Itinerary in Europe
One of the most influential cities in the history of the world, London has all remnants of the former British Empire. A global city, London is the home of many cultures and a modern metropolis rich with history and old world charm. Housing some of the best attractions and events in the world, London promises to give you a memorable experience. Below I have suggested some of the top most attractions in this city:
A brilliant way to experience English countryside while in London would be to take the incredible England in One Day Trip. This amazing excursion will take you to a one day trip through the flawless countryside. This excursion will cover London, Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. During the trip you will come across Britain’s most popular attractions along with a memorable visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace and the finest Champagne strawberry scones served in his exquisite garden.
Here is a review:
What a wonderful experience. Whether this is your first time coming to London or if you've lived in London all your life, you will undoubtedly learn something new from this trip. Its a long day, but the sights are beautiful and you get a real insight into the mystery and significance of the places you will visit and people you will learn about. Our tour guide David, however, stole the show. He is, by far, one of the most knowledgeable, entertaining, and enlightening teachers I've ever met. His knowledge of history, culture, politics, religion, linguistics and literature, is perfectly matched by his passion, enthusiasm, and love for teaching.
Tour departs from Victoria Coach Station
Departure time-:8:00 AM
First up on any visit to London should be a visit to the Majestic Westminster Abbey which is undoubtedly one of the foremost attractions of the city. A symbol of British strength, this church has seen generations of British monarchs being coronated and buried within its vicinity. Apart from historic aspect, this church is also one of the finest examples of English Gothic Architecture with special delights like the fan-vaulted Henry VII's Chapel and the shrine of Edward the Confessor. With its intricately carved interiors and majestic exteriors, this place us sure to leave you spellbound by its magnificence.
Tip- Get there early to avoid the late afternoon crowd
Westminster Abbey (Source: OwenXu)
Here is what an amazed tourist said:
A trip to London would be incomplete without seeing the grandiose and spectacular Westminster Abbey. This church is closing is on a thousand years since it was first built on the grounds of an older shrine that was established in the early 7th century. The modern Abbey, officially called the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, was built between 1045 and 1065 by Edward the Confessor. And after the conquest of Britain by William the Conqueror in 1066, the Abbey has been the site of every coronation up to the modern time. Walking through the Abbey is an interesting experience. Despite its function as a church with daily services, it is also a place where the lines of monarchs and other distinguished people are buried. After entering through the North Entrance doors, you wind your way through the Abbey. In addition to the tombs and shrines, there is also a small museum that contains royal and funeral effigies, medieval glass. Nearby is the coronation chair that has been used for coronations since the time of King Edward I in 1296.Continuing around the Abbey are other chambers and rooms that are interesting to spend time in. Also, within the grounds are the College Gardens that have been under continuous cultivation for the past 900 years.Overall, Westminster Abbey is an historical icon.
Address: Westminster Abbey, 20 Dean's Yard
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7222 5152
Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri - 9:30am to 4:30pm, Wed - 9:30am to 7pm, Sat - 9:30am to 2:30pm
Tickets: Adult £16 ($25)
As you emerge from Westminster Abbey, you'll be greeted by London's most well-known landmark - the Big Ben. Guarded by, arguably, the world's most famous timepiece, the former royal Palace of Westminster is home to the British Parliament (i.e. 'House of Lords' and the 'House of Commons'). Across the street is the Jewel Tower; one of the only two buildings to survive from the medieval Palace of Westminster.
Another attraction without which any visit to this great city is incomplete is the famous London Eye from which no one can escape. This world famous Ferris wheel is the highest in the world and is the top tourist attraction in United Kingdom with over 3.5 million estimated tourists visiting it every year. The view from the top of the incredible London Skyline will simply leave you amazed along with providing some adrenalin pumping ride.
(Source: Jim Bahn)
Here is a review:
Everytime I come to London (which is about every 2 yrs) I "always" ride the Eye! It is never fails to leave me in awe of the beautiful city of London from up in the air! If I couldn't live in the USA I would live in London!
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
Address: Jubilee Gardens London
Phone: 44 (0) 870 990 8883
Tickets: £18.90 ($25) onwards
To avoid the long queues book online here
Visiting London and not paying a visit to its majestic Trafalgar Square would be an absolute crime. One of the most well-known squares in the world, this one will beautifully sum up London for you. It houses the Nelson Column guarded by four lion statues along with some other brilliant sculptors. To experience its true beauty and essence I would recommend that you visit it during the night when its beauty is altogether more magnified.
You'd be surprised to know that London walks are really popular even among the locals there. These walks take you on a tour of the city and last for around two hours each. Depending on what interests you; you can choose from a variety of walks and timings to do them.
Walking the streets (Source: Phil and Pam Gradwell)
Here's a few reviews:
More a family trip. We adhere to the bus ride up On-Off with validity up to 24 entries with some monuments and museums, but TB did a great walk. It was a fantastic trip I've been living in London for a short period of time, was to revive the city and its secrets, when you invite me back.
(Source: London Walks, Londres - trivago)
Address: PO Box 1708, London NW6 4LW
Phone: 020 7624 3978
Rates: £14 for adults, (Children under 15 go free apart from their tariff)
Note: You wont have to book in advance
Situated by the canal is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, The Camden Lock Market. Originally a craft market, today it sells almost all types of goods. From antiques to clothing(vintage and new), accessories, handicrafts, furniture everything you could possibly want you get it here.
The most romantic city is the world, the city of lights,the place to be for a connoisseur of art, the fashion capital of the world, food lover's first choice, you can call Paris any of these and more. It is the favorite city of models, actors, art lovers, foodies, the list is long. I have listed below some of the best attractions here.
Start your morning in the city by relishing some local cuisine. Although the breakfast menu in your hotel would probably offer you baked baguettes, fresh juice, croissants and assorted pastries, I'd suggest you leave your room as early as possible to enjoy the ambrosial Parisian air & try the menu of nearby restaurants. Bistros are usually more prudent options than restaurants for breakfast. In Parisian restaurants, the menu is known as the 'la formule', where you would get an option of 3 or 4 main courses at a fixed price.
The Le Bar à Huitres can be an ideal destination for a morning meal. Even the lunch and dinner are worth-trying here. The chophouse is mainly popular for its seafood. The Seaside Discoveries, is a popular dish, which includes one spider crab, 9 oysters, spanish mussels etc.
Seafood Stew (Source: avlxyz)
Review by a guest:
Lovely evening with friends: had crab and salmon tartare as starter, then 'sole a la muniere', it was over a 500 g in weight, we could eat in two. Served with melted butter and mashed potatoes, delicious, so much meat on the fish, well prepared and served in fillets. Our friends had raw seafood, crustaceans and seashells, fresh and they loved it. The one person platter? You could have eaten in two people. Great service, you must make a reservation, gets very crowded always. Pricy but the quality of seafood was just excellent, so it was OK to pay a little more. Plus, we had the same size of Atlantic soles in Brussels and it was worth it. Try the dessert, we had crepes flambè with Grand Marnier liquor served in front of our eyes (3 crepes, plenty to eat), then the fruit sorbet, delicious, served over whipped cream. must to end your dinner. Wide selection of wines.
Address: 33 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 Paris, France
Contact no: 01 48 87 98 92
Getting here: Nearest subway is from Bréguet - Sabin
Opening timings: Daily from 10 a.m. till 1 a.m.
Main course starts from $6 on-wards.
Soon after your meal, you can then head towards exploring some of the must-see attractions of the city.
When The Eiffel Tower was set-up by Gustave Eiffel in 1889, it became an instant success, thereby becoming the embodiment of Paris. This 1,000 feet iron lattice tower can be considered as a must-see site for every tourist of Paris. It's the most preferred location by almost every filmmaker, looking for outdoor locations. Take the lift or the stairway to reach its top, from where you can have a overwhelming view of the entire city. Restaurants are also set-up in the tower. You can even post a letter from the post office at the first floor, and the postmark will be "Paris Tour Eiffel."
Eiffel Tower, Paris (Source: John Williams)
Yahoo had this to review:
Paris just wouldn't be Paris without the Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower). Designed by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World Fair, at 300 meters (984 feet) it was then the world's tallest building. Not everyone was happy when it was first built; many considered it an eyesore and wanted it pulled down, but today it is one of the world's most visited monuments. The first and second floors can be reached using the stairs, and elevators take visitors to the magnificent view at the top.
(Source: Yahoo! Travel)
Address: Parc du Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France 75007 Paris, France
Contact no: 0892 70 12 39
Getting here: Metros accessing to Eiffel Tower are available from Iéna, M6 & M9 from Trocadéro, M8 from École Militaire, RER- from Champ de Mars
Opening timings: Daily from 9:30 a.m. till 11:45 p.m.
Admission Fees: Starts from $10 depending upon landings.
On your second day, you can visit the much-loved Champs-Elysees. The Heavenly Fields run from the de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, with the Rond-Point being the halfway mark. The lower section facing Concorde, is flanked by chestnut trees, thereby offering you a delightful boulevard for an evening walk. The Grand and Petit Palais, both devoted to the arts are also set-up here . You can either go shopping at the branded stores or can watch movie at the nearby multiplexes.
Champs-Elysées, Paris (Source: Champs-Elysées, Paris)
Lonely Planet had this to review:
Av des Champs-Élysées (the name refers to the 'Elysian Fields' where happy souls dwelt in the hereafter, according to Greek myth) links place de la Concorde with the Arc de Triomphe. The avenue has symbolised the style and joie de vivre of Paris since the mid-19th century and today is most popular with international brands looking to promote their prestige. While you can safely give Gap and Benetton a miss, some of the car showrooms are somewhat off-the-wall (with racing simulators, futuristic models, éclair bars and wi-fi zones) and can be a fun, if slightly bizarre, experience.
(Source: Lonely Planet)
Illuminations de Noël (Champs Elysées, Paris) (Source: dalbera)
Address: Between Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe 8e
Getting here: By M1 metro line from Champs-Elysées- Clémenceau, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George V & Charles de Gaulle
You can have your dinner at Le Stella, which is a traditional and popular brasserie of Paris. It is located in the bourgeois of the Rue de la Pompe & 16th Avenue Victor Hugo.
Since most of Paris's storied brasseries are now owned by corporate chains and serve wiltingly mediocre food, it's a pleasure to head to one of the last remaining independent ones in a quiet corner of the silk-stocking 16th arrondissement for a fine feed of such well-prepared French classics as onion soup, escargots, sole meunière, steak tartare, roast lamb and other Gallic standards. The people-watching here might be subtitled 'the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie', service is efficient and this place has what the French call du gueule, or real character. • 133, avenue Victor Hugo, 16th, 33 1 56 90 56 00. Métro: Victor Hugo. Open daily for lunch and dinner. AverageAverage €45
On day three, you can focus on the prominent museums of Paris such as the Louvre, which features the world's most famous painting by Leonardo; 'Monalisa.' This world-famous museum is divided into 7 sections, which are as follows; Graphic Arts, Egyptian Antiques, Greek, Roman and Etruscan Antiques, Decorative Arts, Oriental and Islamic Antiquities, Painting and Sculpture. It exhibits around 35,000 works of art.
The Louvre (Source: Rictor Norton & David Allen)
Fodor's had this to review:
The most recognized symbol of Paris is the Tour Eiffel, but the ultimate traveler's prize is the Louvre. This is the world's greatest art museum and the largest, with representative examples from almost every civilization on Earth. The three most popular pieces of art here are, of course, the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory. Beyond these must-sees, your best bet is to focus on whatever highlights interest you the most and don't despair about getting lost, for you're bound to stumble on something interesting. Pick up an excellent color-coded map at the information desk. There are slick multimedia guides at the entrance to each wing; for you get four self-guided tours and information about 250 works of art, plus a function to help you find your bearings. Free 90-minute guided tours in English take place every day at 11 and 2. Thematic leaflets (including some for kids) and Louvre guided tours are available from the front desk. The Louvre is much more than a museum, it is a saga that started centuries ago, as a fortress at the turn of the 13th century, and later a royal residence.
Louvre (Source: Denis McLaughlin)
Address: Palais du Louvre, Louvre/Tuileries, Paris, 75001
Contact no: 01-40-20-53-17
Getting here: Nearest station is at Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station.
Opening timings: Mon, Thur, Sat-Sun; From 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. Wed & Fri; From 9 a.m. till 10 p.m.
Admission fees: $13
The Arc de Triomphe is another popular destination, which is delightful to be explored even after the sunset. The aura of the city can be felt from its roof-top. Napoleon had commissioned this 164-foot-high Arc, which is now dedicated to the Unknown Soldiers of World War I. Twelve boulevards adorn this landmark; de l'Etoile (the star). Today these streets are known as Charles-de-Gaulle, There are 284 steps to the top, and is without an elevator.
Arc de Triomphe (Source: Paul Beattie)
Review by a tourist
At the western end of the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe suggests an ancient Roman arch, only it's larger. Actually, it's the biggest triumphal arch in the world, about 49m (161 ft.) high and 44m (144 ft.) wide. To reach it, don't try to cross the square, Paris's busiest traffic hub. With a dozen streets radiating from the "Star," the roundabout has been called by one writer "vehicular roulette with more balls than numbers," death is certain! Take the underground passage, and live a little longer.
Arc de Triomphe, Paris (21) (Source: Jorge Andrade)
Address: place Charles de Gaulle, Paris 75008
Contact no: +33 1 4495 0213
Getting here: Nearest transit is at Charles de Gaulle - Étoile
Opening timings: Daily from 10 a.m. till 11 p.m.
Admission fees: $10
While making a trip to Paris you could also head to the historic town of Normandy which is a 2 hour drive from the city. Offering a truly unique insight into the War of Normandy, this city houses many museums and British, American and German Cemeteries.
In addition to this you can also head to the sandy beaches of Normandy where you can have a nice and a relaxed vacation in the picturesque French countryside. Other major attractions include the famous Tapestry which tells the story of the invasion of Britain by William the Conqueror in 1066. Also do not forget to visit the majestic Chateau de Sassy gardens which are a true visual delight and have that treasured tranquillity about them.
Lonely Planet sums it up beautifully:
Three things sum up Normandy Camembert, cider and cows. Spread along the Channel coastline between Brittany and the far reaches of northeast France, Normandy is where the green, pleasant French countryside smacks hard into the rolling waves of La Manche (the Channel). It's a place of churned butter and soft runny cheese, where broad fields and dry-stone farmhouses perch on the edge of chalk-white cliffs, and the salty tang of the sea is in the air. Normandy is an enticing blend of old and new. Fishing boats jostle with designer yachts in the harbour of Honfleur;
(Source: Lonely Planet)
In the end experience the breath-taking scenic beauty of Paris by taking a walk up the famous Montmartre Hill. A perfect way to sum up an incredible visit to this city, this walk will take you through some of the most traditional cafes of Paris which have a character of their own. As you continue you walk you come across awesome views of the Paris Skyline and on the top you will find the majestic Sacre Cour Basilica which is an architectural delight in itself. On the way down don’t forget to collect some really nice souvenirs from the shops by the streets.
An uncrowded and trendy part of the city - very artistic. We stayed in Montmatre and walked to the local bakery each morning for fresh bagettes and croissants - amazing! The streets are quiet and very pretty - with lots of little cafes scattered about.Its generally not as expensive as the main parts of the city. It was so relaxing to explore and see where we ended up or what we found.
Since you are travelling with a baby , I have suggested only two cities from which you can see a lot of attractions and get the in groove of Europe. I hope the above listed suggestions help in having a truly memorable vacation in London. If you require any kind of assistance on any other trips feel free to get back to us; we will be glad to help you.
Have a great time!
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