Rome, Sorrento & Sicily

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About This Experience

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.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 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

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  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Palermo, Italy
  • Taormina, Italy
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Adventure takes flight en route to Napoli

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

Sorrento2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Sink your teeth into seaside Sorrento at dinner

Breakfast (in flight), 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.

Day3

Sun like the Roman Emperors did on the Isle of Capri

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting

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 Excursions

Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105* pp

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

Day4

Step into a 2,000-year-old city frozen in time

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day5

Some things get better with age—ancient Rome for example

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

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 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

If you’re wondering what to see here, the answer is everything

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

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.

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.

Palermo2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Fresh fish, savory pasta, hot arancine—Sicily is mouthwatering

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.

Day8

With WWII-bombed palazzi and lasting mosaics, Palermo shows character

Optional Excursion - Cefalù Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

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 Excursions

Cefalù Dinner & Wine Tasting $119* pp

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

Day9

Look out on Mount Etna from where the Greeks watched their dramas

Breakfast

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.

Day10

Get a better taste of Sicily, stopping to sample its street fare

Optional Excursion - Mount Etna: Sicily's Volcanic Landscapes

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 Excursions

Mount Etna: Sicily's Volcanic Landscapes $79* pp

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.

Day11

Head home or stay a little longer to linger in la dolce vita

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Catania airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add the Taormina Region $299*

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

Day11

Discover why writers and artists flocked to Taormina in droves

Optional Excursion - Traditional Sicilian Dinner & Wine Tasting

Breakfast

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

Optional Excursions

Traditional Sicilian Dinner & Wine Tasting $89* pp

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.

Day12

Set out to the small villages that set the scene for The Godfather

Optional Excursion - Hidden Sicily: Medieval Savoca & Forza D'Agro

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 Excursions

Hidden Sicily: Medieval Savoca & Forza D'Agro $49* pp

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.

Day13

Say so long to Sicily and fly away home

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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.

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).

2 / 5

Traveled On: 6/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

A GOOD ONE

Beautiful experience and place.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: WY

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

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

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

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

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

Traveled On: 6/27/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

beautiful and fascinating locations

The locations are such a nice mix and really "tell the story" of the south half of Italy. Pompeii and Mt. Etna were educational and interesting, the hotel location in Sorrento and Rome could not have been better. Capri, Taormina, and Cefalu were so enchanting. The optional extensions to Vatican City and Castelbuono (wine tasting in Sicily) were possibly the best parts. I also enjoyed tours within Rome but exploring Rome on our own was an experience unto itself. The tour guide went above and beyond to ensure we had all the culture and sights we were looking for.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

russian tour guide for italy

Uninspiring, not knowledgeable. education first? Unreliable. Always late. Our tour of pompei was cut short by almost an hour, because she didn't get us there on time. On the bus, instead of informing us our destination, instead she speaks ad nauseum about the economic plight of Italy. (she has an economics degree, you see) who cares? not me or anyone around me. She is the reason i will never book another goahead tour and will discourage others from doing so. A good guide makes all the difference. I have already been to rome, sorrento, and sicily with an excellent guide. I feel sorry for all the people on this tour. They probably don't even realize how shortchanged they were. They don't know plato taught in sicily, archimedes was born there, caravaggio painted there, goethe travelled its roads and wrote a book about it, Wagner composed not far from our hotel.. However they do know the national unempoyment average. Lesson learned, never again.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

ROME, SORRENTO & SICILY

Hotels were out of town were we were visiting. Made it difficult to tour area during free time and even to find dinner without having to take a cab. Provided tour food was not as good as I would have expect it to be. Scheduled tours were ok but sometimes a little long winded. And the optional tours were not worth the money. To sum it up, I've been on worse trips, I would rate this one just under fair.

2 / 5

Traveled On: 4/18/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Wonderful Trip

Your tour was a wonderful experience, from working with your sales staff to the tour itself, with just the right balance of planned activity and free time , and with with excellent excursions. Your tour guide, Gabriella, just can't be exceeded as she was knowledgeable, organized and helpful. She was this tours greatest asset. I will always recommend GoAhead Tours and look forwrd to my next tour.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2012

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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