Eight Days, Three Cities, One Luxurious European Holiday
For most members of our Luxury Link community, the days of backpacking through Europe with a rail pass – and without a set itinerary – are but a distant memory. And in this deadline-driven, always-connected society, an extended vacation allowing you to trapeze between countries and experience a variety of rich European cultures is not often feasible.
However, by combining a trio of Luxury Link’s smartly-priced, amenity-laden hotel packages and utilizing Europe’s high-speed train network, you can experience three of Europe’s most vibrant cities during an unforgettable, upscale week-long vacation. Here’s how…
Depart the U.S. on a Saturday, arriving London on a Sunday with plenty of time for sightseeing. Luxury Link currently features 12 properties in London at rates up to 55% off; all are in the center of a city that’s still buzzing after hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. We recommend a three-night package at The Rubens at the Palace in the heart of Westminster or the Victorian-style Landmark London near verdant Regent Park. Both properties include a wealth of add-ons, including breakfast daily. The Rubens even includes tickets for two to the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
All of London’s main attractions – from Big Ben to Buckingham Palace to St. Paul’s Cathedral – are in close proximity thanks to the highly-developed London Underground subway network, known locally as the “Tube”. For an edgier experience, head to the Tate Modern gallery and other museums along the south bank of the River Themes. Evenings are best spent sampling the wide range of cuisines that define London’s “melting pot” culture – Indian food is particularly divine here – while no visit to the English capital is complete without taking in a theatre performance in the West End.
After three nights in Jolly Ol’ England, it’s time to don your berets and head to Paris! Thanks to the lightning-quick Eurostar train, holiday-makers are transported from London’s St. Pancras International station to Gare du Nord in the center of Paris in just two hours and 15 minutes. View timetables and book your Eurostar tickets here.
Reserve a two-night stay at Castille Paris, located in the exclusive 1st Arrondissment, where your two-level junior suite features a living room, mezzanine bedroom and Carrara marble in the bathroom. As one might expect in the wine capital of the world, Castille welcomes Luxury Link guests with a bottle of French wine in your room.
Art aficionados - Paris’ legendary museums including the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay and Centre Georges Pompidou will take your breath away. The same can be said for an evening ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower, where the “City of Lights” twinkles all around you. French cuisine is renowned the world over, and a meal at Restaurant Le Meurice (located inside the exclusive hotel of the same name, featured on Luxury Link) is a decadent experience you won’t soon forget.
Enriched by the culinary and cultural gems of Paris, on the sixth day of your whirlwind European holiday board a Thalys train at Gare du Nord bound for Amsterdam, just over three hours north. This free-spirited and fun-loving city, build on a series of elaborate canals to prevent flooding, is the perfect place to end your trip.
The College Hotel – part of the Preferred Hotel Group – is Luxury Link’s recommended property in Amsterdam. With 40 impeccable rooms designed in pristine white and earth tones, and bathrooms featuring heated-tile floors and cascade showers, The College will feel like home-away-from-home during your two-night stay.
Amsterdam is a compact and easily-walkable city but also a great place to explore by bike, which are available for rent. Like Paris, Amsterdam features world-class art galleries including the Rijksmuseum and Van Gough Museum, while visiting the Anne Frank House is a moving experience. The city’s dining scene, like its residents, is eclectic, but don’t leave without trying the Dutch delicacy – pickled herring, eaten whole! Makes for a great photo op to end your trip…
With numerous non-stop and one-stop connections between Amsterdam and the U.S., you’ll return home on a Sunday with plenty of time to decompress and reflect on eight extraordinary days and seven luxurious nights Europe!