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Food & Wine: Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera

11 days (12 days in 2017) Food & Wine
Eating isn’t just a part of the daily grind here—it’s a full-on art form. Stand beside the masters in their kitchens, farms and wineries and learn the ins, outs and flavors of the region’s knock-out delights. From wine on the Riviera to Parmigiano Reggiano in Parma to fresh-cooked tagliatelle in Bologna, prepare to indulge in the best the region has to offer.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

Visit the Turin Chocolate Festival on a special fall departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

Map of tour of Northern Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Turin 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Milan

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel in Turin and get settled in. Later, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Turin

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s former Royal Family, the House of Savoy.

• Pass through Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Carignano

• Step inside the Royal Church of San Lorenzo

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Italian Riviera via Barolo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Stop in Barolo, a small town surrounded by vineyards in the Piedmont region. It’s distinguished as one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine, and you’ll enjoy a light lunch and tasting before continuing on to the Italian Riviera.

Day 5: Free day in the Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cinque Terre: Cliffside Villages & Coastal Views $89pp* Details

Discover the best of the Italian Riviera on a fullday excursion to Cinque Terre. Charming villages, astonishing views and sprawling vineyards make Cinque Terre one of the Riviera’s most sought-after destinations. You’ll visit two of Cinque Terre’s largest villages, Vernazza and Monterosso. If weather permits you’ll travel between the villages by boat, where you can marvel at Cinque Terre’s cliffs and sweeping coastal views. If the seas are a bit choppy, you’ll travel by train through the Ligurian hills, giving you the opportunity to stop at Riomaggiore to walk one of the region’s many coastal paths.

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

Bologna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Transfer to Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy, and stop en route to enjoy some culinary delights.

• Visit a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting

• Visit a balsamic vinegar villa for lunch and a tasting of the region’s famous vinegar known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

• Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university

• Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and visit Piazza Maggiore

Enjoy a free afternoon in Bologna or add an excursion.

Enjoy homemade lasagna at tonight’s included dinner.

Optional Excursion - Dozza Village & Castle Wine Tasting $69pp* Details

Travel to the medieval village of Dozza. Though off the beaten path, Dozza is known for the brilliantly colored, contemporary frescoes painted on homes throughout the village. Wine novices and experts alike will savor a visit to the village’s famous wine exhibition at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, located within a 13th-century fortress. A professional sommelier will lead you on a tour of the enoteca, which displays a seemingly infinite number of regional wines from some of Italy's finest wineries in Emilia Romagna. You’ll be invited to taste three types of wine accompanied by a light snack.

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

Day 8: Free day in Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cooking lesson

Enjoy a full free day in Bologna before trying your hand at pasta making at tonight’s cooking class and included dinner.

Verona 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Verona via Valpolicella

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll transfer to Verona, stopping in Valpolicella along the way. Here, you’ll enjoy a light lunch and sample three red wines typical of the region: Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. Then, venture on to Verona, home of “Romeo & Juliet”.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your guide on a tour of the “city of love.” 

• Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for “Romeo & Juliet,” including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony

• Visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see the Verona Arena (a Roman amphitheater), Piazza della Erbe and Lamberti’s Tower

Later, join your group and raise a toast to your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the city of Venice.

Add Venice $499 pp

All the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of Venice's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to Venice, stopping in the Province of Treviso along the way.

• Tour 17th-century wine cellars to learn about Prosecco production

• Enjoy a light lunch at Osteria followed by a tasting of 3 different Proseccos, white wines that are comparable to Champagne

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide.

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica

• Explore the Rialto market, famous for its fish and vegetable stands

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

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

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return 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

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 2 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

Map of tour of Northern Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Turin 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Turin

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel in Turin to settle in. Later, meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Turin

  Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s former Royal Family, the House of Savoy.

• Pass through Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Carignano

• Step inside the Royal Church of San Lorenzo

Day 4: Free day in Turin

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Optional Excursion - Palace of Venaria & Gardens $89pp* Details

Travel to Turin to discover the beautifully restored Palace of Venaria, a UNESCO World Heritage site and former royal residence of the House of Savoy that’s sometimes referred to as “the Italian Versailles.” You’ll stroll through the striking Grand Gallery and see the tromp-l’oeil frescoes of the Church of St. Hubert, then enjoy wine and refreshments at the elegant palace cafe. The rest of the morning is yours to explore the stunning grounds and gardens, take a carriage ride or view exhibitions in the galleries before returning to Turin. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from March to December.

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

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Italian Riviera via Barolo

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Stop at the village of La Morra for a panoramic view of the Langhe, the hilly Piedmont region famous for its cheese, truffles and wines. Then, continue on to visit Barolo, a small town surrounded by vineyards that’s distinguished as one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine.

• Enter the UNESCO-recognized Castle of Grinzane Cavour

• Enjoy a light lunch of local specialties

• Stop at a winery to walk through the vineyards and sample local Barolo vintages before continuing on to the Italian Riviera

Day 6: Free day in the Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Cinque Terre Villages & Wine Tasting $99pp* Details

Meaning “Five Lands,” Cinque Terre is a UNESCO-recognized collection of unique villages that hug the rugged Italian coastline. Travel by boat to the beachy village of Monterosso for free time to explore. Then, continue your boat ride to Vernazza for a tasting of local wines accompanied by signature Ligurian foods like pesto and focaccia. Please note: Boat ride is weather dependent. In inclement weather, villages will be visited by train

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

Bologna 3 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

As you head to Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, stop to try some culinary delights.

• Visit a local Parmigiano Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting

• Visit a balsamic vinegar villa for lunch and a tasting of the region’s famous vinegar known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

• Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university

• Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and visit Piazza Maggiore

Spend a free afternoon in Bologna or add an excursion.

Enjoy homemade lasagna at tonight’s included dinner.

Optional Excursion - Dozza Village & Castle Wine Tasting $69pp* Details

Travel to the medieval village of Dozza. Though off the beaten path, Dozza is known for the brilliantly colored, contemporary frescoes painted on homes throughout the village. Wine novices and experts alike will savor a visit to the village’s famous wine exhibition at Enoteca Regionale Emilia Romagna, located within a 13th-century fortress. A professional sommelier will lead you on a tour of the enoteca, which displays a seemingly infinite number of regional wines from some of Italy's finest wineries in Emilia Romagna. You’ll be invited to taste three types of wine accompanied by a light snack.

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

Day 9: Free day in Bologna

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Cooking lesson

Enjoy a full free day in Bologna before trying your hand at pasta making at tonight’s cooking class and included dinner.

Verona 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Verona via Valpolicella

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll transfer to Verona, stopping in Valpolicella along the way. Here, you’ll enjoy a light lunch and sample three red wines typical of the region: Amarone, Ripasso and Recioto. Then, venture on to Verona, home of “Romeo & Juliet.”

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Verona

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Join your guide on a tour of the “city of love.” 

• Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for “Romeo & Juliet,” including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony 

• Visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see the Verona Arena (a Roman amphitheater), Piazza della Erbe and Lamberti’s Tower

Later, join your group and raise a toast to your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the city of Venice.

Add Venice $499 pp

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

All the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of Venice's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Transfer to Venice, stopping in the Province of Treviso along the way.

• Tour 17th-century wine cellars to learn about Prosecco production

• Enjoy a light lunch at Osteria followed by a tasting of 3 different Proseccos, white wines that are comparable to Champagne

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Venice with a local guide.

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and view its soaring basilica

• Explore the Rialto market, famous for its fish and vegetable stands

• View the stately Doge’s Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge, which spans the Grand Canal

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city’s most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

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

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165pp* Details

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you’ll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $175)

Day 14: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Turin, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Verona, Italy
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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

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).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who chose to stay behind. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts while on tour. In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Northern Italy is known for its meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas. Italians tend to indulge in long, lively meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. Popular wines include Barolo from the Piedmont region and Valpolicella from the Veneto region.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Milan Malpensa Airport and depart from Venice. When you first arrive in Milan Malpensa, 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. All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

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 Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to access 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 they don’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?

  • Turin, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Bologna, Italy
  • Verona, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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

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).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who chose to stay behind. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts while on tour. In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Northern Italy is known for its meats and pastries. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas. Italians tend to indulge in long, lively meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. Popular wines include Barolo from the Piedmont region and Valpolicella from the Veneto region.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Milan Malpensa Airport and depart from Venice. When you first arrive in Milan Malpensa, 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. All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

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 Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to access 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 they don’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: 5/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Traveling made easy

This tour is an excellent way to see Northern Italy. The tour is well balanced between group activities and self exploration time. The accommodations were all very centrally located and nicely appointed. The tour guide was exceptional always willing to go the extra mile to make the trip special for the traveler. This tour is very good value for the money. The only down side was the extra trip to Dozza. I would have preferred to stay in Bologna.

 

Hi Margaret! We’re glad you had a great time on tour in Northern Italy. It’s wonderful to know that you feel the itinerary strikes a good balance between group activities and independent exploration. We appreciate your feedback regarding Dozza. We will be sure to communicate this to our Product Development team. Thank you so much for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 10, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Experience

My brother and one his sons and I travelled with GoAhead on the Wine and Food Tour of Northern Italy! Every day was a great experience. Tour Director, Emilio Cardamone, created a relaxing, fun, and great learning environment in which we understood the art in wine, cheese and balsamic vinegar making and the history behind the great cities and towns we visited. I want Emilio on all my future tours with GoAhead! The Itinerary was well planned and paced. The local guide in each city were knowledgeable. We had time to explore on our own to shop, dine, visit churches etc. I discovered some new cities like Bologna and feel in love with the night life and food! Every day was a food experience! The pasta making night was a highlight! In Venice my family hired a boat with Emilio's help to explore the canals! It was great to meet David Henry from GoAhead management on the tour. I was so pleased with the trip that I booked my wife and I on the London, Paris, Rome and Barcelona extension Tour next spring! Book a trip with GoAhead!

 

Hi Walter! We’re thrilled that you enjoyed your trip and that your Tour Director contributed to the success of your experience. We’re pleased to learn that you feel the itinerary was well-planned and paced. We will be sure to pass along your feedback to our Product Development team who carefully designs our tours. We’re so glad this was a time of discovery for you, such as discovering your love for Bologna and the brilliant culinary scene in this region. We are so excited for you and your wife to travel to London, Paris, Rome, and Barcelona next! Thank you for your recommendation, Walter, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour.

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

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 5/8/2016

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: UT

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Not quite up to the Go Ahead highest standard

This tour is fine but the food & wine tour we took last year to Tuscany and Umbria was perfect and I would recommend that one over this one (Northern Italy and Italian Riviera). This tour seemed a little skimpy and under-developed. The tour director was perfectly fine but didn't go out of her way much and since we were fortunate enough to tour with Sabra last year, I could easily see the difference. I do want to say that the Go Ahead bus drivers are always professional in demeanor and excellent drivers as well.

 

Dear Terry, We’re glad that you found your bus drivers to be professional and that you generally enjoyed the tour. However, we regret to hear that this itinerary did not fully live up to your expectations. We will be sure to communicate your feedback to our Operations team, so that they may evaluate this tour for future departures. We appreciate your feedback very much, and we hope you will travel with us again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Vacation - Best Tour Director

This was the best vacation of my life. The Northern Italian Wine and Food Tour was great and it was due to our wonderful tour Director Gabrielle. She was the perfect hostess for her country and wonderful guide Her knowledge of the country, the history, the food, the wine and the beauty was amazing. The transportation and hotels were top notch. The whole trip went off without a hitch and it was because she could foresee any problems and head them off, of course there were no problems. We have never booked a tour before, but from now on this is the way to go.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Not Tuscany, but delightful still

After our Tuscany & Umbria Food and Wine Tour in 2013, our expectations were very high for this Northern Italy Food and Wine Tour. We'd had Paolo as our guide in Tuscany, and truly, it was a party door to door. Food, wine and lots of beautiful Tuscan countryside. This Northern Italy Food and Wine Tour started very slowly; our time in Turin was good, but not up to our expectations. Food and wine tours are about just that; if clients only want sightseeing, they won't pay the extra money for the food and wine focus. However, after the visit to the balsamic vinegar estate on day 6 our time spent lunching and wine tasting with the family, it was truly a 'mangia, mangia' feel and that never stopped. The remainder of the trip was at or above our expectations (and they were admittedly high). We appreciated our guide Gabriella and her attention to the needs and requests of a diverse group. She was responsive to comments and I believe she truly tailored the trip to what she learned the travelers expected. Bravo! Highlights: Days 4 & 5 spent in Santa Magherita Liguria on the Riviera couldn't have been better. The town was wildly beautiful, as is the entire Italian Riviera. People were very friendly and hospitable, something that had felt lacking in Turin. We traveled by boat and train to see 3 different villages perched above the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean. Staying inside the oldest part of Bologna, truly beyond the reach of a bus. We appreciated the feel for how things had been long ago. Again, very hospitable and a total food/wine focused city. It is Everywhere! The time spent making pasta and dining at the agriturismo. We had no idea we would get to experience an actual Italian farm and meet the family who lives and works there. And, pasta making totally by hand (no food processors, no kitchenaid mixers etc) is hard work!! The Piazza della Erbe in Verona with its street vendors and horsedrawn carriages and fountains and great sidewalk eateries...all part of UNESCO historic area. Dinners in trattorias as opposed to ristorantes (small and focused on both local products and local cuisine). Venice is...Venice! nowhere else quite like it. Like New Orleans, everyone should experience Venice at least once.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The food, the wine....Ahhhhhhhh

Every day was a new experience learning about wine, cheese, vinegar, pasta! A trip of a lifetime made even better by our incredible tour director and bus driver. First class accommodations as well.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was a wonderful tour. My Husband and I were a little reluctant to go on a bus tour since we are old seniors----but we did and we loved it, even though we had not been on a bus tour in a long time. The venues were wonderful. The cities so beautiful and interesting, the hotels so Italian and well-located and the tours by Saba and the local guides terrific. We had been in Southern Italy many times but the North was new and we found it full of great scenery, and wonderful history., and great Italian food. Our tour director was one of the best ever. Really, we have never been so happy with a tour and with out leader. Thanks, Go Ahead

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/6/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Italian Experience

My husband and I went on this tour in September 2015 as a belated honeymoon. We saw so much more than we would have on our own and enjoyed all of the included experiences. Our tour director, Paola, was phenomenal. She was knowledgeable, helpful, super friendly and went above and beyond her duties to ensure everyone had a great experience. For any who hesitate to do a group tour, we are in our 30s and most of the group were retirement age. This made no difference. Given the focus of this tour, just about everyone on the tour was adventurous, outgoing and fun loving (and wine loving). Even still, we never felt forced to join in when we wanted to sleep or explore on our own. I consider this to be a pretty laid back experience, even though we saw so much in such a short period of time and were constantly moving. I really enjoyed the more low key cities and rural towns we visited. In Bologna, I strongly recommend eating at Anna Maria's Trattoria. Seriously, someone should give Paola a raise.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What a great European Adventure

Four years ago my husband and I took the "Taste of Tuscany and Umbria" tour. We had a great time sampling the wine and food of that region. The scenery was unbelievable, the tour was very educational, the tour guide sang opera to us, the other travelers were fun and we hated to see the whole experience end. That is why we were so excited to see your offering of the "Food and Wine--Northern Italy and the Italian Riviera." We were equally pleased with this tour. Again the wine and food of the northern region was different but wonderful. Our tour guide, Carla, was informative traveling on the bus to our destination each day. This kept our journey interesting and we learned a lot. Our fellow travelers were great. We always liked our hotels and they were is great locations to the sights. We can't wait till you offer another food and wine adventure in Italy............ Sandy and Gary

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/24/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Not a Vacation, it's a Journey.

One of the many things that our tour director, Sabra, would say to us. She was most impressive with the amount of knowledge she had of the Northern Italian area. And, speaking 5 languages, she would be able to speak to us in Italian and Spanish. She even gave me a short lesson in Italian. Our tour was jam packed with adventures. Every day we learned more about the Northern Italian culture. Sabra customized our daily excursions to what the group wanted to do. She always gave us an orientation when we hit a new town or village. We always felt comfortable where ever we went. This tour includes wine tastings at fabulous villas, cheese making, balsamic vinegar tasting, pasta making class, a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre area, Portofino, and much more. It is definitely a tour of a lifetime.

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