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Family Vacation: Venice, Florence & Rome

9 days Family Vacations
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.

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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

  • 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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your vacation begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Venice aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride with the Family: Canal Cruise with Music $65*pp Details

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

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

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!

Optional Excursion - Family Sightseeing: The Leaning Tower of Pisa $119*pp Details

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

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

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.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Optional Excursion - Family Sightseeing: 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. Advanced reservation and booking is required prior to your final payment deadline.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Family Sightseeing: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65*pp Details

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.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Bid a fond farewell to Italy! A Go Ahead representative escorts your family to the airport today for your return flight home.

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  • Venice, Italy
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  • Rome, Italy
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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.

Baggage Allowance

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.

Health

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.

Cuisine

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.

Electricity

Italy operates on the 220-volt European standard.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

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.

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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