London & Paris

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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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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  • London, England
  • Paris, France
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

See if you can spy the London Eye as you fly over England

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

London4 nights - hotel info

Day2

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.

Day3

Today’s mission: get to know the city like a local, with a local

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Windsor Castle $99* 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.

Day4

City or countryside, Rosetta Stone or Stonehenge—oh, the possibilities

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford

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.

Stonehenge & Oxford

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Stonehenge & Oxford $115* pp

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.

Day5

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

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 Excursions

St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115* pp

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

London Eye & Pub Dinner $125* 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

Day6

Dive below the English Channel and surface in the City of Light

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.

Day7

High style with lots of high notes, your first day is tres Parisian

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

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.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* 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.

Day8

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

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 Excursions

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.

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* 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.

Day9

Pardon—sorry to interrupt, but it’s time to part with Paris

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.

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

Day9

Explore as you please, or sip wine in Montmartre.

Optional Excursion - Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting

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 Excursions

Montmartre Lunch & Wine Tasting $109* pp

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.

Day10

Say salut to the Louvre and explore Tuileries Garden

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

The Louvre & Tuileries Garden $85* pp

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.

Day11

You’ll always have Paris…

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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.

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!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Well organized, amazing tour director and wonderful adventures

I have only ever been on one tour prior to booking this tour and I have to say Go Ahead was vastly better than the other company. From the start the trip was extremely organized and I found all of the instructions and guidance very helpful. Once I landed in London, bus service quickly took us to the hotel. Upon my arrival which was very early on Sunday, I was able to check in and take freshen up before exploring a little bit of London on my own. Our Tour Director, Pascal, was there to great us when we checked in which was 7 AM…amazing! He was in the lobby the entire day making sure everyone was settled and their accommodations were in order. We met for dinner our first night and the meal was lovely. Pascal was extremely attentive throughout my entire stay. He was always there in the morning, gave very clear directions/times and helped us navigate both cities. He even took extra steps by accompanying us to Notre Dame and the Louvre which weren't on a planned agenda but he did it on his own. Pascal couldn't have been any nicer and made me feel so safe when we went places. He knows the locations very well and gave us spot on directions every time. I unfortunately had an incident at an ATM in Paris (I went alone which I should not have done). Pascal was so attentive in ensuring I was OK, helping me contact my bank, and checked on me several times. I am so thankful I had him there to help. He is amazing at this job! The hotels were in each city and the restaurants they selected were awesome. In comparison, or should I say there is no comparison, this tour was awesome. There's a great balance of guided tours and on your own time stuff. I signed up for a bunch of excursions and each were full of great information led my extremely knowledge tour guides. Eric and Leif were wonderful and I learned so much from them when they took us through London and Versailles. I highly recommend this company, Pascal and the tour.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: RI

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

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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!!!!

2 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

BEST TIME OF MY LIFE

I had the best time on my tour to London and Paris with go ahead tours.It was my first time with a tour but it was more than I expected. We saw so many places Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris so amazing

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

How can you keep them down on the farm, after they've seen Paree?

Go Ahead obviously hires tour directors who are fantastic!!! This was my third Go Ahead Tour and our tour director, Valentina Paniconi, was a dream. So much so, that our group shared meals with her many times. London and Paris are fabled cities, and justly so. Thank you, Valentina, and local guides for bringing them to life!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London – Paris trip

Overall the trip was great. We did get into London a few days early which gave us time to get over the jet lag and to see many things that were not on the “excursion” list or that had been cancelled. The hotel, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale, was actually better than I had expected and located near several Tube lines, making it easy to get around. The WiFi was another story and it was free in the lobby but not in the rooms. The cost for it in the rooms was really high. The staff there was exceptional and very attentive to our needs. There were several “glitches” in the various excursions that should be addressed by the company at some point. One was that when they had a city tour planned, they forgot to mention that those NOT going on the optional excursion later in the day would not be returned to the hotel, merely dropped off downtown to find their own way back to the hotel. Another was the London Eye and Pub dinner which was a bust. The Pub dinner, however good, the service was really, really slow and we did not get to do the London Eye at all ( one of the main reasons I wanted the excursion in the first place). The scheduling for this was totally not thought out. If we had gotten to the Eye, it would have been at night ( 8 or 9pm) and, for me, would have been a waste of time. The idea is to see the city by day, not just a bunch of lights. ( We were told that the cost would be refunded by the tour company ). All of the tour guides were well versed in their areas of expertise and shared a vast amount of information one would normally not get. The Paris hotel, Mercure Montparnasse, is also nicely located near several Metro lines and not far from the bus lines. Numerous places to eat within 1-2 blocks of the hotel. Air Conditioning is basically non-existent but at least had a window that did open. The time of year was good as it was cool in the evenings. Again, we spend a few extra days allowing for more sights to be seen on our own that were not on the normal schedule. Also, again, there was some confusion in the city tour and a later excursion. Those who did not want to go on the city tour but had paid for the afternoon excursion either HAD to go on the city tour or meet the bus somewhere in the city to go on their excursion. Not well thought out, in my opinion. The guides there was also among the best I have seen. Our full time tour guide was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable and helped with our many questions. He was easy to talk to and had a hard enough job of keep track of numerous people going in many directions. Now, would I do it all again?? Perhaps. This was the first trip of this sort we have done. In the past we have done mostly cruises and assorted resorts around the world. It is nice to have many of the minute items preplanned and all you need do is “show up”. I would look at the tour and see what is available in the way of excursions and weight it against what I really want to see, keeping in mind that the logistics for other things to do and see can be a real nightmare. Seeing either city and experiencing the life there is simply not going to happen in the allotted time, so one takes what one can get in the time given.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/29/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

 

Thank you for taking the time to share your review about your trip to London & Paris. Your feedback is very important to the improvement and development of our tours and the services we provide before, during and after your experience. We are glad that you enjoyed the locations of your hotels as we do always work to provide centrally located hotels, although we are unable to guarantee all accommodations offer air-conditioning. I have taken note in regards to your concern about timing and optional excursions that you mentioned in your review. We apologize about your experience with the London Eye & Pub dinner optional excursion and we provided a full refund prior to your return home. If you have any additional commentary you would like to provide, please contact our Customer Relations Department. Ultimately, we want every one of our customers to feel completely satisfied. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you onto another tour in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on June 03, 2014

London/Paris

1) THE GUIDES WERE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS 2) THE TOUR DIRECTOR WAS GOOD BUT COULD HAVE BEEN MORE AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS (IE DINNER) 3) THE HOTEL IN LONDON WAS NOT CENTRALLY LOCATED. A CAB RIDE FROM THE HOTEL TO PICCADILLY CIRCUS COST 22 LBS. 4) THE INTRODUCTORY DINNER MEAL IN LONDON WAS HORRIBLE. 5) PARIS IS NOT AS SPREAD OUT AND THE HOTEL WAS IN A MORE CENTRALIZED LOCATION. IT WAS AT BEST A 3.5 - 4.0 STAR HOTEL. 6) THE SHOWER IN THE HOTEL WAS TOUR JOKE. 7) I WOULD RECOMMENT THE TOUR WITH RESERVATIONS.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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