - Amsterdam
A free day 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 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|