Girlfriend Getaway to Europe: London, Amsterdam & Paris
Enjoy Girlfriend Getaway to Europe: London, Amsterdam & Paris tour including sightseeing and many other activities in London, Amsterdam and Paris. Enjoy the incredible art collections, shopping, restaurants, bars and night clubs in London. Explore the old part of Amsterdam on foot, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes ...Read Full Description
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- 13 days
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Girlfriend Getaway, Trip Around the World
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Enjoy Girlfriend Getaway to Europe: London, Amsterdam & Paris tour including sightseeing and many other activities in London, Amsterdam and Paris. Enjoy the incredible art collections, shopping, restaurants, bars and night clubs in London. Explore the old part of Amsterdam on foot, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes and nightlife in Amsterdam. Enjoy the Moulin Rouge's current show, "Feerie", in Paris.
Day 1-4 - London
Arrive from Washington Dulles to London Heathrow. Upon arrival, collect your luggage and head to the nearest taxi stand, where you can catch one of London’s famous black cabs. It can take anywhere between 50 – 75 minutes to get to the city center.
Expect to pay approximately $140 for the ride. Alternatively you can also choose the subway which requires one change and will take you within 0.2 miles of your hotel. Ticket price approximately $8 per
After enjoying your breakfast start your first full day in London by exploring the city aboard the original London Sightseeing Tour bus. You can customize your tour of
London according to your interests and see the major sights and attractions at your own
Whether you arrive in London via the underground or inside one of the city's ubiquitous black taxicabs, you will immediately be greeted by a deep sense of history and met with the unique vibrancy of this incredible destination. In its dark and troubled past, the city of London has survived Roman occupancy, sackings from the Celts, Romans, Vikings and Saxons, a Norman invasion, two great fires, the bubonic plague, Nazi bombings, the Spice Girls and Damien Hirst. But the London of today promises something for everyone. The London Eye lifts visitors high above the river into vistas that stretch tight across the fading skies. Further down on the South Bank, the Tate Modern contains one of the world's most incredible collections of Modern Art, while the city's 30,000 stores and boutiques will exhaust even the most avid shopper, and its 6,000 restaurants are only too eager to demonstrate why Britons revere their chefs as celebrities. For those up for something more thrilling than dinner and the theatre, London has a vast number of bars and nightclubs catering to all tastes.
Stay for 4 nights in a standard room in Hotel Mandeville located in fashionable Marylebone Village. This luxury non-smoking hotel is located within a few minute’s walk from some of the best London shopping, the famous art galleries, restaurants, pubs and
theatres. This is most definitely an unbeatable location.
Created by some of the most famous interior designers, The Mandeville bedrooms have been designed for the utmost comfort. The medium sized rooms exude style and all are furnished with luxurious fabrics and wall coverings. All rooms are individually air conditioned. Rooms are equipped with flat screen interactive LCD televisions, broadband access, safes, two telephone extensions and voice mail. The medium sized marbled bathrooms are all equipped with power showers and hands-off radio. All the rooms are decorated with vibrant colors, and style is modern and chic, but well finished, warm and comfortable.
Hotel Mandeville is home to the deVille Restaurant which is located in the ground floor. It is a spectacular, very trendy and popular restaurant, serving modern British cuisine. Here you can also indulge in one of the famous British afternoon teas. The deVigne Bar, also located at the hotel is a particular hot spot in the center of London, and very popular amongst young, trendy professionals of the area.
Day 5-9 - Amsterdam
Take train to Amsterdam. Afternoon train departs 2:34pm (London St. Pancras) and arrives: 5:33pm (Bruxelles Midi). Travel time: 1 hours 59 minutes. Evening train departs: 6:15pm (Bruxelles Midi) and arrives: 9:06pm (Amsterdam CS). Travel time: 2 hours 37 minutes.
Lively, lascivious Amsterdam has a unique atmosphere that belies the caricature of the dour Dutch. Radiating out from the Dam Square, the historic centre of the city is ringed by quaint canals and cobbled streets, thronged with bicycles, tourists, houseboats, students, and street performers. The city wears two faces: on one it smiles and beckons hedonistic youth with its notorious Red Light District and liberal view of marijuana use, while on the other it offers some of Europe's finest museums and art galleries. For the tourist the joy of Amsterdam is its compactness. The old part of town is a pleasure to explore on foot, strolling across ancient bridges and down narrow lanes past gabled houses, dropping in to browse in inviting souvenir boutiques crammed with blue and white Delft china and wooden clogs. Pavement cafes and cozy bars offer rest and refreshment.
River or Barge Cruise
An alternative is to take a circular
canal-boat cruise and see the city from the water, peering in on the lives of the locals who live on houseboats lining the waterways.
At night even the most conservative visitor is drawn by the lively atmosphere of the infamous Red Light District, known as De Wallen, which is bounded by the Oudezijds Voorburgwal and Oudeziujds Achterburgwal canals near the Dam Square. Here prostitutes display their charms in brightly lit shop windows and touts encourage passers-by to view raunchy floorshows. The best nightclubs, bars, and the theatres and cinemas are mainly to be found in the bustling Leidesplein and Rembrandtplein.
A tour through 'Dark' Amsterdam can be rather illuminating, as it centers on the famous Red Light District. The excursion starts at a prostitute information centre, where you will have a drink while a former prostitute explains the system and you can ask any questions you may have. The visit to the 'Wallen'' (the Red Light District) is perhaps the most interesting part of the tour. You will see for yourself the oldest profession of the world. The tour continues past interesting monuments and through old streets, one of which is the well-known 'Zeedijk', once one of the most dangerous streets of Amsterdam - where Seamen could be found looking for local amusement. Nowadays this is a safe area, full of lively Dutch pubs and restaurants and the shady bars of yester-year are long gone. Safety during this excursion is not a concern, as a reliable guide throughout will accompany you.
Stay for 4 nights at a deluxe room at Banks Mansion. This charming hotel is ideally situated along one of Amsterdam’s historical and infamous canals, the Herengracht. All museums and entertainment centers are within walking distance, as well as the famous Amsterdam flower market, Central Station and Rembrandtsplein. The bedrooms were completely renovated in 2004 and now offer an inclusive concept which means that mini-bar drinks, cable TV and movies are all complimentary. The bedrooms are decorated in a faux art-deco concept, with wood furniture, plasma television and surround sound, burgundy curtains, a black armchair and foot stool, and art deco wardrobe. The bathrooms have also been completely renovated and are decorated with black and white tiling and have a power shower with extra large shower head in every room. The hotel does not have a restaurant due to the numerous restaurants in the near vicinity; however, there is a breakfast room on the lower ground floor. Next to the lobby is the lounge area which has ample seating, a feature fire place and complimentary bar and internet service.
Take the Thalys to Amsterdam. Train departs 12:25pm (Gare du Nord) and arrives: 4:36pm (Amsterdam CS). Travel time: 4 hours 11 minutes.
Day 10-13 - Paris
It is impossible not to fall in love with Paris. The city's people are stylish and flirtatious, its architecture seductive, its restaurants and nightlife devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and its streets are scattered with dreams.
Summer days are spent lazing on the banks of the Seine, sipping coffee at a sidewalk café, or idling in one of the city's many gardens or forests. There is otherworldliness to this city, where beauty and elegance are favored over purpose and practicality. Centuries of urban development have the appearance of having being mastered by a single hand with a strong sense of balance, contrast and aesthetics. The views from the Eiffel Tower or Sacré Coeur reveal hundreds of iconic attractions for the snapshot visitor, but the best way to see this city is by tucking your map back in your pocket and allowing yourself to get lost on its streets and avenues, discovering the city for yourself. However long you spend in Paris, on departure you will know you are sure to return.
Moulin Rouge's current show, "Feerie", consists of: a troupe of 100 artists, including the 60 Doriss Girls, recruited world-wide; 1000 costumes of feathers, rhinestones and sequins, set up in the most famous Parisian workshops; sumptuous sets in shimmering colors uniquely designed by Italian artists; the best, most outstanding international acts; and the awaited return of the giant aquarium.
Stay for 4 Nights in a standard room at Hotel Rochester Champs-Elysees. Located only two steps from the Champs Elysées and rue du faubourg Saint Honoré, the Hotel Rochester Champs Elysées is welcoming you in a setting combining luxury, charm and tradition. The hotel is ideally situated for sightseeing, and benefits from excellent public transport links.
Within close proximity guests can find the most elegant shops and restaurants as well as cinemas. The hotel has 106 rooms of which 12 are Suites. The rooms are furnished with quality fabrics and Louis XV furniture, which give a harmonious Parisian chic style. Each room offers air conditioning, sound proofing, mini bar, safe, internet connection (cable), satellite TV, marble bathroom, and hair drier. The hotel’s Health Club and Spa is free of charge to all hotel customers and open from 7:30am to 10pm every day. It is equipped with a hammam, a gym and changing rooms, as well as showers are provided for the guests. A massage parlor offers a variety of treatments available by appointment. The hotel serves a hot buffet breakfast which is available until 2pm. There is no need to rush for breakfast after a late night out!
Take the Eurostar from Paris to London.
Make your way to London Heathrow, in
order to catch your plane departing at 5:10pm.
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