London: The City Experience7 days / City Stays
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About This Experience
London was once considered the capital of the world—and it shows. Britain’s most dynamic city 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 strolling through Kensington Gardens, climbing the Tower of London or experiencing Big Ben up close and personal.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
5 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Boundless green spaces to explore
You might leave with a Cockney accent
The high culture at the British Museum
Charming pubs & eclectic eateries
Iconic Big Ben & Buckingham Palace
You’ll see the impact of the 2012 Olympic games
Overnight Flight1 night
London5 nights - hotel info
Get social, get started—it’s time to greet your group and the city
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to London. After clearing customs and collecting your bags, look for the “Hotel by Bus” transfer desk. They’ll be providing the transportation to your hotel. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at an included welcome dinner.
With sites that moonlight as pop culture icons, London is so familiar
Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle
Set out to discover London’s most iconic sites. On your guided sightseeing tour, you’ll make your way past the Piccadilly Circus, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and more. The afternoon is free for exploring on your own, or you can choose to join our optional excursion to Windsor Castle, the oldest occupied castle in the world and the official residence of the Queen.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
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.
Today’s agenda: do anything and everything you fancy
Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford
Today, you can stroll through Kensington Gardens to view some of London’s most famous statues, or enjoy a taste of nostalgia at Pollock’s Toy Museum. Alternatively, embark on a full-day optional excursion to see Stonehenge, one of England’s most mysterious landmarks, followed by a stop in Oxford.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Stonehenge & Oxford $109* pp
Visit the university city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Tour the charming city and the University of Oxford, taking in the famous spire-studded architecture and rich history. Next, continue on to Stonehenge, perhaps England’s most mysterious landmark. The origin and purpose of this ring of stones, which dates back an estimated 5,000 years, is unknown, though most believe it was a temple and observatory. Take some time to explore the intriguing stone formations and visit the newly opened exhibition and visitor center before heading back to London. Please note: This excursion requires advanced reservation and must be booked by 20 days prior to departure.
Step inside Shakespeare’s venue of choice or Newton’s resting place
Optional Excursion - St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey
Optional Excursion - London Eye & Pub Dinner
If London’s literary side interests you, plan a stop at the Dickens House Museum and tour the newly reconstructed Globe Theater, a replica of where Shakespeare himself often appeared on stage. Alternatively, join our St. Paul's Cathedral & Westminster Abbey optional excursion.This evening, savor a traditional pub dinner followed by a ride on the London Eye on an optional excursion.
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
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.
Indulge in some retail therapy…15 acres of it, to be exact
Optional Excursion - Country Homes of Shakespeare & Churchill
For shoppers, a leisurely visit to Harrods—15 acres of tempting merchandise, ranging from silk scarves and soap to the world’s most meticulously decorated cakes—is a must. Also consider joining an excursion to the Country Homes of Shakespeare & Churchill.
Country Homes of Shakespeare & Churchill $109* pp
Spend a relaxing day strolling outside the capital and through the Cotswolds, a range of low, rolling hills where Winston Churchill was raised. A local guide will lead you on a tour of Blenheim Palace, the stately country home where he was born. Blenheim Palace is also the country's only non-royal palace, a gift to Churchill's illustrious ancestor, the Duke of Marlborough. Afterward, set out to discover Shakespeare's birthplace, the market town of Stratford-upon Avon.
Extend Your Stay
Add London $279*
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.
London2 nights - hotel info
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.
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).
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
90.7% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
A city experience
This was a new concept for my traveling but having to experience the city with the guidance of our tour director was awesome. It gives u a true idea of how the locals live in that city. Much different than a full guided tour but still very helpful loved it! Thanks Go Ahead
I stayed at the Marriott Hotel and the location was so convenient for touring the city of London. The city tour was a little bit more independent; if you didn't sign up for any of the excursions you would have free time to do whatever you wanted. I got to experience how to use the tube, just walking around and seeing the shops around my area, and getting to the places I wanted to see in London. My tour director was amazing, Kay M., she was very helpful and positive throughout the entire time I spent in London. If you are thinking about this tour know that the Underground is faster than using the bus or taxis, rush hour for the Underground stops after 9:30 am, and starts again at 5 pm- 7 pm. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you are touring the city on your own, everyone there is really nice and helpful. Since this tour was 7 days, 5 nights, buy a one week travel card because it is cheaper than the oyster. Overall, make sure you are prepared before you go, research anything you need before you go on your trip. It's better to do it before hand than research while you're there because you'll just waste your valuable time and money. I bought Fodor's 2014 London, lots of great information and has a map of the city and tube routes, make sure you buy one that is up to date. You only get out of it what you put in.
How to visit London and NOT look like a tourist!
First, travel lightly! Do very little packing and stuff it all in one bag! If you are only going for 10 days pack for only 10 days and NOT 10 weeks. Better yet, pack for only 5 days and wash your clothes. Surely, even London should have a laundromat. If there is anything you might have forgotten you can always buy it when you get there. Instead of going out to eat all the time purchase most meals from the local supermarket. Only have your breakfast at the hotel you are staying at. Usually a daily breakfast is included in the price of these tours but check with your travel agent or (Go Ahead Tours) before you leave. I thought that a first night dinner would be included in the tour but all I got, was just a small drink so, once again, check with Go Ahead Tours to make sure. If a safe is provided, use it. Remember, you do not need your passport everywhere you go always keep it in your safe and make sure to have a combination that you can easily remember. If you are anybody like me, you won't need to have the first timers survival kit with you. Mine was terribly hard to understand and I found it much easier to get around just by looking for landmarks and remembering where they were. I got to see most of what I wanted to see and even some things I really didn't want to see. Be sure to pack your Dramamine even if you are sure you are not going to be airsick or have any other kind of motion sickness. It will always come in handy even long after you're firm on the ground. Some people like me, might suffer from a very rare condition called MalDedebarqment Syndrome.
Go Ahead Tours makes travel effortless. We have enjoyed both tours we have taken with them. we really enjoyed Bath. Would have liked to spend a little more time there. Tour director was wonderful.
Great way to visit London for the first time! Can't wait to return!
Best Tour Director and City Tour Ever!
I had never been on the city tours with go ahead. I had a great time on the city tour of London. I had enough time to do my own thing and to go on excursions. the only negative thing about the tour was the Shakespeare tour, it didn't need to be two hours. But besides that the other excursions were great!. There is so much I can say about our tour guide Kay. She is awesome! She was there to give advise, instructions, directions and Helpful tips with a smile. she was well prepared and she went out of her way to make sure we had a great time and found what we were looking for. She even answered the weirdest questions from the people on the tour. This was a great trip for the amount we paid and I can't wait to go back and see more.
The tour, London Experience, was one I would highly recommend. It was a perfect mix of optional excursions & sufficient "free time" to explore the streets of London as I chose. EXCEPTION: The optional excursion to Westminster Abbey/St. Paul's was cancelled due to a lack of interest. I was very interested in visiting these historic sights; therefore, I decided to do it on my own on Wednesday. However, when I arrived at Westminster, I was disappointed to learn that there was no admittance (for some official reason). I then proceeded to St. Paul's Cathedral & was also deterred from that (for some official reason). I feel as though the GoAheadTours AGENCY should have informed our tour guide of the closures even though the optional excursion was cancelled due to lack of interest If the optional excursion, planned for Wednesday, had NOT been cancelled, due to lack of interest, I am sure your agency would have informed our tour guide. The agency should have realized that many in the tour group would take it upon themselves to visit these historic sights on the day that had been designated for the excursion. I DO NOT FAULT OUR TOUR GUIDE. She was not aware of the closures until informed by some of the group who had traveled to Westminster & St. Paul's & had returned to the hotel disappointed. I feel it was the duty of the AGENCY to have informed our tour guide of the closures even though our excursion had been cancelled. I anticipate a credit for the amount paid for this optional excursion that was cancelled (2 people). Thank y ou.
A wee bit of Scotland on this tour
Staying in one hotel with the opportunity to explore one of the great cities of the world is an experience that one should not miss; if you are fortunate, you will have one of the best tour directors assisting you with your every move. AND, her Scottish brogue coupled with the sweetest smile makes you feel so special. The London Experience is a great value and if you are lucky, you just might catch a glimpse of royalty.
Very good City Stay tour
This was my first Go Ahead Tour, though I have led several EF Tour groups in the past. We went to London with EF as an extension of a EF Paris City stay, and enjoyed it. This London City Stay tour is great because you can be as active as you want, you can take all of the optional excursions and stay very busy (this is what my wife wanted) or you can take a couple of excursions and have much more time on your own to visit the sites you deem important. The hotel was excellent, closer in to the city center and a step up in quality from the very good hotel we had with our EF experience. Our tour director, Kay, worked tirelessly to make sure that everyone made it where they wanted to go and had a good time. I am signing up today for my next adventure.
Wonderful Trip to England
We really enjoyed our City Stay to London. Our tour director was excellent. The optional excursions were all led by very knowledgable tour guides and there was enough free time to fit in all trips to all the other historical sites we wanted to visit.