Paris & London: Including a Special "Josephine Baker" Tour 8 Days: (3 nights Paris, 3 nights London)

If you plan to visit two of the world’s great cities in your lifetime, then they should be Paris & London. To take in all that they have to offer on this special journey that will not only give you an insight to a different journey taken by Africans as they left the Motherland, but also learn of many similar problems of racism, inequality and injustice that took place at all levels. Plus...combine this with traditional touring and excursions to cities that have incredible enduring appeal with a marvelous blend of Old World traditions and an ever trend-setting shopping and nightlife ... for a memorable journey of a lifetime!

Paris, the "City of Lights," is enchanting at every turn, at any time, in every season. In its historic heart, there is the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the famous Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower. Around every corner and on every narrow street you will find quaint and true splendor, and the character of the city. Paris simply glistens with riches to be explored. Highlight of your Paris stay will be a special "Josephine Baker" tour as you relive the places she frequented, where she lived, restaurants she ate in and even where she performed.

Then board the Eurostar train to exciting London for the 2nd part of your adventure. London, a city that constantly delights with its mixture of imposing grandeur and exquisite detail, its distinctiveness and incredible variety. It is truly a place with something for everyone. The city buzzes with its pomp and pageantry, its well-known museums, and theatre. Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and more create an abundance of surprises waiting for you. Highlight will be an excursion to Brixton to experience the African culture of this London suburb.


Tour dates:

  • Check back for 2010 dates

Inclusions:

  • Eurostar rail trip under the English Channel from Paris to London
  • Round-trip transfers between airport, rail stations and hotels
  • Accommodations in First Class hotels
  • Hotel taxes & service charges at the hotel
  • Portage
  • Welcome cocktail drink and tour briefing
  • 6 Breakfasts & 3 Dinners
  • Sightseeing tours, as per itinerary, including entrance fees

Added Features:

  • A welcome to Paris Dinner at the Eiffel Tower
  • A special cruise on the Seine River
  • Morning tour of Josephine Baker's Paris
  • A special tour to Brixton
  • Local Pub dinner in London
  • A special Farewell Thames River dinner cruise of London

Featured Hotels or similar:

  • Paris:  Hotel Opera Cadet
  • London:  Hotel Grange Strathmore


Paris - The Eiffel Tower
London - The Big Ben Clock
Paris - Bateaux Mouches
Paris - Notre Dame
Paris - St. Pancras Railway Station
London - Dinner Cruise
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Itinerary

Day 1. Saturday: To Paris
Arrange your own flight reservations for the overnight trip to Paris with your return from London.
Note: African American Journeys will be happy to assist you with your flight plans

Day 2, Sunday: In Paris - Tour Begins (D)
Morning arrival in Paris. Please arrive no later than 10:30am at Charles de Gaulle Airport to be able to take your transfer. After clearing Immigration and Customs, you depart for your reserved accommodations at the hotel. The balance of the day is free to acclimate to the time change. Tonight your welcome to Paris will be special as you start with dinner at the Eiffel Tower with its magnificent views of the city. This will be followed by a glass-top, enclosed boat-ride on the River Seine, as glorious Paris takes on a new brilliance at night. The city’s monuments and sites shine with a delicate and ethereal beauty once the sun sets as you pass beneath many of the most beautiful bridges and watch the glittering Paris skyline.

Day 3, Monday: In Paris (B)
This morning’s sightseeing tour highlights the best of Paris including visiting the Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, the Sorbonne, the Pantheon, the intriguing Left Bank, Sacre-Coeur and a visit to the famed Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris’ greatest Gothic treasure. This evening why not try one of the wonderful local French restaurants.

Day 4, Tuesday: In Paris (B) - A special morning devoted to Josephine Baker's Paris
Today as a special treat, the morning will be devoted to discovering the world of Josephine Baker, including a presentation of her life in Paris. This is followed by a walk to see the hotel where she gave her last performance, the square named after her, and one of her favorite cafés. You will then take a metro (subway) ride to the 8th district to complete the tour with a visit to the Champs Elysées and the adjacent thoroughfares that Josephine Baker frequented. Sites will include the theater where she made her Paris début, the church where her funeral was held, the theater where she performed her first operetta, and one of her Paris residences. Then you will have time for a bite to eat at a local Parisian restaurant. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activities and shopping. Tonight maybe an optional sizzling cabaret show at one of the city’s great night spots like the Moulin Rouge or the Lido.

Day 5, Wednesday: To London (B)
Early morning transfer to Paris’s International Rail Station to board the ultra-modern Eurostar train which in just three hours brings you right into the heart of vibrant London. Transfer to your hotel to relax and explore a bit on your own. Why not take in the theater, as your Hotel Concierge will be happy to assist you with arrangements.

Day 6, Thursday: In London (B/D)
Morning city tour featuring Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guard, and the Tower of London. Then you will travel to Brixton to explore what local Black Londoners call home. After your sightseeing tour, lunch is on your own before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon to relax. This evening, experience the “real” London as you have dinner in a local Pub.

Day 7, Friday: In London (B/D)
A full day at leisure in this sprawling city of amazing diversity. London is a great place for shopping and there is no language barrier. In the evening, you will have fun at a farewell dinner as you board a river dinner cruise for a memorable view of the city.

Day 8. Saturday: To USA (B)
After an early morning breakfast, transfer to Heathrow airport for your return flight, which arrives the same day.

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control. Prices are subject to change without notice until time of deposit. All dollar values not denoted otherwise are US Dollars.


Tour Pricing and Registration
Please note that International airfare is not included. African-American Journeys will be happy to assist you with your fight plans Prices indicated include a discount for payment by check. The prices in red brackets apply for payment using a credit card.

$TBD Check back for 2010 pricing [$TBD]
Price per person, double occupancy, LAND ONLY

Please note that International airfare is not included. AfricanAmericanJourneys will be happy to assist you with your fight plans

Plus: Prepaid Gratuities for applicable guides, escorts, drivers, wait and hotel staff, porterage, etc. - $TBD [$132]

A Single Room is available throughout the tour for an additional cost of $TBD [$TBD].

Reservation deposit is $300 [$315] per person.

Pre/post nights are available upon request.
Travel insurance is highly recommended.


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