“I see London! I see France! I see…” Uh, let’s just leave it there, shall we? Europe’s two preeminent capitals await you and the kids on this short-and-sweet sojourn in London and Paris. Culture and exploration are the main attractions here, with loads of time at sites like the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower, but there’s plenty more that just history on the bill here. Ride a double-decker bus through London, learn the finer points of French cooking and wrap it all up with a sunset cruise down the Seine. What a week!
Highlights: Hunting for ravens in the Tower of London, Getting lost in the maze at Hever Castle, Whizzing under the English Channel by train, Learning to create fine French cuisine
For centuries, London and Edinburgh were the cities of kings. These days, though, the royalty carry wands instead of scepters and swords. If you and your kids loved reading about Harry Potter, you’re going to flat-out love living it. Beginning with four days spent exploring the castles and museums of bustling London, we’ll deliver you to Platform 9 ¾ and whisk you off to Alnwick—home of the castle that served as the original Hogwarts—for genuine broom-riding training before turning you loose on Edinburgh, one of Europe’s top cities for culture. (NOTE: No Dark wizards, please.)
Highlights: Experiencing the magic at the Harry Potter film set, Learning about the past on a visit to Oxford, Serving up some delicious home-cooked fare in London, Eating freshly caught haggis in Edinburgh