london, paris, and rome


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      Day 1 - 5, London

      If you have never been to London before, we recommend that you spend five nights there. If you’ve been before, three nights may be sufficient, depending on your interests.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in London, click here.

      London is too huge to see everything on foot and the London Underground or "tube" is generally convenient, safe and reliable. So we recommend that you use it to save their feet.

      London Transport offers several Travelpasses that give you access to unlimited transportation on city buses and the "tube." One-, three-, and seven-day passes are available and you can purchase a two-zone pass or an all-zone pass that includes transportation to Heathrow Airport and on the Docklands Light Railway.

      Travelpasses start at 6EUR and are available through London Travel Pass at www.londontravelpass.com.

      Those who plan to visit lots of museums and attractions should purchase a combination of a Travelpass and LondonPass which combines admission to more than 50 of London’s most popular attractions with unlimited transportation. One-, three- and six-day passes are available, starting at 33EUR. Passes are available through London Travel Pass at www.londontravelpass.com.

      The State Rooms at Buckingham Palace are open to visitors in August and September. You will save time if you purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are available online from Buckingham Palace at www.royalresidences.com.

      If you want to take a "flight" on the British Airways London Eye — and you should — you’ll need to make reservations in advance. You can make online reservations through British Airways at www.british-airways.com/londoneye.

      If you are interested in visiting the Houses of Parliament, you’ll need to apply at least one month in advance for reservations. You can find complete information about how to make arrangements from the British Parliament at www.parliament.uk.

      London Theater offers comprehensive information about what’s playing on the London stage. You’ll find complete lists at www.londontheatre.co.uk .

      When you have decided what you want to see, you can purchase theater, symphony, and opera tickets in advance through Keith Prowse at www.keithprowse.com. Dinner and theater packages are also available.

      Information regarding upcoming shows at the Hermitage Rooms at Somerset House are available at www.hermitagerooms.com.

      Our London database contains information about scores of attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, address, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

      Day 6 - 10, Paris
      We recommend that you travel to Paris via rail. The three-hour trip actually takes less time city center to city center than flying. Schedules or reservations are available through Rail Europe at www.raileurope.com.

      If you have never been to Paris before, we recommend that you spend at least five nights there. If you’ve been before, three nights may be sufficient, depending on your interests.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Paris, click here.

      Although the Paris Metro is terrific -- safe, clean, and convenient -- we recommend that you walk as much as you can so you won’t miss everything en route. If that’s impractical, the Paris Visite pass may be a good investment for you.

      There are several options available. Passes are available for one, two, three or five days, and for unlimited travel within the city on Metro, trams, and busses. Five-zone passes which include Versailles, Disneyland, and both major airports are also available.

      You can purchase the passes at main Metro stations. Or you can purchase them in advance from The Conciergerie at www.conciergerie.com. Passes range in price from 11EUR to 55EUR and can be delivered to your Paris hotel or sent to your home.

      The Paris Museum Pass provides unlimited admission to over 60 of the city’s museums and monuments. The chief benefit here is that holders of the card do not need to wait in line to buy tickets. At the most popular attractions, this can save you half an hour or more.

      You can purchase the card in Paris at museums, monuments, or Metro stations. A two-day pass is 30EUR; a four-day pass is 45EUR; and a six-day pass is 60EUR. Confirm locations and prices at www.parismuseumpass.fr.

      You can order the pass before your departure from The Conciergerie and have it delivered to your office, your home, or your Paris hotel by visiting www.conciergerie.com. The two-day pass purchased in advance is 35EUR; and a four-day pass is 55EUR.

      You can also pre-book Cabaret shows at the Moulin Rouge or the Lido at www.conciergerie.com. Prices range from 84EUR to 180EUR.

      Our Paris database contains information about more than 100 attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, address, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

      Day 11 - 14, Rome
      We recommend that you fly from Paris to Rome. Alitalia and Air France both provide frequent service.

      If you have never been to Rome before, we recommend that you spend at least four nights there. If you’ve been before, three nights may be sufficient, depending on your interests.

      For a list of our recommended accommodations in Rome, click here.

      Although public transportation in Rome is okay, we recommend that you walk as much as possible. The city is compact and if armed with a good map, you should have no trouble. Those who prefer not to walk can get a one-day pass good on all public transportation for 4EUR. The pass is available at the central railway station.

      Business hours in Rome vary widely and change frequently. Please check opening and closing times before going anywhere. This will greatly reduce the possibility of disappointment.

      The year 2000 was the year of the Papal Celebration and many Roman landmarks were restored for the occasion. Some reopened after years of restoration and now require reservations. You can phone when you arrive in Rome. Or you can make reservations in advance by e-mail.

      The Borghese Gallery requires reservations since reopening. There’s an on-line booking form at www.galleriaborghese.it.

      If you are interested in having an audience with the Pope, you can make reservations and request tickets through the Church of Santa Susanna which is the home of the American Catholic church in Rome by visiting www.santasusanna.org.

      Our Rome database contains information about dozens of attractions. For specific information including admission fees, hours, address, and phone numbers use our search engine or the links to the right.

      For our map of London click here.

      For our map of Paris click here.

      For our map of Rome click here.


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