Grand Tour of Italy

15 days
The true question in Italy is “Where not to go?” The country is teeming with history, personality and beauty, making the travel possibilities virtually endless. On this sweeping tour of Italy, you’ll explore legendary cities like Venice, Florence and Rome and smaller-yet-iconic towns like Assisi and Ferrara.

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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 cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 6 three-course dinners with wine or beer

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Lake Como Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Milan

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to Como and get settled in your hotel. Then, meet your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Como & Villa Carlotta

  Included meals: Breakfast

Head out on a morning trip to explore Como, known for its mix of cultural and natural attractions.

• Enjoy free time in Como for lunch and shopping, while admiring the lakeside views

• Transfer to Villa Carlotta to admire spectacular views from the elaborate villa gardens

• Alternatively, if entrance to Villa Carlotta is out of season, take a funicular to Brunate

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $79pp* Details

Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio

Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you’ll sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner. This excursion is only offered from March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

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

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Venice via Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today you’ll travel east to Venice, stopping in Verona for a guided walking tour of the city’s UNESCO-recognized historic district, passing by the Verona Arena, House of Juliet, Piazza delle Erbe and Lamberti’s Tower.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrate

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Florence via Ferrara

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, stop in Ferrara where you’ll have free time for lunch and to explore the city’s historic center, home to beautiful Renaissance architecture including Este Castle and Pallazo dei Diamanti.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a guided tour of Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance.

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

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

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

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

Later, enjoy free time to continue exploring Florence on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75pp* Details

Head to the hilltop town of Fiesole, home to stunning views of nearby Florence that have been prized since pre-Roman times. Here, you’ll be treated to some of the region’s best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner.

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

Day 8: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $109pp* Details

Discover the essence of Tuscany on a full-day excursion. In Siena, a local guide introduces you to the town and its black-and-white marble duomo, where you’ll find brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. You’ll have some free time to explore the Campo, the square that serves as the center of civic life in Siena. Then, journey through the countryside to the town of San Gimignano, where you’ll have some free time to explore the city’s medieval towers or simply admire the Tuscan hills. Later, you’ll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

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

Assisi 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Assisi's basilicas

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through spectacular Umbria to hillside Assisi, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the town’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

• Visit Assisi’s lower and upper basilicas

• See Giotto’s magnificent frescoes and other late medieval art

Day 10: Free day in Assisi

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Assisi or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Perugia: City Highlights & Wine Tasting $89pp* Details

Discover Perugia on a guided tour. You’ll visit the Rocca Paolina, Perugia Cathedral, the Palazzo dei Priori, the Fontana Maggiore and the shops of Corso Vannucci. Enter the Collegio del Cambio, home to the historic exchange guild, to view famous, well-preserved frescoes. Then, enjoy lunch featuring a typical Umbrian dish. You’ll also sample three wines—a local white, red and vinsanto, or dessert wine.

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

Sorrento 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sorrento via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

En route to Sorrento, stop in Pompeii for a guided tour of the city’s famed ruins.

• Discover how Roman citizens lived before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79

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

Day 12: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Sorrento or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island $105pp* Details

Travel by ferry to the fabled Isle of Capri, a beloved resort since the days of the Roman Republic. Weather permitting, you’ll enjoy a mini-cruise around the island. Later, you'll enjoy free time to discover why everyone from Roman emperors to Sophia Loren wants to spend their vacation in Capri. If weather prohibits a mini-cruise, you’ll travel to the village of Anacapri, which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Rome and follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with 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 evening exploring the city 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 14: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Celebrate your trip with your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

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

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore Rome.

Add Rome Starting from $299 pp

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

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome at your leisure or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ancient Ostia Antica $85pp* Details

Situated on the Mediterranean at the mouth of the Tiber River, Ostia was once the bustling seaport for the city of Rome and home to more than 50,000 people in the second century. When the Roman Empire fell, the port was abandoned and eventually covered in silt from the river—a natural phenomenon that preserved much of the ancient architecture. You’ll take a guided tour of the excavated city, viewing the remnants of the Ancient Roman lifestyle, including a forum, a theater, bars and restaurants, public baths, religious temples and apartment blocks, many of which are still decorated with the original mosaics and painted walls.

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

Day 16: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another full free day exploring Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs $65pp* Details

Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to St. Paul’s Basilica, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 17: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Como, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Assisi, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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Passport & visa requirements

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

Tour pace

* You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs. * Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the amount of walking on your tour. * You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks. * 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 Milan Malpensa airport and depart from Rome. 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.  * Please note that the transfer between Milan Malpensa airport and your hotel in the Lake Como region is typically more than an hour drive. Please contact us with any questions regarding this transfer.  * Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of your tour. * 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 Italy.  * At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. * If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered. * If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to 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

* Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries.  * Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.  * In Umbria, be sure to sample the reds and whites produced around Orvieto and Perugia. * 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 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

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.  * 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 hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

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

Time zones

* Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).  * When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

* You will use the euro on this tour.  * 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.

Museums in Florence

* If you are interested in visiting any of Florence's many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. See uffizi.org for the Uffizi Gallery or accademia.org for the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellence

Did the Grand Tour of Italy.....What an experience of seeing the most part and beautiful Italy......from North to the South , food, hotels, driving and see the country side of Italy is just beautiful.....I loved it and had a good time in Italy and see the most beautiful part of the Country.....thankyou for everything ...its worth it....looking for more Tour next year...Wish you all a Happy Holidays and enjoy life while we can...

 

Hello! We’re thrilled that you loved exploring Italy! We’re also glad to learn that you were satisfied with all the beautiful stops on the itinerary. Thank you for your fabulous review. We can’t wait to welcome you on your tours to both Scandinavia and the Greek Islands in 2017!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beyond my Expectations

This was not just a sightseeing tour, this was an inspiring, remarkable history lesson given by an excellent tour director and tour guides in each place we visited. Our tour director was full of interesting facts, she was engaging and fun, and so organized that every part of the tour went smoothly. And after three prior experiences with tour guides, I'd have to say those on this trip far out-shined any others. I'd recommend this trip wholeheartedly!

 

Hi Virginia! We’re delighted that you felt informed and taken care of by your Tour Director. We’re also glad to learn that you enjoyed your local guides. We will be sure to share this feedback internally. Thank you for recommending this tour. We hope you will travel with us again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 10/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wishlist fullfilled!

I loved the tour, never a dull moment, the director, bus driver and other tour guides were great! they knew and talked about everything...I Loved It!! missed my trip 4 years ago, so glad I got this one. walked a lot but you got the feel of how it was and felt part of history.

 

Hi Vivian! We’re delighted that you enjoyed every aspect of your tour! Thank you for your review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastico!

I knew Go Ahead was a great company as I had been on the "Edinburgh and the Castles of Scotland" tour the year prior and I was super excited to explore so much of Italy. What a beautiful country. I really loved all of it, from the North in Lake Como, Verona, Venice, Florence, the Tuscan hill towns, Assisi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri, Rome and I wish we could have just kept on travelling. Alas, my boyfriend and dogs were calling me back to California, but my memories and experiences will tide me over for years to come. Our tour director Misia was charming, funny and full of great tips, history and warmth. She did a wonderful job, as did our driver Raphael, who navigated the bus with ease on super windy and narrow roads. The cuisine was delicious, you really can't get a bad meal in Italy. Everything is so fresh and even though there is a lot of pasta, each was completely different and exquisitely seasoned. Amazing cheese, salami, bread, truffles, wine and of course the desserts: gelato, tiramisu and pastries. The artwork and scenery was beyond and I came home feeling like it was all a dream. A trip of a lifetime, truly.

1 / 3
 

Hi Sharon! After having such a wonderful experience in Scotland, we’re thrilled that your time in Italy was just as incredible. We’re so glad you loved it all! We can definitely relate to not wanting the trip to end, although like you said, you always have the amazing memories (and photos!) from your time there. Of course, you can always go back! Thank you for the wonderful feedback regarding your Tour Director and bus driver. It sounds like their expertise and personable manner enhanced your trip, and we’re glad to hear it. We will be sure to let them know. We completely agree that it’s tough to find a bad meal in Italy. The fresh ingredients combined with the mouthwatering recipes are definitely worth crossing an ocean for! Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Sharon. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Grand tour of Italy

Our tour director was very good and made the trip so enjoyable. She was constantly filling us in on information as we toured around on the bus. My only drawback for the whole tour would be that there were many optional trips which were quite expensive. But the places we went to, the restaurants we ate had, and the general overall trip was very good.

 

Hi Michael! We’re thrilled that your Tour Director added value to your experience. It sounds like she kept your group informed and engaged along the way! We will be sure to share your feedback with her. Regarding optionals, we offer extra excursions for those who are looking for unique experiences and for those who prefer to be more active. For those who want to relax and leisurely explore their destination on their own, choosing not to include any optionals means that you have more time to do just that. It really depends on the traveler. We build in a certain amount of flexibility to our tours because we recognize that everyone is different in terms of pace preference, interests, and more. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Grand Tour of Italy

This is my wife and my second trip with Go Ahead Tours. We wanted to have the opportunity to see as many sites as possible and still have time to ourselves. This trip met both of goals. There is not a need to provide an overview of the itinerary as the printed information does a nice job of highlighting the cities and sites. First and foremost, our tour Director Stefania did an excellent job. She was very knowledgeable and gave detailed explanations of the sites and history of the various places we visited. She provided maps and highlighted iconic sites that were important to visit. We had 29 people in our tour group which turned out to be a nice number for this trip. What a great group. We met so many wonderful people and can not begin to express how much fun we had. We did three tour extensions. The first was the gondola ride with music in Venice. This was not a good value or experience. My wife and I are rather tall and we had to sit sideways in the gondola.....uncomfortable to say the least. The music was a singer in the gondola ahead of us which we only heard when we were not going around a corner. Then the gondola went out in the Grand Canal. I felt safer canoeing in Canada and Minnesota than this experience. I couldn't wait to get out of the gondola. If I had known, I would have hired a gondola ride when I arrived and it would have been a better experience and cheaper. The second extension was Siena and San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns. This was an excellent extension and was well worth the cost. It ended with a wine tasting that was enjoyable although the tasting ended with a low pressure sales pitch for their wine. The third extension was to Vatican City. This a must see tour extension. The Museum, St. Peters, and Sistine Chapel were wonderful. As anticipated, there was a nice balance between tour sites and free time. We enjoyed having some free time to explore on our own or just relax in a cafe with liquid refreshment. My wife and I would certainly recommend this trip as it provides the opportunity to experience a variety of cities and sites. If you have Stefania as your tour director....even better. Well done Go Ahead.

 

Hi Jeffery! We’re so glad that this itinerary allowed you and your wife to see and do all that you had hoped on your tour of Italy. We’re also delighted to learn that your Tour Director’s expertise and assistance added value to your experience. We will be sure to share your generous feedback with her. Regarding the gondola optional, we regret that it did not meet your expectations. We offer two gondola optionals – a group version, which you signed up for, and a private version. The group version of this optional includes the serenade of a musician, which is shared among the group. Due to the limiting size of the gondolas, the musician must ride in only one of the them. We regret that you didn’t feel like you could enjoy the music as you would have liked, due to this configuration. We will be sure to communicate your feedback to our Product Development team for evaluation. We certainly take your feedback very seriously, as we want all of our travelers to come away from each tour and optional feeling satisfied. We’re glad that you felt the other optionals were worthwhile, such as your visit to San Gimignano. It’s also great to know that you felt the balance of free time and guided time was well-designed and that you enjoyed visiting all the sites. Thank you for your thoughtful feedback. We hope to welcome you and your wife on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing!

A most awesome vacation in Italy! Had never booked with Go Ahead Tours but would most definitely deal with them In the future. Began in Milan ending in Rome. Six cities in all. Go Ahead is a highly efficient tour company. The hotels were clean with friendly staff. Our tour guide, David, accompanied our group of 34 to each beautiful destination. His vast knowledge of Italy is astounding. Our driver, Vincenzo, was attentive and delightful. Will likely sign up again in the spring!!! Sharon L

 

Hi Sharon! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your first Go Ahead tour! We also thank you for your kind words about our company and our team. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 01, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: QC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

An angel over me

I enjoyed my trip and loved all the cities visited ! Had a miss adventure losing my purse with my passport, money, Kees , phone and more. As I was on the move, our director David suggested that I would make a police report as soon as we reach the next destination... The group I was with was most supportive and the director was reconforting trying to find solutions and ease my stresses. Once in Venice and as I was just about getting into the hotel Villa Mabapa, saw David running towards me telling me that the Verona Police had called and had found a little pouch with all my belongings ( glad I had my itinerary in there! ). As I decided to return to Verona the same evening, David clearly explained to me and my bo the way to return to Verona and back before the last train and the last boat before midnight... Et Voila ! All went well and nothing was missing, was very happy and relieved since then as I believed honest people exist and not only thieves in that world ! I was named then from all the group "lucky Sylvia" as I had an angel watching over me !

 

Hi ‘Lucky Sylvia!’ We’re happy you enjoyed visiting all the remarkable places throughout your journey. We can’t get over how fortunate you were to get your purse back! That’s outstanding! We’re also glad that your Tour Director played an important role in ensuring its return. Our goal is for you to have a smooth and successful trip, and our staff will always do everything they can to make that happen. Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We hope you’ll travel with us again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | December 09, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KS

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

could have been better

We have taken three other trips with Go Ahead and this was my least of my favorites. Mainly because of our tour director. I think if I was to book a future trip with Go Ahead and she ends up being our director I will not go! In the past the directors we have had were nothing short of being the best at what they do. Always going over and above what needed to be done and expected. This trip was nothing like it. I think our director was facing burn out and needs to give it up! What we seen felt rushed and every thing that we did she seemed upset with. Some of the negitive feelings came from an elderly couple that should have never been on this trip in the first place. They were unable to do stairs and the used walkers. That meant for the rest of the people on tour had to phyically carry them up and down stairs. It took away from where we could go and how long we were able to stay. The older couple feel numerous times and needed medical attention. One more thing about our tour director was she was more concerned about selling her own products to us then any thing eles. Not my favorite!

 

Dear Shannon, We regret that this tour did not meet your expectations. We are glad that a member of our Quality Control team was able to reach out to you about your experience, as we care deeply about the quality of your tour. First of all, we regret that your Tour Director's efforts did not enhance your trip, as other Go Ahead Tour Directors have in the past. We take this feedback very seriously, and we will be sure to communicate it to the relevant departments. Regarding the physical demands of our tours, we want to work with travelers to ensure that the trip they choose is not one that will be overly ambitious. This is a point of emphasis which we are working to address with all of our phone staff along with our website, as there are multiple ways to reserve a tour. We regret that this tour was too difficult for some members of your tour and that it affected your ability to enjoy yourself, as a result. We certainly do not want that to be case. We hope that your communication with our Quality Control team offered some satisfaction and clarity with regard to what steps we are taking to prevent this from happening in the future. Thank you very much for taking the time to share your valuable feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Super

I and My husband had a great time, this tour was a good vacation better than we expected we might repeat this tour again, we traveled with friend and it was a lot of fun, greatly recommended

 

Hi Haydee! We're so glad you recommend this tour. Thank you for your review, and let us know if you want to go again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

#1 on My Bucket List- done

This tour was FABULOUS!!!!! It was my first trip to Italy and I was totally thrilled. Our days were nicely filled with enough 'free' time to explore on our own. The itinerary was comprehensive and gave us a good taste of each region traveled. Our tour guide, Tini G., went the extra mile to give us a great Italian experience. Alfonso, our bus captain, was also excellent. I would highly recommend this tour...to anyone looking for a great, leisurely Italian experience.

 

Hi Linda! We’re so glad you enjoyed your first taste of Italy! We’re thrilled to learn that the itinerary suited your needs and offered a good balance of touring and independent exploration. We appreciate your feedback on both your Tour Director and bus driver, and we will be sure to share it with our team internally. Thank you for reviewing your tour, and we hope to welcome you on another soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AWESOME

We had the best group ever....Our tour director Tini and our bus drive Alphonso were the best ever. I am ready to go back. we are trying to get the group together again for another tour in the next year or so. It was a wonderful trip of a life time.

 

Hi Angela! We’re thrilled to hear you’re ready to go back! Thank you for your wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our 1st Trip

This was our 1st trip out of the country, I talked to several companies, I really liked the girl I talked to, Jamie, she was very easy and helpful, after that every time I called it was an easy expierence, everything was handle and just great. Our group was awesome!! We were so pleased that we booked another trip to Italy 2 weeks after we got home and friends are going with us. Sincerely, Vito and Sue Ostuni

 

Hello! We’re thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your first trip abroad and that you liked your tour so much you booked another one within two weeks of returning home. Wow! We appreciate your feedback on our Customer Service team, and we’re glad you had a great time with your tour group. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to your next Italy tour!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Expierence

If you want to get a true taste of Italy this is the tour for you. I strongly suggest you sign up for all the side trips. Tour director and all the guides were wonderful. Food was good for a tour. Hotels were better than most tours. All in all a great expierence.

 

Hi Robert! We're so glad you feel this tour provides a true taste of Italy. We're also pleased that you would recommend all of the optionals. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 17, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bellisimo

The two week Grand Tour of Italy overall was a delightful experience. Our tour director and driver were fabulous and our travelling pals were very considerate and fun. The only dispointment was that it had to come to an end. Go Ahead ... I'll be back.

 

Hello! Thank you so much for the kind review. We can’t wait to welcome you back on tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 17, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

A busy tour

This tour was definitely a "greatest hits" of Italy. It was so nice to get to experience so may cities. This was a very active tour, and I think I was feeling more ambitious when I scheduled it in regard to the itinerary being so comprehensive and full. I'm glad I did it now as opposed to in 10-15 years. I think my next vacation will be a little less iternary intense, fewer destinations and more down time. With this said, I'm so glad I got a sampler with Italy. I never would have experienced my favorite cities, if I didn't have the opportunity to see as many cities as we did. You can create more down time for yourself with this tour by skipping some of the activities. For this reason, I only did 3 of the excursions. Our tour guide, Mariana, was excellent. She was personable, knowledgable, and interesting. She went above and beyond to make sure everyone was taken care of. Only other suggestion would be to have had more time in the city of Como as opposed to at the castle scheduled for our trip back to Lake Como. We had so much time at the castle we didn't know what to do after we saw everything. The city however would have been fun to explore more of.

 

Hi Jen! We’re so glad you enjoyed the “greatest hits” of Italy! You’re right that this is a relatively active tour, due to its comprehensive itinerary. It’s true that Go Ahead’s optionals give each traveler the opportunity to customize their tour, as well as to determine their own pacing. We’re glad you took advantage of some of the optionals, as many of them are rated very highly by previous travelers. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director, and we’re glad that her efforts to go the extra mile exemplified her care and concern for your group. Thank you for your suggestion to include more time in Como. We will be sure to share that suggestion with our Product Development team for consideration on future departures. We appreciate your wonderful review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

In love with Italy

My daughter and I wanted a shared experience to travel. We chose Go Ahead Tours based on the reviews we read. From the moment we decided on the trip until our departure from Rome, everything ran smoothly. Go Ahead Tours accommodated a change in itinerary tailored to our needs. Fabulous doesn't seem the right word to describe our time. Travel. Hotels. FOOD - did I mention the food?? Our tour guide David Fenn was both engaging and knowledgeable. He went above and beyond to give our group a truly memorable experience. Looking into another trip to France.

1 / 4
 

Hi Stephanie! What a special mother/daughter experience! Between your Tour Director and the delicious cuisine, we’re so glad it was a memorable trip for you and your daughter. Let us know when you’re ready to go back!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

My husband and I have just returned from the Grand Tour of Italy excursion and cannot say enough about all of the aspects of the trip. The Hotels were adequate, quaint and clean. The food and liquid refreshment were authentic, delicious and in abundance. The scenery and side trips awe inspiring. Our tour guide, David, was exceptional. His knowledge of ALL the locations we visited, together with general history of the country, along with his attention to detail, availability and responsiveness to accommodate your needs went above and beyond. A trip of a lifetime!

1 / 1
 

Hi Leslie! We're thrilled to learn that you and your husband had a great time on tour. We appreciate your feedback on your hotels, meals, and Tour Director. We will be sure to share it with our Operations team. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful trip!

My two sisters and I had the most wonderful time in Italiy! Everything was well planned, on time, and efficiently carried out. We met great people from all aver the US and Canada. We learned about the amazing history of the country; we visited incredible places, and we were lead by a very knowledgeable tour guide. Thanks Goahead!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A lifetime memory

It was our first time to Italy and Europe as it is and we couldn't have made a better choice. This tour is just perfect. Our Tour Director, Misia, was awesome as was our driver, Rafaele. We had a great group and sure had some real fun. This was the gift for our daughter's 15th Birthday and she loved every minute of it. Italy is a beautiful country, everywhere you go and although sometimes we were at the border of heat exhaustion (it was hot!) we had a blast. Everything was perfectly planned, on time, no hiccups and we were able to see an incredible amount of things on a relatively short period of time. We recommend GoAhead to everybody and will book with them for future trips, for sure.

1 / 4
 

Hi Mae! We’re so glad your first trip to Europe and birthday gift to your daughter was a success. It’s great to know that she enjoyed every minute of it. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director, and we’re pleased to learn that all the details went off without a hitch. Thank you for recommending Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

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