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London & Paris

9 days
Take in all the local highlights on citywide tours of London and Paris before going off to create your own experiences. Look out for the royals from a double-decker bus. Sit in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, while sipping your café au lait, then get up-close to cultural icons in world-class museums.

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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, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed Eurostar train

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 4 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

Take a guided tour of the regal landmarks of the English capital with a local expert leading the way. 

• 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

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

Day 5: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Take another day to explore London on your own or add excursions.

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

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

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner $125*pp Details

Glide through London's skyline on the London Eye. As the world’s third-tallest observation wheel, the London Eye lifts its passengers 450 feet above the River Thames on a 30-minute ride in an enclosed gondola. In clear weather, you can see for 25 miles around the city center. Afterward, take a brief tour of London’s West End before venturing to a local pub for dinner.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: 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 7: 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris 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

Day 8: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.

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

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 April through October.

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

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 Paris.

Add Paris $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 café and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the City of Light or add an excursion.

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

Start off your evening in Montmartre with a French wine tasting, led by a local expert, and a three-course dinner. Afterward, walk through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets, passing by Moulin Rouge on your 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.

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

Day 10: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris.

Day 11: 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 Great Britain 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.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the Eurostar train. 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 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 and France. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

For traditional British fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, Cumberland sausages and steak and kidney pie 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 Paris, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a 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, and mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Paris. 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. There is an included transfer on the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris. 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

The United Kingdom operates on 240 volts; France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

The United Kingdom 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 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: 7/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Best trip!

The tour to London and Paris was one of the best trips I have experienced! It was historic, cultural and educational and I learned a lot of things about two distinct countries and its people. I have many wonderful stories and memories to share with family and friends. Thank you Go Ahead Tours!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Dance contest winner!

The one negative was getting from San Jose to LA. Our flight was delayed so that I barely had time to make the flight. My baggage, however, did not enjoy the same results. When I arrived in London, I learned that my checked baggage had not made my flight. So, I was without that baggage until 11:45 pm that night. The rest of the trip was excellent. Our director, Derek, was very knowledgeable and helpful. The activities and excursions were excellent........the food in the hotels was fair in London and better in Paris. All in all, it was an enjoyable trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

go see the world

great trips. tour director were there for us at all time. everything where on time. all our questions were answer. my family had a good time, and i am about to book my next tour with them.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Graet Trip!!

Had a wonderful time in London and Paris. The tour was more than I expected. First class hotels, the meals were fantastic, especially Clarences in London. Our tour director Cornelius went above and beyond to satisfy everyone. No easy task. His knowledge of history and sense of humor were outstanding. My only negative was the shuttle service on arrival. Our flight was delayed but we still had to wait 2 1/2 hours for a pick up. Understanding there was a flight delay but that was a little too much. Other than that I would highly recommend this tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fantastic Tour

My first time to Europe. This tour was an excellent introduction. The tour director was fantastic, very knowledgeable and able to manage the group members with their various intentions.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PR

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent tour

Excellent at all.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London Is On The Top Of My List

The first leg of the tour, London, could not have bee any better! Our tour director was AWESOME. She made the experience the absolute best it could be. Our South Kensington location was in the center of the action, you could walk to many city attractions, museums, etc. and the city has a great public transportation system, very economical, easy to use and understand, and Our tour director had tickets for purchase so we could be prepared to jump right onto a bus or underground train. Add-on excursions exceeded our expectations. Paris had a lot to compete with when compared to London - and I believe London had much more to offer. Glad we spent more days in London than Paris. Even after we had the experience with buses and the underground in London, Paris public transportation seemed complicated and inefficient. We went on a river cruise in Paris, which was nice, and our hotel was fancier than in London, but the hotel staff were not very friendly in Paris, a disappointment after the great staff in London.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Two spectacular cities

I got back from London and Paris six days ago and as I reflect on the tour I have a few comments to make. First, and really the most important in almost any tour, relates to our tour director, Richard. A Londoner, he spoke fluent French and was charming, delightful and knowledgeable. He took time to deal personally with each of us and really helped make the trip successful. This was my fourth Go Ahead trip, and we did the Paris two-day extension. We'd been to London a couple years ago on the Highlights tour, so I planned an itinerary that took us to some off- the- beaten- path places. We did go to Stonehenge and it was fascinating, if extremely cold and windy (in early June). Our London hotel was nice, and in a great location in South Kensington. We used the tube every day, and I had bought Oyster cards so we never had to mess with fares. The "Chunnel" (shame on me for using that non- European term) train ride was smooth and easy. Paris was - there's no word for it. Amazing will have to do. I also planned our Paris itinerary so we didn't do much with the group, but we went to a lot of museums and areas of the city on our own. We got to Versailles, but around mid day, and the security line took about an hour an a half to proceed through. I would say it's a "must." There is much we did not have time to do. We did take the Seine river cruise and it was lovely. The city's buildings are spectacular from any vantage point. I hope to go back to Paris, but I believe it will be necessary to spend at least two, and maybe three weeks there to do the city justice! This trip just gives you a taste of what's to see and do! The hotel in Montparnasse was very nice, and in a location close to a large station with all the safe public transit means, which we used daily. Of course I spent too much money and have very sore feet, even now. But it was worth it!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour director

Our tour director was Ali B. She was very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Family Vacation

Our London-Paris trip was awesome! Our tour guide (Jim M.) was very friendly, knowledgeable about both cities and always there if needed. The local guides were excellent, and the accommodations far exceeded my expectations. Perhaps the only area of concern came with transportation from the airport to the hotel, and from the hotel to the airport...both were a little late...but, eventually we made it with no problems. Overall, my family and I would rate this trip the best ever!

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