When the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend was announced, my mom and I decided to go on a European adventure! This post will focus on the vacation portion before the big race weekend.
Knowing that we wanted to explore Paris, I looked up a few itineraries through Adventures by Disney. Lo and behold, the England/France itinerary fit in our race plans perfectly! Not only would we explore Paris, but we would visit London as well!
I had heard nothing but wonderful things about Adventures by Disney, and was very excited to experience it myself. Spoiler alert: it exceeded my expectations in every way! Every detail was handled in true Disney fashion, along with amazing tour guides, and magical surprises along the way. Take a look!
Including our arrival day, we spent four days in London. From our arrival in Heathrow to our departure from Paris, all of our transportation was taken care of. We never even had to touch our luggage! Our Adventure Guides, Kim and Damien, were full of energy and made it a truly unforgettable experience. Even better, many of our fellow adventurers were participating in the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon as well!
While in London, we were able to see many of the sights we had hoped to see. We took photos in front of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, walked inside Westminster Abbey, saw the changing of the horse guard, took a high-speed boat ride down the Thames River, took aim during an archery lesson, made scones, explored Windsor Palace, walked across the Millennium Bridge, visited the Tower of London, and went on the London Eye. We even solved a mystery with Sherlock Holmes! Along the way, our local guide Steven explained the rich history in a fun and theatrical way.
After exploring London, we boarded the Eurostar train to head to Paris. Including our departure day, we spent an additional 4 days in Paris. We met another local guide who helped us with our French history as we, once again, visited many of the Parisian landmarks and museums.
While in Paris, we went up the Eiffel Tower, walked through the Palace of Versailles, rode bikes through the Versailles gardens, climbed the Arc de Triomphe, visited the Notre Dame Cathedral (and climbed the tower), took a water taxi along the Seine River, explored the Louvre, and ate a farewell dinner at Laduree.
It was a truly amazing way to experience London and Paris, while enjoying the Disney difference! If you would like more information on Adventures by Disney, please feel free to contact Megan (Glass Slipper Concierge).
For more detailed information, purchase the Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Disneyland Paris eBook!