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London & Paris

9 days
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.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to London aboard an internationally recognized airline.

London4 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

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

Included meals: Breakfast

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 & Oxford for a taste of history outside the English capital.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $115*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. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115*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.

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

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, transfer to St Pancras Station. Here, you’ll board the Eurostar, Europe’s quartermile-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.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*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

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

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.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not continuing on our tour extension for two more nights in Paris, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Paris City Stay, 2 nights $299 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 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

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to continue exploring Paris on your own. Alternatively, you can choose to join an optional lunch and wine tasting in Montmartre.

Optional Excursion - Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting $109*pp Details

Take a funicular to the top of Montmartre, the highest point of the city. Here, take a look inside the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilica, explore the artsy Montmartre district and enjoy panoramic views of Paris. Then, take the funicular back down and make your way through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets. End the excursion with a French wine tasting, led by a local expert, and a three-course lunch.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Savor your last full day in Paris today. Relax in one of the city’s many beautiful parks, or consider joining our optional excursion to the Louvre and Tuileries Garden.

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden $85*pp Details

The extravagant Tuileries Garden is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Each section of the Garden has something to offer, including majestic statues, glimmering fountains and intricate pathways. Next, make your way over to the Louvre, considered one of the world’s largest art museums. With more than 8 million visitors each year, it is also the world’s most visited museum. Once you arrive, join a museum guide for a detailed tour. You’ll find some famous, familiar pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, say goodbye to the City of Light and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to London aboard an internationally recognized airline.

London4 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

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

Included meals: Breakfast

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 & Oxford for a taste of history outside the English capital.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $115*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. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115*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.

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

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, transfer to St Pancras Station. Here, you’ll board the Eurostar, Europe’s quartermile-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.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*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

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

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.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*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, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not continuing on our tour extension for two more nights in Paris, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add Paris City Stay, 2 nights $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 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

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to continue exploring Paris on your own. Alternatively, you can choose to join an optional lunch and wine tasting in Montmartre.

Optional Excursion - Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting $109*pp Details

Take a funicular to the top of Montmartre, the highest point of the city. Here, take a look inside the iconic Sacré-Coeur Basilica, explore the artsy Montmartre district and enjoy panoramic views of Paris. Then, take the funicular back down and make your way through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets. End the excursion with a French wine tasting, led by a local expert, and a three-course lunch.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Savor your last full day in Paris today. Relax in one of the city’s many beautiful parks, or consider joining our optional excursion to the Louvre and Tuileries Garden.

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden $85*pp Details

The extravagant Tuileries Garden is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Each section of the Garden has something to offer, including majestic statues, glimmering fountains and intricate pathways. Next, make your way over to the Louvre, considered one of the world’s largest art museums. With more than 8 million visitors each year, it is also the world’s most visited museum. Once you arrive, join a museum guide for a detailed tour. You’ll find some famous, familiar pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, say goodbye to the City of Light and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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, 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 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. 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.

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.

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Paris, France
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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. 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.

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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

London/Paris July 2014

This was my first trip abroad at the age of 50 and well worth the money. I was able to see and do everything that I expected and then some. Our tour director, Rebecca, was fantastic. I could not have asked for a better group of people to travel with. (Although they may not say the same about me as I was frequently late for excursions!) The tour directors for the excursions were quite knowledgeable and entertaining. I loved Windsor Castle and Stonehenge and highly recommend the night in Paris dinner and cruise. It was the perfect way to end my wonderful time in both London and Paris. Both of the hotels I stayed at (Marriott in London and Mercure in Paris) were excellent. My rooms were quiet and clean and the staff was very efficient. I even had a view of the Eiffel Tower from my room in Paris! My only complaint is with the bus services. My driver from the airport in London did not have the address for my hotel and I could not access the internet from my cell phone to get it. I arrived at the hotel at 7 AM and was not able to check in until 3 PM so was left to wander London until that time, which was no hassle for me but may be for someone who wanted to immediately check in and refresh. The bus company sent a bus that was too small to accommodate out group for the trip to Stonehenge so we lost an hour waiting for a bigger bus. It would have been nice to have had that extra time at Stonehenge. Finally the bus driver that took me to the airport in Paris dropped me at the wrong terminal. He left me at Delta A instead of Delta E. It was close to my boarding time and I was told by airport staff it would only be a ten minute walk to terminal E, but it turned out to be a ten minute sprint with two bags. Were I not traveling alone and fairly fit it would have been a serious problem. I would have given this trip 5 stars were it not for the bus service and do understand that the more people and services involved, the greater the risk that things can go wrong. The positive far outweighs the negative. When all is said and done I had a magical time and would recommend Go Ahead Tours and this tour of London and Paris.

 

Hi Steven, I’m glad to hear you had a great trip to London & Paris! We appreciate the feedback on your experience. We are sorry to hear about the bus issues you had and will be following up on the issues you have raised regarding transportation. We look forward to welcoming you on another Go Ahead Tour in the future.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 04, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London and Paris

We took our 13 year old grandson and his parents on this tour and we included the extension in Paris. It was a great trip. Alfredo was very helpful and was a really interesting guide. We "lucked into" the Tour de France as it came through London, and Bastille Day as it was celebrated in Paris! I would go on this same tour again if another grandchild should choose it.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London and Paris!

Thank you for the amazing tour! Rebecca the tour director was awesome. She connected with everyone on the tour daily, even if they were not going on the optional excursions. She provided great tips about places to eat, how to use the local transit systems, and how to stay safe. Paul (London guide) was informative and fun! He found us the perfect spot to watch the changing of the guards. Suzanne (Paris guide) gave great information and fun facts. Her hat twirl to keep the group together was very effective and humorous.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent Trip

My tour with Go Ahead Tours to London & Paris was incredible. I learned NOT to believe what I read on the internet. The two hotels were very good, 4 Star hotels. People complained about the hole-in-the-wall hotels, where they could not even turn around, without hitting something, was absolutely NOT TRUE! I believe Go Ahead may have heeded the complaints and upgraded the hotels. I stayed at a Marriott, in London and a Mercure Hotel, in Paris. Both were very good chain hotels, with clean, spacious rooms, located near a metro or subway stop. Service was excellent and the free breakfast was very good. The neighborhoods were safe and near restaurants. Our Tour Director Alfredo, was excellent. The bus was spacious, comfortable and fairly new. Our city tour guides were excellent, witty & knowledgeable. Our tour director took us on special walking tours, on his own time and it saved us the problem of seeing some attractions, on our own. He showed us how to use the Metro or subways, during this walking tour. Half of the group came on these walking tours and Alfredo was patient, as we had to buy the Metro tickets. He managed to get us all on the train and off, without losing anyone. I've heard that not all tour directors work as hard as Alfredo. The included city tours were excellent. We left at 9:00 and they showed us all the important sights in the city. We were able to get off at the most famous attractions to take photos. The stop near the Eiffel Tower was excellent and we were able to take it off our list of must sees. The tour ended around noon and we were given the choice of staying , near the places of interest or going back to the hotel. The city tour guides were excellent, friendly, patient and very knowledgeable. The optional excursions were excellent and the tour guides were very good and knowledgeable. They were friendly, kind and willing to make the tour enjoyable. I took the Stonehenge & Oxford tour. Time at Stonehenge was short but my grandsons loved the tour of Oxford. Ruth was very nice to the the boys. The whole family went on the tour of Versailles. Terri was wonderful and walked through the place with us. We had a large group and listened to him through our headsets. We were able to pick up lunch and wonder around, the gardens, on our own, for awhile. I tipped the guides according to how wonderful they did their jobs. Alfredo went out of his way to show us London & Paris and deserved a good tip. Anne was my contact person at GAH tours. From the beginning, when I was inquiring about a trip for my family, she was attentive & helpful. After I chose my London & Paris tour, she assisted me with my down payments and the logistics of paying for everything. Anne always returned my emails & phone calls. She was helpful right up to the end and even gave me a welcome home call. She deserves a commendation for her work efforts, kindness and knowledge. I was nervous about the trip, after reading some bad reviews, however, it turned out to be a wonderful vacation. I would recommend Go Ahead Tours to anyone looking for a good tour company. With the special discount, I will definitely use them again.

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NM

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

So Disappointing

I traveled with Go Ahead to Scotland in 2008 and it was a fabulous experience. Unfortunately, this 2014 Tour was a terrible let-down all the way around. When we arrived at Heathrow, there was no pre-arranged transportation to our hotel. The bus company did not have a reservation (as promised by Go Ahead) and they could not accommodate us. We were not provided any alternative information on transport alternatives. We ended up paying 100 pounds for a taxi to our hotel!! The hotel was in North London in an grungy, ethnic, working class neighborhood which we felt was a "bit dodgy" and did not feel safe. We were nowhere near central London or popular pubs/restaurants and entertainment or tourist spots. The excursion to Oxford/Stonehenge was OK but we were not provided with a large enough coach, and our tour guide had to sit on the floor/steps by the driver, and the driver was unhappy because he was afraid of being pulled over and losing his license as that was illegal. Why didn't Go Ahead get us a bigger bus/coach? The local tour in London was a waste of money and time. The local guide was in a hurry, not friendly and walked ahead of us so fast that we could hardly keep up. The pub dinner in London was so-so, certainly not what we expected, and it was especially annoying to be told we were limited to "one drink" per person including water! Really? There were so many excursions I would like to have had as an option. The Harry Potter tour for example. We had several teenagers on the trip and they would have liked to see that. In Paris, we had additional problems that could have been avoided by better planning. Our optional excursion for the City tour and Versailles was a disaster. Our bus lacked air conditioning on a day with 90 degree heat, prompting our tour guide to exchange some angry words with the coach driver. He admitted knowing that the AC was not working that morning but said nothing about it until we were all but dying of heatstroke. The tour director made him stop and open the vents in the ceiling which helped but he seemed angry the rest of the day. He should be fired. He also informed us halfway through the morning that he needed to take a 45 minute"break" even though we had a timed schedule for lunch and the afternoon plans. Oh, and then the bus broke down inside a tunnel, cars honking behind us and the driver cursing and burning up the clutch trying to get it moving. I would like a refund for that entire excursion. The local tour guide in Paris was so angry and frustrated that the rest of the day was uncomfortable and unhappy. She seemed glad to be rid of us when they finally took us back to the hotel. We had a couple of free days in Paris but were provided little or no information on where to go, how to get there, what to expect as far as wait times, and how much things would cost. The subways in Paris are not as nice and clean as in London and we were not comfortable going underground there. But the taxis in Paris overcharged us right and left. I was really unhappy to learn, after paying a cab driver 15 euro to get to the Louvre that all museums are closed on Mondays. . . really? Think maybe Go Ahead could have mentioned that? We paid for the extra day and I really wanted to go to the museums and they were all closed. As to our tour director, no offense to a kind and interesting person, but she seemed harried and frustrated and distracted a great deal of the trip and she really didn't want to be there with us. She specializes in Italian tours, but for some reason, Go Ahead made her take our group in London/Paris and she doesn't like either city very much. Play to people's strengths I say. If she likes Italy, then let her lead tours in Italy. Don't make her go to Paris. On the last evening, we finally saw the warm, friendly and humerous side of our tour guide and I wish we would have had HER the entire trip instead of just the last night.

 

Dear Cynthia, Thank you for reviewing your recent tour to London and Paris. I assure you that our attention to quality is of utmost importance so I apologize if this tour did not quite live up to what you were expecting from us. I have passed along all of your feedback to the appropriate departments so that we can continue to improve and offer the best to our customers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any further comments or concerns.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 05, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing tour director!

Second time traveling, second time with Go Ahead, second time with Sabra. Again, amazed at Sabra's leadership, organization, direction. Again, so far beyond what is expected. Always willing to do the extra for us. She truly works "over-time", and always brings so much knowledge that every site and experience is so enriched and enjoyable. And her special personality and sincere caring for each of us will be a big part of our memories. For years, I will keep looking up at Big Ben, stand inside St. Paul's, taste malt- vinegar-soaked fish and chips. For years I will look up at Notre Dame, wander inside and look up again to the gorgeous windows, keep looking for the Eiffel Tower all over the city, ride the boat along the Seine on a perfect evening, hearing music that is mainly in my heart. And so much more!!!!!!!! Thank you, Go Ahead. Thank you, Sabra

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great tour!

We just got back from our London/Paris tour had a great time. Our tour director, Shonna, was the best! She was knowledgeable, efficient and had a great sense of humor. We are looking forward to our next trip with Go Ahead Tours!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

1st Go Ahead Tour-Great Time!

My 1st time in Europe and very happy with the tour. The hotels were clean and in good locations for local transportation. We did all the London and Paris excursions and had a great time. Many places, like Windsor Castle, Westminister Abby, Giverny, Montmarte and the Louvre, that I would love to have spent more time in. Our tour director made sure we were all where we needed to be and checked on us often. He made our trip most enjoyable and mentioned the excursions were to give us a taste of many sites so we would know which ones to come back to. We were happy with the pace and will schedule more "free time" when we go on our next trip.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Long Awaited Tour on my BUCKET LIST

When scheduling and booking this tour. It was a trip I awaited for a number of years and I had great expectations of touring London and especially Paris. The flight abroad was good and without incident. All plans went well and was very organized. Upon arriving in London directions was provided to proceed to find transportation to hotel in London. All tour passengers were transported to the assigned Hotel in London. Check in at the Hotel (Marriott Maida Vale) went rather smoothly (rooms were not ready for most guest arriving on this tour); our Tour Director met us and greeted us immediately upon arrival. I must say the rooms were clean and pleasant, the hotel staff were efficient, helpful and courteous to arriving guest. We were given verbal instructions about when, where, and the time to met and walk to the restaurant to have dinner for the evening with the tour. After arriving at the restaurant, the servers were prepared and served each person sufficiently. However the food was not enjoyable, and not eaten by most people served. The dish served included a type of Cod fish, white rice with no green or other vegetables included in the meal. Wine and water was served with the meal. I did order a green salad as I prefer vegetables with my meals. the next day I did enjoy the touring on a bus of London sights as well. While in London my travel mates and myself ventured out on our own and thoroughly enjoyed all of London, to included historic sights, riding the train, subways and hailing taxis. Oh yes we enjoyed the shopping at several shops and stores we had all read and heard about, Harrods, Selfridges, and Harvey Nix's. Overall I enjoyed my tour in London. However I do recommend more precise communication, and exact directions and communications for ADULTS; as opposed to school children being provided conversational information and verbal directions that appear not to be certain when individuals inquire about specific information and directions. The ride on the Eurostar travel under the English channel to travel to Paris was enjoyed although we were asleep on the ride from our very early morning awakening to be able to board the train. However after boarding and finding our seats all went rather well. Upon arriving in Paris the bus that was to transport us was not there to meet us, which left us standing for a length of time on the Sidewalk waiting for a bus. Mr. Ruff finally contacted another bus, and driver who arrived and transported us to our hotel. Now arriving at the hotel (OCEANIA PORTE de VERSAILLES) is a whole other matter. First of all the hotel was not prepared for our ARRIVAL all us weary travelers. After check in at this hotel and arriving at our room, we were barely able to enter and bring our luggage into the room. This room was booked for double occupancy, however only one individual is able to walk or move around in the room, the closeness or the air in the room made one problems with breathing. I was very disappointed with the room, hotel staff and the lack of accommodations within the hotel. this hotel is misrepresented in the tour brochure as well as when one google and review the hotel. I was allowed after a firm complaint, long discussion, and adamant negotiation with the manager at the hotel to upgrade to a supposedly suite for a fee. This (suite) provided additional bedroom; seating room with a sleeper sofa used as bed for travel partner , additional room for the shower and separate water room with the toilet. I had not planned additional fees and cost for hotel accommodations as I had book this tour for DOUBLE OCCUPANCY and this room was not suited for double occupancy at all. This room that I was first assigned appeared to be rooms for a HOSTEL not a hotel for (2) TWO individuals but for only one person/traveler. The Go Ahead Tour should not sacrifice quality for economy and to save money. The location of the hotel is absolutely atrocious and not located near shops, coffee shops places to eat, etc, banks. The hotel faces a highway, train runs just in the front and train tracks. This is not a location travelers to Paris want to view from their hotel and experience problems traveling to and from their place of residing to visit Paris and enjoy this wonderful city. My travel mates and I made the most of this tour and found our disappointments mutual. We pressed forward and determined to enjoy our tour. The tour on the bus was good of Paris. However, the tour guide was very much immature, chatty, and annoying. Most individuals began to talk among themselves about the sights and iconic views witnessed. I loved, loved the tour excursion to VERSAILLES PALACE AND GARDENS;, visit to the Effiel Tower and the Evening in Paris dinner and river cruise. Our flight on return to Atlanta and through custom was without incidence. I was glad to return home and look forward to return to Paris for a more exciting experience!!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fabulous Trip

The trip was more than I expected it would be. The attractions we saw were very interesting but still a lot more to see another time. There were four of us in our group and we meet 4 other ladies that had the same interest as us. We went sightseeing after our tours were over and laughed so much and enjoyed ourselves. We are going to exchange pictures can't wait to see theirs. The tour director was very informative and interesting. He was very charismatic. We all had a fun time with him. He gave us tips on where to go and things to see. It is hard to believe that people get to see those views everyday. I enjoyed both England and France. Thanks Raff!

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