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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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

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.

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.

How's the weather?

  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Nauplia, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
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  • AUG
  • SEP
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  • DEC

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.

How's the weather?

  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Nauplia, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
  • Santorini, Greece
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

We went on this trip for our honeymoon, and we could not have been happier! With all the wedding planning, it was so nice to just sit back and let Go Ahead and our awesome tour director, Kostas, take care of all the details. Seeing all the historical places and tasting the amazing food was an incredible experience, and we thought the balance of structured vs. free time was perfect, we had enough time to see and do everything we wanted and still have a bit of down time to catch up on sleep or just stroll through the town at our own pace. We will recommend Go Ahead to anyone we know, as everything from start to finish was flawless, and we will definitely book another tour with them again!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 8/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Our Honeymoon Trip

There are a lot of reasons on why I would not recommend this particular trip to friends. For starters the routing of the flights created a mess. Since our first flight was delayed we ended up missing all of our connecting flights which then created a delayed in our luggage by EIGHT days. I think the flights to and from the site could have been better booked and planned (with less connections.) We travelled on this tour during summer which meant touring during hot and humid climate ... It was nice to be able to go on a boat tour in Sorrento and Cape Sounion in Greece but we were never allowed to go in the water which in the summer I think would have been an added touch to the trip and a must to keep everyone refreshed and happy. The food during the tour was not at all what I expected. I was expecting to eat world class cuisine but beside the Famrhouse dinner (which I would definitely recommend) the rest of the food was plain and not appealing. Some of the buses during the tours lacked air conditioning which was uncomfortable while touring and/or transferring to other cities. I also feel as though some tours were done at inappropriate times (like after a long bus ride when people become tired.) The one great thing about this tour was Gloria who made our experience worthwhile. She was beyond amazing and catered to everyone's needs. Overall it was nice to be able to see everything and learn new things but I feel as though the tour could be improved in many ways to get a better experience in Italy and Greece. It was however in added plus not having to worry about getting from point A to point B and having someone who takes care of accommodations, travel, and attraction entrances/tickets.

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Dear Karen, We are so honored to learn that you celebrated your honeymoon with us on tour to Italy and Greece! We are pleased that your amazing Tour Director, Gloria, was able to make the experience worthwhile, and that you enjoyed having Go Ahead take care of the details of traveling. We were so sorry to learn about the unfortunate situation with your delayed flights, and your baggage delays. We understand that these types of situations can negatively affect our travelers’ on-tour experience, and we do our best to work with our partners in the airline industry to select itineraries that are convenient and of good value. We are glad to see that you were able to take advantage of our Emergency Services, and that our Go Ahead representatives were able to work with you while on tour to resolve the situation with your baggage. We understand that Europe is very hot in the summer time, and we regret to learn that this may have colored your experience overall. Swimming is a great way to cool off and refresh yourself, and there are many opportunities to do so on this tour. There may not be swimming allowed off the boat during the optional that you described for safety reasons, but we do hope that you got to splash around in the sea at your leisure! Thank you again for traveling with Go Ahead, and we do hope to welcome you onto another tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 26, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Mother & daughter trip of a lifetime!

I was a little apprehensive to book, having never been on a group tour, but it was the best decision ever!! First off, our tour guide, Monique was the best! It was very comforting knowing that on our first trip to Europe that all arrangements were taken care of, even down to our luggage. The logistics behind managing that many trips are mind boggling, but Go Ahead Tours does it with success. My youngest daughter and I had a wonderful time and was treated like royalty the entire time and would highly recommend this trip to everyone.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: RI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

10 Times the Fun

I have been with EF Tours for over 18 year. They are a great company. This was my first trip with Go Ahead. My experience was 10 times better. The enjoyment level was better, the pace was better, the food was better, the accommodations were better. I am looking forward to my trip next year and planning already for 2017!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director Ever!!!!!

We are finishing up out Italy/Greece trip with Dina. We are going to miss her so much when we leave. I can't express enough how amazing and knowledgeable she is. She always goes the extra mile for any of the individuals in her group. She has made our honeymoon so special. Thank you Go Ahead for having AMAZING directors like Dina.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

My husband and I did the Italy and Greece tour this summer. We had a fantastic time and now we cannot wait to do the Greek Island tour. We were met at the airport in Naples by Gloria who is the best tour director I have had - I have done EF student tours for over 30 years also. She is vibrant and very outgoing making sure all of us knew what the plans were for each place we went. She went out of her way to make sure we had several options on our own time and also offered extra group events we could do. Most of the hotels were nice - especially the Hotel Amalia which was outstanding. The hotel in Athens - St. George was not good - the location was not convenient to go exploring without taking a taxi somewhere and the rooms were exceptionally small and the shower was a joke as the shower door did not close so water got all over the floor. Most of the food was good - a few times I wish we had been given a choice as I do not like peppers and stuffed peppers was the main course for the farewell dinner. Transportation was comfortable and on time. I recommend this tour to everyone!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Very Well Organized Tour

My family had a fantastic time! Kostas, our tour guide, was magnificent. He made everything run smoothly and had a very good sense of humor. The only small criticism we have is: 1. We were upset that Kostas didn't come on the extension to Santorini. While the guide from another group was very good, we felt that group dynamics and rapport suffered with the loss of Kostas;

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director and Experience!

My recent tour of Italy and Greece was better than my wildest dreams! Although I traveled alone, I immediately discovered a whole new group of terrific travel buddies and our excellent Tour Director, Antonio (don't forget to roll your Rs) made me feel safe in these exotic countries. Every day, every excursion, was an experience that I will always remember...with the help of 922 pictures. I can't wait to travel with Go-Ahead Tours again. Perhaps Africa...

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.

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