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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 Starting from $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

Tour Date: 7/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour, Great tour director!

I hadn't been back to Europe since I was a teenager, and now that I'm in my mid thirties I wanted to go back and relive that awe. I wasn't disappointing. This tour offers something for everyone. Great optional excursions and plenty of free time to experience each city at your own pace. Our tour director was phenomenal, she knew each city in and out and was the best resource we had on this trip. She brought our group together and by the end it felt like we were all family. I look forward to my next tour with GoAhead (which i'm planning right now)! Thank you to GoAhead and thank you to Ali!

 

Hi Billyjack! We’re thrilled that this tour lived up to your expectations! We appreciate your feedback on the itinerary, and we’re very glad you feel it provides plenty of free time in each location. We’re also pleased to learn that your Tour Director made a positive impact on your tour, including making your group feel more like a family . Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

5 STARS

My family had a wonderful times with this tour. We enjoyed every moments! Goaheadtours is awesome! 5 Stars all the way.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outfreakingstanding

This tour was all that I dreamt for and more, it was excellent. We are overly satisfied to the point where we already book our next tour for 2017. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make sure that everyone enjoying their stay. Suzy you rock! Go ahead tours, you will definitely get our business again. From the flight going to 3 different countries and coming back there were absolutely no problem. We had the time of our lives. Thanks go ahead tours!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Three great cities of Europe

Our trip was wonderful! Lodging, meals, included excursions and optional excursions, and a great guide all aligned to make this a memorable experience! Thank you, Go Ahead, for the perfect trip for our group.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Enjoyable

My husband an I recently took the London, Paris and Rome tour, we were really pleased with the service of Go ahead, I feel they honored everything they advertised, there is always room to improve but overall very pleased.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best of the Best

My husband and I had never been to Europe, so wanted a tour that hit several main areas, and this was just the ticket! We had a terrific tour director, Anna C., who was knowledgable, personable, sweet, and helpful as we planned our times when we were not with the group. Each day is very, very packed with sightseeing, walking, and taking it all in, so it is not for anyone who has trouble with a fair amount of walking and stair climbing, but I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to get a feel for the great cities of Europe! We had a terrific time! Thank you to Anna and to Go Ahead!

 

Hi Trish! We're so glad your and your husband's first European adventure was a success. It sounds like this tour offered a nice taste of Europe and your Tour Director did a great job of helping you to experience it. We're so pleased to hear that! You're right that the itinerary requires a good amount of walking and lots of activities. Good shoes are always key on any tour! We thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

FIRST TIME INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLERS

This was an exciting and awesome vacation! We were celebrating our 26th wedding anniversary (April 28). Our daughter suggested we purchase some British pounds and Euros before we left, and we were glad we did. We were met at Heathrow Airport in London by our driver, Stanley, who held a sign with our last name in large, bold print. He provided us each with a bottle of water, and took the scenic route to the hotel, telling us a bit of history along the way. Our tour director, Anna, was waiting for us at the hotel, and pleasantly welcomed us to London. The welcome dinner was very informative. On our first full day in London, we met our tour guide Ruth, who was awesome in showing us the city of London and Windsor Castle. Our tour guide for the Notre Dame walking tour, Christel, was very informative during the tour, and provided each of us directions to other destinations following the tour. Because my husband and I have health issues, Anna showed us ways to climb alternate stairs at one of the stops, so as not to put too much pressure on our bodies. In Rome, the Dinner with Tenors was excellent. Our tour guide for the Vatican City, Simoneta, was amazing. She was very informative and knew how to get us inside without having to stand in long lines. Overall, the trip was great. Anna went above and beyond in making sure we were okay throughout the entire trip, and even walked a little slower with the group on some excursions due to my bad knee. She helped each person or family group in making the best decisions for free time, with maps and ideas of places to visit in each city. Anna made sure that we all knew how to use the Metro in each city, which was very helpful for us, as my husband and I had never used the Metro. She also scheduled two events on her own, Caberet in Paris, and a dinner in Rome. Both events were awesome! This is definitely a trip I would recommend to anyone who is a first time international traveler, and not sure which city to visit first or what to do in each of those cities. Go Ahead Tours takes care of all travel arrangements and porter service, which is great and eases the worry out of the trip.

 

Hi Evelyn! Traveling abroad for the first time is a fabulous way to celebrate your wedding anniversary! We’re so glad the tour was a success. This particular itinerary is a great way to get your feet wet with international travel. We’re pleased to learn that the tour went off without a hitch and that you enjoyed your Tour Director. It sounds like you had many unique experiences, such as seeing the cabaret in Paris, the dinner with tenors in Rome, and exploring Notre Dame. We’re thrilled that you would recommend this tour, and we thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip

Well planned trip and optional excursions ensured we had opportunity to see important sites with free time to pursue our individual interests. Our tour director was a delight; hotels were clean, comfortable, safe and well located.

 

Hi Gregory! We’re glad you enjoyed the flexibility of the itinerary. As a company of travelers, we understand that interests vary from traveler to traveler, which is why we designed our tours with ample time for independent exploration. We appreciate the feedback regarding your Tour Director and accommodations and will be sure to pass it along to our teams internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 01, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Time!

My two granddaughters (14 & 20) and I had a fantastic time on our London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona extension tour in June, 2016. GoAhead made special flight arrangements for us as two of us were flying from Cleveland and wanted to meet up with a granddaughter in Washington, DC so we could all fly to London together. Our hotels were clean, beds were comfy, and all hotels were very conveniently located. I had worried that the girls might be bored plodding around on a tour but our tour director Pascal was great, just enough off-the-wall to keep the girls amused, entertained, and interested. He interacted with and took an interest in each one of us and we enjoyed his company at our breakfast table on a couple mornings. Our local guides were very impressive – Brian in Paris and Versailles was especially outstanding!!! I really appreciated Pascal’s incorporating things we wanted to see that weren’t on the “official” agenda and other little extra things that he scheduled for us. The Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, family dinner evening that he put together in Rome was one of the highlights of our trip! (Pascal also offered us a guided Louvre tour but, unfortunately, the flooded Seine prevented that from happening.) He encouraged us to do things on our own and I appreciate GoAhead’s free time. No longer a novice tourist, I have learned to make the most of every free moment so I booked outside tours in each city to permit us to see things not on GoAhead’s docket. We are anticipating another GoAhead tour with Pascal in the future and I’m already trolling for travelers to go with us. Special thanks, also, to Angus, our GoAhead rep, who was most responsive and helpful to me as I did pre-trip planning. Disappointments: On arrival, we spent an extra hour and a half in the London airport waiting for a GoAhead traveler who never materialized. Later, I discovered that the person we were waiting for was the person who was to be with my two granddaughters and myself and he had dropped out of the trip two weeks before for medical reasons. Communication between the GoAhead office and the people in the field, e.g. transportation providers, tour directors, needs improvement. The Flamenco Dinner and show in Barcelona – Las Arenas and its views were fantastic, the flamenco show was good, the food was not. I’m not a picky eater but there was little about the dinner that was worth the price. Our dessert was interrupted when we were called away for the show and we were to return for another dessert after the show. My granddaughters (who both have a sweet tooth) declined to return and later told me it was because they didn’t care for the dessert or the meal in general. When they turn down extra dessert, you know there’s a problem.

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Hi Sue! We’re delighted to learn that you and your granddaughters had a lovely time in London, Paris, & Rome. What a memorable trip! It sounds like your Tour Director kept your granddaughters interested and engaged, and we’re glad to hear it. We’re also pleased to learn that he was able to plan some extra surprises along the way. We will be sure to share your feedback with his supervisor. We have also passed along the kudos to your Customer Relations representative, Angus, for his help with pre-tour planning. Regarding your airport pick-up, we regret to hear that there may have been a miscommunication with our transfer staff. We are currently investigating how this may have occurred, and we are sorry for the inconvenience. Regarding the food at the flamenco dinner show, we regret that the food did not meet your or your granddaughter’s expectations. We will be sure to communicate this to our Operations team. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you and your granddaughters on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Trip with Little Sister!!

My little sister (19) and I have been wanting to travel to Europe, so I booked the Go Ahead Tours London, Paris and Rome trip. At the very start of booking GO Ahead Tours was always fast to return my questions via email. Great job Ryan Felix!! The time I spent with my little sister exploring Europe will always be a special time to her and I!! Our tour director was AWESOME. He was always there to help us and always took care of us. The hotels were pretty nice, location was sometimes far from attractions, but still great service. Thank you Go Ahead Tours, for a great trip. I look forward to going on another one soon!!

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Hi Bobby! We’re so glad you and your sister finally made it to Europe together. You certainly chose a fabulous itinerary, and it sounds like you made some very special memories along the way. Thanks for your shout out to Ryan – we will definitely let him know you were pleased with his quick, attentive service. We also appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director and itinerary. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

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