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"I have always enjoyed my travels with Go Ahead. One meets interesting people, It is a nice mixture of young and older travelers, the tours have a nice balance of included tours and free time.The hotels are nice and usually centrally located or close to public transportation. The tour guides are very knowledgeable. The local guides speak English fluently."
“Hi Connie, thank you so much for that fantastic review! Go Ahead aims to find the right balance between free time and structured activities on each of our itineraries, we are happy to hear it worked out so well for you. Thanks again for taking the time to share your experience. Please let us know when you are ready to travel again!”
Greek Islands tour
"This tour was fabulous. The booking process was seamless with the Toronto office-I like the fact that we pay in Canadian dollars and the staff are helpful and personable. I appreciate the affiliation with EF which makes GoAhead tours so educational and the small group size (23 on this trip) is great. The hotels were exceptional-the Lycabettus St. George in Athens was close to amazing reasonably priced restaurants and the view of the Acropolis from the roof was breathtaking. The San Antonio Summerland Hotel in Mykonos provided a free shuttle to town which was appreciated and the Hotel El Greco in Santorini was amazing with 5 pools, one on each level so we had a pool right outside our door and was walking distance to town which was great. The staff of the Galaxy Iraklio Hotel in Crete were very flexible when 3 tour groups arrived at the same time for dinner our first night. All the hotels provided a lovely buffet breakfast and the included meals were on the whole good. Our tour director Theodore Matzavinos was amazing. He was funny, caring, well organized, efficient and came up with alternative options when some of the excursions didn't go because of lack of participants. The excursions we participated in were excellent-all the local guides were knowledgeable and engaging and we learned a lot from them. I enjoyed the Cape Sounion trip which provided an opportunity to get out of Athens and see the coastline-the Temple of Poseidon overlooking the Aegean Sea was magnificent. The trip to Delphi was interesting and I enjoyed seeing artifacts from the site at the museum there. The boat trip to Delos from Mykonos was fun and I appreciated seeing the original Naxos Lions in the museum. I especially liked the Santorini Caldera Cruise and Dinner where we had the opportunity to see the caldera and Oia from the water and swim in the natural hot springs-the dinner was good although the dessert was disappointing. We LOVED Chania in Crete with it's charming Venetian and Byzantine architecture and wished we could have stayed there. Heraklion is much less picturesque, although I realize the ferry schedule favours staying in that city. We loved Crete and would have liked to have stayed there an extra night so we could have seen more. Athens was great and we were glad we arrived 2 days before the tour so we could see Kerameikos Cemetery, the Ancient Agora, the National Archaeological Museum and the changing of the guard on our own. There is so much to see in Athens, it is a good idea that GoAhead has an extension there for several days at the end of the trip, although one reason we picked this tour was that they had originally had an extension to Istanbul- we travelled there on our own following our Greek trip. We enjoyed our tour of the Acropolis but felt other sites of interest could have been included on the city tour. The ferry travel to Mykonos, Santorini and Crete was relatively seamless and we were delighted not to be on a cruise ship being disgorged onto the islands during the day and appreciated staying overnight once the crowds had gone back to their ships. We appreciated that Theodore arranged a tour of Mykonos in place of the cooking class that was cancelled and we enjoyed visiting Armenistis Lighthouse, Panagia Tourliani Monastery and spending a restful afternoon at Paradise Beach. On Santorini, we enjoyed our tour of the excavations at Akrotiri, the view from Mount Profitis Ilias and our visit to the picturesque village of Pyrgos, the home of our local guide. We visited the Museum of Prehistoric Thera which was amazing and rode the cable car down and the donkeys (actually mules) up the old market steps in our free time which was fun. Theodore also arranged an extra excursion to Oia for the evening where we enjoyed dinner, views of the famous blue domed churches and the sunset. On Crete, Knossos and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum were outstanding. This is my second GoAhead tour and I have another booked to Eastern Europe in September. I highly recommend this company to others wanting a well rounded educational travel experience. "
“Dear Traveler,Many thanks for taking the time to share with us how you felt on your tour with us. We are always looking forward to hearing from you, to know what makes a great holiday from your point of view. Travelers all have different expectations when they join us and we do our best to find the right balance so that everybody can enjoy their highlight during the trip! As the experts in guide travel, we are dedicated to giving you the most enjoyable, insightful, fun holiday you ever had. Thank you for having joined us and we look forward to seeing you next time!”
"From the time of doing the research on line ,and choosing Go Ahead Tours the process was seamless. Your Team in Canada are outstanding. They were helpful with every step up to and including the day before we left with an answer to a question I had. The tour itself exceeded our expectation. We were a small group of 17 and it was perfect. The tour Director Ronen was extremely professional and his knowledge and love of France was passed along to us. Our Driver Jean-Marc was an incredible driver. These two made our trip very enjoyable. i would highly recommend Go Ahead Tours. "
“Dear Traveler,At Go Ahead, we work hard to provide top Drivers and Tour Directors to ensure an exciting yet smooth journey for our guests, and we are so pleased to read that was your experience on this trip. Furthermore, thank you for your compliments regarding our office staff, they give it their all when working with travelers and we are glad to see the results. Given that, we hope you returned home with some unforgettable moments of your time spent in France!”
"Such a wonderful trip! An experience of a lifetime! "
“Thank you for your review, fellow traveler!”
Grand Tour of Italy
"This trip was fabulous! We will definitely use Go Ahead tours again for any future travel plans. From the initial contact, through the booking, payments and finally the actual organization of the trip was wonderful every step of the way. As for our tour guide, I can't imagine there's a better one anywhere than who we had! I heartily endorse Go Ahead Tours. "
“Dear Traveler,Thank you so much for letting us know what a fantastic guided holiday you had with us. Each itinerary is put together by passionate staff, and with much travel expertise and local connections - this is how we ensure that your trip has no dull moments! You can count on us for any holiday abroad, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!”
"This tour was excellent on all levels, except for one. The return flight home, we were booked on a connecting flight from NY through ATL to San Jose, Costa Rica. We had an unpleasant with the airline. My personal perspective is that it was avoidable had we been booked on a direct flight. There a numerous flight leaving NY area to San Jose. Other than the flight this was an amazing experience. Everything was done well, all the facilities were excellent. "
“Dear Traveler,We are delighted to hear that you had such an amazing time with Go Ahead Tours and that the itineraries on your trip were everything you had wished for! We are sorry to hear that the flight arrangements did not meet your expectations. Please keep in mind that in order to keep the flight prices reasonable for our travelers, sometimes it means that you may end up with a longer route than booking independently, which you absolutely can do. Despite this, we are glad to read that you had an unforgettable experience and hope to see you on another Go Ahead tour soon!”
Excellent Destination and Tour Guide
"Back in 1985 a travel book said that Portugal is underrated. Since then I've been thinking about going there. My interest perked up when the Wall Street Journal reported two years ago that Portugal is growing in popularity. Finally, some friends said they enjoyed their visit. So I signed up for this tour. There's a lot to cover, but to keep the tour reasonably brief I'll provide some highlights. First of all, the guide Roberta was excellent. She was very helpful and entertaining. Also, the flights on the first, second and last days went without a hitch. The second day was mostly settling in time. Day 3 was devoted to Porto. The optional river cruise and port tasting was fun. Day 4 was spent in Evora. It's a good place to shop for cork products. I bought cork sandals. The optional visit to the megalith was fascinating. It's like Stonehenge, though there are no crowds and we were able to get close to the megaliths. We had an impromptu birthday party for me and another guess.Days 5 and 6 were spent in Lagos. We saw Cape Sagres, once the end of the earth, and Cape Vincent. The beach scene in Lagos is excellent.The trip ended up in Lisbon. The optional trip to Sintra was the highlight. We also saw the monument to the discoverers and the Jeronimos monastery. The farewell party Saturday night was a lot of fun. A few of us took the extension. On Sunday I visited the bullfighting arena. It's worth a short stop and is above a shopping mall. Even better is the Gulbenkian Museum. It must be the most underrated art museum in Europe.The last day I went to Sao Jorge castle. It's very lovely and has excellent views of Lisbon. I found the Alfama interesting but a bit difficult to navigate.I really recommend this tour."
“Dear Traveler,Thank you for trusting Go Ahead with your first experience of Portugal! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us and that your Tour Director, Roberta, was excellent in every way. We want to thank you for your suggestions and hope to see you on another tour soon! ”
Memorable Visit to Florence
"We had a wonderful time on the tour, "Florence: The City Experience". Filomena, the tour guide, was warm, positive and helpful. She took care of our every needs. When we became ill, she went out of her way helping us at the hospital and securing a doctor to come to our hotel room. In spite of our illness, we enjoyed many aspects of this trip including the Tuscan cooking class and the home-based dinner in Florence. The Hotel Pierre was so beautiful with a lovely, helpful staff. The people in our group were congenial. Florence is a truly beautiful city."
“Dear Sue Ellen,It really pleases us to read such wonderful feedback, thank you. While we understand that it can be quite daunting to run into health issues while visiting a foreign country, it makes us happy to learn that Filomena was able to help alleviate some of that concern, as well as ensure you were enjoying yourself. We agree that we are lucky to have her on board, and it would be our pleasure to pass on your kind words for her. Additionally, we sincerely hope you're back to top shape, and returned home with incredible memories of your time in Florence!”
"On tour time is precious. Go Ahead’s well- located hotels and on-time transportation give travelers maximum touring opportunities."
“Dear Shirley,At Go Ahead, we work passionately to ensure that our guests can be free to enjoy the very best of each destination without having to worry about a thing. Therefore, we are delighted to learn that our meticulous attention to detail ensured a truly enjoyable experience for you throughout your time abroad!”
"We went with two neighbors, Fred and Trish Jarrell. Had a fantastic time! Even though we saw and experienced everything, the experience wasn’t rushed. Our tour guide, Tom Quinn, was fun, knowledgeable and did I mention fun? He was very attentive to each and every person in our group and wanted to make sure we had an experience of a lifetime. Can’t wait to go on another adventure with GoAhead! "
“Dear Kathleen,We are really happy that you had such an amazing time with Go Ahead and that the itineraries on your trip were everything you had wished for. Additionally, we are delighted to hear that your Tour Director’s professionalism shined throughout your journey, we will forward the lovely sentiments to the Tour Directors Manager. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!”
Too Much, But Too Little
"The tour was packed with too many items and too little time to appreciate or actually do them. While the local guides were all very good, the local guided tours all seemed rushed with too much pass by, see, and view. In Amsterdam there was no walking through the Dam Square area. In Hamburg the stroll of the historic docks did not happen. In Stockholm we would have completely missed the historic old town if the tour director hadn't taken us down there the day before the scheduled city tour. In Bergen we did not walk through the Bryggen area; would have missed the Bergenhus fortress where Norway began if I hadn't returned on my own. On the other hand, the last day Fjord trip was fantastic.While some of the hotels were not centrally located, they were near tram or metro stops that provided quick access to the cities (with the exception of Hamburg) Meno, the concierge at the Manor House in Amsterdam, was extraordinarily helpful. The various canal cruises in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Stockholm provided interesting insights to what are indeed water cities and active ports."
“Dear Traveler,Thank you for taking the time to share your impressions of your trip. We are pleased to know that you had an overall enjoyable time while travelling with us. Your suggestions and concerns are very much appreciated and we will look into them further to ensure a more comfortable experience. That being said, should you be interested in travelling with us again, we would suggest exploring our City Stay trip styles for a more relaxed itinerary, giving you more time at each destination, or contacting our Customer Service team who are always happy and available to assist you in finding the perfect itinerary. Nevertheless, we hope you returned home with many wonderful memories of the different places visited!”
"Lyn our tour director was awesome! She made sure everyone had a great time and helped organize excursions off the main tour as well. We definitely will be travelling again with Go Ahead!"
“Dear Traveler,Thank you so much for your endorsement. We are proud to have contributed in creating unforgettable holiday experiences for you! Let us know when you are ready for your next adventure with us!”
"Singles, couples and families should plan now to take part in Go Ahead Tours' Venice, Florence, Rome trip. If you love beauty, history, and culture, you will appreciate this package tour. Great accommodations, food and transportation. Compelling commentaries from tour director and tour guides. We couldn't have asked for a better vacation. Thank you, Go Ahead Tours!"
Wonderful Food and Wine Experience
"A great food and wine tour of Sicily and Southern italy!! Our tour director, Katia, was amazing at keeping us organized, engaged, and entertained. Our driver, Fabio, was one of the best! He could get us in and out of anywhere including some very remote (and delicious) wineries. Food, drink, and lodging were what I have come to expect from Go Ahead- all very good. The selection of wine producers we visited was excellent, from the obscure, to the organic, to the internationally known. The group of travelers seemed to mesh well from the beginning and we all have great memories to share. Thank you for another wonderful trip, Go Ahead."
“Dear Bob,At Go Ahead, we pride ourselves on helping our guests make the most of every day and revealing the diversity of our destinations. With that in mind, it delights us to learn that you had such an incredible time discovering Sicily and Southern Italy with your Driver, Tour Director, and Local Guides. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us and we hope you took home some incredible memories of your time away!”
Hot Ireland Walking Tour
"We had a wonderful time during this excursion! David Hoole and Billy McAuliffe did an outstanding job as tour director and driver. David was very knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor, approachable and organized. Billy was very friendly and skillful on the twisty, turny lanes on the wrong side of the road!! I highly recommend this trip with these two guys!"
“Dear Mose,At Go Ahead, we work hard to provide top Drivers and Tour Directors to ensure an exciting yet smooth journey for our guests, and we are so pleased to read that was your experience on this trip. We hope you returned home with some unforgettable moments of your time spent abroad!”
Best tour guides; Peru is awesome!!
"Traveled to Lima, Cusco and Machu Picchu with a superb tour guide, Roberto. He is excellent, knows the people, treats everyone like family and is a seasoned traveler and guide.We were always up to date with briefings each day. One night before M. P. he had not slept because he had arranged for medical help to one of the group. We had an awesome experience!! This tour is a difficult and arduous tour which requires vigor, stamina and luck with the environment."
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