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Grand Tour of Italy

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

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 13 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Lake Como Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Milan

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Como & Villa Carlotta

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Venice via Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Florence via Ferrara

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

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

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

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

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

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75pp* Details

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

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

Day 8: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Assisi 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Assisi's basilicas

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Visit Assisi’s lower and upper basilicas

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

Day 10: Free day in Assisi

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Sorrento 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sorrento via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

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

Day 12: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Rome and follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a guided tour of the Eternal City.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Enjoy a free evening exploring the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

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

Day 14: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

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

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. Due to events surrounding the Holy Year Jubilee in Rome in 2016, we cannot guarantee entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Rome $299 pp

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

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

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 15: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Ancient Ostia Antica $85pp* Details

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

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

Day 16: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

Day 17: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Como, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Assisi, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. 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: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best tour I have ever taken

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

 

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

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Grand Tour of Italy

The tour was amazing and we saw and learned more than we expected. While busy, the Itinerary did leave time to explore on your own or relax. David was an excellent Tour Director and made everything run smoothly as well as sharing so much of his knowledge with the group! Would highly recommend this tour. While our trip got off to a bit of a rocky start due to a flight cancellation from New York to Milan the Go Ahead staff did a great job to allow us to catch up with our group.

 

Hi Dave! We’re happy to hear that you saw and learned more than expected on tour. It’s also great to know that you felt you had time to relax and explore on your own, despite the busy itinerary. We do our best to ensure that this is the case for all of our tours. We’re glad you enjoyed your Tour Director and that his expertise helped the tour run smoothly. We’re also pleased that, despite the flight hiccup, our team was able to help you catch up with your group. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Overwhelming!

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

 

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

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

15 days too short in Italy with the best Director, Ronen

My two friends and myself booked a 15 day tour in Italy this past April....This was my second time using Go Ahead Tours, and I was not disappointed. First of all, 90% of this review is based on my/our 1st rate/wonderful/fabulous Tour Director, Ronen. The group we traveled with had requested him as they have been using GoAhead for years and fell in love with his attention to detail and passion. Ronen not only took us on the "planned" tours and walking tours, but also recommended great local spots to check out and eat when we were on our own (more fun than tourist traps). He also put together another "excursion" at a family run farm where they made us a home made cooked meal AND gave a pasta making demonstration from scratch (you should have this added to your tour). It was so amazing and was one of everyone's favorite outings. Ronen is so well studied and educated in History that when we would go to our various cities, he would give us the history is such great detail and passion, we would feel as if we were actually living it. He even took us on unscheduled walking tours if there was extra time! I've said it before and I'll say it again....Your biggest assets are your tour guides. Thank you so much for a beautiful and memorable 60th birthday in Italy....all 15 days of them.. it is a birthday I will never forget. I will be sure to recommend Go Ahead and plan to come back again and again!

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Hi Daisymarie! We're thrilled to hear you enjoyed your tour and especially your Tour Director. It sounds like his knowledge, kindness, and passion for Italy really translated into everything that he did. We’re happy he went the extra mile to ensure that you and your group learned as much as possible by planning extra excursions. We’re glad you were able to celebrate your 60th birthday in such a fantastic way, and we’re certain this will remain a very memorable one. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Returned in late April from this trip. It was the most incredible and exciting trip ever. Our tour director, Monique, made the trip even more enjoyable with her expert knowledge and tips about things to see on our free time. I wouldn't hesitate to book again with this company especially if we could request Monique!

 

Hi Mary Ann! We’re so glad you had a great time and that your Tour Director made a wonderful impact on your tour. We’re thrilled that you would travel with us again. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

"Our First Tour!"

We have never been on a tour before needless to say out of the country. My husband and I were a little nervous. Once we got to Italy (The Grand Tour of Italy) it all fell in place. Our tour guide was just unbelievable in every way. Helped us to relax and made sure we would have a wonderful and understanding of the trip. There wasn't anything he didn't know and couldn't explain to us. Being Italian, I realized how much I didn't know about who I am and where I came from. Thank you Ronan for enlightening our empty minds of our life. The country is beautiful, the accommodations were warm and comfortable. Go Ahead Tour to us is #1 and I am looking forward to seeing more of Italy and then some. My husband and I were so overwhelmed by this trip. You meet the nicest,warm and caring people from all over. Thank you for making our first out of the country trip so memorable..

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Hi Filippo! We’re thrilled you enjoyed your first trip outside of the country and that you felt relaxed and taken care of by your Tour Director. It’s wonderful that you were able to get in touch with your roots on this tour, gaining deep insight to your heritage. Thank you for sharing your touching review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Go ahead and take GoAhead!

We took the leap! I found GoAhead Tours online and wondered if it was legit? Yes! We returned Saturday from a Grand Tour of Italy and we had a wonderful time seeing the important cities of Italy for the first time! Our Tour Director Tini was efficient, knowledgeable, and caring. If there was ever a change of plans, she came up with something even better. I would love to travel again with Tini and our talented bus driver Alfonso. Our luggage was taken to our room, and put on the bus when we left. So nice. We were a small group from the US and Canada and felt like a group friends by the time the tour was over. All of our hotels were nice, and the hotel in Sorrento was truly the most beautiful hotel I have ever stayed in, and we had a direct view of the Bay of Naples! As soon as funds allow, I hope to go on another GoAhead tour.

 

Hi Martha! We’re so glad you took the leap! It’s great to know you had a lovely time in Italy. We’re pleased that your Tour Director added value to your tour with her knowledge and expertise. How wonderful that your group got so close! The friendships we make in our travels are so special. Thank you for taking the time to review your tour, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing! We miss Italy already!

My Husband & I researched many tour companies as this would be our first time traveling to Europe/Italy. Go Ahead was extremely personal over the phone which is a large reason we chose them. They were just as personal by email prior to our trip. In fact there were many representatives that happily answered our questions over the phone & I wish I could remember all their names so I could thank them. I do remember Lori who answered my email's. Thank you very much for all your suggestions. The tour itself was absolutely magical and more than we could of ever dreamed it would be. Our tour director, Sabra, was wonderful & amazing! She was incredibly thoughtful and truly went the extra mile to make sure each guest made the most of their time. My husband & I were taking this tour to celebrate an anniversary and she surprised us with a bottle of prosecco and strawberries. This was only one example of many thoughtful gestures she made for her tour group throughout the two weeks. We were in Italy during Easter and she even allowed everyone to share in some Italian Easter traditions. Her knowledge of her country's history, architecture, art, local places we should not miss seeing and just overall helpful suggestions made our experience amazing and magical and a wonderful life long dream into a very sweet memories we will hold dear to our hearts. Thank you all for giving us such a sweet experience! Thank you, Mary & Doug W.

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Hi Mary! We’re thrilled to hear you and your husband enjoyed your time in Italy. We’re also glad you found working with our team to be a pleasant, seamless experience. We will be sure to communicate your feedback to our awesome staff. It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director went the extra mile with her thoughtful gestures and helped make your anniversary celebration that much more special. It sounds like her enthusiasm and knowledge added a lot to your experience. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour Director was wonderful & made the trip.

Best tour director one could imagine. Trip was well planed and came off without a single problem. Bus driver was excellent.

 

Hello! We’re happy to learn that you enjoyed your time in Italy! It’s also great to know that your Tour Director and bus driver enhanced your tour. Thank you for your review, and we hope to see you on the road again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Tour

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough! It was my first trip to Europe, and absolutely exceeded my expectations. It is definitely a very active trip, which is exactly what my husband and I wanted. The tour director, Sabra, was phenomenal; her knowledge and energy made every day educational and fun. Our driver was an absolute magician on some very tight roads! I enjoyed the variety of hotels and meals. We ended up doing every single excursion and they were all worth the time and the money. It is also worth doing the Rome extension, as it just is not enough time there otherwise. We were beyond impressed with the entire trip and are already looking at booking our next vacation! One tip: either take plenty of already converted euro or a card that will work in the ATMs; the change places are extremely expensive to use!

 

Hi Amy! We’re so glad you enjoyed your first trip to Europe and that the tour pace was a good fit for you and your husband. We’re also pleased to learn that your Tour Director made a wonderful impact on your time in Italy. It sounds like her expertise and enthusiasm added a lot of value to your experience. We’re happy you decided to include all the optionals and the extension. You’re right that more time in Rome is a good idea. There’s much to see and do in this historical city! We’re thrilled that you're already thinking about your next tour. Thank you for your great review!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

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