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Grand Tour of Europe: London to Rome

16 days |  18 days with Florence extension
Group size1538 travelers
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    Sample the continent’s most culture-packed, historically rich regions.

    On this sweeping tour, world-famous sights like Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, and the Colosseum are just the beginning of what you’ll experience. Get a taste of several languages and cultures as you journey from Great Britain to France to the Netherlands, travel across Germany, and continue through Switzerland and Italy.

    Your tour package includes

    • 14 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 14 breakfasts
    • 1 lunch
    • 4 dinners with beer or wine
    • Guided sightseeing tours
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    Included highlights

    • Trafalgar Square
    • Buckingham Palace
    • Eurostar train ride
    • Eiffel Tower photo stop
    • Dam Square
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to London today.

    London2 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in London
    Included meal: Welcome dinner

    Welcome to England! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

    Day 3: 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, and the Tower of London
    • Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

    Spend a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

    Windsor Castle

    From $145 per person

    Paris2 nights
    Day 4: Eurostar train ride to Paris
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Board the famed high-speed Eurostar train and travel beneath the English Channel as you journey to Gare du Nord in Paris, France.

    Enjoy a free evening in Paris or add an excursion.

    Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

    From $159 per person

    Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Paris
    Included meal: Breakfast

    A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

    • Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view 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

    Spend the afternoon exploring Paris on your own or add an excursion.

    Versailles Palace & Gardens

    From $170 per person

    Amsterdam2 nights
    Day 6: Train ride to Amsterdam & sightseeing tour
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Ride a high-speed train to Amsterdam, where a panoramic tour with a local guide introduces you to the the Dutch capital’s iconic canals and unique character.

    • Walk through Bloemenmarkt, the city’s famous floating flower market, and pass by Begijnhof Chapel
    • Stroll by the canals and bridges, taking in the houseboats that dot the banks
    • View Dam Square, home of many landmarks including the neoclassical Royal Palace, the 15th-century New Church, and the National Monument
    • Enter the Van Gogh Museum to admire the largest collection of Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpieces, including the famous Sunflowers

    Please note: You’ll be divided into groups of 20 people or less for the walking portion of the sightseeing tour. Each group will have their own local guide.

    Day 7: Free day in Amsterdam
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Amsterdam or add excursions.

    Canal Cruise & Dinner

    From $169 per person

    A Day in Charming Delft

    From $145 per person

    Heidelberg Region1 night
    Day 8: Heidelberg Region via Cologne & Rhine River cruise
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Cross into Germany on your way to the Heidelberg region today, making several stops along the way.

    • Enter Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site
    • Marvel at views of six ancient castles during a cruise on the Rhine River, which takes you from Boppard to Sankt Goar

    Please note: From mid-October through March you will enjoy a German wine tasting in Boppard instead of the cruise.

    Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    Swiss Alps2 nights
    Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg & transfer to the Swiss Alps
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Discover the medieval charms of Heidelberg on a guided sightseeing tour.

    • Walk through Heidelberg’s Old Town, passing Market Square and Heidelberg University
    • Take a funicular ride to top of Heidelberg Castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

    Then, cross into Switzerland this afternoon.

    Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne
    Included meal: Breakfast

    A local guide introduces you to Lucerne, a charming lakeside city located in the Swiss Alps.

    • Pass hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town
    • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution
    • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps
    • Cross the medieval Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden footbridge spanning the Reuss River, and view the Water Tower

    Enjoy a free afternoon in the Swiss Alps or add an excursion.

    Mount Pilatus

    From $155 per person

    Lake Como Region1 night
    Day 11: Boat ride on Lake Como
    Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    Transfer over the Alps into Italy and take a scenic cruise on Lake Como, viewing the towns of Lario and Como from the water. Then, stop in the lakeside town of Bellagio for lunch.

    Please note: Depending on the season, dinner may be included instead of lunch today.

    Venice2 nights
    Day 12: Venice via Verona
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    En route to Venice, stop in Verona and walk through the city with your Tour Director.

    • Stroll through the city’s UNESCO-recognized historic center
    • Admire the Roman arena, Piazza delle Erbe, and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet

    Enjoy free time before continuing on to Venice, where you'll sit down for an included dinner with your group.

    Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

    • Step into the iconic St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica
    • View the stately Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340
    • Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge's Palace and the New Prison
    • See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city's most celebrated art

    Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

    Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise

    From $95 per person

    Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

    From $205 per person

    Rome2 nights
    Day 14: Train ride to Rome & sightseeing tour
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Travel to Rome by train, crossing the Apennine Mountains for sweeping views of the Italian countryside. Then, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

    • Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus
    • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
    • Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials
    • Pass Palatine Hill, see where ancient Romans raced chariots at Circus Maximus, and view the Baths of Caracalla
    Day 15: Free day in Rome
    Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

    Enjoy a free day in Rome or add an excursion. Then, join your group at tonight’s farewell dinner. Tonight, as you dine, you'll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias, sung by professional tenors.

    Please note: Tonight's dinner with tenors is seasonal and occurs from November through February. From March through October, the farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant.

    Iconic Sights: Vatican City

    From $145 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 16: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Florence.

    Extension to Florence
    Not ready to say arrivederci? Continue your trip in the Tuscan capital of Florence, where Renaissance beauty and really (really) good food are practically everywhere. See the highlights alongside a local guide, then lean on your Tour Director’s expert recommendations to seek out even more.
    Florence2 nights
    Day 16: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Travel north to Florence this morning, arriving in time for a guided tour.

    • View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo
    • Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture
    • Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio
    • Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

    Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

    Fiesole Villa Dinner

    From $135 per person

    Day 17: Free day in Florence
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

    This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

    Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

    From $145 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 18: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    Reviews

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      08/03/19 by 1st-time traveler James

      Parts of my tour were okay, however I would give your planning dept. a poor grade, they make all of the arrangements, some of the transportation during the tour was not satisfactory, I had request changing my rooms, during the arrival in Venice Italy, the water taxi driver did not handle properly re...

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      10/05/19 by 1st-time traveler Steve

      Grand tour of Europe Let me start by saying that I wasn’t excited about taking a guided tour of Europe with a bunch of strangers. After years of procrastination, trying to decide where to stay, how to get there, what to see, I was convinced to give it a try. I couldn’t be happier with how things ...

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      10/05/19 by 1st-time traveler Barbara

      Well organized tour with excursions offered during free time. Tour Director was excellent- he had a great personality, kept us informed at all times on what was happening and what we had to do, knowledgeable on history and information about every country and was interesting. A great asset to Go Ah...

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      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.
      Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
      Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

      Take some time for rest and relaxation in the comfortable, spacious, and elegantly furnished rooms at the Copthorne Tara Hotel, located in the residen...

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      Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel
      Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

      This modern hotel is located in Montparnasse. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Nearby, you'll find Luxembourg G...

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      The Manor Amsterdam
      The Manor Amsterdam

      This trendy hotel is located in the Oost district of Amsterdam. Guests enjoy comfortable rooms, lounge-bar, and easy access to the tram. Nearby you'll...

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      Leonardo Mannheim City Center
      Leonardo Mannheim City Center

      This comfortable hotel is located in the Mannheim city center. Guests enjoy a pool, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Schloss Mannheim, ...

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      Grand Hotel Europe
      Grand Hotel Europe

      This Belle Époque hotel is located near the lake promenade. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Lake Lucerne, Chapel B...

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      NH Pontevecchio
      NH Pontevecchio

      This scenic hotel is located in Lecco, on the shores of Lake Como. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a gym, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find walking paths, ...

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      Hotel Giorgione
      Hotel Giorgione

      This charming hotel is located in the Cannaregio district in central Venice. Guests enjoy a private courtyard, pool, and billiards area. Nearby, you’l...

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      Hotel Dei Borgia
      Hotel Dei Borgia

      This modern hotel is located in the Via Nazionale neighborhood of Rome. Guests enjoy an on-site spa and a fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the Colo...

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      Hotel Diplomat
      Hotel Diplomat

      This charming hotel is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find t...

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      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

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      FAQ

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      Passport, visa & entry requirements
      • This tour visits the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. 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.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code EUR.
      Tour pacing & mobility
      • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets, 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 and boats.
      • 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 London and depart from Rome (or from Florence on the tour extension). When you first arrive in London, a driver from a private chauffeur service will be standing at the arrival gate with your name on a message board. If you do not see your driver, please remain in the arrival lounge, as the driver may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the shuttle at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the London transfer information included in your Go Kit.
      • 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.
      • Train rides from London to Paris, Paris to Amsterdam, and Venice to Rome are included in the price of your tour.
      • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
      Baggage allowance
      • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
      • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
      • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
      • 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
      • 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.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code EUR.
      Cuisine
      • 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 cuisines. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
      • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
      • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm in France, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
      • In the Netherlands, simply prepared meat and fish dishes, substantial soups, and hearty stews are local staples. Snack food traditionally features fish—you might try maatje, raw green herrings served with onions—but pancakes, french fries, doughnuts, and waffles are just as plentiful.
      • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
      • Swiss food is varied and sophisticated, and some popular dishes include sausages, breaded veal fillets, freshwater fish, and cheese dishes such as fondue and raclette. Be sure to try Swiss chocolate, which is among the world’s finest.
      • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries.
      • Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).
      • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
      • On the tour extension, Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
      Electricity & air conditioning
      • England operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
      • France, the Netherlands, and Germany operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
      • Switzerland operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C or J plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
      • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, F, or L plugs with two round pins or three round pins, respectively.
      • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical 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.
      • Your hotel on this tour may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However 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
      • England is on Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) and is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
      • All other destinations on this tour are one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
      • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in England and 6pm in France, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy.
      Currency
      • You will use the Pound sterling in England, the Swiss franc in Switzerland, and the euro in France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy.
      • 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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