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Naples, Sorrento & Rome

10 days
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.

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Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Naples2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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!

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 Excursion - The Lost City of Herculaneum $45*pp Details

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

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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.

Day 6

Included meals: 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 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.

Day 7

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Mozzarella Farm Tour $59*pp Details

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

Day 8

Included meals: 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 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 9

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 10

Included meals: 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.

Add Rome City Stay $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 10

Included meals: 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.

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 11

Included meals: 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 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 Sundays. Advanced reservation and booking is required prior to your final payment deadline. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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  • Rome, Italy
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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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/2/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Trip of a Lifetime!

This was my first Go Ahead experience. My best friend and I were looking for a reasonable outlet to travel and with some of the planning done for us! Our tour group was small -- about 13 people which in my opinion, was perfect. From the first night to the last, we became a little family. Everyone was incredibly friendly. There were couples, friends and people traveling alone! So it was quite the mix. Our tour guide Mary was nothing short of amazing. She was knowledgeable, kind, helpful and had quite the sense of humor!!! She made the trip so special for all of us. I loved her restaurant recommendations. Never disappointed. As for the tour... it was everything I expected and more. We saw and covered so much. It was a nice balance of things planned out vs. down time. I always felt safe with my group too. Of course trips encounter bumps, but our group bounced back in no time. The places we stopped at/the hotels we stayed at were great! I loved the views, the history and the hilarious tour guides! Only place (like others have mentioned) that I wouldn't necessarily go back to/but wasn't all that bad... was Napoli. Other than that, it was just lovely. And one of the highlights of the tour... the Mozzarella Farm Tour excursion. It's a must!!! Italy was like a dream that I never wanted to wake up from. I would recommend this tour AND this company 100%. Can't wait to go on my next tour :)

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/16/2010

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip!

My first visit to Italy and I definitely plan on returning. The visit to Naples was brief but that was fine because Sorrento and Rome are far better destinations. The Amalfi Coast & Isle of Capri were beautiful (the local guide at Capri was informative & entertaining). In Sorrento a late afternoon cappuccino on the hotel roof followed by the most authentic Italian dinner at a local restaurant two days in a row are still clearly remembered years later. This was a great time.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/10/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour director

Will take another tour if Enrico is the leader.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

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

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?

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 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

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: MO

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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.

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