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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

Maximum tour group size: 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

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

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 seasonal and runs 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, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. Due to events surrounding the Holy Year Jubilee in Rome in 2016, we cannot guarantee entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016.

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.

How's the weather?

  • 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 total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as feel comfortable 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. When you first arrive, 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 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 choose to 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.
  • 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 breeds 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, don’t miss sampling both 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. 
  • Sicilian cuisine in particular is heavily influenced by Spanish, Greek and Arab traditions. The Spanish brought New World influences to the region in the form of tomatoes, chocolate and maize, while the Arab influence can be tasted in recipes that include rice, spinach, saffron and citrus fruits. Regional specialties include arancini, cannoli and granita.  * 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

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F 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 and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Rome.

Currency

  • The euro is the currency you will be using 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 $6USD/CAD to $9USD/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. 

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: 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!

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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.

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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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Director

Our tour director Misia was OUTSTANDING!!!!! Her knowledge of everything that we need was superb and she was very friendly engaging and most of all HELPFUL......When our flight to leave was cancelled, she came with us to the airport (although she wasn't scheduled to) to make sure that we were taken care of. Her support and assistance was very beneficial as we did not speak Italian....In a word she was AWESOME!!!! and I would hope that any Tour Director that I would have in the future be the same.************* Sharon G.

 

Hi Sharon! We love to hear that your Tour Director made you feel supported and assisted throughout your tour. It sounds like she added a lot of value to your experience, and we will be sure to share this with her supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A Life time of memories

I promised my granddaughter when she was five years old that I would take her to Italy. Fourteen was the perfect age. I loved watching her face every turn we made. This will give me joy the rest of my life and hopefully my granddaughter as well. The hotel rooms were always good and a couple were perfect. The food was wonderful. The sights great, especially the churches. It was money well spent. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour guide ever

My tour through Italy was great. Beautiful country great accommodations, what made the tour wonderful was our tour guide David M. He loves his country and has a passion for sharing his home and knowledge of it with everyone on the tour. Thanks again David.

 

Hi Donald! We're thrilled that you enjoyed your tour of Italy. It's great to know that your Tour Director's enthusiasm and expertise shone through and enhanced your experience. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 12, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loving Italy

My husband and I visited Italy during the Grand Tour of Italy and absolutely LOVED it!! Our Tour Director, Sylvana, was awesome - asking each of us at the beginning of the tour what we hoped to see, what we expected from the tour, and then delivering it! We saw and did so much, the meals were excellent, and the convenience of being on a tour with knowledgeable tour guides was invaluable! Sylvana not only tailored the tour to meet our wishes, but her knowledge about what stores to shop at to get the best quality souvenirs at the best deals was also much appreciated. My husband and I are already excitedly discussing our next GoAhead Tour!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director EVER!!!

Overall great trip with a small (24) group. Our tour director was the best I've ever had. He was very knowledgeable about his country and its history. He kept us entertained with his stories and his wonderful singing. He showed much for concern for us, our opinions and our safety. He kept us informed about everything we were about to do from one day to the next. I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. Most of our hotels were very nice. The included dinners sometimes left a lot to be desired. One of the dinners looked like a Swanson TV dinner. The breakfasts at the hotels were very good and we usually ate lunch and dinner on our own. These were always good and what you would expect. Go Ahead is the best tour company I have experienced.

 

Hi Judith! We’re delighted that you feel your Tour Director was the best you’ve had. We will be sure to pass along your great feedback to his supervisor. We are sorry to hear that the included dinners did not meet your expectations and will definitely share your experience with 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 | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Overwhelming!

As soon as we met our Tour Director, Stefania, my wife Sherrie and I KNEW we were going to have a ball! She was funny, kind, professional, and SUPER knowledgeable. Stefania almost single-handedly made this tour as fantastic as it was. We had been over the itinerary many times trying to anticipate all the places we were going to see, but our expectations were always exceeded. There was so much packed into this itinerary that the only way you could see it all is to have a leader who imposes discipline on the group so that no one causes the others to be late. 7:00 AM departures were the norm, as was exhaustion at bedtime. We are in our 70's and had to opt out of a couple of small things just to be ambulatory the next morning. However, we always managed to keep up, even though we were often dead last. I'd like to emphasize: This is predominately a series of WALKING TOURS, and as with us, you may also have to reach down into yourself and draw out energy you never thought you had. It is well worth it. Cruising beautiful Lake Como on the 3rd day with the Pre-Alps in its background was a gentle introduction to what was to come and helped shake off the jet lag, but from then on we were hustling if we weren't riding from town to town. There are so many awesome sights to see on this 2-week tour, there is no way to pack them in this short note. I'll simply say that of all the sights we enjoyed Pompeii and the ruins of Ancient Rome the most. Also, Dinner with the Tenors was fantastic, a wonderful combination of food, music and comedy. Our group consisted of 31 tourists, Stefania and Vincente, our fearless bus driver who maneuvered that big cruiser through narrow auto, scooter and bicycle congested streets. By the end of the tour, we all felt like family. Our only regret was that we didn't opt for the 2-day extension to spend more time in Rome. Now we're going to have to go back AGAIN just to see all of Rome. Dang! I can't say enough about how great Stefania, Vinny, the specialty tour guides and the folks in the Go Ahead office were. I wholeheartedly recommend them for any trip you choose. Thanks again, gang!

 

Hi Max! We’re glad you and your wife were impressed with your Tour Director. It sounds like her knowledge and enthusiasm really enhanced your trip, and we’re happy to hear it. You’re right that this is an action-packed itinerary and covers a lot of ground. Traveling can certainly be exhausting at times, but we agree that it’s all worth it! It’s wonderful to know that your group felt like family by the end of the tour. Traveling in a group is a fabulous way to meet like-minded friends! Thank you for your wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming you on this tour again – next time with the extension!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour I have ever taken

This was the most wonderful tour that I have ever taken, we wish we will be able to take other tours with this company. The itinerary was great, we did not expect to see this many places, the food was awesome, some of the hotels were great and some were fine, and that was expected because remember we were in Europe and not USA. The tour director was great also the bus and the driver. We had the best of our life time on this trip.

 

Hi Serpouhi! Thank you for your wonderful feedback on the food, hotels, and Go Ahead staff. We are so happy to hear this was the best tour you've ever taken, and we certainly hope you will join us again on another adventure soon!

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

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