Paris City Stay with Jacksonville University Alumni & Friends7 days
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On this guided tour, you’ll walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills.
Overnight Flight 1 night
Day 1: Travel day
Board your overnight flight to Paris today.
Paris 5 nights Hotel info
Day 2: Arrival in Paris
Included meals: Dinner
Welcome to France! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.
Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris
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
Tonight, enjoy free time in Paris or add an excursion.
Optional Excursion - Paris Home-Hosted Dinner $75pp* Details
Join a local at their home in Paris to enjoy traditional dishes and dine like a true Parisian. During this dinner, you’ll receive an authentic understanding of your host’s day-to-day life while learning about French culture and traditions from a new perspective.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Day 4: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast
Get to know Paris on your own or add an excursion.
Optional Excursion - Eiffel Tower Lunch $109pp* Details
Enjoy a meal at one of the world's most famous landmarks. Head to restaurant 58 Tour Eiffel, located about 180 feet above the ground on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower. Peer down through the transparent glass floor, see an immersive show about the iconic monument, and visit its historic spiral staircase. Then, sit down to savor a three-course meal with drinks while taking in panoramic views of the city. Please note: This excursion does not include access to the top of the Eiffel Tower—those tickets must be purchased separately. You may purchase tickets online at www.toureiffel.paris/en/preparing-your-visit/opening-times.html. We recommend booking them 30 days in advance, and making your reservation for between 9am and 11am. If you do book tickets to the top floor, please keep in mind that we can only guarantee this excursion will run if the minimum number of travelers sign up.
Must be booked 20 days before departure
Day 5: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast
Spend another free day in Paris or add excursions.(Please note: Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny excursion may be offered on day 6, depending on the day of the week.)
Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85pp* Details
The village of Giverny was home to Claude Monet from 1883 until his death in 1926. On a visit to Monet’s home and gardens, discover the subtle palette of colors that inspired his Water Lilies series and gave rise to a new way of seeing. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)
Optional Excursion - Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise $115pp* Details
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: The dress code may vary depending on the restaurant for your dinner. Your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)
Day 6: Free day in Paris & signature farewell dinner
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Explore Paris on your own today or add an excursion. (Please note: Versailles Palace & Gardens excursion may be offered on day 5, depending on the day of the week. Please call for more information.)
This evening, toast to your trip from the top of Montparnasse Tower while enjoying incredible panoramic views of the Parisian skyline. Then, join your group at a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $119pp* Details
The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory as you tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then, stroll through the lavish gardens to admire their fine statuary, splendid fountains, and colorful flowerbeds.
Must be booked 45 days before departure
Day 7: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Paris.
Add Paris Starting from $349 pp
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.
Paris 2 nights Hotel info
Day 7: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast
Spend a full free day in Paris, exploring at your leisure, or add an excursion.
Optional Excursion - Montmartre Wine Tasting & Dinner $135pp* Details
Start off your evening with a walk through Pigalle’s cabaret-lined streets, passing by Moulin Rouge on the way. Then, take a funicular ride to the top of Montmartre, the highest point of the city, and explore the lively area around the iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Afterward, enjoy a French wine tasting led by a local expert and a delicious three-course dinner.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $145)
Day 8: Free day in Paris
Included meals: Breakfast
Enjoy another free day to discover Paris at your own pace.
This evening, sip a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.
Day 9: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Passport & visa requirements
- In order to enter France, 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 your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
- You will walk for about 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads, with some hills.
- 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.
- 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 and depart from Paris. 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. For more details, please reference the Paris 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.
- All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
- For your convenience, a 4-day Paris Metro Pass is also included in the price of your tour.
- Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you 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).
- There are no major health risks associated with traveling to 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.
- 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, 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.
Electricity & air conditioning
- 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.
- Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
- 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.
- France is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
- When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Paris.
- You will use the euro in France.
- 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.
- 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 your 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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City of Paris
Paris is a beautiful city and the tour director was amazing as well as our tour guide. However, the "tour" was not what I was expecting, as a first time traveler. Unless one participated in the add-on excursions (which I participated in one, anticipated on a second, but was unable to because Of health issues), you were basically on your own in a foreign country left with a map and a metro pass to find your way to museums and other sites you were interested in seeing. Prior to booking this "tour" I advised the company of my disability and that I was in a wheelchair, but was able to navigate a few steps up and down a tour bus or rather, Imwas told a "Mercedes Motor Coach" which was only used on my return trip to the airport. The hotel was located very close to a Metro Station, not near a bus station which I was able to use. My daughter and I were left to utilize Taxi's or by foot to our destinations. Thus, the four day Metro Pass included in the tour was totally worthless to me. What I spent in taxi fares for the week was the cost of my air fare to Paris. I had researched the Metro stops prior to my trip but I needed a taxi to get me to the Metro stops. The trip would have been much more enjoyable if it truly was a "tour" with a bus/guide taking us to/from our destinations. One or two free afternoons or mornings might be welcomed for some tourists but three free days in a foreign country with no transportation was a bit frustrating and quite expensive. Unfortunately, I should have taken a closer look at the trip itinerary prior to booking this trip because of my disability. It certainly did impact the outcome of my vacation.
Hi, Nanci! Thank you for taking the time to review your Paris: The City Experience trip with Go Ahead. We regret to hear that you did not expect so much independence on this itinerary. As the day-by-day itinerary outlines, travelers on this particular tour do have a significant amount of free time in Paris but with the suggestion to add Go Ahead’s Optional Excursions for more inclusions with the group. Go Ahead arranges the hotel, two meals, a sightseeing tour and 4-day metro pass for you. In addition, Go Ahead provides an expert Tour Director that is available to you throughout the entirety of the tour for guidance and support. Your Tour Director did inform us that he went out of his way to help arrange special excursions for you, which is exactly the kind of service that our Tour Directors are proud to offer. We hope this helped you feel more supported on tour. From your account, I see that we had multiple conversations with you before your departure about the realities of traveling in Europe in a wheelchair and that this is often times very difficult because of varying legislation abroad surrounding handicap accessibility. Our phone staff, including one of our Emergency Support Team's managers, reviewed extensive expectations for this unique itinerary to ensure you were prepared and comfortable. We are truly sorry to hear that this trip caused frustration for you, but appreciate your honest feedback as it may help a potential customer considering this itinerary down the line. In the future, Go Ahead will be more than eager to help match you with a tour that has more inclusions in the basic itinerary and travels to a more wheelchair-accessible destination, such as within the United States. Please do not hesitate to call us at 1 (800) 590-1170 if you wish to discuss a more appropriate tour for the future – we are here to help!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | May 01, 2017
Magnificent City and Tour
We've already been to Paris on a GoAhead Tour, and this time wanted both the freedom to explore the city on our own and the security of knowing that we had a GoAhead guide to assist us if we needed it. We got both in this tour. The guide on this trip was the same wonderful, caring guide, Adoram, that we had on our first trip to France and Italy. We had mapped our Paris itinerary so we knew what sights to see and what Metro lines would take us there. Adoram gave us tips on how to more easily access the Metro near our hotel and lead us to what became our favorite Breton restaurant. As much as we liked the other travelers in our group, we thoroughly enjoyed being on our own to see and taste Paris. We explored cruising on the Canal St. Martins and renting a vintage Citroen and driver for a Midnight in Paris drive thru the city; both experiences we hadn't enjoyed on our early trip. The French people that we met in Paris were delightful, and security at public places was adequate. We were never concerned for our safety. If you want the freedom to explore a place on your own, but want easy access to an experienced guide, we urge you to try a City Experience tour.
Hi Norman! We’re so glad this tour provided you with the freedom and security you were looking for. We completely understand wanting to have more time to explore on your own and mingle with the locals. It’s also great to know that you found your Tour Director to be a valuable resource throughout your trip. Thank you for recommending this tour. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | November 23, 2016
Our tour director in Paris was an Art History instructor for Sorbonne and for Cleveland Institute of Art in Paris. He added tremendous value to our visit. Every time we took a bus trip, we learned something new and interesting about Paris. Thank you Brian. We took the Versailles tour. It was a giant disappointment. Very large crowds and poor organization from the staff of the Versailles organization. Although the tour guide provided to us by Go Ahead was excellent, she too seemed to be very frustrated by the Versailles staff.
Dear Joe, We’re so glad you feel that your Tour Director added value to your experience. It’s also wonderful to know that you came away from this tour with a better understanding of Paris. Regarding Versailles, we regret that it did not meet your expectations. Versailles is an iconic historical site, which receives millions of tourists each year. It's very rare to not encounter crowds for this reason. Unfortunately, Go Ahead has no control over the direction of the staff at Versailles or any aspect of the overall experience except for selecting the tour guide. In terms of your guide, we’re happy to hear you feel she did an excellent job, despite the crowds. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again, Joe!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 29, 2016
Paris City Stay
I went to Paris very prepared to tackle the city and see everything I wanted to. The tour guide enhanced my itinerary by recommending markets, restaurants, alternate routes, and extra stops. I cannot recommend this highly enough!
Hello! We're so glad you would recommend this tour. We're also delighted to learn that your Tour Director enhanced your experience by providing great tips and suggestions. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 27, 2016
A Visit to Paris, the City of Light
A Visit to Paris, the City of Light “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm (after they’ve seen Paree)”. These words became descriptive of how appealing Paris can be to many of us. They were written to describe the dilemma of many who fought in World War I and were faced with returning to a more mundane setting throughout the world. The affection for this City of Light still lingers with those lucky enough to experience the elegance and sophistication of this place first hand. The term City of Light refers to the high concentration of writers, artists and academics that has defined this place for centuries and created fertile ground for an atmosphere of joie de vivre that still resides in “gay paree”. This city truly engenders a festival for the senses. Several areas of human experience might be said to share in making this place special. Art and creativity come to mind. Physical beauty and diversity are everywhere on display. Culinary delights abound in an array of venues from world class restaurants to bars and cafes. The joys of the palate spill onto the street as Parisians, both permanent and temporary, share their thoughts and set the world aright with sidewalk chatter. Speaking of culinary matters, Americans cannot but notice the pace at which Parisians partake of their meals. Dinner starts, typically, anywhere from about seven to nine pm and, if allowed to proceed at a Parisian pace, lasts for two or three hours. The entrée is the appetizer, the plat is the main course, and dessert is, yes, dessert. Getting the check is another factor. The longer you sit and wait, the more likely you are to buy coffee, more wine, etc. Therefore, no hurry! Food and food for thought are important and will be savored by Parisians. Meanwhile, rewind for a moment to the beginning of our big adventure. We landed at Charles de Gaulle Airport, a small city unto itself. Our bodies said it was the “wee hours”, but their clocks said the workday was underway and breakfast was over. We had to run our watches forward six hours and begin the acclimation process. That’s when your apprehensions tempt you to jump right into the new day, exploring and exerting oneself. Everyone there was in third gear and we were trying to make it into first gear. Our Go Ahead tour rep met us and led us to the bus for the ride into the city and the discovery of our hotel in the Montmartre district. Suddenly, there was an explosion! Considering the recent events there, an explosion was the last thing we wanted to hear…but it did wake us up. Our guide reassured us that there was nothing to fear. It was just the police destroying an unclaimed bag…happens all the time! Some probably wondered if their decision to visit at this time was the correct one. The ride into the city did much more to whet our ravenous appetites. The deeper we penetrated the city the more we knew this was a special place. The mood is heightened by wide boulevards and parklands, spacious sidewalks that accommodate street-side cafes, beautiful squares, fountains cascading water in intricate patterns, and sculptures commemorating both historical figures and events. Throughout the city most windows are fronted by wrought iron and many have colorful window boxes. Many people the world over must agree with my assessment of the beauty of Paris since it was the destination of choice for 84.5 million tourists in 2015. Fourteen million toured the Notre Dame cathedral and 9.5 million visited the Louvre. Our hotel was located in the Montmartre district. We were on the seventh floor. I looked out the window and the beautiful Sacre Coeur basilica was perched high on a hill in one direction and the Eiffel Tower loomed high over the city in the other direction. Not bad! That first day, when we were pushing forward on fumes, we ventured out into the immediate neighborhood. Not far from our hotel was the Montmartre Cemetery. That doesn’t sound too uplifting as a starting point, but it was remarkable in the diversity of the funeral monuments, tombs, chapels and statues. Opened in 1825, it is the burial place for many renowned residents. Being almost 200 years old, the cemetery contained a remarkable variety ranging from grand, extravagant and extraordinary to mundane and dilapidated. It also reflected the trends of the various eras represented. From dead and gone to raucous and rowdy, our next icon was the famous Moulin Rouge. This world famous cabaret was opened in 1889 and continues to stage top flight entertainment until today. Some things just never wear out. Tried and true! As our vacation days melted like a toddler’s ice cream cone, we made our way deeper into the city to find the pearls we had always seen in pictures and movies. These were the optical and historical giants we had put on our bucket lists. I will mention only a few of the myriad of legends that we were privileged to see due to space constraints. The Eiffel Tower was the most compelling to me. Like a 7 foot 2 inch center on a basketball team the Eiffel tower will not be ignored. It has history, it has style and it has panache. When it was built in 1889, and for years after that, it was reviled because it upset the norm for structures in Paris. The writer, Oscar Wilde, when asked why he ate lunch there each day since he detested it, said “because it’s the only place in the city that I can’t see the damn thing”. At the start of WWII, Paris fell to the German army. In order to keep the Fuhrer, Hitler, from riding up to the top, they cut the cable. He didn’t bother fixing the cable and the French spirit was victorious. The stats for this behemoth defy the imagination. Twelve thousand pieces of metal, 2.5 million rivets, 7 thousand tons, and stands almost 1 thousand feet high. I can vouch for that one since Frances and I went to the top. When recently repainted, it required about 60 tons of paint. Yet, it only took about two years and two months to build, start to finish. I was amazed at its footprint when standing under it for the first time. This structure is huge! Another breathtaking way to view the tower is to take a boat ride on the Seine River after dark. The boat pulls alongside the tower, lit up in all its glory, and allows you to peer up at it and drink in its enormity and grandeur. Speaking of the Seine River, it snakes its way through the city, generally from east to west. The “sides” of the city are referred to as the east and west banks or the left and right bank. There are 37 bridges over the Seine with the oldest named the New Bridge. Each side of the river sports its own characteristics which change over time. Getting around Paris on the river is not practical, but it is a way of touring the city from a totally different perspective. The most practical way of navigating the city is the use of its efficient mass transit system. Of these, the Metro is, by far, the most effective. The Metro has 302 entrances throughout the city. Most that live and work in the city do not have cars. It is already overburdened by traffic and sometimes resembles a free-for-all at the roundabouts, especially at the Arc de Triomphe. If you want to access the Arc, you can never cross at street level. You must go underground and come up to street level. Oh, and don’t forget that one stop sign in the whole of Paris! Another primary target for the sightseer is the Notre Dame cathedral located on an island in the Seine River. This is the mother church of France. It is a superb example of Gothic architecture. It took over 150 years to build. Notre Dame was one of the first to use the flying buttress form of architecture to provide support to the church. It has a multitude of statues that, when grouped, tell religious stories. Next is the Louvre which is the most famous art museum in the world. It began as a fortress. It houses over 200,000 works of art, but does not display them all at once. The Mona Lisa, Winged Victory and Venus de Milo provide iconic displays.The glass pyramid entry point has been controversial since its style is so different from the rest of the structure. This museum was emptied during WWII and given, temporarily, to wealthy citizens for safekeeping. The Champs Elysses is known as the “main street” of Paris and is lined with trendy shops. It connects the Arc de Triomphe and the Place de la Concorde. The Palace of Versailles is an opulent, grand palace that took 35,000 laborers over 50 years to build. The treaty that ended WWI was signed here. The gardens and fountains alone make it a must see destination. The list of “must see” goes on and on. But, Paris is not just a collection of buildings and statues. Instead, it is an attitude fueled by a proclivity toward creativity, art and humanity. This gives it an ambiance that has allowed it to thrive even as it has been attacked from the outside. The human spirit will always win here in the face of adversity. My wife and I did not hesitate to vacation in Paris and we felt safe as one could feel throughout our stay in this magnificent city…this “gay paree”. s attacked from the outside. The human spirit will always win here in the face of adversity. My wife and I did not hesitate to vacation in Paris and we felt as safe as one could feel throughout our stay in this magnificent city…”Gay Paree”.
Paris - Sep 16
From the beginning, this tour was well planned and executed. All the events were as advertised and the Tour Director was truly exceptional. While other hotels may be in more historic areas, the Mercure Montparnasse was the right place at the right time. The neighbor offered great choices and was a true insight into Paris life. We look forward to future trips with Go Ahead Tours
September 2016 In Paris
I've traveled to France for work a few time but this is my 1st time traveling with a Tour Group and into the City of Paris. Wonderful experience throughout the whole trip specially with my girlfriend who has never traveled of the country in her life. The Paris City Experience was the best 1st Timer Travel Package I could think of that would give her the best experience in a very short travel of 9 days. Being a 1st timers in Paris we'll definitely come back again someday. Our tour guides were very friendly, professional, helpful and well informed about the City of Paris. Kudo's to our Bus Driver as well who got us around safely and in a very timely manner despite the traffic of the city. :) As a Gear Head, it's nice to see Manual Driven Tour Buses. To me that was one of many highlights of the trip. Paris see you soon again someday. :)
Hi Andrew! We’re glad this itinerary provided just what you and your girlfriend were looking for! This tour certainly offers a wonderful overview of Paris, as well as the opportunity to dig deeper and explore the lesser-known angles of the city. We’re happy to hear that your Tour Director, local guides, and bus driver appeared professional and helpful throughout your time on tour. Good to know that you appreciated the manual bus! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience, and we, too, hope that you’ll make it back to Paris some day!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | January 16, 2017
Dream trip, awesome tour guide!
This was an amazing travel experience from the very beginning of signing up through the very end when we left Paris. This was my first trip to Europe and was nervous to try to plan it all out myself but this is where Go Ahead steps in and takes care of all the travel worries with lots of coordination and ease. The hotel, dinners and the excursions were all wonderful, I could not have planned myself any better! Brian our tour guide was very accessible and wonderful the entire trip. I'm definitely booking a future trip with Go Ahead as soon as I can!
Hi Marla! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your first trip to Europe! It’s wonderful to hear that you feel everything went smoothly and that you didn’t have to worry about any of the details. We love to take care of them for you! Thank you for your review, and we can’t wait to see you on tour again.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 15, 2016
Paris in the summer
Everyone I knew who had been in Paris congratulated me on my decision to go this last July, and now I know why; at least for the tourist Paris is a wonderful place to visit. I think some of us on the tour were a bit wary after all the trouble the country had gone through, but Parisians remained friendly and welcoming. Most people reading these reviews are familiar with the city's attractions, so I'd like to say that the side trips we had outside of the city proved entertaining. Saw the medieval castle and walls of Provins and the colorfully-arranged flowers and the water-lily pond of Monet's Garden in Giverny. Versailles was awesome in the way you can see how an authoritarian kingdom could amass such wealth, art, buildings and grounds, and you get a good idea of why 1789 came about. I also spent one of the "extra" days going out to Mont. St. Michel on the English Channel (or The Sleeve) a stunning castle/abbey/church built on a rock in tidal waters just off the coast, its construction starting over one thousand years ago. Also, again (I had previously gone to Japan with GoAhead) the service of the company remains most satisfactory. All arrangements came through as to plane rides and to the hotel. Our various guest guides proved knowledgeable and friendly, and our main host, Patrick, guided us well through all our sites and was always available for questions. And don't forget to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower--the view from there is worth the trip.
Hi John! Thank you for your thoughtful review. We agree that Parisians are friendly and welcoming, and we’re so glad you were able to experience their hospitality. We’re delighted to learn that you enjoyed the optionals, such as a visit to Versailles. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director and local guides, as well as your experience with our Go Ahead headquarter staff. We completely agree that the view from the Eiffel Tower is worth it, and we’re glad you could enjoy it! Thank you again for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 17, 2016
Absolutely Fabulous! Julian, our tour guide was beyond perfect. He taught us how to use the Tram. Going again next year.
Our tour guide Julian was wonderful, so friendly and helpful, we were very lucky to have him
The Best Birthday Trip Ever!
I traveled to Paris for my 35th birthday. This was the best experience I've had in traveling abroad. Paris was more amazing than I had in my dreams. Everything about this tour went according to plan. Greg our tour director was a funny guy with a wicked sense of humor but overall a great tour director. The only negative thing I could say about the tour was that the weather wasn't cooperating but even still it didn't stop me from having a good time and enjoying myself. I'm truly thankful to Go Ahead tours for making my dream vacation because true. I will definitely be booking another tour through Go Ahead and will recommend to my family and friends. Thank you!
Hi Rodney! Happy belated birthday! We’re delighted to hear that this tour was the best experience you’ve had abroad. Paris is certainly a dreamy destination, and we’re so glad you enjoyed exploring it. It’s great to know your Tour Director provided some humor throughout your tour. We’re sorry to hear the weather wasn’t cooperating, but happy you still had fun. We’re truly thankful you chose Go Ahead, and we thank you for sharing your experience. We can’t wait to welcome you on your next tour!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | June 23, 2016
Best Director Tour
Patrick was amazing, our city tour bus leader was amazing, I loved learning about the history of the city which I would have never known on my own, I highly recommend this tour to everyone. GoAhead Tours took wonderful care of me because I was a frightened, 1st time traveler to Europe and was traveling alone. Being part of that group was the best thing that could have happened to me.
Hi Wendy! We’re so glad you felt comfortable on your first European tour. We’re also happy you enjoyed traveling with a group. Traveling in a group provides unique opportunities, such as forming bonds with other curious travelers. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | June 20, 2016
The location of the hotel was excellent and the tour director was outstanding!! I am hoping to do this trip again!!!
Hi Gerald! We hope you can do it again, too! Thank you for your great review, and let us know when we can help you plan your next one.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 11, 2016
I'd been to Paris about 20 years ago, and it took me this long to return. By the end of my trip, I didn't want to come back. Paris really is the most magical place on earth. The only downfall was that there wasn't enough interest in the group to make the trip to Giverny. The palace at Versailles was magnificent. I particularly loved the cemetery in Montmarte, and the cats that resided there. The tour director was wonderful, and very helpful with directions and assistance in using the metro on free days. The hotel staff was amazing as well. I'm already planing my next trip.
Hi Sue! Better late than never! We’re so glad you could return, and we can understand not wanting to leave. We appreciate your feedback on the various aspects of the tour, as well as your Tour Director. We’re thrilled to hear you’re already planning your next one!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 14, 2016
My Paris Trip
May 16th 2016 I woke up this morning to a fabulous breakfast bar!! Hot food and cold food just about anything you could wish for. So I hopped on the tour bus with a full tummy and a spring in my step. We went all over Paris and saw all of the sites up close and even got to hop off the bus to take a few pictures!! After I was dropped off at the hotel I grabbed my metro map and headed to the Louvre!! The company that I had contracted with, Viator, gave me really bad directions and I wasted an hour just trying to get my ticket! Once I got in to the Louvre however, things were even worse! It was so loud and so crowded and almost impossible to find anything! I got to see the Mona Lisa and The Winged Victory, but it was already time to get back to the hotel. I was thrilled to have dinner with a dear friend of mine from graduate school. Tomorrow I will head over to the Musee d'Orsay, my favorite art museum. Then I will join a walking tour with our group and afterward grab something to eat in time to catch the 9 o'clock show at Moulin Rouge!!! Hugs all around!! May 17th 2016 I slept in a bit and then had a wonderful breakfast. Then I headed over to meet my private tour guide at the Muse d'Orsay. We concentrated on the Pre-Impressionist, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist period... My favorite of all!! Then I join the walking tour of Montmartre. We took the funicular up to Sacre Coeur, but it was under construction and we couldn't get inside. I did a little shopping and went back to the hotel to get my ticket for tonight's show at the Moulin Rouge. It was a fabulous show with lots of beautiful costumes and scenery and I had an absolute blast!! But I must say that I expect my feet to fall off at any moment?????????? Cheers!! May 18th 2016 After our scrumptious breakfast including crapes, we left early at 8 AM heading for Provins, an old city from the medieval times. We climbed the old stairs up to the top of the towers for a good view. We walked around the little quaint town and had a Brie cheese and cider tasting! We had a light lunch late in the afternoon of quiche and salad and rose ice cream ?? It was getting late so we piled on the bus and headed the two hours back to our hotel. I had been itching for a Lemon crepe all day, so I walked for two blocks and came to a very nice Creperie. Heaven!! Tomorrow we head out at 9 AM for A tour of Versailles Palace and the gardens!! And in the evening there will be a dinner for the whole group and a ride on the Seine River at night... Sadly our last night in Paris! Truly the City of Lights ?? May 19th 2016 Well, today was my last day in Paris and as happy as I will be to get home, I will surely leave a large piece of my heart in Paris and London!!! We left this morning at 9am, heading for Versailles Palace where it was rainy and cold. Once we got inside we warmed up and had a terrific tour of some of the rooms, including The Hall of Mirrors!! We went out to see the perfectly manicured garden...but NO flowers! We left Versailles and headed back to the hotel and I took the opportunity to pack and relax a bit. At 6pm, our tour guide took the whole group to a nice French restaurant and the meal was Devine!! After dinner we all spent a lovely hour on a cruise on the Seine!! Our Tour Guide, Julian, was amazing and so informative! The drivers and other tour guides we very good as well. The perfect ending to the perfect holiday!!! Tomorrow will be a long day...and I look forward to seeing you all again!! Abiento!!
Hi Karen! Thank you for your journal-style review! We loved getting a glimpse of your wonderful experience. Between the world-renowned art, the iconic sites, and the delicious food scene, it sounds like you had a wonderful holiday. We’re so pleased to hear it! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | June 13, 2016
Very nice trip!
Thierry was a fantastic tour director! He was kind, helpful and went out of his way to answer questions and take care of requests. Thierry offered many options for small guided tours that were not mentioned in the itinerary. Because I had filled every day with our own excursions, there wasn't time to be included but I know I would have enjoyed his insight. The week went like clockwork. We decided to extend the trip eventhough the tour extension did not make. Go Ahead took care of everything so that we could stay in our same room even after everyone else had departed. I especially liked the location of the hotel, near the Montparnasse Tower in the theater district. It is very close to 2 lines of the Metro with all sorts of restaurants nearby. Our room was on the back side, with no street noise and birds chirping happily in the morning. Perfect! The breakfast had a nice variety and was a great start to a busy day. We had lunch at the Jules Verne on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower and went by twice at night to see the glittering light show. Giverny and Versailles are unique and wonderful. We have great pictures to keep our memories bright and highly recommend this tour.
Hi Missy! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed your Tour Director. It sounds like he was very helpful and insightful throughout your tour. We’re also glad you decided to extend your trip, as it’s always nice to have some extra time to explore. It’s great to know you enjoyed your hotel and that it was centrally located for you. Lunch in the Eiffel Tower must have been an incredible experience, and we’re so glad you were able to have it. We are thrilled you recommend this tour, and we hope to welcome you on another soon!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | May 12, 2016
What an amazing experience! My husband traveled with Go Ahead 15 years ago to Paris and had Patrick as is guide and was very happy with him back then. When he learned that we were going to have him on our trip, he was ecstatic! Everything was smooth sailing from our pick up at the airport, to being available every morning for questions, suggestions, etc. Patrick even made a dinner reservation for me, that I was wanting to plan for my husband and my anniversary dinner, near the Eiffel Tower! Such an amazing restaurant and meal, we had! We had a cancellation of a scheduled tour, because there were not enough people signed up. Patrick arranged his own walking tour for us, with tons of history info that we all appreciated! It was probably one of our favorite tours/days we had in Paris! We LOVE Patrick and wish we could have him on future tours that we will be scheduling to other locations! So, in a nutshell, I would rate my experience to Paris alone as amazing and I can't wait to go back!
Hello! Thank you for your fantastic review. First of all, happy belated anniversary! What a special way to celebrate with a dinner near the Eiffel Tower! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your tour. That’s very neat that your husband had Patrick as a Tour Director 15 years ago. We’re so glad everything was smooth sailing and that you felt well cared for. We’re also pleased to hear that Patrick was able to arrange a walking tour which ended up being a highlight for you. We thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and be sure to let us know when you want to go back to Paris!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 16, 2016
Best Tour Director
Patrick is a very knowledgeable Tour Director. He is also respectful, patient, and accommodating. My husband Michael and my niece, Isabel had a great time in Paris. The only regret was that we did not have enough time. We certainly plan to use your company for our future travel.
Hi Grace! Thank you for sharing your experience. We’re so happy you enjoyed your tour and your Tour Director. Paris is such a fantastic destination, and we’re so glad we could help you experience it. We agree that time constraints can be limiting, which is why we offer longer tours that provide more time and flexibility for travelers. Next time you’re looking to travel, be sure to give us a call and ask one of our Tour Consultants about our other France itineraries. Thank you again for writing a review of your tour, and we hope to welcome you on another soon!
Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | February 02, 2016