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London & Paris

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

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed Eurostar train

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 4 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to London! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations and weddings

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye and the Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle $99*pp Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in London or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford $125*pp Details

Stonehenge & Oxford

Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 5: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

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

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Paris via the Eurostar train

Included meals: Breakfast

Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train, and be whisked beneath the English Channel as you journey to Gare du Nord in Paris. 

Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp Details

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

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

• Pass the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River 

• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square 

• Marvel at the eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $109*pp Details

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 8: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.

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

The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet’s home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs April through October.

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

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

Add Paris $349 pp

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

Paris: the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs 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.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Day 10: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Paris.

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Great Britain and France, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the Eurostar train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to the United Kingdom and France. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

For traditional British fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, Cumberland sausages and steak and kidney pie are regional specialties. For the ultimate in English tradition, sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods. Modern-day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants unmatched by almost any other city in the world. Throughout Paris, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate, and mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Paris. When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. There is an included transfer on the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris. All other transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the two cities by public transportation. London’s tube system consists of 12 lines. Tickets and passes can be purchased in singles or in bulk. London also has an extensive bus system. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, efficient and easy to navigate. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which pass might work best.

Electricity

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

Time Zones

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

Currency

The British pound and the euro (in France) are the currencies you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries rather than in the United States, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was a trip of a life time, you only become 70 years old once in your life. My best friend and I wanted to see London and Paris for our 70th birthday and I am writing a book about a women who goes to London and Paris months before she turn 70. She meets the love of her life on this trip, no I didn't meet anyone but I'm hopeful. Our tour director was the best, (Ali) she answer any questions we ask and if she didn't know she would find out. Ali was very knowledgeable about the places visited and knew the history. Yes, she listens my best friend and I had the best surprise to honor our birthday Ali surprise us with a Chocolate Mouse Cake at our farewell dinner. I would recommend "Go Ahead Tours" to all of my friends.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London/Paris Trip

My trip was great. I loved London and the side trip to Oxford & Stonehenge. Our city tour guy was great and gave a great history lesson. I loved, loved our hotel, the staff was great and very helpful. It was small and made it feel homey, which I really liked. London was my favorite part of the whole trip. I guess I'm a UK type of person. The Paris part of the trip, well it was ok. My favorite part of the Paris trip was Versailles. I loved, loved that little town and the palace. Paris is for the young and brave and those you can speak and understand the language. I didn't find it easy to get around and the metro was very hard to use and very, very crowded. Our hotel was nice, but not in a very good location, too far from the sites. But all in all, I did have a nice time. Brian our "city tour guide" was awesome, he really gave us a very good history lesson on Paris and he was so much fun on the Versailles tour. I really was entertained by his way of teaching the French history of Versailles. Paula our GAT tour guide was really great. She was always available and a wonder in Paris. I really hope whoever has her next, really appreciates her. I just can't say enough good things about her. I love GAT and I'm already planning another trip. I've been passing GAT info to all my friends. Thank you for such a fun trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Do your homework first!

Unless you have booked a tour and are leaving within 24 hours or are actually on a tour, the company is usually slow to respond and wait times on the phone are looooong however; they are pleasant. Both our Tour Director and one of our guides gave us incorrect info about the Underground in London and the Metro in Paris so have your APPS and be familiar with them. In Paris, the Metro employees can be unhelpful to very rude. We probably lost at least half a day in each city because of the misinformation. Our Tour Director also gave us misinformation on the cost of viewing from the Montparnasse Tower building, by a lot and was not even close to worth it. I think our Tour Director let her love of Paris get in the way of helping or advocating for her tour members as well as she could have. One example would be when she neglected to tell us we would need euros for the toilet at the EuroStar Station when we disembarked in Paris so that was a little unpleasant, lol and she was unaware of how our luggage would be handled and so that caused some delay and a long walk. Neither special dinner in Paris was particularly special but the meals were good. The accordionist was tiresome after a couple of pieces. The breakfasts in both London and Paris were wonderful as were both the Queen's Gate Hotel in London and The Pullman Montparnasse. The bus tours in each city provided a good overview but don't count on getting many good photographs that way. The bus is often past a site while the guide is still talking about it.The Paris night cruise was beautiful and a great photo opportunity. We are pretty spontaneous and independent travelers but wanted a little more guidance on the trip than is usual for us and the way it was described, expected that. So, do your homework about the public transportation system, have APPS and know how to use them, get enough "tip" and toilet money before leaving and don't encourage the accordionist.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The best tour YET

While this was my first Go Ahead Tours experience, it was the best one yet. So good in fact, I have already booked my next tour! Our tour director, Paula, was the best she deserves kudos. She answered everyone's questions, was always willing to show us some off the beaten path spots, and most importantly she made us all feel safe and welcomed. The hotel accommodations were superb as they were on main streets, easy to find, and down right AWESOME. I hope my next tour (Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona) is lucky enough to have Paula as the guide.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

awesome tour

The London Paris trip was amazing the hotel accommodations were great the Hotels were located in central areas of London Paris so it was easy to navigate and use the metro system. The food was great.only downside was that when my friend and I reached the terminal in London we had to wait three hours for someone to pick us up from the airport and bring us to the hotel. we met another go ahead tour traveler and we were able to contact our tour director informing her about our situation. The train ride from London to Paris was smooth and flawless. I wish we had more time in Paris but in all I really enjoy this trip

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/29/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director Ever!

Our tour director was so accommodating, he answered everyone' questions, and we had a lot! The tours were fun, interesting and we always felt safe and well taken care of . The hotel accomodations were excellent. They were on the main streets and not hidden or hard to find. I would do this tour again!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip

Our first experience with Go Ahead was terrific! No complaints!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

London and Paris!!

My co-worker and I took the London and Paris tour November 8th-16th 2014. We had a wonderful trip! From arrival to departure Go Ahead Tours made everything run smoothly. We booked several optional excursions, including the London Eye/Pub dinner (amazing experience!) Stonehenge/Oxford (a must see!) and then in Paris we did a tour of Versailles. We also booked the evening river cruise on the Seine, with dinner, but I was feeling well enough to attend this on our last night, but my co-worker did attend and she said it was great! The hotel in London was great, a 5 minute walk from the Tube, and well equipped. I wasn't happy at having to pay for Wi-Fi service each day, but other than that I had no complaints about this hotel. In Paris, the hotel is located at the end of the "red light" district. I was a little worried about this at first, but soon found that it was just fine. There was never any trouble, and we felt safe, even walking through the neighborhood at night. The rooms in the Paris hotel were very small (not enough room to stand between the 2 beds) and very dark. I know this was an attempt at having the modern look, but I much prefer to be able to see what I am doing. The Wi-Fi here was free, but breakfast wasn't as good as in the London hotel. I took a walk to the local Starbucks each morning, as I wasn't able to find suitable American coffee at the hotel. There is a beautiful neighborhood up the hill behind the hotel that has lots of restaurants, cafes and shops. This is a family friendly, safe and comfortable place to spend your evenings. There is a beautiful cemetery right around the corner from the hotel that is absolutely worth the time to take a stroll and see the crypts and stones. Our tour Director Reuben was great, he knew the cities well, and he was our tour guide for the excursion to Oxford and Stonehenge. He even got us last minute tickets to attend a show at The Moulin Rougue, which was very interesting and fun! Overall, the trip was excellent, my only complaint was that dinner on the night of arrival was scheduled too late in the evening. We arrived at 9am , so dinner at 6:45pm was really late. I ended up leaving that dinner early because I was so tired from jet lag and from being out touring the whole day. My best advice for anyone considering the trip is to take advantage of some of the optional excursions, they are really worth the money. And lastly, learn the Tube in London and the Metro in Paris. Being able to hop on and off the trains are your ticket to see every inch of these cities. Try to avoid rush hour 7-9am and 5-7pm, unless you really want to "get close" with the natives. Find a pub and have a beer, or a café in Paris and wait out the crowds, you will be happy you did!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun memories

The London and Paris 9 day trip was awesome. My husband and I enjoyed every moment! The only thing we would have done differently was to stay a couple of extra days in Paris. The sparkling Eiffel Tower was a finale to our memorable trip! Our tour director, Jim Michell, was knowledgeable and accommodating. We would definitely enjoy taking another Go Ahead Tour in the future.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

WONDERFUL TOUR

I had an absolute incredible time. My tour director Kathy was amazing,and I got to see all the sites I wanted to see. :)

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