Highlights of England, Scotland & Ireland

12 days Multi-country
Journey from England’s cosmopolitan capital to Edinburgh, where the city streets have been declared masterpieces of urban planning. Then, pass through the Lake District and Wales en route to the Emerald Isle, where you’ll grab a pint (or a few) with Dubliners. Finally, make your way along the beyond-scenic Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher, taking in stunning sea views as you go.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

  Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.  

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings and funerals

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of the world’s largest and longest inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel, where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Edinburgh 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey by train through the English countryside and past the lochs and hills of Scotland. Later, arrive in the Scottish capital.

Enjoy a free evening in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Scotch Whisky Tasting & Dinner $125pp* Details

This evening, make your way through Edinburgh to the Royal Mile, where you’ll enjoy a three-course dinner at a traditional Scottish restaurant. As you dine, enjoy whisky pairings personally selected by a professional Scotch connoisseur.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

• View the elegant Georgian-style New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott Monument, the largest monument to a writer in the world 

• Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone

Spend a free afternoon exploring Edinburgh on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $95pp* Details

Travel through the Scottish Borders region to Abbotsford, where you’ll enjoy an included lunch. Continue on to Abbotsford House, the 19th-century estate of Sir Walter Scott. The poet designed his home in the Romantic style to imitate the elaborate baronial estates of British aristocrats. Today it serves as a museum for the Scottish memorabilia and artifacts that Scott collected throughout his lifetime. Later, visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Optional Excursion - Royal Yacht Brittania $85pp* Details

For over 44 years, the Royal Yacht Britannia served as a floating residence for Britain’s Royal Family, playing host to world leaders during state visits and acting as a private escape for Queen Elizabeth II. Step back in time as you make your way through lavishly furnished royal apartments and the more modest crew’s quarters below deck. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from November through March.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Liverpool 1 night

Day 6: Liverpool via the Lake District

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through the emerald green landscapes of the Lake District en route to Liverpool, England.

• Take in picturesque views of farmland, forests, hills and brooks

• Visit Dove Cottage, once home to Poet Laureate William Wordsworth (Please note: From November through February you will visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum.)

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Travel to Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the untamed wilderness of Wales to Holyhead, where you’ll board a high-speed ferry across the Irish Sea to Dublin.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

• Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square

• Walk down Grafton Street to see the Molly Malone statue and Trinity College

• Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

• End your tour with an included pint at a local pub in the Temple Bar district

Enjoy a free evening in Dublin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Dinner & Show $99pp* Details

Enjoy this special evening of Irish food, music and live entertainment. Dinner will be served first, giving you a taste of traditional Irish dishes. You’ll then be treated to a live show of Irish music and dance. Join in the fun as you enjoy a merry and memorable night. Please note: The specific venue and day of the week for this excursion may change due to availability. This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

County Kerry 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: County Kerry via Blarney

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue your journey through the Emerald Isle today.  

• Visit the famed Rock of Cashel

• Enter Blarney Castle to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone

Day 10: The Ring of Kerry

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on the Ring of Kerry, a 112-mile coastal route that covers some of Ireland’s most spectacular scenery.

• Pass the pristine Lakes of Killarney and gaze across Dingle Bay

• Enjoy unsurpassable views of the Skellig Islands

• Visit the picturesque village of Sneem, "The Knot in the Ring”

Limerick 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: The Cliffs of Moher

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Marvel at some of western Ireland’s most mesmerizing coastline and the striking Cliffs of Moher today. Continue on to Limerick and relive memories of your tour during this evening’s farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to Shannon airport for your flight home.

Add London Starting from $399 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods, and an unconquered heritage with more than 2,000 years of history.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

  Included meals: Breakfast

Welcome to England! Today is free for you to begin your discoveries in London.

Day 3: Free day in London

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $119pp* Details

Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, whose rich histories provide an unparalleled look into the country’s past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second-largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. This English Baroque-style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The Abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in London

  Included meals: Breakfast

Meet up with the rest of your tour group today (day 2 of the regular itinerary).

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Liverpool, England
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • County Kerry, Ireland
  • Limerick, Ireland
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits the United Kingdom and Ireland. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

* You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs. * Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour. * You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and ferries. * If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in London and depart from Shannon. When you first arrive in London, a driver from a private chauffeur service will be standing at the arrival gate with your name on a message board. If you do not see your driver, please remain in the arrival lounge, as the driver may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the shuttle at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the London transfer information included in your Go Kit.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A train ride from London to Edinburgh and a ferry ride from Holyhead to Dublin are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try. 
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. 
  • Scottish cuisine relies readily available ingredients like game, dairy and fish, with little use of exotic spices. Pickled kippers and smoked salmon are popular as well as hearty dishes like Scotch broth (stew of meat and root vegetables) and haggis (a savory pudding of sheep innards). Scotch whisky is a legendary local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous.
  • Irish pubs serve up hearty lunches, such as the traditional stew of bacon and boiled cabbage. Soda bread is delicious, very filling and served with many meals. Nibble a scone at afternoon tea, with a pat of high-quality butter from County Kerry. Guinness stout is an international sensation, but locals might favor Murphy's, depending on where you are. 
  • Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental Europe, Asian and even American influences. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • The United Kingdom and Ireland operate within 230-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • The United Kingdom and Ireland operate on the Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) and are five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom and the euro in Ireland.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, but you may choose to order some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My adventures in England, Scotland, & Ireland

I enjoyed this tour for many reasons. 1. My tour guide was a walking history book. Also, her knowledge of local places to eat & shop proved invaluable. She was extremely friendly & helpful as if she had known us for years. 2. The majority of the people on this tour were around the same age as me. Most of us had a grand time . There was a cute little newly wed couple that all of us loved. 3. Every place we visited, including some of our guide's choices that were not included, made a great impression on me. There is only one thing I did not like. I discovered that I am getting old & had trouble keeping up when we were walking.

 

Hi Joel! We’re glad you enjoyed your tour! It’s great to know that your Tour Director’s in-depth knowledge added value to your experience. We’re also pleased that you enjoyed the company of your group members and that all of the places you visited made a great impression on you. We regret that you found some parts of the tour physically strenuous. This is a relatively fast-paced and comprehensive tour, so we appreciate your feedback on the activity level. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 07, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

What should of been a dream vacation!

This trip is very packed with lots of sights. Some people don't like to see little snippets of countries they would rather stay put for longer. My husband and I like this kind of trip. We had a few mishaps. Plane delayed and got stuck in customs and they couldn't find our luggage and no driver at airport because we were so late. Consequently we lost the first day in London. That has nothing to do with Go Ahead. What does have to do with Go Ahead is what a LOUSY tour director we had. Very inexperienced, never prepared. We were always asking what we were doing because she never had schedule prepared for us except for two days. On the first day I asked if she should count to make sure we were all on the bus. She rolled her eyes at me and said we were all adults. We were missing to people. That cost us 30 minutes in London. Doesn't sound like a lot but we had already missed the first day. The list is to long to mention what she cost us every day. We did have a nice group of fellow travelers and amazing local tour people. If it weren't for our bus driver Paddy telling her what she should be doing or saying to us the trip would of been a bust. Unfortunately I can not recommend Go Ahead tours to friends and family because of this!

 

Dear Traveler, A member of our Quality Control team reached out to you to learn more about your experience. If you would like to discuss it, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. You’re right that this tour is comprehensive and covers a fair amount of locations. This a great itinerary for those who want to maximize their time and get a taste of as much as possible. We’re glad that you liked the pace and style of the tour! Regarding your flight delay, we share in your frustration about this, and we regret that it forced you to arrive late to tour. As a company of travelers, we understand how inconvenient this can be. Regarding your Tour Director, we regret to learn that her efforts did not meet your expectations. We will be sure to communicate your feedback to her supervisor, as well as to our Regional Manager, so that they can then follow-up with your Tour Director. Again, we regret that this particular aspect of your tour did not meet your expectations, and we do hope that we will have a chance to speak with you to learn more about it. You are a valuable member of our travel community, and we thank you very much for your feedback.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

UK

I waited for ten years to do this tour and I feel for the price of the tour it was a let down. There were some great highlights but also large disappointments. I've been on better tours with Go Ahead.

 

Dear Karen, We regret that this tour did not meet your expectations. A member of our Quality Control team has reached out to you to learn more about your experience. Please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350 if you’d like to discuss it further. We hope to hear from you.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything and more

This tour far exceeded my expectations! I was accompanied by my mother and the first night we arrived and were getting ready for bed, we were already looking at the next Go Ahead tour that we would be going on! The company that transported us from the airport to our first hotel was the best first impression a tour could have made. The driver was polite, the car was nice, and the ride was easy. All of the hotels we stayed at, with the exception of one, was much nicer than we had expected to be provided with. Our tour guide Richard was a delight; he was funny, knowledgeable, and approachable. The only thing I would not recommend on this trip was the Traditional Irish Dinner and Dancing excursion. I will say, this is a pretty on-the-move tour and a lot of time in a bus, covering a lot of ground in a short amount of time, so if that is something that you are up for- this is the trip for you!

 

Hi Haylee! We’re so glad that this tour exceeded both your and your mother’s expectations! We appreciate your feedback on the various aspects of the tour, such as your accommodations, transfers, and your Tour Director. We will be sure to share it all with our Operations team for further evaluation. We regret that you would not recommend the Traditional Irish Dinner and Show optional, but we thank you for letting us know. We are constantly using customer feedback to improve our tours. You’re right that this tour covers quite a bit of ground and would be best for the ambitious traveler. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to seeing you on the road again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/31/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

UK Excusion

My best friend and I went on this trip together, and it was both our first times going out of the country. We are in our early 20's and wanted to experience Europe in a more structured environment for our first time going over the pond. This is a great way to dip your toes into the traveling scene to go around the world. Our tour guide was very nice and friendly, the cities/villages we went to were amazing! I have so many great memories from this trip and have met some of the nicest people on this trip.

 

Hello! We're so glad you and your best friend could have your first international travel experience together. It sounds like you made lots of special memories and met some wonderful people along the way. We're pleased that you enjoyed your Tour Director, as well as the included stops on the itinerary. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you both on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 8/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

The UK

I was so looking forward to this trip but found the time spent on bus, train and boat was too long! Although the hotels were very nice, they were way to far from the center of activity! The tour director was the highlight of the trip!

 

Dear Traveler, We regret to learn that your tour did not meet your expectations. One of our Quality Control team members reached out to you to learn more about your experience. If you would like to discuss it, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. Regarding transit time, our highlights tours, such as this one, cover a wide range of destinations in a particular country or region. Unfortunately, it is not possible to make this itinerary work and to see all these beautiful places without the necessary transit time. That said, many of our travelers enjoy the transit time, as they are able to enjoy the natural beauty of the United Kingdom. We regret that this was not the case for you, and we will be sure to share this with our Product Development team. Regarding hotels, we always strive to choose the best accommodations possible, weighing a number of criteria during the selection process. Our criteria includes but is not limited to location, reputation, quality, and of course, availability. We regret that you felt the hotels were not ideally located, and we will make sure we communicate this to our Operations team for evaluation moving forward. Despite these concerns, we are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your Tour Director. We thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Highlights of England

Except for a bit of confusion and inconvenience with the airport to Hotel transfer upon our arrival in London, the tour including our Tour Director (Lexi) was one of our best.

 

Hi Stanley! We’re so glad that this was one of your best tours, as well as one of your best Tour Directors. We regret that your hotel transfer was not entirely smooth, and we will be sure to share this feedback with the transfer company. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Spectacular Tour!

I'm so happy with my decision to take this trip. The day tours, excursions, hotels and food were all fantastic. Best of all was our tour guide, Matthew Lyttle. He was well versed in the history and culture of all of the areas and his local knowledge was even better. Matthew was able to incorporate information into enjoyable stories and this made information tidbits stick. He shared local snacks and treats with us in order to make the longer bus rides more pleasurable. Matthew incorporated many "surprise" stops that were not on the itinerary. He had a keen eye for the group's needs and would time the stops perfectly. To get us out of a traffic jam, he stopped us at Eugene's, the best little pub ever, for a pint. I highly recommend this trip to anyone interested.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

The hotel experience

I enjoyed the tour and the other travelers were a large part of what made it memorable. Matthew our tour guide was a great help in many ways. The one thing that I still cant grasp is why some of these wonderful hotels did not have air conditioning.

 

Hi David! We’re so pleased that you enjoyed your time on tour and that you made great memories with your group. Regarding air conditioning, it's not as commonly found in Europe as it is in North America. When it is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. Again, we are glad that you enjoyed your tour, and we hope to welcome you on another soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 30, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

highlights

A great experience to get a taste of London, Scotland & Ireland. Many opportunities for leisure time activities and entertainment. Tour director and guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. Accommodations were excellent for the most part except Scotland where hotel was under renovation & just was not prepared to welcome our group as guests nor able to provide comfortable lodging.

 

Hi Denise! We’re so glad you enjoyed this itinerary and that you felt it offered a good balance of group activities and leisure time. We will be sure to share this feedback with our Product Development team. We also appreciate your feedback on the hotel which was under renovation. We are currently speaking with our hotel partner about this matter. We do apologize that it did not meet your expectations, but we are glad to see that you enjoyed the rest of your tour. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London, Scotland and Ireland

This was my first Go Ahead tour and it was wonderful. I cannot imagine that there are better tour guides than Jim Michell. He was a pitch perfect guide who was attentive without being intrusive. Great humor and wit. If all Go Ahead guides have his skills, then you are well served and represented. If not, you probably aren't paying him enough.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go Ahead with DKG

This was a great tour and I enjoyed it very much. The only problem was with our transport from the London airport to our lodging upon arrival. One of our flights got canceled due to weather and we were rerouted, then the reroute hit a delay so we were not going to arrive in London at the time originally scheduled. We called the number that was provided to us and explained what had happened. The individual I talked to made sure she had the information down that we would arrive at 11:30 rather than 9:30, but it did not get passed on to the driver who was scheduled to pick us up. Luckly there was another driver at arrival with the transportation company we were scheduled with who called the office and let me talk with them and they called the driver scheduled to transport us and he came and got us. Just another delay in the start of our trip. The guides we had were all terrific. Carol was with us the entire way, and the ones that did specific tours really knew their information.

 

Dear Sarah, We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your tour. Regarding your airport transfer, we’re glad that one of our Quality Control team members was able to speak with your husband and learn more about your experience. We are currently investigating what may have prevented the transfer company from sending a vehicle at the correct time. We are happy, however, that you were able to ride with a different vehicle. Like our travelers, we are always frustrated when cancellations and delays occur, but we are pleased that everything worked out in the end. It’s also wonderful to hear that the expertise of your Tour Director and local guides made an impact on your tour. We will be sure to share this feedback with them. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 23, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Celiac

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. What I did not enjoy was the fact that I was listed as gluten intolerant ant the tour did not recognize that fact. I got very hungary on all flights. I also had to address that fact at each meal provided. Also, when our flight got changed and my wife contacted the correct phone number, we were not picked up in London until a different driver contacted the company.

 

Dear John, We’re so pleased to learn that you enjoyed your tour. Regarding your concerns, we are glad that a member of our Quality Control team was able to speak with you and learn more about your experience. We are currently addressing your concerns within our relevant departments. We take our travelers’ dietary concerns very seriously and are often able to accommodate them if we are notified prior to tour. However, in terms of the airlines, you must contact the airlines directly to see if they are able to work with you, as they are a totally separate entity from Go Ahead and have their own policies. Regarding your flight and transfer, we regret that, due to changes in your flight itinerary, your transfer needed to be changed. We also regret that there may have been some confusion surrounding your arrival time, but we are glad to learn that you were picked up by another driver. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, and again, we are delighted that you enjoyed your tour overall. Let us know when you’re ready to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Matt Billett, is the Best Tour Guide EVER

The Highlights Tour of England, Scotland and Ireland was AMAZING. I'm still on Cloud 9 that my daughter and I got to take this mother/daughter trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Guide, Matt Billett, was the best Tour Guide ever. He's witty, full of fun and adventure; kind, organized and helpful to us all. We were so fortunate to have been able to have taken this trip as we made a last minute decision to go. We now are filled with so many happy memories for a lifetime now and so glad we went and grateful to have had Matt as our Tour Guide.

 

Hi Patricia! It’s amazing to hear you’re still on ‘cloud nine!’ Wow! We’re so happy you and your daughter could experience this tour together and make such lasting memories. We thank you for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to welcome you and your daughter on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Time on the Highlight Tour of the UK

If at all possible add extra days in London. Two nights is not enough. We have so many tour favorites. Besides London, top on our list is visiting Edinburgh, The Lake District, the Wm Wadsworth Home and Blarney Castle. We enjoyed the demonstration of dogs herding sheep in Brenden of Kells and the Jaunty Car ride in Killarney National Park. Our tour guide Matt was terrific: Patient, knowledgeable, charming and he genuinely cared about our tour group. He made every effort to find solutions to any problems that arose, be it lost luggage, helping a member re-book a flight, or helping us cancel a lost US credit card. This was our second tour with Go Ahead and they offer the right amount of free time and optional excursions. On this tour we enjoyed excursions to Abbottsford House & Melrose Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The evening of Traditional Irish food and entertainment at Taylors—while the food was good, the venue is dated with obstructed views of the dancers and rushed dinner service. This would be a good option for less ambulatory travelers, but for us, our time would have been better spent in downtown Dublin. This highlights tour offers a variety of travel options: train, ferry and bus adding to the fun. The planned food, shopping and rest stops were good. The Rose Hotel in Tralee, Ireland was our favorite. Very elegant. My one suggestion for improving this tour is to have a Plan B when Mother Nature plays dirty tricks and the Cliffs of Mohr are fogged in. We visited the Cliffs on our final day in Ireland and there was nothing to see but thick white fog. Thus the onsite restaurant was packed, hectic and in need of janitorial service. We are already thinking ahead to our next tour. We will be back!

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Hi Genelle! We’re glad you enjoyed London so much that you would have liked more time there. We will definitely consider that for future departures. Thank you for the feedback on your Tour Director. It’s wonderful to know that his efforts made a great impact on your overall experience. We will be sure to share this with his supervisor. We also appreciate your thoughts on the Traditional Irish Dinner and Show. We regret that you felt the dinner service was rushed and that you couldn’t see the dancers very well. We will be sure to communicate this to our Product Development team. We also regret to learn that the visibility wasn’t good at the Cliffs of Moher. You’re right that having a plan B is important when the weather is less than optimal. Depending on location and logistics, a plan B is more doable in some places than in others. We thank you for your valuable feedback, and let us know when you’re ready to plan your next tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 6/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

"Highlights" for sure

I have been to Europe, travelling with friends. HOwever, this was my first trip oversees with a tour group. If this is any indication, I would not do it again. To be fair, it is advertised as "highlights". However, that doesn't mean I don't want to walk around and actually "see" these highlights outside the glare of the tour bus. Pictures of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey with window reflections is not what I was looking forward to. And if you are sitting on the inside seat....well, even less to "see". Travel! THere was a lot of travel on bus (with a ferry in between, but at least that allows for walking around). Too much bus time as you go from place to place. Tour guides! We had three tour guides - one for each country. The first and third were VERY knowledgeable, the second? Eh, didn't really know a lot about Scotland, which was unfortunate. As I noted, this was my first trip with Go Ahead and based on this experience, I'm hesitant to book another trip.

 

Dear Traveler, We regret that this tour did not meet your expectations. We’re glad you were able to speak with a member of our Quality Control team and share some additional feedback. Our ‘Highlights’ tours are intended to provide a well-rounded sampling of the region. They are less of an in-depth exploration and more for the traveler who really wants to maximize their time abroad. Many of our travelers enjoy this fast-paced approach, but it really depends on the person and your travel style. Due to the higher number of stops on this itinerary, more time in transit is necessary than some of our other tours. We regret that this aspect of the tour was disappointing to you. Regarding your tour guides, we thank you for your feedback, and we will be sure to share it with our Operations team for evaluation. Again, we regret that this tour did not meet your expectations. If you would like to travel with us again in the future, we encourage you to take advantage of our knowledgeable staff, as they are happy to help you find a tour that matches your travel style. Thank you for your review, and thank you again for speaking with one of our team members. We sincerely hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great tour

everything was great we had agreat time

 

Hi James! Thank you for your review. Let us know when you'd like to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Georgio - Outstanding Tour Director

Our tour guide Georgio was knowledgeable and always organized. He was willing to have in depth conversations on topics of interest to the group, but he also knew when to limit his conversations on the bus rides so we could take in the breath-taking views.

 

Hi Jean! We're pleased to hear such wonderful feedback regarding your Tour Director. We will be sure to communicate it to his supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director

I had a great trip I would go with Go Ahead again. I would also recommend Go Ahead to others. I know Europe has different accommodations. Most of the rooms were great but a couple of them the beds were very tiny. The side trips the tour director the bus driver and the meals were very good. I have now done three trips and had a great time on all of them. My rep Kelsey was just awesome a great help she was there to answer all my questions and so quickly a great employee.

 

Hi Patricia! We're pleased to learn that you enjoyed your tour and that you would recommend Go Ahead to friends and family. You're right that Europe has different standards for accommodations, and they are often somewhat smaller than what you may find in North America. We're glad to hear your Customer Relations representative, Kelsey, was helpful in preparing you for tour. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

Great tour. A lot of beautiful things to see in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Ended up with five different tour directors as original director became sick. All five directors were really great providing great stories and information on everything. The best thing of all was the weather, temperature just right, had five minutes of rain and the rest of the time beautiful blue skies.

 

Hi Luann! Thank you for your review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour! We appreciate your flexibility in light of your original Tour Director falling ill. It’s great to know that the other Tour Directors who filled in did a great job. We’re thrilled that you had great weather – what a difference that makes! Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in the fall.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 25, 2016

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