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London & Paris

September 29th, 2010 at 08:24 am

I rarely post more than once in a day, but I have more news.

I just got the financial info for the London/Paris trip. Here's the deal --

The total cost is $3,299 for a singleton, and $2,699 for each if you travel as a pair.

8 days, 10 meals (6 breakfasts and 4 dinners), round trip airfare, hotel transfers (what does that mean?)

The price includes a tour of Trafalgar Square, St. Paul's Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Westminster and a performance of "Blood Brothers" at a theatre in London. A tour of Windsor Castle is $80 extra.

In Paris, it includes a tour of Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, Champs-Elysees, Place de la Concorde and Place Vendome. Also, dinner at Paradis Latin with a cabaret show and a Seine River cruise. For $185 more you can tour Versailles Palace and The Louvre Museum.

The hotels are the Crown Plaza London and Concorde Lafayette, Paris. It doesn't clearly state that the price of the hotels is included, so I will have to check on that.

In each city, you have one day on your own.

What do you think?

7 Responses to “London & Paris”

  1. momcents Says:

    I think that it is worth it if you have someone you like to travel with. Having only been to London, I feel in love with it immediately. The prices sound reasonable to me. Lots to think about.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    If the hotels are included, that sounds like a pretty good deal to me!

  3. monkeymama Says:

    Sounds pricey, but if you are young, you can do these type tours much cheaper (I did Spain, France, Italy when I was in college - more days and was much less expensive). & I mean, we stayed at nice hotels and dined quite well. I wish I remember the tour company because now that I think about it, there were all ages on that particular tour.

    I would dig around the net a bit to see what else is out there:

    Grand European Tours had good reviews, and a cheaper price for a more leisurely trip. But, I suppose you have to add up all the taxes and all that to fully compare. (Seems like they get you with fees/taxes sometimes).

    Though rather anti-social, I have traveled alone quite a bit. I had my sister on this particular tour, but would have had as much fun without her. They keep you so busy! & you bond quickly with other travelers. I didn't know if you planned to bring a friend or not but I wouldn't worry about that. You'll have a blast either way.

  4. My English Castle Says:

    Hi CB!
    Hotel transfers are getting you from LHR or LGW to the hotel--they usually involve the tube/train then taxi or the bus. The Crown Plaza is nice and a very "American" hotel.

    But the tours are funny things--A tour of Trafalgar Square just makes me laugh. You need a nice guidebook and a spot on the steps of the National Gallery to point to the fountain and the statues. There is no "thing" there to see--it's an open square with a lot of statues and famous buildings surrounding it. The National Gallery is great by yourself, and there are free tours inside all the time (and it has an excellent cafe). The other building they might "show" you is St Martin in the Fields (a working church with free/cheap lunchtime concerts and good food in the basement) but again, with a decent guidebook, you can do it yourself.

    See the wikipedia description: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafalgar_Square

    Since both St Paul's and Westminster Abbey are working churches and public buildings, a tour can show you some things you might otherwise miss--but all of them are easily accessible by the subway (tube) and very easy to do yourself.

    I guess I'm sort of anti-tour--especially since they jostle American tourists into shows they buy cheap tickets for. London is VERY easy by yourself and on public transportation, and it's very safe--especially central London.
    The time of the year matters too. Off season you still should be able to go from ORD to one of the London airports for somewhere in the $600-700 range. In the summer and in other high seasons, it's considerably more expensive.

    I have a personal fondness for Windsor (my blog pic is Windsor Castle) because we have great friends there, but frankly, unless you're into dollhouses, it ain't all that.

    Like MonkeyMama says, do check other tours--BA has decent tours and my parents LOVED their Trafalgar Tour.

    Yet--with all my anti-tour stuff--if you think this is the only way you're getting to London and Paris--go.
    Heck--take me! I'm sure DH and DD could spare me for a week or so!

  5. baselle Says:

    I think for a first time trip, its pretty reasonable. Enjoy the tour for what it should do - keep you relaxed, provide automatic "social" interaction of a largish group, avoid the worries of deciding things in an unfamiliar setting. As long as you hold off the "I could be doing it cheaper" thoughts, it should be fine. The second time you go, with this experience under your belt, you can go frugal.

  6. Analise Says:

    The price seems very reasonable, especially if it includes air fare which can be close to $1,000. If it includes hotels, it is a VERY good price. Hotel transfers can add up... we were just quoted $45 per person from the Lima, Peru, airport to our hotel.

    I say GO... too often we put off special opportunities for when we have more saved or are retired, only to regret it later. Plan for the future but don't neglect enjoying life in the present.

    I have never been to London but I love Paris. If you can, be sure to visit the Louvre and Versailles.

  7. Jerry Says:

    I think that is a very good price indeed, if it is including travel and hotels... and if you have some insurance of knowing the places you will stay in advance. A trip like this, even by yourself, will lead to a lot of memories, and it sounds lovely! Still, if you are worried about going alone then plan something for later with your friend. Good luck!

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