Paris & Rome

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About This Experience

Paris and Rome have long been worldwide capitals of culture. For centuries, world-class artists and intellectuals have flocked to these cities, leaving behind lasting impressions. Now it’s your turn to make your mark on each city, exploring the ins and outs of both with Parisian and Roman locals leading the way. And, with plenty of time to yourself, you’ll be free to discover your own niche within each of these European hubs.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Fly through the night and wake up in the City of Light

Your trip begins with an overnight flight to Paris.

Paris3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Bienvenue—seize the afternoon and start discovering Paris

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Paris! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will transfer you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). The rest of the day is free to begin your exploration of the City of Light before tonight’s included welcome dinner.

Day3

City of art and artists, uncover what drew Hemingway and Fitzgerald here

Optional Excursion - The Louvre & Tuileries Garden

Breakfast

On this panoramic sightseeing tour, move past the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Louvre, Place de la Concorde and much more. This afternoon, consider joining our optional excursion to the iconic Louvre Museum and the extravagant Tuileries Garden. Considered one of the world’s largest (and most visited) art museums, the Louvre holds famous, familiar pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Optional Excursions

The Louvre & Tuileries Garden $85* pp

The extravagant Tuileries Garden is located between the Louvre and the Place de la Concorde. Each section of the Garden has something to offer, including majestic statues, glimmering fountains and intricate pathways. Next, make your way over to the Louvre, considered one of the world’s largest art museums. With more than 8 million visitors each year, it is also the world’s most visited museum. Once you arrive, join a museum guide for a detailed tour. You’ll find some famous, familiar pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Liberty Leading the People.

Day4

Mona Lisa, Eiffel Tower, Versailles—see what you want, when you want

Optional Excursion - Versailles Palace & Gardens

Optional Excursion - Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise

Breakfast

Today is free to explore Paris on your own. Immerse yourself in one of Paris’ many museums. See the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, delve into the works of Picasso and Rodin at museums dedicated to each man, or peruse the Impressionist masterpieces at the d’Orsay. This morning, consider joining an optional excursion to Versailles. Located a short drive from the center of Paris, Versailles was the gilded vision of Louis XIV, a grand experiment in both urban planning and royal excess. You’ll tour the State Apartment where Louis and his royal retinue lived, the glittering Hall of Mirrors and Versailles enormous gardens. Tonight, cap off your time in Paris with our optional Evening in Paris excursion. Start the evening with a sumptuous meal in one of Paris’ fine restaurants and end with a boat cruise down the Seine, passing by the shimmering Eiffel Tower as you go.

Must be booked 45 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Versailles Palace & Gardens $105* pp

The reign of Louis XIV, known as the “Sun King,” set new standards for decadence among the crowned heads of Europe. It took 50 years and 35,000 workers to turn Versailles, once a small hunting lodge, into the most magnificent château in all of France and the envy of royalty worldwide. On this excursion, you will see the palace in all its glory. Tour the State Apartments and the glittering Hall of Mirrors. Then stroll through the lavish gardens with their fine statuary, splendid fountains and colorful flowerbeds.

Optional Excursions

Evening in Paris: Dinner & River Cruise $109* pp

Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner at a local restaurant. After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris' bridges, you'll behold the gloriously illuminated monuments of Paris glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: the dress code may vary depending your restaurant, and your Tour Director will advise you on what to wear, but shorts and sneakers are likely to be considered inappropriate attire.

Rome3 nights - hotel info

Day5

Wave goodbye to Paris and say “ciao” to Roma

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

This morning, travel to the airport for your flight to Rome. After checking in at your hotel, you’re free to explore the Eternal City. This evening, indulge in food and opera at our Dinner with Tenors optional excursion.

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!

Day6

Walk the Eternal City inside out, through its streets and underground

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs

Breakfast

Colosseum

This morning, follow in the footsteps of Caesar during your guided sightseeing tour of Rome. Highlights include a visit to the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and a stop at the ruins of the Roman Forum, from which the emperors ruled their vast empire. This afternoon, opt to join our optional tour of the Roman catacombs. In the days before Christianity became the official religion of Rome, early Christians were persecuted for their faith. Rather than renounce their religion, they burrowed into the rock upon which Rome was built, creating networks of tunnels and chambers we know as the catacombs. This tour concludes at the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls.

Optional Excursions

Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65* pp

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.

Day7

Art lovers, architecture fans and foodies, too—find your Roman niche

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast, Dinner

Today is another free day in Rome. Art lovers can find the treasures of the Renaissance at the Capitoline Museums and the Galleria Borghese. Architecture fans can gaze up at the dome of the Pantheon, while others might wish to order up a cappuccino and spend the day watching the city go past from a cafe in Piazza Navona. Alternatively, consider joining this morning’s journey to the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. You’ll visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the heart of Christendom, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Tonight, rehash your memories with your fellow travelers at an included farewell dinner.

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.

Day8

Now that you feel like a local, head back to your home locale

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

This morning, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa

This tour includes the following countries: France and Italy. In order to enter these countries, 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’re not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to France or Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Transportation / Walking on tour

Flights arrive in Paris and depart from Rome. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, a shuttle service will transfer you to your hotel (details will be sent to you prior to your departure). This tour includes a flight from Paris to Rome. All other transportation on is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities by public transportation. Paris’ massive Métro is world-class, easy to navigate and efficient. Make sure to take time and look for the best deal on travel passes. Ask your Tour Director which one might work best. Often the daily passes are not actually the best deal. Rome has a very efficient transportation system, 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.

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. 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.

Cuisine

Throughout Paris, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For a casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crêpes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Flaky pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. At restaurants, opt for the prix fixe option, which offers a set three- or four-course menu for a good price. 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. Rome has especially good gelato—authentic Italian ice cream.

Currency

The euro (in both France and Italy) is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. 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’s 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.

best tour director

my first guided tour was very interesting I get to see places I would never see on my own I will always choose goahead tour they are the best also the hotels was exelent I was very pleased and impresed

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Enjoyable tour

I loved visit Paris again and having the opportunity to visit Rome for the first time. Having the Louvre excursion was disappointing. A group of us did go, but had to wait a long time in line waiting to get in and to buy tickets. I hope that cancelling excursions because not enough people signed up is not going to be a common occurrence. We had a good group of 25. I was disappointed with the tour director . She did not show any enthusiasm in Paris.. She only showed enthusiasm when we arrived in Rome. The guide in Rome was rather rude to some of the group and frequently got off subject during the tour. I look forward to my tour next year.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MT

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Vatican

This trip is short and sweet. Gives you alittle taste of French and Italian. We had the opportunity to experience public transportation Make sure you sign up for the extras early because while our tour guide was able to get a few people into the Moulin Rouge he was not able to get people into the Vatican if they had signed up when they booked their trip . The biggest disapointment for me was that I did not have enough time to shop in the Vatican gift shop because our bus was scheduled to leave and I felt /was rushed. Later I wished my tour guide had sugessted to me that I can get back to hotel via public transportation or take a taxi. Too bad I/we didnt think of it then. This was the topic of conversation at dinner any many echoed my feelings. Tour Director,Paul was great. He handled every thing from cell phones isues to lost luggage/coats issues without getting frustrated. He had cute jokes and was good about teaching us basic courtesies. Good price. Good trip.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The city's were Fantastic, the flights not so much.

The Good: Both city's were fantastic. I really liked Paris a lot more than I thought I would. The vibe in Paris is so relaxed. The stereotype of the French being rude is greatly exaggerated. Most speak some English, and as long as you greet a local with a nice "Bon Jour" you should have no problem. The tour director Simone was fantastic - very professional, and very patient. Saw the sites by morning and toured the street cafe's/wine bars by the afternoon. Had some of the best food and wine I've ever had in both locations. The hotel in Paris was a Marriot - very American hotel, seemed to be popular with Pilots and flight attendants. Not really within a short walking distance of anything, but the metro is so easy to use it doesn't really matter. The hotel in Rome is more centrally located, but not quite as nice as the one in Paris. As far as optional tours go,, we did the Trip to Versailles which if your interested is worth the trip (we got to skip a long line of people waiting to get in). Also did the dinner/Siene river cruise. This was ok. Dinner was good, but not great. The river cruise is on a boat that holds at least 200 people. Not quite the romantic experience I was looking for but still nice. In Rome did the tour of the Vatican. I would recommend this one also. The local tour guide was very knowledgeable Learned a lot about the Sistine Chapel and got to skip another long line. The Bad: The flights. Make sure you call in to Go Ahead to request the flights you want. When we landed in Paris there was no one to meet us. After looking around a while we found a rep from another tour company that was able to find us our representative. Once we found our rep, we waited 1.5 hours for our driver. Then the driver dropped off 3 other people not on the tour at various locations around Paris before we were dropped at our hotel. Bottom line we landed at 8:30am and did not get to the hotel till 1:30pm. On the way home we had to fly from Rome to Paris and then Paris to New York. I find it hard to believe that Go Ahead could not find a direct flight from Rome to New York. Overall the good times we had in both cities outweighed the issues Go Ahead had with the flights. One last thing, bring comfortable walking shoes - there is so much to see - and if you get tired, stop at a street side cafe and have a great glass of wine. It's a great way to see both cities.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Tour of Paris and Rome

We all have a wonderful time on our tour of Paris and Rome. Our tour guide, Leonardo, was excellent! He did everything to make everyone on the tour have a great time. Each day seemed to be better than the next. The evening in Paris was excellent, the dinner, the wine, and of course the Eiffel tour at night was worth the entire trip itself. This was well worth the money and a great trip overall.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Go Ahead Tours

Every aspect of the tour, was handled in a timely manner. From the start of the tour, to the end of the tour. Airlines connections from Raleigh N.C. to Pairs, Rome and back home were great. Our Tour Guide was a kind, friendly,very professional, an on-time person. Our local guide was nice, and very knowledgable about what she told us. Every detail of the tour went as it was planned. Our tour bus rides were great,and we had good drivers. If I go on another Tour, I will consider Go Ahead Tours again, and recommend them to other travelers. Geraldine C. Moore

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour director

Our tour director Leonardo made us feel he was really looking out for us. We had several seniors in our group, and he always gave us correct advance information of what each day and adventure would entail. This helped us to prepare for extensive walking or metro treks. He was well informed and easy to understand. He even helped us plan our free time. Having him travel with us by air to our connecting designation was a great help. We truly hated to say goodbye at our final airport drop off. Paris and Rome were wonderful and I want to return one day.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Choose a different tour

For an 8 day tour, this tour is really only 4 days. You have 2 days in Paris and 2 days in Rome. Things that disappointed me on this trip when comparing them to the 5 other EF or Go Ahead trips that I have taken, are: there was no informal tour of the area the day we arrived given by the tour director; the included meal on our first day (jet lag day) was a 25 minute walk (one way) away from the hotel in a warm, crowded restaurant; we had to handle all of our luggage at each hotel coming and going; we had to walk from Terminal 1 to Terminal 3 in the Rome airport to get to our coach with all of our bags; and the airport transfer at the end of our trip cost us 50 euro. This trip was rated a 1 for activity level, but I would rate it a 3 for the unnecessary walking we had to do. I had no physical problem with any of it, but group members on our tour most certainly did. We did have an outstanding local guide for excursions - she was top notch! Our tour director did very little compared to the other 5 I have traveled with. If this had been my first Go Ahead tour, I likely would not take another.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/13/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: OH

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

A trip to remember.

My experience with Go Ahead has to be one of the best experiences that I've ever had with customer service (and I haven't even gotten to the trip!). James S. and Marissa C. were so patient and delightful to work with. Eight thumbs up (there were 4 of us on the trip). We had a couple of bumps in the road (with the airline crew going on strike), but when we landed in France, it was AMAZING. The tour took us to such beautiful places- The Louvre, Montmarte (Sacré-Cœur), Arc de Triomphe, Musée de l'Armée and of course the Eiffel tower. The tour is set up perfectly, guided tours during the morning and then free time most evenings so you can explore the city on your own. This was my second time is Paris and with the structure AND flexibility of Go Ahead, it was 20x better than my first trip. And because of the free time, we were able to go inside of The Louvre, get sketched by local artists at Montmarte, picnic with wine and macarons in front of the Eiffel tower, and we spent our free day visiting Disneyland Paris. France was fantastic! And on to Rome. Rome was ABSOLUTELY breathtaking. The history and richness of the city seeped into my skin and I tried to sip it slowly, like a fine wine. The first night there the tour group had dinner at this little restaurant in Piazza Navona that was the epitome of Rome. We visited all of the staple places- The Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, Il Vittoriano,The Pantheon- and it was all amazing, amazing, amazing. I loved walking down the cobblestone paved roads, looking at/touching places that you'd only heard about in your old High School European History class. Rome was so wonderful and I cannot wait to be back there! Overall, I completely recommend this trip- I would go again in a heartbeat (for twice as long). Our tour guide Raff was a hoot. A lot of fun to be around; he was knowledgeable but not distant from the group, which was great. Quite the character, for sure. If you have the opportunity to go on this trip, take it! (And eat as much European breakfast as your stomach can consume- it's delicious) And make sure to try wine in Paris and Lasagna in Rome.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/20/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Paris & Rome

This trip was my first time ever leaving the country and I was a little nervous for what to expect. When traveling with Go Ahead Tours I felt super safe and stress free! It was nice to have everything all taken care of for me: the flight reservations, hotel reservations, and excursions! All I had to do was enjoy myself! It was an amazing experience and I will be recommending this company to all of my friends and family!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/11/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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