London, Paris & Amsterdam 11 days
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About This Experience
What lies behind Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and those charming windmills? Delve deep into the cultural capitals of London, Paris and Amsterdam, discovering both the landmarks and local lifestyles that make each city so unique. Throw back a few pints in a local pub after wandering the Thames. Pass bicyclists, rows of tulips and vibrant houseboats on your way to a Dutch cafe. And seek out the Mona Lisa before savoring a crepe where “Lost Generation” once sat to write. With plenty of free time in each locale, you’re free to create your own experience.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
9 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Colorful Dutch gardens blooming with tulips
Submerging beneath the English Channel on the Eurostar
Spying quaint windmills in Amsterdam’s outskirts
Rolling countryside views between cities
London’s vast museums & vibrant markets
Parisian architecture, from the Eiffel to train stations
Overnight Flight1 night
London3 nights - hotel info
Double-decker buses, red phone booths, pubs—yup, you’ve arrived
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the “Hotel by Bus” transfer desk. They’ll be providing your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with London. Meet your fellow travelers this evening at an included dinner.
Unlock Europe’s largest city from the perspective of a local
Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle
London’s landmarks are timeless, and you’ll see them all on this morning’s guided sightseeing tour. View the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and nearby 10 Downing Street, the official residence of the Prime Minister. See the formal royal hunting ground of Hyde Park and glimpse the ceremonial Changing of the Guard (seasonal) at St. James’s Palace. Pass by Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. The afternoon is free to continue your sightseeing of London or join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Windsor Castle $85* pp
Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.
Real-life mummies, buskers or just a pint—you decide what’s on tap
Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Bath
Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner
With a full free day in London, choose from a wide variety of options. Soak in history at the celebrated British Museum or take a walk in Covent Garden, made famous in My Fair Lady. Watch the street performers (called “buskers”) or browse the chic shops lining the plaza. Alternatively, join our optional excursion to Stonehenge and Bath and journey into the English countryside. Afterward, spend the evening as you like or choose to take a ride on the London Eye, followed by dinner at a local pub.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Stonehenge & Bath $105* pp
Visit Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates from the Neolithic period (an estimated 5,000 years ago), is unknown, though most believe it to have been a temple and observatory. Then, continue on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath. Once a Roman town, now it's famous for its Georgian and Regency architecture. Your Tour Director will show you the town’s major sights, including the wonderfully preserved Roman baths for which the town is named.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
London Eye & Pub Dinner $119* pp
Glide through London's skyline on the London Eye. As the world’s third-tallest observation wheel, the London Eye lifts its passengers 450 feet above the River Thames on a 30-minute ride in an enclosed gondola. In clear weather, you can see for 25 miles around the city center. Afterward, take a brief tour of London’s West End before venturing to a local pub for dinner.
Paris3 nights - hotel info
Submerge in London and surface in the City of Light
This morning, board the Eurostar, Europe’s technological marvel, completed in the mid-1990’s. This quarter-mile-long, high-speed train makes the journey from London to Paris in just over two hours. After hotel check-in, the rest of your day is free to explore Paris before this evening’s included dinner.
C’est vrai—Paris is a city unlike any other
Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens
This morning, take in panoramic views of the City of Light on a guided sightseeing tour. You’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, Opera House, Les Invalides, the ChampsÉlysées and legendary Notre-Dame. This massive Gothic cathedral, begun in 1163 and completed in 1345, can hold up to 6,000 worshippers. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to Versailles, home of the magnificent palace built by King Louis XIV.
Must be booked 45 days before departure
Versailles Palace & Gardens $99* pp
The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.
Follow the adventures of Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo
Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden
Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise
Today is free to enjoy Paris on your own. Explore some of Paris’ eclectic neighborhoods or exceptional museums; or take a seat at a sidewalk café and watch the Parisians do their thing. Get the inside scoop on Paris’ most famous art museum by joining our optional excursion the Louvre & the Tuileries Garden. Take a stroll through the centuries- old public garden, followed by a guided tour of one of the world’s largest art museums, featuring a mind-boggling collection of paintings, sculpture and antiquities. Take a peek at the Mona Lisa, but don’t miss the chance to investigate the other amazing Renaissance paintings. In the evening, you might choose to attend our optional Evening in Paris, featuring dinner at a local restaurant followed by a cruise on the Seine.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
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. After the tour, feel free to explore on your own—your all-day ticket allows you to reenter the museum at any time during the day.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $99* pp
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.
Amsterdam3 nights - hotel info
Amsterdam is a capital that just seems to go with the flow
Enjoy a picturesque ride on the Thalys train to Amsterdam. After checking in to your hotel, a local guide leads you on an afternoon walking tour to introduce you to the countless canals and unique character of Amsterdam. Highlights include the magnificent houseboats that dot the canal banks, the myriad bicyclists that crowd the streets and the flocks of pigeons and clusters of monuments that populate Dam Square.
Stop and smell the trademark tulips or hop on a houseboat
Optional Excursion - Keukenhof Gardens
Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner
Today is free to explore Amsterdam on your own. The city is wonderfully small scale, ensuring you’ll never venture too far off course. Your Tour Director will help you choose from a variety of options this morning. You may wish to explore the Begijnhof courtyard, dating back to the 14th century. If you are traveling in April or May, join an optional excursion to the famous and beautiful Keukenhof flower gardens (seasonal). This evening, opt for dinner and a relaxing cruise on Amsterdam’s canals.
Keukenhof Gardens $89* pp
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.
Canal Cruise & Dinner $115* pp
Travel along the canals of Amsterdam on a low-slung house boat, 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.
Crazy, maybe, visionary, definitely—check out the works of van Gogh
Optional Excursion - A Day in Charming Delft
Spend the day in Amsterdam however you like, perhaps visiting the city’s most celebrated museum, the van Gogh Museum, with close to 200 paintings on display. Then, compare his work to modern artists at the nearby Stedelijk Museum. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion, which includes 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. Afterward, the excursion continues to Delft, a charming town of canals, cobbled alleyways and medieval architecture. Tonight, join your group for an included farewell dinner.
A Day in Charming Delft $99* pp
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. In town, you'll visit the Old and New Church, Bell Tower and the home of the famous painter, Vermeer. Afterward, take some time to explore on your own and grab lunch.
Passport & Visa
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 are not a U.S. and Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
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.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Amsterdam. Your transfer upon arrival in London is provided by “Hotel by Bus” transfer service, and you can find them at a desk after you make your way through customs and baggage. 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.
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 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 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).
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
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.
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.
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.
92.3% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
This was my 2nd trip to Europe, my first with Go Ahead. The cities were so fantastic...and lived up to their reputations. The hotels were very well located in each city which was a pleasant surprise as you just never know. We had the best Tour Director ever, Oda. We loved her and she really made all of us feel like small family. She was personable, funny, extremely knowledgeable in all the cities we were in. Unfortanately, I caught a bad cold/flu virus towards the end...upon arrival in Amsterdam...but Oda...and my tour mates did their best to take care of me...and not make me feel like I was a drag. I took a half day off from sightseeing and slept in my beautiful and comfy hotel room in Amsterdam, loaded up on OTC meds and kept on sightseeing. I've been with two different tour companies now...and I would highly recommend Go Ahead. I I extended by 6 days after the tour and GAT was really great about making my flight arrangements. I can't say enough good things about GAT! ! My biggest problem now? Trying to decide which tour will be my next tour...GAT has SO many fantastic itineraries!! Travel On!
This was my first tour with Go Ahead, and it couldn't have been better! Me and my friend were the youngest amongst the group but we found everyone pleasant and enjoyable. Our tour director Frank was very helpful with general tips about each city, things we had a general view of but weren't one hundred percent knowledgable of. Our stay in London was very pleasant and a great way to start of our tour. The hotel their was really great and accommodating. It was continently located near the tub and a Starbucks. Location was a bit away but with having transportation nearby it isn't really an issue. Paris truly lived up to its reputation. When we got to Paris there was a bit of traffic to get to our hotel but it was a fun mini tour to see the city. Our hotel was located near the Eiffel Tower. Although the hotel wasn't the best it fit out needs as we were here only to sleep. The hotel is still very conveniently located near the metro, and of course the Eiffel Tower. Some of our group members even said that they had a view of the tower. Amsterdam was a great finale to our tour. The transportation to get there was great and Frank really took great efforts to make us feel accommodated. We did have to jump right into he tour after getting to Amsterdam but not a big deal. The hotel there was amazing it was really posh and modern. The staff was great and it was well situated. Go Ahead has been a great decision in taking. They extended our flight by five days at no additional price. They were very helpful and accommodating in helping us get the best deal and choosing the best time. We will definitely be traveling with Go Ahead in the near future!
Went on this trip for a family vacation and we really enjoyed ourselves. Looking forward to trips in the near future!
Fantastic Time and Fantastic Value!
This was our first time in Europe and it was absolutely fantastic! For those traveling for the first time, this type of tour is ideal, everything is organized for you and the most complicated thing you have to worry about is understanding the public transportation (not difficult to understand at all by the way!) All of these cities were absolutely stunning, and the short tours in each city were perfect! Just enough to get general information on the history and dynamics of each city so you can go out and explore on your own! We had tons of free time (we did not opt for any optional excursions) and the accommodations were fantastic, although there were some complaints about the Adagio in Paris, it was a great value and in a fantastic location, no room for complaints there. The breakfast was perfectly fine in each city (supplied by the breakfast buffet at each hotel) and the dinners were not anything glamorous but again, for the price you pay for the tour, it was a great value. Our Tour director Frank was fantastic, he gave great advice, was very knowledgeable about all the cities, was very organized and even went out of his way to make things easier and more fun for us (organizing the transportation of our luggage on the Thalys, added a guided tour of the red light district, and even bought us all drinks the last day in Amsterdam so we could say our last "goodbyes"). Although we were quite younger than the rest of our fellow travelers, we thoroughly enjoyed they're company the whole way through. At the end of the tour we wanted to extend our trip and go solo in Paris for 5 days and Go Ahead Tours changed the flight date and airport for us free of charge! What a fantastic value this trip was, Can't wait to book our next tour!
Had A Great Time
Very nice way to get a taste of 3 great cities. This was our 7th GoAhead tour, and it is one of the best. Tour director Frank was as good as they get. Everything ran on schedule and Frank always took the time to chat and answer questions. All of the local guides (especially Joel in London) were equally personable and knowledgeable. Hotels - In order to keep prices as affordable as they are, GoAhead tries to find the highest rated hotels closest to the center of whatever city at a price in line with what their customers want to spend. On this trip the Marriott in London was perfectly fine and the Manor House in Amsterdam was outstanding. The ApartHotel in Paris was a miss but certainly not intolerable. If GoAhead assumed that all tour participants were willing and able to use public transportation, they could contract for much better hotels further from city centers - but of course they cannot make that assumption. Meals - From experience, I did not expect much and was not disappointed, but then I'm not willing to pay extra for better meals so I'm not complaining. Here's a tip - never sign up for optional dinners out unless you are just doing so for the pleasure of a group get together. You can always get a much better meal for the money on your own. Because we had been to London and Paris before, we did not take any of the optionals this time around, but strongly recommend Windsor Castle and Stonehenge which we signed up for on prior trips. Versailles is okay but if visiting Paris for the first time, skip it since there are much more compelling sights around town. The Delft option really added a lot to our first visit to Holland - making us feel we had seen so much more than just Amsterdam.
Paris Hotel Dump
Shame on Go AheadTours. They knew the Paris hotel was terrible, yet still put us there. When spoke with them regarding previous tours review of this hotel, they said it was fine & told me, "if it was a problem they would move us". Never happened. Many of us on tour said they will not use Go Ahead again because of this. Poor business decision.
London, Paris, Amsterdam
My wife and I haven't traveled much, and we really enjoyed this tour. With the exception of a substandard hotel in Paris and one dinner in Paris (frozen peas and carrots? really?) we had very good accommodations, meals and travel arrangements. The optional excursions, while sometimes a little ambitious, were appropriate for the country and interesting to us. We also enjoyed our fellow travelers who were varied in age and came from all over the US. In preparing for this tour we found the GAT telephone staff to be very helpful and service oriented. Our Tour Director, Frank is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. He is very well organized, clear in his direction, and he allowed the group to choose between alternatives whenever possible. Frank genuinely seems to enjoy his job, which makes a big difference. The local Guides were great as well.. This is an active tour, as described in the GAT description, but there were plenty of options for us to opt out or take off on our own. We enjoyed this tour very much and would recommend it as a way to see a lot in a relatively short time at a reasonable cost. Well done!
Best tour Director
My daughter and I have just returned from our wonderful trip to London-Paris & Amsterdam.Go ahead Tours provided an amazing tour director for us.Oda was very personable,knowledgeable and always had the groups safety and well being as a priority.This is our second trip with EF/Go Ahead Tours and we would certainly recommend and choose them in the future.
Great Family Vacation!
"There were 7 of us on the trip that went together. London was GREAT! All was good in Paris except the weather and location of the hotel. We were not located near anything. Everywhere we went we had to take a train or cab. Would have like to have been more centrally located. Paris was way too hot! No one's fault, just unseasonably warm. Hotels and restaurants in Paris are not equipped to handle any type of heat at all. Our hotel cooled off to a balmy 85 degrees at night. A/C is not what we in the U.S. are used to so be prepared. Amsterdam was perfect in every way. Wonderful hotel. Good location.
Frist Trip To Europe
The tour was great except for dragging my luggage in Paris and the hotel there.It was rather confusing taking one elevator up 2 floors get off walk throught the court yard to another elevator to go up another the 2 floors.