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London, Edinburgh & Dublin

9 days
Some cities just beg to be explored. London, Edinburgh and Dublin certainly make that list. After a local gives you the lowdown in each capital, leading you through landmarks and lesser-known hotspots, you’ll be free to explore. Whether you spend your time riding double-decker buses, staking out museums or simply sitting back in pubs is entirely up to you.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to London! Meet your 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 $99*pp Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to 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 (closed Sundays), 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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $125*pp Details

Stonehenge & Oxford

Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Edinburgh 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Travel to Edinburgh

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 6: 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 in Edinburgh or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Abbotsford House & Melrose Abbey $95*pp 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. Then, visit the ruins of Melrose Abbey, one of the most impressive of the four Borders abbeys. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April through 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 $85*pp 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 decks. Please note: This optional excursion is only offered from November through March.

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

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Flight to Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Dublin, where you can choose to spend the evening exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Irish Evening $99*pp 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 optional may change due to availability.

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

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Pass through Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled green spaces and site of the presidential residence

• Travel along the banks of the River Liffey and see the legendary Guinness Storehouse

• Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

• Stop at Trinity College and view the illuminated Book of Kells

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion. Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Glendalough $29*pp Details

County Wicklow has some of the wildest and most spectacular mountain scenery in Ireland, as well as many of the country’s most important historic sites. Journey through Wicklow’s captivating landscapes to Glendalough, which became famous throughout Europe as a center of Christian learning before it was sacked by Viking raiders in the 10th century. Here, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried, the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Your Tour Director will lead you on a tour of the site followed by free time.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $39)

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Dublin.

Add Dublin $279 pp

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

Ireland's capital is home to some of the leading writers of the English-speaking world, including novelist James Joyce. The city's long literary tradition extends from the long-gone monasteries that kept Classical traditions alive during the Dark Ages, to the illuminated Book of Kells, the creation of Trinity College, and a bumper crop of writers in the 19th and 20th centuries. But it's not all professorial reserve, as a trip to one of Dublin's lively pubs will remind you.

Dublin 2 nights

Day 9: Free day in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Belfast $85*pp Details

Get to know Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the city where the legendary “unsinkable ship” was built and set out for its first and only voyage. Upon arrival, a local guide will lead you through Belfast’s Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods, detailing the history behind “The Troubles” that took place here. After free time for lunch, you’ll venture to the newly opened Titanic Museum. The museum houses nine interactive exhibits that will take you through the ocean liner’s story, from its construction and maiden voyage to its eventual recovery. Following your visit, you’ll make your way back to Dublin.

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

Day 10: Free day in Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full day exploring Dublin on your own.

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • London, England
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Dublin, Ireland
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales on the transfer) and Ireland. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return to the United States. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please be aware that porter service is not available for the train from London to Edinburgh. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on your tour. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

Traditional Irish cooking is simple, relying heavily on meat-based dishes. Pubs serve up hearty lunches, like traditional Irish stew. Soda bread is delicious and very filling, as are Irish cakes, such as scones and Barm Brack. The thick black beer known as Guinness is a national institution in its own right. In recent years, Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental European and Asian influences. Specialties of Scotland include kippers, smoked salmon, Scotch broth, venison, shortbread, oatcakes, and haggis (made of sheep innards). As in Ireland, sometimes the best (and least expensive) meals are found in pubs. Whisky is a favored local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous. Similarly, for traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are specialties. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. Modern-day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants unmatched by almost any other city in the world for its diversity. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Dublin. When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting another traveler to the bus at the time of your arrival. A flight is also included from Edinburgh to Dublin. Included transportation on tour is by train (from London to Edinburgh) and by private motor coach. Dublin and Edinburgh are both best explored on foot, although buses and taxis are plentiful. In London, you can’t get around without using the legendary, 12-line “tube,” connecting all the districts and attractions. You might want to mix up travel on the tube with some walking and bus travel. It’s a lot more fun to explore London on the iconic double-decker buses.

Electricity

Britain (England & Scotland) uses 240 volts. Ireland operates on the European-standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Britain and Ireland both operate on Greenwich mean time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard time.

Currency

The British pound and euro (in Ireland) are the currencies you will use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip but need to go back

Loved the trip but it was too much for the time we had.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Vacation Ever

My husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary, and signed up for the trip to London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Our tour director, Cornelius, was hilarious and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed the bus tours in each city to point out the major sights, but then we usually took off on our own to explore. Looking forward to more tours.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/7/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great value and lots of freedom

Just returned from this tour. First time I've used Go Ahead, and was recommended to the company by a friend. I chose GAT because I've never traveled abroad and was not sure that I would know how to get around in a foreign city. I'm very pleased with my tour and the tour director. We got a great value for all that we saw, since the price of the tour includes air fare and hotel accommodations. The accommodations were okay. London's Novotel and Edinburgh's HI Express were in good locations. They were both clean and served good continental breakfasts. Dublin's Maldron Hotel in Smithfield was the worst. The location was far from the city center and all on our tour were greatly concerned with the safety of the location. Luckily, there were no serious incidents, but everyone was approached at least once by drunk locals looking for handouts. I sincerely hope GAT never puts their customers in this hotel again. It was clean and had sufficient amenities, it was just in a really poorly chosen spot. We had a wonderful tour director who was helpful but also very easy going. He made himself available to answer questions and help us decide what to do and how to get there every morning. My friend and I chose to skip the sightseeing tour in London because we had so many other activities planned, and our director was fine with that. The best part about GAT is that there is a lot of free time to do what you want and go at your own pace. We had a very small group so GAT cancelled all of the optional excursions, but did not bother to tell anyone until the first day of the tour. My friend and I called ahead on several occasions and were prepared for this, but no one else in our tour was, and they were upset. The tour director was also upset that travelers were not contacted by GAT ahead of time to let them know this. Tip for perspective travelers: call GAT at least once a month and ask for updates on the number of people booked for the tour and likelihood of canceling excursions. Also, many of the optional excursions can be done on your own through other companies, and they are significantly cheaper than what GAT charges. Take the time to do some research before committing. As an introductory tour to an international location, this was perfect. You get to experience three different cities and all the different types of public transportation you can imagine. However, you do not get to spend a lot of time in each city. If you are able to do an excursion, that will lessen your time in the city even more, and especially for places like London where there is so much to do and see, you may want to think about opting for the city stay as well. It would be worth the additional cost. I was concerned about the weather, but November was a great time to go. It was cold, so pack coats that can withstand rain. Layer your clothes as the restaurants and pubs can get warm. And of course, don't forget your umbrella. The sturdier the better because of possible high winds. We lucked out and had incredibly beautiful days with lots of sunshine for most of the trip. Only hit rain one day in London. Cloudy and cold but dry the rest of the time. Best of all about going in November - no lines!!! The streets and museums were still crowded, so I can't even imagine how bad it would be during peak season. Very glad we decided to go when it was cheapest, and very glad we decided to tour with Go Ahead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/5/2006

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best overall everythinig

I loved the tour, London, Scotland, Ireland, all went really really well. Would highly recommend anyone and everyone to use their services. Our Tour Director was fabulous. Had the greatest time ever. Lots of laughter, dancing, drinking, socializing, and meeting many new friends, which I continue to associate with today. Will always refer to Go Ahead Tours for all my vacationing plans. Best deals, best prices, best Tour Directors, and hotels along with meals. Welcome dinner was exceptionally nice, meeting everyone and learning of our adventures ahead. Again will continue to use Go Ahead Tours for hopefully many many more adventures. Thank you Go Ahead Tours for providing me with so many wonderful memories.

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

London, Edinburgh, Dubin

The guide for the Windsor Castle (Joel) was outstanding. He is a very valuable asset to your organization. We were disappointed that several of the excursions were cancelled and that was not conveyed to us until we arrived. While the trip to Powerscourt was memorable, we didn't have a guide which would have added greatly to the experience. We were told by our tour director that he submitted refunds for the excursions but upon our return, I was told it would be several weeks before we saw anything because they said the tour director hadn't submitted his paperwork. This was our first trip to this part of Europe and were expecting better accommodations. Edinburgh was perfect but the London accommodations were too far out from the city and in a not so nice area. Dublin should be a bit further from the "tourist main drag" as we didn't sleep the entire time we were there..too noisy. I think Jim (our tour director) did his best but was hampered by limited resources and prep time (he told us he was assigned this trip at the last minute).

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2007

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

London, Edinburgh & Dublin

Our tour director Matt was wonderful. Our bus driver(Robert) in Dublin went above and beyond. My only disapointment was the location of our hotels in London & Dublin. They were nice hotels no problem with them but they were not within walking distance of anything, which was very disappointing. we could'nt just walk to get some dinner. We were also very diasappointed with the traditional Irish evening(Taylors 3 Rock). The show and meal were not very good at all & overpriced. we did a traditional Scottish evening on our own in Edinburgh that was amazing and about a third of the price that we paid for our Irish evening. The rest of our trip was amazing and we will definetely go with go- ahead again. The location of our hotel in Edinburgh was perfect

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent UK Adventure

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and found that our experience was greatly enhanced by our tour director, Matt Billett who provided excellent recommendations and a wealth of knowledge in each city. The London location was a bit out of the way and the rooms were very small and not air conditioned (we opened the windows so it was fine aside from the noise) but their breakfast buffet was very good. The Stonehenge/Bath tour was excellent and the highlight of our time in England. While the rooms were similarly small in Edinburgh, the location was excellent and in the heart of that beautiful city - again, excellent breakfast buffet and the welcome dinner was top notch. Our local guide, Margaret Butcher, was also excellent and provided some wonderful personal insights to the city tour. The excursion to St. Andrews was well worth the trip. Again, Matt's local recommendations for things to see and do were right on target. On the final leg of our journey in Ireland, the hotel was great and the local guide Therese was excellent. The excursion to Powerscourt and Glendalough was excellent and our driver Robert went above and beyond in selecting the route providing us with breathtaking views of the Wicklow Mountains. Matt's local insights once again maximized our experience and enjoyment of Dublin. This was our first tour with Go Ahead and while we typically are very self-directed travelers, I felt the tour enabled us to see and enjoy the cities to the fullest.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Great Introduction to the British Isles!

Excellent tour! A good balance of optionals and free time in each city.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

another excellent tour

other than mediocre hotel in Edinburgh I was very pleased with accomadations and guides in each city

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2012

Number of Past Tours: 10

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Top Notch Tour Guide

We were a small group so didn't qualify for the usual GoAhead Optionals. Our tour guide, Emilia, went above and beyond finding us excursions, collecting fees, refunding fees, and doing an amazing job. She was always available and very helpful with a delightful personality. She found us a tour to the Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, and Loch Ness that was amazing and unforgettable. After 10 tours with GoAhead, we can say the guides have always been outstanding!

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