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Trending tours you need to book during Black Friday

Black Friday isn’t just a time to score a new flat-screen TV or the latest air fryer. This Black Friday, you'll find some of the best travel deals available on the dreamiest destinations for 2022 and 2023. Here are the top trending tours to book this Black Friday.

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The future of group travel: top 10 trends & insights for 2022

We’re sharing the newest group travel trends and insights with you, so you can be in the know when picking where to go next year.

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6 best travel experiences to invest in this year

Travel experiences mean more than a store-bought gadget ever could. Here are some of the top travel experiences to invest in this year as the world reopens!

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What it’s like to travel to Egypt right now

Exactly one month from today, we’ll make our grand return to Egypt (not that we’re counting down or anything…). That’s why we turned to Go Ahead staffer Claudia for a thrilling sneak preview at what it’s like to travel to Egypt right now.

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9 of the best places to travel solo

Traveling on a group tour, which leaves planning to the experts and lets you focus on what matters most: taking in the sights, sounds, flavors, and traditions of a new-to-you place. Ready to hit the road solo? Keep reading to learn about eight of the best destinations for solo travel.

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The top trends in travel right now

Revenge travel to bucket list destinations, domestic tours in our own backyards—check out the 2021 travel trends everyone’s talking about right now. 

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9 of the best places to visit in December

From Europe’s snow-covered Alps to Australia’s sun-drenched coast, here are nine of the best places to visit in December on a Go Ahead Tour.

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9 movies filmed in Italy to inspire your next trip

Italy’s vibrant local life, charming pastel cityscapes, and bucolic countryside make for stunning backdrops on the silver screen. Discover the dramatic cliff-top villages and exquisite Baroque architecture of Italy through film, then visit all the destinations on tour with Go Ahead. Here are nine movies set in Italy to inspire your next tour of Italy.

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The ultimate off-season guide to Europe

With fewer crowds, better prices, more moderate weather, and more authentic experiences, the off-season may just be the time to travel to Europe.

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8 advantages of train travel

Whether you’re rolling through the lochs and hills of Scotland, zooming through Japan on a high-speed bullet train, or traveling domestically on our Canadian Rockies tour, the benefits will become clearer than the rivers and lakes you’ll pass by along the way.

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Paris hidden gems: top attractions you won’t find on a postcard

Famous Paris attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées are recognizable around the world, but the City of Light has more to offer than what you’ll find on the front of a postcard.

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12 places to visit last-minute in 2021

The world’s reopening, and it’s finally time to get out there again! Here are the best places to travel in 2021.

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19 of the most beautiful castles in the world

Walking through the grand doors of famous castles around the world is like being transported into a universe only seen in history books or movies.

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Benefits of multi-generational travel

When traveling, your family gets the quality time they wouldn't normally have the opportunity to have, all while experiencing beautiful places around the world together.

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Where to travel in the fall

From martian desert landscapes to sizzling tropical beaches, we'll show you where to experience fall around the world.

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10 benefits of a guided tour vs. independent travel

Curious about the benefits of going guided vs. traveling independently? Check out the top 10 perks you’ll get by booking on one of our more than 175 guided tours.

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Our climate action plan: what we’re doing to protect our planet

Read about EF's new initiative, Hello Zero, which is our vision and commitment to voluntarily offset all of our global carbon emissions. Plus, find out what our climate action plan looks like today.

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Behind the scenes: How our global community helped us react the day travel stopped

We're looking back at the pivotal moment when the coronavirus put the world's journeys on hold, and our Go Ahead Tours experts had to work quickly to bring our travelers home.

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The top places to travel each month

Searching for the best places to travel with Go Ahead Tours? Check out our ultimate twelve-country travel guide for 2021 and 2022.

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Top travel trends & trending destinations for 2021

We dove into our booking data from the past couple of months to show you how travel trends have shifted for 2021 and what the hot spots will be this year. Check it out.

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8 off-the-beaten-path destinations to visit in 2021

Are you as excited to travel as we are? 2021 is a new beginning, and our travel experts have picked the top eight destinations to cross off your bucket list on a Go Ahead Tour this year!

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Why going guided is one of the safest ways to travel in 2021

Here's how a high-level of comfort and security offered by Go Ahead Tours makes going guided the safest way to travel.

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2020 holiday gift guide: Give yourself the gift of travel!

Check out our 2020 holiday gift guide and plan to give yourself the gift of seeing the world this upcoming year—all of us here at Go Ahead Tours are also dreaming of all the adventure to come! To hold you over, here are some of our favorite souvenirs that remind us of our top trips.

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2018 Go Ahead Tours Holiday Gift Guide

Need travel presents to impress the adventurers in your life? We tapped our globetrotting team to share their favorite travel gear to fill this year’s gift guide. See our picks for every jetsetter on your list!

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Unique hotels you’ll only find on tour

Our experts take care of all the details—including hand-picking (and testing out!) top accommodations. Check out some of the unique properties you can check in to on our small group tours.

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How to choose the Adventure Tour that’s right for you

Check out all the can't-miss experiences to try on our small group Adventure Tours.

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The future of travel: What to expect on your next trip

Hear from President Heidi Durflinger and more expert Go Ahead staffers, who answered your top questions about what group travel will look like in 2021 and beyond.

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2021 travel trends: The rise of solo travel

Get the inside scoop on the rise of solo travel, some solo travel statistics, and a peek at the solo travel trends.

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7 top travel trends for 2021 to know about

We’ve tapped into some of the 2021 travel trends we’re seeing to help you make your future travel plans.

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Ask our expert: How Go Ahead is getting ready for the future of travel

We asked our Manager of On-Tour Support Alaina, who has headed up our COVID-19 response and on-tour safety updates, to tell us more about the future of travel and what Go Ahead Tours is doing to get ready for it.

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Everything you need to know about wellness travel

If you’ve seen or heard the term “wellness travel” popping up almost everywhere, you’re not alone. Find out what it means and how you can set out on your own wellness journey.

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Links we love: Inspiring travel stories & more

This month in travel inspo: Responsible travel trips, where you can find airport yoga, and spots solo travelers will love.

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All aboard for our new Switzerland tour!

One of the best parts of train travel is getting up close to the scenery—and on our new tour Switzerland by Train: Lucerne to Zurich, that scenery is the Alps, which makes for one incredible ride.

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2020 travel trends to look forward to

What travel trends are influencing jetsetters in 2020? Check out our list to see the exciting new things on our radar, and how you can incorporate them into your future travel plans.

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Links we love: December

Here’s a round-up of what we've been reading, watching, and loving in travel this month.

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An exclusive new trip to the Tour de France

The Tour de France is widely considered the most prestigious bike race in the world, and this year you could have a front-row seat on our brand-new tour—Tour de France 2020: Provence to Paris Bike Tour.

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2019 Gift Guide: The best experience gifts

For this year’s gift guide, we thought we’d do something a little different. Instead of recommending things, we asked around for everyone’s favorite experiences to share with loved ones.

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Meet our new Ambassadors!

Meet the 12 lucky travelers who will be sharing their adventures and helping open the world with us as part of our brand-new Ambassador program.

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Links we love: November

See what we're loving in travel this month.

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Cooking up adventure with America’s Test Kitchen

Few things get us as excited as trying—and learning about—all the local flavors of a destination. So we’re ecstatic to have paired up with America’s Test Kitchen to celebrate Italy’s culinary traditions on a once-in-a-lifetime tour.

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Links we love: October

See what we're loving in travel this month.

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3 responsible travel experiences on tour

Responsible travel is all about ensuring a brighter future in the places we go all over the world. Check out a few on-tour activities we offer that give you the chance to travel more responsibly.

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Taking a stand against elephant cruelty

We travel to visit the sites, taste the flavors, meet the locals, learn the culture—and sometimes, see the animals. EF is relentlessly committed to respecting and promoting animal welfare as we help our customers experience the world.

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A Heritage Tour + the Today Show = one unforgettable trip!

Find out what a father-son duo discovered when they set off on a Go Ahead Heritage Tour of Sicily with the Today Show in tow!

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Travel on TV: Game of Thrones

We’re spotlighting some of the shows and movies we’re loving—and traveling vicariously through. Here, learn how you can visit Game of Thrones’ world of Westeros in real-life.

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Our team’s travel resolutions for 2019

When it comes to making resolutions for the new year, it’s no surprise that our team has some big travel goals. Check out what Go Ahead Tours staffers are dreaming up for 2019 and get inspired for the year ahead!

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Acqua alta: What to know about Venice’s occasional flooding

Wondering what causes Venice to flood during the occasional phenomenon called acqua alta, or high water? Here are some helpful facts to know.

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Introducing Club Go, our new loyalty program

If you’ve traveled with Go Ahead Tours in the past, you might notice that our loyalty program, the World Traveler Club, is looking a little different these days. Read on to learn more about our all-new program, Club Go.

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Get a sneak-peek at the royal wedding in Windsor Castle

If the upcoming royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is on your radar, rejoice: You’re cordially invited to check out the couple’s wedding venue on our Windsor Castle excursion!

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Hygge: The Danish way of life

Have you heard of hygge? This one little word, pronounced hoo-gah, sums up a key element of Danish culture, and it’s not easy to translate. Find out more about hygge and why you don’t have to travel to Denmark to experience it.

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We are EF Go Ahead Tours

EF Education First has always been who we are, and now it’s a part of our logo, too. Read on to find out more about our story.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by Peru

Whether someone wants to hike up to Machu Picchu or simply mix up a Pisco sour, these presents will get them dreaming of a journey to the land of the ancient Inca.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by Paris

Is a visit to the City of Light on the horizon? Gifts that call the French capital’s renowned fashion, food, and romance to mind are must-haves this holiday season.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by the Amalfi Coast

Limoncello, locally sourced olive oil, colorful ceramics—we’ve rounded up gifts that sing an ode to sunny days on Italy’s breathtaking coast.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Presents inspired by Japan

From sushi and sake to block prints and stylish gadgets, these gifts inspired by Japanese creations are sure to spark an interest in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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What makes Buenos Aires “The Paris of South America”

Buenos Aires has been nicknamed “The Paris of South America.” Here are four reasons why the Argentine capital is a must-visit, and why it’s so often compared to the City of Light.

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A look at Go Ahead’s emergency response in action

Sometimes unexpected events affect our daily lives, and sometimes they affect our travels. This is something 30 travelers had to face when devastating fires broke out in Napa Valley while they were there on tour. Here, two group members share their thoughts on Go Ahead’s emergency response.

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AncestryProGenealogist® Q&A: Tracing heritage on tour

Travel is especially meaningful when it helps you connect with your heritage. Find out more about our brand-new portfolio of Europe tours created with Ancestry®, the go-to resource for people looking to explore their family story.

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How to DIY a travel-themed shadow box

A step-by-step guide to decorating a shadow box that will display your favorite travel memories.

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Travel on TV: Filming sites featured in Netflix's The Crown

Learn how you can jet off to London right from your living room with the Netflix hit series The Crown.

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Debunking group travel stereotypes

Here are some of the common stereotypes we tend to hear about group travel and what makes a Go Ahead tour so different.

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Lending a helping hand in Costa Rica

On a recent departure of our Costa Rica tour that was impacted by a hurricane, the group chose to turn it into an opportunity for giving back.

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Filming locations of Downton Abbey to visit in London

Five-time traveler Gail shares what she learned about planning a trip to visit the filming locations of Downton Abbey in her free time in England.

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Gearing up for Rio with EF Education First

We’re thrilled to share that our parent company, EF Education First, is the Official Language Services Provider to Rio 2016.

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Our staff list of must-visit museums

This International Museum Day, we’re recognizing all the amazing museums around the world. Whether you have an eye for contemporary artwork or love to step back into history, there’s no shortage of opportunities to see what interests you. Here are some of our staff’s favorite galleries.

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6 superstitious beliefs from around the globe

Friday the 13th has always been considered unlucky–but here we take a look at six other superstitious beliefs from around the world.

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What you might not know about the Kentucky Derby

In honor of the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby, here are a few things you might not know about “The Run for the Roses.”

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Everything you wanted to know about Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is almost legendary in the United States, where we celebrate by drinking margaritas and enjoying chips, salsa and burritos with abandon. But what is Cinco de Mayo really about? Here’s everything you need to know about the holiday.

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Top 4 Green Cities to Visit

With Earth Day just around the corner, we wanted to give a shout out to some of our favorite green destinations. Whether it’s a great bike trail, beautiful park, environmentally-minded residents (or all three!), see what makes these cities the best places to go green around the globe.

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The latest travel innovations

After years of classified research in collaboration with the departments of Theoretical Physics at two of Boston’s top universities, we are excited to announce our brand new portfolio of Go Ahead Time Travel Tours.

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How Valentine’s Day is celebrated all over the world

Ways to say “I love you” differ greatly all over the world—here’s a look at how Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the languages of a few of our top destinations.

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Why you should spend money on experiences, not things

With the holidays fast approaching, consider spending money on an experience rather than a material thing.

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Introducing our September free tour winner

This September, we wanted to honor the special on-tour moments that epitomize what travel is all about—and Scott’s entry about the impact meeting locals has on your travel experience had us nodding our heads in agreement.

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The curious world explorers you should know

It’s thanks to many curious travelers throughout history that we are able to explore so much of the world today. To help prepare you for your next trivia night, here’s a background on some of our favorite adventure-seekers.

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Answers to your most frequently asked Facebook questions

A great way to stay in touch with us here at Go Ahead is through our Facebook page. From planning your tour to solo travel, here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

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Get inspired: Our favorite travel books

One of our favorite ways to get inspired for our next trip is by reading a great book—plus, a good read makes a great companion on long plane rides! We asked around for a list of our team’s favorite books for getting inspired to travel.

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It’s our 50th anniversary!

As part of EF Education First, we’re celebrating 50 years of travel history and expertise—here’s a look at how EF and Go Ahead came to be.

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Money talk: A history of the euro

Wondering about the shared currency of the European Union? Get the scoop here.

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What our Right Size Advantage means

Wondering what our Right Size Advantage is all about? Smaller tour groups! Here, an interview with one of the innovators behind the Right Size Advantage.

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Introducing: Go Ahead Food & Wine Tours

A country’s culinary traditions reveal much more than what’s on the dinner table—recipes, customs and cooking methods all tell the history of the region and the people who live there.

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What to know about May Day Celebrations

A mid-way point between spring and summer, May Day serves as a reminder of warm days ahead and a celebration of spring’s upcoming bounty.

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Clovers, pennies & bamboo: Lucky traditions around the world

St. Patrick’s Day this month brings to mind the legendary luck of the Irish—though the phrase may actually have roots more American than Irish. This insight got us thinking: Why are certain charms and customs considered lucky in different cultures?

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Photo of the Day: Annecy Island – Annecy, France

Check out this beautiful photo shared by one of our travelers from Annecy, France!

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Valentine’s Day favorites from all over the world

While it’s the shortest month of the year, February still holds a lot of love for cultures all over the globe. The key to our heart? Traveling the world, of course.

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Fun facts about the Winter Olympics

The Summer Olympic Games famosuly have roots that date back to Ancient Greece, but the Winter Games have a much more modern history.

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Behind our catalog cover shot

For our first catalog of 2014, the cover photo decision was much more difficult—so many amazing images were pouring in from our on-tour photographer Jimmy de Bock.

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