Paris, the Riviera & Tuscany

14 days Multi-country
France and Italy: each is celebrated for rich history, amazing museums, stunning scenery and unforgettable flavors. Discover the highlights of these cultural havens as you journey from Paris to Provence, then continue along the French and Italian Rivieras to Tuscany.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach and high-speed TGV train

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of France and Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Paris today.

Paris 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Paris

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to France! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Paris

  Included meals: 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 in view of the Arc de Triomphe

• Pass 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 eclectic and iconic architecture of the Louvre

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $115pp* 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.

Please note: The four rooms of the Queen's State Apartment are closed for renovations through 2017.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in Paris

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Paris or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85pp* Details

Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny

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)

Aix-en-Provence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Aix-en-Provence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey on the high-speed TGV train through the French countryside to Aix-en-Provence for a guided tour.

• Tour this Roman-influenced city, hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne

• Stop at Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended and the studio where many of his famed paintings came to light

• Visit Aix Cathedral, built on the site of a 1st-century Roman forum

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Arles

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to nearby Arles, another quintessential Provençal town, for a guided walking tour. 

• Walk to the hospital where Vincent Van Gogh stayed

• Listen to lectures on Van Gogh’s artistic achievements 

• View the Roman Arena

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

Optional Excursion - Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting $99pp* Details

Travel to a rustic Provençal village outside of Aix-en-Provence. Start your evening with a wine tasting at a vineyard followed by dinner at a local restaurant, featuring the traditional herb-accented Provençal dishes for which the region is known.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

French Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: The French Riviera via Cassis

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, you’ll transfer to the French Riviera, stopping in the hillside town of Cassis.

• Embark on a cruise amid the famous calanques, or narrow inlets

• Continue to your hotel on the French Riviera

Day 8: Cape Ferrat & Nice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to explore the French Riviera today.

• Walk along the cliffs of Cape Ferrat for views of the Mediterranean Sea

• Tour the Villa Ephrussi, a mansion built by a member of the Rothschild banking family, and its gardens 

• Stop to explore Nice’s Old Town on your own before returning to your hotel

Enjoy a free evening on the French Riviera or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cannes Catamaran Cruise & Dinner $125pp* Details

Spend an evening cruising through Cannes Bay, taking in spectacular sunset views of the Côte d’Azur. Enjoy a Mediterranean dinner with drinks as you pass incredible coastlines and the Lérins Islands. Depending on the season and if conditions allow, you may be able to swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April through October.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Florence via Cinque Terre

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover gorgeous Cinque Terre en route to Florence. 

• Enjoy free time to explore one or two of the seaside villages in the breathtaking Cinque Terre region 

• Continue on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, and meet your local guide. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life 

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion

Optional Excursion - Carthusian Monastery Tour & Tuscan Feast $99pp* Details

Venture into the Tuscan hills for a unique and unforgettable dining experience. After a private tour of the ancient Carthusian Monastery, sit down for a musical performance and feast of traditional Tuscan fare, much of which has been grown at the monastery itself.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Siena 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Siena via Chianti

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Enjoy a free morning in Florence before following your Tour Director along the Chianti wine route.

• Stop to sample regional vintages, including the Chianti Classico, with antipasti

• Later, arrive in Siena, a medieval Tuscan town

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Siena

  Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide on a walk through Siena’s historic center, a prime example of medieval urban planning. 

• Enter the Siena Cathedral and the Piccolomini Library

• Pass the iconic Piazza del Campo

Enjoy a free evening in Siena or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Montereggioni & Tuscan Dinner $85pp* Details

Travel to the Tuscan hilltown of Montereggioni to discover the piazzas and churches within the village’s medieval walls. Enjoy free time for shopping and exploring before rejoining the group at a local restaurant to dine on traditional Tuscan fare accompanied by regional wines.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Rome 1 night Hotel info

Day 13: Transfer to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south to Rome and spend an afternoon exploring the Eternal City before you say goodbye to your fellow travelers at an included farewell dinner.

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Rome.

Add a Rome City Stay Starting from $359 pp

Please note: Extension is not available on all departure dates.

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a guided tour of the Eternal City.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire 

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 15: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 16: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • French Riviera, France
  • Florence, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits France and Italy. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of trains and boats.
  • 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 arrive in Paris and depart from Rome. A Go Ahead representative 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. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A high-speed TGV train ride from Paris to Aix-en-Provence 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 Go Ahead 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).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • 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 at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • 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.
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
  • Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).

Electricity & air conditioning

  • France operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins. 
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F or L plugs with two or three 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 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 hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • France and Italy are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).   
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD 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 optional 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.

Museums in Florence

  • If you are interested in visiting any of Florence's many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. See uffizi.org for the Uffizi Gallery or accademia.org for the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

Amazing!! It was my first time to travel out of the country and it was everything I hoped it would be. I am the only one out of all my friends and family to go on a trip like this and many of them followed my adventures on Facebook postings. They all said the same things like they were so jealous of all the amazing things I got to see on the trip. Several even commented that the itinerary was just like their dream vacation! I was very impressed at the accommodations, meals, guides, and travel arrangements throughout the entire trip. I would recommend Go Ahead for anyone who is inexperienced in traveling outside of the U.S for the first time. I felt very safe and taken care of!

 

Hi Shawn! We're so glad your first time out of the country was a memorable one. It sounds like maybe you should convince your friends and family to take a tour, especially those who said this looked like their dream vacation! Thank you for your wonderful feedback on the various components of the tour, and thank you for recommending Go Ahead. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Shopping

Shopping was amazing and weather was perfect. I love everything on this trip.

 

Hi Xuan! We're so glad you enjoyed the shopping and had luck with the weather. Thank you for your wonderful review! We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 25, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour, small group

Tour director, Suzanne, was excellent. Weather almost perfect with a bit of rain in Paris. Group was relatively small, with nine couples. That was terrific on the one hand, but not so great on the other. While we had full size wonderful European buses in Paris, we were "downsized" to a 24 passenger bus from Aix-en-Provence to Rome. That's understandable, but we had grown accustomed to nicer. Nice to great hotels with the exception of Cannes, which was VERY basic. All in all a great experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/29/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

We just returned from our first Go Ahead Tour. What a great experience. Our tour director was the best. This was my first trip to Europe and it will be hard to improve on this experience. Go Ahead Tours thought of everything. From the time we landed in Paris until we left the ariport in Rome, everything was taken care of. We had very little down time as our tour and tour guide, took care of hotels, transportation, subway tickets, tickets into cathedrals and museums. We had so many options for add on tours as well as time to roam the cities of Paris, Aix en Provence, Florence, Sienna and Rome. Thanks for the great experience.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous Time!!!

Lots of walking, but those who didn't want to do it could choose other activities suggested by our tour director. She was Great!! Seemed to try hard to accommodate our individual needs. Suggested restaurants etc for our free time. Only 'problem' was unreliable hot/cold showers & A/C at a couple of hotels. Appreciated the 'unscheduled' side trips!!!!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/23/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour and amazing tour director

I had a great times on the tour from start to finish. Everything was great and the group size of 14 was perfect. Our tour guide, Adoram, was amazing in making sure everything was taken care of, answering all questions, and helping visit sites which were not on the planned agenda during free time . We were even able to have a few picnic lunches along the way with breathtaking views. This is a great itinerary and a wonderful way to see this part of the world with sights of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Mona Lisa, Louvre, Statue of David, Ponte Vecchio, just to name a few. The tour offered free time as well to casually stroll the different cities to get a glimpse of local life, markets and culture.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 9/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CT

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Could have been much better

Although the itinerary for this trip was quite interesting, not enough time was spent in Paris and Florence to see the major attractions. No time at all to see the Louvre, Notre Dame or the Uffizi. It's almost ridiculous that they list Nice as one of the cities since we arrived there too late in the day to do anything and left early the next morning. Add the fact that GoAhead books hotels way out of the mainstream and a lot of time is wasted traveling into the cities, especially Florence & Siena. The tour director also was disappointing. He seemed knowledgeable enough, but often failed to convey details of what we were doing in advance. I think if GoAhead split this into two, more comprehensive trips, it would make more sense.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour Director

This tour is excellent value for the money as it covered so much ground. The itinerary is not geared for someone not prepared to be on the go most of the time as there is a lot of walking. The tour director, Ronen, was absolutely wonderful. He had extensive knowledge about every place we visited and this made our visits so much more interesting. He was also able to add some unadvertised extras that proved very worthwhile. Our bus driver from Aix to Rome was terrific, a careful and very good driver who was friendly and helpful to everyone. All the hotels were good and some were exceptional, particularly the Acquabella in Aix-en-Provence. A couple of the included meals could have been better, but overall the food was good. Thanks to this tour, I fell in love with Paris, Provence and Tuscany and hope to revisit all at some future time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing experience!!

I travelled with my children and my parents and had a phenomenal experience. Our Tour Director, Ronen, enriched our experience with offering not only his knowledgeable insight and stories, but several extra options that allowed us to see and do more during an already packed trip. I have travelled many times with both EF Tours and GO Ahead tours, but Ronen provided me with the best experience to date. Looking for my next trip!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: DC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Most Beautiful Tour Ever---Honest!

Starting with Paris, the Seine by night, Monet's gardens at Giverny, Versailles, a train ride through Provence, Van Gogh's Arles, Cezanne's Studio in Aix-en Provence, Cinque Terra, Florence, Siena's glorious cathedral, all the way to Rome....the Coloseum, the Forum, the great oculus of the Pantheon, and the scrumptious gelato of Giolitti's....Yum for the eyes and the lips! This was a breath-taking trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director

This was our first trip to Europe and it was wonderful. Ronan our tour director went above and beyond to make everything very special. We had only booked one excursion before we got there, but after going on this one we were able to add the others and do everything. They were well worth the price. We were kept very busy and did a lot of walking. I would highly recommend going on this tour. And if you are lucky enough to get Ronan as your director you will be sure to have a great experience.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 6/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Not clear information

1.I buy travel insurance. I never get paper work on it. 2.The tour director did not give specific direction and to much info all at once. She spoke to much. 3.Tour director change schedule to acomodate other peoples intrests. 4.promes things that do not happen. 5.Lisa make sure to have her personal preferences to some poeple. 6.Single travelers where ignored most of the time. They were Singled out. 7.single travelers got the worst room acomodations 8. I buy four optinal excurtions that Lisa ( tour guide) said I only purchased three. 9.Hotels where far away from the ciry center AND WE HAD TO SPEND ON taxi all the time. 10. I had a terrible time in Nice. The trip there was not planned well and we had no time to do anything. 11. The transfer from the Paris Airport took 4hours to get to the hotel. 12. I never imagined that the tour allowed children to travel with us. I would have liked to be informed of this.

 

Thank you very much for your review on our Paris, the Riviera and Tuscany tour. We do value the feedback our customers provide to us as it is important to our evaluation of future departures. We do send general information about our travel protection that you probably received in your welcome mailing package when you first booked the tour. If you want further information about the travel protection, we would be more than happy to provide that information upon request. Our Tour Directors are there to help accommodate everyone on the tour and help to customize each traveler’s trip. As you may know, travel can be rather unpredictable and flexibility is usually required. Often times tour directors have to make last minute changes to help create the best experience possible for all travelers on the tour. Since your flight arrived into Paris, there are specific arrangements that Go Ahead must make to provide transportation to your hotel. Unfortunately, since it is one of the world’s largest airports, we cannot bring our own tour buses into the terminals to pick up travelers. Instead, we use a shuttle service that will drop you at your hotel as quickly as time will allow. Sometimes, travelers’ flights are delayed and there may be traffic getting into the city, but ultimately this is the best and most efficient way we've found in Paris to transport our travelers to and from the airport. We want every one of our customers to feel completely satisfied. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you onto another tour in the future. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 07, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sun King, Sun Sea, Sun Land

With a fantastic and extremely knowledgeable tour director, we traveled from Paris, with its reminders of the Sun King, to Provence and Nice where we saw the Meditteranean lit up like shining glass, on to the Land of Sun in Italy, Tuscany and Rome. We were shown all the major sites, had great local tour guides, including an expert on Cezanne, and experienced local food and culture throughout, thanks to the many suggestions and knowledge of the tour guide. This tour covers cities, towns, villages, countryside and uses many modes of transportation. It exposes the traveler to art, music, food, wine, and the culture of present day and ancient people. I can't say enough about our tour guide who was indefatigable, patient, organized, and seemed to know every neighborhood of every place we visited!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Perfect Itinerary

This tour has a wonderful pace and destinations. Every day is wonderful, with the right mix of free time and structured activities. Do not hesitate to sign up for this tour. Rome extension a must as well!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/23/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

2013 tour of Paris Italy

Great Tour Director!!! Inclusive meals were fair at best!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was our first tour but I can't imagine a better tour director than Sabra. She made this a memorable experience and a trip that was just fabulous.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Informative and Fast paced

This was a great learning experience. You cover a lot of territory and learn a lot about art and history. Our guide, Sara, was well informed and very pleasant. She made the whole experience very enjoyable.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Tour!

Everything went so smoothly on this tour! The sights and excursions were wonderful! The tour guide was excellent. She was friendly, helpful and did a super job telling us interesting facts and stories about the places we were seeing. The food was amazing and the hotels were very good. I loved the sunset cruise on the Seine and mini cruise on the inlets of Cassis. The Vatican was fabulous and my absolute favorite. Our guide even set up two small extra tours, one to San Gimignano and the other a short bus tour of Rome for the people who were flying out the next morning. One surprise stop was the wine tasting at the Villa di Geggiano, where the owner showed us the lower level of his family home since 1527. It was wonderful!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

location location location

The tour was very well run by Susanne. Whether you have travelled to Europe extensively or if it was your first time, this trip allowed you as much free time as you wanted. There was time for guided tours, roaming, shopping or drinking pints of Peroni's with new friends in locations that you can only dream about. From Paris to Rome and everywhere in between it was a memorable trip. If the hotel locations were more centrally located I would rate this trip a 10. However a solid 9 is pretty pretty good

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Planned Tour

This was my first time using a travel site for touring in a foreign country. Everything that was promised would happen actually happen and some more. The tour kept us very busy and we visit all types of historic places, restaurant, and of course shopping. Our Tour Director, Suzanne was amazing! She had the schedule posted for us each day and reminded us verbally so there would be no confusion. She is what made this trip worth while. Our Tour Bus Drive, Antonio was magnificent! He knew the roads throughout Italy and made adjustments to accomodate our needs. If you are not the type of person that likes to keep busy, this may be overwhelming for you otherwise, put your tennis shoes on and begin this adventure.

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