EN ROUTE TO EUROPE

Why We Love This Trip

  • Private guided tour to shopping excursions to three of the best cities in the whole Europe for fashion.

  • Discover famous as well as hidden gems of stores that are not commonly known by tourists in London, Paris and Florence, along with vintage shopping for rare designer pieces.

  • Get a chance to see the Changing of Guard ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace.

  • See iconic landmarks in London such as Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, etc.

  • Enjoy Paris, the City of Lights, aside from its fashion aspect but also from its art and culture. See the Mona Lisa and La Liberté in the Louvre museum.

  • Experience the Renaissance era in Florence, the city famous for its art, authentic leather goods, and food.

  • See Scuola Del Cuoio, the legendary leather-making school since World War II that creates handmade, high-quality artisan leather hand bags. You’ll get to see the artists in process and perhaps buy a handbag or two.

 

Itinerary

(Day 1-3  -  London)

Day 1

1. See Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Witness the striking display of British soldiery and pageantry at its best, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. The ceremony starts at 10.30 am every day.

Changing the Guard, also known as Guard Mounting, takes place outside Buckingham Palace from 10.45am and lasts around 45 minutes, with the actual handover taking place at 11am. The Buckingham Palace Old Guard forms up in the palace’s forecourt from 10.30am and is joined by the St James’s Palace Old Guard at around 10.45am. The New Guard then arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music.

2. Tower Bridge

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Discover the stories behind the engineering, the people, the architecture and the City that built Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge will transport you to Victorian London, telling the story of the city’s defining landmark from the very beginning. Uncover the history of the world’s most famous bridge, immerse yourself in the architecture and engineering, then watch city life unfold in dramatic panorama from its high-level Walkways and Glass Floors.

 

3.  Tower of London

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 Tower of London is a London’s castle - a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous
prison. Uncover the story behind the glittering Crown Jewels, hear the bloody tales that had happened behind these walls, stand where famous heads have rolled, learn the legend of the Tower's ravens, storm the battlements, get to grips with swords and armour, and much more!

4.  Oxford Street

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A location like no other for shopping, Oxford Street is one of the world's best known
shopping streets, with all the top brands and a range of designers. Some of the most famous UK brands have a flagship store here, like Topshop and Miss Selfridge to name a few. The famous UK luxury department store - Selfridges has a huge 9-floor, 50,000 m2 store right at the heart of Oxford Street.

 

Day 2

 

1.  Big Ben and House of Parliament

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Explore one of London’s most iconic landmarks: Big Ben and attached to it, the majestic Houses of Parliament which seats the government houses in the United Kingdom: House of Commons and House of Lords. Stroll along the romantic Thames river on the Westminster bridge that connects Westminster on the west and Lambeth on the east.

2.  St. Paul’s Cathedral

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St Paul's, with its vast dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline and known across the world. When you step inside you will marvel at the Cathedral's awe-inspiring interior and uncover fascinating stories about its history and the rich work and worship that takes place here, all set over five levels, the highest of which will give you unrivaled views over London.

Venture down to the crypt and discover the tombs and memorials of some of the nation's greatest heroes such as Admiral Lord Nelson and the Duke of Wellington. Also visit Oculus, an award winning 270° immersive film experience. Don’t forget to try out the acoustic quirks of the Whispering Gallery and continue the climb to the Golden Gallery to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views across London.

 

3.  Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill

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Notting Hill has been enjoying the limelight for almost two decades ever seen the famous movie starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant came out in 1999. The famous house with the blue door where the character played by Hugh Grant lived in the movie, is located right at the heart of Notting Hill, an upscale and picturesque neighborhood in West London.

One of the main roads in Notting Hill, Portobello Road, has been a market since the 1800s but became particularly famous for its antiques in the 1950s. Now there are numerous stalls offering everything from fruit and bread to posters, chic fashion boutiques, ceramics and music.

4.  Harrods

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For more than 160 years, Harrods has been a luxury shopping destination for exclusive collections and excellent service. Shop in this legendary shopping-mecca in London with seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the finest products in food, fashion, homeware and technology, Harrods has something for everyone.

 

Day 3

 

1.  Bicester Village Branded Factory Outlet

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Discover a world of luxury at Bicester Village, the ultimate shopping destination. Home to more than 160 fashion and lifestyle boutiques.  Find boutiques of leading British and international luxury fashion brands with savings of up to 60% all year round, including Alexander McQueen, Armani, Bally, Burberry, Coach, Fendi, Givenchy, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Mulberry, Oscar de la Renta, Paul Smith, Saint Laurent Paris, Stella McCartney, Tod’s, Valentino and many more. You can easily spend half a day here hunting all the designer shops with a delightful bargain.

2.  Borough Market

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Browse more than 100 stalls filled with gourmet food, including delicious cheeses and beautiful patisseries at Borough Market. Feast on hot dishes from street food vendors and browse stalls heaped with fresh produce at this foodie paradise by London Bridge

From British fruits and vegetables to international delicacies, handmade chocolate truffles, Indian street food and raclette, there’s plenty to peruse and tuck into from the many traders and restaurants at one of London’s oldest food markets.

 

3.  Hyde Park

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Set right in the heart of London, Hyde Park offers a serene and enchanting park with a size of 141 hectares, which means it has plenty of quiet places to relax and unwind.Dip you toes in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain, feed the ducks in the Serpentine lake, or just admire the views across the lake from the waterside café, Serpentine Bar and Kitchen.

Have a go at boating, tennis, horse riding, or join the many joggers, walkers and cyclists enjoying the open air.Hyde Park has a long history as a site of protest, and still hosts rallies and marches today. Visit Speakers’ Corner on a Sunday morning to hear people from all walks of life share their views.

 

(Day 4-5  -  Paris)

Day 4

1.  Trocadero

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If there is one garden you have to walk through when you go to the Eiffel Tower, it’s the Trocadéro gardens. Created for the Universal Exposition in 1937, this green space of nearly 10,000 m² offers a stunning view of the Eiffel Tower dominating the capital (don’t forget your camera). The centrepiece of the gardens is the famous Warsaw fountains which, with its 20 water cannons, offers a remarkable water display, especially on summer evenings when the illuminations around the fountains add to the attraction. There are a number of sculptures to be admired, including gilded bronze animal statues, and the two stone statues, 'L'homme' or ‘The Man’ by Pierre Traverse and 'La Femme' or ‘The Woman’ by Daniel Bacqué.

2.  Louvre Museum

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 Calling Louvre the most celebrated museum in the world might be appropriate, it houses the most well-known painting in the world - Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci. But other than seeing the masterpiece, even just for the sake of admiring the architecture itself is a reason to visit this humongous castle. With the style of Baroque
at its best and opulent, it’s juxtaposed by the modern glass pyramid serving as the entrance to the museum.

Other masterpiece from the Louvre’s collection is La Liberté or Liberty Leading the People, which is an awe-inspiring painting of a lady depicting France holding the French flag, standing on a pile of human bodies - victims from the war, leading its people towards victory in the ‘July Revolution’ of 1830.

 

3.  Le Marais

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The historic Marais quarter is prime stomping ground for shoppers with an eye for the unique and finely-crafted, not to mention antique and fine art lovers. Try antiques or fine-arts shopping on the Place des Vosges, jewelry, fragrance, and cosmetics

shopping at boutiques like  Diptyque onRue des Francs-Bourgeois, or plunder the vintage and independent boutiques like Merci and others all around the streets. Or you can go to the Parisian’s favorite and oldest department store: Le BHV Marais.

If you're a fan of excellent teas, chocolate, and other gourmet goods, the Marais is also an excellent area for foodie shopping. For high-quality French tea, head to Mariage Frères (and its adjoining tearoom) on Rue du Bourg-Tibourg, or Kusmi Tea on Rue des Rosiers. Meanwhile, Josephine Vannier (4 rue du pas de la Mule) is a woman famous for making very delicious chocolate.

4.  Boulevard Saint-Germain

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There are many amazing districts in which to indulge your passion for fashion in Paris, but the charm of Saint-Germain is hard to beat. On one tree-lined stretch of boulevard between Mabillon and Rue du Bac metro stations, a mere 850 meters or ten-minute walk, there is a panoply of high-end boutiques and flagship stores.

Have an unforgettable day shopping in the 6th and 7th arrondissements in Burberry, The Kooples, Louis Vuitton, Zadig & Voltaire, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Sonia Rykiel, Fragonard which sells luxurious-smelling perfume from the French Riviera town of Grasse, the perfume capital of the world, and many  more.

 

Day 5

 

1.  Boulevard Haussmann

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 Boulevard Haussmann is best for getting lost in Paris' prestigious-- and dizzying-- Belle-Epoque department stores.

The old Parisian department stores are famous for its Baroque architecture. Galeries Lafayette and Printemps department stores dominate Boulevard Haussmann with real Belle Epoque grandeur, concentrating on high-end designer collections for men and women, gourmet food shopping, home design, jewelry, and even hardware into a labyrinth of consumer delights. In the winter months, of course, these "grands magasins" are decked out with lights and elaborate decorations for the holiday season, which gives it even more of a magical feeling to it.

2.  Montmartre

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Montmartre is one of the most famous neighborhood of Paris. From the 222 steps of stair leading you to the top of its mound to its atypical walks, it is a must-visit during your trip to Paris ! And an opportunity to offer yourself a well-deserved shopping break while enjoying the Parisian charm characteristic of its streets.

Some of its best shops are first, Chinemachine, which is located at Rue des Martyrs, which is one of the most under-rated shopping streets in Paris. The charming, sloping street offers a wealth of traditional and modern shops and restaurants. Chinemachine is one of these hidden gems and it is a must-visit for vintage fans. The store offers a special range of designer labels and top vintage finds from multiple eras.

Or head to Mademoiselle Pimpante, from its rock tops to its hippie headbands , to the chic coats, Mademoiselle Pimpante is just as good as the major fashion retailers. To satisfy your sweet tooth, make your way to À la Mère de Famille. Founded in 1761, À la Mère de Famille is a charming Parisian sweet shop offering some of the best confectionery in the city. This is the perfect place to pick up beautifully packaged sweets and chocolates that will make great gifts and souvenirs ‒ should you resist the temptation to eat them yourself. From boxes of assorted chocolates to pralines, jams and sweets, they have all the assorted candies and chocolate goodies you would ever want.

 

3.  Champs-Elysêes

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And now we have arrived at the legendary shopping street in Paris, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue des Champs-Elysées. Avenue Montaigne is fast outstripping Saint Honoré in the arena of chic-cachet, with legendary designers like Chanel and Dior lining the street with flagship boutiques. The Champs-Elysées, for its part, features luxury names (Louis Vuitton) while also being a major spot for shopping in trendy global chains like Zara. Meanwhile, to keep the kids happy, the Disney Store dominates the "Champs" with fun window displays and enough toys to colonize the moon. 

To satisfy your sweet tooth, try a legendary macaron at Laduree, and enjoy a warming cup of artisanal tea in the adjoining tearoom. 

4.  Île de la Cité

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While you’re strolling around the romantic Seine river on our last day in Paris, you’ll discover there are two tiny islands in the middle of the Seine: Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. Île de la Cité is where you will find the historical Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Chapelle and Conciergerie, the remains of Palais de la Cité - the First Royal Palace in Paris. You'll find impressive statues, small parks, squares and famous bridges such as Pont Neuf and Pont St. Louis which connects the island to Île de la Saint Louis. 

Walk around this beautiful little island with a cup of gelato in hand and as the sun sets and sparkles its dusks, you would feel like a true Parisian in the City of Lights.

 

(Day 6-7  -  Florence)

Day 6

1.  Mercato Centrale

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This industrial-looking building dates from the 1870s when Florence was still Italy’s capital. Arches surround the exterior; the interior is spacious and bright. On the ground floor are various stalls featuring butchers, fruit and vegetable grocers, spice vendors, pasta purveyors, fish mongers, olive oil merchants, and much more. Foodie favorite—Da Nerbone—sells Florence’s famed lampredotto sandwiches. Lampredotto is made from the fourth stomach of the cow, a sort of delicacy.

New restaurants are located upstairs. A soaring glass ceiling over the second-story of the market has been re-purposed as a modern food court. Brick oven pizzas, steaks, fish, salumi tastings, arancini, Chianti, meatball sandwiches, cannelonis, and lots of other food kiosks serve up various regional and Italian foods.

2.  Piazzale Michelangelo and Ponte Vecchio

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Soaking in the quaintly romantic ambiance of Florence from its open cityscape is an experience you simply can’t miss. No matter the time of day, Piazzale Michelangelo treats you to a postcard-worthy view of this ancient city. You can get a wholesome view of the Duomo of Firenze - Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Poggi created the piazza as a salute to the great works of Michelangelo. Hence, it features bronze replicas of the master’s most celebrated works including a bronze copy of the imposing Statue of David and the four allegories from the Medici Chapel in San Lorenzo.

Next we’ll make our way to the most famous bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio which is Italian for ‘Old Bridge’; I know, a lot of things sound better in Italian. It is located along the pedestrian zone south of Piazza della Repubblica towards Palazzo Pitti. Built very close to the Roman crossing, the Ponte Vecchio, or Old Bridge, was the only bridge across the Arno river in Florence until 1218. The current bridge was rebuilt after a flood in 1345 and is also Florence's oldest bridge, having been spared from the bombing in Florence during World War II.

 

3.  Leather Goods Shopping

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Florence, other than being the birthplace of Renaissance, is also legendary for its leather craftsmanship. Let’s start our leather goods shopping journey in Leonardo Shoes, named after the artisan shoe-maker, is famous for its Florentine handmade leather boots that smells delicious from its genuine and authentic leather. All of his shoes are processed and sewn by hand, stop by and grab a pair or two if you love having ‘leather, string and lots of love for beautiful things’; a direct quote from the shoe artist himself.

Our next stop is Michelangelo Florentine Leather, which sells one of the best leather jackets in Italy. It is manufactured with high quality materials and natural dyes, hence the jackets will last forever and be a staple addition to your closet. The last destination leads us to Scuola Del Cucio - a company that started after World War II thanks to the collaboration of the Franciscan friars of the monastery of Santa Croce, who wanted to teach a craft to the orphans of the 'Boys Town' of Pisa and of families Gori and Casini, Masters Florentine leather artisans since the years ’30. The result is exquisite leather bags that are made through the skilled hands of artisans, through process such as the study of design, choice of leathers from use and careful finishing, allowing the creation of products of the highest quality.

 
 

Day 7

1.  Pitti Palace and Boboli Garden

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 Pitti Palace with its garden and art masterpieces are must-sees for those who want to completely lose themselves in beauty. However, among the marvels Florence boasts Pitti Palace is special, because is not only a palace telling a piece of history of the city, but it also houses several museums which describe the story of those who lived in this building. Set against the background of its magnificent Boboli Garden with winding mini-hills and manicured greenery, it’s a can’t-miss palace to visit in Florence

2.  Via del Parione

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Via del Parione is classic Florentine eye candy: think colorful storefronts, guidebook-glorified eateries and camera-ready shop owners taking smoke breaks on the


sidewalk. It’s acquired an increasingly international feel, but the artisanal aspects of “old Florence” reign supreme, creating a cool mix of modern flavor and old-fashioned expertise. 

If you are looking to invest in high-quality Italian leather, then Il Bisonte is your place. The brand, which originated in Florence, offers stunning leather bags, suitcases and accessories. For high-end vintage clothes and accessories, Elio Ferraro is an Aladdin’s cave of covetable goods.

 

3.  Via de’ Tornabuoni

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Via de’ Tornabuoni, perhaps the most famous shopping street in Florence, houses many of the top designer fashion houses in the city like Prada, Gucci, and many more. This elegant street, which runs from Piazza degli Antinori to Ponte Santa Trinita, has been synonymous with luxury shopping since the 19th century. Its beautiful historic buildings have been remodeled into thoroughly modern flagships for top Italian designers as well as international fashion houses. A trip to Via de’ Tornabuoni is not complete without a visit to the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo at the southernmost end of the boulevard; the museum honours the Italian brand and documents the shoe designer’s evolution as well as showcasing pieces from the 1930s to present day.

4.   Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - Duomo

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A trip to Florence isn’t complete without visiting its iconic landmark - the Duomo - also called Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Santa Maria del Fiore is the cathedral of the city of Florence overlooking the homonymous square. It is the fourth largest church in Europe after St. Peter’s in Rome, Saint Paul in London and the  Cathedral in Milan. In fact, the first objective of the building was to be better than  the cathedrals of Pisa and Siena. The cathedral, in fact, is 153 meters long, with three naves which end in the enormous circle which supports Brunelleschi’s Dome. Inside you can admire one of the largest frescos in the world: 3600 square meters of paintings, painted between 1572-1579 by Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari.

 

5.   Accademia Gallery

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See the masterpiece of Michelangelo with your own eyes, the David. Said to be the world’s most beautiful man, In 1501 Michelangelo was commissioned to create the David by the Arte della Lana (Guild of Wool Merchant), who were responsible for the upkeep and the decoration of the Cathedral in Florence. Traditionally, David was portrayed after his victory, triumphant over Goliath. But Michelangelo breaks away from the traditional way of representing David. He does not present us with the winner, the giant's head at his feet and the powerful sword in his hand, but portrays the youth in the phase immediately preceding the battle. The exquisiteness of this statue is in the beautiful proportions of the sculpture, and if you look closely, the veins and fingers in his marble-sculpted body will make you wonder if you are staring at a human flesh instead.  And feel free to wander around the museum and discover other masterpieces housed in Accademia Gallery.

 
 

What You Will Get

  • Entry tickets to all sites such as Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Louvre, and many more.

  • Transportation with an air-conditioned car/mini van for the day trip to Bicester Village.

  • Private driver for day trip to Bicester Village.

  • Ticket for Eurostar from London-Paris and flight ticket from Paris-Florence.

  • Private guided tour for 7 whole days with a tour guide fluent in English, Indonesian and Chinese.

  • All train tickets to get around in London and Paris and car fees to get around Florence.

 

* Hotels, flight bookings and visas can be arranged as well, please request so in the enquiry.

Map

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