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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

Days 1-4

London

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Airside assistance

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Private transfer to your hotel in London

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Daytime Long Exposure on Oxford Street
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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 Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey stands next to the magnificent Houses of Parliament and is steeped in more then 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.

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Royal London tour Royal London tour

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.

British Museum Treasure Hunt British Museum Treasure Hunt

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.

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Tower of London Tower of London

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.

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Southbank walk Southbank walk

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.

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Shakespeare's Globe Shakespeare's Globe

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.

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to St. Pancras with assistance

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Eurostar train from London to Paris

Days 4-7

Paris

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Private transfer to your hotel in Paris

Accommodation in Paris

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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.

Louvre family tour Louvre family tour

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.

French Croissants at the bakery in Paris
Private bakery class in Montparnasse Private bakery class in Montparnasse

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.

Versailles backstage tour Versailles backstage tour

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.

Flights & Transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Paris airport

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Flight from Paris to Rome

Days 7-10

Rome

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Private transfer to your hotel

Accommodation in Rome

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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.

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Rome Vespa tour Rome Vespa tour

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.

Gladiator School Gladiator School

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.

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Tour of the Vatican City Tour of the Vatican City

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.

Pizza making workshop Pizza making workshop

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!

Flights & Transfers

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Private transfer to Rome airport

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