Family Vacation: Venice, Florence & Rome9 days / Family Vacations
About This Experience
These are the memories you’ll talk about for years to come: tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain, feeding pigeons in Piazza San Marco and gliding down the Venetian canals. For Italians, family comes first (well, maybe second to eating), making Italy the perfect place to gather with those you love most. Together, you’ll do more than sightsee—you’ll learn to toss pizza from the masters, explore the caves beneath Orvieto and retrace the history of the Roman empire. Family bonding just reached a whole new level.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
7 nights in handpicked hotels
Buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Pizza tossing will become your forte
Being in Rome trumps history class
Cave to canals, you’ll explore Italy inside out
World-famous masterpieces are everywhere
You’ll never tire of homemade pasta & gelato
Locals unlock the best-kept secrets of their cities
Overnight Flight1 night
Venice2 nights - hotel info
Welcome to Italy, where food and la famiglia rule
Breakfast (in flight), Dinner
Welcome to Venice! After your family arrives at the airport and clears customs, a Go Ahead representative will greet you and escort you to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring Venice. At tonight’s welcome dinner, meet the other families traveling on tour with you.
Canals, gondolas and all, there’s something for everyone in Venice
Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride with the Family: Canal Cruise with Music
On this morning’s guided tour, view the Gothic Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and bustling St. Mark’s Square. Wind through the maze-like streets and take in the fascinating canals and bridgeways that make up the city. This afternoon, opt to tour the canals as a family on a Gondola Ride with Music with the Family.
Gondola Ride with the Family: Canal Cruise with Music $65* pp
Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.
Florence2 nights - hotel info
Studying the Renaissance is one thing, truly seeing it is another
Basilica of Santa Croce
This morning, travel to Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. It’s also home to the indoor Mercato Centrale, where even the colorful pasta is a sight to behold. You’llfind the makings of a perfect picnic lunch (like fruits, vegetables, cheese and nuts) as well as food stalls selling numerous local specialties. This afternoon’s guided tour is a great introduction to the city. Marvel at Florence’s massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. Your sightseeing tour includes a treat for the whole family—irresistible gelato.
Stroll, nibble, stroll some more, it’s the best way to do Florence
Optional Excursion - Family Sightseeing: The Leaning Tower of Pisa
During free time in Florence, stroll along the Arno River or visit the Accademia Galleria to view Michelangelo’s early masterpiece, the sublime statue of David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. You could also join an optional excursion to Pisa to visit the famous leaning tower—and climb to the top if you dare!
Family Sightseeing: The Leaning Tower of Pisa $119* pp
Join us for an optional excursion to Pisa to see the city's famed duomo and bell tower, and to climb the iconic Leaning Tower.
Rome3 nights - hotel info
Beneath Orvieto, there’s an underground city to explore
Depart Florence this morning and journey to Orvieto, a historic hill town that sits atop hundreds of underground caves. Beneath the streets of Orvieto is another city—a vast labyrinth of around 1,200 caves. Many of these underground passageways date back to Etruscan times, with dovecotes and wells that were dug before the 6th century B.C. After touring these underground caves with a local guide, your family will continue on to Rome.
Follow in Caesar’s footsteps all the way to a pizzeria
Time Elevator, The Colosseum
Follow in the footsteps of Caesar during a guided tour of the city. Highlights include the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. You’ll also watch a high-tech cinema presentation showcasing the fascinating history of Rome. Tonight, your family will take part in an exciting cooking demonstration where you can try your hand at creating your own authentic Italian pizza.
Spend some family time in the city that stands the test of time
Optional Excursion - Family Sightseeing: Vatican City
Optional Excursion - Family Sightseeing: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs
Spend a free day in Rome however you choose. Stroll across the Spanish Steps and toss a lucky coin in the Trevi Fountain. You may want to search out more mouth-watering sweets, such as a traditional maritozzo romano. Alternatively, your family can join an optional excursion to the Vatican City to visit the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the famous Sistine Chapel. You’ll also see another of Michelangelo’s great masterworks, the Pietà. This afternoon, opt to join a tour of the catacombs before rejoining the group for a delicious farewell dinner.
Must be booked 45 days before departure
Family Sightseeing: Vatican City $89* pp
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. Advanced reservation and booking is required prior to your final payment deadline.
Family Sightseeing: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65* pp
Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to the Basilica of St. Paul, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic people.
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least 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, contact the Italian consulate for your particular entry requirements. If a child will be traveling with adults other than the parents or with only one parent, a notarized letter including dates of travel must be written by the parents or non-traveling parent granting authorization. Please contact the appropriate consulate and airlines as they may have additional requirements or recommendations.
Hotels for families
Accommodations generally consist of two double beds, but triple and quad rooms are available upon request. In some cases, adjoining rooms may also be available upon request, but cannot be guaranteed. Please note that all children under the age of 12 must share accommodations with at least one adult.
Meals for families
All meals will offer choices appropriate for both adults and kids. Please let us know of any allergies or dietary requirements before your departure.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.
Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts while on tour. In Italy, many cities and towns have their own specialties. Venice and Northern Italy are known for their meats and pastries, Tuscany for its wine, oil and sauces, Rome and Southern Italy for their pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello.
Arrival & Transportation Information
Round-trip flights arrive in Venice and depart from Rome. When you first arrive in Venice, a Go Ahead representative will meet your family after clearing customs. 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. Included transportation on “Family Vacation: Venice, Florence & Rome” family vacation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities on foot or by public transportation. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors or purchase single tickets at each dock. Florence is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk.
Museums in Florence
The museums of Florence are popular attractions that you might consider visiting during your free time in the city. However, we recommend that you make reservations two months in advance, if you would like to visit any of the museums in Florence. For more information, go to the museums’ website at www.polomuseale.firenze.it/english/musei.
Italy operates on the 220-volt European standard.
Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
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.