Day One – Paris
Arrive Paris CDG and transfer by coach with our special ‘Da Vinci Code’ tour manager to hotel. Afternoon walking tour of the Louvre, the Denon wing, the Mona Lisa, the pyramid – could they really have made that jump ? Overnight Paris.
Day Two - Paris
This morning enjoy a tour of Paris with coach and guide. Not only does the group see the superb sights of Paris, but also the many locations of the book and film, the Ritz hotel, Saint Sulpice church, the Arago plaques, the Arc du Carrousel, the Pont du Carrousel, the astronomical gnomon. This afternoon free for exploring on own, take in more clues, hunt down more places used in the film or take some time out for shopping.
Travel first to Chateau Villette the location for Teabing’s house, tour of the gardens before traveling on to Chartres to view the wonderful cathedral and the maze. The meanings of the sacred geometry are still open to much debate. Our final visit today is the Chateau Clos Luce in Amboise which was home to Leonardo da Vinci for many years. IBM have paid to have many of his inventions and creations assembled and they are on display there. Discover the amazing collection of 40 inventions, drawn by Leonardo himself and constructed by IBM : the first automobile, the tank, the parachute, the helicopter, the swing bridge. No codex or hidden clues here though !! Return to Paris.
Morning transfer to the Paris station of Gare du Nord for the Eurostar train to London. Travel across northern France at 300 km/h whilst re-reading the DaVinci Code novel. Arrive in London for our city tour of the Da Vinci code highlights. Westminster Abbey, with the tomb to Isaac Newton, Temple Church, built by the Knight’s Templar (originally soldier monks who protected pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem) with its most unusual circular nave. It is situated in the Inner Temple, Temple Church is the epicentre of Templar/Priory activities in the UK. This is where Langdon and Neveu begin their search in London for the Holy Grail. Also pass by Kings College London, St.James Park, Opus Dei London office along with the more general sights of London. Overnight London
Free day in London to explore more sights, the National Gallery with the painting by Leonardo da Vinci, Virgin of the Rocks – again used in the book to help decipher the code. Perhaps just spend the time to soak up the atmosphere and take in some shopping.
Depart London by executive touring coach for Glastonbury. Many believe the Holy Grail was hidden there by Joseph of Arimathea. Although Dan Brown gives a different perspective on the meaning of the Holy Grail, Glastonbury has been so tied up and linked with this for centuries it is definitely worth the journey to make up your own mind. Climb Glastonbury Tor, then descend to visit the abbey said by many to be a resting place for the Holy Grail, the cup Jesus drank from at the Last Supper, or is it as Dan Drown asserts, the bloodline of Christ and Mary Magdalene ? Continue to Bath and overnight.
Passing through the picturesque Cotswolds, travel to Burghley House. Originally built by one of Queen Elizabeth I advisors, it was used in the film for the interior of Castle Gandolfo. Continue to Belvoir castle, another location that was used in the film instead of Castel Gandolfo near Rome. Tour the house and grounds that will bring back many memories from the film. Continue to Lincoln and visit the cathedral – this cathedral was used instead of Westminster abbey in the film.
Drive north to York where we will have a short stop to view this wonderful city before continuing north into Scotland and Edinburgh.
Morning city tour taking in the Castle and Freemasons Hall. Over the ages there have been many links made between the Freemasons and the Knights Templar, so this is definitely worth exploring as background to the plots in the novel and film. Walk the Royal Mile taking in all the wonderful city sights.
Afternoon excursion to Roslin and a visit to Rosslyn Chapel built in 1446. This chapel is linked to many legends and groups: freemasons, the knights Templar, also the interpretations of its carvings may have links to the Norse, Christian and Jewish faiths. It plays a major part in the book and film. The guide will explain the details whilst you take in the amazing carvings and surroundings.
Return to Edinburgh for a farewell dinner in a local restaurant.
27 persons or above £ 1049.00 £ 1239.00
14 - 26 Persons £ 1149.00 £ 1339.00
8- 13 Persons £ 1249.00 £ 1439.00
5- 7 Persons £ 1349.00 £ 1539.00
Single supplement per day £ 30.00 £ 45.00
The price is per person for the tour and based on two guests sharing one twin/double room.
The prices includes:All the transport, professional guide, the accommodation, meals and entrances as listed.
Child policy:children under 12 years old when sharing room with 2 full paying adults will get 35% discount from above prices.
One person goes free for every 25 paying guests