London: The City Experience

7 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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Make your way to London Town on an overnight flight

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to London aboard an internationally recognized airline.

London5 nights - hotel info

Day2

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.

Day3

With sites that moonlight as pop culture icons, London is so familiar

Optional Excursion - Windsor Castle

Breakfast

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

Optional Excursions

Windsor Castle $99* pp

Led by a Blue Badge Guide, you’ll travel to Windsor for a guided visit to the world’s largest and longest-inhabited castle. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1070, Windsor has been the British Royal Family’s preferred retreat for the past 900 years. Step inside the State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel (closed Sundays), where the Knights of the Garter ceremony takes place. View the exhibit of royal treasures on display within the castle. You’ll then have time to stroll through the town of Windsor and have a look at Eton College, a prestigious prep school attended by Princes William and Harry. Please note: Windsor Castle is occasionally closed when in use by the Royal Family; a visit to Henry VIII’s Hampton Court will be substituted when necessary.

Day4

Today’s agenda: do anything and everything you fancy

Optional Excursion - Stonehenge & Oxford

Breakfast

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

Optional Excursions

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.

Day5

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

Breakfast

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

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

Compare and contrast two of Britain's most famous churches, whose rich history provide an unparalleled look into the country's past. First, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the second largest church building in the United Kingdom and seat of the Bishop of London. The English-Baroque style cathedral is globally renowned for its magnificent dome and glittering mosaics. Continue on to Westminster Abbey, a Gothic church located near the Houses of Parliament. Since 1066, every royal coronation, with the exception of Edward V and Edward VIII, has taken place at Westminster Abbey. The abbey also serves as the burial ground for Charles Darwin and Sir Isaac Newton.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

London Eye & Pub Dinner $125* pp

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

Day6

Indulge in some retail therapy…15 acres of it, to be exact

Optional Excursion - Country Homes of Shakespeare & Churchill

Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursions

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.

Day7

If London’s still calling, why not stay two more nights?

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not extending your stay, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

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

Day7

Journey to the West End or as far as the South Coast

Breakfast

Spend today exploring London as you please.

Day8

The city’s museums are free to explore (yes, literally, they’re free)

Breakfast

Enjoy a final day in London at your leisure. Perhaps you'll visit the city's museums or take in a play in the West End.

Day9

Now that you’ve lived the London life, head back to home life

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

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. 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.

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.

Wonderful tour

Great way to visit London for the first time! Can't wait to return!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Loved London

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Interesting first time London experience

The Tour description of events, particularly options, were good and seemed reasonably priced; I opted for them but upon arrival to London learned 2 of the options were cancelled. I had little time to rethink the tour and plan personal itinerary; difficult for me - the unseasoned traveler - not simply inconvenient. Had to ask questions, coordinate some mapping, get tube information - all doable - but unplanned. Hotel staff were helpful. Made it a bit hectic for me personally; would have preferred to have had the entire Tour mapped out so that I had a planned itinerary to follow each day; others unlike myself may prefer individual options. Realizing changes are inevitable when traveling forced me to reason out and make the most of my disappointment. One thing is so important when traveling - do homework about the place traveling - I unfortunatley had such a crammed work schedule right up to the day of travel - I did not do this and found it stressful when having to look at a map, and guess at places to visit in London or determine how long it would take to get from point A to point E, F and G. OVERALL a good experience - thanks to a stranger on the tour I was able to see the TOWER OF LONDON as we shared the day there. I hope my next trip to the United Kingdom is more organized and a little less expensive - but I plan to someday return. Thank you and your staff for all of your help along the way. I HOPE TO SEE YOU OFFER FUTURE TOURS OF ENGLISH COUNTRYSIDE - WALES - SCOTLAND

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/8/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Wonderful Experience!

My husband and I had a great time in London. Our tour director, Kay, was fantastically helpful (and such a delightful personality). She gave us great advice on how to get to different places in the city, and she knew the best area to score Doctor Who souvenirs. Stonehenge was beautiful (even though our bus broke down -- but Go Ahead refunded our money for that one, so all in all, it wasn't too bad). We were also delightfully surprised by the grandeur of Blenheim Palace. A caveat: the hotel room was cramped and the storage for clothing was less than adequate. Go Ahead should offer an option to upgrade the hotel room.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Good Tour/Bad Hotel

It was good tour with a great tour leader but the hotel, Kensington Cross, was dreadful. Rooms were extremely small, as were the elevators. The breakfast with 'reconstituted eggs' was pretty bad. Hallways were partially renovated. There was no business office; we were sent to the hotel next door if we needed to use the internet. Incidently the hotel next door definitely looked to be of a higher quality - why weren't we there?

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

London City Tour

This was a great tour with just enough tour guide access and just enough time on our own. The morning city tour was wonderful with a great guide and the trip to Stonehenge was fantastic. We also took the optional Windsor tour but thought that it was not worth the money. I suggest that anyone wanting to go to Windsor Castle, take the train out of London as there is a train stop right AT the castle. The town of Windsor is not large so its easy to walk and the castle is right there in town. The tour guide is not allowed to go into the castle with you so you are on your own there anyway. You could go to Windsor Castle for the cost of a train ticket and a castle ticket. Total waste of money for this excursion which I find unusual for GoAhead. Those are the only two excursions we took on this tour. The hotel(Kensington Close) I found to be very adequate. the room and bathroom are a little small but very functional. TV had good coverage. I only wish that Britain and Europe would be like the US and offer FREE wifi in hotel rooms. They charge 9.99 pounds for 24 hours of useage and once you log in, the clock is ticking. Overall, though, another good trip with GoAhead.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/22/2012

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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