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Paris, the Riviera & Tuscany

13 days
France and Italy: each is celebrated for rich history, amazing museums, stunning scenery and unforgettable flavors. Discover the best of these cultural havens, from charming hamlets to bustling cities, masterful art to culinary masterpieces. On this France and Italy tour, you’ll experience firsthand two of the most sought-after destinations in the world.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach, train to Provence

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Paris.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service transfers you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). After check-in, you’re free to acquaint yourself with Paris. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the French capital. Motor along the fashionable Champs-Élysées and view the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the banks of the River Seine. The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. You might browse the wares offered along the Left Bank or peruse the boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. Or, pay a visit to the world-famous château and gardens of Versailles on our afternoon optional excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*pp 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. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning is free to explore Paris your way. You might choose to visit the Louvre, shop in Galeries Lafayette or ascend Montmartre to watch the sidewalk artists. Or, join an optional excursion, Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny, where you can visit the former home and gardens of the Impressionist painter. End the day with dinner at a local restaurant and a cruise along the Seine on our evening optional excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp 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 April through October.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp 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 gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cezanne's studio

Journey by TGV train through the French countryside to Aix-en-Provence in the heart of southern France’s Provence region. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour of this Roman-influenced city, hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Stops include Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended and the studio where many of his famed paintings came to light.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to nearby Arles, another quintessential Provençal town. Arles was the adopted home of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the town, highlighting Van Gogh’s artistic achievements. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. This evening, consider joining our Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting optional excursion.

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

French Riviera1 night Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

As you head south along the French Riviera, stop in the hillside town of Cassis, overlooking the Mediterranean. Enjoy a scenic cruise amid the calanques and rocky inlets of Cassis’ harbor. Disembark and continue to Nice for some free time, before transferring to your hotel situated on the French Riviera. Relax over an included dinner with your group tonight.

Florence2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the border into Italy and reach the gorgeous Cinque Terre. Meaning “five earths,” this region of five seaside villages boasts breathtaking scenery, winding roads and rolling hills. Sit back and enjoy lunch here before continuing on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Dinner is included tonight in Florence.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Basilica of Santa Croce

A local guide introduces you to Florence. Take in the city’s massive duomo before entering the Basilica of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are on display. Later, you may choose to venture to the ancient Carthusian Monastery, where you’ll dine on traditional Tuscan fare, with entertainment provided by singing waiters.

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

Siena2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Wine tasting

Included entrances: Pitti Palace

Continue your tour of Florence with a visit to the Renaissance Pitti Palace, a complex built in the 15th century that serves as a museum today. This afternoon, follow your Tour Director along the Chianti wine route, stopping to sample regional vintages. Later, arrive in Siena, a medieval Tuscan town.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library

This morning, a local guide leads a walking tour of Siena. You’ll see its cathedral (Duomo di Siena) and famed Campo. This evening, opt to attend a special dinner excursion in Siena.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine $79*pp Details

Visit a local restaurant in the heart of Siena, which deliciously blends the traditional and contemporary elements of Tuscan cuisine. Start off your evening with an aperitif, and then get settled in for an evening of Sienese specialties, served up in the tavern’s intimate setting. Typical Tuscan dishes like pici and cantucci parfait showcase why food and wine enthusiasts flock to this region.

Rome1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south to Rome, and spend an afternoon exploring the Eternal City. Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers over an included farewell dinner.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport, where you’ll board your return flight home.

Add a Rome City Stay, 2 nights $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.

Rome2 nights Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Colosseum

Stay in Rome for another two days to explore the myriad treasures of the Italian capital. On a panoramic bus tour, get an overview of ancient Rome, including Piazza Venezia, Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum. Opt to end the day at our Dinner with Tenors, an evening of traditional Italian dishes accompanied by some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp 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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or join an excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*pp 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, you'll 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 Sunday.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach, train to Provence

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Paris aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Paris3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Paris. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service transfers you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). After check-in, you’re free to acquaint yourself with Paris. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, meet your local guide for a panoramic sightseeing tour of the French capital. Motor along the fashionable Champs-Élysées and view the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House, the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the banks of the River Seine. The afternoon is free to explore Paris on your own. You might browse the wares offered along the Seine’s Left Bank or peruse the boutiques on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré. Or, pay a visit to the world-famous château and gardens of Versailles on our afternoon excursion.

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens $105*pp 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. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning is free to explore Paris your way. You might choose to visit the Louvre, shop in Galeries Lafayette or ascend Montmartre to watch the sidewalk artists. Or, join an optional excursion, Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny, where you can visit the former home and gardens of the Impressionist painter. (Depending on season, a van Gogh and Auvers-Sur-Oise optional may be offered instead.) End the day with dinner at a local restaurant and a cruise along the Seine on our evening excursion.

Optional Excursion - Monet & the Landscapes of Giverny $85*pp 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 April through October.

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109*pp 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 gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Aix-en-Provence2 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Cezanne's studio

Journey by TGV train through the French countryside to Aix-en-Provence in the heart of southern France’s Provence region. Upon arrival, embark on a guided tour of this Roman-influenced city, hometown of Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne. Stops include Cézanne’s birthplace, the school he attended and the studio where many of his famed paintings came to light.

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to nearby Arles, another quintessential Provençal town. Arles was the adopted home of Vincent van Gogh, who painted some of his most celebrated works here. A local guide leads a sightseeing tour of the town and lectures on van Gogh’s artistic achievements. The afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. This evening, opt for our Provençal Dinner & Wine Tasting excursion.

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

French Riviera1 night Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

As you head south along the French Riviera toward Nice, stop in the hillside town of Cassis, overlooking the Mediterranean. Cruise amid the rocky inlets of Cassis’ harbor, reaching Nice in the afternoon for some free time. Then, continue to your hotel situated on the French Riviera, arriving in time for an included dinner.

Florence2 nights Hotel info

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cross the border into Italy and reach the gorgeous Cinque Terre. Meaning “five earths,” this region of five seaside villages boasts breathtaking scenery, winding roads and rolling hills. Sit back and enjoy lunch here before continuing on to Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance. Dinner is included tonight in Florence.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Church of Santa Croce

A local guide introduces you to Florence. Take in the city’s massive duomo before entering the Church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are on display. Later, opt to venture to the ancient Carthusian Monastery, where you’ll dine on traditional Tuscan fare, with entertainment provided by singing waiters.

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

Siena2 nights Hotel info

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner, Wine tasting

Enjoy a free morning in Florence. This afternoon, follow your Tour Director along the Chianti wine route, stopping to sample regional vintages. Later, arrive in Siena, a medieval Tuscan town.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library

This morning, a local guide leads a walking tour of Siena. You’ll see its cathedral (Duomo di Siena) and famed Campo. This evening, partake of a unique event at our optional Tuscan Dinner, highlighting the culinary specialties of medieval Tuscany.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Siena: Tuscan Culture & Cuisine $79*pp Details

Visit a local restaurant in the heart of Siena, which deliciously blends the traditional and contemporary elements of Tuscan cuisine. Start off your evening with an aperitif, and then get settled in for an evening of Sienese specialties, served up in the tavern’s intimate setting. Typical Tuscan dishes like pici and cantucci parfait showcase why food and wine enthusiasts flock to this region.

Rome1 night Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Journey south to Rome, and spend an afternoon exploring the Eternal City. Tonight, say goodbye to your fellow travelers over an included farewell dinner.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport, where you’ll check in for your return flight home.

Add a Rome City Stay, 2 nights $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.

Rome2 nights Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Colosseum

Stay in Rome for another two days to explore the myriad treasures of the Italian capital. On a panoramic bus tour, get an overview of ancient Rome, including Piazza Venezia, Imperial Forums, Trajan’s Column and the Colosseum. Opt to end the day at our Dinner with Tenors, an evening of traditional Italian dishes accompanied by some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp 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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or join an excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*pp 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, you'll 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 Sunday.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • French Riviera, France
  • Florence, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter France and Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is 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.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Flaky pastries and hot coffee beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Most staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Tuscany is known for its subtle sauces, rich pasta and wines, including Chianti. In Siena, be sure to try trattorias—small, family-run restaurants. Siena’s pastries are also top-notch.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Paris and depart from Rome. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by train and private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities by public transportation. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which pass might work best. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines.

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. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

Electricity

France and Italy operate on the European standard 220 volts.

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 in Paris and Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France and Italy, although it is 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. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

How's the weather?

  • Paris, France
  • Aix-en-Provence, France
  • French Riviera, France
  • Florence, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa

In order to enter France and Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is 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.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France or Italy. Be sureto check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Paris and depart from Rome. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will provide your transfer to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). Included transportation on this tour is by train and private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities by public transportation. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which pass might work best. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Cuisine

Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Flaky pastries and hot coffee beckon from the cafes. For restaurants, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price. Most staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Tuscany is known for its subtle sauces, rich pasta and its wines, including Chianti. In Siena, be sure to try trattorias—small, family-run restaurants. Siena’s pastries are also top-notch.

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. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

Electricity

France and Italy operate on the European standard 220 volts.

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 in Paris and Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in France and Italy, although it is 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. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 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!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 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 Go Ahead Tours on July 07, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

KJ in Paris, Provance and Tuscany

This was a wonderful trip. Our Tour Director, Ronin, was informative, energetic, and entertaining. He was an early riser and gave gentle encouragement/motivation to the group to enjoy our destinations. While I wanted to sleep in a bit at some stops, every morning tour was rewarded with minimal crowds at their destinations. We arrived at Monte's gardens early just as they opened and it seemed we had a private reservation to enjoy the whole site. The same was true for Siena. Glad we got up on time! Our group may have been smaller with 25 members; I think the capacity was advertised at 50. This was pleasant, efficient, and it allowed greater familiarity with each other while respecting privacy too. This was really a good group of interesting people. Go with Go Ahead!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 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

Traveled On: 5/13/2010

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Variety!

My first trip to Europe was worth it. Great Tour director and destinations. Super accommodations. france and Italy Tour has a lot to offer.

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