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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 Bologna.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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 Flight1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Lake Como Region2 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 $79*pp 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. In addition, this excursion is only offered 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)

Venice2 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 view its soaring basilica

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

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

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

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65*pp 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 $165*pp 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)

Florence3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Florence via Bologna

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, stop in Bologna where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch and to explore the beautiful Piazza Maggiore and surrounding  fish and vegetable markets.

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

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

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

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

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75*pp 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 $109*pp 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)

Assisi2 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 basilicas. 

• 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 $89*pp 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)

Sorrento2 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 $105*pp 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)

Rome2 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 $79*pp Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!

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

Day 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 $99*pp Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

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 $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.

Rome2 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 - Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting $75*pp Details

Leave the city behind and enjoy an afternoon in Lazio’s wine country. Begin your excursion with a stop at Castel Gandolfo, a gorgeous village draped on the shores of Lake Albano. You’ll have the opportunity to stroll through the square that’s home to the Papal Palace, the Pope’s summer residence. Later, you’ll travel to a vineyard in nearby Ariccia for a wine tasting, where you’ll sample a variety of wines as well as homemade olive oils and other specialties.

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

Day 16: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: the Papal Basilica of St. Paul & the Catacombs $65*pp 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 the Papal Basilica of St. Paul, 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
Temperature Precipitation
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your tour. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are officially not allowed in churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Italy. It is always advisable to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

While most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts while on tour. In Italy, the cuisine varies by region. Venice and Northern Italy are known for their meats and pastries, Tuscany for its wine, oil and sauces, Rome and Southern Italy for their pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias—small restaurants set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long, boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American- or English-style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in major cities and currently gaining in popularity, especially in Northern Italy and in Rome.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Milan’s Malpensa Airport and depart from Rome. When you first arrive at Malpensa Airport, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting another traveler to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities of Venice, Florence and Rome by public transportation. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors, or purchase single tickets at each dock. Venice is also a great city to explore on foot. Florence is split into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most of the attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome has one of Europe’s best metro systems, serving all the major attractions, from the Roman ruins to Vatican City. Tickets can be purchased separately or in bulk and also cover bus and tram travel.

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. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

Electricity

Italy uses the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

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

Currency

The euro is the currency you will use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is 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, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the Cirrus and Plus networks, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Sabra is the Best Tour Director

I have dreamed of going to Italy for over 40 years! I've read books, seen documentaries and movies that flamed that desire. As the tour date got closer I began to worry ( I have stage IV Ovarian Cancer) that I wouldn't be able to do everything and that maybe it wouldn't hold up to my expectations. From the moment we arrived at the hotel in Milan Sabra, our tour director, was fantastic. She had us checked in and our bags already in our room before we got to the room. Sabra was able to accommodate all of the people on the tour. Two people had walkers. Whenever possible Sabra had a cab take them to our final destination while the rest of us enjoyed a super walking tour that was narrated by various local guides. Sabra is so knowledgable of the history and current Italy that during the bus rides to the different cities time seemed to fly while we soaked up everything Sabra told us. She made historical Italy come alive! If you are planning a vacation i suggest you start by calling Go Ahead Tours and asking what tours Sabra is directing. you wont be sorry!By the way, Italy is absolutely gorgeous! The architecture, the sculptures, the paintings, mosaics, frescoes and people were incredible! Don't miss the Vatican City! It was a vacation of a lifetime! Thank you Sabra!!

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Pam, We are thrilled that you enjoyed your time on tour with Sabra as your tour director! Please know that we are wishing you the best during your treatment and recovery!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 14, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Tour - Outstanding Tour Director

The Grand Tour of Italy was an absolutely amazing tour and our tour director was outstanding. I would definitely use Go Ahead Tours for my next vacation and would certainly recommend them. Despite a few complications with some of the individuals who were part of our tour, our tour director did an absolutely outstanding and amazing job with coordinating and arranging special assistance for them. The accommodations and local tour guides for the various locations we visited were excellent as well. One thing I would mention to anyone looking to book the Grand Tour of Italy is to keep in mind that this tour requires fairly extensive walking and at times can be tiring.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Tour Director Was Fantastic

From beginning to end, this tour was amazing. The accommodations were fantastic. There is no way for Go Ahead to control what happens with airlines; however, they made EVERY effort to help alleviate stress when issues arose. Our tour director, Sabra, was FANTASTIC. Knowledgeable, caring. She made the tour from beginning to end, the most memorable it could possibly be. I would not hesitate to use Go Ahead in the future -- and will. We are already planning our next adventure. In addition, I would specifically request Sabra for any available tour. Again, she was FANTASTIC!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour and Tour Director; Sabra

What can one say to the best time in one, if not the best, country in Europe. The trip was packed with wonderful sites, great food, great accommodations, and the most excellent tour guide one could have asked to meet. Nothing presented problems that Sabra couldn't overcome. I've never seen anyone like her handle so many different personalities so skillfully and deftly. Nothing but praises for the complete tour. We saw so many wonderful places and flavored so much of Italy that could be packed into 14 days; my only regret was that I didn't go all the way and stay for the extended tour. I'll never do that again because I feel I missed something I can never get back--those who stayed behind for those days were great companion travelers. All the extended excursions were well beyond worth the added expense. I really can't express totally in words how much I enjoyed this tour. The time frame of March was perfect because the crowds were less. We could actually stroll through the churches and sites and still find our guide easily. The weather was a bit cold in Como, still the cruise was great, but as we made our way south it became warmer. Am so looking forward to my next adventure to France. Thanks for all the great people you employ; Sabra, Marco (in Venice), Pia (in Verona), Marco (in Siena?), I can't remember our guide's name in Florence, and I can't remember our guide's name in (in Pompeii/Herculenium); they made the trip great.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful experience

A dream trip! It was a wonderful time that made the dream of experiencing the Italian lifestyle a reality! Already planning a return trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Time/Great People

We had a fabulous time and met a group of wonderful people. While this trip was very rigorous it met our expectations of seeing a great deal of Italy. The relationships with our fellow travelers added to our experience and our Tour Director Andrea was outstanding.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was the most relaxing trip we have ever taken Our bus driver Marco took care of the driving and navigating that we've always done on a trip. Our tour director Sabra gave us an education in the history and architecture of Italy that was outstanding. She had talented local tour guides at each location as well as advice on quality and memorable gifts. She obviously loves her job and cares for the people on her tour. I would highly recommend Go Ahead Tours. The employees from the booking and planning of the trip, the bus driver, tour director, and local guides are all top of the line with courtesy and knowledge. The Rome extension of the trip is a must since it is too large a city to explore in the tour time. We are thinking of another trip to Italy to cover the Southern part, hopefully with Sabra. Susan and Gary Sept 18 to October 5 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/30/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

World Class Travel through Go Ahead Tours

My husband and I just returned home following our Go Ahead "Grand Tour of Italy" - 15 days of stress-free, informative, top-notch travel with the very capable assistance of our Tour Director Sylvana and Driver, Pasquale. Throughout our tour, Sylvana recommended additional features and local highlights that would make our tour even more special. Her knowledge of Italy's history and customs were especially appreciated as we traveled by coach from one destination to another. Go Ahead's materials say "Dinner included" but don't take this to mean run-of-the-mill dining. Each stop had us enjoying four-course, delicious meals Sylvana had ordered prior to our arrival. Food is an important feature of this tour. For two full weeks, we toured without stress or anxiety. Prior to making our reservations with Go Ahead Tours, my husband and I entertained the thought of renting an apartment and exploring the country on our own. We wouldn't have experienced anywhere near what we did through Go Ahead and we were able to leave the stresses of travel, lodging and meals behind. We are so grateful to Go Ahead, Sylvana and Pasquale for providing an experience that will live with us for a lifetime. Thank you!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From:

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Most knowledgable and pleasant Tour Director

Being the only couple on this tour who was not from the North American continent we were somewhat concerned about the experience at the start of the tour, even though we were traveling with 2 friends from Minnesota. In the event we were made very welcome by all the fellow travelers and the icing on the cake was the Tour Director, David who was English, and who kept us entertained with his extensive knowledge, both historical and practical. His command of Italian was excellent and he was always willing to help people. All the hotels were of a very good standard although some were much better than others. Overall we felt that it was one of the best tours we have done and although we indicated that we would recommend the tour to our friends it is highly unlikely that non-American friends would book with Go Ahead Tours since you do not seem to operate outside the North American market.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour of Italy

I picked this tour because it visited the areas that I wanted to see. Our tour director "Sara" was fabulous. She made the trip special. The bus was comfortable and looked new. We had problems at some of the hotels: poor wifi, broken elevator, air conditioning not working in one. But overall we were happy. The problem that I had was with the local tour guides. Most were fine but the ones in Rome were very long winded. They would stand in one spot and talk for 35 min. We only had 20 min. In the Collesium. We really didn't see the Forum at all. The worst was Saint Peters. We spent 4 1/2 hrs. at the Vatican and only got 20 min. In Saint Peters. My wife almost cried. Fortunately we purchased two extra days. We went back to these sites and my wife was very happy. I would suggest anyone taking this tour to stay the two extra days.

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