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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 hidden 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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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, 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

  • 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

Map of Tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland

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 $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

Day 4: Free day in London

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $125pp* Details

Stonehenge & Oxford

Visit the 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 New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument 

• 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 $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. Then, 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 decks. 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)

Dublin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Flight to Dublin

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, fly to Dublin, where you can choose to spend the evening exploring on your own 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 optional may change due to availability. This optional 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)

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 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

• 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 afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion. 

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Glendalough $29pp* 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, with your Tour DIrector leading the way, you’ll see St. Kevin’s Cross, marking the place where the saint lies buried. In addition, you’ll view the remains of the sixth-century cathedral and the remarkable Round Tower, thought to have been used by monks as a place of refuge. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own.

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.

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  • 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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1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 6/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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too many mishaps due to go ahead tours

 

Dear Joseph, We regret to hear that this tour did not meet your expectations. One of our Quality Control team members reached out to you today to learn more about your experience. Please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 if you wish to discuss it. We hope to hear from you, and again, we regret that you were not satisfied with your tour.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 05, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great cities, even better Tour Director

I had a wonderful trip to London, Edinburgh, and Dublin. Our tour director, Derek, was incredible! He was so knowledgeable and so sweet to all of us. Derek gave really great recommendations for things to do, places to go and places to eat in each city. We had a really wonderful tour guide named Pepe in London who went completely above and beyond and took us to so many extra places on our driving tour since traffic was so light in London over Easter weekend. All of our specialty guides in the cities were great! We saw so many historical sights but still had free time built into our schedule to explore on our own. This tour is perfect for a taste of these 3 countries. I can't wait to go back to each of them to visit more places in each, especially some of the more rural areas. Go Ahead was very good about getting us everything we needed before the tour and answering all of our questions. I can't wait for my next trip!

 

Hi Angela! We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour of London, Edinburgh, & Dublin. We’re pleased to learn that your Tour Director and your guides were able to provide you with great recommendations and travel tips. It sounds like their guidance was very helpful! It’s also great to know that you felt the itinerary strikes a good balance between free time and planned activities. We’re happy you felt prepared and informed before leaving for tour. We strive to ensure that each traveler feels ready for the adventure that’s to come! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we also can’t wait for your next trip!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 22, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 3/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Derek is the Man

He was very knowledgeable and accommodating, he was fun and very energetic, he found us great group activities to do and they were amazing. My Kids and I again were THRILLED!!!

 

Hi Daniela! We're so glad you had fun in London, Edinburgh, and Dublin. We're also very happy to learn that you enjoyed your Tour Director. It sounds like he added an extra layer of energy and passion to your experience! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Derek was the best

My husband and I went on this tour March 2016. We went so he could go to England & I got to go to a new country. Since I had already been to London & Dublin, our tour director Derek gave us great advice on where to eat, drink and what to see off the beaten path. We did see the changing of the guard, an amazing experience (and Bill, our guide got us a great place to stand to watch it all)! The place we stayed in in London was excellent, close to the central Tube line and in a safe (up & coming) neighborhood. In Edinburgh we stayed with the tour a little bit more, Our bus driver and city guide gave us great information about the city and Derek, again, suggested delicious places to eat & drink. My only complaints in Edinburgh were 1. 2 days was definitely NOT enough time to see all the city's glory and 2. our beds were very old & uncomfortable, so my back did not love it, but again, the hotel was centrally located. Oxford & Stonehenge - optional tour was great & the driver was very good despite the torrential down pours. Derek gave us a walking tour of Oxford & since it was Easter Sunday, we got to go to Christ Church College (which was awesome)!!! Derek gave us a great history of the city, the difference between the towns folk and the University sections of the city and suggested a few food stops. The time in Oxford was very cool & I wish I had a few more hours (or days) to explore the city further. In Dublin we got another great tour (from Sela) & our driver was fantastic. We won the weather lottery in Dublin, getting a magical 2 sunny, clear, brisk days. Since we had already been to all of Ireland, Derek helped us out on finding new places to eat, drink & be merry. We followed some of his suggestions and loved EVERYTHING we ate where he had suggested. We also loved that we were the only American's in the places we went to. We skipped the country side tour and hung out in St. Stephen's Green, walked around the financial district and ate with the locals. The whole trip was great. Unlike some reviews, our tour director did not pressure us to by any optional tours (but offered them to us). He answered all our questions with patients and was more than happy to assist us with mapping our routes using transit, walking or a taxi. I will definitely go with GoAhead again and am already planning my next adventure with them (while hoping & praying we get Derek again).

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Hi Stephanie! Welcome home, and thank you for your review! We’re happy your Tour Director was able to give you great suggestions on where to eat, drink, and go off the beaten path. Having an insider’s advice can be really advantageous! It’s very cool that you were able to see the changing of the guard, and it sounds like you were watching it from an optimal spot. We regret to hear that you felt you didn’t have enough time in Edinburgh. Edinburgh is certainly an amazing place, and we understand there is much to see and do there. Our Product Development team works hard to balance the itinerary, but we will be sure to communicate your feedback to them for future evaluation of this tour. We are also sorry to learn that your beds were uncomfortable at your hotel and will be sure to let our team know that, too. We’re glad you chose to include the Stonehenge and Oxford optional excursion. Despite inclement weather, it sounds like you really enjoyed it. As for Dublin, it’s great to know that your Tour Director was able to offer a fresh perspective on a place you’ve previously explored. It seems you had an authentic culinary experience there, dining with locals! Again, we thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 05, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 3/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Derek

Excellent Tour Director. He made our trip very fun, nice tour

 

Hi Mercy! Thank you for your review. We are so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director! We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience!

The best part of the Go Ahead Tours experience is the balance between scheduled tours and free time. This allowed my friend and I an opportunity to see the various cities at our own pace, while still having the benefits of the scheduled tours and the convenience of having the flights/hotel/transportation planned.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Taste of London, Edinburgh and Dubin!

This particular tour was a great way to see and explore the beauty, culture and history of three great European cities. In each city, we had excellent guides for various tours, such as Windsor castle and the bus tour of Edinburgh. Our tour director, Brian, was a personable, knowledgeable and patient. On a few occasions, things could have been more organized and some clearer communication would have helped, but overall Brian was great. He managed the logistics well, which made for a smoothly run tour. I do wish we had had one more day in each of the cities, to do some more exploring locally on foot! I highly recommend this tour, and Go Ahead Tours in general, and look forward to traveling with them again in the future!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour director didn't make the trip pleasurable

The locations were nice, but the accommodations could have been better. The hotel in Dublin should have been situated more-so near the attractions and shopping. My tour director failed in comparison to my tour director from last year. He was always so rushed and not very welcoming. There were days when he didn't speak in the morning. Rather I had to initiate a "good morning". He didn't do a good job with making sure that the group stayed together. He would mostly walk fast ahead and the group had to catch up. He was nice I guess, but I wouldn't want him back as a tour director. During the tour, we handled our own bags a lot, which was somewhat of a headache. Overall I had a decent time, but I'm glad that this was not my first tour. If this were my first tour, I probably would not have returned. The excursions were very nice though. I ABSOLUTELY ENJOYED THE IRISH EVENING!!!!!

 

Dear Sheree, Thank you for continuing to travel with Go Ahead, and for taking the time to review your most recent trip with us! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the Optional Excursions for this tour! As you know, at the end of each tour, we ask our travelers to fill out detailed evaluations. We read over every evaluation we receive and compile all of the data so that we can monitor the performance of all our on-tour components. We hand-select each of our hotels to balance safety, value, amenities, and to be either centrally located, or near public transportation. The Tour Director on your tour is one that we have used quite a bit in the past, rates very well, and our travelers typically have great things to say about him. We will keep an eye out for the evaluations from your group, and will continue to survey the performance of this Director. We will use your comments to help your Tour Director improve for future tours, and we thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 12, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour!

This tour was amazing! The countries were beautiful, it was a great combination. And the food... oh the food! So good! The best part however was the tour director Jonathan - when my luggage got lost going to Ireland (no fault of Go Ahead's), they wanted a cell phone number to call me when it arrived, which of course I did not have. Jonathan gave his number right away and helped me communicate with the airline all evening until they were able to deliver it! He did not have to go above and beyond like he did, but he (and Go Ahead) should know that it was greatly appreciated!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Great itinerary with substandard direction

How can one go wrong with these three great cities? Unfortunately, our tour director had a lackluster outlook on them. Even before the first meeting, the communications of the itinerary were substandard. For instance, if we knew we would not be going into the Tower of London on tour, we would have done so on our own. But with a hotel right next to the tower, what were we to expect? And at the first meeting, our director made us feel like we chose the wrong tour by describing it as "quite the rush-about" or some such Don't get me wrong, the cities were fantastic and the city guides were really great Our tour director had a tough lot in that there were varying levels of mobility in our 30+ person group. But there were times when the group needed to look after the slower members. Our free time in Oxford, for example, caused many of us to wonder how to get back to the bus. And, according to one group member, she was watching as the bus left without her, when she had signed up for an excursion. Our director simply did not know who was signed up and who was there. Many members of our tour were repeat customers... One couple were celebrating their 10th Go Ahead Tour. With that endorsement, we might agree to try again. But from our first-time experience, the jury is still out.

 

Dear Traveler, Thank you for taking the time to share your tour experience, and for traveling with Go Ahead. Our Tour Directors are chosen via a rigorous selection process with years of guiding experience and are extremely impassioned individuals. As a company, we are very proud of our Tour Directors, and are consisntantly monitoring the ratings and comments they receive from our travelers to ensure they are providing a high level of service. Your comments about your Tour Director are particularly startling to us, and we will be looking into this further and addressing internally. We thank you for your insight and for your important review. We do hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you on tour again where we can reassure you of your decision to travel with us.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2015

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