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London, Normandy & Paris

12 days
Journey from the banks of the Thames to the Seine, making your way along the beautiful French coastline in between. Experience the local lifestyle and see the iconic sights in London, England. Then, zip below the English Channel on the Eurostar train to France to discover the past along the beaches of Normandy and Brittany. End your trip in Paris for your fill of mouthwatering cuisine and awe-inspiring landmarks.

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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 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Let us handle the details

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      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, 1 brandy tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of France and England

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 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, weddings and funerals

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and the UNESCO-recognized 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

Normandy Coast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Normandy via Calais & Honfleur

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Brandy tasting

Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train and be whisked beneath the English Channel as you journey to Calais, France. Then, travel through historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to the Normandy region.

• Enjoy a tasting of calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy, with local cheese 

• See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Normandy

  Included meals: Breakfast

Relive World War II history during a full-day excursion to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944.

• Visit the Bayeux Museum to view the famed Bayeux Tapestry 

• Enter the D-Day Museum with a local guide in Arromanches 

• Stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the battle of Normandy

• Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American Second Ranger Battalion, who seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops landing on Omaha Beach

Brittany Coast 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Brittany Coast via Mont-Saint-Michel

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Brittany coast today, stopping en route to explore the striking 8th-century island monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel on a guided sightseeing tour.

• See how the UNESCO World Heritage-recognized monastery, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide

• Enter the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide 

Then, continue your journey toward seaside Saint-Malo, located on the Brittany Coast.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Saint-Malo

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take in Saint-Malo’s narrow streets, tall granite homes and medieval ramparts on a guided walking tour. 

• Walk along the old walls of the port city, which was once home to many privateers

• View the burial site of the French writer Chateaubriand on the tidal island of Grand Bé

Enjoy a free afternoon in Saint-Malo or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Charming Brittany: Dinan & Dinard $85pp* Details

Travel through Brittany’s countryside to discover the medieval town of Dinan on a guided tour. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of the town’s historic center, seeing half-timbered houses and beautiful private homes built by wealthy families in the 18th century. Pop into a restaurant for an included tasting of local pastries and tea. Then, set out to visit the seaside town of Dinard, stopping first at La Maison Guella to sample traditional Breton biscuits and caramel. Board a boat to cruise through Corsair Bay and the Bay of Saint-Malo, taking in sites such as the island of Cézembre and Fort de la Conchée, before disembarking in Saint-Malo.

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

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Paris via Chartres

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel through the French countryside to Paris today, stopping en route to visit the town of Chartres.

• Enter the impressive Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Explore the surrounding square and medieval houses that line the streets of the old city on your own

Later, arrive in Paris and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise $115pp* 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 illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. 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 10: 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.

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

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on the UNESCO-recognized banks of 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 iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Spend a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $115pp* 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 as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Please note: The four rooms of the Queen's State Apartment are closed for renovations through 2017.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 11: Free day in Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Paris on your own today or add an excursion.

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

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85pp* Details

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet’s home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: 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: $95)

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue your exploration of Paris.

Add Paris Starting from $349 pp

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

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Élysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk cafe and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris 2 nights

Day 12: Free day in Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day in Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Luxembourg Gardens & Notre-Dame Cathedral $49pp* Details

With its iconic gargoyles and Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of Paris’ most recognizable sites. Meet your guide and start your day by exploring this breathtaking cathedral. Then, stroll through the café-dotted cobblestone streets of the St. Germaine neighborhood as you head to the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Here you’ll discover tree-lined promenades and beautiful flowerbeds, while enjoying views of Luxembourg Palace and the Medici Fountain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

Day 13: Free day in Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Montmartre Wine Tasting & Dinner $125pp* Details

Start off your evening with a walk through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets, passing by Moulin Rouge on the way. Then, take a funicular ride to the top of Montmartre, the highest point of the city, and explore the lively area around the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Afterward, enjoy a French wine tasting led by a local expert and a delicious three-course dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $135)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

In order to enter the United Kingdom and France, 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. Please note that there may be times when you will have to handle your own bags.

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 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 associated with traveling to the United Kingdom or France. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

For traditional British fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, Cumberland sausages, and fish and chips are regional specialties. For the ultimate in English tradition, sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods. Modern-day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants unmatched by almost any other city in the world.

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular.

Transportation

Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in London and depart from Paris. 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. Please reference the London transfer information that is sent to you in your final mailing for arrival procedure.

There is an included transfer on the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Calais. All other transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the two cities by public transportation.

London’s tube system consists of 12 lines. Tickets and passes can be purchased in singles or in bulk. London also has an extensive bus system. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, efficient and easy to navigate. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which pass might work best.

Electricity

Great Britain operates on 240 volts; France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

Great Britain is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Paris is one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of EST. When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in London and 6pm in Paris.

Currency

The British pound and the euro in France are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries rather than in the United States, 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. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’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 equivalency 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 equivalency of $2USD/ CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing excursions on tour

If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional 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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Perfectly Paced Tour

This was my second tour with Go Ahead, and, once again, Go Ahead exceeded my expectations. This tour was perfectly paced. It allows for a few days ahead of time in London (we arrived four days before our tour began), provides a perfect pace while in London and along the Normandy and Brittany coasts and ends in Paris, where, once again, you can stay a few extra days (we stayed another week). The London part of the tour was well designed. Our accommodations in the Kensington area were very nice. As part of our panoramic tour, we were fortunate enough to be able to see the Trooping of the Colours rehearsal which was really special. The excursion to Stonehenge and Oxford was well worth the cost. After London we took the Eurostar to the Normandy coast. Our first stop was Honfleur, a perfectly timed stop for a tasty crepe and a beautiful port city. We were also introduced to the local Calvados, which was fun. Being in Normandy just made me proud to be an American! Our Tour Director made it all special with his expertise and flexibility to find us all special things to do --- everyone on this trip was treated as if we all mattered. All of our hotels were very, very nice in this area, too. It was particularly special for the tour group that our tour director found a restaurant where D-Day was celebrated (on the evening of D-Day) and veterans of D-Day were being honored. My 22 year old son was able to shake the hand of veterans of D-Day and thank them for their service. He will never forget the conversations that he had with those men. The next day, we got to see the awesome Bayeaux Tapestry and spent a very full day touring the Normandy military sites and memorials was which was really special and gave you a sense of awe as to what the Allies were able to achieve. This day followed with two days where we were introduced to the beauty of Mont St. Michel and St. Malo. Once again, our tour director, Derek K. knew the area so well that he was able to allow us a special trip to Cancale so we could try the local specialty, oysters. AMAZING. In every city we visited each of our local guides, and especially Coco in St. Malo, made sure that we were properly introduced to each town. While in Paris, our tour director organized a special visit to the Cabaret that was really fun. The thing I love about Go Ahead Tours is that the number of the members of the group is always kept small and the tour directors are just excellent. This tour was no exception. It was the perfectly paced tour with an amazing tour director, and my son and I made a memory for life. I have given five stars, but if I could give ten start, I would. It was a perfect tour.

 

Hi Allison! We’re so thrilled your 2nd Go Ahead tour exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your feedback on the itinerary and pacing. We’re glad you were able to catch the Trooping the Colours rehearsal. That must have been an interesting experience! It’s wonderful to know that your son was able to meet veterans in Normandy, which must have been very educational and moving for him. We’re also pleased that your Tour Director was able to arrange special activities for you and that your local guides shared their passion and knowledge for each region. It’s great to hear that you feel your group size was just right and that it was a perfect tour overall. We truly appreciate your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First tour

This was our fist tour and we enjoyed it. All went as planned and even better. Tour director, Carole was the best. Will entertain doing another tour..

 

Hi Ginette! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your tour! It's great to know that your experience exceeded your expectations and that your Tour Director was a great resource. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Terrific Itinerary

Starting in London and ending in Paris with stops in Normandy in between is a brilliant itinerary. So much to see in Normandy, especially the D-Day beaches. Carole Hussell was a great guide - very approachable and always went out of her way to be helpful. This is a new tour and I highly recommend it.

 

Hi Lou! We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour, and we’re thrilled that you would recommend it to others. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 03, 2016