Food & Wine: Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera

12 days 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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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 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.

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 Starting from $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.

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  • 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 with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Milan and depart from Verona (or Venice on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. 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.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of the tour extension.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. 
  • Contact your airline for baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • 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 associated with traveling to Italy. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. 
  • On the Italian Riviera, a taste of the region's famous basil pesto is a must. Seafood is popular along the shore, but true Ligurians favor simple, traditional recipes like minestrone soup and farinata, an unleavened chickpea pancake.
  • For more authentic meals, try trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, 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 withdraw 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Delicious!

Great itinerary, very informative, educational, beautiful and did I mention, delicious. Learned so much about the cuisine of Northern Italy; cheese, pasta, meats, and especially the wine. The whole group making pasta and then having it for dinner was the best. All with the expert guidance of Paola and exceptional, friendly group. Go Ahead, I do have concerns about the accommodations. In Turin, the hotel was too far removed from the city center. After flying all night and then an hour and a half bus ride to Turin, exhausted, we should't have to get back on the bus to go to our welcome dinner. In Venice, the hotel was again too far removed, isolated. Not much around except for the park. Couldn't find anything close and open for an early dinner. Portage from hotel to water taxi was not included and it was raining. I had to hire someone to help. All in all, Go Ahead is still number 1!

 

Hi Betty! ‘Delicious’ is one word we like to use to describe this tour, too! We’re delighted that you came away from this trip with a deeper understanding of Northern Italian cuisine. The expertise of your Tour Director combined with your wonderful group sounds like you were in fabulous company, and we’re glad to hear it. Regarding your accommodations, we regret that their locations did not meet your expectations. We will be sure to let our Operations team know. Regarding porterage, we arrange for it whenever possible; however, we can’t guarantee it because some of our hotel partners do not offer it. We regret that this was an inconvenience for you, and we will be sure to let our team know internally. Thank you for your wonderful review, and again, we’re so glad you enjoyed tasting your way through Northern Italy!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

1st timers to go ahead tours

We had a fantastic time on our northern food and wine tour of Italy, there was just enough free time along with organized tours. Our tour director Paola was the best. Everyone was on time we never had to wait for anybody and everyone got along great. We would never had found the resturants that we went to or the balsamic farm or the cheese farm. Go Ahead's planning was fantastic. We will be going on another tour in the near future with them.

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Hi Jim! We’re delighted that you had a wonderful time tasting your way through Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera. We appreciate your feedback on both your Tour Director and your group. It sounds like you enjoyed one another’s company, one of many benefits of group travel. Thank you for your kind review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Food and Wine/Excellent Time

Though we have taken a number of Go Ahead Tours, this was our first Food and Wine Tour and it did not disappoint. Our tour director Simone T. was top notch and helped insure that our trip was a memorable one for sure. The pasta making class we did in Bologna was excellent and made for a most enjoyable "food evening". Even though we have been to Italy numerous times this trip felt new and different from our prior trips there. The extension into Venice was all we expected it to be. if you enjoy all things Italy including the food and wine, then this is the tour for you.The cities visited were all unique and different from prior trips we've taken to Italy and the wine tastings were all first class as was the Parmigiana and Balsamic making tours. This trip was all things Italy and well worth considering. A good value for the cost as many delicious meals are included,complimented by good Italian wine. For an Excellent time complimented by Food and Wine take this tour.

 

Hi Dick! We’re glad to hear this tour provided you with a great taste of Italian food and wine. It’s also fantastic to know that your Tour Director ensured you all had a great time. We’re happy to learn that the pasta making class in Bologna stood out as the highlight for you, and we will be sure to share that with our team internally. Thank you for your thoughtful review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in 2017!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Define FABULOUS!

We have gone on 5 trips with Go Ahead and this was the absolute best! #1 was our Tour Director Simone. Simone was absolutely outstanding and we couldn't say enough about him. He was conscientious, accommodating and charming. His knowledge of the area, his sense of humor, and his warm and caring personality made him an honorary member of our traveling group. We enjoyed him immensely. The trip itself was wonderful. The locations, the views, the wine and the FOOD were fabulous. Our Go Ahead trips to France and Spain were definitely lacking in the food department but we were never disappointed on this trip. Each included meal was perfect and the wine was free flowing. Our tour director never missed a beat in recommending a great location for meals that were not included. Best of the best? Our trip to a cheese factory and then lunch (they said "light lunch" - ha!) at the balsamic vinegar villa. We were overwhelmed with wonderfulness! Can't recommend this trip highly enough!!!

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Hi Susan! We’re happy to learn that your fifth Go Ahead tour was your favorite! We’re also delighted that your Tour Director’s efforts had a lot to do with that. It sounds like his warm personality and professionalism set the stage for an enjoyable exploration of Northern Italy and the Italian Riviera. We will be sure to share that with him. We’re also glad to hear that you feel the itinerary was well-designed and that you saw some amazing sites and tasted some delicious meals. Thank you for recommending this tour. We hope to welcome you on your sixth tour soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: OK

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Food and Wine Tour

I would have rated the Itinerary, Meals, and Tour Director 6+ stars if it was available. This was not a Food and Wine Tour of Northern Italy, it was a Food and Wine Experience of Northern Italy that far exceeded any expectations we had for the trip. One of the best trips ever. Thank you Emilio and Go Ahead for a wonderful experience from Turin to Verona!

 

Hi Jesse! We're thrilled to learn this tour exceeded your expectations. Thank you for sharing such wonderful feedback, and thank you for traveling with Go Ahead! We look forward to seeing you on the road again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime

Excellent overall tour, first time with Go Ahead and was completely satisfied with the accommodation's, meals and itinerary, and of course the services of our tour director and the local guides provided. Highly recommended.

 

Hi Dennis! We're so glad your first Go Ahead tour was a success. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Food and Wine

This was a great trip. It truly was a food and wine tour. We had a lot to eat and a lot to taste. Came away with a whole new respect for the industry. We meant great people, the scenery was gorgeous. Our tour guide went above and beyond showing us the area. Would surely do this tour again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/26/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Food & Wine Tour of Northern Italyf

This was an incredible tour of Northern Italy. Not only did we hit all the major wines and many of the iconic foods (think Parmigiano Reggiano and aged balsamic vinegar), but we were awed by some spectacular countryside and amazing cities, towns and villages. What really made this special was our tour director, Emilio. He was always engaged, always cheerful, and always quick to give us insights and local information. His recommendations for places to eat and drink were superb. Thank you for a great tour!

 

Hi Robert! We’re pleased you felt this was an incredible tour, and of course, that you enjoyed the food and wine selections. This is certainly an amazing region of Italy, and we’re glad you were in awe of the landscapes (it’s hard not to be!). We also appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director. Thank you for your kind review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome tour director, food and wine!

This was my third Go Ahead Tour and I was amazed! Sabra was so knowledgeable about history, culture, architecture and WINE. We were SO FORTUNATE to have Sabra, a high level sommelier, leading our daily adventures! Every day she ensured that we were having fun and answered any and all questions. The wine tastings and cooking class were so much fun and taught us about the local cultures. We visited high end villas and wineries where the general public would not be able to visit. A fabulous journey!

 

Hi Terry! We’re delighted to hear that your Tour Director’s enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge shone through on tour. We are so pleased that her presence enhanced your experience, and we will be sure to share this feedback with her. It’s great to know that you enjoyed the wine tastings and cooking class, and we’re glad that you found them to be a nice way to experience the culture. Thank you for reviewing your Go Ahead adventure. We look forward to welcoming you on your next tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Simply the best!!!

The itinerary was perfectly sequenced. The hotels were all great for detail and for matching their settings. The food was all we dreamed it would be (but worried it wouldn't). My husband is a cook and a committed foodie and he was well satisfied. The variety of tasting experiences--wine, cheese, balsamico-- was broader than we thought would be provided and all we excellent. Honestly, we got to visit places the average tourist just wouldn't have access to. So, all that makes this trip a 10 out of 5 but when you add the tour director--Sabra--you double the score. This woman is fabulous. She is so educated, so stylish, so knowledgeable, so helpful, and so dedicated to making sure that her tour members have the best experience of their lives. This was our 5th Go Ahead tour and while all our tour guides have been very good (which is why we use Go Ahead), Sabra truly is in a class by herself---just reading other reviews of her, before we went on tour, made us feel so comfortable choosing this tour. Hands down, this was the best trip of our lives--it was flawless. And the small group size (only 16 and all very personable people) was yet another bonus.

1 / 4
 

Hi Bobbin! We’re elated that you feel the itinerary was perfectly designed. Our Product Development team will be glad to hear it! We’re also pleased to learn that you and your husband were impressed with the culinary experience, particularly because your husband is a cook. Thank you for the great feedback on your Tour Director. It’s great to know that her expertise and passion helped you to have the best time of your lives on tour. We will be sure to share this with her supervisor. Thank you for reviewing your tour, and we hope to welcome you on your 6th Go Ahead tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip Of a Life Time

Our trip with Go Ahead was outstanding! Everyday was better than the next! We were glad we extended our stay a couple days to end in Venice. Sabra our tour director was fabulous! I would want her on all of our future trips with Go Ahead!

 

Hi Roger! We’re thrilled that your tour went off without a hitch. We’re also glad you extended your stay in Venice. You really can’t have too much time in Italy! We appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director and will be sure to share it with her supervisor. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

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