London, Paris & Amsterdam11 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 desk for “Hotel by Bus” transfer desk for your hotel transfer. 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’sPalace. 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 $99* pp
Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.
Real-life mummies, buskers or just a pint—you decide what’s on tap
Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford
With a full free day in London, choose from a wide variety of options. Soak up 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, journey into the English countryside on our optional excursion to Stonehenge and Oxford.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Stonehenge & Oxford $115* pp
Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.
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 $105* pp
The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.
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 cafe and watch the Parisians do their thing. Get the inside scoop on Paris’ most famous art museum by joining our optional excursion to 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 peak 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 excursion, 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.
Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.
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. Travelers should be prepared for a fair amount of walking.
Canal Cruise & Dinner $115* pp
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.
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, A Day in Charming Delft, 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 $105* 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. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
London uses 240 volts. Paris and Amsterdam operate on the European standard 220 volts.
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.
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.
93.3% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
Perfect getaway starter!
What a lovely tour of three amazing spots in Europe. This was a perfect getaway tour to start exploring Europe. Once again Go Ahead delivered! We had a really great super fun tour director, Matt! He liked us as much as we liked him! Each spot we saw all the major tour areas which is great, and then we were able to explore on our own. Each place, Matt took us on a mini tour and saw and learn lots of the areas. If you try to see and do everything , you will need more days in each place. Just a note about the tulips to future travelers, they still had some in bloom at the K-garden, but the fields were done. I suggest going earlier in the year (April) to see them, thats what we were told. Our group was also really nice, once we got started we all enjoyed each others company! Thanks.
First trip to Europe.
Lots of fun, Go Ahead took care of all of the travel arrangements for us which is usually the biggest obstacle with any trip. Our hotels where very nice and located in good, clean, safe areas of the cities that we stayed in, and the restaurants (meals) chosen by Go Ahead where quite choice as well. My two biggest critiques would be: 1. Greater emphasis on specifics - *available for first time abroad* travelers. Although well informed by Go Ahead we left armed with a small trove of knowledge that was primarily culled from well traveled elders, even then some surprises awaited us. 2. The purchase through Go Ahead of any applicable city passes etc. primarily for public transportation in large metropolitan cities i.e. London, Paris, Amsterdam. We took care of this independently and it was worth the effort, but would have been better as an option from Go Ahead. We will very likely use Go Ahead again, but with a greater appreciation of plethora of details that sometimes must be (discovered) by the traveler -rather than distributed by a travel company.
I Wanna Do It Again!
Well....not exactly the same, but the way Go Ahead presents the tour, it makes you feel good in know the money you spent was well worth it! Everything was planned perfectly, including the bus tours to introduce you to each city with a guide who is a native. The dinners were lovely as well! I would suggest learning and/or getting a pretty good idea about the light rail transit available. That way, you can get around when its time to explore on your own. Mind you, each hotel you stay in will always be nearby a rail or bus stop! Our tour guide Anghous was terrific! He even set up a side tour for those (somewhat me) who was interested in learning the history of the Red Light District. Took a walking tour and everything; I blushed, learned, and kept it moving! Definitely the most perfect tour of these three countries! If I were you, try to go during the May or June season. I took the June trip. Oh and bring a light sweater and scarf. It was rather cool over there for a Texas girl.
Great First Trip to Europe
My friend and I had a great time on the trip and made some good friends. We researched a lot of different tour groups and decided on this one because you actually had free time to do your own thing and take as many pictures as you wanted without being rushed and every minute planned. There are the optional tours/places but we opted out of most of them. London was great. Didn't learn the Tube till the last day. Paris was wonderful, just too many things that we wanted to see and had to squeeze into 3 days. The hotel was the not that great. Our AC did work but the layout was really funky (going up 2 floors in elevator, walking across a courtyard and going up another floor), it wasn't that bad, just different. We did go at their warmest time which unfortunately for us, it was way hotter that they usually have (90+ degrees). Especially in Paris and almost all places had no AC, we dealt with the best we could. Drink lots of water! The language barrier is a little hard, you find out a lot of Parisians don't speak English or very little of it. Good to know basic words. Amsterdam was great, the hotel was like 5 stars, very spacious and was in a good location. Our tour guide Tim was super nice and very helpful as he gave us places to check out. Be prepared to walk a lot so comfy shoes is a must. Some places you have to pay to use the bathroom, make sure to have some change on you, (I only paid 2x to use the bathroom). Overall, this trip was definitely worth it and something I will never forget :)
Overall tour was very good. your tour director rAILBe did good job & he was very helpful. Even you cancelled our excursion trip but he came up with plan B & arrange the trips we wanted.You should have let us in an advance on cancellation not being there.we have to change our plans last minute All hotels were OK except Paris-location & breakfast & staff very poor & We do not go there. Amsterdam hotel was the best Your city tours were not that great- no maps-no routing or planning in front where we are going-what is agenda of the day. timing s were very short-less than 3 hrs try to cover big cities like Paris & London is joke- you should have for full day or two days half days- again Paris tour guide & driver were worst We have traveled lot mainly during tourist season but this was off season -it was cold but manageable but it was nice to see 3 cities- I have visited them before but first time for my wife. tour group was very lively-bubbling & mixed of all ages-we enjoyed each other company-being oldest in the group & official photographer they treated me & my wife with love,help & cheerful behavior We had great time in Amsterdam- country side trip to windmill & city,people,culture very different than big cities like London & Paris Instead giving two and half days on our own- you should give some afternoon or one day full on your own prefer tour manager is with us as a group with us not to some people Dinners by you were not that great- predefined menu not good idea-I do not eat red meat in London I did not have main course dinner-Paris food was very bad-my wife thought we will have beast meal in Paris but it turned out worse Tour director first thing in the morning to review whole day activity in details prior to start Aildie is very knowledgeable guy should have some flexibility from your office I do not want to say all negatives just for saying purpose but this is for Improvement We have traveled all over the world during my business days & in retirement-looking at that Your package was one of the best we will try again Eastern Europe- send us information. we have group of 30 people we always go together on the tour like this-all vegetarian & i am the group leader & organizer but this time We went on our own with other people & it turned out THE BEST- So We will try again Thank you very much for all your planning-airline tickets etc See you soon
Albie is the best!
Albie was the best tour director.Although it was cold in November it was a good time to travel because the group was small and intimate.
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!