Italy & Greece

11 days
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About This Experience

Take a look inside the two cultures that unanimously shaped western civilization. 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. Watch as history comes to life in Athens and Rome, and sit back and savor the good life in sunny Sorrento and the Isle of Capri.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Pasta, vistas, grottoes—all yours after your overnight flight to Italy

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Sorrento2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Take a riposo in Sorrento before mingling with fellow travelers

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

After clearing customs, a Go Ahead representative greets you and escorts you to your hotel in Sorrento. Relax before meeting your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day3

Cruise the Bay of Naples and float into a true blue paradise

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Capri Island Cruise

Sail across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri, whose magnificent vistas have been celebrated since the days of the early Roman emperors. Visit the village of Capri and, weather permitting, journey by boat around the island to view its many caves and grottos. Return to Sorrento, where you might wish to join our optional excursion to indulge in a rustic Italian farmhouse dinner and wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105* pp

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.

Rome3 nights - hotel info

Day4

Walk among 2,000-year-old temples, theaters and homes frozen in time

Breakfast, Dinner

Pompeii ruins

Leave the seaside town of Sorrento for the eternal grandeur of Rome, stopping along the way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii. When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago, it covered this Roman resort town in volcanic ash, perfectly preserving its temples, theaters and homes. Now that nearly the entire site has been excavated, you’ll get a firsthand look at what life was once like for citizens of the ancient Roman Empire on a guided sightseeing tour. Arrive in Rome this evening and join your group for an included dinner.

Day5

Ancient history induces modern awe in Imperial Rome

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

The Colosseum

This morning, soak up over 2,000 years of history during a sightseeing tour of Imperial Rome. You’ll also view the Forum—the ancient meeting place of the Romans—as well as the Colosseum. You’ll then have a free afternoon to continue your explorations of the city. Later, you may choose to join our optional excursion, Dinner with Tenors.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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!

Day6

Wander freely or take a look inside the world’s smallest state

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

This morning, join an optional excursion to Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. You’ll also see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Otherwise, you have an entire day on your own to explore or relax in Rome.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: 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.

Nauplia2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Ciao, Roma—from here on out your journey is all Greek

Breakfast, Dinner

Board a flight to Greece. After landing in Greece, you’ll travel to Nauplia, passing the Corinth Canal on your way. Dinner is included in Nauplia

Day8

Visit the venue where ancient Greeks savored their dramas

Breakfast

Epidaurus Amphitheatre, Mycenae Archeological Site

Surrounded by lush green landscapes and sandy beaches of Epidaurus, you’ll enjoy a guided tour and visit Greece’s best-preserved ampitheatre Later, view the archaeological treasures at Mycenae.

Athens2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Bustling, breathtaking, welcome to the original City on a Hill

Optional Excursion - Greek Folklore Evening

Breakfast

Acropolis site

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital. On your tour of the Acropolis—the original City on a Hill—you can walk amid the ruins of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike with its graceful statue of its namesake goddess. Descending from the Acropolis, view the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes and the classically inspired Greek Parliament. Then, pass through Syntagma Square, where you’ll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tonight, savor classical Greek cuisine at our optional dinner highlighting the flavors of the Mediterranean.

Optional Excursions

Greek Folklore Evening $65* pp

Head down to Athens' lively Plaka district for a night of food and fun. You'll enjoy Greek specialties along with a showcase of traditional dances from across Greece, including the well-known plate dance. Careful, though: our travelers have been known to jump on stage and join in the fun. Opa!

Day10

Relax among ruins and polished promenades, today Athens is all yours

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion

Breakfast, Dinner

Today is yours to explore the many wonders of Athens at your own pace. Or, you might join an optional morning excursion to Cape Sounion to view the Temple of Poseidon. This evening, rejoin your group for tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursions

Cape Sounion $35* pp

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.

Day11

Succumb to Greece’s Siren song or fly away home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension to Santorini, a Go Ahead representative will escort you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Santorini & Athens $619*

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.

Santorini3 nights - hotel info

Day11

Retreat from the city bustle to the black-sand beaches of Santorini

Breakfast

Akrotiri Excavations

Travel to Santorini by way of ferry. Upon arrival, admire splendid views of Santorini as you discover the sights on your guided tour. You’ll also visit the Akrotiri Excavations, located on the southwestern side of the island.

Day12

Unlock the Aegean island culture through the eyes of a local

Breakfast

Today is free for exploring Santorini or relaxing as you choose.

Day13

It just wouldn’t be right to leave without sampling a glass of white

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch

Breakfast

Today is a free day to explore on your own. This afternoon, partake in an optional Greek Wine Tasting and Lunch.

Optional Excursions

Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $45* pp

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.

Athens1 night - hotel info

Day14

Get reacquainted with Athens (distance makes the heart grow fonder)

Breakfast

Enjoy a final morning in Santorini before traveling back to Athens by ferry, where you’ll have a free afternoon to spend as you like. Consider a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of antiquities. Or shop for handicrafts in the shops along Pandrossou Street.

Day15

Going, going—goodbye, Greece

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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About This Experience

Take a look inside the two cultures that unanimously shaped western civilization. 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. Watch as history comes to life in Athens and Rome, and sit back and savor the good life in sunny Sorrento and the Isle of Capri.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Pasta, vistas, grottoes—all yours after your overnight flight to Italy

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Naples aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Sorrento2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Take a riposo in Sorrento before mingling with fellow travelers

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

After clearing customs, a Go Ahead representative greets you and escorts you to your hotel in Sorrento. Relax before meeting your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day3

Cruise the Bay of Naples and float into a true blue paradise

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Capri Island Cruise

Sail across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri, whose magnificent vistas have been celebrated since the days of the early Roman emperors. Visit the village of Capri and, weather permitting, journey by boat around the island to view its many caves and grottos. Return to Sorrento, where you might wish to join our optional excursion to indulge in a rustic Italian farmhouse dinner and wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105* pp

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.

Rome3 nights - hotel info

Day4

Walk among 2,000-year-old temples, theaters and homes frozen in time

Breakfast, Dinner

Pompeii ruins

Leave the seaside town of Sorrento for the eternal grandeur of Rome, stopping along the way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii. When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago, it covered this Roman resort town in volcanic ash, perfectly preserving its temples, theaters and homes. Now that nearly the entire site has been excavated, you’ll get a firsthand look at what life was once like for citizens of the ancient Roman Empire on a guided sightseeing tour. Arrive in Rome this evening and join your group for an included dinner.

Day5

Ancient history induces modern awe in Imperial Rome

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Colosseum

This morning, soak up over 2,000 years of history during a sightseeing tour of Imperial Rome. You’ll also view the Forum—the ancient meeting place of the Romans—as well as the Colosseum. You’ll then have a free afternoon to continue your explorations of the city. Later, you may choose to join our optional excursion, Dinner with Tenors.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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!

Day6

Wander freely or take a look inside the world’s smallest state

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

This morning, join an optional excursion to Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. You’ll also see Michelangelo’s Pietà. Otherwise, you have an entire day on your own to explore or relax in Rome.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: 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.

Nauplia2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Ciao, Roma—from here on out your journey is all Greek

Breakfast, Dinner

Board a flight to Greece. After landing in Greece, you’ll travel to Nauplia, passing the Corinth Canal on your way. Dinner is included in Nauplia.

Day8

Visit the venue where ancient Greeks savored their dramas

Breakfast

Epidaurus Amphitheatre, Mycenae Archeological Site

Surrounded by the lush landscapes and sandy beaches of Epidaurus, you’ll enjoy a guided tour and visit Greece’s best-preserved amphitheatre. Later, view the archaeological treasures at Mycenae.

Athens2 nights - hotel info

Day9

Bustling, breathtaking, welcome to the original City on a Hill

Optional Excursion - Greek Folklore Evening

Breakfast

Acropolis site

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital. On your tour of the Acropolis—the original City on a Hill—you can walk amid the ruins of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike with its graceful statue of its namesake goddess. Descending from the Acropolis, view the Presidential Guard in their traditional costumes and the classically inspired Greek Parliament. Then, pass through Syntagma Square, where you’ll see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Tonight, savor classical Greek cuisine at our optional dinner highlighting the flavors of the Mediterranean.

Optional Excursions

Greek Folklore Evening $65* pp

Head down to Athens' lively Plaka district for a night of food and fun. You'll enjoy Greek specialties along with a showcase of traditional dances from across Greece, including the well-known plate dance. Careful, though: our travelers have been known to jump on stage and join in the fun. Opa!

Day10

Relax among ruins and polished promenades, today Athens is all yours

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion

Breakfast, Dinner

Today is yours to explore the many wonders of Athens at your own pace. Or, you might join an optional morning excursion to Cape Sounion to view the Temple of Poseidon. This evening, rejoin your group for tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursions

Cape Sounion $35* pp

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.

Day11

Succumb to Greece’s Siren song or fly away home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not continuing on our tour extension to Santorini, a Go Ahead representative will escort you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Santorini & Athens $679*

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.

Santorini3 nights - hotel info

Day11

Retreat from the city bustle to the black-sand beaches of Santorini

Breakfast

Travel to Santorini by way of ferry. Upon arrival, you’re free to explore Santorini or relax as you choose.

Day12

Unlock the Aegean island culture through the eyes of a local

Breakfast

Akrotiri Excavations

This morning, admire splendid views of Santorini as you discover the sights on your guided tour. You’ll also visit the Akrotiri Excavations, located on the southwestern side of the island.

Day13

It just wouldn’t be right to leave without sampling a glass of white

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch

Breakfast

Spend another free day on the island. This afternoon, you may choose to attend an optional Greek lunch with a wine tasting.

Optional Excursions

Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $45* pp

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.

Athens1 night - hotel info

Day14

Get reacquainted with Athens (distance makes the heart grow fonder)

Breakfast

Enjoy a final morning in Santorini before flying back to Athens, where you’ll have a free afternoon to spend as you like. Consider a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, which houses one of the world’s finest collections of antiquities. Or shop for handicrafts in the shops along Pandrossou Street.

Day15

Going, going—goodbye, Greece

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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 round-trip ferry from Athens to Santorini 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. 

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. 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 detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

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.

dream come true.

This was a dream trip to Greece and Italy. I traveled alone which was scary at first. All my group members were welcoming. I enjoyed all 37 members (not including myself in the number). The tour director Dina was able to manage all 38 personalities. She was such a pleasure to be with (and she did not lose one member i.e. me) who liked to wonder off. She was informative and genuine. I already recommended her to others. Just a side note (no access to laundry facilities) VERY Important.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy/Greece

I loved the combination of these two countries. Two of my favorite places. The tour had us in awesome areas. Awesome hotels. Room to roam for free time. Guide was fabulous. Loved it. Would do it again and again.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Trip

This was my first Go Ahead Tour and it was amazing! My tour director, Dina, was wonderful and took care of everything! She was very knowledgeable about every city we went to and could answer any questions including restaurants to eat at and what places to shop at, it was like having a local resident to direct you everywhere! All of our excursions and transportation were taken care of which really made traveling easy!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Alexandra was a gem and truly made this tour an easy and enjoyable experience, she coordinated everything and was always available to answer any questions or make recommendations. Her passion and constantly positive attitude was infectious. The ratio of structured group activities and free time is a nice balance and it was very helpful to have all breakfasts and some dinner included in the purchase price. Go Ahead did a nice job and we will likely use them again in the future.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

Kosta was a great tour director. He was always helpful, courteous and knowledgeable about the areas we toured. His daily music and little insights about the local customs and food made the trip so much more. He was always willing to go the extra mile to make everything enjoyable and give all of us an opportunity to see extra things. I really can't say enough about him. He simply made it an incredible journey!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

We had a fantastic time taking this tour as our honeymoon. Our tour director (Michael) was very attentive and made sure we experienced areas of Italy and Greece that we may have missed had we been on our own. He also arranged for a gift basket with fresh fruit and a local bottle of wine to be placed in our room during the Santorini extension, which was so nice and thoughtful. On a side note, the extension is a must. Santorini was absolutely stunning. The only change I would suggest is flying to Santorini from Athens, rather than taking the 7 hour ferry ride.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Michael MADE this tour. He went above and beyond many times. He took what could have been his free time and shared Rome with us. He was the epitomy of professionalism, kindness, and good personality. This was an outstanding experience. If i worked at it, I could not find one thing to complain about. The food, the hotels, the people were above and beyond expectation. Thank you!!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful first trip to Europe!

This trip was a wonderful experience. Our group was small compared to others we saw along the way, with 29 people. There was a variety of ages of people and just enough diversity of interests to make things interesting. I was traveling with an adult son, others were couples, there were singles as well. Our group quickly felt like a family which included our incredible tour director. Michael made us feel welcome and handled everything incredibly efficiently. We truly felt taken care of by Michael and the other local guides as well. I will definitely travel with Go Ahead again!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/26/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

Kostas was an amazing tour director! He took care of our every need and I was overwhelmed with his knowledge about the history and culture of Italy and Greece. He gave us a daily journal with tips and information about each day's activities. He even played a song of the day from each country and surprised us with a CD at the end of the trip. Both of gestures went above and beyond his duties as tour director and make valuable keepsakes. This was truly a trip of a lifetime and Kostas is one of the best memories of our trip!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Family Trip of a lifetime!

My wife and I planned a trip to Europe with our two daughters (in their mid-20's) as one of those "bucket list" things we have wanted to do as a family, before they got settled into married life etc. We finally settled on the "Italy and Greece" tour with Go Ahead based on the quality and value my wife and I experienced with Go Ahead on the "Best of France and Italy" tour we did in Sept. 2008. Having just finished our Italy and Greece tour a little more than a week ago, I have to say Go Ahead delivered once again - big time! Our trip was fabulous in every way. Our Tour Director, Michael, was top notch and added so much to our enjoyment of the tour - in more ways than we can say. We thought Sorrento, Capri and Rome would be tough to beat for food, culture, history and wine but Greece surprised us and was at least equal in every way! Nauplion and especially Santorini are stunningly beautiful. Athens and Rome are very similar in terms of metropolitan opportunities for learning history, experiencing the culture, etc. Since it was our daughters first trip to Europe, it was so pleasing to see them wanting to learn about history and to experience the culture of each country. This trip exceeded our expectations. My wife and I are already talking about our next tour with Go Ahead. Highly recommended!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/20/2012

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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