Italy & Greece

11 days Multi-country
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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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stairs.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Rome on a special winter departure of this tour.

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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

Map of Tour of Italy and Greece

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 grottoes (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 $109pp* 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. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs March through November.

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 $79pp* 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! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

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 $99pp* 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, 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 $45pp* 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: $55)

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 Starting from $799 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 $95pp* 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 as you enjoy a casual buffet dinner on board the boat. Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs only from late May to mid October.

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 $55pp* Details

Santorini’s volcanic landscape and nutrient-rich soil nurtures a wealth of outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you’ll tour a local winery, enjoying a film screening followed by a wine tasting. Taste five different varietals, including Vin Santo, a sweet wine made from dried grapes, then enjoy a light lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

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
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Italy and Greece. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats and ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Naples and depart from Athens. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. 
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A round-trip ferry between Sorrento and Capri and a flight from Rome to Athens are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a one-way ferry from Athens to Santorini and a flight back to Athens.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • Please note that codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region.  * Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini). * For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
  • Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Salads served with aromatic olive oil, feta cheese and oregano are plentiful. Simple grilled fish and meat are integral to Greek cuisine, as well as squid and octopus. Don't miss the spinach and cheese pies, called spanakopita.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • Greece operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • Greece is two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Italy and 7pm in Greece.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Italy and Greece. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AMAZING

I just returned from this trip and I cannot say anything bad about it. Our leader Gloria was amazing! She went above and beyond every single day! She has so much history and knowledge about this two places that you will learn so many interesting things on this tour. Capri is so beautiful and visiting the Vatican was a once in a life time event. The pace of the trip is perfect. You are given enough down time to really explore and eat on your own. I'm looking forward to booking another trip in 2018! The picture below is the sunset from our hotel in Greece! Amazing!!!!

 

Hi Karen! We’re happy that you were pleased with everything about this tour. It’s great to know that your Tour Director’s eagerness to assist your group and in-depth knowledge about the region added value and enjoyment to your experience. We’re also glad you feel that the balance of free time and guided time was just right, as we strive to provide a well-rounded experience for all travelers. We agree that Capri is breathtaking and that a visit to the Vatican is not to be missed! We’re glad you had such special experiences exploring Italy & Greece. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead. We can’t wait to see you on tour in 2018!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best

This was my first trip to Europe and it was everything that I hoped for. The tour guides were very knowable and the Tour Director (Francesco Nappi ) is the greatest. He is very helpful and made sure if there were any problems he would help you. He went out of his way on things that it was not his responsibility. He helped two people find their luggage. He made recommendations of where to go and what to see, what restaurants to eat at. The tour covered the main attractions and more. Excursions where great

 

Hi Marlene! We’re happy to learn that you enjoyed your first trip to Europe. We’re also pleased to hear that the efforts of your Tour Director contributed to the success of your tour experience. We will be sure to share your feedback with him. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything I Hoped For!

This was my first time to travel alone, so I was a little anxious. There was no need to be. It turned out to be perfect, everything I hoped for. We were a small group, only 13 and everyone was so nice. All the tours were amazing, great food and all the guides very knowledgeable. Out main tour director (Francesco) was wonderful. He took such good care of us, helping everyone who had issues with patience and humor. I have already been recommending GoAhead Tours to everyone. Will definitely do it again.

 

Hi Peggie! We’re thrilled that this tour was everything you’d hoped for. Between your welcoming group and your wonderful Tour Director, it sounds like you felt very comfortable exploring Italy & Greece. We thank you for your recommendation, and we look forward to next time!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An unforgettable trip

What an amazing trip! Getting to experience Rome, Naples, Capri, Nafplio and Athens was truly unforgettable. Our tour director Kostas was fantastic. His knowledge not only of the history of Italy and Greece but his personality really made the trip enjoyable and informative. There were so many great local restaurants and tips that Kostas provided which added immensely to our trip. I would highly recommend Go Ahead for any tour in Europe and we hope to have the priviledge to travel with this company again. Every penny spent was well worth it!!

 

Hi Lisa! We're delighted to read such fantastic feedback regarding your tour. It's great to know that your Tour Director's efforts enhanced and added value to your overall experience, and that you found his insider knowledge to be useful when you needed advice. Thank you for recommending Go Ahead, and we hope we have the privilege to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Guide Ever.

This tour was amazing. Im glad once again that i went by myself because i met the most amazing people from all around the US and of course i got to meet the most amazing Tour Guide Ever!! Kostas Rentzos!!! He was brilliant!! 5 stars all the way, i am still amazed by all that i got do and all the new food i tried, Capri Island was my favorite and i would visit again for sure. This was my second of many tours with this company. So ready for my next tour.

 

Hi Yaika! Wow, sounds like you had a fantastic time! We’re so glad. Thank you for your feedback on your Tour Director, your group, and your favorite part of the trip, the visit to the Isle of Capri. We look forward to welcoming you on your third tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

awsome

Fantastic tour, very well organized, the tour director, Kostas was so awsome. The places we went to were stunning. The amalfi coast and the isle of Capri are just absolutely breathtaking

 

Hi Daniel! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2016

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 8/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

average

I expecting better service in this trip. I was disappointed that rather than get more time in sightseen historic places, tourist guide took us to walk around markets places. Hotel in Naples was too far from the main city or sightseen places, .. As a travel agent, Il consider seriously before recommended this tours package to my customers.

 

Dear Alma, We regret to hear that your tour did not meet your expectations. A member of our Quality Control team has reached out to you to discuss your experience on three separate occasions. If you would like to share your concerns with us, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. We sincerely hope to hear from you.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Hot but beautiful

Our tour Director Gloria was amazing,sceneries were beautiful even the weather is too hot

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy & Greece 2016

Our group was initially traveling to Italy & Greece for our 50th birthdays.. Along the way we added additional friends which made the adventure so much more dear in our hearts.. Everything about our adventure as travelers as Gloria (our tour director) would say was wonderful. Gloria was an absolute joy and everyday enlightened our group with funny stories, recommendations and life experiences (just do it ) that made our journey a lifetime memory to cherish. The hotels, food, local tour guides all beautiful, delicious and so knowledgeable. I highly recommend adding the extension to Santorini as it was so relaxing after 11 days of exploring Italy & Athens. I am already counting down the days until we enjoy our next adventure with Go Ahead in Ireland.

 

Hi Tracy! What a great way to celebrate your 50th birthdays! We’re so glad you were able to share this special experience with friends. It’s also wonderful to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director and that you felt she enhanced your trip. We’re delighted that you recommend the extension to Santorini, and we agree that it’s a relaxing and beautiful destination! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we are looking forward to your next tour with us.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great time!

This was an extremely organized tour. Everything was prepared down to the last detail. Our tour director, Claudio, was the best. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. Even my kids, ages 11 and 13, had a geeat time. I will definitely use Go Ahead Tours for future travels.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing!

LOVED the tour and mostly loved our tour director, Dina! She was great!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Tour Director, Chiara, was AMAZING!!!

I have traveled on my own and with tour groups each experience is different. I chose GoAhead travel for their great ratings and the tour group size. I expected a well run and professional company and they surpassed my expectations. Chiara was our Tour Director and she was an amazingly friendly group mom who made sure we were in the right place at the right time with the right luggage. Our group was small, only 15 of us and we became a family. There was no drama and we ended up hanging out on our in the evening; dinners/drinks, we are even planning another trip together. Pros: - Welcome packets, backpack and luggage tags were a nice surprise -Tour Director was brilliant!!!!!!!! -Tour Guides: Overall they were good...a few better than good. -Tour Bus drivers were nice and buses were clean -Well organized tour company and travel in airports were a breeze -You got a wonderful taste of Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Rome, Nauplia and Athens - Made new friends in the group - Communication from our Tour Director was always timely, professional and kept us up to date on when, where and what time to meet Cons: -There really aren't any free days if you do the excursions so from the moment you land until you return home, you are exhausted. -One hotel was bad (Sorrento)...really old then the rest got progressively better. I wish it was more consistent. -You only get 30 minutes free time at places; acropolis, Vatican, coliseum, etc. Not enough time for pictures and/or shopping - The dinners provided only one was great (Sorrento), Rome was inedible and the one in Athens was ok. Overall, GoAhead is great value for the money and having a small group makes the experience more personal. The tour guides were informative and the I plan on using GoAhead again...I just won't book any excursions so I can have a free day to walk around the towns, sit in a cafe or just hang out at a beach.

 

Hi Pamela! We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed review. We’re so glad you enjoyed many aspects of the tour, such as your Tour Director, local guides, and the itinerary overall. It’s also great to learn that you made friends with your group members – one of the many things we love about group travel! We appreciate your constructive criticism, such as preferring to have more free time and perhaps exploring other hotel options in Sorrento. We will be sure to communicate all of this feedback to our Operations team for evaluation moving forward. We’re thrilled to hear that you will travel with us again, and we look forward to when you do!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 10, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Adventure

Chiara was the best! She was our "tour mom", she made all the details come together. It made a big difference in the Italy/Greece experience. What an amazing trip. The guided tour destinations were amazing places. There was a good balance of free time and group activities. I made some great new travel friends. We are all talking about another tour. This would especially appeal to those that are interested in history and art. I would have like more exposure to the great art work and museums in these cities. A lot of activities are packed into this tour. I wish I would have done the island extension tour, next time I guess. I would recommend the rustic farm excursion. This was an amazing experience with a great atmosphere and amazing food.

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Hi Daylene! We’re so glad you had a great time on tour led by your wonderful ‘tour mom!’ It’s nice to hear that the itinerary felt well-balanced and full of interesting sites and stops. We’re happy you would recommend the farm optional, and we regret that you didn’t do the extension. It gives you another reason to go back, though! Let us know when you’re ready to take another tour with your new Go Ahead travel companions.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 06, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

VERY best tour director/tour

I cannot imagine how this trip could have been improved. I feel that there was a tremendous value for the price. Wonderful accommodations, superb tours at locations, excellent food. But none of this would have mattered without our tour director Biagio. He took exceptional care of all of us and just is irreplaceable as a contact. Everyone at all locations knew him and he had such great rapport with them. He made the whole trip. Thank you!

 

Hi Sarah! It's great to hear that you don't feel this tour needs improving. We will definitely share that with our Product Development team, who works diligently to design our itineraries. We're so glad you enjoyed your food, guided tours, and accommodations. We are also thrilled to learn that your Tour Director took exceptional care of your group. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun group, fun tour

This is our second Go Ahead tour, back to back from last year's! This year's group was so much FUN, everyone just bonded by the third day and we felt like we've known each other for a long time. Being with a group makes a tour more enjoyable as you have others to share stories with and also make new friends. Our tour director Biaggio was the BEST! He took care of us and our needs to the highest level. He was so much fun to be around also and even with stressful situations, he was calm. The city hotels were just OK, not bad but not great either, some were old and needed an update. However, the Amalia Hotel in Nauplia was truly 5-star - the amenities, the food, and the staff were all excellent! The local tour guides give you a lot of information and insight that you won't get on your own. Everything was arranged and on time and we did not have to worry about anything and let us be completely on vacation mode which was really all worth the price of going with a tour group.

 

Hi Gemma! We’re thrilled that your second Go Ahead tour was a success! We completely agree that sharing your travel experience with a group makes it that much more special. We’re glad to hear that your Tour Director went above and beyond for you and added enjoyment to the tour overall. We appreciate your feedback on the hotels and will be sure to share your feedback with our Operations team. We’re so pleased that you could savor your trip without worrying about the logistics – that’s what we’re here for! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A-MAZ-ing

We saw and learned so much, and yet the pacing was well thought-out and the order of locations was perfect. We had enough "free time" worked into the itinerary to rest up, shop, or do local side trips. Fabio was a wonderful tour guide. The countryside was beautiful and the food was delicious! Everything worked out with a single hitch.

 

Hi Denise! We're so glad you feel this tour was well-paced. We certainly strive to include as many sites and experiences as we can without making the itinerary too full. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A wonderful piece of heaven!

This was my first big trip with a group and it was such a great experience. The package that was put together had so much opportunity to see great sites and taste great food. Our tour director Leonor went over and beyond to make this trip so special, she really made it great. I learned so much about the history, culture and language. I loved that this tour allowed us to see all the historical and ancient sites while giving us time to explore on our own. Italy was just beautiful. I can't wait to go back! The only complaint I have was that the tour was not long enough! I would have loved to have spent more time in Sorrento and in Nafplio. Highlight for me was Sorrento. Our hotel was gorgeous and only a few minutes walk away from the restaurants, shops and beach. The perfect location and the view was breathtaking Overall I would recommend this tour and Leonor as your guide!

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Hi Francesca! We’re pleased to hear that your first group travel experience was a success! You certainly chose a beautiful part of the world to visit. From your Tour Director to the balance of the itinerary, we’re glad that you felt this tour offered plenty of opportunities for exploring, learning, and of course, enjoying delicious food. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hopjavascript:void(0);e to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Birthday Gift Ever

This was my first trip to Europe and I loved it, it was exciting & fascinating. My daughter & I were one of the 3 mother/daughter travelers in our wonderful group of 30 ranging in age from 21 to 83. The Go Ahead staff did a great job of answering all my questions & providing all necessary information in preparing for the trip. This included telling us to pack light since only 1 carryon or suitcase would be picked up by staff for transport between hotels, other bags you must load yourself. Also to bring light fitting clothing (it was already very hot in May but cool in the evenings), comfortable sneakers (most of the streets & sites are uphill on stone or marble, the Parthenon is really a challenge) hat, shades and plenty of sun screen (this is more expensive if purchased there) and changing our dollars to euros at one of the many available ATM's in Sorrento or Rome for the best exchange rates. Having a terrific Tour Director like Gloria made all the difference. She was very knowlegeable, personable, energetic & fun. On the bus trips shuttling us to our next locations she provided us with a fresh perspective on the behind the scene dramas of the people who once occupied the historic sites before we arrived. She took us to other places of interest in Rome & Athens that were not a part of our itinerary, such as the Pantheon and the Acropolis Museum. Gloria also had great recommendations for the places to enjoy the local cuisine (fresh, delicious & affordable), drinks, desserts & souvenir shops. She was very accommodating when we asked for a local beach to swim while in Athens, she had the tour bus drop us off at a nice private beach (5 Euros) upon returning from Cape Sounion. The local guides were also great and the best part was not waiting on long lines with the general public. The 4 hotels we stayed were all adequate & mostly centrally located. Our group agreed the Hotel Amalia in Nauplia, not so centrally located, was the best. The Metropolitan Hotel in Athens was nice enough, although located very near sites we visited, is the one that I would change to outside the city, perhaps somewhere along the scenic drive up Cape Sounion. Or better still, on the free day in Athens a boat tour up the coast instead of a bus ride. To sum it up I think Go Ahead Tours delivered on everything they promised and more, I would definitely consider travelling with them again.

 

Hi Angela! How amazing that you got to experience this tour with your daughter! That’s wonderful that there were other mother/daughter travelers in your group, too. We’re glad to hear our staff was helpful in answering your questions and providing useful tips along the way. It sounds like your Tour Director, specifically, gave you a very in-depth look into the local cultures. We’re also happy she was able to provide some surprises throughout your tour, such as visits to the Pantheon and the Acropolis Museum. We’re pleased to learn that you found the accommodations for this tour to be generally good. We appreciate your feedback regarding the hotels in Nauplia and Athens. We will be sure to pass your feedback along to our Operations team. Thank you for your valuable feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 03, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Worth Every Penny

I feel that with Go Ahead Tours, a person truly gets their money's worth. Everyone in my group was nice, and we all were eager to discover ancient Italy and Greece. I will definitely be going back again. The accommodations were spectacular, the food was delicious, and the sights were amazing. My only complaint would be that the portion in Greece could have used some more interesting sights, and perhaps one more day in Rome. Other than that, I feel that it was an absolutely wonderful trip, and well worth every penny.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 3/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fast Paced, Non-Stop Adventure

This was my second trip with Go Ahead and I'm struggling as to whether I should try this again. Granted if you like a fast paced, non-stop, go, Go, GO trip with very little free time to explore on your own then this is the trip for you. Our first issue with the trip was the getting there and coming home. We had two layovers coming and going each of which was anywhere from two and a half to five hours in length. Why? I have traveled to Europe two other times and only one layover. To arrived exhausted then go not-stop for 9 days and then travel for 19 hours to get back home is just awful. I have to rave about our tour guide who was amazing the entire trip. Raguel was awesome! She knew her stuff and shared with us tons of information about the sights we were seeing. Also Stuart, who guided us on our visit to ancient Rome and the Vatican was unbelievable in his knowledge of it's history. He was just wonderful. Luciana and Roberto both were awesome too as they led us in our visits to Capri and Pompeii. I do have to say if someone is considering this trip that maybe you carve out your own free time and explore. And why oh why did we not visit Nauplia during the day? That made no sense at all to the entire group. We went there in the dark, had dinner and then walked around in the dark. No shops were open at all. It was like dangling this delicious carrot in front of us but we couldn't have it. This little city looked to be amazing and we couldn't enjoy it. That needs to change. Hotels on this trip were excellent. No complaints there whatsoever. The Hotel Amalia was amazing and The St. George and it's location was just breathtaking. One more thing that needs to change is the extra excursions that are offered. When the guide says that everyone must go or no one goes really puts pressure on those of us who don't want to or can't due to finances make every extra add on that Go Ahead offers. Getting pressured by some to go just so they can is NOT acceptable. My next trip planned is an Alaskan cruise in 2017. I'm not sure if I will choose Go Ahead again or look to another tour company. Overall this was a good trip and I'm happy to have seen the incredible sights that we saw and we met some great people who joined us on this adventure. Go Ahead just needs to re-consider portions of this trip. Allow more free time, visit Nauplia during the day and work the flight itinerary to allow for only one layover.

 

Hello! We're so glad that a member of our Quality Control team was able to speak with you today regarding your tour. We're happy to learn that overall you enjoyed your time in Italy & Greece, though we regret that some aspects of the tour did not meet your expectations. It's good that we were able to address your concerns on the phone today, and we hope that our discussion quelled your concerns. Please give us a call if you have additional questions surrounding your tour experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on your tour of Alaska in 2017!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 30, 2016

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