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Rome, Sorrento & Sicily

11 days
You want to experience Italy. Walk along Rome’s ancient ruins. Dig into a slice of Neapolitan pizza. Bask on sunlit Mediterranean shores. Southern Italy sets the scene for these classic Italian adventures and those you’ve yet to imagine. From the cliffs of Sorrento all the way to the tranquil orange groves of Sicily, this is the land of la dolce vita, where excitement and leisure mingle in perfect proportion.

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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

  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 three-course dinners with wine or beer

  • 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.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and helps you transfer to your hotel in Sorrento. At tonight’s included Welcome Dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

A day trip takes you from Sorrento across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri, whose magnificent beaches 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 join an optional dinner and wine tasting set in a rustic farmhouse.

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105*pp Details

Take a short trip outside of Sorrento for a cultural experience at an agriturismo, or farm stay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the lush gardens, cultivated fields and vegetation, typical of many Mediterranean regions. After touring the farm, savor an aperitif of prosecco, meant to stimulate the appetite. A four-course dinner will follow, complete with a wine tasting lead by an experienced sommelier. After an evening experiencing the Italian art of eating, return to Sorrento.

Rome3 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Pompeii ruins

Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, encasing the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. You’ll discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago by wandering through a village frozen in time on a guided tour. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Arrive in Rome later today and join your group for an included dinner.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Colosseum

Today, and follow in the footsteps of Caesar during a guided tour of the city. Highlights include the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and the ruins of the Forum Romanum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. Tonight, you can opt to end the day at a Dinner with Tenors, an evening of delicious and live 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 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Relax and enjoy Rome at your leisure today. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn, from relics of the Caesars’ reigns to treasures of the Renaissance. People-watch on the Spanish Steps. See Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their return to Rome. Alternatively, you may consider joining our optional excursion to Vatican City this morning. Begin with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums. Next, visit another timeless Roman classic, the Sistine Chapel, painted with Michelangelo’s captivating frescoes depicting the history of humankind from Creation to The Last Judgment. Finally, visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*pp Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Palermo2 nights Hotel info

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, board a flight to Palermo, arriving in time for an included dinner with your fellow travelers. Depending on flight times, you’ll enjoy some free time in either Rome or Palermo.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Palermo cathedral, Cappella Palatina, Monreale

This morning, you’ll have a guided tour of bayside Palermo at the foot of Mount Pellegrino. Pass the city’s palazzi, visit the Palermo Cathedral and the Cappella Palatina, famed for mosaics. Pass through the Four Corners, where four Spanish Baroque palaces stand, and the so-called “Fountain of Shame.” Your tour then continues on to nearby Monreale for a visit to the town’s magnificent Norman cathedral, whose mosaics are comparable to the those of the Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. This evening, you are invited to an optional Cefalú Dinner & Wine Tasting excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cefalù Dinner & Wine Tasting $119*pp Details

This tour takes you Cefalù, a seaside jewel on the northern coast of Sicily. Enjoy a stroll around the charming town, including a visit to its cathedral. Later, transfer to the Madonie National Park, a rugged stretch of the Madonie mountains dotted by villages and small towns. Tonight, indulge in a wine tasting and a delicious dinner near Castelbuono.

Taormina Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Greek theater ruins

Journey past the city of Catania and Mount Etna to Taormina, situated on the island’s northernmost point. A local expert guide introduces you to this scenic town perched high above the sea. Pass the Duomo, the Corso Umberto I and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament. Then visit the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater, whose stunning location overlooking the coast—with Mount Etna providing a natural background—reflects how seriously the ancient Greeks took the importance of drama. Performances are still held here today during the summer.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to explore the Taormina region on your own. Perhaps you’ll head down to a local market to peruse the ingredients that make Sicilian cuisine so distinctively delicious. Or maybe you’ll gaze upon the diverse architectural styles of a city ruled by Greeks, Romans, Normans, Byzantines, Arabs and more. Alternatively, consider joining our all-day optional excursion to Mount Etna. Etna is one of the largest volcanoes in Europe, and while it poses little threat to Sicily, it still rumbles regularly. Tonight, savor a Farewell Dinner.

Optional Excursion - Mount Etna: Sicily's Volcanic Landscapes $79*pp Details

Travel from Taormina to the base of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest and highest active volcano. Here, a local guide will board your bus and you’ll ascend up to 5,000 feet, stopping at a scenic vantage point to snap photos and learn about the mountain’s long history of eruptions, as well as its native flora and fauna. Continue up to 6,600 feet, where you’ll have free time to walk among the volcanic craters and peruse the mountainside shops before sampling local delicacies at an included three-course lunch. Please note: Comfortable shoes and layered clothing are recommended. Temperatures on the mountain are cool in the summer and can be quite chilly the rest of the year.

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home.

Add the Taormina Region $299 pp

Extend your stay in the Taormina Region and see for yourself why expatriate artists, writers and intellectuals were so inspired during the early 20th century when they came to call it home. Spend your time exploring its tiny villages, old churches, lively bars, fine restaurants and antique shops.

Taormina Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to explore the Taormina region’s natural beauty as you please. Tonight, consider joining our optional Traditional Sicilian Dinner.

Optional Excursion - Traditional Sicilian Dinner & Wine Tasting $89*pp Details

Venture into the foothills surrounding Mt. Etna for dinner and a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Like Sicily itself, Sicilian cuisine has been profoundly influenced by the myriad cultures that have made this island their home.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend an additional day exploring the Taormina region. Alternatively, join an optional excursion, Hidden Sicily, to discover the tiny villages that inspired Francis Ford Coppola’s interpretation of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather.

Optional Excursion - Hidden Sicily: Medieval Savoca & Forza D'Agro $49*pp Details

Delve into the traditional Sicilian villages that served as sets for Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. First, visit Savoca and tour the Church of St. Lucia and the Bar Vitelli. Walk through this medieval village and marvel at its 15th-century buildings and the city's panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea. Continue on to Forza d'Agrò, another “hidden” Sicilian village, where you'll visit the Church of the Annunciation. Please note: The order of villages visited is subject to change. In the event that the Church of the Annunciation is closed, it may only be viewed from the outside.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the Catania airport for your flight home.

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  • Palermo, Italy
  • Taormina, 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; 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.

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 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 in something more formal. 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 associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should take precautions for sun exposure during the summer months. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health care provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements. 

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local 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.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Naples and depart from Catania. When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by private motor coach, and flight from Rome to Palermo. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. 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.

Electricity

Italy operates on 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 6pm in Rome.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your 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, 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 is 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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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Tours are just not for us-But Tour Director was great!

Maria our tour guide was excellent. Smart, funny, kind, helpful. Punctual. My dissapointment had nothing to with her as I'm sure she isnt the one setting up the itinerary, or dealing with the flights and hotels. The booking and travel experience was horrible. You had us traveling on multiple legs to get to each destination-such a waste of time and travel. Plus, not accomodating for requests of airport. I was told when we first booked, the only flights available on the return was from Siciliy to Rome, Rome to JFK. Which was a lie because we met other travelers who were flying home to EWR that were on our tour. This would have saved us 2 hours in travel time as we live in NJ, and about 30 minutes from the airport. Some suggestions, be honest with travelers. If the agents would have told me that Go Ahead is only allocated X amount of dollars to book flights, BUT give me the option to choose a flight (less legs) (more direct) that works better for us but we'd have to pay the difference, I wouldnt have minded that. Then, there was the whole situation with airfrance, which of course isn't GoAheads fault, however the way the situation was handled was terrible. The only option Go AHead gave me was to fly to amsterdam , spend the entire day at that airport-and arrive in Naples at 10:00 p.m. After being given options that would not work, I called the airlines myself directly-and they were able to help me immeidately, no issues, no questions. This is my first and last tour. The whole reason why I booked through a tour is to save myself from the stress of dealing with airlines and bookings, which I ended up handling on my own in the end anyway. As far as the tour itnierary, lots of time on the bus. Not sure why they wouldnt start the tour in Rome, and work our way down to Sicily, seems to be the logical thing to do. Plus direct flights. Lots of time on the bus time, not enough time to enjoy the most beautful part of the cities, Ie Cefalu' Taromina, seemed rushed. I could have done without the "wine tasting tour" wasn't a tasting at all, was a mediocre dinner with 3 glasses of wine. My lamb was the size of my thumb-not kidding. Dissapointing, definitely not worth the money. And the tour of the facility was a joke. The guy looked like he was half asleep and ready to get us out. Our hotel in Taormina was the size of a shoe box with no windows. Our friends who we traveled with had ocean view and thier room was the size of penthouse compared to ours. We both paid the same price, this did not seem fair at all. There are so many reasons why I would never book a GoAhead tour again. Unfortunately, I could go on, and on. The sad part is before we left we already reccomended some friends to do the same tour, they are going in March, I am afraid for them. But I have warned them, I hope their experience is better than ours was.

 

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your recent tour. We are sorry to hear the tour was so unsatisfactory for you. The reason we would suggest using JFK airport instead of Newark for this tour is because for flying from Sicily you most likely will have three flights to reach Newark instead of two flights, which is typical of JFK. We do apologize if this wasn’t made clear to you during your booking process. Additionally on most tour itineraries you are able to choose to book your own flights if you’d prefer. We are glad to hear that the during the Air France strike the airline was able to rebook you to a desirable itinerary. When airlines go on strike Go Ahead will always do our very best to advocate for our travelers and to get the best flight itinerary to get them to tour as soon as possible. However, ultimately airlines do control their own bookings and are able to make exceptions where we unfortunately are often not able to. I assure you that our attention to the quality of our tours and the overall experience of our travelers is of the greatest importance to us. I will definitely be taking your remarks as well as those of the rest of the group into consideration to make improvements going forward.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 28, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bucket List - Italy

Our tour of Italy was well organized and efficient. Our director, Paolo, was confident, competent and professional. The local guides were knowledgeable and proud of their cities. This was a "bucket list" trip for us and it was well worth the expense. I would not hesitate to visit any of the places again, the Italian people were very gracious and welcoming, and I can't pick one place that was my favorite because every place we visited was awesome in its own way. Go Ahead Tours was recommended by a friend of ours and I am so thankful for that recommendation. In addition, we met a wonderful group of Americans in our group. That was an extra bonus!

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/17/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: SC

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Almost excellent

My overall experience was very good. I will definitely take another tour with go ahead. The two negative experances I had were having to walk in the rain for our first get together dinner in Sorrento. It was a 25 minute walk to the restaurant. The hotel had buses that could have been used. It did not make a very good first impression. The second was the ride from Palermo to Taormina it took aproxitmetly 3 hours with no air conditioning. It made for a very unpleasant ride. Other then these two incidents the tour the tour went well. I provide these comments to you so you can improve your service and make for an excellent tour.

 

Hi Anthony, We’re so glad you had a great trip to Rome, Sorrento & Sicily! I appreciate you sharing your feedback regarding these two transportation issues. I apologize that you experienced these problems, and I will be sure to pass along this feedback to our operations department so that it doesn’t happen again. Please feel free to let us know if you have any further questions or comments.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 08, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A great tour with a great director makes all the difference!

Our tour of Rome, Sorrento, and Sicily was outstanding. I was constantly impressed with how well thought-out and how well organized the tour was. For instance, by staying around Sorrento (in our case, in Sant'Agnello) we avoided being right in the middle of the hustle, bustle, and traffic, while still having easy access to go into town for anyone who wanted proper Naples dining and shopping. Furthermore, I did nearly every optional tour and was constantly glad that I did. I can hardly say enough good things about how much I enjoyed the isle of Capri or little resort town of Cefalù, or how much I still enjoy looking at the pictures I took from each. More than just the tour itself, having a great tour director is such a huge benefit. Our director, Maria, had great recommendations for everything from where to change money without paying a premium, to where to enjoy a tasty but affordable lunch by walking a block or two off the beaten path, to where to get iconic Italian and Sicilian goods like limoncello and Etna fire from the best makers and vendors. She let us know what to expect and how to enjoy it like a local. Heck, she even made the occasional bus transfer enjoyable by giving local insights about Rome and Sicily, and suggesting fun snacks and drinks to try when we made a stop.

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Your tour needs some help!!!

Wish we could offer a good review of your Italy tour, but frankly cannot. Group meals were terribly disappointing, Rome hotel was in an unsafe area, very east of where you generally wanted to be, and the tour director was a generalist, not some who specialized in this particular tour. Need to rethink your tour package, offer the option to purchase/not purchase group dinners, pick better and safer hotels and assign tour directors that specialize in particular tours. One shocking example of how disappointed we were with your group dinners, we were served turkey for dinner one night. . Now please appreciate that we, as Americans do not choose to visit Italy, anticipate great Italian food and then be served turkey (and be told that it's a traditional Italian meal).

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: WY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A GOOD ONE

Beautiful experience and place.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

best tour director and itenerary

6 widows embarked on a tour into another time and Carmelo and Go Ahead Tours accomplished that in every way. Thank you for the wonderful accomodations and again for the best Tour Director and because of this we will if God spares book another tour. Thanks You EDB

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best of everything!

This was my first trip with a tour group. I enjoyed every aspect of the tour from beginning to the end. Every experience I had was pleasant and quite enjoyable. From the time I left the Shreveport LA airport with the help of our tour coordinator, Linda, until Carmelo, our most delightful tour director, put us on the bus to the airport for our return home, I was amazed at how well all the coordination flowed so seamlessly. I enjoyed all the dinners, the city tours, the bus drivers, the local guides - who were quite fascinating (Roberto in Pompeii) - every detail was well thought out and very enjoyable. Carmelo is organized and doesn't ruffle under pressure. He is fabulous. I enjoyed meeting all of the other tourists on the trip - everyone was so nice. I have been giving rave reviews all over town and hopefully can plan another trip in the near future.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best of Southern Italy

Thanks to Tour Director, Gesualdo , Sorento, Capri, Rome, and Sicily are now happy memories to my wife, Gail, and me. A small group of 19, ages 10-69, pulled together quickly with the talents of Gesualdo. His people skills added to the pleasure of the rides, tours, and meals. We are looking forward to our next GoAhead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tour to Italy and Sicily

The tour overall was great. The Hotel in Rome was very good and centrally located. The Tour guides were good except for the tour guide to St. Peters Basilica was not very good -- did not even join us inside St. Peters. The stay in Palermo was a disappointment. The Hotel left a lot to be desired. The only good part of Palermo was the excursion to the wine country and wine tasting in Cefalu which was excellent. Sorento, Capri, Mt. Etna, Taormina Region were all great. The Hilton in Taormina Region especially good. Maria our Tour Director was very good and our bus driver in Sicily was very good. Our flight arrangements for this trip left a lot to be desired.

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