London, Paris & Amsterdam

11 days Multi-country
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 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

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

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

Map of tour of England, France, Netherlands an Germany

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 $99pp* Details

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided tour of 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, 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. Additionally, St. George’s Chapel is closed to the public on Sundays. This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.

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 $125pp* Details

Stonehenge & Oxford

Visit the 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. (It may be offered on day 7, depending on the day of the week.) 

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $115pp* 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 as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Please note: The four rooms of the Queen's State Apartment are closed for renovations through 2017.

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. (Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny may be offered on day 6, depending on the day of the week.)

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

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

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 from April through October.

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

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise $115pp* 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 illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. 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: Travel to Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a high-speed train to Amsterdam. When you arrive, enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Canal Cruise & Dinner $115pp* 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 9: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, a panoramic 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

• Pass the Anne Frank House, where the young diarist and her family hid during World War II

• Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous “Sunflowers”

Enjoy a free afternoon in Amsterdam or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Keukenhof Gardens $89pp* 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)

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 $105pp* 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. 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 Starting from $749 pp

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

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 Hotel info

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. 

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

• See the Holocaust Memorial and East Side Gallery

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - World War II Walking Tour $59pp* 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 $69pp* 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.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands (plus Germany on the tour extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.  * We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps. * There is no visa 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.    

Tour pace

* You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs. * Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the amount of walking on your tour. * You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains. * If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

* Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in London and depart from Amsterdam (or Berlin on the tour extension). When you first arrive in London, a driver from a private chauffeur service will be standing at the arrival gate with your name on a message board. If you do not see your driver, please remain in the arrival lounge, as the driver may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the shuttle at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the London transfer information included in your Go Kit. * Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. * Train rides from London to Paris and from Paris to Amsterdam are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a flight from Amsterdam to Berlin.)  * All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

* Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights.  * One carry on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. * Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

* We recommend lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear. * A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing. * You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. * It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

* There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.  * At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. * If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. * If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

* For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.  * Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek and West African cuisine. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.  * For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price. * In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herring served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts and waffles are just * On the tour extension, German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.

Electricity & air conditioning

* England operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins. * France and the Netherlands (plus Germany on the tour extension) operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.  * We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.   * The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.  * Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

* Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.  * There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.  * Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

* England is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).  * France and the Netherlands (and Germany on the tour 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 and Amsterdam.

Currency

* You will use the Pound sterling in England and the euro in France and the Netherlands, as well as in Germany on the tour extension.  * Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, but you may choose to order some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.  * We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.  * You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.  * Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. * International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

* At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind. * We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver. * If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide.  * Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

* Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. * Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for excursions.  * Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.  * Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

I took the October tour and I have to say that these three cities were a fantastic pick! Our tour director Suzy was wonderful, informative, and very caring. She even walked with me personally from the Louvre to Notre Dame! I felt she really went over and above expectations. Paris was my favorite city, we visited so many fantastic sites including Sacre Coeur via furnicular. Not many people had signed up for the Seine River cruise, so instead, she offered to take us to a Moulin Rouge show! It was more then I could ever ask for. Thank you both GoAhead and Suzy for making my dreams come true!

 

Hi Caitlin! You’re right that this is a winning combination of destinations! London, Paris, & Amsterdam are very unique cities, and they have so much to offer in terms of history, culture, and cuisine. We’re so glad your Tour Director’s efforts enriched your experience and exceeded your expectations. We’re happy to learn that Paris was your favorite city, and we’re glad you could spend time exploring there. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 24, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

London, Paris & Amsterdam

Suzie was a great tour director!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour EVER!

This tour was definitely the most amazing trip we've ever been on. The hotels were nice, the food was amazing, and the sights were beyond words. The guides we had were so good, which made the sightseeing portions fun. Juliette was awesome, B.B. was incredible, and Thierry is probably one of my favorite people in the world now. But the best one, far and away, was our tour director Matt. He was the main reason our trip was so amazing. He was so knowledgeable about everywhere we went. He was so patient and such an awesome person, I felt like we had a friend guiding us around Europe! I would recommend a Go Ahead tour to anyone and the next time we travel, we'll be specifically asking for Matt!

 

Hi Michael! We’re happy to hear that this was the most amazing trip you’ve experienced. We appreciate your feedback on various aspects of your tour, such as the hotels, the food, and your guides. We will be sure to share all your feedback with the relevant departments. It’s fantastic to learn what a great job your Tour Director did, and we’re thrilled to hear that you felt you had a friend guiding you around Europe. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Dream Spots!

Cities were beautiful, felt like a drive by of most sites but with 3 days in each city it is still not enough! Overall wonderful experience!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

william

It ! surpassed my expectations

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Phenomenal Tour Director

I went on my first GAT last month....London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. The tour was spectacular, but it would not have been the same with a different tour director. Derek is knowledgeable (he's done this 20 years), friendly, and is an encyclopedia of knowledge. The recommendations he made or arranged for us during our free time were just as great as the regular tour itinerary. Two of the things I have wanted to do since I was a kid I was able to do on this tour. I was able to go to Givery to Monet's Gardens and home, and I got to go to go to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Those two stops were worth the entire tour. The next tour I go on, I am going to ask if Derek is the Tour Director, because whatever tours I go on, I want to go with him. Thank you GAT for the opportunity of a lifetime. mb

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Hi Mance! We're so glad you enjoyed your first Go Ahead tour. We're also pleased to learn that your Tour Director made a wonderful impact on your experience. It sounds like his expertise was a great resource for you. We're happy to hear you were able to realize some travel dreams you've had since you were a child, such as going to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Thank you for your great review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 17, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

London, Paris, Amsterdam & Berlin

Great tour and fantastic tour director (Reuben). Really enjoyed the itinerary and all of the optional excursions. April in Amsterdam, with all of the tulips in bloom is awesome (Keukenhoff Gardens is a must) The only downside was that the hotels were average to below average; Paris being the worst and Berlin being the best. Had such a good time, we have already booked a "Go Ahead" tour to China for next year. :)

 

Hi Jacqulyn! We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your tour! We agree that seeing the tulips at Keukenhof is a beautiful sight, and we’re so pleased you were able to appreciate them in bloom. We regret that you felt the hotels could use improvement, and we will be sure to communicate this to our Operations team for further evaluation. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Trip - kiddos to our Tour Director Reuben

Since seeing pictures of Holland while in the 3rd grade, I have been yearning to visit The Netherlands. My mother's best friend decided to join me, which was wonderful as I did not really went to have this once in a lifetime experience solo. We collectively decided that since we were flying such a long distance, including London and Paris was a great option. I have to say, this tour fulfilled all my expectations and more. The big part of what made our trip so memorable was our Tour Director Reuben. Reuben went beyond the call of duty. He is a wealth of knowledge, engaging, and very likable. He had the remarkable ability to immerse us into the culture, customs, etc., of each County. Ruben added 'extra's' to our agenda that I believe he felt would enhance our groups visit, (which it did! Great job Reuben!) such as seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up at night, a ride on the Tube (?) in Paris, stopping to tour FloraHolland- (the largest flower import/export in the World), on our way to the Keukenhof Gardens. etc.. . The tours in London and Paris were extraordinary. Amsterdam was fascinating in that the things I learned and saw were NOT mentioned in my 3rd grade Geography book, nor in a video I had titled, 'Ten Things You Must See While in Amsterdam. I felt such a kinship to London, a place I never know I wanted to go until I actually got there. Paris was stunning. I know it was because of Reuben that this trip was so mesmerizing. The passion he has for what he does shines through. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in seeing Paris, London and Amsterdam. We decided to stay in Amsterdam 2 days after our tour had ended because I really wanted to visit the towns in Holland that still had authentic windmills (Zaanse Schans), the world famous Cheese Factory (Volendam) and where/how wooden shoes/clogs are made (took a Canal ride from Volendam Harbor to Marken), upon our return, we also had a private tour of Coster's Diamond Factory. I enjoyed these locations enormously and it is what I really came to Amsterdam to see. With the exception of the Diamnond Factory tour, the Holland towns listed above, are what my 3rd grade dreams where made of. Maybe GoAhead Tours should consider including some of these locations as a tour or add on excursion option? Thank you to Reuben and GOAHEAD Tours for making this the best and most memorable trip I've ever been on.

 

Hi Pauline! We're so glad you were able to realize your travel dreams with a visit to The Netherlands. It's great to know that your Tour Director made such a great impression and turned out to be a wonderful resource for you throughout your tour. We're pleased to learn that you enjoyed London, even though you never had a burning desire to visit. It certainly is an incredible city with a fascinating history! We appreciate your feedback about including more sites in The Netherlands and will be sure to communicate that to our Product Development team for consideration on future departures. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 12, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

My European Tour 2016

I had a wonderful 1st experience with a Go Ahead tour. Carole Hussell our tour director did an outstanding job, she was so helpful and fun to be around! London exceeded my expectations in all ways. I did the Windsor Castle excursion and that was a good extra value. Paris was nice, I went to Versailles, and we had a good local guide, Brian. I had one excursion that I think GoAhead should not do anymore, the Paris dinner and cruise. The dinner was just ok, and the cruise was HORRIBLE!!!! In addition to it being bad, you just have a seat and no bar on board or anything, it was boring too long we did see the Eiffel Tower lite up, which was pretty but nothing else except 4 people mooning the cruise boat, no music no fun :( After the cruise our bus driver never picked us up, it was cold and we had to take taxi's back to the hotel. Amsterdam was the best place of all, 5 STARS!!!!! I will definately do another tour with Go Ahead. Celia M.

 

Hi Celia! Thank you for your detailed review! We’re so glad you had a wonderful first experience with us. We’re also happy to hear your Tour Director enhanced your time on tour. We regret to hear you didn’t enjoy the dinner cruise. We are surprised to hear such feedback, as this optional is typically rated highly. We will be sure to communicate your feedback to our team internally and use it for future evaluation. Despite this area of improvement, we are glad you would take another tour with Go Ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you on the next one!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 02, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director!

I have travelled with GAT many times before and so far this has been the worse. Our Tour Director was great in spite of the fact that it was her first time to be one. The Driver who picked us up from the London airport did not indicate the "Go Ahead": name, so my roommate and I along with 2 Ladies from California could not find the driver. In Paris, after the Evening River cruise, the bus driver never showed up so we had to take taxis to get back to the hotel. Although we were reimbursed for the taxi fare, the worst thing was standing in the cold while seeing more than 10 bus loads of other tourists pass by. When we arrived in Amsterdam via the train, we had to drag our luggages from the train station to a bus stop and had to wait almost 2 hours before the bus came to take us to our hotel. The meals in London & Amsterdam were great while the meals in Paris were mediocre. Special mention to the Welcome Dinner in London, the Dinner at the Canal cruise as well as our Farewell Dinner in Amsterdam. Over all, the trip was fun although I had been to all these places before because of the nice people in our group. I was so glad our Tour Director organized excursions which were not on the GAT itinerary to replace the ones that were cancelled because of lack of interests. We were able to visit the LOUVRE & visit a fishing village & see the windmills in Amsterdam. The Keukenhof Gardens was fantastic!!!

 

Hi Mary Lou! We’re glad that overall your tour was enjoyable. It sounds like your Tour Director was a great resource and helped you see a lot of extra sites. Visiting the Louvre and the windmills in Amsterdam must have been amazing and unique experiences. We’re so glad you could have them! Regarding your pick-up issues, we will certainly communicate your feedback to our team internally and be looking into what may have happened, particularly after the river cruise. We apologize for the frustration this experience may have caused you. Regarding your meals, we appreciate your feedback on the quality of the food. We will be sure to take this into consideration when we evaluate this tour in the future. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

We had the best tour director, Carole. We were all shocked to learn that it was her first tour. She made us feel comfortable, laugh, and was also very knowledgeable regarding all the sites we saw. We lucked out getting her. There were two things that could have been better. Our transportation after the river cruise in Paris stood us up. All of the other tour buses had left and we were still waiting in the dark for ours. Carole tried calling him repeatedly but he wouldn't answer. She then hailed us taxis to get us back to our hotel. Also, the hotel rooms in Paris were very funky. Red carpet? It's as though we were back in the 70's. Not very restful. The hotels in London and Amsterdam were great. The concierge at the London hotel was very useful and glad to help. Also, their locations were fabulous!

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Hi Lor Ann! We’re so glad you had a good time on tour and that your Tour Director enhanced your overall experience. It sounds like her expertise added a lot of value to your time abroad. Regarding transportation after the river cruise, we will definitely look into what happened. We are glad, however, that your Tour Director resolved the situation by calling taxis. In terms of the hotel in Paris, we regret that the hotel carpeting did not meeting your expectations. We will be sure to use this feedback as we evaluate this tour moving forward. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director and Dream Trip

I have always wanted to go to Paris. I finally made it with my husband, Tony, and Go Ahead Tours. It was the trip of a lifetime. Our tour Director was simply Amazing, Fabulous, Wonderful. Everything was perfect! Thank you Go Ahead Tours and Carole for a dream come true!

 

Hi Catherine! We’re thrilled that you were finally able to make it to Paris. It’s wonderful to hear that this was the trip of a lifetime for you and that everything went smoothly. Thank you for your fantastic review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Surpassed All Expectations

London, Paris, Amsterdam, Oh My! This was our first Go Ahead tour and I can't say enough about it. Everything was better than we expected, from Jim, our tour guide, to the hotels, to all of the meals that were included. Starting at Heathrow, our driver was exactly where we could find him. When he dropped us at our hotel (Queen's Gate), it was right in the middle of embassies and only steps from 3 great museums and Kensington/Hyde Parks. The welcome dinner was exceptional from soup to dessert. First class all the way. Even breakfast was wonderful. Our local guide, Joel, was funny, informed and got us to places without the crowds blocking our view. Stonehenge was our only optional but worth every penny. Paris was Paris. Too much to see, too little time, but a great overview. The local guide was very good and stopped several times for photo ops. Would have loved to have gone to Versailles but that optional was deleted due to lack of interest. Really?? We did not do the river cruise, but those that did said it was great. Again, the hotel was very nice (Mercure) and the breakfast very nice. Don't miss the Paris flea market (really much more like a giant antique show). I could have spent 2 whole days there. And finally, Amsterdam! Such a beautiful city but beware of the bikes. They don't stop for anyone. Straight from the train onto a bus tour followed immediately by an hour walking tour. A very full day but a wonderful overview. The only downside on this leg was that the hotel (Eden Hampshire) room was pretty small - nice, quiet, clean but small. The food (breakfast & farewell dinner) were terrific! A city to get lost in and never be too far from the hotel. The weather was amazingly mild for early November. Only 1 cold, windy day in Amsterdam and one misty day in Paris to walk along the Seine. Can't wait for our next tour - hopefully with Jim as our Tour Guide.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour!

Well Organized Tour & Best Tour Director!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tom Q.

I had a great time in Europe. Loved the food and the tour director was very knowledgeable about all destinations. He went out of his way to make sure we were accommodated. GAT were very organized and professional. The hotels in London and Paris were 5 star quality with great breakfasts. Amsterdam hotel was a little sparse but very clean. It was a conscious hotel which only had the essentials, nothing extra. Very green minded. Everything else was perfect. No missteps. Will be using them again. Loved it!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Takes the hassle out of vacation planning!

We had a fabulous vacation visiting three major cities on this tour. I researched tour companies after trying to plan a vacation to London and Paris on our own. Could have done it, but it was a bit of a hassle arranging it independently and I was truly happy that I chose Go Ahead Tours instead. I would have arranged a vacation that was just OK on my own, but instead, I got something truly special by choosing Go Ahead. The Tour Director, Tom, and our local city Tour Guides made the difference. We chose this particular tour simply because it met the calendar criteria for when the three of us could arrange vacation time together. My husband and I work full time and treated our 23 year old daughter to a vacation as a college graduation present. We did do some pre-trip research, so we knew what we wanted to see, and wanted some time alone as well. The phone calls to Go Ahead prior to the trip answered all of my questions about preparation – getting a credit card with chip technology for Europe and no foreign transaction fees, about how much foreign currency to take with me, whether or not to book independent tours when I got there or buy city passes/attraction tickets in advance, etc. We went a day early, and again, Go Ahead answered questions about optimal transport to the hotel. Our flight arrived in London at 6:30 am, we arrived at the hotel with no problem by 9am. The hotel stored our luggage, saw that I was having trouble with my international calling plan/data plan, called the United States for me, and helped me fix the problem – wow! I didn’t even have to ask. The hotel was in a great location in South Kensington, close to the London Tube for transport, and close to good restaurants. Breakfast in the hotel was fabulous, our room was fine. Our first day, we wanted to stay awake, so we walked to Kensington Gardens from our hotel, toured Kensington Palace, had lunch at the Orangery in Kensington Gardens, found all the sights in Kensington Gardens that were on our map, such as the Princess Diana fountain and playground, then walked through Hyde Park to Buckingham Palace. The Palace was open for touring in September, so we toured Buckingham palace. We took an Uber cab back to the hotel, then dinner. It was a great first day. Since we had a Harry Potter fan on board, we spent the next day touring Leavesden Studio . This was a pre-arranged trip with another tour company and did not disappoint. We met our Tour Director that evening for a brief welcome meeting, then had dinner with the group. Food was good, the company was good. The city overview tour of London with Eric, was terrific. He took us to a great spot for viewing the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and for photo opportunities with St. Paul’s Cathedral in the background. He narrated the tour, interspersing lots of British history, and his national pride was obvious. We did do the optional excursion to Windsor castle and it was wonderful. The third day we were on our own, and had help with the logistics of our itinerary from our tour guide that were better than what I planned out on my own. We took the Tube to the Tower of London and spent the morning there taking in one of the Beefeater tours, then took a river cruise up the Tames to Westminster, took the foot bridge over to Westminster Abbey for a tour, then walked over to the London Eye. We took the train to Paris the next day, checked in to a more American type hotel, and that afternoon, our tour director arranged a little walk for us. He took us to the Paris metro station which was an easy walk from the hotel, taught us how to use the metro, took us for a ride to the Champs Elysee, where we had some time to explore on our own, then he guided us back to the hotel on the metro. This set us up for being able to use the metro for wherever we wanted to go on our independent time. The welcome dinner in Paris was fun and the food was good. The city tour of Paris was lovely, with a good photo op of the Eiffel Tower included. We choose the excursion to Versailles, and it did not disappoint. I am glad we chose some of these optional excursions, they were well run and worth the price. We visited the Eiffel Tower on our own, taking a cab from the hotel that evening so we could get there while it was still daylight and go up the tower, then took the metro back. It was a fun evening for just the three of us. On our independent day, we used the metro to visit Notre Dame to tour the Cathedral and walk through that section of town, then took the metro to the Montmatre district, toured Sacre Couer and had fun walking through the artist district. We took the optional excursion for the Seine river cruise and dinner. Both were very good and enjoyable. We passed on the Louvre since I had been there before, and there were other districts of Paris to explore. We took the train to Amsterdam, they don’t do porterage in Amsterdam, but no problem. Luggage is all on wheels these days, traveling light is key and we handled it well. Our tour director and some of the men lugged it off and on the train for the most part anyway. The city tour there was just fine. Again, our wonderful tour director took us on a Tram ride the first day and taught us how to use the public transportation. He then let us explore Dam Square, have dinner there on our own, met us back at our meeting point and led us on the Tram back to the Hotel. We were then able to use the Tram on our own on our independent day. We used that day to tour the Ann Frank House and museum, visit the floating flower market and shop. We took the optional Canal Cruise and Day in Delft. Glad I did both, the canal cruise dinner was delicious. The hotels are not all typical American Hotels, the food is not what we are used to, but that is what is great about travel. You get to embrace other cultures, see how they live, meet new people and wonder about all there is left to explore. I will say that all the hotels were ideally suited for use of public transportation, which is key. I will have no hesitation using Go Ahead again and would recommend the company.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 8/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: VA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

need some experience

I have been loyal customerof Goahaed tour. enjoyed the other tours with you This timeI I am very much disappointed. I recommended to my feriend Ram and veena to come with us After the bad experience I could not face them as they say because of you we agreed to go.After the overnight flight to London we were stranded there at the Air port for 4 hrs to get to the hotel. We had a very little time for sight seeing and we were more of free time in ewvery place.I was injured while coming down the escaltor along with my wife and Ms Veena. This has hapened because of our luggage and we were not informed about the availability of the elevator at Amsterdam station. All three of us fell down and by Grace of God we were not injured badly. I had to have First aid at the Hotel. The hotel accopmodation was very much cramped both at London and Paris.I had a cut and swellinf of my elbow for couple of days.With this tour I strongly feel whether I should recommend to my friends to book a tour with GOAHEAD.

 

Dear Murthi, Thank you for being a loyal customer, and for referring your friends to come on tour with you. Our goal is to give all our travelers the experience of a lifetime, and we regret to learn that you felt we fell short of this in your case. We have worked closely with your friends to ameliorate their concerns. As stated in our response to Ram and Veena’s reviews, we have been working diligently to find resolution to the issues you experienced with Silver Shuttle. We regret to learn that you had an incident while carrying your luggage. This is certainly not what we want our customers to experience while on tour, and we do our best to provide porterage whenever possible. There are cases in which we are unable to do so, such as in some train stations and airports. All hotels on Go Ahead tours are selected to have a high standard of quality, but it is important to remember that hotels in Europe are inherently different than those in America. We select these properties with location, comfort, and safety in mind. We are sorry to hear that there were parts of your tour that you did not enjoy, and we want to reassure you that we are addressing your concerns internally. Thank you for your feedback, and we do hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

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

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 8/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Worst tour experience

I have had the worst travel experience of my life. Never got picked up at London Heathrow Airport - had to wait at the airport for four hours and your Silver shuttle folks kept us in the dark telling us to wait for few minutes, but no one showed. Finally, I had to use my funds to call the hotel and shout at the Tour Director, who finally agreed for us to take a cab from airport to hotel. GoAhead promise of 9-Day tour was actually a 3-half day trips in bus to show us around London, Paris and Amsterdam. Even select entrance fees that should have been covered by GoAhead as promised in your letter were not paid and we had to pay from our pockets. For rest of the days, we were left on our own to arrange for trips and pay from out pockets. The tour was a total disaster and a waste of our money on this trip. Every day was a free day except the 3-half days of bus tours. At Amsterdam Train Station, their was no arrangement for porter, dragged our bags on escalator and two of us fell down with bags causing leg and arm injuries and had to get first aid after arriving at hotel. This could have been worse that would have cost GoAhead a fortune.

 

Dear Veena, As stated in our response to your husband’s online review below, we do regret that your recent trip with us did not meet your expectations. We thank you for the opportunity to work with you on these issues, and look forward to finding resolution.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 01, 2015

1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 8/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Worst travel experience

I have had the worst travel experience of my life. Never got picked up at London Heathrow Airport - had to wait at the airport for four hours and your Silver shuttle folks kept us in the dark telling us to wait for few minutes, but no one showed. Finally, I had to use my funds to call the hotel and shout at the Tour Director, who finally agreed for us to take a cab from airport to hotel. GoAhead promise of 9-Day tour was actually a 3-half day trips in bus to show us around London, Paris and Amsterdam. Even select entrance fees that should have been covered by GoAhead as promised in your letter were not paid and we had to pay from our pockets. For rest of the days, we were left on our own to arrange for trips and pay from out pockets. The tour was a total disaster and a waste of our money on this trip. Every day was a free day except the 3-half days of bus tours. At Amsterdam Train Station, their was no arrangement for porter, dragged our bags on escalator and two of us fell down with bags causing leg and arm injuries and had to get first aid after arriving at hotel. This could have been worse that would have cost GoAhead a fortune.

 

Dear Ram, We thank you for writing your online review, and for taking the time to speak with us in detail about your experience on tour. We regret that there were aspects of your tour that you found lacking, and we wanted to take a moment to address them. We understand that the airport pickup is the first point of contact for our travelers, and we have been working continuously with Silver Shuttle to improve the process, and to ensure that this transfer goes smoothly. We regret that your experience fell short of this goal, and we assure you we are working diligently so that this situation does not occur again. Here at Go Ahead, we are proud to have a portfolio of tours that speak to a wide variety of travelers with many different interests. We understand that every person has their own reasons for traveling, and their own ‘wish lists’ for what they hope accomplish on tour. For this reason, we have some tours where there are lots of inclusions and structured time for those travelers who want more planned instruction. This particular tour is designed to be more flexible and have more free time for people who like to explore on their own, with the option to add structure through optional excursions. In the case that travelers have a lot of free time, our expert Tour Directors are well trained and instructed to provide additional insight and support for travelers to explore on their own, or find activities. There are some instances in which we are unable to provide porters for our travelers, most specifically inside some train stations and airports. We regret that there was an incident as a result of this on your tour, and we will continue to look for opportunities where this service can be added to improve the on-tour experience for our travelers. Thank you again for your review and for traveling with Go Ahead. We look forward to continued contact with you and your wife to find solutions to your concerns.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 01, 2015

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 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

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