Paris & Rome

8 days Multi-country
For centuries, world-class artists and intellectuals have flocked to Paris and Rome, leaving behind lasting impressions. Now it’s your turn to make your mark on each city, exploring the ins and outs of both with Parisian and Roman locals leading the way. And with plenty of time to yourself, you’ll be free to discover your own niche within these two European hubs.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved sidewalks and cobblestone streets, with some uneven ground.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Paris 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

  • 6 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 Paris today.

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris! Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon. Then, join your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: 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.

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées in view of the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary 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

Day 4: Free day in Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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 illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. 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 5: Flight to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the airport for your flight to Rome.

Later, enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

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 6: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the Eternal City, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the Eternal City’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire 

• 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 or add an excursion.

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 7: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion. Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.

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, 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.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 8: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to visit Athens.

Add Athens Starting from $649 pp

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

Athens 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Flight to Athens

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head to the airport for your flight to Athens. After getting settled, enjoy free time in Greece’s historical capital city.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Athens

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know ancient Athens on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Tour the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

• Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus

• View the classically inspired Old Royal Palace, home of the Hellenic Parliament

• Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Later, enjoy a free afternoon to explore the city on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion $45pp* Details

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Day 10: Free day in Athens

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Athens or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Greek Islands: Aegina Poros & Hydra $125pp* Details

Board a cruise boat at Athens’ Piraeus port for a day of island hopping. Start your adventure on Aegina, where you’ll have free time to explore its streets and markets. Enjoy an included lunch as you cruise to Poros for a brief visit before heading on to your last stop of this excursion. A popular destination for artists, Hydra boasts a spectacular waterfront. Take in the beauty of its port, visit the shops, or go for a swim (depending on the season) before cruising back to the mainland. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from April through October.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $135)

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa

This tour includes the following countries: France and Italy. 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.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Rome (or Athens on the tour extension). After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will transfer you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). This tour includes a flight from Paris to Rome. All other transportation on is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities by public transportation. 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.

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).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

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, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, 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.

Currency

The euro (in both France and Italy) is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is 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

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Introduction to Europe

This trip was a perfect introduction to some of the biggest cities in Europe. You receive an overview/highlights of the cities on your first day in each, which is perfect for spots to go back to later and explore on your own. The mix of scheduled time and free time was perfect; some of the optional excursions were not optional in my book, especially Versailles and the Vatican. Paris was our favorite part, just because it was a bit easier to get around and explore on your own. We also stayed outside of the main city, so you got a real authentic feel of an actual French neighborhood which was charming. And everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful, we found no stereotypes here. Rome was definitely more tourist-y but that has nothing to do with the tour; you're in the heart of the major sights and that's to be expected. But Go Ahead makes it easy to find authenticity in the midst of tourist traps and our guide always pointed out the best food, shopping etc. Speaking of our guide, Biagio was hands-down the best part of our trip. Besides having someone fluent in each language to help with translation, he was so friendly, personable, funny and made sure to give each and every person on the trip the best experience he could, customized to exactly what you wanted to get out of it. He sat down with each of us as often as he could for recommendations on dinner that night, or traveling the subways. It helped that our group was on the smaller side too. I would absolutely travel with Go Ahead again; it was everything I expected and so much more!

 

Hi Amelia! We’re delighted that you feel this was the perfect introduction to Paris & Rome! We strive to provide a taste of the highlights, so that travelers can decide for themselves what they’d like to explore further. We appreciate your thoughts on the balance of free time and scheduled activities, as well as the optional excursions. It’s interesting to know that Paris stood out as your favorite of the two and that you felt it was easier to explore on your own. We’re glad you liked staying in a neighborhood with more of a local feel, as opposed to a touristy area. Our goal is for all of our travelers to have the most authentic experience possible. Regarding your Tour Director, we’re delighted that his presence was a highlight of your trip. We will be sure to let him know that his efforts were appreciated and added value to your overall experience. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent go ahead tours

Very accommodating. We felt a sense of belonging. Wonderful almost perfect.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

UNFORGETTABLE TOUR!

This email is to tell you what an INCREDIBLE time we had on our trip to Paris, Rome, and Athens in July. Our tour guide, Francesco, was absolutely amazing! He went above and beyond for all of us. He made us feel like we were part of a family. There aren't enough words to express how great our entire trip was from beginning to end and we really owe it all to our tour guide. You found a real GEM in Francesco and we feel lucky to have been on a tour with him. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for an unforgettable experience. Our trip was so good, that we actually made our first baby on that trip! ;-)

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Hi Jessica! We are so glad to hear that you had such a fantastic trip to Paris, Rome and Athens. We take a lot of pride in who we choose to lead a Go Ahead Tour and I’m so happy to hear the Francesco exceeded all of your expectations and helped you to have such an amazing trip! Creating that family connection with other travelers is such a beautiful part of traveling and I’m so glad you were able to experience this. Congratulations on your expected baby as well, that’s so exciting and the best souvenir of all!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Get 'er done!

First of all, we were able to see so much in the short amount of time we spent in Paris and Rome. I was amazed at all that we saw and experienced. I commend our Tour Guide John for making that possible. I need a schedule and he certainly was able to help me with that. It was a wonderful experience that I will remember for the rest of my life - also, I did take 550 pictures!!!!!

 

Hi Diana! We’re so glad you had a good time in Paris & Rome. We’re also happy to hear that having a schedule helped you maximize your time in both destinations. And wow – 550 pictures! It’s always a great idea to capture your travels on film, so you can go back and relive your experience when you get home. 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: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour is great

It was our 10th anniversary. From the beginning to the end the tour director was very friendly and kind, we have enough time to explore both cities by our selves, the local tour in Paris was exceptional, the transportation always on time. The hotel in Paris has the perfect location. The hotel in Rome the location is not that great but the hotel inside is very comfortable. Meals and excursions were excellent. The local guide in Rome was very passionate telling about their history. I didn't like the local tour guide at the catacombs and St Peter Church, She was checking her phone every 2 minutes. But Overall It was a perfect vacation. The tour director did an excellent job.

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Hi Miguel! Happy belated anniversary! We’re so glad you celebrated with a Go Ahead tour. It’s wonderful to know that you had a great time and that your Tour Director was a good resource. We’re also glad you enjoyed the meals and optionals offered on tour. We regret to hear that the location of the hotel in Rome did not meet your expectations and will be sure to communicate this feedback to our team internally. We will also make a note that one of your guides did not meet your expectations and be sure to look into it. Thank you for sharing your experience with us, as we use all our customer feedback to continuously improve our tours. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paris/ Rome 2016

Ok, So this is my big THANK YOU to GoAhead tours. 5 stars all the way. Hotels, food, transportation, tour director, drivers and local guides were all fantastic. I had the time of my life, even though, I went by myself, I never felt alone. They were only 8 in our group. I walked and walked and walked but I made every minute count and I did relax at the end of day. So much history, and such beauty cannot be put into words. The scale of the building and the engineering that went into them, blew my mind. Utterly the best thing I have ever done! Going to save my pennies now and have planned my next trip. Vienna, Prague and Budapest 2018.... I can't wait

 

Hi Ginnette! Thank you for choosing Go Ahead! We loved having you on tour. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed every aspect of your trip. Paris & Rome are truly beautiful cities with such incredible architecture, history, culture, food… and the list goes on! We’re glad you were able to explore them. Let us know when we can help you plan your trip in 2018!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 3/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

So much fun!

The greatest thing about signing up for a tour with Go Ahead is that they take care of all the details. You pick where you want to go, have the option to add more excursion, and just wait for Go Ahead to email you all the information for flight and hotel accommodations. Come time for your trip, the Tour Director meets you and explains everything you need to know. My director, Stephania (last name Bodi?) from Italy was SO GREAT! Loved her. She was a rockstar! Always available to answer questions, made adding last minute excursions so simple and took the time to get to know everyone. There was one incident where we left something at one of the restaurants but had to head off to our next excursion, so she went back to the restaurant for us while we were able to enjoy ourselves on our excursion. I feel she went above and beyond. I think it was worth booking through Go Ahead because we're not only paying for the trip but also the convenience of having all the details taken care of without having to worry about anything. I enjoyed my experience and can't wait to plan my next trip to Venice through Go Ahead and hopefully with Stephania again.

 

Hi Aliya! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your tour. We’re also very glad you had a pleasant experience working with us. We strive every day to meet the needs of our travelers and make their tour experience a smooth, seamless journey. It sounds like your Tour Director contributed to the success of your tour by providing the care and attention your group needed to get the most out of your time abroad. We're very happy to hear it! It’s also great to know you were able to relax and not worry about a thing while traveling. We thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exquisite Tour!

I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this tour and our positively fantastic tour guide Gesualdo! My sister and I left out of San Francisco and our parents out of Atlanta and they managed to have us arrive within minutes of one another. We were greeted warmly by not only our tour guide extraordinaire but the other Go Ahead staff at the same hotel. They were all incredibly kind and helpful! The restaurants selected by Go Ahead were fabulous and the tour add-ons were worth every penny! I felt safe at all times as did our parents who were experiencing their first trip in Europe...you all certainly set the bar high! The site-specific guides were also incredibly professional and knowledgeable but I must say that our tour guide Gesualdo made the trip magical--we'd seek him out again regardless of the location he was just that good. The coaches for transportation were spacious, the tour size was perfect and they did a wonderful job considering the diversity in ages and were mindful of that throughout the trip (i.e. giving head's up on stairs, where there would be no elevators, etc.). Loved every minute of this trip and cannot wait to use Go Ahead again! Positively THE best!

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Hi Kim! It’s wonderful to learn that you loved every minute of your trip! We love to hear that! Thanks for writing your review, and we, too, can’t wait for you to travel with us again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 31, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Great "Taster Tour"

If this is your first time out of the country, this is a good tour to get your feet wet. The obvious attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame aren't included on the Paris end, but the metro is cheap and easy enough to navigate. Rome was a bit more difficult to get around in alone, but amazing just the same.

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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review your tour experience. We agree that this is a great trip for first time travelers abroad. Attractions, such as the Louvre and Notre Dame, are not included in your tour for a couple reasons. First, we like to give our travelers the ability to customize their tour as much as possible. Second, attractions such as the Louvre can take anywhere from an hour to many hours to see, depending on the level of interest group members may have. As interests typically vary, we never want to rush the art lovers, and we never want those less interested in art to feel like they’re wasting their time. We hope this clarifies why we don’t include these attractions in the tour. Again, thank you very much for taking the time to write a review. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 09, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Beautiful experience!

This tour was great! Our guide Steph was the best... She was very smart, nice, and informative... She kept in mind of my food allergies whenever the group was at a restaurant. The only issue was the long wait for our ride to the hotel when we got to France... Everything else was perfect! Would definitely go again!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

best tour director

My partner and I traveled with friends to Paris and Rome. We had a great time, in Europe and on the tour. It was the right mix of scheduled and unscheduled activities for our group. Leonardo ,our tour director was fabulous! ! He was knowledgeable, easy going and had a great sense of humor. He was able to handle issues discretely and graciously. We would take Leonardo whenever we traveled if we could.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Tour Director

Our tour director Stephania was awesome: she was very nice, funny and great at giving advice on what to do/eat. It was nice having a tour director organizing everything and to answer all of our questions. In addition, we usually had a local tour guide that would give us information on all of our sightseeing activities. All the local tour guides were very knowledgeable and entertaining. Our tour bus was always very clean and comfortable. The hotels were both very nice inside and centrally located so it was easy to travel to wherever we wanted to go in each city. The included hotel breakfast at each hotel was decent as well (though you do eventually get sick of scrambled eggs and bacon after 6 days of the same thing). One complaint I do have is the included welcome dinner restaurant in Paris was a little disappointing in terms of taste of the food. The included farewell dinner in Rome was amazing though. Another disappointment was the optional catacombs excursion. The catacombs was really cool but the tour was very, very short and it was hard to hear what the tour guide was saying if you were at the back of the line. Also, it would have been nicer if we got to make more stops during the sightseeing tour of each city to take pictures on the ground, instead of from the bus. But overall, this was a great tour and our tour director Stephania made it an extraordinary experience. I would definitely take another tour with GoAhead and recommend them to friends and family.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Phenomenal

Phenomenal tour director, Linda, treated us like family. Our hotel in Paris was a fantastic boutique hotel and easily walking distance or a quick metro ride to most popular sites. The dinners & breakfasts were typically French, so if you aren't familiar with the food, indulge your inner foodie and go for an adventure. The safety of a group but the freedom to explore on your own was the perfect combination of plans and free time. Loved this tour completely!!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director for 1st Europe Trip!

Where do I start to tell the world that our tour guide was superb? She went above and beyond the call of duty on so many occasions, was very personable, knowledgeable, and quite the comedian. You can tell that she genuinely cared about the safety and experiences of each individual and family. Not to mention that when traveling from Paris to Rome, the airline lost my luggage. She handled the entire ordeal until I had my luggage returned within 24 hours! Paris was enchanting! I highly recommend going in July. It's humid but we ended up spending time there during their July 14th - Bastille Day weekend (think American Independence Day, Parisian Style). There were parades, lots of tourists and locals having a grand ol time. I could literally go on and on about my Paris experience. Then Rome: such an historical city. We hit most of the major sites and had some pretty awesome excursion add-ons. We even had room to create our own agenda which led to us participating in a cooking class at a great restaurant near Trevi Fountain (unforgettable experience, might I add). In both cities, hotels were in great locations with close proximity to shopping, food, and the public transportation. It was very easy to get around the cities like locals and we loved every bit of the adventure! Overall, from beginning to end, we thoroughly enjoyed our first European experience by way of Paris and Rome. Thank you Go Ahead Tours...and thank you dear Carla! The international "travel fever" has officially commenced! -Jess, Tav, & Mandy

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation

Me and my Wife had a great time in Paris and Rome. One of the best vacation I and my Wife ever had. The Tour Director ( CARLA) is one of best, she help us so many ways. My Wife had a Cousin in Rome and Carla used her phone to help us contact him and help us spend some time with him. Also when I book this tour in December 2013, a year and half in advance, I told the person on the phone that it was our Wedding Anniversary at the time of our trip and on our night we were surprised at The Dinner of the Tenors when they sang us a song. VERY SPECIAL MOMENT. And also Carla had a bottle of Wine delivered to our Motel room. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS A GREAT VACATION. Hal B.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Such a great experience

The Paris and Rome tour was my first tour with GoAhead. Everything was amazing. I only wish we had an extra day in each city. Our tour guide was amazing. I would recommend GoAhead tours to everyone that is looking for a great guided tour that also gives you time to explore on your own.

 

Hi Christina! We're glad you enjoyed your first Go Ahead tour! We appreciate your feedback on wanting more time in both cities, and we will be sure to share that with our Product Development team for consideration. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful & Tour Guide!

Esraldo was a Great tour Guide, He was very knowledgeable and informative , he made our stay in Europe a very Pleasant Experience. I would Recommend him very Highly. He went beyond good customer service in taking me to get my luggage Replaced , that got damaged at the airport. My husband & I are very thankful for his Excellent Service.

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Hello! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience! We’re happy you enjoyed your Tour Director and that he positively influenced your time on tour. We pride ourselves in working with the most dynamic and knowledgeable Tour Directors, who are available to our travelers every step of their journey. Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead. We hope to see you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paris and Rome, A Dream Vacation

We returned from our Paris and Rome vacation 3 weeks ago and my wife and I still feel as if it were a dream. It was everything thing I had hoped and imagined and perhaps more. Before going I wasn't sure if a tour was what I wanted, but I am so glad we went with Go Ahead. Without any worries, there was nothing left to do but enjoy ourselves in our beautiful surroundings. We experienced everything in a way that was safe and secure without ever feeling confined. The balance of guided touring and free time was perfect We even made some beautiful friendships along the way. Our guide Gesualdo was such a great guy and very knowledgeable . He saw to it that everyone in our group was having the best time possible. He took care of every detail and yet seamlessly, it felt like he was one of our fellow travelers having a great time too. We always wanted him to be with us. Paris and Rome was always #1 on my wish list. Now to focus on #2, and that would be to go back again soon.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Vacation!!!

My husband and I cannot say enough about how amazing our tour was of Paris & Rome!!! We were expecting to be amazed by the sights, intrigued by the culture and to enjoy our time together. What we did not expect was that everything would be handled so professionally and that we would walk away with such wonderful friends from our tour group. And we also cannot say enough about our Tour Director, Gesualdo. He absolutely made the vacation perfect! He ensured that EVERYONE was not only taken care of but also that we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. He was a tremendous part of all of us having such a good time. His knowledge of all three languages (Italian, French and English), his ability to navigate us through the cities and the tours, his kindness, his humor... we simply can't say enough about him and the incredible time we had. It was a wonderful feeling to be able to go to two cities foreign to us and to feel comfortable enough that we could tour the cities on our free time easily (our personal highlights in Paris: Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay, Moulin Rouge, and in Rome: Spanish steps, Trevi Fountain, Bocca Della Verita) as well as enjoying our excursions (Evening Dinner Cruise in Paris, St. Paul's Basilica & Catacombs, the Colosseum, Vatican City - the Sistine Chapel!). We could gush on and on all day... We will absolutely use Go Ahead Vacations to travel again and we have already recommended it to friends, families and even strangers that we shared our trip with. This was truly the trip of a lifetime! Thank you Go Ahead and THANK YOU Gesualdo. You're the best!!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 4/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Tour Director

Maria, was the best tour director and made our trip a good one. Without her and her dedication the people the trip would have been just average. She was very dedicated, compassionate, and new Paris and Rome and how to get things done.

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