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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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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 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 $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)

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 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)

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

• 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)

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 $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)

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 $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)

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 $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.

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 - 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: St. Paul’s Basilica & 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 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
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.

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well worth it!

Tour dirdctor Stefania excellent: personable, knowledgeable, efficient. Scenery magnificent. Itinerary fulfilling and a comfortable pace. Be prepared with comfortabke walking shoes as stones, granite and many, many steps are unrelenting. Hotels good but some on tour got excellent rooms with views most of the time and others, including me, got very small rooms with virtually no views. Food very good to excellent, but ya gotta.love pasta. Prices reasonable especially since value of Euro was relativeky close to dollar and taxes and tips included in most charges. Weather was excellent and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Driver, Maximo, was very helpful for luggage.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Grand Tour of Italy - July 2015

Overall, we had a lovely time!! The tour is organized well and has nice accommodations. We loved having the option to have a free day as sometime you find other activities you prefer to do or just need a day to rest and enjoy the wine. The meals were good but not amazing. Most of the pasta dishes that were provided were great, the protein entree was monotonous, too much chicken and beef. We were by the sea and would have thought that fish and seafood would have been abundant. We only did carry on luggage so we would never be without it. Unfortunately, when we arrived to the airport, they were not able to fit our bags on the bus. I guess the bus was much smaller than it was supposed to. (this was not the same bus that we used for the tour, thank goodness) They did deliver our luggage about an hour or so after we got to our hotel just as our tour director had promised. The best thing about a tour is that they take care of transportation and all the long lines. That was awesome and our tour director did a fantastic job with this!! As well as our bus driver! You pay quite a bit for the tour, but at the end when you tip and calculate up the amount the tour director and bus driver get from the group, you kind of feel ripped off. They did a GREAT job, don't get me wrong, but I sure hope they get paid a decent - good salary from GoAhead. If you ask me, they should include the tip in the cost of the trip and then if you want to give them something extra, you can. Instead, we felt like we had to give a the recommended amount, therefore, we felt like we were paying them, not tipping them.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great tour for all ages

First things first, huge kudos to Tamara. She is an outstanding tour guide and she made the trip interesting and fun. I very much appreciate Go Ahead for its thoughtful selections on everything from tour guides to the "little extras." I was not as happy with the meals on this tour as I have been on other tours, but I think it's more because I am not a huge pasta fan. This tour is fairly fast-paced, and I would have liked to have more free time on some of our stops, i.e. the Adriatic during our time in Venice, but overall, it was a fantastic trip. I am looking forward to my next tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy is FABULOSO!

My Go Ahead Tour to Italy was absolutely the most fabulous vacation I have EVER taken in my life! The history & culture are amazing, the cuisine superb and the Tour Director & Bus Driver were professional and amazing in making us feel the true culture of Italy!! My girlfriend and I got to sit back and enjoy EVERY minute of our vacation as the entire itinerary, including excursions, were taken care of meticulously. Antonio went above and beyond in giving us insights and history of every stop we made and booked us bicycles in Florence so we could enjoy the city from a local perspective. This trip was an "awakening" for me and I felt truly ALIVE as I experienced this wonderful country! Thank you Go Ahead, Antonio & Enzo for making this the trip of a lifetime for me. Already planning another trip back to include Greece!!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!!!

This has been a trip of a lifetime! This was a girl trip with my girlfriend, we left the husbands at home! As we departed the states to Italy we had no idea what to expect!!! What an incredible tour. We had so much fun and acquired new friends along the way, we all had so much fun we are organizing a reunion for 2017 to Greece with Go Ahead Tours with some of the people we met. I took a trip to Italy 18 years ago with my mother and it was a large group, it was too much and we didn't get to see a lot and were hurried everywhere we went. With Go Ahead we had a small group 22 people and it was perfect. Antonio our tour director was amazing, he went out of his way to make sure each person was able to experience Italy in a fantastic way, from our excursions to tips for having own down time to exploring Italy in our own way!. He was funny, very caring, very knowledgeable and very passionate about his country as well. This has been the most amazing trip I have ever been on. Everything was fantastic, the hotels were great, except in Rome (the hotel was very nice) I had anticipated being closer to the center activities, but I was having so much I really didn't care. When in Rome..take a cab!!! My girlfriend and I explored Florence by renting bicycles on our own down time, what an experience!!! Not once did we ever feel unsafe, the people of Italy are so friendly and passionate about their country. The added excursion to Siena and San Gimignano exceeded anything I dreamed about! The places we stopped along our way, Verona, Ferrara, Assisi, beautiful cities/villages. Sorrento/Capri!!!! might just be my favorite place. The food was excellent! I have no complaints. What I love most about this tour is that Go Ahead Tours gives you extra time in each city to explore on your own and a plus for having small groups, anything more than 22 would have been too much. We did not feel rushed anywhere we went and had plenty of time for touring and exploring. Our bus driver Enzo took very good care of us while on the road. Italy is a beautiful country!!! I'm coming for you again Italy, don't know when, but I coming to Italy again and I'm going to do it again with Go Ahead tours! What a great experience, one I will never forget!

 

Dear Patricia, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this amazing review! Here at Go Ahead, we strive to make every single tour the trip of a lifetime, and we are so thrilled to learn that we really hit the mark with you and your group! We loved reading about all the highlights you experienced while on tour, and are so happy that you enjoyed your small group with our Right Size Advantage. We always love when new friends who meet on tour become future travel companions, and are so glad that you are all planning a reunion in 2017! Thanks again for your review, and we are excited to welcome you onto a future Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 10, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy2015

We had a great time on the grand tour of Italy. We saw more places than we would have seen on our own. We did not have to wait in line at the main attractions because our tours were planned and reserved. Our tour director was perfect. Juliana made everyone as comfortable as possible and she was fun to listen to. It was a busy vacation and we loved every minute of it. Our group was small, I saw some tours that were much larger and was glad ours was small. We could not have seen so many places on our own in that amount of time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Making Memories

I went on this trip with my daughter and granddaughters. We all had a wonderful time and we will never forget the places we saw. Raf was a very caring and interesting tour guide. He was so knowledgeable about the regions we were traveling in. Our group of travelers became friends and I know we will remain in touch with them. I would recommend this tour to all my family and friends.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

I did this trip single, kinda scary . I paid more with the single yet some of the rooms were bad, The one in Lido was strange, and dining service at hotel was awful. Later in trip in serrento the room was in back looking at nothing, it would have been beautiful to look out and see how grand it was. Rome had me looking at a roof, ugly.

 

Dear Valerie, Thank you very much for reviewing your recent Grand Tour of Italy. We regret to hear that the hotels that you stayed in did not meet your expectations. We do our very best to select hotels that are of a high standard of quality, and are consistently evaluating the list of hotels that we use based on customer feedback. I can see based on the ratings given by your fellow travelers to the hotels used that these are properties that typically do very well for us. I am sorry that you were unhappy with the views you had from your rooms. We understand that having a nice view can be important to some of our travelers, and there are cases in which rooms can actually be changed by working with the hotel and the Tour Director. However, most times hotel room views cannot be guaranteed. The single supplement is a reflection of the exact cost of having a room to yourself instead of splitting the cost of a room with a fellow traveler. Single supplements do not upgrade the rooms that are available to single travelers, but rather changes them from double to single occupancy. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any further questions, or if you would like to discuss your review further. Thank you again for your time, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

So Happy We Toured!

This was a first for us since we had never traveled with a tour company before. We were very impressed with the professionalism and support offered by Go Ahead web site, payments, and travel documentation. We were also skeptical of the whole "tour experience" since we had traveled many times abroad on our own and was not sure that I would enjoy traveling with a host of strangers. Let me just say that our skepticism turned out to be very unfounded and we will likely book all of our future "big" travel experiences through Go Ahead! Admittedly our travel group could have been atypical, however we LOVED meeting and hanging out with virtually everyone in our group. It turned out that we were offered PLENTY of time to do our own things, but we enjoyed every bit of common activity time with our group and made several excellent and (hopefully) long-term friendships along the way. Finally, and best of all, we had an AMAZING TOUR DIRECTOR! We suspect that Gabriella gets more than her fair share of kudos but let us just say SHE DESERVES ALL OF THEM AND MORE! She made each day fun, educational, and safe. At the end of the day, the tour director is likely to be the keystone of your tour experience and we feel certain that Gabriella notched ours up to an "11"!

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Traveled On: 5/30/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Better Than Envisioned

This was our first Go Ahead tour and we will book with them again. The tour itinerary was exceptionally planned and our director Misia was phenomenal; she provided historical perspective, cultural differences between regions,safeguards for each city,and quickly resolved any issues, which were relatively few. The tour moved and daily walking duration proved taxing for some in our group. Italy is a gorgeous country, and its citizens are proud, friendly and helpful. The Grand Tour of 15 days is a long time to be away, but it is essential to see all that Italy has to offer. The optional activities added immensely to the experience and were reasonably priced. Highlights were: Lake Como, wine tasting, Tuscany dinner at Fiesole, Sorrento, and Capri. Hotels were average to above average; only the hotel at Florence was below average. Provided dinners were acceptable, but need reevaluation in Venice & Rome. Dinners on our own were all Italian - super food and great wine, all reasonably priced.

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