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London, Normandy & Paris

with Paris extension
  • Duration: 12 or 14 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 27
Striking scenery and rich history—all yours to explore.

Journey from the banks of the Thames to the Seine, making your way along the beautiful French coastline in between. Experience the local lifestyle and see iconic sights in London, England. Then, zip below the English Channel on the Eurostar train to France to discover the past along the beaches of Normandy and Brittany. End your trip in Paris for your fill of mouthwatering cuisine and awe-inspiring landmarks.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 brandy tasting
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Big Ben
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Eurostar train ride
  • Honfleur harbor
  • D-Day beaches
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to England! Gather with your 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, Tower Bridge, and the UNESCO-recognized Tower of London

• Stop by Buckingham Palace, where you may catch the Changing of the Guard

Enjoy a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Windsor Castle
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in London
Included meal: Breakfast

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

Stonehenge & Oxford
Excursion (additional cost)
Normandy Coast2 nights
Day 5: The Normandy Coast via Calais & Honfleur
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Board the famed, high-speed Eurostar train and ride beneath the English Channel as you journey to Calais, France. Then, travel through historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to the Normandy region.

Please note: Depending on train schedules, you may have a connection in Paris.

• Enjoy a tasting of calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy, with local cheese

• See the untouched Honfleur harbor, once an important port

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Normandy
Included meal: Breakfast

Relive World War II history during a full-day excursion to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June, 1944.

• Visit the Bayeux Museum to view the famed Bayeux Tapestry

• Stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, and learn about this burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers

• Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops

• Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day

Brittany Coast2 nights
Day 7: Brittany Coast via Mont-Saint-Michel
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the Brittany coast today, stopping en route to explore the striking 8th-century island monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel on a guided sightseeing tour.

• See how the UNESCO World Heritage-recognized monastery, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide

• Enter the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel with your local guide

Then, continue your journey toward seaside Saint-Malo, located on the Brittany Coast. Here, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Saint-Malo
Included meal: Breakfast

See Saint-Malo’s narrow streets, tall granite homes, and medieval ramparts on a guided walking tour.

• Walk along the old walls of the port city, which was once home to many privateers

• View the burial site of the French writer Chateaubriand on the tidal island of Grand Bé

Enjoy a free afternoon in Saint-Malo or add an excursion.

Brittany's Emerald Coast & Cancale Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Paris3 nights
Day 9: Paris via Chartres
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel through the French countryside to Paris today, stopping en route to visit the town of Chartres.

• Enter the impressive Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site

• Explore the surrounding square and medieval houses that line the streets of the old city on your own

Later, arrive in Paris and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: 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 a free afternoon in Paris or add an excursion.

Versailles Palace & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Paris on your own today or add an excursion.

Then, join your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.

Extension to Paris

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

Paris2 nights
Day 12: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day in Paris on your own or add an excursion.

Paris Theatre Show
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 13: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day in Paris or add an excursion.

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

Paris Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 14: 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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27
4.6 average
Excellent tour
by 4th time traveler 

This tour was a great way to see London, Normandy and Paris in one trip. The tour director Tom was outstanding.

Great balance of history and touring
by 2nd time traveler 

We were very excited about this tour as Normandy has always been on my husband's bucket list. I was excited as London and Paris are both places I wanted to tour. This trip tied them all together. Our tour director, Paul, was vey helpful and was full of energy as he kept us going at a very good pace...

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Great tour
by 3rd time traveler 

This trip was amazing, covering a wide range of historical, architectural and cultural spots in England and France. Visiting the World War II sites in Normandy was both interesting and moving, and our tour director Paul arranged for us to visit a few more places in the region that day that weren't o...

by 2nd time traveler 

Absolutely amazing! Tour director was so organized, caring and knowledgeable. This was our first GoAhead tour and we'd definitely book again. Saw all the highlights we wanted, learned so much and our group of 35 got along so well. We met very nice people in group that we'll stay in contact with. Hav...

by 3rd time traveler 

The trip was exceptional and Paul the tour guide did a great job. Considering I had recent knee surgery and Paul did a great great job making me feel comfortable.

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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.

AC Porte Maillot

This contemporary hotel is located in the 17th arrondissement. Guests enjoy a fitness center, WiFi, and deluxe pillowtop mattresses. Nearby, you'll fi...

Best Western Alexandra

This contemporary hotel is located in Saint-Malo. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant with bar and terrace, and a business center. Nearby, you'll fin...

Flights

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits the United Kingdom and France. 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 mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the 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.
  • 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 Paris. 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.
  • A train ride from Dover to Calais is 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 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 United Kingdom or France.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, 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.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • England operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • 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.
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will 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
  • England is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), which is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • France is one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in London and 6pm in Paris.
Currency
  • You will use the Pound sterling in England and the euro in France.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, but you may choose to order 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. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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17 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Jul 4–Jul 15, 2019
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Sep 5–Sep 16, 2019
$3,199$2,999
Sep 19–Sep 30, 2019
Extension available
$3,199$3,099
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Oct 10–Oct 21, 2019
Extension available
$2,999$2,549
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Mar 19–Mar 30, 2020
$2,849
Apr 2–Apr 13, 2020
Extension available
$2,849
May 14–May 25, 2020
$2,849
Jun 11–Jun 22, 2020
Extension available
$3,349
Jul 2–Jul 13, 2020
$3,349
Aug 20–Aug 31, 2020
$3,349$3,249
Sep 6–Sep 17, 2020
Extension available
$3,249
Sep 17–Sep 28, 2020
$3,199$2,949
Oct 8–Oct 19, 2020
$2,999$2,849
Oct 15–Oct 26, 2020
Extension available
$2,999$2,849
Nov 12–Nov 23, 2020
$2,899$2,799
Mar 18–Mar 29, 2021
Extension available
$2,849
Apr 1–Apr 12, 2021
$2,849
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