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Rome, Sorrento & Sicily

11 days
Walk among Rome’s ancient ruins. Bask on sunlit Mediterranean shores. Southern Italy sets the scene for these classic 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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 25 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Sorrento 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Sorrento

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Upon your arrival to Naples airport, transfer to Sorrento. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Capri

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the picturesque island of Capri on today’s guided tour.

• Depending on weather,  you’ll board a mini-cruise around the island or enjoy a visit to Anacapri

• Take the funicular to the upper town, where a local guide leads a walking tour 

• Stroll through the Gardens of Augustus

• Enjoy free time for lunch, shopping and exploring

Head back to Sorrento to enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $109pp* 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. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs March through November.

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

Day 4: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - A Day on the Amalfi Coast $85pp* Details

Drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, enjoying views of the lemon groves growing out of terraced cliffs and the whitewashed villas clinging to the rocky shores. In Positano, see the black Madonna icon (whose legend gave the town its name) and take in views of the sparkling sea below. In Amalfi, visit the Byzantine-style St. Andrew’s Cathedral before taking free time to relax over a leisurely lunch or with some shopping.

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

Rome 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Rome via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Rome, stopping along the way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii on a guided tour. 

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

• Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption

• See what life was like in the Roman Empire

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

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

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

Day 7: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Taormina Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to the Taormina Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, board a flight to Catania. Then, transfer to the Taormina Region.

Enjoy a free evening in the Taormina Region or add an excursion.

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

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

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Taormina

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, a local guide introduces you to the scenic town of Taormina, perched high above the sea. 

• Enjoy views of Mount Etna, Taormina Cathedral and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament

• Enter the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater 

Share a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

Day 10: Free day in Taormina Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Taormina Region or add an excursion.

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

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

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore the Taormina Region.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Overnight flight

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Sorrento 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Sorrento

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Upon your arrival to Naples airport, transfer to Sorrento. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Capri

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the picturesque island of Capri on today’s guided tour.

• Depending on weather,  you’ll board a mini-cruise around the island or enjoy a visit to Anacapri

• Take the funicular to the upper town, where a local guide leads a walking tour 

• Stroll through the Gardens of Augustus

• Enjoy free time for lunch, shopping and exploring

Head back to Sorrento to enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $109pp* 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. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs March through November.

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

Day 4: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - A Day on the Amalfi Coast $85pp* Details

Drive along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, enjoying views of the lemon groves growing out of terraced cliffs and the whitewashed villas clinging to the rocky shores. In Positano, see the black Madonna icon (whose legend gave the town its name) and take in views of the sparkling sea below. In Amalfi, visit the Byzantine-style St. Andrew’s Cathedral before taking free time to relax over a leisurely lunch or with some shopping.

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

Rome 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Rome via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Rome, stopping along the way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii on a guided tour. 

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

• Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption

• See what life was like in the Roman Empire

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

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

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

Day 7: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Taormina Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to the Taormina Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, board a flight to Catania. Then, transfer to the Taormina Region.

Enjoy a free evening in the Taormina Region or add an excursion.

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

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

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Taormina

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, a local guide introduces you to the scenic town of Taormina, perched high above the sea. 

• Enjoy views of Mount Etna, Taormina Cathedral and the Palazzo Corvaia, seat of the first Sicilian parliament

• Enter the town’s 2nd-century Greek theater 

Share a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers this evening.

Day 10: Free day in Taormina Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Taormina Region or add an excursion.

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

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

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore the Taormina Region.

Add Malta & Rome Starting from $1,089 pp

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

Malta 3 nights

Day 11: Travel to Malta

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, fly from Catania to the historic island nation of Malta, where you can settle in to your hotel.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Valletta & Mdina

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out to see the new and old capitals of Malta on a series of guided tours today.

• Drive to Valletta, where you’ll enter the Upper Barrakka Gardens for panoramic views of the harbor

• Step inside St. John’s Cathedral

• Enjoy a walking tour of the UNESCO-protected city of Mdina

• See Mdina Cathedral, St Paul’s Square and the bastions

Day 13: Free day in Malta

Enjoy a free day in Malta or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Maltese Archipelago: The Island of Gozo $79pp* Details

Travel to Malta’s greener island, where sweeping countryside is spotted with Baroque churches and old stone farmhouses. Take a look at the majestic Azure Window, a natural limestone arch that soars almost 100 feet above the blue ocean below. Peer into the deep limestone lagoon known as the Inland Sea. Then visit the island’s capital, Victoria, and step inside the ancient Citadel. Believed to have been in operation since the Neolithic times, the structure was fortified in the Bronze Age. Then, stop at the UNESCO-recognized Ggantija Temples to explore the megalithic ruins and step inside the museum to learn about the civilization that erected the structures more than five centuries ago. Before heading back to Malta, stop by sandy Ramla Bay for a scenic viewpoint, perhaps catching a glimpse of the grotto where it is said that the nymph Calypso held Odysseus captive for seven years.

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

Rome 1 night

Day 14: Travel to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Board a short flight to Rome, where you’ll spend the evening.

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

How's the weather?

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

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy (and Malta on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

*  You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.  * Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour. * You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries. * If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Naples and depart from Catania (Rome on the extension). When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A mini-cruise in Capri and flights between Rome and Catania are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes flights from Catania to Malta and from Malta to Rome.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at  cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

* Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).  * The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region.  * Sicilian cuisine in particular is heavily influenced by Spanish, Greek and Arab traditions. The Spanish brought New World influences to the region in the form of tomatoes, chocolate and maize, while the Arab influence can be tasted in recipes that include rice, spinach, saffron and citrus fruits. Regional specialties include arancini, cannoli and granita.  * For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.  * (Tour extension) Maltese cuisine is notably eclectic thanks to the islands’ varied history. Dishes take influence from the nation’s tumultuous past—you’ll find Italian, Middle Eastern and even British tastes and traditions on local menus.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy (and Malta on the tour extension) operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Rome.

Currency

  • The euro is the currency you will be using on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, 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 used to withdraw 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

How's the weather?

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

Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy (and Malta on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

*  You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.  * Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour. * You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries. * If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Naples and depart from Catania (Rome on the extension). When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • A mini-cruise in Capri and flights between Rome and Catania are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes flights from Catania to Malta and from Malta to Rome.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. 

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at  cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

* Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).  * The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region.  * Sicilian cuisine in particular is heavily influenced by Spanish, Greek and Arab traditions. The Spanish brought New World influences to the region in the form of tomatoes, chocolate and maize, while the Arab influence can be tasted in recipes that include rice, spinach, saffron and citrus fruits. Regional specialties include arancini, cannoli and granita.  * For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.  * (Tour extension) Maltese cuisine is notably eclectic thanks to the islands’ varied history. Dishes take influence from the nation’s tumultuous past—you’ll find Italian, Middle Eastern and even British tastes and traditions on local menus.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy (and Malta on the tour extension) operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E or F plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Rome.

Currency

  • The euro is the currency you will be using on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, 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 used to withdraw 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible vacation!

First, we had the absolute best tour director EVER!!! Francesco Napoli was wonderful. He was patient, funny, informative, always helpful, bent over backwards to accommodate everyone...and did I say funny? He was hysterical! Every day we waited to hear more stories from Francesco. But on to the trip... The accommodations were excellent. The attached photo is our room in Sicily, the Hotel Caparena on the beach. All were in great parts of town, close to activities, comfortable, quiet, well-staffed, clean, and each location had great continental breakfast accommodations. The itinerary for each region highlighted the most fascinating places and for each tour we had excellent guides. My favorite guide was Anna for the Vatican; she was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour very special. They were all extremely courteous and accommodating. The farmhouse dinner at the agritourismo in Sorrento was the most delicious meal, and the food just kept coming and the wine just kept pouring. I had the best piece of melt-in-your-mouth sea bass there. We were a very fortunate group that happened to be placed in this tour together. First, it was a small group of only 12 people, which made it feel like we were all good friends traveling together. Even on our off times, we hung out together. In fact, toward the end of the trip, we got together to plan our next trip together, and these are people who had never met one another before! And, of course, we're going to ask for Francesco! My only complaint about this trip was that it wasn't long enough. I plan on returning to Italy and Sicily next May and hope to be able to spend a month there. Sicily was amazing. They definitely saved the best for last on this itinerary. If you're undecided about which package to take, I would highly recommend the Rome-Sorrento-Sicily trip. Ciao!

 

Hi Elizabeth! It sounds like your tour couldn’t have been better! We’re thrilled to hear it. We’re also glad that your Tour Director’s humor and desire to help enhanced your experience. It’s wonderful to know that you found the accommodations to be excellent and that the sites for each spot provided fascinating experiences for your group. We’re pleased that your group really bonded throughout the tour and that you even spent time together in your free time. We can understand how you would feel that this tour isn’t long enough, and we will be sure to pass along your feedback to our Product Development team who designs our tours. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 07, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 4/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Great Tour, Bad Flight

I had a wonderful time on this tour and got to see many amazing things. Our tour director, Carmelo, was great and very informative. My complaint would have to be my flight. I had GoAhead book my flight and I had a 7 hour layover in Seattle which turned into an 8 hour layover because the plane was 45 minutes late. The bad thing about the plane being late, was the fact that I only had an hour layover in Paris. So right as I landed, my connecting flight was boarding. I had to find a shuttle, rush through security and customs and then find my gate. By that time, my plane was long gone. Even if my plane would have made it on time, I would have been very close to missing my flight. Of course, I couldn't get on another plane for 11.5 hours! I was very exhausted and cried. I called the emergency number and they told me I had missed the bus to Sorrento, so once I land in Naples, I will have to take a taxi to Sorrento. I was told it would be 70 euros but they'd reimburse me $25. I really wish they had a lounge for me to go to. I was so tired. Well, once I made it to Sorrento, I was unfortunately charged 160 euros which is $180! I was also upset because I missed the group dinner I had paid for and had traveled for 36 hours. I have traveled 2 other times with GoAhead and seem to not get good flights. If you decide to travel with GoAhead, I recommend you book your own flights! I know I will.

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Hi Katie! Thank you for your review. We’re glad that you had a wonderful time on tour and that you enjoyed your Tour Director. One of our team members reached out to you to discuss your flight experience. We regret to hear that it caused you frustration. If you would like to speak about your flight issues, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350 and ask for the Quality Control department. Thank you again for telling us about your experience, and we hope to hear from you.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Vacation of a lifetime!

Always dreamed of making it to Italy and Sicily, and go ahead tours helped make it all possible. I had a wonderful time and everything was planned perfectly! Would recommend going to anyone who asks.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of A Life Time

My first trip to Italy, my first tour, and it was the vacation of my life. Our tour guide Raffaella was the best. The sites,food, wine and hotels were the best. Looking forward to a return trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Italy trip with Sicily

Overall the tour, the tour guide, and the small group was excellent. However, some improvements need to be made. For instance, the trip from Rome to Sorrento was excessively long. We landed in Rome around noon and arrived at our hotel in Sorrento around 7:30pm. We hardly had any free time to clean up and unpack before heading out to the welcome dinner. The Vatican tour was horribly crowded. Inside the Sistine Chapel we could hardly move. Leaving the chapel was borderline dangerous due to the crowds. At one point we were 6 abreast heading toward a doorway and stairs that, at best, could only accomodate two at a time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Experience

An amazing trip, with an amazing tour director. Locations were absolutely beautiful, travel was made perfect by Go Ahead. Looking forward to the next tour !

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Finding Our Roots

This tour was exceptional! From our wonderful, engaging, charming and enthusiastic Tour Director, Paola, to the accommodations, to the beautiful sights and the best food and wine in the world, we could not have had a better experience. Once again, Go Ahead exceeded our expectations. This trip was especially meaningful for us as we wanted to be able to visit the villages of our ancestors and Go Ahead's extremely accommodating customer service made that part of our adventure easy and hassle free. Thank you again for making our travel dreams a reality.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 4/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best tour director

Maria was our tour director and she was awesome! She took such great care of each and every one of us. I would take another tour if she was my tour director.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was our very first tour , we are three college room mates. The best value for your money. Our tour director ( Maria D ) did everything possible so the group could have a great time. I would recommend this to anyone.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 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

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