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Food & Wine: Flavors of Tuscany & Umbria

10 days Food & Wine Tours
Tucked-away towns and villas make up the core of Tuscany and Umbria, but the cultural capitals of Rome and Florence offer urban elegance and historic remnants of the once-great empire. From rough-hewn pasta in heavy sauces to wood-grilled steaks, the medieval villages and sweeping countrysides of central Italy are known for their simple, honest flavors.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Florence

Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off with a local guide to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

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

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

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

This evening, join a local chef for a cooking class where you’ll make pasta by hand, create two kinds of bruschetta and craft tiramisu for dessert. Eat your creations for dinner with accompanying wines.

Day 4: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Optional Excursion - Fiesole Villa Dinner $95*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Siena 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Siena via San Gimignano

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers.” 

• Explore the small medieval town of San Gimignano on your own

• Sample some of the region’s fine wines and olive oils at a winery

• Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner

Day 6: Montalcino & Siena

Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll visit a winery and explore the vibrant cities of Montalcino and Siena.

• Spend free time wandering the streets of Montalcino

• Taste three acclaimed Brunello grape wines and enjoy a light lunch

• Return to Siena, where a local guide shows you Siena Cathedral, home to major works of art by Donatello and Pisano, and the adjoining Piccolomini Library 

• Stroll Siena’s medieval streets, stopping at the historic Piazza del Campo

Perugia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Perugia via Cortona & Lake Trasimeno

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your travels across the Tuscan landscape and into Umbria as you head toward Perugia.

• Explore the hillside town of Cortona on your own before visiting the town's Museum of the Etruscan Academy, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts

• Visit Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal battled the Romans

• Enjoy a lunch of traditional Umbrian specialties

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Perugia

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour of Perugia, the medieval town known for its Etruscan Arch.

• See the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval palace dating back to 1298, and the Perugia Cathedral

• Wander the tunnels of Rocca Paolina, Perugia’s historic underground city

Enjoy a free afternoon in Perugia or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Charming Umbria: Assisi & Spello $65*pp Details

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.

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

Rome 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Rome via Orvieto

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome.  Stop along the way in the Etruscan town of Orvieto for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, arrive in Rome in time for a farewell drink with your fellow travelers.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore Rome.

Add Rome $359 pp

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

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a tour of the Eternal City.

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

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

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Day 11: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*pp Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp Details

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

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

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Florence

Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off with a local guide to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

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

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

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

This evening, join a local chef for a cooking class where you’ll make pasta by hand, create two kinds of bruschetta and craft tiramisu for dessert. Eat your creations for dinner with accompanying wines.

Day 4: Free day in Florence

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Optional Excursion - Fiesole Villa Dinner $95*pp Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Siena 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Siena via San Gimignano

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers.” 

• Explore the small medieval town of San Gimignano on your own

• Sample some of the region’s fine wines and olive oils at a winery

• Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner

Day 6: Montalcino & Siena

Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll visit a winery and explore the vibrant cities of Montalcino and Siena.

• Spend free time wandering the streets of Montalcino

• Taste three acclaimed Brunello grape wines and enjoy a light lunch

• Return to Siena, where a local guide shows you Siena Cathedral, home to major works of art by Donatello and Pisano, and the adjoining Piccolomini Library 

• Stroll Siena’s medieval streets, stopping at the historic Piazza del Campo

Perugia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Perugia via Cortona & Lake Trasimeno

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your travels across the Tuscan landscape and into Umbria as you head toward Perugia.

• Explore the hillside town of Cortona on your own before visiting the town's Museum of the Etruscan Academy, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts

• Visit Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal battled the Romans

• Enjoy a lunch of traditional Umbrian specialties

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Perugia

Included meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour of Perugia, the medieval town known for its Etruscan Arch.

• See the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval palace dating back to 1298, and the Perugia Cathedral

• Wander the tunnels of Rocca Paolina, Perugia’s historic underground city

Enjoy a free afternoon in Perugia or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Charming Umbria: Assisi & Spello $65*pp Details

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.

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

Rome 1 night Hotel info

Day 9: Rome via Orvieto

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome.  Stop along the way in the Etruscan town of Orvieto for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, arrive in Rome in time for a farewell drink with your fellow travelers.

Day 10: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore Rome.

Add Rome $359 pp

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

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

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans with a tour of the Eternal City.

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

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

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

• End your tour in the Jewish ghetto neighborhood, where you’ll stop at a kosher bakery to sample the famous pizza ebraica, a dense, sweet cake studded with candied fruits

Day 11: Free day in Rome

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*pp Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Gourmet Eataly: Visit & Tasting $115*pp Details

Located in the heart of Rome, Eataly is a high-end food market made up of a variety of restaurants and food and beverage stalls. With your guide, taste your way through five food groups (beer, bread, mozzarella, ice cream and coffee), while learning about their unique characteristics and how each is made.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Day 12: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Florence, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Perugia, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
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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.

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

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.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Too much walking uphill

We were surprised by the amount of walking on this tour. Of course it was very hot which added to the problem. Our tour director did as much as she could, but we still had to take taxis at certain times.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tyson was good tour he made feel like family

Cooling class was lot everybody was rreal nice and like family.it was very good tour wAiting for next tour lots new friends you get enough gelato there .

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/18/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceeded our expectations

We went on a 10 day Wine & Food tour of Tuscany with our friends for their 30th wedding anniversary. The whole trip was terrific. The transportation was clean and comfortable for sightseeing, the accomodations were great and the included meals were at local restaurants with personal service. I was happy to see we were treated as if we were a party of 4 rather than a large tour group. There were no buffets or rubber chicken. Each meal was unique and featured local farm-to-table offerings. The food and wine tastings were terrific. Best of all was our tour guide, Raff. He was sooo knowledgeable and helpful and really a lot of fun to be with. He took care of a large group (with plenty of easily distracted stragglers) with patience and humor. And he gave us excellent advice and recommendations at each of our stops. His help made us feel we had really experienced Italy intimately. The only critique I would have is that we had some significant travel issues (a 2-day delay) due to an insufficient layover in the itinerary. And the phone contact was not responsive and did not follow up with us. We worked things out on our own and once we got there, it was great. Everyone associated with the tour itself was fantastic. But the Go Ahead travel assistance line was disappointing.

 

Dear Marnie, Happy 30th wedding anniversary! We are so touched and honored that you chose to commemorate this occasion on tour with us. From your review, it sounds like this was a tour full of highlights, and we were so pleased to hear that Raff was able to provide an intimate and insider view of Italy. We are sorry to hear about the difficulty you had with your travel delays. We work hard to provide our customers with assistance at every turn, and understand how important it is to feel supported in urgent situations. We are disappointed to hear that you felt your concerns were not met with adequate follow-up, and we will be reviewing and addressing this issue internally. Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review, and congratulations on 30 years of marriage! Best wishes,

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 10, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: PA

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Splendid Florece & Hill Towns

Florence, indeed, gives one the feel and essence of the Italian Renaissance - the human renaissance. We arrived two days before the tour began to visit the Accademia Gallery (David) and the Uffizi Gallery. This allowed us to be ready for the wonders and significance of the hill towns we would visit. The cooking class in Florence was a hit - everyone helped and we were delighted with the taste! Our host chefs were priceless with their kindness and instruction. The side trip to Luca was worth the time and effort. Lucca is a microcosm of life from the Etruscans and Romans to the spreading rediscovery of civil governance, art and music and the tumult of raiding troops from Bavaria. And, then, the scheduled visits to the hill towns. Each was too quick only because we could have stayed days in each one: San Gimignano - the hit was the wine tasting after the town visit. Montalcino - quiet scenes galore plus a fort and wonderful local linen napkins! Siena, with its campo also has its splendid, unforgettable Duomo. Perugia is a gem of architecture with its Etruscan walls and Gothic cathedral. We consumed hearth baked pizza, salad and local wine in a vaulted ceiling café on an ancient street that was more stairs than street. From Perugia we added Assissi and Spello. Visiting Saint Francis' tomb was memorable; and, Spello's Roman arch echoed with chariots. We climbed the town's twisting, tiny streets with flowers galore. Then we had gelato! Our local guide, with us for Perugia, Assissi and Spello was a gifted, knowledgeable presenter. Speaking of hills - hiking the steep main street of Cortona warranted a reward of cappuccino and gelato! And, the locally run, small Etruscan museum is a must. Then, Lake Trasimeno - site of Hannibal defeating the Romans and an amazing lakeside lunch - part of the tour and the best meal we had! The drive to Orvieto presented amazing views of steep cliffs and the Paglia river. Another GoAhead provided lunch in Orvieto was tasty with various bruschettas, sampling of wines and splendid pasta plus a cake from heaven. This was an amazing trip. Thank you GoAhead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/2/2015

Number of Past Tours: 16

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved the Pace

We had a wonderful tour. Our group gelled so quickly we became one happy family. 21 in our group was just right. Tyson was great, The hotel location in Perugia was the best while the one in Siena wasn't. The light lunches weren't heavy and there was plenty. Did I mention wine? We tasted more and different wines than ever. The pace was so relaxing. I would recommend this tour to any food and wine lover.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Eat and Drink your way through Italy!!

The food was amazing...beware of the "lite" lunch its really not! The food was amazing and was paired beautifully with wine and breath taking vistas. Tini made the tour fun and her personal touch and attentiveness made the tour. I learned a lot about wine without the pretentious attitude. All the wineries made you feel welcome no matter the "tasting" level. Tuscany has some amazing towns that make you feel like you have stepped back in time. When you think you have seen the most amazing village you enter another more beautiful than the last!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Small group - great tour director

The only complaint I've ever had about previous tours with Go Ahead is way too many people on the tour. Last time it was 45 and that was way to many to have a quality trip and not fair to the tour director to keep up with that many people. This time there were 21 great folks on this tour and Tini was OUTSTANDING in every way! Great trip in every way.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation. Period.

I have already told my friends and family this has been the absolute best vacation of my life! What I liked most about this tour, in particular, was the actual stops along the way. You begin the tour in Florence (beautiful!), then you have the option to go to Lucca (beautiful!), and the other quintessentially Italian hill towns like San Gimignano, Montalcino, Cortona, Siena, and Perugia before you're done. I loved the locations, the people in my group (we were so lucky to have a group of 21 people - perfect!), and our tour director, Tini, was phenomenal! I see myself taking this trip again in the future and I will continue to recommend this tour to others. Hands down, the best!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

BEST TRIP EVER !!!

This is one of the best trips ever. I most certainly will return again !!! The food was great, our tour guide was great. I can not wait to do this tour again.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/1/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Follow the leader

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. She was not afraid to provide strict directions which assured a safe and organized trip.

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