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Haunted Halloween Tour: Dublin, Edinburgh & London

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Discover the spookier side of these three cultural capitals.

On this once-a-year tour to the fascinating British Isles, a local guide will show you the can’t-miss landmarks of Dublin, Edinburgh, and London you’ve always dreamt of seeing. Plus, you’ll experience special inclusions and excursions showcasing the haunted happenings of these enchanted cities. Think: Ghost tours through historic neighborhoods, murder mysteries, and the chance to attend the Samhuinn Fire Festival on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, considered the original Halloween celebration.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Temple Bar district
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Edinburgh ghost tour
  • Halloween night at the Samhuinn Fire Festival on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Dublin today.

Dublin2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Dublin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Ireland! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Dublin
Included meal: Breakfast

Take a comprehensive tour of Ireland’s capital city with a local expert leading the way.

  • Stop in Phoenix Park, site of the presidential residence, and pass by the Guinness Brewery
  • Step inside the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church
  • Pass St Stephen’s Green and admire the Georgian architecture of Merrion Square as you go
  • See Trinity College and walk past the entrance of Grafton Street to the Molly Malone statue and the Temple Bar district

Enjoy a free afternoon in Dublin or add an excursion.

Haunted Hell Fire Club
Excursion (additional cost)
Edinburgh2 nights
Day 4: Flight to Edinburgh & evening ghost tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to the Scottish capital this morning, and take the day to settle in. Tonight, regroup with your fellow travelers for a ghost tour of Edinburgh’s haunted Underground City.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh & Halloween Fire Festival
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get to know Edinburgh in all its medieval beauty on a tour led by a local expert.

  • View the elegant Georgian New Town and the Royal Mile, two UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Pass the Sir Walter Scott monument
  • Enter Edinburgh Castle to view the Scottish crown jewels and Stone of Scone Happy Halloween!

Tonight, experience the holiday in a whole new way with Scottish rituals that have sparked traditions around the world.

  • Start the evening with a Halloween-themed dinner
  • Head to the Royal Mile to take in the legendary Samhuinn Fire Festival, which marks the Celtic New Year and the dramatic transition from summer to winter
  • Watch dancers, drummers, and acrobats perform during the torch-lit procession
London3 nights
Day 6: Train ride to London & Jack the Ripper tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Journey by train through Scotland and the English countryside, and arrive in the English capital. After some free time, join your group and a local expert for a spooky tour of London’s East End to learn about the unsolved murders committed by Jack the Ripper.

  • Explore the dark, narrow streets of the Whitechapel and Spitalfields neighborhoods
  • Retrace the steps of the 19th-century serial killer and his victims to find out more about the crimes that captivated the world
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

View the regal landmarks of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Pass the grand Trafalgar Square and Baroque-style St. Paul’s Cathedral, perched atop Ludgate Hill
  • See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals
  • View icons like Big Ben, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London
  • Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Then, enjoy free time in London or add an excursion.

Hampton Court Palace Ghost Tour
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Free day in London & murder mystery dinner
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Enjoy a free day in London or add an excursion.

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your group at a special murder mystery farewell dinner, where you’ll work together to solve a murder case.

The Tower of London’s Dark Past
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home today.

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by 4th time traveler 

I was interested in this tour because Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and this tour did not disappoint! Great overviews of each of the cities we visited. One of the highlights was the Hellfire Club excursion. Hiking up a small mountain at night to visit an abandoned hunting lodge? Spoo...

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by 3rd time traveler 

This tour was so much fun! My favorite holiday is Halloween, so it was real neat having a tour themed around Halloween. If you like learning about the dark history of places you visit, this tour is definitely for you!

by 4th time traveler 

I had so much fun on this tour! The itinerary was almost perfect- the main thing I would change would be the Fire Festival in Edinburgh. It was chaotic with so many people that you couldn’t see a thing. In my opinion I would leave that off the itinerary. I also think that Go Ahead needs to give ...

by 5th time traveler 

Matt our tour guide was an utterly charming Englishman who gave us an adventure to remember?? He went out of his way to accommodate all travelers, including those who needed more assistance. This impressed me bc he didn’t have to do that. So thank you Matt for my remarkable memories!

For the Love of Halloween
by 3rd time traveler 

If you love Halloween this is the trip for you. Not only do you get to tour some of the best cities in Ireland, Scotland, and England you also get ghost stories included. The excursions are a must for this trip. Our tour guide Matt was great at leading us to places to go during our free time in each...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Academy Plaza Hotel

This modern hotel is located in Dublin City Centre. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and super comfort beds by Vono Luxury Collection. Nearby, yo...

Holiday Inn Express - Edinburgh City Centre

This modern hotel is located in the New Town of Edinburgh. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a lounge bar. Nearby, you’ll find Edinburgh Castle, Palace of H...

Park Plaza London Riverbank

This polished hotel is located in London’s Vauxhall neighborhood. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and laundry service. Nearby, you'll find ...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Dublin, Ireland
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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London, England
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements 
  • This tour visits Ireland and the United Kingdom. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa 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 specific entry requirements.
Tour pace 
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information 
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Dublin and depart from London. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. 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.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A flight from Dublin to Edinburgh and a train ride from Edinburgh to London are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance 
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips 
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • 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 associated with traveling to the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine 
  • Irish pubs serve up hearty lunches, such as the traditional stew of bacon and boiled cabbage. Soda bread is delicious, very filling, and served with many meals. Nibble a scone at afternoon tea, with a pat of high-quality butter from County Kerry. Guinness stout is an international sensation, but locals might favor Murphy’s, depending on where you are.
  • Dublin has seen something of a culinary revolution, and the city now boasts an impressive array of new restaurants offering exciting cuisine with continental Europe, Asian, and even American influences.
  • Scottish cuisine relies on readily available ingredients like game, dairy, and fish, with little use of exotic spices. Pickled kippers and smoked salmon are popular, as well as hearty dishes like Scotch broth (stew of meat and root vegetables) and haggis (a savory pudding of sheep innards). Scotch whisky is a legendary local spirit, and Scottish ales are world-famous.
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisine. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
Electricity & air conditioning 
  • Ireland and the United Kingdom operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity 
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones 
  • Ireland and the United Kingdom are on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm on tour.
Currency 
  • You will use the euro in Ireland and the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping 
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour 
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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20202021
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2020
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