Food & Wine: Flavors of Tuscany & Umbria

10 days / Food & Wine Tours
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About This Experience

Eat and drink your way through the legendary cities, charming hill towns and expansive vineyards that make Italy a foodie mecca. Tuscany and Umbria bring their own unique flavors to the table, competing for both your heart and stomach. But delectable cuisine and fine wines are just the beginning of this food and wine tour. You’ll also get a taste for the history, hospitality and undeniable beauty that make this region so enticing.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Bilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Fly away to Florence, destination of your first Italian meal

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Florence aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Florence3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Benvenuto and buon appetito—let’s get started

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Italy! A Go Ahead representative welcomes you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for strolling along the cobbled streets of Florence or just relaxing. This evening, meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.

Day3

Learn to cook like a Tuscan, from a Tuscan

Breakfast, Dinner

Basilica of Santa Croce, Tuscan cooking class

Discover the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of opera and the Italian language. Today’s guided tour features Renaissance relics such as Brunelleschi’s masterpiece—Florence’s massive pink, white and green Duomo. Then, enter the Basilica of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo and the Dante Memorial are displayed. This evening, learn to make cuisine the Italian way at a private Tuscan cooking class. Then, enjoy the freshly prepared meal with your fellow chefs.

Day4

Explore the local flavors of the Renaissance city

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside

Optional Excursion - Fiesole Villa Dinner

Breakfast

Bask in a free day to explore the Renaissance City on your own. Browse the shops of the Ponte Vecchio or simply people-watch as you sample some tasty gelato. Or, opt to join an excursion to the walled city of Lucca and Colle Verde, a rural farm where olive oil is pressed. Tonight, join an optional dinner at a villa in nearby Fiesole.

Optional Excursions

Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119* pp

Visit the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca, famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, medieval churches and awe-inspiring towers. Then travel to Colle Verde, a farm where some of Italy’s highest-quality olive oil is pressed. During your excursion, learn about the process by which olive oil is extracted and refined. Then, enjoy a light lunch and an olive oil tasting session.

Optional Excursions

Fiesole Villa Dinner $95* pp

Head just outside Florence to Fiesole, a historic Tuscan town perched on a hill overlooking the Renaissance city. Tonight’s dinner is set in a picturesque villa with panoramic views of the city below. Start your evening with an aperitif and then enjoy a refined Italian dinner with local wine.

Siena2 nights - hotel info

Day5

Wine tastes best surrounded by friends and stunning scenery

Breakfast, Dinner

Tuscan wine tasting

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, the City of Beautiful Towers. Take in views of the scenery before continuing to a local wine tasting, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s fine wines. Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner.

Day6

Through vineyards, beyond olive groves, on to Montalcino

Breakfast, Light lunch

Brunello wine tasting, Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library

This morning, travel through vineyards and olive groves to the hilltop town of Montalcino, famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. Enjoy the opportunity to taste this local treasure and an included light lunch. Follow a local guide on this afternoon’s tour of Siena, longtime rival of nearby Florence. Visit Siena’s Romanesque Duomo, which houses major works of art by Donatello and Nicola Pisano, along with the famous Piccolomini Library. Walk along medieval streets to the Piazza del Campo. Each summer, daredevils race horses bareback around this main piazza during the famed Palio.

Perugia2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Meander among steep, narrow streets in the Tuscan hillsides

Breakfast, Lunch

Etruscan Academy Museum

Continue your travels across Tuscan landscape to reach Lake Trasimeno, the historic location of the battle between Hannibal and the Romans. After a lunch of Umbria specialties, transfer to the hillside town of Cortona, where there will be time to meander through the steep, narrow streets and look for the remains of the original city wall, before a visit to the Etruscan Academy Museum, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts. Cross from Tuscany into Umbrian and arrive in Perugia by nightfall.

Day8

Let a local show you the true Perugia and all its charms

Optional Excursion - Charming Umbria: Assisi & Spello

Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the vibrant streets and landmarks of Perugia, the medieval town symbolized by the Etruscan Arch. See the Palazzo dei Priori, the gorgeous medieval palace dating back to 1298, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Enjoy a free afternoon wandering along the stately Corso Vannucci, an avenue reserved for pedestrians, to visit some of the cafes and shops. You might also wish to visit the Duomo, with its elaborately carved choir stalls, or the renowned Archaeological Museum. Or, join an optional excursion to the beautiful Assisi, a pilgrimage site and home to the church of St. Francis, and the lesser-known but equally picturesque Spello.

Optional Excursions

Charming Umbria: Assisi & Spello $65* pp

Embark on an afternoon tour of Assisi, a hilltop medieval town and the birthplace of Saint Francis. Marvel at the restoration of the Basilica of St. Francis, which was damaged by twin earthquakes in 1997 and painstakingly restored to its original form. After a guided tour of the basilica, take some free time to explore on your own. Afterward, you'll head to the town of Spello for a guided walking tour. Enter through one of the town's three Roman arches and explore the cobblestone streets that wind through Spello. Listen in during a commentated visit to the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, including the Cappella Baglioni. Before heading back, enjoy some free time to indulge in gelato or coffee. Please note: This excursion includes some walking uphill.

Rome1 night - hotel info

Day9

Cin cin—toast your trip at a wine tasting before arriving in Rome

Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner

Funicular ride, Orvieto wine tasting

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome. Stop along the way in Orvieto, which you’ll reach via funicular, for a wine tasting followed by a light lunch. Arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, in time for this evening’s farewell dinner.

Day10

Make Rome your home for two more nights, or say “ciao” for now

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Stay in Rome for two nights on our tour extension. Otherwise, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $359*

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Ruins, museums and cafés—you can do it all in Rome

Breakfast

Colosseum

Start the day with a guided tour of Imperial Rome, where a local guide will show you around Piazza Venezia, the Forum and the Colosseum. With the rest of the day to explore on your own, you might linger over a sumptuous meal at a sidewalk cafe in Piazza Navona.

Day11

Soak in more of the Eternal City with another day to explore

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or take an optional tour of Vatican City, with visits to the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Tonight, enjoy a festive evening at our optional Dinner with Tenors.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!

Day12

Your adventure has reached “la fine”

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

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About This Experience

Eat and drink your way through the legendary cities, charming hill towns and expansive vineyards that make Italy a foodie mecca. Tuscany and Umbria bring their own unique flavors to the table, competing for both your heart and stomach. But delectable cuisine and fine wines are just the beginning of this food and wine tour. You’ll also get a taste for the history, hospitality and undeniable beauty that make this region so enticing.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Bilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Fly away to Florence, destination of your first Italian meal

Your trip begins with a regularly scheduled overnight flight to Florence aboard an internationally recognized airline.

Florence3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Benvenuto and buon appetito—let’s get started

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Italy! A Go Ahead representative welcomes you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for strolling along the cobbled streets and stone bridges of Florence or just relaxing in your hotel. This evening, become acquainted with your fellow travelers as well as the region’s famed cuisine at this evening’s welcome dinner.

Day3

Learn to cook like a Tuscan, from a Tuscan

Breakfast, Dinner

Tuscan cooking class, Church of Santa Croce

Discover the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of opera and the Italian language. Today’s guided tour introduces you to the city’s Renaissance relics. Marvel at Brunelleschi’s masterpiece—Florence’s massive pink, white and green Duomo. Then, enter the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo and the Dante Memorial are displayed. This evening, learn to make cuisine the Italian way at a private Tuscan cooking class. Then, enjoy the freshly prepared meal with your fellow chefs.

Day4

Explore the local flavors of the Renaissance city

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside

Optional Excursion - Fiesole Villa Dinner

Breakfast

Bask in a free day to explore the Renaissance City on your own. Or, opt to join an excursion to the walled city of Lucca and Colle Verde, a rural farm where olive oil is pressed. Tonight, join an optional dinner at a villa in nearby Fiesole.

Optional Excursions

Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119* pp

Visit the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca, famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, medieval churches and awe-inspiring towers. Then travel to Colle Verde, a farm where some of Italy’s highest-quality olive oil is pressed. During your excursion, learn about the process by which olive oil is extracted and refined. Then, enjoy a light lunch and an olive oil tasting session.

Optional Excursions

Fiesole Villa Dinner $95* pp

Head just outside Florence to Fiesole, a historic Tuscan town perched on a hill overlooking the Renaissance city. Tonight’s dinner is set in a picturesque villa with panoramic views of the city below. Start your evening with an aperitif and then enjoy a refined Italian dinner with local wine.

Siena2 nights - hotel info

Day5

Wine tastes best surrounded by friends and stunning scenery

Breakfast, Dinner

Tuscan wine tasting

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers.” Take in views of the scenery before continuing to a local wine tasting, where you’ll have the opportunity to sample some of the region’s fine wines. Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner.

Day6

Through vineyards, beyond olive groves, on to Montalcino

Breakfast, Light lunch

Brunello wine tasting, Siena Cathedral, Piccolomini Library

This morning, travel through vineyards and olive groves to the hilltop town of Montalcino, famous for its Brunello di Montalcino wine. Enjoy the opportunity to taste this local treasure and an included light lunch. Follow a local guide on this afternoon’s tour of Siena, longtime rival of nearby Florence. Visit Siena’s Romanesque Duomo, which houses major works of art by Donatello and Nicola Pisano, along with the famous Piccolomini Library.

Perugia2 nights - hotel info

Day7

Meander among steep, narrow streets in the Tuscan hillsides

Breakfast, Lunch

Museum of the Etruscan Academy

Continue your travels across Tuscan landscape to reach Lake Trasimeno, the historic location of the battle between Hannibal and the Romans. After a lunch of Umbria specialties, transfer to the hillside town of Cortona, where there will be time to meander through the steep, narrow streets and look for the remains of the original city wall, before a visit to the Museum of the Etruscan Academy of Cortona, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts. Cross from Tuscany into Umbrian and arrive in Perugia by nightfall.

Day8

Let a local show you the true Perugia and all its charms

Optional Excursion - Charming Umbria: Assisi & Spello

Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the vibrant streets and landmarks of Perugia, the medieval town symbolized by the Etruscan Arch. See the Palazzo dei Priori, the gorgeous medieval palace dating back to 1298, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. Enjoy a free afternoon wandering along the stately Corso Vannucci, an avenue reserved for pedestrians, to visit some of the cafes and shops. You might also wish to visit the Duomo, with its elaborately carved choir stalls, or the renowned Archaeological Museum. Or, join an optional excursion to the beautiful Assisi, a pilgrimage site and home to the church of St. Francis, and the lesser-known but equally picturesque Spello.

Optional Excursions

Charming Umbria: Assisi & Spello $65* pp

Embark on an afternoon tour of Assisi, a hilltop medieval town and the birthplace of Saint Francis. Marvel at the restoration of the Basilica of St. Francis, which was damaged by twin earthquakes in 1997 and painstakingly restored to its original form. After a guided tour of the basilica, take some free time to explore on your own. Afterward, you'll head to the town of Spello for a guided walking tour. Enter through one of the town's three Roman arches and explore the cobblestone streets that wind through Spello. Listen in during a commentated visit to the 12th-century Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, including the Cappella Baglioni. Before heading back, enjoy some free time to indulge in gelato or coffee. Please note: This excursion includes some walking uphill.

Rome1 night - hotel info

Day9

Cin cin—toast your trip at a wine tasting before arriving in Rome

Breakfast, Lunch

Funicular ride, Orvieto wine tasting

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome. Stop along the way in Orvieto, which you’ll reach via funicular, for a wine tasting followed by a light lunch. Arrive in Rome, the Eternal City, where you can enjoy a free final evening.

Day10

Make Rome your home for two more nights, or say “ciao” for now

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Linger in Rome for two nights on our tour extension. Otherwise, a Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $359*

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day10

Ruins, museums and cafés—you can do it all in Rome

Breakfast

Colosseum

Start the day with a guided tour of Imperial Rome, where a local guide will show you around Piazza Venezia, the Forum and the Colosseum. With the rest of the day to explore on your own, you might linger over a sumptuous meal at a sidewalk cafe in Piazza Navona.

Day11

Soak in more of the Eternal City with another day to explore

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

Spend another day at your leisure in Rome or take an optional tour of Vatican City, with visits to the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Tonight, enjoy a festive evening at our optional Dinner with Tenors.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you'll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world's most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you'll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you'll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo's greatest masterpiece. Finally, you'll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sunday.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun!

Day12

Your adventure has reached “la fine”

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative accompanies you to the airport for your return flight home.

Passport & Visa

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 doctor or local health care provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

This tour is specifically designed to highlight the celebrated cuisine of the Italian countryside. Nevertheless, the itinerary also allows for plenty of free time for you to explore the Italian fare on your own. Be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. Tuscany is known for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta, favoring subtle, lighter pastas and desserts (mostly cookies and breads) made with nuts, fruit and honey. 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 meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks, grappa or limoncello.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Florence and depart from Rome. When you first arrive at the airport in Italy, 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. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities of Florence and Rome by public transportation. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most of the attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available.

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

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 6 pm 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.

Frequent traveler

Itinerary was a good one, wine tastings offered excellent wines, restaurants were those we would not have found ourselves, and fellow travelers were a good group. A problem for us: hotels were mostly fairly far from the city centers so that there was more strenuous walking than really necessary, a problem for my husband. I personally would have preferred simpler hotels in better locations. Others may disagree. Food was delicious but there were very few veggies or salads. We had a very helpful tour guide.This was a good way to get to hill towns that might be inconvenient to reach by bus or train. We appreciated the option of transportation to the airport for a reasonable fee because we had used air miles rather than booking airfare as part of our tour.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 11/2/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fantastic Tour

This tour was all that we expected. The Hotels were excellent and the areas they were in were well thought out. The idea being to introduce you to Italy as it is on a daily basis, well done....The breakfast, light lunches (if you call 4 course lunches as light :) ), and awesome dinners. The extra add on tours were well worth the cost. Our tour director couldn't have been better. Poalo kept us informed and got us where we needed to be always. Great job !!!!! As you might guess we would recommend this tour to anyone interested in food and wine and the Tuscan countryside.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

I have done a fair amount of traveling and some of that with other groups but I have never had such a perfect experience. The tour was wonderfully planned with just the right amounts of group experience and free time, the tour director, Dina, was a gem...well-organized,knowledgeable, down to earth and funny. The food, wine and art of Tuscany and Umbria went far beyond my expectations. It was a dream vacation and I hope to travel with you again.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Full of Value

I recently returned from a tour of Tuscany and Umbria, with the Rome extension. We had a group of 22 people, all of whom enjoyed the company of each other, which was a nice treat. Our travels were packed full of options to see as much or relax as much as we preferred. I signed up for every option offered. We had excellent local guides who were very informative, fun, and provided so much depth to the trip. I almost didn't participate in the guided tours in Rome, since I had been there very briefly before, and I had not been smitten with Rome, but I decided to join in on the guided tours there and was so very very glad I did. Our guide, Anna, was more than anyone could have hope for. Lucky me, lucky all of us on the tour. I enjoyed Tuscany and Umbria very much. We visited many little villages with excellent local guides, which is what I enjoy most. The single supplement accommodations were far superior to those on my trip two years earlier, which I very much appreciated, although our accommodations in Rome, while lovely, were too far away from town. I had a fine time and will take another Go Ahead tour in the future.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best View of Tuscany

Our tour took us to all the places one would ever want to see in Tuscany and Umbria. Our tour director was wonderful. He brought us to places and gave us the historical background of each place. We were always given ample time to take pictures of the beautiful scenery and to browse the many shops or to get a gelato or a glass of wine. The hotels were great. The restaurants were heavenly as was each wine tasting. We were told we would have "light lunches" with each wine tasting but there was so much food , some of us skipped dinner on those days!. The buses were comfortable and the drivers were very efficient. I did more walking than I expected but it helped to make up for all the food I ate and thoroughly enjoyed. I can't think of anything I didn't enjoy on this trip. I would recommend this to everyone.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

I've traveled internationally 4 times, but this is the first time I've taken a guided tour. I will never take another trip on my own again. The tour was absolutely the best way to go. The tour director had a great personality, was calm, gracious, humorous, and knowledgeable about every facet of our tour. This was a food and wine tour. We had many delicious, well prepared meals in small restaurants that enabled the 22 members of our group to socialize while enjoying the best of Italy. The wine tastings were held at small, non-commercialized wineries that introduced us all to best wines with explanations by very knowledgeable docents. Timing of the different excursions was perfect. I only hope that future trips will be as wonderful as this one. Thank you Go Ahead Tours. You rock.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing!

This was my first tour experience and I don't know that there are enough words allotted me to express how much my mom and I enjoyed it! From the minute we landed, we were greeted with a fantastic, well informed, friendly tour director. Our hotels that were selected for the entire trip for FIRST CLASS! I had been to Italy before and wasn't sure what to expect. They were clean, big, centrally located and the staff was very helpful. Our tour director was beyond amazing! He was so knowledgeable on EVERYTHING! I kept thinking we might stump him, but no chance. Our excursions were amazing and uniquely different..each one gave us such an incredible experience of the region, food, culture, history, etc. Tours are a grind...the schedule was always very planned and on time (which is so nice). Our tour was 22 people and it really was a nice, manageable size. The restaurants that were included in our tour package were really awesome, included everything! We never had to wait for anything...room keys, getting on a bus, waiting for a local guide, our table at a restaurant or in lines for museums, etc. My mom and I met some amazing people from across the US...we all exchanged emails at the end of the trip and likely will keep in touch with all of them. If you are fearful of booking a tour..DON'T BE! It's truly the best way...by far the see the most of a new place in a short amount of time...there is NO WAY I would be able to see this much if I booked it on my own! Nice Job Go Ahead Tours!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Not Just a Food & Wine Tour

The " Taste of Tuscany" did offer ample opportunity to taste the amazing food and wine of this famous part of Italy. The touring of the hill towns, larger cities- the hisitoric sites from the Vatican to the the Porte Vecchio were also a feast for the senses. The tour was much more than we anticipated and we were delighted for this pleasant surprise

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dina, Our dependable Tour Director!

The weather, food and wine were superb! Dina was always there to assist. The wineries were terrific, but for the political commentary at one of them. The transportation was wonderful. Always professional. Remember it is Italy and things can change at the last minute. We encountered a few changes along the way, but were able to be accommodated at every venue. Some climbing and mildly rugged terrain. The free time was welcome to see some of the museums not included. The hotels were very good. Have an open mind and enjoy this great tour!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Excellent tour

I have been fortunate to have travelled quite a bit and this tour was by far THE best. This was my first trip with Go Ahead and it will not be my last. Everything about it was great. Even the almost constant rain did not detract from my enjoyment. The hotels were fine, the food was incredible, the city tours were informative and enjoyable, the wine was unbelievable, the transport was comfortable, and Raf, our tour director was the best. His attention to the details that made the trip so wonderful was phenomenal! I highly recommend this tour!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

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