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London, Paris & Amsterdam

11 days
Delve deep into three cultural capitals, discovering the landmarks and local lifestyles that make each city so unique. Throw back a few pints in a local pub after wandering the Thames. Seek out the Mona Lisa before savoring a crêpe where the “Lost Generation” once sat to write. Pass rows of tulips and vibrant houseboats on your way to a Dutch cafe. With plenty of free time in each locale, you’re free to create your own experience.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed train

  • Guided sightseeing

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 3 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 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

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Paris via the Eurostar train

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 6: 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 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 7: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Paris or add excursions.

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)

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)

Amsterdam 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a high-speed train to Amsterdam, where a walking tour introduces you to the city’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including, the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

Day 9: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Keukenhof Gardens $89*pp Details

With millions of flowers growing on 70 acres of gardens, Keukenhof has been a showplace for the Dutch floral industry for more than half a century. On this excursion, you may be able to view more than six million flowers in bloom, including daffodils, croci and hyacinths, as well as thousands of tulip varieties. Please note: Peak tulip season varies with the weather. This optional excursion is seasonal and runs only from late March through May. Travelers should be prepared for a fair amount of walking.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115*pp Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

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

Day 10: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in Amsterdam or add an excursion. Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105*pp Details

Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. From there, travel to The Hague for a quick photo stop at the majestic Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed train

  • Guided sightseeing

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 3 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 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

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Paris via the Eurostar train

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 6: 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 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 7: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Paris or add excursions.

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)

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)

Amsterdam 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a high-speed train to Amsterdam, where a walking tour introduces you to the city’s iconic canals and unique character.

• Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks

• View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including, the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church and the National Monument

Day 9: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Keukenhof Gardens $89*pp Details

With millions of flowers growing on 70 acres of gardens, Keukenhof has been a showplace for the Dutch floral industry for more than half a century. On this excursion, you may be able to view more than six million flowers in bloom, including daffodils, croci and hyacinths, as well as thousands of tulip varieties. Please note: Peak tulip season varies with the weather. This optional excursion is seasonal and runs only from late March through May. Travelers should be prepared for a fair amount of walking.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115*pp Details

Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam on a houseboat, enjoying the view of row houses lit up for the night. Your cruise will take you through the center of the city as you enjoy dinner by lantern light.

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

Day 10: Free day in Amsterdam

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in Amsterdam or add an excursion. Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft $105*pp Details

Pay a visit to the world-famous flower market at Aalsmeer for a close-up look at one of Holland’s best-known national exports: its brilliantly hued tulips. From there, travel to The Hague for a quick photo stop at the majestic Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice. Finally, continue to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Visit the Old and New Churches on a guided tour, and then enjoy free time to grab lunch and explore the town, perhaps visiting the former home of the famous painter, Vermeer.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Berlin.

Add Berlin $749 pp

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Berlin 3 nights

Day 11: Travel to Berlin

Included meals: Breakfast

Fly to Berlin, a city that’s evolved into a thriving metropolis since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Berlin

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Berlin, reunited Germany’s political and cultural capital city. 

• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery 

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag, Museum Island and Alexander Square

• Enter the Pergamon Museum, renowned for its archaeological collection 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour $59*pp Details

Take a walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II, detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich. You’ll start in the Wilhelmstraße area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You'll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $69)

Day 13: Free day in Berlin

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Berlin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Potsdam $69*pp Details

Travel to Potsdam, the residence of Prussian Kings and German Kaisers until 1918. Once the royal playground of Prussian King Frederick the Great, Potsdam was also the location where American, British and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference in 1945. A local guide will escort you through Cecilienhof Palace, built by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany in the early 1900s and the site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photograph of Truman, Churchill and Stalin. After exploring the palace and gardens, your guide will introduce you to the historic center of Potsdam.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Temperature Precipitation
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Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: England, France and the Netherlands. In order to enter these countries, 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’re not a U.S. and 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 and is not available on the Thalys train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

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 sports 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 be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to London, Paris and Amsterdam. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

For traditional British fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are specialties. Sip afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. Modern- day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants, including Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine. In Paris, sample wonderful food at every price range. For a snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. In the Netherlands, the universal staples of beef, chicken and fish are prepared in a simple fashion, and substantial soups and stews are also very popular. Snack food might be less familiar, where the emphasis is on fish. You might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions. Also popular for snacking are pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles served from street stands.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Amsterdam. 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. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach, the Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris and the Thayls train from Paris to Amsterdam. In your free time, you may wish to explore the 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, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, although for a lovely tour, you may consider taking a cruise along the canals.

Electricity

London uses 240 volts. Paris and Amsterdam operate 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). Both Paris and Amsterdam are 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 and Amsterdam.

Currency

The British pound and euro (in France and the Netherlands) are the currencies you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, 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, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks. 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
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Berlin, Germany
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: England, France and the Netherlands (and Germany on the extension). In order to enter these countries, 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’re not a U.S. and 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 and is not available on the Thalys train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

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 sports 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 be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to London, Paris and Amsterdam (or Berlin on the extension). Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

For traditional British fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are specialties. Sip afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. Modern- day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants, including Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine.

In Paris, sample wonderful food at every price range. For a snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.

In the Netherlands, the universal staples of beef, chicken and fish are prepared in a simple fashion, and substantial soups and stews are also very popular. Snack food might be less familiar, where the emphasis is on fish. You might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions. Also popular for snacking are pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles served from street stands.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Amsterdam (or Berlin, Germany on the extension). 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. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach, the Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris and the Thayls train from Paris to Amsterdam. In your free time, you may wish to explore the 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, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, although for a lovely tour, you may consider taking a cruise along the canals.

Electricity

London uses 240 volts. Paris and Amsterdam (and Berlin on the extension) operate 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). Both Paris and Amsterdam (and Berlin on the extension) are 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, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Currency

The British pound and euro (in France, the Netherlands and Germany on the extension) are the currencies you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, 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, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks. 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: 10/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

amazing trip

I had a amazing time. our tour director was excellent. He surprise me on my birthday. i didn't even tell him. he was such a nice man. i have a egg allergy he made i was safe. that made the trip that much better. i had a time of my life. i hope you will too.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 8/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: NY

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Would not recommend this tour

Tour director was very unorganized & not knowledgable about the cities that we visited. The hotel in Paris was disgusting. It was on a seedy street surrounded by porn shops & very far from the center of Paris. The optional excursions were a waste of money. Due to the planning by the Tour guide , we did not get a seat on the Seine boat tour & had to wait 2 hours on line in the hot sun to enter Versailles. This was my 4th & last Go Ahead Vacation.

 

Dear James, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, and thank you for speaking to us recently about your tour experience. As we discussed, we are looking into some of the frustrations you have described regarding you tour experience, and will be reviewing the tour evaluations for the group as well. Though your Tour Director is one of our newer guides, all of our Tour Directors come to Go Ahead with many years of experience in the industry and are usually seen as one of the highlights of our tour experiences. Please be assured we will be passing along you feedback for further improvements, and we look forward to speaking with you again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 21, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Nice Tour But There is Room for Improvements

This was my 3rd tour with Go Ahead. I'm glad I did it and I'll use Go Ahead again for my next tour. But there is always room for improvement. For the entire tour be aware that in Europe it is common to "pay to pee". Make sure you have the appropriate coinage available for this. Go Ahead should be more forthcoming with letting people know in advance about this significant cultural change. Go Ahead does not have accommodations at 5 star hotels and they state that and it is not expected. But the hotel in London is severely lacking. Fine location but the carpet in our room was dirty and the bathroom had dried water spots all over the place. We showered at various times of the day and each time the water temperature varied nearly instantaneously from very cold to very hot. That's dangerous and an accident waiting to happen! But the worse part was that the toilet was in a very narrow space where a little bigger than a normal sized person could not adequately spread their legs when doing their business. Seriously! Unacceptable. Never had this problem before anywhere in my life. We ate at the hotel's restaurant where the service was terrible, the food not so good and the price was too expensive. The breakfasts we had their were adequate but could have been better. The tiny elevator was out of service more than it was in service. The welcome dinner was at an offsite restaurant that left a lot to be desired. Also it seemed that every Go Ahead dinner was a choice of fish or chicken. Never a chicken breast. Just the leg and a thigh. Very small portions. Good thing because it was the proverbial "rubber chicken". The tour of London itself was very good and the local tour guide was entertaining and knowledgeable. Also our tour director Allie was fantastic the entire tour. Windsor Castle was wonderful. We passed on the Stonehenge excursion as it was an all day affair so we used that day to see the wonderful sites of London on our own. What was missing on our tour of Paris was a Go Ahead tour of the Louvre. In the past there was one available but there wasn't one available on this tour. Go Ahead should make every effort to reinstate that optional excursion. The hotel in Paris was more than acceptable. Past reviews indicated that Go Ahead's Paris accommodations were severely lacking but apparently they have addressed that issue. The breakfasts were decent accepts for the very wet scrambled eggs. Much too runny all 3 days there. The optional excursion of an evening dinner in Paris followed by a river cruise was a complete waste of time and money. It was nearly unanimous that the chicken or the fish served was so sub par. How can you mess up chicken? Well they did. Just plain terrible. The river cruise was a big disappointment, The audio commentary was useless. More poetry than actual description of what the sites were. The only redeeming part was seeing the Eiffel Tower shimmering with lights on the hour in the evening sky. I didn't know that it was going to happen so I was pleasantly surprised. The Versailles optional excursion was very worthwhile. The local tour guide was decent but our tour of Paris was on VE day which was a holiday so some streets were not accessible because of the parade and we were unable to view the Arch or travel down the Champs Elysee the main drive in Paris. Go Ahead should have done a better job of scheduling the group tour of Paris. On our own we visited the Lourve, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. All very worthwhile. Would have been better if Go Ahead had excursions to these sites. Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, was nice. The local tour guide could have been better. The optional dinner / river cruise was enjoyable and worthwhile. The hotel and the breakfasts were the best on the tour. More than acceptable. They even had an omelette station and sweet rolls. But the best part of the entire 3 city tour was the optional excursion to Keukenhof Gardens. This is a season place and they were scheduled to close a couple of days after our visit. Given that I thought that the gardens would be way past prime time but was I ever wrong. We had 3.5 hours on our own to explore the gardens. I could have used another 3.5 hours. The gardens were spectacular. That's the word everyone used. Simply spectacular. I was blown away. Disney clean. BTW I was disappointed and surprised at how dirty London, Paris and Amsterdam are. The exteriors of the building are simply dirty. The streets of all three cites are littered with cigarette butts and other unsightly things. Not the Gardens however. The pearly gates of heaven can't be decorated any better than the K Gardens. In summary I'm glad I took the tour and I'll cherish the pleasant memories. I'd recommend the tour to others and I'll use Go Ahead again. We meet some great people on our tour and the tour director was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and caring. Always available. Looking forward to our next tour with Go Ahead. Jack

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Very good tour that needs some tweaks

The fast paced London, Paris, Amsterdam tour gives you a good flavor of the three cities, but be prepared to make your list for a return visit to your favorite cities. Really could have used at least one extra day in each city to be able to take advantage of what each had to offer and the Go Ahead extra excursions. We enjoyed the extra excursions to Windsor Castle, Keukenhof Gardens, and Amsterdam Canal dinner. The night cruise in Paris was not really worth the money. We did not opt for Stonehenge, Monet, or Delft as they were full days. Instead we planned out own time and were able to see a great deal more of each city. Our tour director, Allie, was knowledgeable, attentive and very organized. Our in-city tour guides in London and Paris were very good, but the one in Amsterdam was less so. Travel between cities was well-arranged except for lack of portage to the Amsterdam bound train. Now for the tweaks. While in a nice location, the hotel in London was less than desirable -- teeny rooms and beds, stained carpets, poor excuse for a bathroom, and an inoperable elevator for two days. Our hotels in Paris and Amsterdam were very nice with all conveniences and easy access to public transportation and city sites. Overall, we had an enjoyable time and met some very nice people along the way.This was our third Go Ahead Tour and we are already thinking about where we want to go next.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Good Tour - But Can Improve

The tour itself and the tour director (and local guides) were fine. The primary issues that I had were a very poor process for pick-up at Heathrow Airport, the cancellation of the Windsor Castle excursion (with no alternative) and the baggage transfers for the train from Paris to Amsterdam. The train from London to Paris was also very uncomfortable. Hotels in London and Amsterdam were very good but the hotel in Paris was poor. The pick-up at Heathrow was ridiculous. The representative had no reference to Go Ahead Tours on his sign and the names on the sign were incomplete. He had first and middle name for me and my wife separated by the name of another person that he was picking up for the same tour. I was looking for a Go Ahead Tour sign or my name. This seems so simple but it wasn't done and the tour started on a bad note. There were many positives to the tour but the above items can easily be corrected and should be for the tour price.

 

Hello Michael, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We appreciate the detailed feedback about the various aspects of your tour. We will certainly be following up with our Heathrow transfer service to be sure we are providing our travelers with a clear and reliable transfer service. We do apologize for any inconveniences, but we're glad to hear your tour experience was enjoyable overall!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 11, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/12/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great overview of 3 cities

This tour was a great way to get a taste of 3 very different cities. Our ultimate goal for choosing this tour was to see the tulips in Amsterdam and they did not disappoint. Though it would have been nice to have additional days in all cities, it gave us a good idea of what we would like to do when we return even though we had both been to Paris and London before. Our dinners together were excellent. The hotel in Amsterdam was the best of the 3 cities, though all were very good and located close to public transportation to get around. Train between cities was wonderful and gave a nice glimpse of the countryside. Optional tour were excellent. I would have liked some helpful tips before we went such as tickets to local attractions that could have been secured on-line, thus eliminating waiting in lines. Overall a great tour and a great tour director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The People are the Place

The heritage of Europe is a waiting treasure, but it is the guide who unlocks the treasure chest. We had one of the finest tour directors I've experienced. "No man is an Iland" our guide quoted us outside St. Paul's in London and that was true of our tour. My fellow sojourners were companions in every sense of the word. All of us together experienced Europe and each other with our guide, like a master sorcerer turning the mirror here and there so that we didn't just experience a place, we discovered something of ourself. Well done, Go Ahead. I can't wait to journey again.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Experience

London, Paris, and Amsterdam was our second trip with Go Ahead Tours. We couldn't be more pleased with Derek, our tour director. I cannot imagine a better one. He was so attentive and accommodating, recommending traditional foods and important sites that were "must sees" in each city. London is great. Huge city with so much to see and do. Three days is not enough, but we all know this beforehand. It's enough of a taste to give you an idea of what each place/culture is like. It's a very clean city, and we felt safe venturing out on our own. The tour guide in London, Stewart, was AMAZING! He was the best tour guide I've ever had. So funny and made the tour more fun. London is a must for travelers. I am considering a city stay next year, we enjoyed it that much. The hotel in London is nice with a great breakfast selection, air condition unit needs some work. It functions when it wants to :) We opened a window though and it was fine. Paris, not what one expects. It's a dirty city and overrated. It's not a cliché when you hear Parisians don't like American tourists, they really don't. It's all too obvious. And everyone smokes. It's a must do if you want to call yourself a traveler I guess, but I can't say I'd return. The hotel was just okay, not very close to the sites, but in a Parisian neighborhood with lots of cafes and minutes from the metro. Breakfast was not very good in this hotel either. Only the croissants are edible. Depends on what's more important to you. Amsterdam was the best, by far! I loved the quaint little city with the windmills and canals. Nearly everyone speaks English and they are friendly. If you are a good walker, you can walk the whole city in probably under an hour. This was a nice change to the large, bustling cities that require a metro ticket if you want to see things. We seen the Ann Frank house and did the Heineken experience, had amazing Dutch food and the local's favorite, Indonesian food. I could live in Amsterdam. I fell absolutely in love with it and hope to return some day. The hotel was by far the best as well. HUGE rooms with amazing views of the harbor. Breakfast was amazing with rows and rows of different food choices and an omelet bar. Don't change this hotel! It's superior to all the others I'm sure. The reason you choose Go Ahead is because all the details are taken care of. You have the security of your tour director but the freedom to do what you'd like. You also get the opportunity to meet other people from different parts of the world who just may make your experience more extraordinary. We loved our group and we will cherish the memories we've made with them always. It's the people you meet along the way that make the journey so wonderful. Go Ahead and go, it's so worth it. I won't travel without them.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A trip to remember

My family took this trip in August and if I were asked if I’d take this tour again, the answer is a definite yes, only I’d like to add one more day (or two) in each city. It seemed to be in a little bit of a rush hopping to one city/country every three days. For now I’d like to consider it as a dry run of my future visits to London, Paris and Amsterdam as there were many other places here that I wanted to see but there was not enough time. We did go and see all the iconic landmarks (Big Ben, Eiffel Tower, famous boat houses in the canals of Amsterdam, etc.) so that’s good. Our tour director was Jim. He’s a good host, sometimes made us feel like we’re visiting a city with a local host who shows you around. There were “extras” in this tour that were not listed, such as having an unplanned dinner in Amsterdam on our arrival date, Dutch treat (no pun intended), with Jim and those who wanted to come. We were not disappointed. Food was good as was the camaraderie. In London, as in Paris and Amsterdam, we got a good overview of the city from a local tour guide. One thing I like about escorted tours is that you have an air-conditioned bus, seated high enough to get a good view of the city, and a local guide giving you a short history about the place you are looking at. Hotel accommodations were very good in London (Hilton Islington) and Amsterdam (Movenpick). In Paris, Mercure Montparnasse hotel reminded me of a seedy motel room in a secluded highway in a scary movie. Every day during our stay, there was a super loud noise from maintenance men right across the hall. We had to walk past them every time we enter our room. The room looks old and run down. The housekeeping folks simply ignored our “Do not Disturb” sign as they kept on entering our hotel room, even when we were right there! The location is good though because it is close to the metro and the Montparnasse tower where, for about 14 euros you can go to the top of the building and get a breathtaking view of Paris. So when we got to the Movenpick Hotel in Amsterdam, it was heavenly! But there’s one kicker: on our last evening dinner here we were served with what looked land tasted like tough chicken breast with watery mac and cheese. I could get a much better version of this at my local Costco. The hotel’s breakfast buffet menu was an excellent choice compared to this dinner. We were given macarons in the lobby on day one. We took all the added excursions except the Windsor Castle tour but I highly recommend taking all the excursions (as we’ve done in our past tours with Go Ahead). It takes the guesswork out of where you are going to go next. I was very disappointed when I found out that the Delft excursion was cancelled as not a lot of people had signed up for it. I told Jim that was the highlight of my trip (Paris and London were just add-ons). He offered an added trip in Amsterdam though: Anne Frank’s House, Lord of the Attic, Canal cruise. Easier, faster entrance to Anne Frank’s house when you’re in a tour group. For future Amsterdam trips, I wish they would add museum tours (it was too late for me to book this on my own, I found out). I especially missed the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum. Looking forward to our next Go Ahead trip….

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Terrible accommodations

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