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London, Paris & Amsterdam

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

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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

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 gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

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

Amsterdam 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: 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.

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

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 gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on your restaurant. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

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

Amsterdam 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: 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

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.

How's the weather?

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

This tour includes the following countries: England, France and the Netherlands (and Germany on the extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. and Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

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

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the Eurostar and is not available on the Thalys train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

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

Cuisine

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

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

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

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Amsterdam (or Berlin, Germany on the extension). When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach, the Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris and the Thayls train from Paris to Amsterdam. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. London’s tube system consists of 12 lines. Tickets and passes can be purchased in singles or in bulk. London also has an extensive bus system. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, although for a lovely tour, you may consider taking a cruise along the canals.

Electricity

London uses 240 volts. Paris and Amsterdam (and Berlin on the extension) operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

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

Currency

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

Tipping

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

How's the weather?

  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: England, France and the Netherlands (and Germany on the extension). In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you’re not a U.S. and Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

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

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the Eurostar and is not available on the Thalys train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please be respectful and avoid showing bare legs or shoulders when visiting churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

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

Cuisine

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

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

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

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Amsterdam (or Berlin, Germany on the extension). When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach, the Eurostar high-speed train from London to Paris and the Thayls train from Paris to Amsterdam. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. London’s tube system consists of 12 lines. Tickets and passes can be purchased in singles or in bulk. London also has an extensive bus system. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal. The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, although for a lovely tour, you may consider taking a cruise along the canals.

Electricity

London uses 240 volts. Paris and Amsterdam (and Berlin on the extension) operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

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

Currency

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

Tipping

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

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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