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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 mind-blowing beauty, making the travel possibilities virtually endless. On this sweeping tour of Italy, you’ll explore legendary cities like Venice and Florence and smaller-yet-iconic towns like Assisi and Bologna.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 13 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Milan aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner, Breakfast (in flight)

Benvenuto! Welcome to Italy. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel in the Lake Como. The rest of the day is free to relax or acquaint yourself with your lake district retreat. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta (seasonal)

Admire spectacular lake views from the elaborate gardens of an 18th-century Italian villa on our morning visit to Villa Carlotta, which houses a copy of Antonio Canova’s Neoclassical masterpiece sculpture, “Cupid and Psyche.” (seasonal; in the off-season, a funicular ride to Brunate may be offered instead). Then, your Tour Director introduces you to the sights of Como before a free afternoon for shopping and discovering this scenic area. This evening, opt for our Lake Como and Bellagio excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*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.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Verona this morning. On a guided walking tour of Verona, discover one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval town centers. Take a look at the Roman amphitheatre and Casa di Giulietta, where you’ll find the storied balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet. Continue on to Venice where dinner is included.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Doge's Palace

Experience the romance of “La Serenissima” during this morning’s panoramic guided tour, with stops at the Bridge of Sighs and legendary St. Mark’s Square. You’ll view the Gothic Doge’s Palace as well as several important churches. This afternoon, you might consider joining an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music.

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

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

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.

Florence3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, pass through Bologna, a hidden gem known for its 11th-century university, the oldest in Europe, as well as its namesake meat sauce and mortadella sausage. Arrive in Florence in time for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Basilica of Santa Croce

A guided sightseeing tour of Florence introduces you to the city’s Renaissance splendor and artistic tradition, including Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. Visit the Palazzo Signoria, an open-air gallery of ancient and Renaissance statues. This evening, you may choose to attend an optional dinner in the nearby Etruscan hill town of Fiesole.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $65*pp Details

Take a scenic ride to the town of Fiesole, where you'll be treated to some of the region's best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner. Unmatched views of nearby Florence serve as the perfect complement to your indulgent meal. Fiesole sits on a hill overlooking Florence, and its views of the city have been prized since pre-Roman times.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

During free time in Florence, choose to admire the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. Stroll through parks along the romantic Arno River. Take time to view Michelangelo’s early masterpiece, the sublime statue of David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. You could also join an optional excursion into the Tuscan countryside villages of Siena and San Gimignano. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wines. Admire Siena’s cathedral and famed Campo before continuing on to San Gimignano, where you might choose to visit the Palazzo del Popolo or the Citadel.

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $105*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. As the sun begins to set, you'll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

Assisi2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Upper and Lower Basilicas

Drive through spectacular Umbria to hillside Assisi, birthplace of both St. Francis and St. Clare. Visit Assisi’s Lower and Upper Basilicas, which feature a wide range art demonstrating the development of late medieval painters, including Giotto’s magnificent frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis. Dinner is included tonight in Assisi.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure in the town of Assisi or join an optional excursion to the city of Perugia, located in the heart of the Umbrian region and known for its fine chocolate.

Optional Excursion - Perugia: City Highlights & Wine Tasting $85*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. This excursion includes a wine tasting and lunch.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Pompeii ruins

Travel to one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago on a guided tour of the town frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, preserving it in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Pompeii is located near the idyllic Bay of Naples, known for its expansive views of the area’s islands, capes and nearby Mount Vesuvius. Later, continue on to Sorrento, an enchanting resort town, for an included dinner.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Exult in the sea breezes of sun-kissed Sorrento with a free day today. Meander the charming streets and find a cafe to sip cappucino or limoncello as you watch the world go by. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Capri, the “Island of Dreams,” where both Roman emperors and Hollywood starlets once vacationed. Explore the island, ride to its peak by funicular or indulge in a boat ride around the island (weather permitting). Tonight, opt for an evening of traditional dancing at the Tarantella show.

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.

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29*pp Details

Tarantella dancing is a centuries-old folk tradition in Southern Italy. Tarantella is the Italian word for tarantula, and the frenzied steps of the dance are said to be designed for sweating out the poison of a tarantula bite. At tonight’s live performance, watch the intricate footwork of a troupe of authentic folk dancers. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from March 1 through November 1.

Rome2 nights Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: The Colosseum

Travel to Rome this morning and check in to your hotel. Then, follow in the footsteps of the Caesars during your guided tour of Imperial Rome. Marvel at the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered gladiators to victory, and the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. Tonight, join one of our most popular optional excursions, Dinner with Tenors.

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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Today’s guided tour takes you into the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Visit the Vatican Museums and the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the same cathedral in which the pope celebrates Mass. Treasures await at every turn from Bernini’s magnificent staircase (ceremonial entrance to the Vatican Palace) to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Next you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, painted with Michelangelo’s captivating frescoes depicting the history of humankind. This afternoon, you might join an optional excursion into the ancient catacombs, where persecuted Christians once buried their popes and saints, and a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul. Dinner is included tonight in Rome.

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 the 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.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Prolong your stay in Rome on our tour extension. Otherwise, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add a Rome City Stay, 2 nights $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

Included meals: Breakfast

You’ll have a free day in Rome to spend however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of Caesar’s reign to treasures of the Renaissance. Stroll across the Spanish Steps, or stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. Or you might join an optional excursion, Castel Gandolfo and Wine Tasting.

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 see the Pope's summer home from across the lake. 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.

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day furthering your explorations of Rome at your leisure. Or join an optional tour of the Borghese Museum.

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum $69*pp Details

Today, take a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, home to one of Italy's finest art collections. Situated in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, the gallery consists of 20 rooms spanning two floors and features major works by Bernini, Raphael, Canova, Titian and Caravaggio.

Must be booked 30 days before departure

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for departure.

All tours include

Round-trip airfare

Airport transfers to & from hotels

Expert tour Director

Traditional local cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Guided sightseeing

Your tour includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 13 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Milan aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner, Breakfast (in flight)

Benvenuto! Welcome to Italy. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel in the Lake Como. The rest of the day is free to relax or acquaint yourself with your lake district retreat. At an included dinner this evening, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta (seasonal)

Admire spectacular lake views from the elaborate gardens of an 18th-century Italian villa on our morning visit to Villa Carlotta, which houses a copy of Antonio Canova’s Neoclassical masterpiece sculpture, “Cupid and Psyche.” (seasonal; in the off-season, a funicular ride to Brunate may be offered instead). Then, your Tour Director introduces you to the sights of Como before a free afternoon for shopping and discovering this scenic area. This evening, opt for our Lake Como and Bellagio excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*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.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Verona this morning. On a guided walking tour of Verona, discover one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval town centers. Take a look at the Roman amphitheatre and Casa di Giulietta, where you’ll find the storied balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet. Continue on to Venice where dinner is included.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Experience the romance of “La Serenissima” during this morning’s panoramic guided tour, with stops at the Bridge of Sighs and legendary St. Mark’s Square. You’ll view the Gothic Doge’s Palace as well as several important churches. This afternoon, you might consider joining an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music.

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

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

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.

Florence3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, pass through Bologna, a hidden gem known for its 11th-century university, the oldest in Europe, as well as its namesake meat sauce and mortadella sausage. Arrive in Florence in time for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Basilica of Santa Croce

A guided sightseeing tour of Florence introduces you to the city’s Renaissance splendor and artistic tradition, including Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. Visit the Palazzo Signoria, an open-air gallery of ancient and Renaissance statues. This evening, you may choose to attend an optional dinner in the nearby Etruscan hill town of Fiesole.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $65*pp Details

Take a scenic ride to the town of Fiesole, where you'll be treated to some of the region's best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner. Unmatched views of nearby Florence serve as the perfect complement to your indulgent meal. Fiesole sits on a hill overlooking Florence, and its views of the city have been prized since pre-Roman times.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

During free time in Florence, choose to admire the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. Stroll through parks along the romantic Arno River. Take time to view Michelangelo’s early masterpiece, the sublime statue of David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. You could also join an optional excursion into the Tuscan countryside villages of Siena and San Gimignano. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wines. Admire Siena’s cathedral and famed Campo before continuing on to San Gimignano, where you might choose to visit the Piazza del Popolo or the Citadel.

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $105*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. As the sun begins to set, you'll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

Assisi2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Upper and Lower Basilicas

Drive through spectacular Umbria to hillside Assisi, birthplace of both St. Francis and St. Clare. Visit Assisi’s Lower and Upper Basilicas, which feature a wide range art demonstrating the development of late medieval painters, including Giotto’s magnificent frescoes depicting the life of St. Francis. Dinner is included tonight in Assisi.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day at your leisure in the town of Assisi or join an optional excursion to the city of Perugia, located in the heart of the Umbrian region and known for its fine chocolate.

Optional Excursion - Perugia: City Highlights & Wine Tasting $85*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. This excursion includes a wine tasting and lunch.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Pompeii ruins

Travel to one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago on a guided tour of the town frozen in time when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, preserving it in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Pompeii is located near the idyllic Bay of Naples, known for its expansive views of the area’s islands, capes and nearby Mount Vesuvius. Later, continue on to Sorrento, an enchanting resort town, for an included dinner.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Exult in the sea breezes of sun-kissed Sorrento with a free day today. Meander the charming streets and find a cafe to sip cappuccino or limoncello as you watch the world go by. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Capri, the “Island of Dreams,” where both Roman emperors and Hollywood starlets once vacationed. Explore the island, ride to its peak by funicular or indulge in a boat ride around the island (weather permitting). Tonight, opt for an evening of traditional dancing at the Tarantella show.

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.

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29*pp Details

Tarantella dancing is a centuries-old folk tradition in Southern Italy. Tarantella is the Italian word for tarantula, and the frenzied steps of the dance are said to be designed for sweating out the poison of a tarantula bite. At tonight’s live performance, watch the intricate footwork of a troupe of authentic folk dancers. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from March 1 through November 1.

Rome2 nights Hotel info

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: The Colosseum

Travel to Rome this morning and check in to your hotel. Then, follow in the footsteps of the caesars during your guided tour of Imperial Rome. Marvel at the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered gladiators to victory, and the ruins of the Forum, from which the caesars ruled their vast empire. Tonight, join one of our most popular optional excursions, Dinner with Tenors.

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!

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning opt for a tour that takes you into the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Visit the Vatican Museums and the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the same cathedral in which the pope celebrates Mass. Treasures await at every turn from Bernini’s magnificent staircase (ceremonial entrance to the Vatican Palace) to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Next you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, painted with Michelangelo’s captivating frescoes depicting the history of humankind. This afternoon, you might join an optional excursion into the ancient catacombs, where persecuted Christians once buried their popes and saints, and a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul. Dinner is included tonight in Rome.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*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 Sunday.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

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 the 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.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Prolong your stay in Rome on our tour extension. Otherwise, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Add a Rome City Stay, 2 nights $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

Included meals: Breakfast

You’ll have a free day in Rome to spend however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of Caesar’s reign to treasures of the Renaissance. Stroll across the Spanish Steps, or stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. Or you might join an optional excursion, Castel Gandolfo and Wine Tasting.

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 see the Pope's summer home from across the lake. 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.

Day 16

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day furthering your explorations of Rome at your leisure. Or join an optional tour of the Borghese Museum.

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum $69*pp Details

Today, take a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, home to one of Italy's finest art collections. Situated in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, the gallery consists of 20 rooms spanning two floors and features major works by Bernini, Raphael, Canova, Titian and Caravaggio.

Must be booked 30 days before departure

Day 17

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for departure.

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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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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.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Well Balanced

The Grand Tour of Italy was a good tour for price. The hotels were comfortable. Tour Director was knowledgeable and helpful. A couple of the included dinners were repetitive, but the quality of the food was very good. Our weather helped, an unusually cool July and less crowded than usual according to one local guide. There was enough free time and the optional excursions were a good value.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Memories

By far this tour has been one of the best tour I've been on. The tour director Monique was very knowledgeable and friendly. She made our trip a memorable experience. She was always available to answer questions and point us in the right direction when we wanted to explore on our own. Go ahead tour is doing an amazing job helping people explore the world. I can't wait until my next tour!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible Experience!

The Grand Tour of Italy was an outstanding experience! Our tour director, Monique, was knowledgeable, well-organized, entertaining, patient, and helpful. Sharing the trip with her enhanced our experience in every way. Massimo, our bus driver, was skilled, friendly, and willing to do extras for us. Italy is a country of diverse geography, spectacular scenery, awe-inspiring art, history, and architecture, and delectable food and wine. Our hotels were well-located and comfortable. The itinerary was well-paced and offered opportunities to take in all highlights along the way. We enjoyed the balance of free time and time spent on guided tours. Our group was inclusive and much fun. Overall this trip was one of our best ever. For me, the only downside is the withdrawl I've experienced upon my return. I miss my new friends, the food and wine, the daily adventures, the gorgeous scenery... I believe I will have to return to Italy one day...

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Grand tour of Italy

David was a fantastic, knowledgeable tour director. He made the trip informative and fun. We enjoyed every day.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

First timer

Outstanding tour director made for an extremely informative, interesting tour. She was in control, with consideration for the travelers' enjoyment, safety and learning about Italy's beauty and history. Exceptional knowledge was apparent during the long tour. The downside was the change in my original return flight confirmation ~ giving me no alternative without a significant up-charge. The change resulted in an additional plane change along with a later, tiring arrival.

 

Hello Mamie, Thank you for your review of your recent Grand Tour of Italy. It sounds like you had a fantastic trip! I’m sorry to hear that the schedule change on your return was a disappointment. Unfortunately, airlines often change their schedules at the last minute, which was the case with your itinerary. This sometimes leaves us with limited options. I’m glad you were still able to enjoy your trip and make it home safely.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on July 15, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Group of People

My husband and I went on this tour for our honeymoon. I don't travel overseas often so I wanted to be with a tour leader. We really enjoyed ourselves and were very pleased with our accommodations and especially Chiara, our tour leader. Chiara had a lot of energy, had expectations for the group and gave suggestions on where we should go on our free time. Be aware that this tour has a lot of walking and is very active. One problem with this tour is that there is a lot of traveling and not enough free time in some cities. We had 6 tour guides and I liked 4 out of 6. The two we didn't like we actually left the group and met up with them at the end of the tour. I could't understand their English and they were very monotone which caused me to not be able to focus. The other 4 were funny, knowledgeable, I could understand them and kept us moving as we explored the sites. I would recommend this tour if you are not comfortable traveling on your own and you like to meet knew people. If you want more time looking at the Colosseum, Vatican or in the churches you may need to go on your own. Olivia

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/4/2010

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Just right

This tour includes all the right stops at a very comfortable pace. Loved everything about it...

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 11

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Director/Best Tour

I have been raving about "The Grand Tour of Italy" since last Monday when I arrived home. How good does it get? I took Go Ahead's "The Magic of Italy" fourteen years ago and thought it couldn't get better than that marvelous experience but found out that the magic lives on! Everything was superb. Go Ahead has this one down pat! Thank you!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour and Director ever!!

My husband,14yr. old son, and I took this tour. It was fabulous. Misia, the tour director, was not only efficient and effective, she was a stand up comic. We laughed the whole time. It made our group of 44 very close and many friendships were made. The tour was a history course, geography course, art appreciation course, art history course, religious history course all rolled into one. I can't imagine covering more material or more ground. We came home tired and very, very happy. My husband and I said, if we never get back to Italy (NOT the Plan), we can say we have seen Italy. Bravo, Go Ahead!!! Splendid tour!!!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Tour of Italy May 2014

We selected this Go Ahead tour on the recommendations of friends who raved about their experience, in particular their tour director. While our trip was, in general, good it was marred by several inconsistencies; inconsistent quality of the accomodations, inconsistent food quality at group dinners and a tour director who did not live up to our high expectations based on our friends' experience. Italy is very beautiful, particularly Tuscany and Sorrento, and we will likely go back someday. Group dinner in Florence was wonderful; group dinner in Bellagio was a disaster in both food and service. Tour guides in Verona, Pompeii, Rome were fabulous; tour guide in Venice was knowledgeable but had poor public speaking skills. Tour guide in Sienna was knowledgeable but appeared to be in a hurry to be elsewhere and we felt rushed (i.e. inadequate time to take pictures of great scenery.) The hotel in Florence was a dump; the hotel in Sorrento was marvelous. The Three Tenors dinner was great fun. We met many great people on the tour and plan to maintain contact with several of them. Tour director was not as friendly or as helpful as expected; she seemed to have other issues on her mind.

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