London and Paris Seine River cruise September 13-24.
My husband and I arrived in London on the morning of September 11 our transfer was non existent! Found out later several people had the same issue on Monday. Tauck did reimburse our cab fare in Euros, which we would have preferred a credit back to our credit card. The original plan was to tour the Palace on Sunday and Windsor on Monday. However the passing of the queen shortly before our arrival canceled those plans. We did walk to the palace Sunday evening but chose to turn around and go back to the Savoy. London was packed with people and it only got worse. But the Savoy was lovely and the breakfast was excellent! We chose to replace our canceled castle tour with a private driver and tour guide to Blenheim palace and the Cotswolds,which the hotel concierge made for us. We had a wonderful time and the recent rains had revived the Cotswolds to their green glory.
The actual tour started the evening of the 13th with dinner and a talk by Celia Sandys, Churchill’s granddaughter. I cannot comment on the wine as I do not drink alcohol because of medication my husband thought the food was wonderful. I personally don’t go on trips to eat so I just enjoy whatever is served. Our original morning bus tour was changed from major city sites to a British museum tour with a local guide who was very good. We were able to do the private Churchill’s War Room tour, but we had to walk there due to so many road closures. This was not a problem for us but some chose to be otherwise compensated not go. I think better instructions on the layout of the War Rooms would have been beneficial however we still enjoyed it.
The rest of the trip went as planned. Train ride to Paris then down the Seine to Normandy.
The Hobbitt door in the Cotswolds.
Our private Louvre tour was not private as France decided to extend the hours shortly before our arrival our guide was excellent and the crowds were not bad at all.
The only tour guide that was not excellent the entire trip was the Paris city tour guide, terrible.
The weather was good only a few sprinkles much cooler than a lot people had planned for. I had a good coat but used the cold as an excuse to buy a cashmere wrap in Rouen. We loved the small French villages the tours and our free time.
Our private early morning tour to Giverny was perfect beautiful sunshine the gardens were in excellent condition.
I will include a few pictures of churches and villages and end with Normandy. From the onboard lecture to the tour at the Caen memorial to the beaches we could not have had any better tour guides or weather absolutely perfect.
We were each given a white rose to lay on Omaha beach in honor of those who sacrificed their lives.