This might be your first visit to Europe, and you would like to have a “taste” of the most popular and famous cities. Because they are centers of culture for the western world and bases for day trips, our suggestion is to start with London, Paris, and Rome. You will see royal palaces, priceless art, historical wonders, and nature at her best — and wait until you try the food!
The flights to Europe and transfers between cities are easy and affordable. One suggestion would be to fly to Heathrow for 5 days in London, then a train for about $70-80 through the channel tunnel (The Chunnel) to Paris for the next 5 days, a flight for about $60 to Rome, then leave from Rome for your flight back home. Prices differ depending on the days you travel, how far ahead you book, the time of year, and airline deals. A travel agent may be able to save you money and stress by helping you with this portion of your planning.
London is the perfect city to begin your European adventure, especially if English is your Primary language. There is a perfect blend of historical sites and modern art, outdoor gardens and indoor theatre, public transportation and beautiful walks — you will have a GLORIOUS TIME.
Your flight will probably arrive mid-afternoon, and your goal will be to stay awake and become acclimated to the new time zone. If you have chosen London Connection’s car service, you will be driven straight from the airport to your London vacation apartment and be greeted by the let-in manager.
Stonehenge, an iconic landmark, is on the top of the list for many tourists to London. It is a sight to behold, but it is quite a distance outside the city and it can be a bit of a challenge for transportation on your own. There are many options for tours of Stonehenge that allow you to relax and let someone else do the driving. Our ideal day trip would include Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Bath. Large group tours take 40-50 people on modern buses. Some prefer less of a crowd. If so, an organized small group tour of Stonehenge might be better for you.
Paris is known as the “city of lights” and you will understand once you are there. You might be tempted to see Paris at night. Now that you are acclimated to the time zone, you might just do that — have a late night and a nice morning sleeping until noon! Ah, Paris...
If you arrive by train, you will arrive at Gare du Nord and you can take a cab directly to your accommodations. Stay as close to the Seine as possible. If you stay in the outer areas of Paris, you will spend too much time traveling back and forth to the sites.
Versailles Palace was the residence of French royalty for over 100 years until the revolution in 1789. The acres of gardens surround the palace which is over 700,000 square feet. Bring your camera and very comfortable walking shoes! Our suggestion is to sign up for a tour that will take you there and guide you through the palace. You will not have to wait in the lines, and will enjoy all they point out while you are there and along the way. Be prepared for crowds, and remember to look up.
All roads lead to Rome, and after you are there you will feel the truth of that saying. Your understanding of history, art, and civilization will expand by volumes as you personally visit the “Eternal City.” You will view the ancient 7 hills, and see teens walking arm in arm as their parents and grandparents did. And what better way to learn than with some of the best food on the planet!
Take a flight from Charles de Gaulle airport to Rome. Be sure to get to the airport 2 hours ahead of time; have a driver lined up the night before. This is a connection you won’t want to miss!
Rome is a very safe city. You will see Polizei on every corner to ensure your safety. So get out and walk around this glorious city at night!
If you have another day, early morning take the fastest train to Florence. Take the private trains (red), go directly to the Piti Museum,go back to the Signoria Square to see David and the Duomo, and then you will want to see 2 or 3 of the other churches and monuments. Visit Ponte Vecchio across the Arno, Florence’s oldest bridge. Jewelry shops and artists galore! Go directly back to Rome on the last train. It is worth staying an extra day for this day trip.
And so there you have it in a nutshell — a very large one! This will be a marvelous experience that you will remember and talk about the rest of your life. Still not convinced? Read the article Benefits of Travel: Is It Really Worth It? We would suggest an enthusiastic YES. Last words of advice: pack comfortable walking shoes, bring your hearty appetite, enjoy your adventures, and take lots of photos!