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Lourdes, Fátima & the Way of St. James

13 days Religious Heritage Tours
The remote villages and vibrant cities of France, Spain and Portugal that you’ll visit on this tour have lured Christian pilgrims since the dawn of the Middle Ages. Explore churches in the heart of Paris. Walk the well-paved route to Santiago de Compostela, final resting grounds for St. James, Spain’s patron saint. And soak up the incredible seaside culture in San Sebastian, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

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

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed TGV train

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet 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, called arrondissements.

• Enter Saint-Sulpice Church, a Baroque masterpiece

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

• Pass 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 eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp 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 gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. 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)

Lourdes 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Lourdes

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the high-speed TGV train through the French countryside to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Lourdes

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover the once-sleepy mountain town that was transformed into one of the world’s most-visited religious sites.

• Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes to see the Rosary Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle, a healing site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared

• Step inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X, completed in 1957

• Visit the houses of Bernadette

San Sebastian 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Travel to San Sebastian

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel over the Pyrenees, stopping in the village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz en route to the seaside city of San Sebastian, Spain.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of San Sebastian

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided walking tour of San Sebastian, a city bordered by both green mountains and a beautiful coastline. 

• Pass by Playa de la Concha beach

• Explore the town’s Old Quarter, where Isabel II spent her vacations

• Discover Plaza de la Constitución, once a site for medieval bullfights

León 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: León via Burgos

Included meals: Breakfast

On your way to León, stop for a tour of Burgos and its enormous Gothic cathedral.

• Take in the cathedral’s beauty and the architecture of its chapels

• See the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919

Santiago de Compostela 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: The Way of St. James

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of medieval pilgrims, and walk the last mile of the Way of St. James route.

Later, enjoy a free evening in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Galician Dinner $79*pp Details

For a true taste of Galicia, sit down to a succulent dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago de Compostela. Savor the freshest seafood and meat specialties Spain has to offer as you choose from a variety of menu options. As you dine, enjoy some of the region's finest wines including Ribiero, Godello or Albariño. At the end of the meal, observe the preparation ritual of queimada, a drink of distilled spirits blended with herbs, fruits and spices.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Santiago de Compostela

Included meals: Breakfast

Walk through Santiago de Compostela, a town that once ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christendom’s most important pilgrimage sites.

• Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets

• Enter the Gothic twin-spired cathedral

• View Praza do Obradoiro, the 9th-century monastery and the 17th-century fountain 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cape Finisterre Coastal Pilgrimage $85*pp Details

Make your way to the Galician Coast, stopping at the Río Xallas waterfalls in Mirador de Ézaro on the way. Arrive in the traditional fishing village of Fisterra, where you'll enjoy an included lunch and free time to explore. Then, continue on toward Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. End your excursion taking in picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse. Please note: The weather in autumn and winter can be cold and humid.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Fátima 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Fátima

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to Fátima to tour the famed Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three shepherd children.

• Explore the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima and its grotto

• Find out about the three Secrets of Fátima at the Houses of Jacinta

Lisbon 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Lisbon, where a local guided introduces you to the landmarks of the Portuguese capital.

• Step inside Ajuda National Palace

• View Belém Tower, the Maritime Monument and Jerónimos Monastery

• Pass the Alfama district, the city’s oldest section

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add Paris $299 pp

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

Paris—the city of life, love and light. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the mysterious Mona Lisa, from the bustling Champs-Élysées to the winding streets of Montmartre, you'll find romance, history and beauty. Browse boutiques, stroll manicured parks, take a seat at a sidewalk café and watch the sun set over the Seine.

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

After landing in the French capital, transfer to your hotel in Paris.

Day 3: Free day in Paris

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - The Palace & Gardens of Versailles $109*pp 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. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 4: Join the main tour

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own before joining up with the rest of your group this evening (day 2 of main tour).

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed TGV train

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet 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, called arrondissements.

• Enter Saint-Sulpice Church, a Baroque masterpiece

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

• Pass 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 eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Enjoy a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $115*pp 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 gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending your restaurant. 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)

Lourdes 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Travel to Lourdes

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the high-speed TGV train through the French countryside to Lourdes, France’s most sacred Christian pilgrimage site.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Lourdes

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover the once-sleepy mountain town that was transformed into one of the world’s most-visited religious sites.

• Enter the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes to see the Rosary Basilica and the Grotto of Massabielle, a healing site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared

• Step inside the Basilica of Saint Pius X, completed in 1957

• Visit the houses of Bernadette

San Sebastian 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Travel to San Sebastian

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel over the Pyrenees, stopping in the village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz en route to the seaside city of San Sebastian, Spain.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of San Sebastian

Included meals: Breakfast

Take a guided walking tour of San Sebastian, a city bordered by both green mountains and a beautiful coastline. 

• Pass by Playa de la Concha beach

• Explore the town’s Old Quarter, where Isabel II spent her vacations

• Discover Plaza de la Constitución, once a site for medieval bullfights

León 1 night Hotel info

Day 8: León via Burgos

Included meals: Breakfast

On your way to León, stop for a tour of Burgos and its enormous Gothic cathedral.

• Take in the cathedral’s beauty and the architecture of its chapels

• See the tombs of El Cid and his wife, both buried in the cathedral in 1919

Santiago de Compostela 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: The Way of St. James

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Santiago de Compostela, the destination of medieval pilgrims, and walk the last mile of the Way of St. James route.

Later, enjoy a free evening in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Galician Dinner $79*pp Details

For a true taste of Galicia, sit down to a succulent dinner at a local restaurant in Santiago de Compostela. Savor the freshest seafood and meat specialties Spain has to offer as you choose from a variety of menu options. As you dine, enjoy some of the region's finest wines including Ribiero, Godello or Albariño. At the end of the meal, observe the preparation ritual of queimada, a drink of distilled spirits blended with herbs, fruits and spices.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Santiago de Compostela

Included meals: Breakfast

Walk through Santiago de Compostela, a town that once ranked just behind Jerusalem and Rome as one of Christendom’s most important pilgrimage sites.

• Stroll along the ancient city’s narrow streets

• Enter the Gothic twin-spired cathedral

• View Praza do Obradoiro, the 9th-century monastery and the 17th-century fountain 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Santiago de Compostela or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cape Finisterre Coastal Pilgrimage $85*pp Details

Make your way to the Galician Coast, stopping at the Río Xallas waterfalls in Mirador de Ézaro on the way. Arrive in the traditional fishing village of Fisterra, where you'll enjoy an included lunch and free time to explore. Then, continue on toward Cape Finisterre, the final destination for pilgrims on the Way of St. James. End your excursion taking in picturesque views of the coastal cliffs and famous lighthouse. Please note: The weather in autumn and winter can be cold and humid.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Fátima 1 night Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Fátima

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey to Fátima to tour the famed Catholic site where the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared six times to three shepherd children.

• Explore the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima and itsgrotto

• Find out about the three Secrets of Fátima at the Houses of Jacinta

Lisbon 1 night Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Lisbon

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way to Lisbon, where a local guided introduces you to the landmarks of the Portuguese capital.

• Step inside Ajuda National Palace

• View Belém Tower, the Maritime Monument and Jerónimos Monastery

• Pass the Alfama district, the city’s oldest section

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner.

Day 13: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Lourdes, France
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • León, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Fátima, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: France, Spain and Portugal. 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 are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular 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.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

The countries on this itinerary tend to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to France, Spain and Portugal. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties such as the typical dish of chicken, seafood and saffron rice known as paella. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood: dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lisbon. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and train. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France and Spain are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in these countries. Additionally, Portugal is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Portugal.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 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 is 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?

  • Paris, France
  • Lourdes, France
  • San Sebastian, Spain
  • León, Spain
  • Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Fátima, Portugal
  • Lisbon, Portugal
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes the following countries: France, Spain and Portugal. 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 are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular 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.

Baggage Handling

Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the TGV train. Please be prepared to handle your own baggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

The countries on this itinerary tend to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to France, Spain and Portugal. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Spain boasts a wide array of local specialties such as the typical dish of chicken, seafood and saffron rice known as paella. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served quite late—from 9pm until midnight. Portuguese cooking relies heavily on seafood: dishes made with shrimp, octopus, lobster and cod are especially delicious. Portugal is also well-known for its breads and other baked goods as well as savory sausages. You might wish to sample local vintages of port wine, one of the nation’s most popular exports.

Transportation

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Lisbon. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach and train. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

France and Spain are two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in these countries. Additionally, Portugal is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in Portugal.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 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 is 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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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Basilica at Fatima Closed Until 2017

There were some good; and not so good parts of the tour. The hotels were nice, but located 1 to 2 miles from the city center so unless you are up for a walk, you have to take a cab to find a restaurant; if you don't want to eat in the hotel. The high-speed train was nice, but was very unorganized and stressful trying to board with your luggage; as there is no assistance. When we arrived in Lourdes, our bus was not there and we had to wait 30 minutes for it to arrive. By the time we arrived to our hotel, it was 9:30pm and there was not a restaurant in the hotel, which meant we had to walk around to find someplace to eat after being on a train for over 6 hours and waiting for our bus. While the tour director was very sweet and concerned about the people on the tour, he really didn't know much about the areas we visited or the amount of time it takes to get from one place to another. This was the first tour I've ever been on where the tour director never spoke a word on the bus sharing information about the areas we were driving through, history, or landscape. I felt there was way too much down time on the tour. The biggest disappointment was when we arrived at Fatima and were told the Basilica was closed for renovation in preparation of the 100 year anniversary in 2017. I felt that this should have been communicated by Go Ahead since this tour highlights Lourdes, Fatima and the Way of St. James. Lourdes and Santiago de Compostela were wonderful places to visit.

 

Thank you very much for your important and constructive feedback. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit to Lourdes and Santiago de Compostela, and are disappointed to hear about the aspects of your trip that you have described as ‘not so good’. Our quality team works closely with our operations department to turn this type of feedback into action to improve future tours, and we are taking your comments very seriously. We too are very unhappy that you were unable to visit the Basilica at Fatima due to renovations, and understand your frustration. We are currently working to ensure alternative activities are always provided should this happen in the future. Here at Go Ahead, we understand that, often, the defining factor of any good tour is the Tour Director. For this reason, we hand select individuals who consistently receive outstanding reviews, and are able to deliver the insider information and local touch that make Go Ahead tours truly exceptional. We are surprised and disappointed to hear that you were unimpressed with your Tour Director’s knowledge of the areas your tour visited. This should never be the case, and we are taking your comments along with the feedback from your fellow travelers’ evaluations into account regarding this individual in the future. Should you have any further comments or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us and we would be happy to discuss your feedback with you further.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 02, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: OK

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Paris and Northern Spain expo

We enjoyed the tour and learned allot about Southern France and Northern Spain. The tour went well and we saw interesting sites.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dream come true

For many years I have wanted to do a pilgrimage to Lourdes & Fatima. When a girlfriend found this tour, I couldn't help but say yes to going. I am so glad I did. The trip was wonderful!! I especially enjoyed Lourdes. While commercialized, it has maintained it's holiness. In all the trip was paced well and satisfied everyone's requests. The Tour Director, Dina, was a huge part in the success of the trip. She has great patience and a wonderful sense of humor. I would enjoy repeating the tour again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour

Everything was great. A good group in personalities and number. Except for Paris the hotels were very convenient to the spots. My only complaint was that it was a bad weekend to be in Paris. It was the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Queen Elizabeth was there and it was the final weekend of the French Open tennis tournament. The traffic was awful. In addition the driver from the airport to the hotel was constantly looking at his I-Pad as if he did not know the way to the hotel. Dina was a great guide and had very thing under control. I would certainly use Go-Ahead again. It was a wonderful first impression. Ellen

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

So So

Go Ahead chose a mediocre hotel in Paris; too bad for us as there are so many lovely places to stay. THREE optional excursions were cancelled which was Go Ahead's big selling point for this tour. Three distinct excuses from Go Ahead as to why they were cancelled, and no substitutes. This might be my last tour w/ Go Ahead. There is lots of competition out there in the travel industry. Get it together Go Ahead; take your focus off corporate profits and you can salvage customer loyalty.

 

Hello Therese! Thank you very much for your review on our Lourdes, Fatima & the Way of St. James tour. We do value the feedback our customers provide to us as it is important to our evaluation of future departures. Optional excursions are meant to highlight the experience in each city that we offer them in. While we always try to make the customers aware of the availability of the excursions, ultimately it is the customer’s decision if they would like to join the excursion or enjoy a free day or afternoon. Many times, if an optional excursion does not run, the tour directors and hotel concierges are more than happy to assist in providing information on how to attend the sites on your own. All optional excursions require a minimum number of people to run. We even provide the opportunity while on tour for passengers to purchase the excursions if they did not do so prior to leaving. Many people decide to purchase the excursions while on tour as they may have questions they would like answered before they commit. Unfortunately, sometimes we do not reach the minimum amount of people required to successfully run the excursion resulting in a cancellation, which seemed to be the case for your tour. In terms of the hotel in Paris, while we always seek to find the best properties that are close to the city center, it is not always possible. Availability is a key factor in our decision making when it comes to the properties we use. It is important that everyone be comfortable and stay in one property instead of being separated. We will look into the specific hotel you stayed in and further evaluate the quality for future use in Paris. Ultimately, we want every one of our customers to feel completely satisfied. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you onto another tour in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 19, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director along with best trip!

Our trip to Lourdes, Fatima, and the Way of St James was so incredible. We have travelled on many group tours before and this was simply our best. There was an excellent blend of religious and secular sites. The pace was just right for a group that included 50-70 year olds. There was free time built into the itinerary so we could focus on areas important to us. Sabrina, our Tour Director was so very knowledgeable of all the areas. She kept everything moving without us being rushed. The bus drivers that we had were very friendly and accommodating as well. If you take this tour, be sure to sign up for ALL of the excursions. Each was worth the money and really added a lot to the trip. The hotels were very good ranging from European (small) to fantastic. The Staffs at each hotel was more than accommodating. Each presented the charm of the area. The food on this trip was the best of any trips we have experienced with each one outdoing the last. On our free evenings there were many varied selections available in the area. Every person at Go Ahead that I and other members of the group had the pleasure of working with were very knowledgeable, courteous and helpful. While we thought other companies we had worked with were wonderful, Go Ahead surpassed them all very easily.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

MEMORABLE!!!

We had a wonderful, incredible trip. It was well organized, hotels were very good, and our tour director, Sabrina, was EXCELLENT - enjoyable as well as knowledgable!!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director in the entire world!

Francisco is just excellent as excellent can be. Very knowledgeable, flexible, funny caring, considerate , sincerely concern efficient and most all , a kind soul! I would want to request for Francisco for our next tour, which would mostly likely be in Italy. I brag about what I know about Olives and olive oil. Thanks to how Francisco educated us while having fun at the same time. You are truly appropriately named as an org dedicated to "Education First". You are number ONE!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Francisko is one of the best Tour Director

All the Hotels are excellent, the food was excellent (the first evening was not so good but the rest of the days were excellent. The weather was excellent and of course all the friends on this journey - so nice and lovely,

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

This trip was magnificent. I was able to combine my lifetime dream to go to Paris, France with my desire to visit holy shrines,visit cathedrals and experience a pilgrimage. Three countries in one : France, Spain, and Portugal. I could not ask for more!!!!

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