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Rome: The City Experience

7 days City Stays
Make the Eternal City your home away from home, and step wholeheartedly into the Roman experience. Explore legendary landmarks and ancient ruins. Mingle with the locals who go about their lives in the shadow of ancient ruins. And even walk underneath the city’s streets. We promise, you’re going to leave feeling like an insider.

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: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 three-course dinner with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Rome today.

Rome 5 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Rome

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and settle in. Then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the Eternal City, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

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

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

• View the Arch of Constantine 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 - Ancient Rome: the Papal Basilica of St. Paul & the Catacombs $65*pp Details

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 Papal 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 4: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome at your leisure or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*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 Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

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!

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

Day 5: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture $199*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Day 6: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Pompeii $169*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $179)

Day 7: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you aren’t extending your stay in Rome, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add Rome $299 pp

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

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.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting $75*pp Details

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 stroll through the square that’s home to the Papal Palace, the Pope’s summer residence. 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 8: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum $69*pp Details

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Rome today.

Rome 5 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Rome

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and settle in. Then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Embark on a guided tour of the Eternal City, uncovering landmarks that were once at the epicenter of an empire.

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

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

• View the Arch of Constantine 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 - Ancient Rome: the Papal Basilica of St. Paul & the Catacombs $65*pp Details

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 Papal 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Day 4: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome at your leisure or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Pompeii $169*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $179)

Day 5: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture $199*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $209)

Day 6: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day or add an excursion.

Later this evening, join your group at a farewell dinner where you’ll be serenaded by Italian tenors.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*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 Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 7: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you aren’t extending your stay in Rome, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Add Rome $299 pp

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

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.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at your leisure or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting $75*pp Details

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 stroll through the square that’s home to the Papal Palace, the Pope’s summer residence. 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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Day 8: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day in the city or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum $69*pp Details

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.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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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.

Health

There are no recommended immunizations for travel to Rome.

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.

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.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

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).

Currency

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. 

Tipping

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

How's the weather?

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

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.

Health

There are no recommended immunizations for travel to Rome.

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.

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.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

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).

Currency

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. 

Tipping

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome Tour & Tour Director

This trip was our first to Europe. We picked Italy because of its history & architecture. We were not disappointed. From the planning with the office staff, to meeting our awesome tour director Vania, to making new friends with the wonderful people in our tour group, and to the breathtaking tours & sites we visited, we can truly say we have just returned from our most amazing vacation ever. We can't say enough about our wonderful tour director Vania, and local guide Iohanna. They brought to life all the wonder that is Rome. We fell in love with Florence & marveled at the ruins of Pompeii. We are already planning our next Go Ahead tour. Maybe we'll try Paris next.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Me piace l'italia molto bene!

The people we traveled and bonded with were absolutely wonderful and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Our trip started off with a sumptuous meal across the street from the hotel. One of the first of my experiences that the meals in Italy go on and on! Lovin' it. Massimo D'Azigiillo (sp.) was a beautiful and comfortable hotel. It was complete and I consider the word 'complete' if there is a bidet. Monday was a general tour of the sites that we might want to delve into more later. Tuesday was our overwhelming experience at Vatican City. I loved Cappela Sistina molto bene. We walked out the main entrance of the Vatican and went to the left and were serenaded by local music. Then we found our way to Piazza Navona, The Pantheon and the under construction Trevvi Fountain which was still beautiful. The next day was our experience on treinitalia to Firenze. I bought some gifts on Pont Vecchio and sketched some overlooking the Arno River. After Florence, we had about 10 minutes to rush to our rooms and get ready for the dinner of our lives, Dinner with the Tenors. This was another meal with no end, and so was the music, of which I recorded several selections. A total magical experience. The next day we had yet another magical bonding experience at Pompeii learning all kinds of little tidbits from the way the people lived at that time. We also had another lunch which went on and on as well! I learned the main word in Italy is, "mangia"!!! The next day most of my new buddies leftl to go back to the states, except The Reynolds, The Millers. We each did our own thing for Friday, and a lot of Saturday, but we met up at, (I beg your pardon), the Hard Rock Cafe in Rome, for a treat for being in total immersion and doing quite well, but it was mostly a treat for the three Texans that were with me. Ah, Sunday arrived when we were not ready to leave, but our trip back was very smooth. I inadvertently left my soul in Rome. It has not come back to my body yet. I have incredible jet lag this morning, so I figure I best write this before I crash later today! The one thing that made our bonding possible and made it such a special experience was Vania DeFebo! I have not had such a wonderful and thorough guide in all my traveling adventures! She is very engaging and a very caring individual, but I would expect as much from an Italian, right?! I am looking forward to my next city adventure next year! duo mil dice sey. ( know I botched 2016 really bad. I haven't downloaded my pictures, but will add them when I do.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great City Stay!

Good size group. All local guides were very informative & friendly. This tour is a nice combination of structure and free time! I'm definitely planning on doing another city stay!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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.....

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Ciao, Roma!

Truly an amazing trip. Good as an introduction to Rome. Such a beautiful city to explore. We hope to return on another trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/16/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Greast tour

The tour guide Nicola was very knowledgeable and took really good care of the group. I really enjoyed my stay in Rome. .

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IN

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

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.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

BEST TOUR DIRECTOR!

PRICELESS MEMORIES !!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/12/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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.

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