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Grand Tour of Europe

16 days
On this sweeping tour, world-famous sights like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum are just the beginning of what you’ll experience. Get a taste of several languages and cultures as you journey from Great Britain to France to the Netherlands, across Germany then through Switzerland and Italy.

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Handpicked hotels

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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

  • 14 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed Eurostar train

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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 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 and weddings

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

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

Spend 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

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Paris via the Eurostar train

Included meals: Breakfast

Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train and be whisked beneath the English Channel as you journey to Gare du Nord in Paris.

Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square 

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Spend the afternoon exploring Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $109*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Amsterdam 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Ride a high-speed train to the Dutch capital, where a walking tour with a local guide introduces you to the city’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105*pp Details

Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. From there, travel to The Hague for a quick photo stop at the majestic Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115*pp Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Heidelberg Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: Heidelberg Region via Cologne

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Germany on your way to the Heidelberg region today, making several stops along the way. 

• Enter Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site

• Take in views of six ancient castles during a cruise on the Rhine River, from Boppard to Sankt Goar (seasonal, please note that from mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise)

Lucerne 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the medieval charms of Heidelberg on a guided sightseeing tour before traveling to Lucerne, Switzerland this afternoon.

• Walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town, passing Market Square and Heidelberg University

• Take a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to this charming lakeside city.  

• Explore Lucerne’s Old Town

• View the sandstone lion statue commemorating the Swiss Guards

• Stroll over Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century covered footbridge

Enjoy a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Mount Pilatus $109*pp Details

This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning; on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note: The cruise and cogwheel railway only run from mid-May through October. During the winter months, this excursion includes the cable car ride only. If the cogwheel railway is unavailable, you’ll enjoy lunch on the mountain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Lake Como Region 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Boat cruise on Lake Como

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer over the Alps to Lake Como in Italy and take a scenic cruise of Lake Como, viewing the towns of Lario, Como and Bellagio from the water.

(Please note: Depending on the season, a lunch may be included instead of a dinner today.)

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Venice via Verona

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Verona this morning for a guided sightseeing tour before continuing on to Venice. 

• View the ancient Verona Arena, left from the time of the Romans

• Visit Casa di Giulietta, said to be home to the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65*pp Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165*pp Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Travel to Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Rome by train, crossing the Apennine Mountains for sweeping views of the Italian countryside.

Day 15: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, explore the city on a guided tour, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the Eternal City’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their empire 

• View the Arch of Constantine and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum and take time to explore on your own

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Say goodbye to your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*pp Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 16: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or continue on to Florence.

Add Florence $329 pp

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

It only takes one glimpse of the legendary Duomo to realize the Renaissance never ended in Florence. Take a few days to discover the city that gave life not only to the Italian language, but also to the artists and movements that define Italy to this day. And, for a well-rounded taste of Tuscany, head to the countryside to visit the hill towns and vineyards that illuminate the region’s characteristic charms.

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 16: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the train to Florence this morning, arriving in time for a guided tour.

• Visit Brunelleschi’s legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75*pp Details

Head to the hilltop town of Fiesole, home to stunning views of nearby Florence that have been prized since pre-Roman times. Here, you’ll be treated to some of the region’s best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 17: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Florence on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $109*pp Details

Discover the essence of Tuscany on a full-day excursion. In Siena, a local guide introduces you to the town and its black-and-white marble duomo, where you’ll find brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. You’ll have some free time to explore the Campo, the square that serves as the center of civic life in Siena. Then, journey through the countryside to the town of San Gimignano, where you’ll have some free time to explore the city’s medieval towers or simply admire the Tuscan hills. Later, you’ll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Day 18: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Heidelberg, Germany
  • Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Como, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
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Passport & visa

This tour includes the following countries: England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. 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 home. No visa is 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.

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 note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the trains from London to Paris, Paris to Amsterdam and Venice to Rome. 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 sports 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 remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to England, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

You’ll have the opportunity to taste a wide variety of cuisines on this tour. In London, reasonably priced traditional fare can be found at local pubs (Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, haggis and Cumberland sausages). French cuisine is a national (and international) obsession, done with style and flair. Croissants and café au lait begin the day, followed by delicacies such as foie gras, pâté, escargot and truffles. French wines and coffees are some of the finest in the world. Traditional Dutch cuisine is hearty fare, primarily based on meat, potatoes and stew. The Dutch are known for cheeses such as Gouda, Edam and Leyden. Swiss food, influenced by surrounding countries, is varied and sophisticated; the most famous local dish is fondue, made from molten cheese, flavored with wine, garlic and liquor, into which pieces of skewered bread are dipped. Cuisine varies by region in Italy—in Lombardy, you’ll find rice dishes such as risotto, while pastas such as spaghetti all’ amatriciana are more common around Rome.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Rome (or Florence on extension). When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by train and private deluxe motor coach.

Electricity

England uses 240 volts. All other destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

The United Kingdom operates on Greenwich mean time, which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard time. France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy are all one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

Currency

The British pound, euro and Swiss franc are the currencies you’ll use on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination country, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take credit cards and ATM/bank cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your 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: 4/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

10 OUT OF 10

I normally don't take the time to write reviews, even when asked to do so, but I feel that GO AHEAD TOURS and our tour director Dionisio deserve some recognition for providing such awesome service and helping to create memories that I will appreciate for the rest of my life. Having owned and operated a transportation business myself (hauling refrigerated goods all over the United States), I know of the logistical nightmares that can occur when trying to meet my customers' expectations on an extremely strict time schedule. During this 18-day tour, because of Dionisio's vigilance and careful instructions, our group of 32 enjoyed a vacation that went as smoothly as it possibly could have. The tour's destinations were also very well chosen. If I never go back to Europe, I feel like I probably wouldn't be missing much. I saw and learned more about the many peoples and cultures of Europe in 18 days than I could have if I spent a year reading about them on the internet. I will definitely be using GO AHEAD again, and hopefully the other tour directors will be as knowledgeable, competent, and able to create such a convivial environment as Dionisio did. I felt like I was leaving a friend in Italy.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Europe at last!

I took my 3 kids with me on this vacation. They are 20-23 years old. Everyone had a wonderful time. So glad we choose this tour company. It was very organized, we just had to show up on time. A true vacation!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip!

Marcellos is the best!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Staff Review

THE Grand Tour!

My grand Tour of Europe trip was absolutely amazing! From our Amazing Tour Director, Marcellus, to the fantastic group of people I can now call my friends, to the beautiful sights we were able to see, this tour was top notch! I had been to several of these countries before, but I was still able to see something new in each city, mostly due to the fantastic planning and effort that Marcellus put into our tour. If there was something that he thought we should see that wasn't on the itinerary, he offered to make it happen for us. From a trip to the Louvre in Paris, to a Fondue dinner in Lucerne, to seeing Rome at night, he showed us the best of some of the most popular cities in Europe. This tour is fast paced, but if you want to get the most out of a 16 day tour to Europe and see the sights you've always wanted to see, it is a great itinerary to participate in! This trip will give you a taste of European culture that will leave you wanting to go back for more!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Tini G. "One terrific Tour Director"

Tini did a good job! Well spoken in multiple languages. Took care of details and made arrangements to make our tour real nice. She knows all the interesting places for us to visit and provided cautions of what to look out for with caution. She addressed some challenges with tact and was very polite and patient. Answers questions, and was very accountable. Does her job very well. Very talented in job skills. She could teach other directors a few lessons how to treat their tour guests! Great job!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Whirlwind Tour

This is a perfect tour for anyone who wants to see allot in a short period of time. This is not a slow and relaxed tour. We were non-stop for 18 days (added the Florence option) and we still did not see it all. Plan on walking allot and taking a ton of pictures. You will travel by plane, train, boat, ferry, bus, and potentially a gondola, cable car and cog wheel train. It is truly a “grand tour” experience. I agree with several of the previous comments the hotels in Lake Como and Lido (as you don’t stay in Venice) need to be re-reviewed. As with any travel you are going to have your hick-ups, but our tour guide Rita was fabulous and even make these hick-ups “no problem”. Any tour/travel it is what you make of it (don’t sweat the small stuff) and Rita was a huge part in making this a wonderful trip for everyone. I would easily travel with her and GoAhead again. On a side note if you do book this trip, do not miss out on the trip to Mt. Pilatus. This is truly a once in a lifetime experiance.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Grand Experience!!!

This tour was by far the best experience I've had. I traveled alone but met many new friends and shared many good times. Marcellus was the best!! His knowledge of the languages & countries was impressive. This tour has a lot of walking so if you have trouble in that area (or a sprained ankle like me-4 days prior to departure), you may want to choose another tour. I, however wasn't letting anything keep me from seeing all I could regardless!! I went on every optional excursion and didn't regret choosing any one. They were all worth the money and because we were in a tour group and had reservations, we walked right into most without waiting in line. in summary: beautiful, breathtaking, informative, great food, even better wine/beer, good times, lots of laughs, great hotels, comfortable transportation, great local tour guides, the best tour director. Hated to leave...can't wait to go again. Ciao'

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Marcellus is the BEST!

It was an invigorating tour of Europe. We could not have asked for a better tour guide. He is gifted with languages and knowledge. So young too! The tour was fast and heavy. One should be physically ready for a fast paced trip. There is a lot of train and bus loading and unloading. The luggage was always in the right place with porters taking our luggage to our rooms gratis. The guides for the special tours were spectacular. They brought the extra tours to life. Although I have lived in Europe in the 1970's I still learned a great deal concerning the background of the special tours. If you are young enough to go go go you should consider this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great tour to Europe

This was an excellent tour, well organize and our tour director Marcellus was the best, he took care of everything and did everything to give us the best, looking forward to do China with him and my whole family.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Good Value

The overall tour was very good.....Paris and London the hotels were nice and the tour of those cities was good. We had time to explore on our own. In London our hotel window overlooked an outdoor garden with tables and many hours of people partying both nights. The second night till four o'clock in the morning. Needless to say I didn't get much sleep (this hotel should be changed). In Paris we went up in the Eiffel Tower (on our own). What a beautiful sight. Lake Como and Venice the hotels were dreadful.....we were suppose to be staying in 3 & 4 Star hotels, but these two didn't even rate a star. The hotel in Venice........wasn't even Venice, it was Lido.......couldn't accommodate us and put us in their other hotel which was dreadful. In our hotel in Lake Como we had three beds in the room (two of which were youth beds). I was traveling with a girlfriend and let her sleep in the big bed. All the hotels did not have enough lighting and some did not have enough electrical outlets. The tour was very rushed.....we were always on the move which left little down time. Had I known that there was going to be so much walking I would not have booked this tour. It was too much for me....especially walking on the cobbled stone streets. Some of the tour guides were hard to understand and some gave too much information for my taste. Our guide was great. He went above and beyond and we had a great time with him. Overall the tour was good, but if I were GoAhead I would change some of the hotels. This was my third trip to Europe and I would use GoAhead again, but I would find a tour that has more free time and less walking. We also took the extension to Florence. A beautiful city and a great place to visit. I could have used more time in Florence and our hotel was a little far from happenings, but it was clean and modern.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughtful feedback with us. Your feedback in regards to the hotel quality on tour is very important to us as this is something we continually strive to improve and maintain across all of our tour departures. Your anecdotal feedback regarding the hotel in Como and Venice will aid us in our decision to locate a variety of other properties in the future. The Grand Tour of Europe offers a nice taste of each city visited; we also offer many different types of tours that move at a more leisurely pace and will give you more time to really explore and focus on all that a certain city has to offer. We are thrilled to hear your Tour Director was able to provide a memorable and enjoyable experience for you overall and we look forward to the having to pleasure of welcoming you on another Go Ahead tour in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions or feedback.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2014

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