10 Days England & France Itinerary

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Our expert tour planning team has pooled their extensive knowledge of England and France to craft this exceptional ten-day tour itinerary, guiding you through the heart of these two historic nations.

Our ten-day itinerary blends London’s vibrant energy with Paris’s romantic allure. Spend your first five days discovering London’s iconic landmarks, complemented by scenic driver-guided day trips to Windsor, Bath, and Stonehenge. Then, journey via the Channel Tunnel to Paris for the next five days, exploring its world-renowned sights, artistic neighborhoods, and majestic day excursions to Versailles and the Loire Valley.

On this exclusive tour, experience the best of both worlds, combining urban exploration with historical charm.

Destinations On Our 10-Day England & France Itinerary

Day 1: London Highlights

Image of Big Ben and houses of parliament from across the Thames river.
The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, London

Whether you’re landing at London Airport to kick off your journey or setting out after a night in your luxury accommodation, the first day of our itinerary invites you to discover iconic London sights such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, and Big Ben.

Buckingham Palace

Begin your London adventure with a visit to Buckingham Palace, the iconic residence of the British Monarch.

Witness the grandeur of the Changing of the Guard ceremony, a captivating display of British pageantry. The highlight of this section of your tour will be entering the magnificent State Rooms, adorned with priceless artworks and exquisite furnishings, as your private guide offers a glimpse into royal life.

The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Join a guided tour through the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, where the pulse of British democracy beats.

Wander through the ornate halls and chambers as your guide unveils the rich tapestry of political history and architectural splendor. Learn about the landmark decisions made within these walls and the symbolism behind the iconic clock tower, offering a deeper understanding of the United Kingdom’s legislative heart and its enduring legacy in global politics.

The London Eye

After immersing yourself in history, enjoy a change of pace at the London Eye. This giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames offers breathtaking city views.

A ride in one of the glass capsules provides a unique perspective on London’s skyline, making it a must-do for any visitor.

A Thames River Cruise

Conclude your day with a relaxing Thames River cruise. Glide past London’s most famous landmarks, including the Tower Bridge, The Shard, and the Globe Theatre.

This cruise offers a serene and picturesque way to appreciate the city’s beauty. It also provides insightful commentary about the rich history and culture that line the banks of this famous river.

I had never dealt with Private Tours England before, nor did I know anyone who had. Given how much we were spending for a customized day tour to several sites outside London, I was a little apprehensive. As it turned out, I had absolutely no reason to be! PTE’s excellent customer service began when I reached out to them about arranging a customized day tour. After telling them where my wife and I wanted to go, they put together an itinerary including those spots, and another they recommended adding. The were very open to my concerns about trying to squeeze too much into one day (we wanted to be able to enjoy the places we wanted to see leisurely), and, after a couple back and forths, we settled on an itinerary. We were particularly impressed with our driver/guide, Kyri. He picked us up on time at our Airbnb in a very comfortable Mercedes mini-van, and even had croissants for us to enjoy as we headed out of the city. At all the sites we visited (there were 4), Kyri gave us all the time we wanted to look around; he never rushed us. And he went above and beyond to make sure we had a memorable day. Since we were going to be out all day, we had asked for a lunch break to be scheduled into the day. Kyri could have very easily taken us to a crowded, rushed, touristy place for lunch, but he didn’t. He put in the effort to find an authentic English country Inn well off the beaten path so we could enjoy a truly unique experience. Between the heavy traffic, Kyri giving us the time we wanted to visit each site, and a lunch break that took longer than expected, we were over an hour late getting back to our Airbnb. Without any grumbling or complaining from Kyri or PTE. They really do exemplify excellent customer service. We would use PTE again in a heart beat!

Day 2: Historical London

People walking over Millennium Bridge, London
St Paul's, Millennium Bridge, London

On day 2 of our itinerary, prepare to delve into London’s rich past, exploring ancient landmarks, royal heritage, and iconic institutions that have shaped its global legacy.

Tower of London and Crown Jewels

Start your day at the historic Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a history spanning over a thousand years.

This iconic fortress has served as a royal palace, prison, and treasury. Your guide will lead you through its many layers of history, including infamous tales of its prisoners and executions.

The highlight is undoubtedly the dazzling Crown Jewels exhibition, where you’ll witness the extraordinary collection of royal regalia, including the Crown, Sceptre, and the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond.

Paul's Cathedral

Next, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, an architectural masterpiece designed by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London in 1666; its magnificent dome is a prominent feature of the city’s skyline.

Inside, your guide will take you to marvel at the beautiful mosaics, climb up to the Whispering Gallery, and, if you’re feeling adventurous, ascend to the Golden Gallery for panoramic views of London. Your guide will share stories of historic events held here, including the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

The British Museum

With over 8 million works, The British Museum showcases human history, art, and culture from around the globe. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, and the Egyptian mummies. Each exhibit tells a unique story, and your guide will bring these to life, providing context and insights that enrich your understanding of these historical treasures.

This day offers a profound journey through London’s rich history, from medieval times to the present day, immersively delivered through these iconic landmarks.

Day 3: Day Trip to Windsor

people walking up to the gates of windsor castle to start their tour.
Windsor Castle, England

This day trip provides a delightful escape from the city, offering a glimpse into the grandeur and tradition of British royalty and insight into the school where many of the cream of English society were educated.

Windsor Castle

The world-renowned Windsor Castle is the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle and one of the official residences of the British Monarch.

As you explore the State Apartments, adorned with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection, your guide will share stories of the castle’s 900-year history. Don’t miss the intricate St. George’s Chapel, a prime example of Gothic architecture and the site of many royal weddings.

Eton College

A short walk from Windsor Castle is Eton College, one of the UK’s most prestigious boys’ schools. Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, this historic institution has educated 19 British Prime Ministers and various royal family members.

As you stroll through its ancient courtyards and halls, you’ll get a sense of the traditions and academic rigor that define this iconic school.

As the day winds down, your guide will escort you back to London.

The experience of booking, anticipating our needs for a full 13-hour day of sightseeing (London to Stonehenge to biking in the Forest of Dean to a birthday pub celebration and return to London), was professional and prompt prior to the trip. Communication was excellent (unlike other tour companies we sent inquiries to). Our driver, Shane, was highly professional in mannerism and road skill, and took time to sort our sightseeing tickets in advance as well as suggest 3 traditional pubs for dinner, plus arrange our reservation while we hiked and biked. This was a memorable special day for our family, made all the more so by the overall experience. Highly recommend.

Day 4: Day Trip to Bath and Stonehenge

Stonehenge at sunset in UK
Stonehenge, England

Today, we have a captivating day trip planned. With your driver guide, you will visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Bath’s ancient Roman baths and Stonehenge’s enigmatic stone circles.

Stonehenge Tour

Join your private driver guide in the morning as you journey to the mysterious Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe.

Walk amongst the stones with your guide as they delve into the theories behind their origin, astronomical significance, and cultural importance. Wander around the Neolithic stones and marvel at how they were transported and erected about 4,500 years ago.

The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey

Next, head to the historic city of Bath, famous for its beautiful Georgian architecture and, of course, its Roman Baths, an ancient bathing and socializing complex that is one of the best-preserved Roman remains in the world.

Learn about the rich history of these thermal springs and explore the museum’s artifacts. The magnificent Bath Abbey, known for its fan vaulting, tower, and large stained-glass windows, is just a short walk away. Your guide will share the abbey’s history, from its Anglo-Saxon origins to its present-day status as a place of worship and reflection.

Enjoy some free time to explore Bath’s city center. Wander through its charming streets, visit the boutique shops, or relax in one of the many cafes. The city’s blend of historic culture and contemporary lifestyle makes it a delightful place to explore at your leisure.

Return to London

Return to London with memories of the historical marvels and architectural beauty experienced in Stonehenge and Bath.

Day 5: Cultural London

columns at the entrance of The National Gallery London
The National Gallery, London, England

On our last day in England, you will visit some of the most important cultural landmarks in the country before making your way to France via the Channel Tunnel.

The Tate Modern or The National Gallery

You can begin your day immersed in art at either The Tate Modern or The National Gallery, depending on your preference.

The Tate Modern, housed in a former power station on the banks of the Thames, showcases modern and contemporary art with works by Picasso, Warhol, and Matisse.

Alternatively, The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square offers a journey through Western European art history with masterpieces by Da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Turner. Whichever you choose, your guide will provide fascinating insights into the artworks and artists.

Shopping and Exploring in Camden Market

Spend your afternoon in the vibrant Camden Market, known for its eclectic mix of shops, stalls, and eateries.

This bustling market offers everything from vintage clothing and handmade jewelry to international cuisine. It’s the perfect place to find unique souvenirs and experience London’s contemporary urban culture. Your guide can suggest the best spots for shopping, eating, and enjoying the lively atmosphere.

Transfer to Channel Tunnel, Head to Paris

As evening approaches, it’s time to bid farewell to London and embark on the next leg of your journey.

Your guide will transfer you to the Channel Tunnel for your journey to Paris. This underwater train ride is a unique experience, swiftly connecting you from the heart of England to the romance of France.

From the initial inquiry to the executed tour it was a flawless and remarkable experience. Could not more highly recommend this tour company. We had a 5 day tour of London Bath and Stonehenge. We are a family of five with 3 children all under 16 so the challenge was to make a trip that all would enjoy. Laura at the start was so helpful, we provided her with details of what we would like to do and she made suggestions to come up with an initial itinerary. Once complete, Sandie was instrumental in organizing the layout of the tour, what to expect on each day and what would be appropriate. Graham was our driver and was so accommodating. Once in the car he took us around but also made additions to what he thought we and our children would like and just added them on as he saw fit. He was an amazing tour guide and an exceptional human being who really cared about all of us enjoying our experience. Graham definitely went above and beyond hie job expectations - taking us to the best places for photo opportunities etc, and we are so grateful for him. Tony was our substitute driver on the last day as graham unfortunately had car trouble - he was amazing and just took us around as planned and it was like there was no break or anything in our already very busy schedule. Each day was filled to the maximum with places to go and things to see. All tickets had already been purchased for us through the tour company and all were "fast pass" and so there was minimal waiting. The entire holiday was so very enjoyable and there was absolutely no stress. We returned home relaxed and happy. This tour company is a must if you are considering a private scheduled tour of London or the UK - the people are amazing at each level and you will not be disappointed.

Day 6: Visiting Landmarks in Paris

Effiel Tower, Paris, France Tours
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Day 6 immerses you in the heart of Paris, exploring iconic landmarks.

From the towering Eiffel Tower to the treasure-filled Louvre Museum, capped off with a magical Seine River cruise, experience the city’s majestic history, art, and romance.

Eiffel Tower

Begin your Parisian adventure with a visit to the iconic Eiffel Tower, the symbol of Paris and a marvel of engineering.

Ascend to one of its viewing platforms, where your guide will point out major landmarks and share stories about the tower’s history and significance. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the city, and don’t forget to capture these unforgettable moments with your camera.

The Louvre Museum

Next, head to the world-renowned Louvre Museum, home to an unparalleled collection of art and historical artifacts. With your guide, navigate through the museum’s vast corridors and galleries. See the enigmatic Mona Lisa, the grand Venus de Milo, and the majestic Winged Victory of Samothrace, among other masterpieces. Your guide’s expert commentary will enrich your understanding of the artworks and the stories behind them, making this a truly enlightening experience.

Seine River Cruise

Your first evening in Paris draws to a close with a serene cruise along the Seine River. As the city lights twinkle, glide past some of Paris’s most famous sights, such as Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Musée d’Orsay, and the illuminated bridges crossing the Seine.

This relaxing journey offers a different perspective of the city’s beauty and is the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploration.

Day 7: Artistic Paris

Sacré-Cœur, Paris, France

We have crafted the seventh day of your itinerary to immerse you in the artistic heart of Paris, from world-class museums to historic neighborhoods, each offering a unique perspective on the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Musée d'Orsay

Start your day at the Musée d’Orsay, renowned for housing the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces.

Located in a grand former railway station, this museum presents works by artists such as Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and Cézanne.

Your guide will provide fascinating insights into the evolution of art from the 1840s to the early 20th century, helping you appreciate the context and brilliance of these works.

Montmartre and Sacré-Cœur

Explore the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre, known for its artistic history and the stunning Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur.

As you wander through cobbled streets, your guide will recount tales of famous artists like Picasso and Van Gogh who once roamed here. The Sacré-Cœur, perched atop a hill, offers one of the best views of Paris. Inside, admire its beautiful mosaics and serene ambiance.

The Latin Quarter

After Montmartre, visit the Latin Quarter, a historic area known for its vibrant student life, bistros, and bookshops. This district’s intellectual and cultural significance is palpable as you stroll past the Sorbonne University and the Panthéon.

Our guide provided unexpected insights into the locations we visited. Mark did a great job and had many fascinating stories he shared as we traveled with him. We loved Blenheim and Oxford and seeing Churchill’s grave in Bladon.

Day 8: Day Trip to Versailles

Versailles, France

This day trip to Versailles offers a profound insight into the lavish lifestyle of the French royal court.

Palace of Versailles and Gardens

Your day trip to Versailles begins with the magnificent Palace of Versailles, a symbol of royal opulence and architectural grandeur.

As you tour the palace with your guide, marvel at the lavish State Rooms, the glittering Hall of Mirrors, and the intricately decorated King’s and Queen’s Chambers. Learn about the palace’s history, its role in French politics, and the lives of Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette, and other French monarchs who resided here.

Step outside to explore the expansive Gardens of Versailles, a masterpiece of landscape design featuring perfectly manicured lawns, ornate fountains, and beautiful statues.

Grand Trianon and Marie Antoinette's Estate

Next, visit the Grand Trianon, a smaller palace set within the grounds of Versailles. This pink marble palace was a place of retreat for Louis XIV from the rigors of court life.

Continue to Marie Antoinette’s Estate, a more intimate setting where the queen sought privacy and indulged in her love for the countryside. Here, you’ll find the Petit Trianon and the Queen’s Hamlet, a charming rustic retreat complete with a functioning farm.

Return to Paris

After a day of exploring the opulence and history of Versailles, return to Paris in the evening with your private driver.

Day 9: Day Trip to Loire Valley

Château de Chambord, Chambord, France

On your penultimate day of our itinerary, your private driver will collect you in the morning to visit the Loire Valley for its stunning châteaux, sprawling vineyards, and rich history.

This UNESCO World Heritage site blends architectural marvels with breathtaking landscapes, epitomizing the essence of French elegance.

Château de Chambord

Your excursion to the Loire Valley begins with a visit to the Château de Chambord, one of the most recognizable châteaux in the world and a masterpiece of the French Renaissance.

Marvel at its distinctive French classical architecture, intricate roofscape, and double-helix staircase attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. Your guide will explain the history behind this grand estate, initially built as a hunting lodge for King François I.

Château de Chenonceau

We now enter the Château de Chenonceau, known as the “Ladies’ Château” for its history of influential female residents.

Spanning the River Cher, this elegant château is renowned for its beautiful gardens, fine furnishings, and the remarkable gallery extending over the river.

Wine Tasting in Loire Valley

In the afternoon, indulge in a wine-tasting session in the Loire Valley, famous for its vineyards and wine production.

Savor the region’s renowned wines, such as Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Franc, while learning about the local viticulture and wine-making processes from an expert.

Return to Paris

After a day filled with architectural marvels and delightful wines, return to Paris in the evening.

See if you can trace your roots back to Ireland at the Irish Immigration Museum.

Dean was fantastic!! My family and I had a wonderful time with him in London! He did an amazing job showing us the sites that we had planned to see in addition to taking time to enrich our experience by showing us new sites of interest along the way! When we return, we plan to use this company again. We would highly recommend it!

Day 10: Final Day in Paris

Paris, France

Begin your final day in Paris with a peaceful morning at the Luxembourg Gardens. These beautiful gardens, created in the 17th century for Marie de’ Medici, offer a serene escape with lush lawns, tree-lined promenades, and elegant fountains.

Enjoy a leisurely walk or simply relax by the iconic Medici Fountain, a perfect spot for reflection and enjoying the tranquil surroundings. Your guide will share the history of the gardens and point out notable statues and architectural features.

Explore Le Marais and Trendy Boutiques

Your private guide will direct you to the historic district of Le Marais. This vibrant neighborhood is a delightful mix of old-world charm and contemporary chic.

Stroll through its narrow streets, explore art galleries, and visit trendy boutiques for unique fashion finds. Le Marais is also known for its vibrant café culture, so feel free to stop for a coffee and some people-watching.

Final Stroll along the Champs-Élysées

The final destination of our ten-day itinerary is the iconic Champs-Élysées.

This famous avenue is lined with theaters, cafés, and luxury shops, leading to the Arc de Triomphe. It’s the quintessential Parisian experience and a fitting end to your adventure.

This relaxing day in Paris provides a leisurely and satisfying conclusion to your 10-day journey, filled with beauty, culture, and memorable experiences.

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