The Go Ahead Tours difference
Travel is the best way to learn about the world, and our tours make it easy to get to the heart of a destination. As the world’s largest private education company, we draw on over 50 years of experience and a rich network of local Tour Directors, historians, and experts to create one-of-a-kind journeys for curious travelers. Each trip offers the perfect balance of carefully planned activities and free time to explore your interests, so you’ll return home with memories that last a lifetime.
We know it’s the little things that will make your tour special, and our passion lies in getting the details right. Each of our itineraries is handcrafted by our team of travel experts to be an exciting and memorable experience from the moment you are greeted by your Tour Director until you return home.
Every traveler wants to see the world in his or her own way, so flexibility and personalization are factors we consider when creating itineraries. Each trip in our portfolio includes opportunities to add excursions or tour extensions, or add any number of days to your stay with flexible flight options.
One way that our tours really stand out is our Right Size Advantage. By traveling the world in smaller groups—capped at 14 to 38 travelers, well below the industry standard of 45—you are able to have a more personal experience at no additional cost.
Your Tour Director lives and breathes local culture and customs. Truly citizens of the world, Tour Directors are local insiders with years of experience in sharing knowledge of regional culture and history with travelers. He or she will be the smiling face you meet on your first day, and the new friend that guides you every step of the way as you explore your destination.
You can trust your Tour Director to handle all the logistics and give you tons of background on each place you visit on tour. From knowing where to get the best cup of coffee to giving a dramatic retelling of the history behind an iconic landmark, your Tour Director will be your go-to expert.
In addition to your Tour Director, who knows his or her region inside and out, your local guides will be true experts on their specific cities, whether that is a rustic village in the Italian countryside or a bustling cultural capital. Thanks to our global EF network, we are able to use the best of the best and most experienced guides, adding another level of expertise and hospitality to your sightseeing.
The excitement of exploring the world can really tire you out. That’s why we select each of our hotels based on comfort and location to ensure you can rest easy each night of your trip. Our team on the ground visits every single property to find the best accommodations for you. That could mean anything from a charming casita in Peru to a romantic boutique hotel in Assisi. Plus, mornings are a bit easier with breakfast waiting for you just downstairs each day.
The rest of your included meals will feature local staples and specialties. You’ll get to know your fellow travelers at your welcome dinner, and come together throughout your tour to celebrate and share stories.
You’ll also have free time to choose your own meals—from late-night tapas in Barcelona to sushi fresh from the Tokyo fish market, traditional cuisine is one of the best ways to (literally) get a taste of another culture. Don’t forget to ask your Tour Director to recommend some favorite local eateries.
Have a food allergy or restricted diet? Just let us know before your tour and we’ll make sure there are meal options available to you.
We can get you where you want to go—it’s that simple. Thanks to the global EF network and our relationships with carriers, we are able to offer a wide range of round-trip flight options that can get you to and from your destination comfortably and at a great value. Since we are able to fly you into one airport at the beginning of your tour and out of another at the end, we create itineraries that make the most of your time. You won’t waste travel days backtracking to where you started.
Once you’re on tour, we’ll handle everything from private deluxe motor coaches to flights between destination cities and so much more. You’ll zip through the canals of Bangkok on a longtail boat, journey through the Serengeti in an upgraded land cruiser and shoot under the English Channel on the Eurostar train from Paris to London.
Looking to go abroad early or stay past the end of your tour? Our team can create a personalized flight itinerary just for you and your travel companions.
Planning the best travel experiences from start to finish is what our team is specially trained to do. We'll help you find your tour, show you how to customize it with excursions that fit your travel style and even share tips for packing and preparing to go. Once you're on tour, you can get in touch at any time thanks to our team of 24/7 On-Tour Support Specialists.
Quality is of the utmost importance, so we have a dedicated team that reads every single review that we receive and makes updates as needed. We want to give you more of what you’ve loved from us in the past and create ways for you to explore new areas.
Each time we craft a new itinerary, our global Operations Team visits each destination to find the best experiences. We meet with restaurant owners, test out hotels, sip samples at local wineries, follow scenic paths for future walking tours, and more—to ensure that each moment of your tour meets the Go Ahead standard of exceptional quality.
Getting to the heart of a destination should not mean harming the animals that call it home. At EF, we're proud to work with the non-profit organization World Animal Protection to implement animal welfare guidelines throughout all our travel programs worldwide.
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