London and Paris are two of Europe’s great capital cities, and though they’re world’s apart in terms of culture and history, they’re only two hours apart via train. This makes them the perfect getaway for any traveler, especially the discerning traveler ready to plan a luxury vacation. London and Paris have plenty of unique travel experiences for those who prefer the finer things, both in terms of activities and lodging. Here are nine luxury travel experiences you can have in London and Paris.
1. Enjoy tea at Harrods
It’s hard not to feel luxurious when at Harrods for high tea. From delicate finger sandwiches to freshly baked scones to delicious patisserie, you're sure to find something to tempt you at a cream tea or high tea when you visit. Truthfully, though, it all started with tea - and that’s what Harrods does best. Listen to live piano music as you sip your way through delicious Earl Gray, Hawaiian Black, Arishan Tai Milky Oolong, and Superior Sencha varieties of Harrods’ world famous tea, and enjoy this wonderful experience.
2. Take a private tour of France’s most iconic pieces of art
Enjoy a private tour of the Musée d'Orsay, home to some of the world’s most notable impressionist artworks, from legendary artists such as Monet, Manet, Renoir, and Van Gogh. Your private guide will explain the significance of the pieces and be able to answer every question that comes to mind. If you’re impressed with the tour, just wait until you step into The Louvre, also known as the Louvre Museum. It’s the most-visited museum in the world, and for a good reason - it’s home to some of the most known works of art, including the Mona Lisa.
3. Take a day trip to Windsor Castle, Bath, and Stonehenge
If you want to see a collection of three incredible sights, a journey to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and the historic town of Bath is sure to impress.
Start your day trip with a visit to Windsor Castle, the home of the British royal family. You’ll see St. George’s Cathedral where Prince Harry married Meghan Markle, along with the tombs of famous monarchs like King Henry VIII and King Charles I. If the Queen is staying at Windsor during your visit, you’ll notice the Royal Standard flying high over the Round Tower. One of the main reasons you’ll visit Windsor Castle first on your day trip is to witness the changing of the guard, a tradition that takes place every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:00 AM.
After Windsor Castle, your private tour takes you to the Roman Baths at the heart of the City of Bath, which is a World Heritage Site. The ancient baths were once considered some of the most important religious spas in the world, and the water still flows at them today. Before leaving, you’ll also visit Bath Abbey, an Anglican parish church and former Benedictine monastery in Bath.
Your final stop is in Salisbury at historic Stonehenge, one of the most mysterious and iconic places in the world. To this day, it’s still unclear why Stonehenge was built or who built it. One thing is for sure, it’s a stunning structure over 5,000 years in the making.
4. Go VIP at the Moulin Rouge
If you’re heading to Paris, you’re likely thinking of visiting the Moulin Rouge. We suggest visiting in style by booking VIP seating tickets. There are only 24 available seats for each production, offering an exclusive private balcony with the best views of the show. You’ll also skip the line and be served a three-course dinner with Champagne and wine included.
5. Champagne tasting from the sky
The London Eye is always a wonderful experience, but there are private bookings that a travel representative can help you book that takes things to new heights. Turn your London Eye capsule into a Champagne tasting capsule, including a 30 minute trip around the world-famous attraction. If Champagne isn’t your thing, you could always book a trip in a wellness pod that includes a yoga class from 135 meters up, or a private pod for you to use as you please.
6. Stay in luxury at the InerContinental Park Lane
The newly designed Royal Suite pays homage to the hotel’s location on 145 Piccadilly, Queen Elizabeth II’s former childhood residence. The timeless design of the rooms is sure to impress, as it encapsulates signature styles from Her Majesty’s early life through to the present. The new ‘By Appointment’ collection offers the ultimate luxury with a flexible design that can be tailored exclusively to the needs of each guest - so whatever you’re looking for in your accommodations, the InterContinental Park Lane can accommodate you.
7. Catch a football game in style
London is home to some of the finest football teams on the planet, and you can catch a weekend game from the privacy of a first-class booth when you visit. One of London’s most storied teams, Arsenal takes the pitch at The Emirates Stadium, one of the most luxurious stadiums in the Premier League. An executive box gains you access to an incredible menu, professional caterers, as well as unparalleled views of the action. These are the best seats in the stadium, coming with merchandise, private parking, and staff to wait on you as you watch the game.
8. Cruise the Seine
There’s nothing more romantic than a trip down the stunning Seine, as you take in views of the city, including the Eiffel Tower, l'Arc de Triomphe, the Place de la Concorde, and Notre-Dame. While you take in the sights, you’ll be served a first-class dining experience, full of French cuisine, Champagne, wine, cocktails, and dessert.
9. Stay in “Les Grands Appartements”
Hôtel de Crillon was originally built in 1758, and thanks to its incredible location, impeccable restorations, and unparalleled dedication to service, it continues to operate today. Overlooking Place de la Concorde, the property reopened in 2018 as a Rosewood Hotel after undergoing an extensive four-year restoration, bringing with it a rich history that inspires its modern design.
The late designer Karl Lagerfeld has designed two exceptional suites called "Les Grands Appartements," which reflect his vision of French chic and modernity. In addition to fine dining options and a swimming pool area, the Hôtel de Crillon also has an intimate spa to help guests unwind. If a luxury stay is what you’re after, look no further in Paris than Hôtel de Crillon.
For those who enjoy luxury accommodations and fine dining, a trip to London and Paris is the ideal vacation destination. If you’re looking to visit two fantastic cities packed with things to do and places to see, start a conversation with a NextTrip travel representative today.