A family adventure through London, Paris and Rome
A whirlwind journey through thousands of years of history, culture and cuisine
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At a glance
The first stop on this ten-day trip will see you explore the grandeur of England’s capital. Combining the regal sites of the British monarchy, from Horse Guards Parade and Buckingham Palace to critical religious, governmental and cultural buildings, such as the imposing Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament and Shakespeare’s Globe, you’ll soon all be experts in British history. After three nights in the bustle of this historic and cosmopolitan haven, you’ll fly over the channel to Paris.
Predominantly known for its romance and 19th-century charm, Paris is also ideal for families and food lovers. Here, everyone can get stuck in and recreate the renowned delights of a French bakery with a private class where you’ll perfect the art of baguette and croissant making. With an educational and interactive treasure hunt in the world-famous Louvre, family members of all ages will be sure to appreciate this Parisian cultural highlight.
Your last stop takes you to the epicentre of European culture and history: Rome. A visit to this city demands a ride on a Vespa, the most popular and stylish mode of transport. After travelling around the cobbled city roads, you’ll travel even further, back to the age of Michelangelo with a tour of the Vatican City.
No trip to Italy would be complete without a taste of the country’s most prized cuisine: pizza. You’ll learn essential and lifelong skills at an authentically Italian pizza making class, ensuring you leave with a new team of pizza bakers ready to take on dinner duty.
Example Trip Itinerary
Private transfer to your hotel in London
Accommodation in London
- 96 rooms and suites
- Bowling alley
- Buzzing restaurant and bar
- Roof terrace
Just moments from bustling Soho and a stone’s throw from Mayfair, the Ham Yard Hotel is an oasis of calm in the heart of central London. Quintessentially British but with a modern twist, the hotel is bursting with character and is impeccably styled, its decor a unique mix of vibrant colours, patterns and textures. Each room has been individually designed and features floor-to-ceiling windows. There is the option of interconnecting rooms, making it an ideal base for families. Enjoy sweeping views across the London skyline from the roof terrace, a haven of tranquility with lush planting and tinkling fountains. There’s a real buzz around the beehive and the kitchen garden keeps the hotel restaurant’s larder well stocked. When you need to put your feet up, you can relax with the papers or a book in the library or curl up in front of the fireplace in the drawing room. There’s a world of culture on your doorstep, but in between soaking it up at the nearby galleries and museums be sure to pull up a chair at the bar and sip an expertly mixed cocktail or enjoy a decadent afternoon tea.
- 111 rooms and 23 suites
- Ritz Restaurant
- Palm Court for afternoon tea
- Rivoli Bar
- Private club
- A ratio of over two staff to every guest room
Since its opening in 1906 César Ritz, this London landmark has been a firm favourite of royalty, heads of state and thousands of discerning guests for over a century, and has become a symbol synonymous with true luxury. Its opulent Louis XVI neoclassical style flows throughout the establishment, from the grand Long Gallery lobby and into each of its 111 rooms with their signature blue, yellow, rose pink or peach colours. Some offer exquisite views into Green Park or Piccadilly and a handful can be connected for families. 23 suites range in size from 62 square metres (665 square feet) to a positively palatial 260 square metres (2,802 square feet) five bedroom suite. Each enjoy 24-hour butler service and a one-way London airport transfer in the chauffeur driven Ritz Rolls-Royce Phantom. The Palm Court is the setting for the quintessentially British Afternoon Tea at The Ritz, while the Rivoli Bar is the place for Champagne and cocktails amidst Art Deco glamour. The Ritz Restaurant, one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the world, serves timeless fine French classics. There is also a spa on the seventh floor, a tranquil sanctuary in this bustling part of town, and the exclusive Ritz Club with its own bar, award-winning restaurant and 24 hour gaming facilities which residents of the hotel are welcome to visit during their stay.
- 268 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Award-winning cocktail bar
- Afternoon tea
- Beauty and Fitness spa, pool and gym
Wonderfully located between the Strand and the northern banks of the River Thames, The Savoy has stood as a London landmark since its opening in 1889. 268 luxury rooms and suites celebrate two distinct historic styles – stately English Edwardian and Art Deco grandeur – each encapsulating a timeless London glamour. Many enjoy wonderful views across the river and to other monuments around the city. Those staying in suites have a dedicated butler service, and all guests have access to Beauty and Fitness, a private facility in which offers spa treatments, a private pool, and 24-hour gym. Fine dining is central to The Savoy’s history, indeed upon its opening it attracted an aristocratic crowd in full regalia, suppering in public for the first time. Today, Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill offers informal dining in a stylish Deco setting, whilst Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill presents a British menu with a French touch. Simpson’s-in-the-Strand celebrates the best of British and is famous for its roasts. The award-winning Beaufort Bar is renowned for pushing the boundaries of mixology and the Knight’s Bar is perfect for pre-theatre drinks. The beautiful Thames Foyer is where The Savoy serves one of London’s best Afternoon Teas.
- 262 rooms and 44 suites
With its beautiful architecture, fascinating history and cosmopolitan buzz, London really does tick all the boxes. Enjoy everything this wonderful city has to offer with a stay at The Rosewood London; located in an Edwardian Grade II listed building, its grand stonework and stunning facade indicative of what lies within. The hotel is located on High Holborn, one of the capital’s most historic thoroughfares. You’re ideally situated to explore the heart of the city with Covent Garden, the City and the West End on your doorstep. When you’re not out exploring, relax in one of the 262 rooms or 44 suites complete with bespoke furnishings, marble bathrooms and Nespresso coffee machines. The rich history of both the city and the hotel is reflected in its design which marries together a traditional manor house feel with modern British style. Guests enter the hotel through a impressive archway which leads to a grand Edwardian courtyard. The rose bronze gallery links the hotel’s public spaces and the spectacular Renaissance-style marble staircase winds its way through all seven storeys. Sit back and enjoy the innovative cuisine in the dining room with its reclaimed oak, antique mirrors and red leather banquettes. The mirror room is a dazzling delight and here you can indulge in the most British of traditions, afternoon tea. One room sure to get you talking is Scarfes Bar; here the walls are covered in the artwork of Gerald Scarfe, acclaimed British artist and political cartoonist for the Sunday Times for 44 years. The terrace, with seasonal planting and lush greenery, is a real oasis of calm and the heated benches mean you can sit and soak up the atmosphere no matter what the weather is doing. The streets of London are just begging to be explored and you have the National Gallery, Charles Dickens museum and the British Museum are just a stone’s throw away and the Tate Modern across the Thames. The glitz and glamour of the West End is calling so be sure to catch a show at one of the city’s many magical theatres.
- 85 rooms and suites
Sine 1884, Bulgari jewels have been an emblem of Italian style, so it will come as no surprise that the Bulgari Hotel London is every bit as elegant as you would expect. Located in Knightsbridge on the edge of Hyde Park, the hotel is a celebration of both English style and Italian heritage. Meticulous attention to detail is evident everywhere you look from the use of silver – a nod to Bulgari’s beginnings as a silversmith – to the gold and emerald mosaic of the pool and the mahogany wood panels in the rooms, polished no less than 17 times. The 85 rooms and suites are filled with natural light and furnishings and fabrics made exclusively for Bulgari. The restaurant menu is inspired by the vibrant markets of Spain and France and feature a selection of small plates that focus on simple flavours executed to perfection. Il Bar is the perfect setting for a drink, centred around a hammered metal bar, inspired by the hammered finish used in Bulgari silverware. There is also a 47-seat cinema with a library of over 200 new and classic films and a spa with an indoor pool, steam rooms, saunas, ice showers and treatment rooms. You’ll enjoy the best London has to offer with Harrods, Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall and some of the city’s finest museums all within walking distance.
London is one of the most exhilarating and diverse cities in the world. This thriving metropolis has a rich history evident at every street corner and yet it continues to innovate, reinvent itself and lead the world.
Westminster Abbey stands next to the magnificent Houses of Parliament and is steeped in more than 1,000 years of history. It has been the setting for every coronation since 1066, as well as 16 royal weddings. It is one of Britain's most important religious buildings, and here you'll discover a panorama of British history. Please note that the abbey is a working institution and subject to last minute closures.
Britain is renowned for its pomp and ceremony and the British Royal Family is the most famous in the world. Today you'll join your guide for a walk through the heart of Royal London. Walk past the halls of government power in Whitehall to Horse Guards Parade, a vast ceremonial parading ground where the Queen’s troops are often found practicing their horsemanship. Here’s there’s a little museum that tells the story of the Household Cavalry. Take a walk through St. James’s Park to see Buckingham Palace, official residence of the Queen. Nearby is the Royal Mews and the guardians of the Gold State Coach. The Mews are a working stables and in addition to historic carriages, it’s also sometimes possible to see the horses.
Journey around the world's history through the British Museum's outstanding collections of cultural artefacts on this special treasure hunt. You'll discover how ancient civilizations used to entertain themselves, from the Egyptians (who were so keen on board games they buried their dead with them) to the Mesopotamians (creators of backgammon) to the traditional Roman knucklebones. At the end, the winners will receive medals in a prize-giving ceremony.
One of the city's most famous landmarks, the Tower of London was built by William the Conqueror in 1078, it saw several phases of expansion, mainly under Kings Richard the Lionheart, Henry III, and Edward I in the 12th and 13th centuries. Although not its primary purpose, the Tower is perhaps best known as a prison, a function it performed from 1100 right up until 1952. A highlight for many are the Crown Jewels. Still regularly used by The Queen in important national ceremonies, such as the State Opening of Parliament, they are the most powerful symbols of the British Monarchy, holding deep religious and cultural significance in the nation’s history.
London’s unofficial culture mile, the Southbank, boasts free exhibitions, movies at the British Film Institute and shows at the National Theatre. To escape the crowds, either dive into Southwark Cathedral where Shakespeare worshipped or head around the corner to the George Inn, the only remaining galleried inn in London.
Head over to the Southbank which is lined with world-class cultural institutions, including Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Step back in time as you enter into this reconstruction of Shakespeare's premier venue, where people still flock to see productions of the Bard's work.
Private transfer to St. Pancras with assistance
Eurostar train from London to Paris
Private transfer to your hotel in Paris
Accommodation in Paris
- 48 rooms and suites
- Private garden
- Guerlain spa
A former private residence, Relais Christine is a charming boutique hotel nestled in Paris’ Left Bank in Saint-Germain des-Prés. With just 48 rooms and suites, the hotel has a wonderfully intimate feel. Antique furnishings, rich fabrics and exquisite marble bathrooms give rooms an undeniably French feel, and some come with balconies from which to admire this corner of the capital. The cosy lounge with fireplace is the perfect place to relax with a morning coffee and the papers, or a glass of wine before you set off to discover the Latin Quarter which lies right on your doorstep. A paved courtyard sits between the front and back buildings and leads to the entrance. A beautiful garden, accessible to only a few hotel guests, is a real oasis of calm where greenery is laced across the walls and flowers tumble from the balconies above. There is also a Guerlain spa with Jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room and private treatment rooms where you can relax and unwind.
- 100 rooms, including 37 suites
- Three restaurants - one with two Michelin stars and one holding one star
- Lounge bar
- Swimming pool
The former home of Napoleon’s grand nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, the Shangri-La Paris is every bit as regal as you might expect. Beyond the elegant façade is a hotel that oozes old-world charm. The opulent rooms are decorated in soft shades of blue, white and ecru with silk-threaded wallpaper, textured panels and custom-made furnishings. Marble bathrooms come with underfloor heating, some offering views of the Eiffel Tower from the bathtub. Dining at the Shangri-La is a real treat, its restaurants showered with stars. L’Abeille is named after Napoleon’s favourite emblem, the bee, and has been awarded two Michelin stars for its exceptional French cuisine. It also enjoys a prime location, looking out over the garden. Not to be outshone, Shang Palace, inspired by south east China’s culinary traditions, has been awarded one star. For French and Asian cuisine, dine under the huge glass dome at La Bauhihia. The hotel’s fitness centre, housed in the original stables of the Prince’s home, features an indoor swimming pool, open-air terrace, treatment rooms and a gym. You’re also ideally situated to explore the city, adjacent to the Jardins du Trocadéro and opposite the Eiffel Tower.
- 142 rooms and suites
- Chanel Spa
- Restaurant and bar
- Ritz Escoffier cooking school
Having undergone nearly four years of refurbishment to the tune of €200 million, the Ritz Paris finally re-opens it doors from April 2016. One of the most iconic hotels in the world, the Ritz is famous for being Ernest Hemingway’s old haunt during the 1920s, where he was said to have been joined by his contemporary F. Scott Fitzgerald. Today, Bar Hemingway is headed up by one of the world’s best bartenders, Colin Field. Another famous patron of the hotel was Coco Chanel, who moved into a suite from 1934 until her death in 1971 – so it seems fitting that the Ritz is home to the first and only Chanel Spa in the world. The spa will be located in the new Ritz Club, which is also home to a pool, Turkish bath and sauna. The rooms and suites have all been completely refurbished, with heated bathroom floors in all rooms and private terraces for all the suites. The classic design remains, but with modern amenities to ensure a stay at the Ritz is as comfortable and luxurious as it is a glimpse into Paris’ decadent past.
A city trapped in the 19th century, dazzling visitors to this day with its charming cityscape. Paris is seductive, stunning whatever the weather, but above all, timeless. There is plenty to do and see in Paris, but it is a city that captivates its guests with the little things; strolling the cobbled avenues, people-watching in the finest French cafés, savouring fresh-baked pastries from your local boulangerie. Paris oozes chic, with trendy boutiques and haute-couture labels dotted all over every arrondissement. Paris is also home to the most visited art museum in the world, The Louvre, and boasts many other fascinating museums, with dynamic and developing exhibitions.
This Louvre tour is designed for families to visit the museum together in a fun and meaningful way. Parents and children learn from the same works of art, but the younger set gets additional motivation through ‘Paris Muse Clues’, an educational and interactive treasure hunt (parents are free to pitch in of course!). This scavenger hunt takes the family and their personal guide through a broad range of collections - Ancient near East, Greek and Roman, Renaissance Italian, French - asking specific and detailed questions about many of the Louvre's masterpieces. It is designed to give children an entertaining background to the history of art while sharpening their detective skills of observation. Their own answers to the clues lead them to discover an educational prize hidden somewhere under the Louvre's glass pyramid.
Start the day with a private bakery class in Montparnasse area with a difference. This is a rare opportunity to go behind the counter of a friendly family local Parisian bakery, going into the kitchen to learn how to create French baguettes and croissants with the baker as your teacher.
The two-hour experience is very much 'hands-on' and you'll need to roll up your sleeves and plunge your arms into the flour to learn the technique for getting that crunchy golden crust with a soft warm centre. You'll have the privilege of watching, step by step, the traditional baguette making process. It's all the little details that make the difference and as the baker has owned his own boulangerie for years and his father and grandfather before him were also bakers, there are plenty of family secrets which have been passed down from generation to generation to share with you. You'll also master the art of making and shaping croissants.
The baker will do his explanations and demonstration in French and a translator will be at your side to explain everything in English. You may not understand his language but you will certainly understand his passion and enthusiasm for his job.
After the regular tour, enjoy exclusive access to apartments and rooms closed to the public, such as the apartments of Madame de Tourvel, secret passages and a gallery located above the Hall of Mirrors.
Private transfer to Paris airport
Flight from Paris to Rome
Private transfer to your hotel
Accommodation in Rome
- 50 rooms
- Lounge bar
- Rooftop terrace
- Private butler and limousine services available
On the Via dei Condotti, one of the most fashionable streets in Italy, and overlooking the iconic Spanish Steps up to the Trinità dei Monti church, The Inn at the Spanish Steps’ location takes some beating. With the flagship outlets of Italy’s finest fashion houses lining the street outside and landmarks such as the Trevi Fountain and Roman Forum close by, there’s plenty to keep you busy all within walking distance. The building itself is a former stately home that dates back to 1760 and is a listed national monument. Now fully renovated, it offers all the modern comforts one could ask for whilst retaining it’s historical charm. There are 50 unique rooms, ranging up to exclusive apartments and many enjoy enviable views down on to the buzzing streets and piazza below. A highlight here is the flower-filled rooftop terrace and its sweeping view over Rome’s rooftops and domes. Quite a setting for breakfasts or sundowner cocktail. There also a lounge bar inside.
- 12 rooms
- Garden apartment and two suites
- Private garden
- Listed library
- Wellness centre
Built the late 19th century, this grandiose villa has stayed with the Trivelli family ever since, through hosting meetings of the National Council of Italian Women, high society gathering of Counts and Countess to being the residence of Piero Trivelli, a sensitive writer and refined poet. In 2004, son of Count Piero decided to convert the historic residence into the fabulous boutique hotel of today. Communal areas are full of antiques and art, the library is listed and lounge areas steeped in a dark wood, old world luxury. Outside are peaceful formal gardens that form a walled oasis away from the Rome’s bustle. Overlooking the greenery are just 12 rooms, warm and welcoming, with subtle modern touches enhancing the historic charm of the original features. Large beds are clad in Fiandra linen sheets and alpaca or cashmere throws. Bathrooms are spacious and lined in marble, and all have baths as well as showers. Well-stocked minibars are complimentary. On the other side of the garden are two Garden Suites and a large apartment ideal for families, small groups or those seeking privacy. Breakfast is a vast spread and afternoon tea is served by the fireplace, whilst dinners can be arranged in the garden during summer months. There is also a wonderful spa and health centre offering restorative wellness therapies. Centrally located between the Via Nazionale and the Quirinal Palace, the Colosseum is a 15 minute walk away, the Trevi Fountain half that, and many of the city’s best restaurants are just around the corner.
- 91 rooms and 31 suites
- Le Jardin de Russie restaurant
- Stravinskij Bar
- De Russie Spa
- Fitness centre
Once hosting aristocratic travellers, Russian royalty and renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, a half century hiatus as an office building ended with a glorious restoration and re-establishment of this Roman icon, with contemporary-chic design and modern updates in harmony with the building’s classical architecture. The Hotel de Russie lies between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino, within easy walking distance of Rome’s main attractions, fashion houses and Via Condotti. Though surrounded by the ceaseless buzz of the city, behind the hotel’s unassuming frontage, is a soothing tranquility – both in design and ambiance – and vast private 18th century terraced gardens, a rare oasis away from it all. 122 rooms and suites are thoroughly up to date amenity wise, complete with Bisazza mosaic and Carrara marble in the bathrooms. Some feature private terraces and many rooms have views over Rome, Piazza del Popolo or the garden. The Stravinskij Bar is renowned for its apertivos, while Le Jardin de Russie and its chef, two-Michelin-star chef Fulvio Pierangelini, serve up simple yet refined dishes Mediterranean dishes in one a most romantic of settings. Furthering the Hotel de Russie urban oasis credentials is the De Russie Spa, one of Rome’s best health clubs.
Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city, needs little introduction. One of the most historied locations in the world, glorious reminders of Rome’s illustrious past, from ancient Roman wonders to Renaissance masterpieces, are all on show. That’s not to say that its cosmopolitan streets do not embrace the now; Rome is as exhilarating and forward thinking as ever.
Astride your own Vespa with a driver upfront, enjoy becoming acquainted with the capital in a totally fun and unique way.
See the sights of Rome from the back of a vintage Vespa, in true ‘Roman Holiday’ style as you weave your way through everything from large avenues to tiny alleyways. The tour will be led by a private bilingual guide and will take in all the most important monuments and neighbourhoods in Rome.
Driven by professional Vespa drivers, passengers are assured complete safety and peace of mind. The tour lasts around four hours with five scheduled stops.
Appropriately attired in togas, wooden sword in hand, learn the basics of hand-to-hand combat at a gladiator school led by members of the Historic Group of Rome. You'll discover the secrets of Imperial Rome's infamous gladiator games, get hands-on with ancient history and be shown around the museum on this fun two-hour tour.
The Vatican City is the smallest state in the world, covering just 0.44 square kilometres. At the sprawling Vatican Museum you'll tour the seemingly endless collection of treasures as you make your way to the single work of art that dwarfs them all: Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. This tour will end with the extraordinary St. Peter’s Basilica designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
No visit to Italy would be complete without tasting an authentic Italian pizza and what better way to experience it than making your own? You’ll be welcomed by a professional pizza maker and get to knead the dough, create the topping and pop it into the oven. Best of all, you will get to eat your creation!
Private transfer to Rome airport
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