London & Paris 9 days
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About This Experience
Slip away for a stay in two of Europe’s leading capital cities, London and Paris. Sit in the shadow of the Eiffel, dipping a beignet into your café au lait. Look out for the royals from the top of a double-decker bus. Get up-close to the Mona Lisa and real-life mummies in world-renowned museums. Take in all the local highlights through the eyes of Londoners and Parisians on citywide tours before going off to seek and create your own experiences.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
7 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Just enough time to get a true feel for your destinations
Real local guides mean real insights about each city
Hang with the group or go your own way—you decide
Unbelievable scenes as you ride on the Eurostar train
London’s vast array of famous (& free) museums
The open markets, street art & style of Paris
Overnight Flight1 night
London4 nights - hotel info
Whether by sparkling accents or ales, London is sure to draw you in
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to London! After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the “Hotel by Bus Transfer” desk. They’ll be providing your transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.
Today’s mission: get to know the city like a local, with a local
Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle
Embark on a panoramic sightseeing tour of London this morning. You’ll see Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace and more. This afternoon, consider joining our optional excursion to Windsor Castle, a favorite residence of the British royals and a stunning example of Georgian-Victorian architecture.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Windsor Castle $85* pp
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.
City or countryside, Rosetta Stone or Stonehenge—oh, the possibilities
Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Bath
It was Samuel Johnson who said anyone “who is tired of London is tired of life itself.” There’s never enough time to take in all the wonders of Europe’s largest city, but you’ll have the chance to scratch the surface in the next few days. Today is free to seek out the London sights you’re most interested in. See the treasures at the British Museum, housing an astonishing collection of antiquities, including the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone. Take in world-renowned works of art at the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. Stroll through Kensington Gardens to view some of London’s most famous statues and immaculate landscape design. Take a walk down memory lane at Pollock’s Toy Museum, an 18th-century townhouse displaying toys from the Victorian era. Or, join our optional excursion to Stonehenge and Bath for a taste of history outside the English capital.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Stonehenge & Bath $109* pp
Visit Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates from the Neolithic period (an estimated 5,000 years ago), is unknown, though most believe it to have been a temple and observatory. Then, continue on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Once a Roman town, now it's famous for its Georgian and Regency architecture. Your Tour Director will show you the town’s major sights, including the wonderfully preserved Roman baths for which the town is named.
Stand 450 feet above the Thames or wander into the Whispering Room
Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey
Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner
Enjoy another leisurely day in London. If the city’s literary side interests you, plan a stop at the Charles Dickens Museum or Shakespeare’s Globe, a replica of the famous Globe Theatre. For shoppers, a visit to Harrods—15 acres of tempting merchandise, ranging from silk scarves and soap to the world’s most meticulously decorated cakes—is a must. Theater lovers can take in a show or two in the West End or, for more casual entertainment, catch the street performers at Covent Garden. Foodies have an abundance of choices, from London’s vast array of ethnic cuisine to the ever-popular pub fare. Or, consider joining one of today’s optional excursions: a guided tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey, and an evening ride on the London Eye with Pub Dinner.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115* pp
Compare and constrast 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.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
London Eye & Pub Dinner $119* pp
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.
Paris3 nights - hotel info
Dive below the English Channel and surface in the City of Light
This morning, transfer to St Pancras Station. Here, you’ll board the Eurostar, Europe’s quarter-mile-long, high-speed train that whisks passengers below the English Channel and resurfaces in France. Relax aboard comfortable, state-of-the-art transportation, arriving at Gare du Nord in Paris just three hours later. Upon arrival, your Tour Director will greet you and escort you to your hotel, where you’ll share an included dinner with your travel companions.
High style with lots of high notes, your first day is tres Parisian
Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens
Set out on a sightseeing tour of the City of Light this morning, passing by Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Place de la Concorde and much more. This afternoon, consider joining our optional excursion to Versailles.
Must be booked 45 days before departure
Versailles Palace & Gardens $99* pp
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.
Let those daydreams of cafes, cabarets and garden strolls come to life
Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise
Paris is one of Europe’s most romantic and elegant capitals. Take a stroll along the Champs-Élysées, perhaps the world’s most famous avenue. Admire the city’s haute couture in the chic boutiques of the Opera district. Browse Paris’ world-renowned department stores and outdoor markets, or head to the Left Bank to look for antique books. Explore the vibrant Latin Quarter, home to the Sorbonne, or relax in the Luxembourg Gardens, where Hemingway was inspired to write “A Moveable Feast.” Visit one of Paris’ excellent art museums, or simply watch the world go by at an intimate cafe—one of the city’s most celebrated traditions. At night, savor the best of Paris’ gourmet tradition, and take in some world-class entertainment at the cabaret. There are also a few optional excursions available today: Monet and the Landscapes of Giverny (seasonal) during the daytime and an Evening in Paris, featuring dinner at a local restaurant followed by a cruise along the Seine.
Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85* pp
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.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $99* pp
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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.
Extend Your Stay
Add Paris City Stay $299*
Paris-the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs Elysees 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.
Paris2 nights - hotel info
Point out the flying buttresses and posing gargoyles on Notre Dame
Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Notre-Dame & the Marais
Today is free to continue exploring Paris on your own. Alternatively, you can choose to join our optional excursion for a walking tour around Notre-Dame and the Marais.
Iconic Sights: Notre-Dame & the Marais $75* pp
Your guided walking tour of Paris begins on Île de la Cité, the city’s legendary birthplace and home to the majestic Notre-Dame Cathedral. Step inside the cathedral to admire the stained-glass rose windows and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings. Walk along the flower market beside the island’s Palais de Justice, which houses the Conciergerie, the former prison where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. Wander past the Hôtel de Ville, the city’s administrative heart, and continue through the Jewish Quarter to the gardens of Musée Carnavalet and Place des Vosges, noted as one of the prettiest squares in Paris. Lunch is included.
Pause to take in the Chartres Cathedral rising out of the plains
Optional Excursion - Chartres Cathedral: Gothic Art & Architecture
Savor your last full day in Paris today. Relax in one of the city’s many beautiful parks, or consider joining our optional excursion and head outside the city to the Chartres Cathedral, one of the greatest French Gothic cathedrals.
Chartres Cathedral: Gothic Art & Architecture $79* pp
Discover Chartres Cathedral, one of the greatest French Gothic cathedrals and a famous pilgrimage site. Featuring towering spires, the cathedral seems to hover in midair above the nearby fields. A local guide will introduce you to the delicate carvings that cover the cathedral’s facade, the intricate stained-glass windows and the labyrinth that unfurls under the cathedral's soaring vaults. Spend the rest of your time discovering the surrounding medieval town before your return to Paris.
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.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
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).
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.
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.
Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Paris. Your transfer upon arrival in London is provided by “Hotel by Bus” transfer service, and you can find them at a desk when you make your way through customs and baggage. 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.
The United Kingdom operates on 240 volts; France operates on the European standard 220 volts.
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.
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.
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.
80.6% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
Best part was trip on the Channel Tunnel train
Some sleepless nights
Not pleased with Paris accommodations
We flew into London 2 days before the rest of our group so we'd have more time to spend sight seeing. The hotel in London was excellent in every detail. Paul, our tour guide, was informative, attentive and terribly funny when telling about incidents on past tours he conducted. The weather in September was beautiful and perfect for being out-and-about. The city of Paris was great. Accomodations...... not so much. The city of Paris was not as "clean" as I expected it to be, however we were there to see the historical aspects of the city and not inspect their city streets. All in all......... we had a great time and would highly recommend this tour.
Not up to par
This was my third Go Ahead tour, and the first to disappoint me. The tour director, guides, and bus drivers were all wonderful, and most (but not all) of the excursions were good, but the hotels were definitely not 3-star. The Paris hotel page on the web describes the place as having "375 comfortable and luxurious 2-person studios...". If "comfortable" means having to navigate carefully around sharp metal bed frames, crawl in and out of the bed from the bottom half due to wide wooden arm rests at the top half, using a hair dryer attached to the back of a closet so that one had to stand in the hallway to dry one's hair, looking into a mirror on the closet door that allowed one to see from the mid-nose up - well, you get the idea hopefully. The webpage also indicates that the hotel has Internet connectivity, but we didn't find it, and explored some interesting streets of Paris to find a place to get wi-fi and print out our boarding passes. In addition, the hotel page said it was "4-star." No way!!! The London hotel was a step up, but certainly not of Marriott standards.(in this one, the hair dryer was encased in a drawer near the desk as far from the bathroom as possible). Neither of these could possibly be 3 star hotels. The city tours were good. The pub experience wasn't. The London Eye was great. I wished there had been more time to explore the Windsor area. Because of our large (47) group, we didn't have the opportunity to get to know each other as has happened on the other tours. This tour wasn't bad, but it simply didn't match my other two Go Ahead experiences. I realize that one travels to different countries, one needs to be flexible and adjust to the "quirks." But I found this Go Ahead experience disappointing in so many ways , and the pictures on the Internet should be checked out and marked "deceiving" and inaccurate when they, indeed, are.
It Didn't Match Expectations
We arrived at London's Heathrow Airport and found our way to the Hotel by Bus transfer desk which was located outside of the terminal and not inside as was on the printed information sheet we received prior to our trip beginning. Our trip to the Marriott was comfortable and Paul met us at the front of the hotel. All of the meals were very good at the hotel. Staff was pleasant and ready to assist us. The only complaint was a major one concerning a sealer that was applied around our sliding glass doors. The vial odor was overwhelming and possibly toxic. Some of our group had to change rooms and we had to stay in the bar area while the hotel was aired out. The area around the London hotel was great and we enjoyed walking to Regent's Park. The tours of Windsor Castle and London in addition to St Paul's were all good. The Westminster Abbey tour was cancelled for us and was rescheduled. We could not attend the rescheduled tour due to prior commitments and the early start for the London Eye/Pub tour. Paul said that he had talked to someone at Goahead and we would be compensated for the mix-up. The London Eye was a nice excursion. The Pub Dinner was a mess. We sat at a table in the basement where it was hot and so noisy as to be intolerable. The food was excellent but the service was slow and even more concerning was the fact that the waiters were both serving and bussing our tables. I watched them scraping the plates into bins and then serving our food. No one washed their hands. I would not recommend this place in the future. The Eurostar to Paris experience went very well. The Adagio Tour Eiffel in Paris was not a pleasant experience. The neighborhood was seedy and rundown. There were security people at the front entrance to watch our comings and goings. The staff was generally pleasant and cooperative. The breakfasts were standard and did not come close to the same quality of the Marriott food offerings. The hotel was on the site of a former Citroen car plant. From our room we could see the beautiful Eiffel Tower but there was also a huge towering smokestack that obscured our views. The bed in our room appeared to fold up into the wall. It was dangerous to walk around it because the room was so small and the sharp edges of the metal frame made it hazardous. Getting in and out of the bed required a "scooting" motion from near the end of the bed. It was uncomfortable and not senior friendly. The thermostat was preset and we could not change temperatures. The phone was out of order for the first 24 hours and 2 trips to the desk before it was working. Paul was wonderful! I give him high praise. The other guides and the drivers were all professional and we enjoyed their company and expertise. The Paris hotel lacked wi-fi and no computer to print boarding passes. We had to go to a McDonald's for wi-fi and across Paris to a computer cafe to print boarding passes.
Matt won all our hearts
This man is a gem and everybody on the tour fell in love. He is kind, considerate, funny, and absolutely genuine. I would go to the ends of the earth with him as our guide. Our next trip will definitely be with Go Ahead Tours. Sincerely, Juan & Rheta Perez San Angelo, Tx
Wonderful, But Word Of Warning
Go Ahead Tours is amazing. The company which handles Go Ahead's trip insurance is terrible. Let me explain. My family and I were supposed to go on this trip a year ago, but I had to be hospitalized the night before we were supposed to leave. Fortunately, we purchased trip insurance. Unfortunately, the insurance company did everything in its power not to return our money. I was seriously ill and didn't need the added stress. We were finally reimbursed months later. Once my health improved, I was hesitant to re-book the trip for this year. But, I took a leap of faith. Go Ahead Tours exceeded my expectations in every way. Let's start with our tour director, Richard. He was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. The hotels in both London and Paris were clean, comfortable and conveniently located inside city limits and near metro stops. We did all of the optional excursions, which were fantastic. The tour guides on those tours were exceptional. My family and I wanted to see other sites on our own and Richard, our tour director, explained the best way to accomplish that. I can't say enough good things about Go Ahead Tours. Just don't get sick right before your trip!
Most wonderful tour and Director!!
The tour was so much more than i expected! Richard was the best director! He made sure we were prepared for what we were going to see and even help plan our off time experiences. It was so obvious that he loved his job and country! I could not have ask for a more exciting experience and look forward to going on another tour with Go Ahead Tours and Richard!
Hotel Selection & Locale
The Paris location was very disappointing; far away from the hub of activity one expects to experience in Paris. The Best Western Hotel was horrible and in a frightening part of town. The tour director was obviously biased against Paris and that translated into a great deal of negativity toward the French and many unfair generalizations. Overall, the trip and pre-planning were positive, but, overshadowed by the above factors.
The Best of the Best
Was a great trip the last one that I took London & Paris, your a GREAT !!!!! people and I will take another trip with you because I really enjoyed the last One..... Ciao...... Letty