London, Paris & Rome

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About This Experience

Perhaps no cities have influenced the world more over the last 2,000 years than London, Paris & Rome. On this sweeping tour, world-famous sights like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum are just the beginning of what you’ll experience. Delve deep into fascinating history, enriching culture and exquisite food on this European vacation to the epicenters of empires.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels

  • Breakfast daily & 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Travel on the famed Eurostar train

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  • London, England
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Begin dreaming of London on your overnight flight

Your trip begins with an overnight flight to London.

London3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Cheers to your arrival

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to London! After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the Hotel by Bus Transfer desk. They will be providing your transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or begin acquainting yourself with London. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day3

From Piccadilly to Parliament, all in one day

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle

Breakfast

This morning, a local guide leads comprehensive sightseeing of London. Highlights of the panoramic tour include views of Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey (setting for royal coronations, weddings and funerals), Hyde Park, the Big Ben clock tower, the Houses of Parliament and a stop outside St. James’s Palace, where you might glimpse the ceremonial Changing of the Guard (seasonal). After your sightseeing tour, join an optional excursion to Windsor Castle, the centuries-old retreat of Britain’s Royal Family.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

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.

Day4

London’s calling—you’re free to explore

Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey

Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner

Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure in London. Popular choices include watching the street performers (“buskers”) of Covent Garden marketplace, buying discounted same-day tickets to a West End play or studying the many treasures housed at the British Museum, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. You might choose to join an optional tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. Acquaint yourself this evening with one of London’s newest landmarks on an optional London Eye excursion, which also includes a pub dinner.

Optional Excursions

St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey $115* pp

Compare and contrast two of Britain's most famous churches, whose rich history 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. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

London Eye & Pub Dinner $125* pp

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

Paris3 nights - hotel info

Day5

Ride the famed “Chunnel” train to Paris

Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, transfer to St. Pancras. Here, you’ll board the Eurostar, Europe’s quarter-mile-long high-speed train that whisks passengers below the English Channel and resurfaces in France. Relax aboard comfortable, state-of-the-art transportation, arriving at Gare du Nord in Paris just three hours later. The rest of your day is free before this evening’s included dinner.

Day6

A local helps illuminate the City of Light

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

Breakfast

An expert local guide introduces you to the historical and cultural landmarks of the City of Light on this morning’s sightseeing tour. Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées, one of the world’s most celebrated avenues. You’ll pass the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World’s Fair. See Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood. Absorb the haute couture of the Opera district. You’ll also view the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, which stands on an island in the Seine. This afternoon, you might wish to join an optional excursion to the glittering Palace of Versailles, where Louis XIV created the most lavish court Europe has ever known.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

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.

Day7

You’re on Parisian time—take a stroll, sip leisurely, it’s up to you

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Breakfast

Today is free for you to take in all the splendor of Paris at your leisure. You might choose to visit a museum or shop at the Galeries Lafayette. You may also wish to join our optional excursion to the Louvre and Tuileries Garden. Explore this famous museum with a guide. Tonight, attend our optional Evening in Paris with dinner at a local restaurant followed by a cruise on the Seine.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

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.

Optional Excursions

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.

Rome3 nights - hotel info

Day8

Up and away, to Rome we go

Breakfast

Transfer to Paris’ airport, where you’ll board your flight to Italy. Touch down in Rome, the Eternal City. The rest of your day is free to explore.

Day9

With a free day, soak in the grand treasures of Rome

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn. Stroll across the Spanish Steps, meeting place for all of Rome. See Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers. Stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. You might also wish to join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Opt to end the day at a Dinner with Tenors, an evening of food and live opera music.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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 Sunday.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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!

Day10

Fall eternally in love with the Eternal City

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs

Breakfast, Dinner

Colosseum

Follow in the footsteps of Caesar during your guided sightseeing tour of Rome. Highlights include a visit to the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and a stop at the ruins of the Forum Romanum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. This afternoon, join an optional excursion into the ancient catacombs, where persecuted Christians once buried their popes and saints, and the Basilica of St. Paul. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Optional Excursions

Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65* pp

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 the Basilica of St. Paul, 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.

Day11

It’s not goodbye, it’s ciao for now

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $299*

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day11

Art, history, leisure—just choose your passion

Optional Excursion - A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture

Breakfast

Spend the day furthering your explorations of Rome at your leisure. Or opt to spend a day in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Optional Excursions

A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture $199* pp

Journey by train on a daytrip to Florence, birthplace of Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided tour introduces you to the old city's three main squares, beginning with Piazza della Signoria, home to the Romanesque Palazzo Vecchio. You'll also explore the Piazza del Duomo, offering beautiful views of the Cathedral, Baptistry and elegant belltower. Finally, you'll walk through the Piazza del Santa Croce. Here, enter the Church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo are displayed. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the church.

Day12

The gladiators once stood here, and you could, too

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum

Breakfast

You’ll have a free day in Rome to spend however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of Caesar’s reign to treasures of the Renaissance. Or you might join an optional excursion to the famed Borghese Museum.

Must be booked 30 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Borghese Gallery & Museum $69* pp

Today, take a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, home to one of Italy's finest art collections. Situated in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, the gallery consists of 20 rooms spanning two floors and features major works by Bernini, Raphael, Canova, Titian and Caravaggio.

Day13

Visions of Rome accompany you all the way home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for departure.

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: England, France and Italy. 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 limiatations 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. Your transfer upon arrival in London is provided by Hotel by Bus transfer service, and you can find them at a desk when you make your way through customs and baggage. There is also an included flight from Paris to Rome, and an included ride on the high-speed Eurostar train from London to Paris. 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 and Italy 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 and Italy) 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.

So glad I went with Go Ahead Tours

Planning a trip to Europe for the first time can be daunting. I began planning our trip by searching the Internet for flights, hotels, Eurorail passes. inter-flight connections, and activities. I quickly became overwhelmed. I didn't know how to determine if I was getting a good deal, where was the optimal location, and how I was going to get between countries on my own. I changed my search to travel groups. I knew I didn't want to be restricted to activities planned by a tour guide and wear a name tag on all my excursions, but I also knew I needed the expertise of a travel organization that could select the flights, hotels, and transportation and allow me to focus on the sight-seeing activities. Go Ahead Tours was the perfect match. They offered tours where they made the travel and lodging arrangements and allowed me the flexibility of purchasing their excursions or choosing my own -- and I did some of each. I loved the camaraderie of group travel. We had a quite varied group: families, mother/daughters, newlyweds, and retirement celebrations. We shared stories, tips, pictures, and laughter. And we never once had to wear our provided name badges! Having a tour guide dedicated to our group of 45 was invaluable. Raj gave us tips on where to get the best fish and chips, how to navigate the metro, and how to say please and thank you in two different languages. Go Ahead Tours also eliminated the worries of traveling between countries. I left my luggage outside my hotel room in London and picked it up at the hotel in Paris. We were escorted through security as a group and it was all seamless. We didn't have to worry about translating signs and navigating our way through a foreign country just to get out of the airport. Your tour guide takes care of you and even gives you an overview of the city upon your arrival. I highly recommend Go Ahead for your next vacation . . . and mine.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

ariel valerio

great experience

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Paul is a very excellent tour director

I 'd like to let everybody know, go ahead tour agency is the best I have ever had and it was my first time to go on a tour group with an excellent trip.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/30/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: HI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Whirlwind Tour

I wouldn't recommend this particular tour but I would definitely visit each city individually. It was just too hectic and due to time spent traveling from one city to the other, we didn't really have time to visit the sites. For example, we were given 20 minutes to view the Colosseum. I've been on tour of Italy as a stand alone tour and we had a wonderful tour of the Colosseum. On our visit of the Forum, we only viewed it from the top of the hill but on my previous tour, we actually went down and walked through the ruins. I loved London and would like to return to England and see more of the country. There are so many wonderful museums in London and we were disappointed to only have about 2 hours to visit the National Museum.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/30/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

 

Dear Judith, Thank you for your feedback on your recent trip to London, Paris & Rome. I’m glad that you enjoyed each of these amazing cities! We understand that seeing three world capitals in one short trip can be a lot, but we hope you got a taste of the great things these places have to offer. If you do have additional comments please feel free to share them with us. We look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you on another Go Ahead Tour!

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on July 23, 2014

Great Trip

The trip was a great experience. The tour director was outstanding! The service she provided was exceptional. Everyone in our group was very nice and friendly. The trip was a good value but would have liked to have a couple of the optional tours included in the price. It was very easy to get around in London and Paris. I would use Go Ahead again

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Worth every penny.

The tour and guides were wonderful. All the guides and the tour director, Paul, were very knowledgeable and informative. My only complaint is the restaurant that was chosen in Paris, the steaks were inedible and the place was too small.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/30/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing tour director

My son and I just returned from our tour of England, Paris and Rome. This was a high school graduation gift for my son. He wanted a tour which covered many historical places in Europe. This tour not only met his expectations, but exceeded then by having a tour director who was so knowledgeable that she made you feel like you could of been in the year that the sites were built in... She was so organized that I found if I had a question it would be answered before I asked it. The only negative experience we had was the trip home, in which I felt the time between the connecting flights was to short, and we almost missed our connecting flight.

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4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing,.Fantastic, Unforgettable!!!!

I traveled with my beautiful Autistic son through London, Paris and Rome. Needless to say how apprehensive I was at the beginning. Reuben W. was our tour director, and that's all it took. He is the ONE to take you on tour, you will be safe and attended 24/7. I will recommend anyone to go with this company. Hotels are pretty conveniently located for you to adventure in the TUBE of London, the Metro in Paris or accessible taxis in Rome, just around crossing the street of your hotel. I am planning my next trip that is for sure..

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ruben

Ruben was my Best Tour Director I have never known.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

European Tour

Enjoyed tour. London gets first rating. Could live there if I had to choose another country to live in. Really need more than 2.5 days there to see everything in a more relaxed time. Interaction with citizens. Hotel was nice. We had washcloths, although others didn't. Had followed Rick Steve's recommendation re this item. Paris is number 2. Enjoyed Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Gardens. Not as much interaction with citizens. When shopping, some stores not as receiving as others. Hotel came in at No. 3 for Paris. Rome was interesting. Rained on us more there. Tour guide friendly; but unable to adjust tour to needs of clients, such as slower walking or just cutting down on time. Found an Italian, family restaurant 3 blocks from hotel. Went there 2 nights. They were very amendable. Pascal was is an excellent tour director and very likeable. Recommend him for all these tours. As tips: tour should inform, especially first-timers, of international stamps which needs to be purchased in said country. Also, when leaving London, purchase amount of Euros needed for Paris and Rome. In Rome, it was a hassle to get to exchanges; and finding post offices. hotels don't always have stamps or do exchanges. Also, I think it would be better to include tips for guides and director in trip price to avoid them not getting tips due to no change or country funds. Rome hotel came in at number 2.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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