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London, Paris & Rome

11 days
Perhaps no cities have influenced the world more over the last 2,000 years than London, Paris and Rome. On this sweeping tour, iconic sights like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum are just the beginning of what you’ll experience.

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      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 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in London on a special winter departure of this tour.

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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

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of England, France, Italy and Spain

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 in London 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 excursions.

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $119pp* Details

Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, both of which have deep-rooted histories that provide an unparalleled look into the country’s past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second- largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. The English Baroque-style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament, and site of almost every royal coronation since 1066. Some of the most influential people in history are buried inside, including the poet Geoffrey Chaucer and scientists Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton, and you can view their graves as you explore. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked at least 20 days prior to departure.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner $125pp* Details

Glide through London's skyline on the London Eye. As the world’s third-tallest observation wheel, the London Eye lifts its passengers 450 feet above the River Thames on a 30-minute ride in an enclosed gondola. In clear weather, you can see for 25 miles around the city center. Afterward, take a brief tour of London’s West End before venturing to a local pub for dinner.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Train trip to Paris

  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 Pont Neuf and 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 iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris 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

Enjoy a full day to discover Paris on your own or add excursions. (Notre-Dame Cathedral & Luxembourg Gardens may be offered on day 6, depending on the day of the week.)

Optional Excursion - Luxembourg Gardens & Notre-Dame Cathedral $49pp* Details

With its iconic gargoyles and Gothic architecture, Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of Paris’ most recognizable sites. Meet your guide and start your day by exploring this breathtaking cathedral. Then, stroll through the café-dotted cobblestone streets of the St. Germaine neighborhood as you head to the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens. Here you’ll discover tree-lined promenades and beautiful flowerbeds, while enjoying views of Luxembourg Palace and the Medici Fountain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $59)

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)

Rome 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Flight to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Rome, then take the rest of the day to explore the Eternal City.

Day 9: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Rome or add excursions. (Iconic Sights: Vatican City  may be offered on day 10, depending on the day of the week.)

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. Due to events surrounding the Holy Year Jubilee in Rome in 2016, we cannot guarantee entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, explore the city on a guided tour, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum, once the setting of parades, elections and trials

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion. (It may be offered on day 9, depending on the day of the week.)

Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs $65pp* Details

Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to St. Paul’s Basilica, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit Barcelona.

Add Barcelona $599 pp

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

From the twisting Gothic quarter to the whimsical creations of Antoni Gaudí and the visionary beauty of the Eixample district, Barcelona's architectural eye candy has no equal. Its music, theater, art, gastronomy, fashion, and architecture set the pace for European chic, and its nightlife will have you dancing until dawn.

Barcelona 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Flight to Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, fly to Barcelona, the colorful and vibrant capital of Catalonia. 

Spend a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show $115pp* Details

The clapping, the singing, the stamping—experience the dramatic art of flamenco dancing, one of Spain’s most celebrated traditions. Expressive and colorful, this Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). Dinner will be served before the performance.

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

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Barcelona is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “House of Bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and take in the panoramic views at Mirador de l’Alcalde park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya and  stroll past the soaring Columbus Monument

Later, enjoy a free afternoon in Barcelona or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & La Pedrera $85pp* Details

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th-century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 13: 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 includes the following countries: England, France and Italy (and Spain 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. or 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 such costs. Contact your airline or refer to its website 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 inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Baggage handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the Eurostar train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & packing tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling on this tour. Be sure to check with your healthcare 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, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisine. Throughout Paris, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Flaky pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. At restaurants, opt for the prix fixe option, which offers a set three- or four-course menu for a good price. Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Rome has especially good gelato— authentic Italian ice cream.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in London and depart from Rome (or Barcelona on the tour 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. There is also an included flight from Paris to Rome, and an included ride on the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris (and a flight from Rome to Barcelona on the tour extension). All other transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities by public transportation. London’s tube system, consisting of 12 lines, needs no introduction. Tickets and passes can be purchased in singles or in bulk. London also has an extensive (and perhaps more fun to ride) 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. Rome has a very efficient transportation system, serving all the major attractions from the Roman ruins to Vatican City. Tickets can be purchased separately or in bulk and also cover bus and tram travel.

Electricity

The United Kingdom uses 240 volts. France, Italy and Spain operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time zones

The United Kingdom uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time (EST). Both Paris and Rome 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 Rome.

Currency

The British pound and euro (in France, Italy and Spain) are the currencies you will 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, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Guide

I recently took this trip with my mom as a mother-daughter trip. It was her first time in Europe and my first time visiting outside of school. First off our tour guide Simone was amazing! He kept us on track and organized. He was knowledgeable about the areas and worked hard to accommodate us all (32 people). He made the travel from London to Paris and then to Rome easy and effortless for us. The local tour guides in London, Paris and Rome were great. They gave not only information about buildings and statutes we were seeing but also gave us information and stories about life in the modern cities we were visiting. The hotel in London was great and had a great location. The one in Paris seemed a little far from any monuments but close to metro. Hotel in Rome was close to Coliseum but seemed small and there were a lot of people there! Overall I would recommend this trip!

 

Hi Cori! We’re so glad you got to experience this tour with your mother. What special memories you must have made together! We’re happy your Tour Director made sure everything ran smoothly and acted as a great resource for your group. We appreciate your feedback regarding the hotel in Paris and the hotel in Rome. We will be sure to communicate your feedback to our team for further evaluation. Thank you for recommending this tour and for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: HI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best trip EVERRRR...yet:)

When my husband and I returned back to Hawaii from our trip, everyone's first question was, "what was the best part?" I couldn't pick just ONE! Everything was amazing. Derek our tour director was so knowledgeable in everything we did from metropolitan lines to take (off the top of his head), to food and activity recommendations. I definitely want to do another trip soon! I'm having major travel withdrawals so I'm already trying to plan our next getaway! London was beautiful, much more than I ever expected Our guided tour person, Stephen was sooo funny and informative. Paris was a dream come true. Everything that we saw I couldn't believe, Eifel tower, Versailles Gardens and Palace, Norte Damn Cathedral...only something I USED to dream of seeing. Rome was something out of the movies; the Coliseum, Trevi fountains and the Vatican was so surreal, just the history of Rome is so fascinating! I was at first a little sketchy about booking a tour but this was the BEST way for my husband and I to get out feet wet travelling overseas. Definitely NO regrets. Best time EVERRRRR...yet! More international travelling to come and we' re booking thru GoAhead tours!

 

Hi Tiffany! We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour! We can totally relate to the travel withdrawals, and we’re certainly happy to help you plan your next tour when you’re ready. It sounds like London, Paris, & Rome was a great way to get your feet wet, and we can’t wait for you to explore other destinations. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

1st Trip to Europe

My wife and I were very happy with our Go Ahead tour. Our guide Paul was the best. He was very friendly, knowledgable, and helpful. We were debating on doing the trip ourselves, but I am very glad we chose to use go ahead. The group was a great mix of ages and we made some new friends. The schedule had a great mix of included tours and optional free days or guided tours. Thanks again and a special thanks to Paul! Jared

 

Hi Jared! We’re glad you and your wife were happy with your tour. Between your itinerary, your Tour Director, and your group members, it sounds like your trip couldn’t have gone better! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best first trip to Europe!

I had always wanted to go to Europe and I decided one day to just look it up, I really wanted to go to London, Paris, and Rome and so I Googled it and Go Ahead Tours popped up, the tour looked like it hit all the check boxes on my list. I read some reviews and then I booked the trip that day. Then I went, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This tour really is just a touch into all of the cities and it is pretty fast paced. Rosa was an amazing tour director! She had plenty of tips and suggestions to make sure you could do what you wanted. The tour is flexible so you can do as little or s much with the group that you want.

 

Hi Katie! We’re so glad you finally made it to Europe! You chose a great tour for your first time. London, Paris, & Rome are three amazing, historically rich cities that offer a great taste of local flavors. We’re also happy to hear the online reviews helped you make your decision. Our travelers love to share their experiences with others, which can be very insightful for other travelers looking to choose the right tour. On that note, thank you very much for reviewing this tour and encouraging others to realize their travel dreams. We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 06, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful tour - great for first timers

Had a blast. We were first timers to Europe and were not sure what to expect. But we were pleased. Going to London first, made it easier as there was no language barrier. By the time we got to Paris and Rome, we were more comfortable with being over seas. The people were extremely helpful. Once they knew we could speak the language, they would find some one who could and we got along fine. Our tour guide, Emilo was one of the most upbeat people I have met. He kept us going. We had a large group and I am sure we caused him problems but you would never know it. He made sure that we knew what is going on all the time and gave suggestions on what we could do on our free time. Finally the sites. It is Europe so what can I say. If you love history - you need to see the tower of London (not only the crown jewels but also the building and all the neat stuff in it.) The art at the Vatican and the Louvre are a must also. But if your not into history - there is other stuff to do as well. This will not be our last trip to Europe. We are already planning our next trip

 

Hi Ronald! We are so glad you enjoyed your first trip to Europe! You chose a great itinerary for getting your feet wet. London, Paris, & Rome are historically rich and important cities with so much to see and do. We’re happy to hear you felt comfortable in Paris and Rome, despite the language barrier. It’s also great to know you enjoyed your Tour Director. It sounds like he made you feel cared for and provided you with great travel tips. Wonderful! Thank you for your review, and let us know how we can help you start planning your next tour!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

BUMPS ON THE ROAD BUT STILL THE BEST TRIP!

its been almost a month now since my husband and i have taken our first tour with GoAhead and we cannot stop thinking it. i was first introduced to GoAhead tours around 2013 by my father. he kept raving about how its a company that provides european trips with flights, hotels, and sightseeing all for one decent price. i was very skeptical about booking an all inclusive trip because the last time my family and i did this, it was just an ok experience that i would never do again. but since planning a wedding is one very stressful task and going on a european honeymoon has been a dream of ours, we took the risk and by far it was the best decision we have made as husband and wife. ill section off my reviews of the trip so thats its easy to understand and hopefully it will help! TOUR DIRECTOR: Emilio and TOUR GUIDES Emilio was such a joy!!! he is very much approachable, funny, honest, and very helpful. not quite sure if it is a mandatory thing for GoAhead tour directors, but every time we arrived at a new destination emilio provided printouts with information about transportation, places to go, where to eat, etc. loved these handouts because they really helped us on planning our free days and when the best times to visit a museums [to dodge the lines], and where to buy tickets to get the best deals! we were able to buy same day tickets to the louvre and skipped that infamous line due to his handy printouts. your GoAhead packet will say to take advantage of our tour director for information and it is a very good tip! our tour guides were all very good and entertaining. they all had their own personalities and it never felt like i was bored the the information they provided. they made me fall in love with art and history all over again! tip them as well! they deserve it! the guided sight seeing tours take a couple of hours and don't expect to get off at every stop. this was still ok as we understand there is so much to see with the time given. guided tours end around 1pm-2pm [if you don't book an excursion right after] so you have the whole day to back track and take your time. HOTELS: my husband and i aren't really picky about our hotels. just as long its at a good location and decent looking. all of our hotels were almost luxurious like. was not disappointed at all! this is one of the main reasons why we feel the value of the trip was spot on! they were all very close to transportation such as the tube [london], metro [paris], and bus stops [rome]. daily breakfast was always very good. they all served the traditional american breakfast with eggs,bacon/sausage, coffee, toast etc! appreciated this very mush as we filled up on breakfast every morning to fuel us for our long days of sightseeing!!!!! EXCURSIONS/DINNERS: excursions we added were versailles, the vatican, and roman catacombs. all were very worth the price. you are able to book any excursions while on the trip but it does cost a bit more. i thought it was also very accommodating that you are able to pay your tour director with a credit card if you do choose to add an excursion last minute. best benefit of the excursions are the skip the lines, local tour guides, and transportations there and back. the included dinners however were on the OK side. the best included dinner we had was in london. but the paris and rome restaurants could be better as those cities are culinary capitals. courses are preselected and occasionally you may choose dessert but for the most part its all done for you. you just show up and eat. LONDON/PARIS/ROME: we strongly advise to use the underground tube, metro, and busses in these cities. its super affordable. always purchase the day passes to save money. its easy, fun, and very safe! make sure you save the eating for ROME!!. the food is to die for. have no shame gelato everyday is ok!!! utilize your tour director and hotel conceirge for best places to buy tickets!!! can't stress this enough. COACH TRANSPORTATIONS: all buses we took on our trips were very luxurious. big plush seats with great air conditioning. our drivers were all very skilled and had fun watching them drive through the small streets and park in small spaces. don't expect to get the same seat every time! there is no assigned seating and it is a first come first serve. FLIGHTS/AIRPORT PICKUP: i am not a stranger to international flights so i was not really worried about them, but i must say the first flight was one of the worst flights i have been on in my life. we were booked with an airline that didn't have a very good reputation with their service. when we received our flight information months before our trip, i noticed that there was another airline that i knew had great reviews was offering the same flight for maybe an hour or two difference on the time. i called GoAhead and asked if there was anyway of changing my flight. GoAhead said that there was no way of doing so, because GoAhead is not contracted with this particular airline. they did say that i can change the flight myself but i would have to pay for any additional charges and i would have to make arrangements myself once i landed to london. very understandable on the reasons they gave me so i let this go. but what was disappointing to hear during our trip was that a couple from my tour group took that same flight that we wanted to be changed to and it was a flight that GoAhead initially assigned them. this couple lives about 2 hours away from us and we flew out of the same airport on the same day. so what happened to "not possible due to no contracts"????????? train ride to paris was pleasant and smooth. we slept the whole time [2hrs] because we knew we wanted to see some sights as soon as we got there the flight to rome was quick and easy as well. smaller plane of course since it was just a couple of hours, but the airline did assign random seating, so there is a chance you won't be sitting by your party. this is out of GoAhead's control. flight back home was a god send. we felt like we flew business class without the reclining chairs. it was a day flight so the sun was up the whole time, but we were able to get a lot of sleep. the food was better and individual screens were a big help as well for entertainment. the airport pickup was not a good experience. the company assigned by GoAhead that was supposed to pick us up made an error on the date of our arrival, so no one was there to pick us up at the airpot. luckily someone helped me use a pay phone at the airport and was able to sort out the problem. even with the bumps along the road we still had the best time of our lives. we can't let those bumps interfere with a trip of a life time. the experience that GoAhead gave us was unforgettable and we are excited to plan an Ireland trip in the near future. always remember that traveling will always have its ups and downs just don't let it get you. it is also very important that you have an idea on what you want to do in each city you are in. as i read reviews about this tour i see that others rely on GoAhead to provide every single activity for them. its simply not that. GoAhead gives you the opportunity but its up to you on how you make of it. thank you GoAhead tours for providing this great opportunity, we had an unforgettable honeymoon!

 

Hi Patricia! Wow, thank you for your detailed review! First of all, congratulations to you and your husband! We’re so glad we were able to help make your European honeymoon a reality. It’s amazing to know that taking this tour has been the best decision you’ve made as husband and wife. We really enjoyed reading all your feedback, particularly about your satisfaction with your Tour Director, guides, and hotels. We appreciate your criticism regarding the meals in Paris and Rome, and although we regret they didn’t meet your expectations, we will be sure to communicate them to our team internally so that we may improve in this area. Regarding your flights, we are sorry to hear the airline did not meet your expectations. It also sounds like there may have been some misunderstanding regarding our relationship with the airline you wanted to fly with. We do work with this airline occasionally, but typically only when one of our larger airline partners buys and operates one of their flights. Flight contracts can be very confusing and filled with lots of caveats, deadlines, fees, etc. The couple from your tour group who flew with them may have booked early when this flight was either available to us and/or without change fees. Again, we are sorry your flight experience was not a positive one and we will be sure to communicate your feedback to our travel team. Despite the flight situation, we are thrilled that you had a wonderful time on tour and we hope you will hit the road with us again soon!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

50 & Fabulous!

I celebrated my 50th Birthday with a trip to Europe! Overall it was a great experience! The only part of the trip that was a letdown was the hotel in Rome...the area we stayed was filthy and the food selections for breakfast were not the greatest. The farewell dinner was not something to write home about...it didn't meet the expectation I had for a great Italian dinner on my last night. I would recommend this tour and please include Barcelona! No one added it so I enjoyed it all by myself!

 

Hi Stephanie! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour of London, Paris, and Rome (and Barcelona!). What a great way to celebrate your birthday! We regret to learn of your experience with your hotel in Rome, and we will be sure to communicate your feedback to our Operations team. We are continuously monitoring and evaluating our tours and making changes where necessary to improve the experience for our travelers. We also regret to hear that the farewell dinner did not meet your expectations. We strive to provide varied meal selections throughout the tour, including authentic Italian dishes. We will be sure to inform our Operations team of your dissatisfaction with this particular dinner. Regarding Barcelona, we are so glad you chose to add this destination to your main tour. Barcelona is truly a magnificent city. However, we do not include this destination in the main tour because many travelers are working with limited vacation time. By offering Barcelona as an optional extension, more travelers are able to enjoy and customize their tour experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Cornelius Best Tour Director

This was an amazing trip for my 30th birthday with my mother. We had a great time because our tour director Cornelius was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, well rounded, and adventurous. This was my first time in Europe and I was quite nervous at first, but once I arrived in London as the first stop I was filled with anticipation for the next two cities. This tour was filled with great excursions and worth the money. I was so sad when it was the last day and it was time to say goodbye to my tour group who I can truly call friends. We laughed together and shared happy, wonderful memories together. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone and even planning my next tour to Europe as I write.

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Hi Thalia! Happy belated birthday! We can’t think of a cooler way to celebrate than going on tour. We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your first time in Europe. It’s great to know that you liked your excursions and that your Tour Director added value to your time abroad. We understand feeling sad on your last day of tour, especially if you’ve grown close with your group as you say you did. What makes it easier is knowing that you will always have the memories – and that you can always make more! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

best tour

had a great time

 

Hi Marie! We're so glad you had a great time on tour. Thank you for writing a review! We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in May.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 04, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

I got back a week ago from the most fantastic and exciting tour or London, Paris and Rome. I had a wonderful time of my life. Our Tour guide was Cornelius W. Who made it fun and exciting. He is well versed in giving you a lot of insights on all the Countries and famous landmarks and sites to see. He made sure our Hotel accomodations were above expectation. The food was good and I really enjoyed the evening boat ride around the Seine River in Paris. My daughter and I had a spectacular time. Cornelius we enjoyed his fun and sense of humor is and excellent Tour guide and I highly recommend him if anyone decides on the London, Paris Tours. Hurray for Cornelius and Go Ahead tours. Job well done. Sincerely, Avalin C. B.

 

Hi Avalin! Welcome home, and thank you for sharing your experience. We're so glad to hear you had a wonderful time. It sounds like your Tour Director contributed greatly to your amazing time on tour. Our Tour Directors are certainly very knowledgeable, passionate, and caring. We're also glad you enjoyed the meals and activities, and that you were able to share this experience with your daughter. How special! Again, we thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on another tour soon!

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

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