Naples, Sorrento & Rome

9 days (10 days in 2015)
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About This Experience

This isn’t a just a vacation, it’s a leap into the Italian way of life. History is present everywhere you look. Art is alive in the streets. This is the charm of Southern Italy, home to the bustling cities of Rome and Naples and seaside cliffs that line Sorrento. Whether Neopolitan pizza and limoncello or baroque architecture and ancient ruins, come hungry for all the region has to offer.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Naples, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Fly overnight, relax and awake in Naples

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

Naples1 night - hotel info

Day2

Benvenuto! You’re in Naples—can you smell the pizza in the air?

Dinner, Breakfast (in flight)

Welcome to Naples! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for beginning your explorations of Naples. Tonight, enjoy an included traditional dinner crafted by a local chef. Buon appetito!

Sorrento4 nights - hotel info

Day3

There’s much more to uncover in the capital of the Campania region

Breakfast

National Archeological Museum

This morning’s guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of Naples, a beautiful bayside city in the heart of the Campania region of Italy. Pass by the imposing façade of the Palazzo Reale, the fortress overlooking the Santa Lucia waterfront and travel through the Old Naples district. Included on your tour is a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, a showplace of classical relics. This afternoon, en route to Sorrento, stop in the provincial capital of Caserta. A local guide leads you on a sightseeing tour of the city, including views of the magnificent palace, which is often compared to Versailles. Arrive in Sorrento this evening.

Day4

Explore the ruins of Pompeii—a city frozen in time

Breakfast, Dinner

Pompeii ruins

Travel to Pompeii, one of the world’s best archaeological sites, for a guided tour of the ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, preserving the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Spend the afternoon exploring Sorrento at your leisure.

Day5

Fresh ocean air, awe-inspiring grottoes…it feels good to be in Capri

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance

Breakfast

A day trip takes you from Sorrento across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri, whose magnificent vistas have been celebrated ever since the days of the early Roman emperors. You’ll travel around the island by boat (weather permitting) or take a minibus to the hidden village of Anacapri, located at the summit of the island. Explore the winding streets and white houses of its historical center before travelling by boat back to the mainland. Return to Sorrento, where you might wish to attend an optional live tarantella musical show, featuring a lively performance highlighting the Italian folk dance.

Optional Excursions

Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29* pp

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.

Day6

The Amalfi Coast—inspiration to Homer, Tennessee Williams and now you

Optional Excursion - Mozzarella Farm Tour

Breakfast

Journey along the scenic Amalfi Coast, lined with lemon groves and offering magnificent views of the sea. You’ll pass small towns hugging the coastline, where Europeans and world travelers have vacationed for as long as anyone can remember. The Amalfi Coast enjoys an eclectic literary history. Its coastal islands were the famous Siren Isles of Homer, and 20th-century authors such as Tennessee Williams found an artistic muse in the coast’s temperate climate. Later, travel into the countryside on our optional mozzarella farm tour and learn about the process of making this world famous cheese. The excursion also includes dinner with a limoncello tasting.

Optional Excursions

Mozzarella Farm Tour $59* pp

Venture into the Italian countryside on today’s visit to a traditional southern Italian farm. Your host will teach you the secrets of making mozzarella, a staple of Italian cuisine. Then indulge in a homemade selection of specialties typical of the Campania region at an authentic farm dinner, capped off with a tasting of limoncello, a tart after-dinner liqueur made from the best lemons in southern Italy.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Rising up from a rocky hillside is the legendary Monte Cassino

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

On your way to the Italian capital, stop for a visit to Monte Cassino, whose monastery was one of Europe’s most important centers of religion, education and culture during the Middle Ages. Arrive later in Rome. Consider ending the day at our dinner optional excursion for an evening of food and live opera music.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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!

Day8

When in Rome, explore to the fullest—starting with the Colosseum

Breakfast, Dinner

Colosseum

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of Imperial Rome from the Forum (the center of Rome’s political life) to the Colosseum. The afternoon is then free to continue exploring. You might venture to Vatican City or remain in Rome proper for views of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Capitoline Hill. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Day9

Your amazing journey is nearing its close

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $299*

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

Day9

Look up, look down, you won’t want to miss a thing

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Stay in Rome for another two days to examine the myriad treasures of the Italian capital. Today, join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring looks inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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.

Day10

Escape to where the Pope summers

Optional Excursion - Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome or join our optional excursion, Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting. Explore Castel Gandolfo, the village where the Pope has been known to summer, and Ariccia, a hilltop village famous for its delicious porchetta and wine. Here, you’ll tour a winery and sample its wines, olive oils and other local specialties.

Optional Excursions

Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting $75* pp

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.

Day11

Your adventures in Italy end here…for now

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

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About This Experience

This isn’t a just a trip, it’s a leap into the Italian way of life. History is present everywhere you look. Art is alive in the streets. This is the charm of Southern Italy, home to the bustling cities of Rome and Naples and seaside cliffs that line Sorrento. Whether Neopolitan pizza and limoncello or baroque architecture and ancient ruins, come hungry for all the region has to offer.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Naples, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Fly overnight, relax and awake in Naples

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

Naples2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Benvenuto! You’re in Naples—can you smell the pizza in the air?

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Naples! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for beginning your explorations of Naples. Tonight, enjoy an included traditional dinner crafted by a local chef. Buon appetito!

Day3

There’s much more to uncover in the capital of the Campania region

Optional Excursion - The Lost City of Herculaneum

Breakfast

National Archeological Museum

This morning’s guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the highlights of Naples, a beautiful bayside city in the heart of the Campania region of Italy. Pass by the imposing façade of the Palazzo Reale, the fortress overlooking the Santa Lucia waterfront and travel through the Old Naples district. Included on your tour is a visit to the National Archaeological Museum, a showplace of classical relics. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to the Lost City of Herculaneum.

Optional Excursions

The Lost City of Herculaneum $45* pp

Part of the family of Lost Cities, Herculaneum was also glazed over by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. On this excursion, a guide will take you through the small city and all of its well-preserved wonders. Unlike Pompeii, the conditions in Herculaneum allowed for many buildings and artwork to remain intact. Examine the frescos and mosaics that decorated the homes of the wealthy, and the narrow streets that characterized the area. Before you leave, take some free time to shop.

Sorrento4 nights - hotel info

Day4

Uncover Caserta and the Italian take on Versailles

Breakfast, Dinner

Caserta Palace

En route to Sorrento, stop in the provincial capital of Caserta. A local guide leads your tour of the 18th-century Royal Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is often compared to Versailles. Afterwards, take advantage of some free time to explore the gorgeously landscaped palace gardens. Arrive in Sorrento in time to share an included dinner.

Day5

Explore the ruins of Pompeii—a city frozen in time

Breakfast

Pompeii ruins

Travel to Pompeii, one of the world’s best archaeological sites, for a guided tour of the ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D, preserving the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Spend the afternoon exploring Sorrento at your leisure.

Day6

Fresh ocean air, awe-inspiring grottoes…it feels good to be in Capri

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance

Breakfast

A day trip takes you from Sorrento across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri, whose magnificent vistas have been celebrated ever since the days of the early Roman emperors. You’ll travel around the island by boat (weather permitting) or take a minibus to the hidden village of Anacapri, located at the summit of the island. Explore the winding streets and white houses of its historical center before travelling by boat back to the mainland. Return to Sorrento, where you might wish to attend an optional live tarantella musical show, featuring a lively performance highlighting the Italian folk dance.

Optional Excursions

Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29* pp

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.

Day7

The Amalfi Coast—inspiration to Homer, Tennessee Williams and now you

Optional Excursion - Mozzarella Farm Tour

Breakfast

Journey along the scenic Amalfi Coast, lined with lemon groves and offering magnificent views of the sea. You’ll pass small towns hugging the coastline, where Europeans and world travelers have vacationed for as long as anyone can remember. The Amalfi Coast enjoys an eclectic literary history. Its coastal islands were the famous Siren Isles of Homer, and 20th-century authors such as Tennessee Williams found an artistic muse in the coast’s temperate climate. Later, travel into the countryside on our optional mozzarella farm tour and learn about the process of making this world-famous cheese. The excursion also includes dinner with a limoncello tasting.

Optional Excursions

Mozzarella Farm Tour $59* pp

Venture into the Italian countryside on today’s visit to a traditional southern Italian farm. Your host will teach you the secrets of making mozzarella, a staple of Italian cuisine. Then indulge in a homemade selection of specialties typical of the Campania region at an authentic farm dinner, capped off with a tasting of limoncello, a tart after-dinner liqueur made from the best lemons in southern Italy.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day8

Rising up from a rocky hillside is the legendary Monte Cassino

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

On your way to the Italian capital, stop for a visit to Monte Cassino, whose monastery was one of Europe’s most important centers of religion, education and culture during the Middle Ages. Arrive later in Rome. Opt to end the day at our Dinner with Tenors, an evening of food and live opera music.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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!

Day9

When in Rome, explore to the fullest—starting with the Colosseum

Breakfast, Dinner

The Colosseum

A local guide leads this morning’s tour of Imperial Rome from the Forum (the center of Rome’s political life) to the Colosseum. The afternoon is then free to continue exploring. You might venture to Vatican City or remain in Rome proper for views of the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Capitoline Hill. In the evening, share a farewell dinner with your travel companions.

Day10

YOUR AMAZING JOURNEY IS NEARING ITS CLOSE

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $299*

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

Day10

Look up, look down, you won’t want to miss a thing

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Stay in Rome for another two days to examine the myriad treasures of the Italian capital. Today, opt to join an excursion to St. Paul’s Basilica and the catacombs.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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.

Day11

Escape to where the Pope summers

Optional Excursion - Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring looks inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica.

Optional Excursions

Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting $75* pp

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.

Day12

Your adventures in Italy end here… for now

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa

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.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should take precautions for sun exposure during the summer months. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Round-trip flights arrive in Naples and depart from Rome. When you first arrive in Naples, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. In Naples, most local buses—called ANM— depart from Piazza Garibaldi. Bus maps are available from their offices at the western end of the piazza. Otherwise, walking is probably your best bet, although there’s also a subway system (actually more above ground) that works for most locations. Taxis can be expensive.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.  Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).  Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. While in Naples, be sure to sample the pizza. This is the city where it was invented.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/ credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency 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 equivalency of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Amazing Sights,Food and Tour Directot

This tour does not disappoint in the sights you see - some are so beautiful and in the food you eat - real italian food is nothing like we have in the USA. It's lighter and fresher and delicious ! We could not have had a better tour director who made the tour a lot of fun and went the extra mile several times for the group as a whole and passengers who had specific needs. He is definitely the best of the best ! The only reason I didn't give the tour 5 stars was the selection of hotels on the tour. They were all clean, all well located , all had friendly and helpful staffs, but the rooms got progressively smaller as the tour went on . The smallest was in Rome. I had a single room and the bed was smaller than a twin size bed , the closet was small and you couldn't have anything too long to put into it. The shower was like a telephone booth and you couldn't bend down if you dropped your soap. Even if the same hotels are used in the future, I would recommend this tour.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director

It was so comforting to see Antonio's smiling face waiting for us as we came through Customs at the Napoli Airport. Even more comforting was that the same friendly face was always there for us throughout the trip. Wonderful trip! Goahead was a great choice.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Overall a nice trip!

The tour was really good! Something I would change about the tour will be staying longer in the city of Naples, and having a guided tour of some of the many churches in this beautiful city. We were told by the Tour Director (reminded several times she was not our guide) not to leave the Main Street where the hotel was located because the city was dangerous! By the way, the local guide (who was extremely knowledgeable and a great guide) didn't share this opinion. We were fortunate to happen to run into some locals who wonderfully pointed us into the direction of the Cathedral of St. Genaro, a must see! Free time in the city of Naples, after being told is a dangerous place, isn't a great option for people not familiar with the area. Both guides in Pompeii and Capri were wonderful! They not only share their knowledge but also were fun. The lady in Rome left me disappointed, I expected more from my visit to the Coliseum. Another thing that it is a must to consider is the language spoken by all members of the tour. We had a lady who spoke only Spanish and she couldn't understand any of the information given by the guides since they were speaking only English, although all of them spoke Spanish. Every now and then they will remember and will exchange a couple of words with her. It will very helpful to be provided in each city with a map of interesting places to visit!

3 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour director

Will take another tour if Enrico is the leader.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Tour Director and Guides

Our Tour Director and guides were excellent. They were informative and entertaining. With all the beauty that is there in Southern Italy, visitors still need someone to point out the highlights, so a well informed director and guides are key to enjoying the experience.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Southern Italy with Go Ahead

Southern Italy at it's finest. Every day sunshine and blue skies! Naples gets an unjustified "bad"reputation. The city appeared as safe as the rest of the major cities visited. The food specialties are outstanding, the city abounds with grand churches, and the Archeologic Museum is a not to be missed. Needed more time in Naples. The Amalfi Coast is as gorgeous in real life if not more awe inspiring than the photos. The bus ride along the high winding roads, high above the sea, with steep cliffs down to the sea is a thrill in itself. Don't miss the boat ride around the coast of Capri - a must. Our tour guide totally had her act together - pleasant, knowledgable, fluent in English and Italian, prompt, organized. She also got our group to everything on time and made the trip run very smoothly. Grazie mille. The local guides at each major stop delivered a wealth of knowledge. A trip of a lifetime. Where do we go next with Go Ahead?

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Somewhat disappointed with certain aspects of this tour.

I certainly don't want to read like one of those reviews where the person is clearly impossible to please, but I must state that there were things that happened that were certainly unexpected and disappointing. We enjoyed certain aspects of our tour to Italy, of course, but certain aspects of the handling of our trip and the tour director's detached attitude and mediocre efforts left us a little cold. First, our guide had no idea that our plane was late and that we missed our connection to Naples. We got herded by airport staff and bussed to the Naples airport, and when she finally appeared, she seemed to be completely unaware of how we got there. This was my first question mark on the first day of our trip. Whether the airline independently arranged a long bus ride instead of the short flight to Naples we paid for, or whether that decision was made in conjunction with GoAhead, I don't know, but it resulted in our losing a free afternoon in Naples, and was far below what I would have expected for the price we paid, and didn't exactly foster confidence for the rest of the week. Although Im not sure why a missed connection inboundwould cause the loss of our outgoing flight, I would have thought that Go Ahead Tours should have known about the problem we would encounter at the airport on our return home, and handled that problem well prior to having us dropped us off at the airport unwarned and left to fend for ourselves. It was also surprising and disappointing that our director chose not accompany us to the airport. She stated she had to take others in the group who had extended on a tour of something that day, but since we left for the airport at 6 a.m., she could have easily done both, and should have. Our guide, Rebecca, told us she had confirmed flights that morning, but the airline said they had changed the flight time the night before. Since our return flight had to be re-ticketed, a 10am flight turned into a 5pm flight, and since we had been dropped off and left, we had no choice but to spend the entire day in the Rome airport, waiting 11 hours to board a 9-hour flight. Two members of our group paid for a connecting flight from to Chicago to Springfield to get home, and were unable to take that flight, so that cost was totally lost for them, and they had to have someone drive to Chicago to take them back to Springfield (a 4 hour drive). Hopefully, the trip insurance we all took out will provide some measure of remedy for the connecting flights we lost out on, but it certainly wont cover our lost time and inconvenience.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Good Value

Being able to see this much of Italy was a really good value. My favorite part was the time we spent in Sorrento as the hotel was very good and the surrounding scenery is so beautiful to include the Isle of Capri and the Almalfi Coast. The tour director was fine but there were no warm and fuzzy vibes. She seemed impatient at times and I felt like I was being scolded if we did not understand any instructions the first time. The restaurant we went to for the welcome dinner in Naples was great. The sponsored dinner at the restarant in Sorrento was awful and the tour director agreed. The hotel in Rome was terrible. The rooms were tiny and I had the pleasure of being assigned a room in the basement. And, the street is too narrow so the tour bus could not drop us off in front of the hotel. We had to week 4-5 blocks to the hotel up narrow and hilly streets. I am in pretty good shape but this was not convenient. This hotel cause me to lower my overall rating of the tour.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MO

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Trip Ever

Where do I begin? With the wonderful help of our director Rebecca, our 11 days were spent in bliss. Saw the wonderful sights of all three cities and along with the guides, received explained tours of the places you would want to see. Only change I would make is obtaining a hotel in Rome closer to the "sights". Metro, for those that have neve4r used one, made getting to those sights tiresome. On our free day, Rebecca guided us to places the locals visit. She went above and beyond . Next time, Venice, Florence and Tuscany.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A GREAT tour... well worth it!!!

I had only traveled once before with a tour, for a company that is no longer around. Goahead Tours provided an excellent tour experience. Our tour director was with us through the entire trip, including option excursions... Misia has over 25 years of experience in tourism and it really showed. She went out of her way to recommend good restaurants, sights and even took us for an unplanned bus tour of "Rome by Night." It gave us all a good sense of where we were in relation to known sights in Rome. The optional excursions were all worth the time and money. The personal "radios" made it easy to tune into a particular channel and be able to hear our guide! This totally made the sites more enjoyable, being able to hear the guide discuss relevant information. The Tarantella Dinner show in Sorrento was a dinner theater and show... song and dance of the area, delicious food, wine, and company. It was nice to dress up for a night on the town... Sorrento is a lovely little waterfront city with plenty to do... great shops, sights, restaurants, and dining! Cannelloni was also invented here... so say the natives. The Mozzarella Farm Tour provided amazing food... homemade specialties of the region, enough edibles and wine to consider a full meal... even though it was billed otherwise. The dinner with the tenors show in Rome was another evening of dinner theater... great food, wine, and opera from not only tenors, but sopranos, altos, and baritones too! Their voices were quite amazing, and it was great to enjoy the company of the others on our tour, our guide, and enjoy a delicious meal. Our hotels were all great, and all had free Wifi... this made connecting with our friends and family back home really easy, and posting pictures of our "tour" friends too, for comments... as well, we enjoyed posting our pictures "du jour" on Facebook to receive comments, and replies from back in the USA. he Grand Hotel Cesare August was two blocks from the main piazza in Sorrento and close to everything. The days of touring were hot and exhausting, but fun and interesting. It was nice to come back to the hotel and refresh at the rooftop pool and sit on the terrace with some drinks and snacks. All our rooms had porches with a table and chairs. We had a nice views of a lemon grove, the regional fruit (hence, limoncello). The Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge was a little far from the center of Rome, far from everything really. We would have preferred to pay a little more and be at a hotel a little closer to any of Rome's attractions. But overall the hotel was very nice and clean and the rooms were modern, some with balconies. For the one evening at the Hotel Napoli, it would have been nice to be in the more scenic area near the seaside resorts and restaurants. We did get to visit this area during the next day, but it would have been nice to breathe the sea air rather than exhaust for our one day there. All the included sites... Pompeii (and our tour guide Marco), Museo Archaeologico Nazionale Naples (and our tour guide Antonio), Caserta Palace, the Monte Cassino Abbey, the town of Amalfi, the town of Capri (and our own personal boat ride around the island), the Giardini di Augusto.. .and our tour guide Cindy. There was a good balance of included meals, and non-included meals. We did the Rome extension... the price was cheap. Although the food at the restaurant in Sorrento for the group meal was not good... we included this information on our surveys. We heard the Castel Gondolfo and wine tasting was well worth it (although we did not take this additional excursion)... no one who took this tour wanted to look at wine for quite some time afterwards. The breakfasts were all plentiful with many options, and a great way to start an early day of touring. All in all, I would definitely take another trip with Goahead and also serve as a group organizer. I have already recommended them as a company to friends and acquaintances looking to travel in a group. If you go to Italy, ask for Misia... she was very accommodating, nice, knowledgeable, smart, and loves her job! Who wouldn't... touring Italy!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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