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London: The City Experience

7 days City Stays
London was once considered the capital of the world—and it shows. It has a history that stretches back 2,000 years, and a culture as rooted in the local pub as it is in world-class museums. Get acquainted with this city at your own pace, whether that means strolling through Kensington Gardens, entering Westminster Abbey or seeing Big Ben up close.

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

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in a well-located hotel

  • Breakfast daily, welcome dinner

  • Signature farewell dinner experience and ride on the London Eye

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Panoramic sightseeing tour of London with a local guide

  • 4-day Tube pass

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London 5 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in London

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to London! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London

Included meals: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour. 

• Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings and funerals

• View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge 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 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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know London on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Salisbury $105pp* Details

After a scenic drive through gently rolling countryside, arrive at Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of England’s most recognizable icons. Here you’ll be welcomed with an informative history of the site at the newly opened visitor’s center. Then, explore this prehistoric monument before heading to the nearby town of Salisbury to peruse the famed Salisbury Charter Market and visit Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 5: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring London on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Oxford $99pp* Details

World-renowned for its astute academia and signature architectural style, Oxford is a town rich with culture. Spend the day here as your local guide takes you on a walking tour of the city, making a stop at Brasenose College, where David Cameron, the current British Prime Minister, once studied. Afterward, enjoy free time for your own exploration and lunch before transferring back to London.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 6: A ride on the London Eye & farewell dinner

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore London on your own today or add an excursion.

This evening, take in spectacular views of the city’s skyline from the London Eye. Take a tour through the Covent Garden area of the West End before saying goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Tower of London & Thames River Cruise $119pp* Details

Enter the Tower of London, a UNESCO site famous for its dark history of treason, imprisonment and beheadings. With a local guide leading the way, you’ll explore the nooks and crannies of this royal castle, seeing ancient coin collections, suits of armor and the glittering Crown Jewels as you go. Later, step aboard a riverboat for a cruise down the Thames and take in views of the London skyline, Tower Bridge, Southbank and more from the water.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 7: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring London.

Add London $399 pp

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

A city that loves to be explored, London beckons with world-class (and often free) museums and galleries, quirky shops, outstanding restaurants, royal pageantry, charming neighborhoods and an unconquered heritage of more than 2,000 years of history.

London 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day to discover London at your own pace or add an excursion.

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

Compare and contrast two of Britain’s most famous churches, whose rich histories 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

Day 8: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring the city on your own.

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Great Britain, 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 the U.K. consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

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

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 rain wear. 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).

Currency

The British pound is the currency you’ll be using on your 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.

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 delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition. Modern-day London also boasts an array of ethnic restaurants unmatched by almost any other city in the world.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from London. When you first arrive in London, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

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: 9/26/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Whirlewind tour!

We had a great time - very different Go Ahead tour this time. Since we stayed in the city and only traveled out for day trips, it was a different tour vibe than the my other experiences. 5 days wasn't nearly enough time, but we saw as much as possible and still had evenings free for pubs! Our very favorite site - (sounds crazy, I know), walking and taking pictures of ourselves and other travelers on Abby Road! It was a hoot! We must return - there is still more to see and next time we will venture further out into the country!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Hard to review much about the tour since I did most of it on my own. Which this tour is great for. You can book excursions and stay with the group or venture out on your own.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful trip!

The London City Tour was a great trip. The tour director, Kay definitely enjoys what she does. She was always friendly, informative, and helpful. Even at her busiest of times, she managed all of us tourists wonderfully! The tours were great; it was nice not to have to wait for tickets, since they were part of the trip. London is overwhelmingly beautiful. I look forward to booking with Go Ahead in the future! Great memories of London!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Nice Tour For First Time in Europe

This was my first time in Europe (I always wanted to go to London) and this tour suited my needs. The tour guide (Kay) was very nice and helpful. The hotel we stayed at (The Radisson Blu) was great. It was clean and the breakfast each morning was delicious (I especially enjoyed the kettle of tea). My only complaint was there wasn't really an intinerary for us in London. All of our days were free days, with the exception of the second day and if you chose to do the excursions. I feel like everyday we should have had something planned for the group included in the original price. Me and my friend ended up making up our own intinerary which turned out to be great as we got to see a lot in London on our own. The people in our tour all were really nice. I plan to do another tour with Goahead (Spain 2017).

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 13

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Experience in Every Way!

We had a great time in London! Our hotel's location and amenities were fine. The city tour and optional excursions were handled very well by first-rate guides. Above all, our tour director Kay Macintyre made the tour a success. She's top-notch in every way ... energetic, positive, funny, friendly. She helped all of us make the most of our time in London every day. This was no surprise to us because we visited London and Paris twelve years ago with Go Ahead, and Kay was the London tour director then. We were delighted to see her again. The tour was an exceptionally pleasant, educational, and fun week.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lovely first European Experience

I simply did not know what to expect. I decided to take my children to Europe. It was the best decision. We used this time to learn and appreciate nations outside our own. We learned much and had a good time. The tour director was so kind to us. the guides truly understood the country and the very significant historical sites. My family really appreciated their knowledge. I will be traveling to England again, hopefully to Scotland! thanks for your professional group!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

My experience in London was positively impacted by our excellent tour director, Kay. Even though the trip was mostly on our own and we only did a few excursions, Kay was in the hotel every morning and every evening. She answered all of our questions, gave us a personal tour of the Underground System and helped us all purchase our first trip card. She was friendly and knowledgeable about Everything London! Kay made the trip extra wonderful. In addition, our hotel was in a great location-right near the Waterloo Underground. The trip to Stonehenge was marvelous as well! Thanks for another great trip. Roxanne

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/22/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Most Amazing Trip!

The experience I had with Go Ahead Tours for the London: City Experience Trip was a trip that I'll never forget!! The hotel location was great, as it was only a couple of blocks away from the train station, which got us to many locations throughout the city. The hotel was beautiful, clean, and comfortable to sleep in and the breakfast was great - as it had many choices to chose from each morning! The tour director was amazing, always helpful and willing to answer any questions that you may had along the way. The tour director also showed us how to use our travel cards and the maps in London! The excursions are worth it to add to your tour during your stay! A comfortable coach bus will take you there and back to the hotel for the day. Go Ahead Tours made so many lasting memories that I will never forget! You will not be disappointed if you book a tour with them!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great time in London

Some of our friends wondered why we would bother to take a tour when London is easy to do on your own. We went back and forth on this, but we're very glad we decided to go with Go Ahead. It turned out that the flights we wanted were much cheaper through the tour than booking on our own. Also, I'm just bone lazy, so I like letting someone else make arrangements. :) Kay was a wonderful tour director - she couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. She made herself available to everyone to give advice on things to do and see. We enjoyed having the orientation tour to the city. For us the tour was the right combination of group activities and time on our own. We took the optional tour to Oxford and absolutely loved it. All our guides and drivers were great. I know people have complained about the hotel, but if you know what to expect going in I think you'll understand why they've chosen it. Yes, the rooms are tiny - I think that's typical for any reasonably priced hotel in London. I've stayed in London in two different hotels on a previous trip and all the rooms were tiny. My husband and I joked that the tour hotel room was smaller than a cruise ship cabin, but that's really no joke. It was clean, pleasant, and well organized. The only problem was that there is no shelving to speak of in the bathroom, so bring a toiletry bag that hangs. The staff at the hotel was wonderful, the location was amazing, and the food was good. We'd stay there again in a heartbeat.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour director!

Kay was marvelous and always available to help with suggestions on places to see on our own. She was a huge help when our ride to the airport didn't show up on time and worked with the hotel to get us an alternate ride. We were very grateful for her dependability!

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