Rome: The City Experience7 days / City Stays
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About This Experience
You’ll fall in love with Rome. We mean, really fall for it. Make the Eternal City your home away from home, and step wholeheartedly into the Roman experience. Delve behind the city’s surface bustle. Mingle with the vibrant people who go about their lives in the shadow of ancient ruins. And even walk underneath its streets. We promise, you’re going to leave feeling like a local.
Your Tour Includes
Round-trip airfare & transfers
5 nights in handpicked hotels
Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine
Multilingual Tour Director
Private deluxe motor coach
Why You'll Love It
History is tangible in Rome’s ancient ruins
Cappuccino, gelato, pizza—need we say more?
No one will blink an eye when you ask for thirds
The works of Michelangelo, up close & personal
Legendary landmarks are everywhere
Locals help you see the city like a Roman
Overnight Flight1 night
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Overhead, underfoot, Rome is rich in ruins
Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs
Today’s guided sightseeing tour of Rome introduces you to the landmarks of the Roman empire: the Colosseum and the Forum Romanum. After your tour, enjoy the balance of the day at leisure or join our optional excursion into the city’s catacombs.
Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65* pp
Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to the Basilica of St. Paul, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.
Toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain if you like what you see
Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors
Stroll across the Spanish Steps today, meeting place for all of Rome, then see Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, where centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. Those interested in classical sculpture might choose to plan a visit to the Capitoline Museums, which houses a collection assembled in the 15th century by a pope who loved the arts. Otherwise, take an optional tour of Vatican City to see inside St. Peters Basilica, gaze up at the Sistine Chapel, and experience Michelangelo’s Pietà. Tonight, opt to join our Dinner with Tenors for a sumptuous, serenaded meal.
Must be booked 70 days before departure
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.
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!
See it like you want to—explore the city your way
Optional Excursion - A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture
The Sant’Angelo Castle, one of Rome’s less touristed stops, once guarded the entrance to the Vatican and now contains a collection of antique arms and armor. You can visit this treasure or opt to leave the cacophony of Rome behind for an excursion to Florence by train. Journey by train on a day trip to the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. Guided sightseeing of Florence introduces you to the city’s Renaissance splendor. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s masterpiece—Florence’s massive pink, white and green Duomo. Then enter the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo as well as the Dante Memorial are displayed.
A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture $199* pp
Journey by train on a daytrip to Florence, birthplace of Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided tour introduces you to the old city's three main squares, beginning with Piazza della Signoria, home to the Romanesque Palazzo Vecchio. You'll also explore the Piazza del Duomo, offering beautiful views of the Cathedral, Baptistry and elegant belltower. Finally, you'll walk through the Piazza del Santa Croce. Here, enter the Church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo, Machiavelli and Michelangelo are displayed. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the church.
Rare paintings line an even rarer Gothic church
Optional Excursion - A Day in Pompeii
For a peek inside Rome’s only example of Gothic architecture, make a visit to the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva Church, where you’ll see one of the lesser-known works of Michelangelo and the tomb of the painter Fra Angelico. You might also opt to head south and explore the ruins of Pompeii on today’s optional excursion.
A Day in Pompeii $169* pp
Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in and smothered the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. Visit the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Lunch is included. Please note: Travel time to Pompeii is approximately 2.5 hours each way.
Extend Your Stay
Add Rome $299*
Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.
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Clink glasses where the Pope summers
Optional Excursion - Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting
Spend today exploring Rome as you please. Consider joining an optional excursion to Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting. Leave the hustle and bustle of Rome behind for an afternoon spent exploring Lazio’s wine region. Begin your excursion with a stop at Castel Gandolfo, a beautiful village draped on the shores of Lake Alban, about 30 km outside of Rome. It is here that the Pope usually spends his summers. You’ll have the opportunity to see his summer home, which was built by the same architect who designed the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. You will stop to admire Bernini’s fountain. Travel to one of Ariccia’s vineyards for a tour of the winery and a wine tasting, where you will sample a variety of wines as well as the winery’s homemade olive oils and other specialties.
Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting $75* pp
Leave the city behind and enjoy an afternoon in Lazio’s wine country. Begin your excursion with a stop at Castel Gandolfo, a gorgeous village draped on the shores of Lake Albano. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Pope's summer home from across the lake. Later, you'll travel to a vineyard in nearby Ariccia for a wine tasting, where you'll sample a variety of wines as well as homemade olive oils and other specialties.
You’re practically a local, now relax like one
Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum
Enjoy your final day in Rome wandering through the city's many piazzas, taking in views from each of the seven hills or just sipping a cappuccino in a sidewalk cafe. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion to the Borghese Gallery & Museum, located at Villa Borghese.
Must be booked 30 days before departure
Borghese Gallery & Museum $69* pp
Today, take a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, home to one of Italy's finest art collections. Situated in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, the gallery consists of 20 rooms spanning two floors and features major works by Bernini, Raphael, Canova, Titian and Caravaggio.
Passport & Visa
In order to enter Italy, U.S. & 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.
There are no recommended immunizations for travel to Rome.
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.
Transportation / Walking on tour
Round-trip flights arrive in and depart from Rome. When you first arrive in Rome, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. 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.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing and Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.
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Can't Wait to Return
This was a once in a lifetime trip for my daughter and neice, and we loved it. Our Tour Director Carmen, was friendly and very knowlegable about the areas where we visited. She always made sure that we were well informed about where we were going and whom our local guide would be. The Collosium was a dream, and Joanna our local guide was great. Freindly, funny and well informed about the entire Rome area. She is a definite asset to Go Ahead Tours. Our only hiccup was the local guide we had for our tour of the Vatican City. There was a lack of clear communication from her part in where she would be and where the eleven of us would meet after viewing the Sistine Chapel. I wish we had had more time at the Vatican to view the art work that is housed there. Because of the mix up we had no time at the gift shop. Also while we loved Florence and want to go back, the girls wanted to visit the shop outlets that they had heard about in the states. However, we were unable to. Maybe that can be a consideration for the future. Not that they didn't make a dent in the market, lol. Over all the food, gelatto and shopping was great. We had a great group and made new freinds. The girls are already talking about going to Florence, Venice and Milan. Can't wait for the next trip. Maybe next time I'll let my husband go, lol
Great Trip to Rome
My family and I just returned from the Rome 7 day tour. It was really wonderful. I loved our tour director, Carmen. She was very personable and had lots of answers to our questions. What I really liked is the way Go Ahead took care of our airfare, hotel, transfers, and transportation and great sites with easy access including the Colosseum. We also had a lot of own time to explore on our own which was wonderful. I would definitely go on a tour with Go Ahead Tours again!! I loved it all. I'm just sorry it's over.....
Truly an amazing trip. Good as an introduction to Rome. Such a beautiful city to explore. We hope to return on another trip.
The tour guide Nicola was very knowledgeable and took really good care of the group. I really enjoyed my stay in Rome. .
Loved Rome and Florence
This was a great tour, but I don't agree with the Tour Pace Level designation of 1. According to your key Level l = leisurely, Level 2 = comfortable, Level 3 = active. and Level 4 = challenging. The pace of the walking tours, included in the quoted cost and extra-pay options, weren't leisurely or comfortable. I was a little concerned about the airports and the long flights, but those concerns were unfounded compared to the walking tours. I had to finally pay extra, above and beyond my paid options, etc., to hire extra transportation to see many of the attractions that I couldn't keep up with the group to enjoy. When I signed up for this tour I believed the assigned Pace Level of 1, and it certainly wasn't that.
BEST TOUR DIRECTOR!
PRICELESS MEMORIES !!
INCREDIBLE! TOUR! INCREDIBLE TIME!
The tour was awesome. By going on the guided tours I saw more of Rome, Florence and pompeii than I ever could by myself. Our tour director was Maria and even though she was younger than us we called her mother for the week. She was incredible and took great care of us. She showed us the ropes and taught us how to do as the Romans do. Kept us out of trouble and found us the BEST guides for the tours available. I got sick the last two days my trip and she found a doctor who came to the hotel room. he got me going again by the next day!She was invaluable. The sights left me speechless. This was the first time I was in Europe and while I want to see other places Rome will be a tough act to follow and I will return there soon. If your thinking about Rome you have to do it and the side tours make it even more worthwhile.
A wonderful place to visit
The tour director was very good with one exception. Sometimes she was inclined to walk too fast and did not always hold up some sort of identification when we were trying to keep up with her amongst the crowds of people in Rome. Staying in one hotel was a plus, however, the location of the hotel was not in a very good section of the city - rather intimidating. Overall, the tour was good and I would use Go-ahead tours again. DJF Hingham, MA
Good mix of guided tours and free time
Our Tour Director Maria was wonderful, and the guides for the tours were approachable and knowledgable. The included meals were delicious, and we had lots of free time to explore on our own. Our hotel was near the train station, so accessible via metro, bus, and walking from major sites in the city center. It was clean and safe, and the staff were also very helpful. The optional excursion to Pompeii is not to be missed! Pompeii was amazing, and the included lunch was lovely. I am 30 and there were two other young adults on the tour. There were also two older women, one 80 and one 90. In my opinion, the pace worked for all of us and everyone in between. This tour is great for all ages and paces!
Ciao! The Rome City Experience Tour was a wonderful time. Fabrizzio our Tour Director was organized, helpful and fun to be around...He made all the traveling time fun as well. It was a full week, but there was still time to go to reccomended restaurants and stroll the city sights. A perfecto way to see Rome and other sites