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Barcelona, Southern France & the Italian Riviera

12 days
Though distinctly different, each region brings its own brand of laid-back leisure (you’ll take sunny siestas in Barcelona and relaxing riposos on the Mediterranean), in addition to inimitable culture, astounding architecture and amazing food. Get ready to sip sangria by La Sagrada Família, meander amid ancient ruins in Nîmes and saunter through seaside villages, all while sneaking in opportunities to brush up your Spanish, French and Italian.

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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

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 4 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 Barcelona today.

Barcelona 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Barcelona

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Spain! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Barcelona is touted for its unparalleled architectural landmarks, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

• Step inside La Sagrada Família, Gaudí’s famous masterwork-in-progress

• Drive along Passeig de Gràcia, past Gaudí’s “house of bones”

• Stop at Montjuïc, where the 1992 Olympic Games took place, and stroll Mirador de l’Alcalde Park

• Pass Plaça d’Espanya and the soaring monument to Christopher Columbus

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Park Güell & Pedrera $85*pp Details

On today’s excursion, discover the magnificent works of Antoni Gaudí, the famed Spanish architect known for his bold, distinct designs. Casa Milà is the first stop. Take a guided tour of this building, popularly known as La Pedrera, built by Gaudí between 1905 and 1910. Everything about the building is visually unique, from the wave-like stone structure and grandly designed roof to the apartment that reflects the style of the 20th century bourgeois. Next, you’ll head to Park Güell, also designed by Gaudí. Your guide will lead you through the park, which contains stunning buildings, intricate stonework and colorful mosaics. At the top of the park, marvel at the brilliant views of Barcelona.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in Barcelona

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Barcelona or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Montserrat $69*pp Details

Journey to the ninth-century monastery of Montserrat, which inspired the composer Richard Wagner as he wrote Parsifal. Ride a high-flying cable car up the mountain and enjoy magnificent views of the Llobregat River Valley and – if skies are clear – the Pyrenees. A local guide leads the way to the secluded monastery, where you may have a chance to see the iconic Black Virgin of Montserrat, Catalonia’s beloved and miraculous Madonna statue. Take some time to explore the monastery before descending the mountain by bus and driving back to Barcelona. Please note: Due to the ever-changing schedule of church activities, a viewing of the Black Madonna cannot be guaranteed.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Optional Excursion - Flamenco Dinner Show $109*pp Details

The clapping, the singing, the stamping—experience the dramatic art of flamenco dancing, one of Spain’s most celebrated traditions. Expressive and colorful, this Andalucian style of dance combines guitar playing (toque), song (cante) and rhythmic handclaps (palmas). Dinner will be served before the performance.

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

Montpellier 1 night Hotel info

Day 5: Montpellier via Carcassonne

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off for Montpellier, France today. Stop en route in the fortified city of Carcassonne to tour the medieval fortress settlement, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

French Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 6: The French Riviera via Nîmes

Included meals: Breakfast

Make your way to Nice and the French Riviera by way of Nîmes, where a local guide shows you around the city. 

• See remarkably preserved Roman buildings, including the Maison Carrée

• Visit the Arena of Nîmes, built around A.D. 100 and seen in the film “Gladiator”

• Stop at the Pont du Gard, a UNESCO-listed Roman aqueduct

Day 7: Free day in the French Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day exploring the French Riviera or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Cape Ferrat: Villas & Views of the French Riviera $69*pp Details

Embark on a guided tour of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a beautiful palazzo overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. In addition to experiencing the villa's nine gardens firsthand, you'll explore the history of the villa itself as you walk among its interiors. Afterward, set off on foot for a scenic stroll to Villa Kerylos, taking in gorgeous views of the French Riviera along the way.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $79)

Optional Excursion - Monaco by Night: Monte Carlo Casino & Dinner $99*pp Details

Spend an evening in Monaco, world-renowned for its luxuriousness. A tiny principality ruled by the Grimaldis, Europe’s oldest royal family, Monaco has retained its independence for more than 700 years. Your Tour Director introduces you to the Old Town with a stop outside the Royal Palace. After an included dinner, you may wish to try your luck at the world-famous Monte Carlo Casino. Please note: The trip to the casino requires moderate walking. This excursion is not available from May 9-26, 2015 during the Grand Prix.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Travel to the Italian Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave France for the Italian Riviera today. Stop en route at a perfume factory in the seaside village of Eze before arriving in the Italian Riviera for your group dinner.

Day 9: Cinque Terre

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Cinque Terre, an idyllic cluster of five villages set on seaside cliffs. 

• Explore the seaside towns of Vernazza and Monterosso (please note that specific Cinque Terre village visits may vary)

• Travel by boat for dramatic cliff-side views (weather permitting; you may travel by train instead of boat)

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Set off to Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, and meet your local guide. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and the Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

Day 11: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

Later, join your group for a farewell dinner in Florence.

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $85*pp Details

Travel the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery to taste the region’s wines and sample of some of Italy’s most famous olive oils and balsamic vinegars that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

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

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Rome.

Add Rome $389 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 vibrant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Rome this morning, then follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a 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

Day 13: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in Rome 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 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Montpellier, France
  • French Riviera, France
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Spain, France and 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 Spanish 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. 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

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight 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 with something more formal to wear. Also, remember that 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 when traveling to Spain, France and Italy. It’s always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare 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. In Spain, breakfast is very light, usually consisting of only rolls and coffee. Lunch is traditionally a threecourse meal, which can take much of the afternoon to consume. The traditional dish is known as paella and is made from chicken, meat, vegetables, seafood and saffron rice. Dinner is less hearty than lunch and is served late, between 9pm and midnight. Tapas, a series of small samples of various appetizers, is an evening staple at Spanish bars and cafes. Throughout France, you’ll find endless opportunities to sample wonderful food at every price range. For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafes. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular. Italian cuisine varies by region. Tuscany is known for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta, and Rome and Southern Italy are loved for their pizzas and seafood. For authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants often with only a couple of open tables and hand-printed menus. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks of grappa or limoncello.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Barcelona and depart from Florence (or Rome on extension). Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the main cities by public transportation. For the novice traveler, navigating Barcelona can be slightly challenging. However, most of the main attractions and tourist hangouts are near the area known as Las Ramblas and the Gothic Quarter. Use Las Ramblas as a base—it runs all the way down to the Columbus Monument and the harbor. For access to the other attractions and neighborhoods of Barcelona, use the excellent metro system. Florence is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Tickets can be purchased at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk.

Museums in Florence

If you are interested in visiting any of Florence's many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

Electricity

Spain, France and Italy operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Spain, France and Italy are 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 Barcelona.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in the countries you’ll be visiting, 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 used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the Cirrus and Plus networks, but make sure to check with your bank about withdrawal fees. 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 is 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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing views

THIS WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE FOR ME. THE THREE COUNTRIES IN JUST 12 DAYS WAS A LOT, BUT WORTH THE TRIP. THE SIGHTS , THE HISTORY AND ALL IN BETWEEN WAS AMAZING. THE FOOD, MOST OF THE TIME, WAS GREAT. THE TOUR GUIDES WERE EXCELLENT. THE ACCOMODATIONS WERE REASONABLE BUT THE WIFI WAS LACKING IN MOST HOTELS. THE BUS RIDE IN BETWEEN ALL THE CITIES WERE A BIT LONG AND THERE WAS A REST STOPS HALFWAY, BUT WAS NOT ENOUGH AND WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO USE THE RESTROOM ON THE TOUR BUS, WHICH WAS AN ISSUE. OUR TOUR DIRECTOR WAS AT FIRST, NOT TO FRIENDLY BUT WAS VERY EFFICIENT AT HER JOB AND BY THE END WAS ACTUALLY A VERY NICE PERSON. THANK YOU MARTE FOR MAKING SURE ALL WENT AS SMOOTH AS IT DID,

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

The Tour was ok

for what I paid and the number of cities that I saw, the tour was decent. The tour director Marta, was pleasant and engaging one on one, but I think she was overwhelmed handling a large group of opinionated adults. She would often get flustered. During a lot of the walking tours, she didn't always look back to make sure that the whole group was together. we gave her the feedback immediately and she did try to do better. The hotels were decent. Accept for the last hotel in florence. I felt that it was in a pretty unsafe part of town and the rooms where very old and needed updated. I think the room that I stayed in wasn't painted since the first time the room was built. I did appreciate that the hotels were located in the center of towns (with the exception of florence). I don't recall reading in any of the materials that Europeans are not big on air conditioning.. the bus was very warm and it was disheartening to learn that our bus driver could have made the bus cooler, just opted not to. I also felt uneasy with the speed in which he was taking turns on very narrow roads that did not have a lot of railing on the edges. the only excursion that I felt was worth the price was the wine tasting and san g. Seeing the churches in monaco was nice, but monti carlo was horrible. definitely not what I pictured. I felt that we were sent to a place that tourist go. for what I paid, i expected more. I paid 100 dollars for the flamenco show and dinner to find out it was a buffet restaurant. I would have paid a lot less if I just walked in and saw the show and dinner myself. I think they should be more options for free days. with 3 hour travels and the forced group dinners, you don't get a chance to see the cities you are in. again, i think for what I paid it was a decent experience. my next trip to europe, i will book on my own

 

Dear Judith, Thank you for taking the time to write your review of your recent tour with Go Ahead. We appreciate the insights you have shared regarding various parts of your tour experience, and will take this feedback into consideration when making any necessary changes to our tours. Regarding the hotel in Florence, this is a hotel we have used many times in the past and has generally received very positive feedback from our travelers. When selecting hotels, we do our best to find properties that are either centrally located or near public transportation, are in safe neighborhoods, and have all the amenities we are looking for, while maintaining a good value. We regret to learn that you felt the hotel didn’t meet some of those criteria; we find that travelers have enjoyed being this close to the heart of Florence (less than one mile to Piazza del Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio). We will certainly be looking into the reviews of all travelers on your tour departure and evaluate this hotel accordingly moving forward. As you probably know, cities across Europe and especially in Italy are experiencing record heat this summer. We do apologize for not being explicit in our materials regarding the air conditioning standards in Europe, but this is something we are actively changing to better prepare our travelers. It is true that European standards and regulations for air conditioning are much different than in the United States, and often times public areas like buses, hotels and restaurants often do not feel as cooled as our travelers might be used to. We thank you again for your review, and please be assured that all of your feedback is taken very seriously. We will be evaluating and addressing your concerns internally. Thank you for choosing to travel with Go Ahead, and we hope to welcome you back on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2015

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A WHIRLWIND

I'D LIKE TO QUALIFY THE QUESTION, "WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS TOUR TO A FRIEND?" BY ADDING, "YES AND NO." IF YOU'RE UP FOR THE ADVENTURE AND WANT TO GET A TASTE OF BARCELONA, SOUTHERN FRANCE AND THE ITALIAN RIVIERA, BY ALL MEANS, YES. HOWEVER, UNLESS YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN HANDLE EXTREME HEAT, NO! DO IT BEFORE OR AFTER THE EXTREME HEAT SETS IN AND YOU'LL ENJOY IT MUCH MORE. BARCELONA, THE FRENCH RIVIERA AND THE ITALIAN RIVIERA ARE BREATHTAKING BUT IN MY OPINION, LESS WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE. WE SAW AND DID SO MANY THINGS AT SUCH A RAPID PACE THAT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO "STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS," MUCH LESS PROCESS THE EXPERIENCE. I'M JUST BEGINNING TO TAKE IT ALL IN. BEING OF SPANISH DECENT, BARCELONA WAS (AND ALWAYS WILL BE) MY FAVORITE CITY. THIS WAS OUR SECOND VISIT TO BARCELONA. IT'S THE ONE LOCALE WHERE WE SPENT A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF TIME AND GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO RELAX AND TAKE IN THE CITY AT A LEISURELY PACE. THE HOTELS AND FOOD VARIED FROM GREAT, TO GOOD TO SO-SO. THE TOUR GUIDE WAS SUPERB. SHE WAS KNOWLEDGABLE, ORGANIZED, RELIABLE, HELPFUL, PERSONABLE, UPBEAT AND ACCOMMODATING TO A FAULT. THE DRIVERS AND VARIOUS TOUR GUIDES WERE FRIENDLY, KNOWLEDGABLE AND VERY ACCOMMODATING. TO SUM THINGS UP, SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE, SOMETIMES IT ISN'T, IT ALL DEPENDS ON ONE'S PERCEPTION OF WHAT A VACATION SHOULD, OR SHOULDN'T BE. I'LL DEFINITELY RETURN TO EUROPE IN THE SPRING OR THE FALL. SO MUCH TO SEE AND DO. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE EXPERIENCE.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Choose This Tour With Emilio!

The Go Ahead Tours staff answered all of our pre-trip questions and offered excellent traveling advice. Paying in advance -- over time -- was a great way to anticipate our trip! This was our "tour" and we would do it again in a heartbeat! Perhaps because of Emilio, our tour director. He took care of his 26 tourists with grace, humor, and tact. Honestly, I have never seen one individual work so hard on behalf of customers! Yeah, Emilio! He coached us on what we needed to know; he told us what to expect; he recommended things to do or places to eat during our free time; he made himself available to every single participant. I cannot say enough about him and how he made this a fantastic trip for us! The Spain, France, Italy tour and optional excursions were awesome! We signed up for every single one (except one). From wine tasting to visiting a perfume factory to enjoying a Flamenco dance show and dinner to seeing indescribable, long-standing architectural and artistic wonders, this is a memorable tour! And... as my mom told us a few years back when travelling... "Remember to look up, look down, look all around" -- you will be amazed at what you would have missed otherwise! Pack lightly, try new foods, smile, be where you are, respect the tour director and itinerary, tip well, and enjoy! You will be glad you chose this trip. (Note: It is warm travelling to these places in the summer. Dress accordingly, yet respectfully; and bring good walking shoes.) PS: The hotels are lovely. Appreciate the lodging, the food, the people, the experiences -- you choose to travel to see things that are different from where you live. Enjoy!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Ask for Emilio

Not only is Emilio from Italy, he is passionate about showing people his area of the world. He is organized, informative, and fun! Now, about the tour -- awesome itinerary; day excursions are WELL WORTH IT! You are going on the trip to see and learn and enjoy -- part-take in everything you can. Note: Walking is involved. The hotels give you a local flavor and park you in the middle of where you need to be with the amenities you need. If you insist on a Hilton or Radisson near an airport, this tour is not for you. Be adventurous and ready to use the local trains or buses during your afternoon or evening free time or stroll and take in all the sights. The day trips are hosted by knowledgeable local guides. Truly, I cannot think of a complaint about this trip. Now, for those of you who are looking for more activity: try one of Emilio's hiking tours, e.g. the Cinque Terre in Italy!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

luved rita....

basically this review is based on the fact that at age 77, 12 days, 3 countries is too much. i am unhappyy that go ahead does not indicate how grueling a trip is, as do other tour groups. to make matters worse, the weather in spain, france and italy was extrmely hot. 100 in barcelona, and not much cooler elsewhere. there was an unusual amount of walking and the huge buses cannot navigate small streets, so we walked to our bus every morning. air conditioning is not able to handle he heat even cranked up to high. i am a seasoned traveler and understand, when in rome, but would prefer a little extra tour fee for better accommodations.

 

Dear Rosemarie, Thank you for taking the time to share your review about your recent trip with us to Barcelona, Southern France, and the Italian Riviera. We understand that our travelers have a wide variety of physical abilities and comfort levels. We do our best to pace the tour so that a great deal is accomplished every day. We do this while keeping in mind the physical comfort of our travelers to strike an ideal balance between activity and rest. We are currently undergoing an initiative that will better alert and prepare our travelers for the amount of physicality associated with each tour prior to departure in reaction to feedback such as yours. We take customer comments very seriously, and work to integrate them into the business moving forward. In the future, please feel free to discuss any pacing or mobility concerns with our team as they will be happy to discuss any concerns with you in detail. Thank you very much for writing your review, and becoming a part of the improvement process at Go Ahead. We hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director EVER

Just the right amount of group time & free time to explore. Juan was the best tour director ever! Hotels & restaurants were 1st class & comfortable. Food was fabulous. Buses were new, clean & had WiFi. Would recommend to everyone & will definitely take another Go Ahead Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

This was my first experience with Go Ahead, and I am already planning a trip for next summer. I was hesitant to book a tour and worried about the cost initially, but a friend had told me about her wonderful experiences with Go Ahead. The little things that you don't think about while traveling were taken care of by Go Ahead-- transportation to and from the airport, visits planned to major sites like Sagrada Familia (skip the line), and not having to carry my suitcase (that was broken from day one) were just a few of many benefits. I traveled alone and met a group of great people on tour of various ages and backgrounds. What I liked about this tour is that we had several free days which gave me flexibility and allowed me to plan days on what I wanted to do. The biggest benefit of going with Go Ahead was having the security of the company and our awesome tour director, Mirne, in case something was to go wrong. Peace of mind while traveling to several foreign countries is priceless!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ND

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

No Complaints at all

It was a great tour and our guide Tini was awesome. Would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

One of a Kind

This Mediterranean tour was defiantly "one of a kind" - not sure any other company does this. 3 countries, 10 cities, 6 hotels in two weeks. Prepare to be moving as you travel the changing terrain of these 3 countries in a large motor coach, stopping in small towns to lunch and learn, seeing major sites in stop over cities, and then time on your own to do your own thing, or choose a planned tour excursion. Phenomenal and amazing. A European/Mediterranean "romp", that slowly seeps its' way inside you, and when it's over... you're amazed, exhausted and proud of how much you have seen and experienced.

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