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New Year's Eve in Florence: The City Experience

7 days City Stay, Special Event
Ring in the new year and immerse yourself in the beauty of Florence, the gateway to the greater Tuscany region. This hub of modern culture and influential history is lined with cobblestone streets, is overflowing with masterpieces from some of the greatest minds in Renaissance art and is the place to go for world-renowned food and wine. Unpack only once and discover why the city shines as the Tuscan capital.

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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

  • 5 nights in a well-located hotel

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • A celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner and Champagne toast

  • Signature farewell dinner experience in an Italian villa

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Panoramic sightseeing tour of Florence with a local guide

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Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

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Day 2: Arrival in Florence

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Get settled in to your hotel, then meet your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a guided sightseeing tour of Florence, the city distinguished as the birthplace of the Renaissance.

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo, and walk through the city’s UNESCO-listed Historic Center

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

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

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

Later, enjoy free time or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner $89pp* Details

This evening, learn how to make a traditional Tuscan meal under the direction of expert local chefs. Craft authentic pici, a thick, hand-rolled pasta, two kinds of bruschetta and tiramisu. Then, pair your creations with wine for a delicious dinner you’ll enjoy with the group. Please note: Depending on the size of the group, the class may be divided into two shifts.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Day 4: Free day in Florence & New Year’s Eve celebration

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Champagne toast

Enjoy a free day in Florence to explore the city at your leisure or add an excursion.

Tonight, you’ll welcome the new year with a special multi-course dinner and Champagne toast. Then, the evening is yours to enjoy the city’s festivities.

Optional Excursion - Siena & Chianti Wine Tasting $119pp* Details

Visit the UNESCO-listed Tuscan hilltown of Siena for a guided tour of it’s medieval sites. Enter the city’s 13th-century cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece. It boasts a 56-panel marble mosaic floor, which was completed over a span of almost 200 years, and which is only displayed in its entirety between August and October each year. Marvel at Pinturicchio’s frescoes in the adjoining Piccolomini Library, which was built for Pope Pius II. Delve into the city’s most important sport as you stroll through Piazza del Campo, site of the annual Palio horse race. Then, journey to Chianti to learn about Italy’s wine culture and tradition of agriturismo. Enjoy picturesque views on a winery tour, then taste three of the winery’s most distinctive labels paired with antipasti and crostini.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 5: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Florence.

Day 6: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

In the evening, journey to the scenic Etruscan-Roman town of Fiesole to say goodbye to your group as you enjoy a signature farewell dinner experience at a villa.

Optional Excursion - Michelangelo's Florence $75pp* Details

Learn about the painter, architect and poet Michelangelo’s legacy in Florence as you tour notable museums throughout the city. Start with the San Lorenzo complex, viewing the basilica’s counter facade and the Medici Chapels, and marvel at the inspired architecture in the Laurentian Library vestibule. Continue with entrance to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo to see the famous Pietà sculpture. On a walking tour of the city, pass the Bargello National Museum and the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. View a unique crucifix by the young Michelangelo in the Sacristy of Santo Spirito, and pass the Buonarroti House, once owned by the artist himself. End the tour at the Basilica of Santa Croce, site of Michelangelo’s tomb.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 7: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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It only takes one glimpse of the legendary Duomo to realize the Renaissance never ended in Florence. Take a few days to discover the city that gave life not only to the Italian language, but also to the artists and movements that define Italy to this day. And, for a well-rounded taste of Tuscany, head to the countryside to visit the hill towns and vineyards that illuminate the region’s characteristic charms.

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Day 7: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $85pp* Details

Travel the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery for a taste of the area’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

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

Day 8: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Iconic Tuscany: Lucca & Pisa $119pp* Details

Discover two iconic Tuscan cities on a guided tour. Starting with the city of Lucca, tour the famed 16th-century ramparts along the city’s walls and see the venerated wooden crucifix inside Lucca Cathedral. Journey down Via Fillungo, visit the Romanesque Church of San Michele in Foro and walk through Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Stroll past Palazzo Pfanner, Guinigi Tower and San Frediano’s Church, and enter the Puccini Museum, a site dedicated to the famous composer Giacomo Puccini. Then, transfer to Pisa for a photo stop at the city’s famous Leaning Tower. Admire the “Pisan Romanesque” marble facade of the UNESCO-listed 11th-century cathedral before stepping inside. Then, gaze at Giovanni Pisano’s Gothic pulpit inside the Baptistery of St. John.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, 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 your destination 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.

  • All travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind. You can customize the amount of walking depending on optional excursions booked.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Florence. 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Winters in Italy are generally mild. However, to ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat and gloves, as well as rainwear.  

  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be layered.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots is recommended for sightseeing.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or special performance. 

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 

  • 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 your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Cuisine

  • 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. In Umbria, don’t miss sampling both the reds and whites produced around Orvieto and Perugia. 

Electricity

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two 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.  

  • 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

  • Italy is 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 Florence.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Italy.

  • 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 $6USD/CAD to $9USD/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 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 all of the museums are closed on Mondays.

International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates and prices.

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