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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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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 handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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 $99*pp Details

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.

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 - A Day in Oxford $99*pp 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 5: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring London on your own or add excursions.

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

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

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

Day 6: Free day in London

Included meals: Breakfast

Explore London on your own today or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Salisbury $105*pp 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 for lunch and free time. Before you make your way back to London, visit Salisbury Cathedral, home to one of the four original copies of the Magna Carta.

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 $279 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.

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.

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 handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

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 $99*pp Details

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.

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 $105*pp 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 for lunch and free time. Before you make your way back to London, 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 $99*pp 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

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

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

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 $279 pp

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.

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.

How's the weather?

  • London, England
Temperature Precipitation
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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.

How's the weather?

  • London, England
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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: 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!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip!

This was a trip designed for my daughter and me to introduce my granddaughter (age 12) to the wonders of London and the fun of exploring new places. We opted for the extension and managed to see and do just about everything on our list. For a first time traveler to London I highly recommend the optional excursions and as this was Kara's first trip, we did all that were offered - tremendous guides and well worth the extra cost (the Pub dinner was not great but that was the Pub's fault, not EF's). Kay, our guide was friendly, helpful, and reliable. Our hotel was fantastic - the location was ideal with many places within walking distance (Picadilly, Oxford and Regent St. shops, Bond St. Tube Station about 100 feet away). The hotel staff was amazing - great choice,EF! Before traveling I would suggest purchasing a travel guide, spending time planning your "free" days, becoming familiar with the Tube system, and pre-purchasing via the web admission tickets to things you absolutely want to see - we did for The Tower of London and the show WICKED. Loved the whole experience!

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2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Need Improvement

Not charge double for one room when two people are occupying . Also to not change the itinerary...I felt I overpaid and had to plan the trip myself. Wasnt satisfied overall.

 

Hello, Thank you for writing your review of the London City Experience tour. We were sorry to hear your tour wasn’t satisfactory in these ways. We have tried to reach you to learn more about your experience so that we may make any necessary improvements going forward. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 26, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

More TIme and you say 4STAR?

I was very happy about the Location of the Hotel. Across from Hyde park was amazing. I did however not like the room at all. The hotel which is 4 star, put us (my husband and me) in a room with the bed against the wall and up against a desk. At night I had to either crawl over him or out the bottom of the foot of the bed. I thought it would be no big deal, but by the second night it was very uncomfortable and for two adults we where in a double bed ( my grandson sleeps in a double) very uncomfortable. I ask the hotel if they could change us and they said no this is what they had. Not 4star. The only other thing I wish could have been better is more time on the excursions. 3-4 hours at Windsor castle, 3 hours at St. Paul's and Westminster are you kidding me. Then at St. Paul's we went to go back, but did not have our ticket from the Guide and was not allowed to go back in unless we paid again. MORE TIME the Abbeys are very large and more time to look around. I felt like we where being pushed out the door. I think I paid to be there why can I not have more time? I want to say though the trip was lovely, just disappointed in the room and the time again the hotel location was AMAZING and being able to take nightly walk there was a dream.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

The tour was really enjoyable. I was able to see and do a lot of things.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

london city experience &tour director

the tour director was great. she had a number of hours to meet w us each day and described tours and answered our questions on other sites. she brought snacks for trips. the tour itself was great with a mixture of excursions and private time. the hotel was fine but requst a large room as ours was quite small. i would go on another tour with this company.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/16/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Kay- Simply the best

My first tour with goaheadtours and I had a great trip. I will certainly book another tour with you.The Corus Hotel Hyde Park was a great location. The rooms were not what I expected after looking at their website.The room was small and the bathroom was close to being dangerous. I'm a healthy individual but it was a challange to use the shower. However I did not let that ruin my trip.The other people on the tour were very friendly and lots of fun to be around.I only wish I had extended the trip for two more days. Too much to see and do.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent London Trip

My husband and I had a wonderful trip to London. The trip went so well not one mistake. All good experiences. We are looking forward to our next trip and it will be with GoAhead Tours because when you find a good tour operator you stick with them.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Rolff, Nikki

They was Wonderful! truelly enjoyed all the ideas and information they both provided.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Terrific Tour Director

Seamless from start to finish. Kay our tour director was very helpful to us as we navigated our way around the beautiful city of London.The hotel H10 is clean and modern with very compact rooms .Centrally located it is the ideal location for exploring the city. One of the extra excursions that we booked was cancelled due to low interest . The other , a bus trip out of the city was problematic in that our bus driver took ill. Kay handled that situation with speed and grace. Go Ahead Tours made sure we were completely satisfied with the result. Start to finish , a great time. Better than expected

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