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Italy & Greece

11 days
As you make your way through Italy and Greece’s most iconic cities and legendary landscapes, you’ll walk through the backdrops of ancient mythology and in the footsteps of emperors. Sit back and savor the good life in Sorrento and on the Isle of Capri, then watch as history comes to life in Rome and Athens.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Naples today.

Sorrento 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Sorrento via Naples

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Travel to your hotel in Sorrento, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Capri

Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide and sail across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri before returning to Sorrento.

• Boat around the island to view Capri’s caves and grottos (weather permitting)

• Stroll through the village of Capri

• Take a funicular ride to Capri’s upper town 

• Explore the Gardens of Augustus

Enjoy a free evening in Sorrento or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $109*pp Details

Take a short trip outside of Sorrento for a cultural experience at an agriturismo, or farm stay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the lush gardens, cultivated fields and vegetation, typical of many Mediterranean regions. After touring the farm, savor an aperitif of prosecco, meant to stimulate the appetite. A four-course dinner will follow, complete with a wine tasting lead by an experienced sommelier. After an evening experiencing the Italian art of eating, return to Sorrento.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Rome 3 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Rome via Pompeii

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Rome, stopping along the way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii. 

• Embark on a guided tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins

• View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths

• Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption

• See what life was like in the Roman Empire

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

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!

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

Day 6: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Rome on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*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 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

Nauplia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Flight to Greece & Nauplia via the Corinth Canal

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After landing in Athens, travel to Nauplia, stopping at the scenic Corinth Canal along the way.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Epidaurus & Mycenae

Included meals: Breakfast

Visit Greece’s best-preserved amphitheater on a guided walking tour of Epidaurus, then enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological site at Mycenae.

Athens 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy.  

• Tour the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

• Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus

• View the classically inspired Greek Parliament

• Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Day 10: Free day in Athens

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Athens or add an excursion. 

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner in Athens.

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion $35*pp Details

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $45)

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Greece.

Add Santorini & Athens $679 pp

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

Once thought to be the lost city of Atlantis, the volcanic island of Santorini is now known for its black-sand beaches, sprawling vineyards and cliff-lined shores. The island’s volcanic soil is ideal for harvesting grapes, making it a world-class wine producer. As you soak in the Mediterranean sunset each night, be sure to sample a glass (or two) of Santorini’s labels. During your stay, you’ll also discover the area’s rich history on a local guided tour and a visit to the museum of Akrotiri, a Minoan colony buried in volcanic ash 3,600 years ago.

Santorini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Ferry to Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Take the ferry to Santorini, where the rest of the day is free to enjoy on your own.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores and stunning whitewashed architecture.

• Visit the prehistoric settlements unearthed at Akrotiri Excavations

• Ride to the top of Profitis Ilias Mountain for panoramic views of the whole island 

• Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Santorini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner $95*pp Details

Cruise through Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera and around the volcanic island of Nea Kamenim for views of the picture-perfect cliffside village of Oía (pronounced “EE-ah”). Situated on the western end of the island, Oía was once a maritime center and stately captains’ houses still sit on its high ridges. Take in the scenery and the sunset (on clear days) as you enjoy a buffet-style dinner of home-cooked Greek specialties on board the boat. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs only from May through mid-October. It is also dependent upon weather conditions. A welcome drink, glass of wine and water are included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Day 13: Free day in Santorini

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $45*pp Details

Santorini was once a volcano, and the island's nutrient-rich soil nurtures some outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you'll enjoy a tour through a local winery followed by a wine tasting and an included lunch overlooking the Aegean.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Athens 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Flight to Athens

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a final morning in Santorini before flying back to Athens for the night.

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Nauplia, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
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Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy and Greece, 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. 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 Italy or Greece. During the summer months, take proper care for sun exposure. Also, codeine (the drug commonly found in headache preparations) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country. Consult your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel recommendations.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have 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.  Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. Salads are excellent here, usually served with aromatic olive oil and topped with feta cheese and oregano. Simple grilled fish and meat are also integral to Greek cuisine. Barbecued lamb, squid, octopus, spinach and cheese pies, baked eggplant and zucchini are other common dishes.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Naples and depart from Athens. When you first arrive in Naples, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. 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. This tour also includes a flight from Rome to Athens. A one-way ferry from Athens to Santorini and return flight is also included on the extension. All other included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the cities by public transportation. Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand new metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics. It’s now one of Europe’s best. Despite the famed hustle and bustle of Athens, the city’s main attractions are easily accessed on foot. If you do need to use public transportation, however, there’s a brand-new metro system that was conveniently completed in time for the 2004 Olympics. It’s now one of Europe’s best. 

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’ll 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.  Please note that porter service cannot be guaranteed on the ferry between Athens and Santorini on the tour extension.

Clothing and 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 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).

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. We advise that you take a combination of ATM/bank cards and credit cards and inform 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 equivalency 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 equivalency 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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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A quick taste of the world

It was nice to get a brief glimpse of Italy and Greece.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Simply Amazing

So much to do and see...loved this tour. A great option for first time European travelers with just the right amount of hand-holding.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience

Our tour was so well planned, and our guide (Dionisio) was one of the best we have encountered in our over 30 years of international travel. Our hotels in Greece were five star quality and those it Italy were not far behind. This itinerary is hard to beat from a historical perspective, and the local guides were top shelf which made the tour even more fulfilling. Staying in Rome, Sorrento, Athens and Santorini made for an extremely rewarding experience we will not forget.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dionisio is the best!!!

I just recently got back from our trip to Italy and Greece and I'm overwhelmed with my love for Europe. All the hotels were clean, the food was great, and we could not have had a better group to travel with. Dionisio is an incredible leader and so full of knowledge about everything that we saw and everywhere that we went. He went beyond his duties as a tour director to make sure that we were comfortable and that we were satisfied. We lost two days of Greece due to the fire at the Rome airport and the company is compensating us and Dionisio worked so hard to get us to Greece as fast as he could. I will be traveling again with go ahead and I will be requesting that Dionisio be the one to guide me!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Time on a trip. Best Tour Director , Dionisio , thank you.

We want to start by saying that the trip that we took with Go Ahead Tours has been one of the best experiences of our lives. It has truly changed our perception of traveling aboard, and has created a desire within s to travel again with Go Ahead Tours. Each of us will be recommending the company to others. We hadf the best tour Director , Dionisio , thank you.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

The Best Tour Director was on our trip

We want to start by saying that the trip that we took with Go Ahead Tours has been one of the best experiences of our lives. It has truly changed our perception of traveling aboard, and has created a desire within s to travel again with Go Ahead Tours. Each of us will be recommending the company to others.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My First European Experience

Go Ahead's Italy/Greece tour was my first experience traveling to Europe. What a perfect way to get my feet wet! Having all the travel plans and accommodations made for me, plus a very fine tour director and wonderful traveling companions, made this first trip a complete success. I loved it all. One thing I think especially important to point out, is that due to a fire at the Rome airport, our flight to Greece was cancelled twice, and plans had to be changed. During a time that COULD have been very stressful to an independent traveler, we could all rely on our tour director and the folks at Go Ahead to figure out the mess of what to do while the airport and roads were closed, and to make all the arrangements of different hotel stays, and rescheduling the flight. I NEVER WOULD HAVE WANTED TO FACE THAT MESS ALONE! I wholeheartedly applaud the way it was all handled, it greatly lessened my sadness at missing a couple of days in Greece.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Life Changing!

I was hestitant to go on a tour within a group, via an online site, and for my first time. But Go Ahead Tours took care of everything from beginning to end, provided excellent tours, a wonderful Tour Director, and an amazing experience. I definelty have the thirst to continue traveling the world, and going with a tour group seems like the best way to go because you make new friends from all over the world, and get a chance to share this awesome experience.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour director

We did have the best tour director. She was friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Even though we had a few things that gave her trouble we never had to worry because she took care of them without any inconvenience to us. May 1st was a holiday so Our tours for that day were rescheduled and we were given free time in a quaint little town of Napflio Greece. Then there was a marathon which blocked traffic in Athens on a day we had a morning tour. But once again she was able to reschedule to the afternoon. When we toured the Vatican after dropping us off our bus had problems but she found another bus without any inconvenience to us. I would recommend Go Ahead Tours to anyone and especially our tour director Chiara

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour Director was excellent!

Chiara provided us with a wealth of information throughout the tour and made sure we were kept informed every step of the way. If there was a change or hiccup in the plans, she quickly rectified the situation. She was also hilarious and just a breath of fresh air in general. The majority of our tour guides were excellent-there was one at the Vatican that the tour group had some difficulty understanding, but otherwise I enjoyed them all. The hotels were all very nice, though I had wished the hotel in Rome was closer to the city center (was about 20 minutes away via cab). The hotel in Athens and Nafplio were outstanding! Some of the included meals left a lot to be desired, but I also understand the difficulty of feeding a large group. My only complaint was needing to be up at ungodly hours every day of the tour. I think we could have left the hotel closer to 9 or 10 and still had excellent daily tours and activities. I had a great time though and appreciated that there were free days built in to the tour so that we could explore on our own!

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