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Venice, Como & the Italian Riviera

11 days
It would be hard to leave northern Italy feeling stressed. Along the glimmering shores of Lake Como and the meandering canals of Venice, leisure and relaxation remain mainstays of the Italian lifestyle. Soak up the sun on the Italian Riviera. Escape to the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre. Amble around every corner of sleek and stylish Milan. Just unwind and let the Italians teach you a thing or two about indulgence (trust us, they know best).

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Touch down in Milan, gateway to the Italian Alps. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta (seasonal)

This morning, your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of Lake Como’s surrounding towns, including a visit to Villa Carlotta (seasonal; some departures include a funicular ride to Brunate instead). This noble estate, completed in 1743, features a 14-acre garden with more than 500 species of exotic flowers, plants and trees. Later, you may choose to join an optional Lake Como cruise, including a stop at Bellagio. The excursion offers unparalleled views of the lake and includes a meal at a local restaurant.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*pp Details

Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you'll sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner. In addition, this excursion is only offered March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

Milan2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Milan Duomo

Leaving Lake Como, travel south to Milan. On a guided sightseeing tour, view the masterpieces that managed (some say miraculously) to survive the modern era: the Gothic Milan Duomo, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House and Castello Sforzesco. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. (Please note: If you’d like to see The Last Supper, you’ll need to make reservations. Call for recommendations.) Share a dinner with your travel companions this evening.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to spend as you like. You might choose to join our optional excursion to the Swiss city of Lugano, where you’ll take a scenic walking tour featuring the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, Piazza della Riforma and the Via Nassa shopping center.

Optional Excursion - Scenic Lugano: A Day in Switzerland $39*pp Details

Cross the Swiss border to enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Lugano, a prominent Swiss city. Next, take a scenic walking tour that features the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli—home to the largest Renaissance fresco in Switzerland—the Church of San Rocco, Piazza della Riforma and the Via Nassa shopping center. Please note: This excursion involves a 90 minute transfer from Milan to Lugano.

Italian Riviera3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue south to the region officially called Liguria but better known as the Italian Riviera. This seaside paradise is where artists from Byron to Shelley and celebrities from Bogart to Bacall spent their vacations. Arrive at your hotel this afternoon and, after a short break for check-in, regroup for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Cinque Terre, a collection of five small villages hugging the Riviera coast. Each village has its own charms: Monterosso, the largest of the group; Vernazza, with forts dating from the Middle Ages; the vineyards of Corniglia; the pastel homes of Manarola; and Riomaggiore, with its dramatic sheer cliffs. You’ll travel to two of the villages (by boat or train, depending on the weather) with free time included for exploring and shopping.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day exploring the Italian Riviera at your own pace, whether you investigate Genoa’s historic sites, visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso or relax on the beach.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel across the Veneto region to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s most beloved works. You’ll have a few hours of free time to see the Roman amphitheatre and the legendary Capulet house known as the Casa di Giulietta. Afterward, continue on to Venice.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Doge’s Palace

Experience the romance of Venice during this morning’s panoramic guided tour, with stops at the Bridge of Sighs and legendary St. Mark’s Square. You’ll view the Gothic Doge’s Palace as well as several important churches. This afternoon, you might consider joining an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music. Tonight, bid farewell to Venice at an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

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

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

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

Flight homefor a day

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not joining our extension to Venice, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Add Venice City Stay, 2 nights $329 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.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure in Venice. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion to the nearby islands of Burano and Torcello where you’ll tour a seventh-century cathedral and discover the charming world of a modern-day artists’ colony.

Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello $65*pp Details

Visit the islands of the Venetian lagoon, a favorite day trip for locals and travelers alike. First travel by water taxi to Torcello, where the story of Venice began. It was here that mainlanders sought a safe haven from invading barbarians. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, whose famous mosaics depict The Last Judgement. The next stop is the tiny fishing village of Burano, where brightly colored homes greet visitors. Wander as you please throughout Burano, and be sure to stop in at the island's bakeries.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Relax and savor your final day in Venice. You might wish to join our optional excursion to the Guggenheim Museum, where you’ll see works by modern masters including Dalí, Picasso, Magritte, Braque, Duchamp and Kandinsky. After your tour, you might take a short stroll to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a gorgeous white marble church erected by Venetians in the 17th century.

Optional Excursion - Guggenheim Museum $69*pp Details

Discover Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th-century masterpieces on a guided tour of the museum that bears her name. Home to works by artists including Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Pollock, Braque, Duchamp, Miró and Kandinsky, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection occupies the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. After your tour, you'll enjoy an apéritif overlooking the museum's sculpture garden.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport where you’ll board your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Touch down in Milan, gateway to the Italian Alps. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta (seasonal)

This morning, your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of Lake Como’s surrounding towns, including a visit to Villa Carlotta (seasonal; some departures include a funicular ride to Brunate instead). This noble estate, completed in 1743, features a 14-acre garden with more than 500 species of exotic flowers, plants and trees. Later, you may choose to join an optional Lake Como cruise, including a stop at Bellagio. The excursion offers unparalleled views of the lake and includes a meal at a local restaurant.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*pp Details

Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you'll sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner. In addition, this excursion is only offered March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

Milan2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Milan Duomo

Leaving Lake Como, travel south to Milan. On a guided sightseeing tour, view the masterpieces that managed (some say miraculously) to survive the modern era: the Gothic Milan Duomo, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House and Castello Sforzesco. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. (Please note: If you’d like to see The Last Supper, you’ll need to make reservations. Call for recommendations.) Share a dinner with your travel companions this evening.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to spend as you like. You might choose to join our optional excursion to the Swiss city of Lugano, where you’ll take a scenic walking tour featuring the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, Piazza della Riforma and the Via Nassa shopping center.

Optional Excursion - Scenic Lugano: A Day in Switzerland $39*pp Details

Cross the Swiss border to enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Lugano, a prominent Swiss city. Next, take a scenic walking tour that features the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli—home to the largest Renaissance fresco in Switzerland—the Church of San Rocco, Piazza della Riforma and the Via Nassa shopping center. Please note: This excursion involves a 90 minute transfer from Milan to Lugano.

Italian Riviera3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue south to the region officially called Liguria but better known as the Italian Riviera. This seaside paradise is where artists from Byron to Shelley and celebrities from Bogart to Bacall spent their vacations. Arrive at your hotel this afternoon and, after a short break for check-in, regroup for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Cinque Terre, a collection of five small villages hugging the Riviera coast. Each village has its own charms: Monterosso, the largest of the group; Vernazza, with forts dating from the Middle Ages; the vineyards of Corniglia; the pastel homes of Manarola; and Riomaggiore, with its dramatic sheer cliffs. You’ll travel to two of the villages (by boat or train, depending on the weather) with free time included for exploring and shopping.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day exploring the Italian Riviera at your own pace, whether you investigate Genoa’s historic sites, visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso or relax on the beach.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel across the Veneto region to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s most beloved works. You’ll have a few hours of free time to see the Roman amphitheatre and the legendary Capulet house known as the Casa di Giulietta. Afterward, continue on to Venice.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: St. Mark's Basilica

Experience the romance of Venice during this  morning’s panoramic guided tour, with stops  at the Bridge of Sighs and legendary St. Mark’s Square. You’ll view the Gothic Doge’s Palace and enter St. Mark’s Basilica. This afternoon, you might consider joining an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music. Tonight, bid farewell to Venice at an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

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

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

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

Flight homefor a day

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not joining our extension to Venice, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

Add Venice City Stay, 2 nights $329 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.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day at leisure in Venice. Alternatively, consider joining our optional excursion to the nearby islands of Burano and Torcello where you’ll tour a seventh-century cathedral and discover the charming world of a modern-day artists’ colony.

Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello $65*pp Details

Visit the islands of the Venetian lagoon, a favorite day trip for locals and travelers alike. First travel by water taxi to Torcello, where the story of Venice began. It was here that mainlanders sought a safe haven from invading barbarians. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, whose famous mosaics depict The Last Judgement. The next stop is the tiny fishing village of Burano, where brightly colored homes greet visitors. Wander as you please throughout Burano, and be sure to stop in at the island's bakeries.

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Relax and savor your final day in Venice. You might wish to join our optional excursion to the Guggenheim Museum, where you’ll see works by modern masters including Dalí, Picasso, Magritte, Braque, Duchamp and Kandinsky. After your tour, you might take a short stroll to the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute, a gorgeous white marble church erected by Venetians in the 17th century.

Optional Excursion - Guggenheim Museum $69*pp Details

Discover Peggy Guggenheim's personal collection of 20th-century masterpieces on a guided tour of the museum that bears her name. Home to works by artists including Picasso, Dalí, Magritte, Pollock, Braque, Duchamp, Miró and Kandinsky, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection occupies the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal. After your tour, you'll enjoy an apéritif overlooking the museum's sculpture garden.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport where you’ll board your flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Lake Como Region2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Touch down in Milan, gateway to the Italian Alps. A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Villa Carlotta (seasonal)

This morning, your Tour Director leads a sightseeing tour of Lake Como’s surrounding towns, including a visit to Villa Carlotta (seasonal; some departures include a funicular ride to Brunate instead). This noble estate, completed in 1743, features a 14-acre garden with more than 500 species of exotic flowers, plants and trees. Later, you may choose to join an optional Lake Como cruise, including a stop at Bellagio. The excursion offers unparalleled views of the lake and includes a meal at a local restaurant.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $75*pp Details

Hop aboard a scenic cruise of Lake Como to soak in some of Italy’s most beautiful estates and gardens. Float past charming lakeside towns to Bellagio, a village whose scenery has inspired poets and young lovers for centuries. You’ll have time to take in Bellagio’s classic beauty before heading to a local restaurant, where you'll sample cuisine from a carefully chosen menu. Please note: Your included meal may be lunch or dinner. In addition, this excursion is only offered March through October, and its departure time varies by season.

Milan2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Milan Duomo

Leaving Lake Como, travel south to Milan. On a guided sightseeing tour, view the masterpieces that managed (some say miraculously) to survive the modern era: the Gothic Milan Duomo, the Galleria, La Scala Opera House and Castello Sforzesco. This afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore on your own. (Please note: If you’d like to see The Last Supper, you’ll need to make reservations. Call for recommendations.) Share a dinner with your travel companions this evening.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free to spend as you like. You might choose to join our optional excursion to the Swiss city of Lugano, where you’ll take a scenic walking tour featuring the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli, Piazza della Riforma and the Via Nassa shopping center.

Optional Excursion - Scenic Lugano: A Day in Switzerland $39*pp Details

Cross the Swiss border to enjoy a panoramic bus tour of Lugano, a prominent Swiss city. Next, take a scenic walking tour that features the botanical gardens of Ciani Park, the church of Santa Maria degli Angioli—home to the largest Renaissance fresco in Switzerland—the Church of San Rocco, Piazza della Riforma and the Via Nassa shopping center. Please note: This excursion involves a 90 minute transfer from Milan to Lugano.

Italian Riviera3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue south to the region officially called Liguria but better known as the Italian Riviera. This seaside paradise is where artists from Byron to Shelley and celebrities from Bogart to Bacall spent their vacations. Arrive at your hotel this afternoon and, after a short break for check-in, regroup for an included dinner.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Cinque Terre, a collection of five small villages hugging the Riviera coast. Each village has its own charms: Monterosso, the largest of the group; Vernazza, with forts dating from the Middle Ages; the vineyards of Corniglia; the pastel homes of Manarola; and Riomaggiore, with its dramatic sheer cliffs. You’ll travel to two of the villages (by boat or train, depending on the weather) with free time included for exploring and shopping.

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a day exploring the Italian Riviera at your own pace, whether you investigate Genoa’s historic sites, visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso or relax on the beach.

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel across the Veneto region to Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s most beloved works. You’ll have a few hours of free time to see the Roman amphitheatre and the legendary Capulet house known as the Casa di Giulietta. Afterward, continue on to Venice.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: St. Mark's Basilica

Experience the romance of Venice during this  morning’s panoramic guided tour, with stops  at the Bridge of Sighs and legendary St. Mark’s Square. You’ll view the Gothic Doge’s Palace and enter St. Mark’s Basilica. This afternoon, you might consider joining an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music. Tonight, bid farewell to Venice at an included dinner with your fellow travelers.

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

Glide down Venice's famous canals in one of the city's iconic black gondolas. Formerly the main mode of transportation around the Venetian Lagoon, all gondolas were once brightly colored. Following the Doge's decree that only nobility could travel in colored gondolas, ordinary Venetians developed the elegant black silhouettes we know today. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. Each gondola holds between four and six passengers.

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

Flight homefor a day

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you’re not joining our extension to Venice, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Como, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. & 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. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.

Clothing & 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. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Northern Italy is known for it’s meats and pastries, Tuscany for its wine, oil and sauces, and Southern Italy for its pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American- or English-style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in the major cities and currently gaining in popularity, especially in northern Italy.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Milan’s Malpensa Airport and depart from Venice. When you first arrive at Malpensa Airport, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach (and by boat— weather permitting—on the excursion to Cinque Terre). In your free time, you may wish to explore by public transportation or on foot. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors or purchase single tickets at each dock. Venice is great city to explore on foot. Arm yourself with a map and pay attention to the signs pointing to the major attractions.

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’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Venice.

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?

  • Como, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. & 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. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Northern Italy is known for it’s meats and pastries, Tuscany for its wine, oil and sauces, and Southern Italy for its pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American- or English-style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in the major cities and currently gaining in popularity, especially in northern Italy.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Milan’s Malpensa Airport and depart from Venice. When you first arrive at Malpensa Airport, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach (and by boat— weather permitting—on the excursion to Cinque Terre). In your free time, you may wish to explore by public transportation or on foot. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors or purchase single tickets at each dock. Venice is great city to explore on foot. Arm yourself with a map and pay attention to the signs pointing to the major attractions.

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’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Venice.

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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Passport & Visa Requirements

In order to enter Italy, U.S. & 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. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and overseas travel requirements.

Cuisine

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Northern Italy is known for it’s meats and pastries, Tuscany for its wine, oil and sauces, and Southern Italy for its pizzas. For more authentic meals, try local trattorias—small, family-owned restaurants that tend to be set away from the main piazzas and squares. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello. American- or English-style bars and pubs are not as common, although they can be found in the major cities and currently gaining in popularity, especially in northern Italy.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Milan’s Malpensa Airport and depart from Venice. When you first arrive at Malpensa Airport, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach (and by boat— weather permitting—on the excursion to Cinque Terre). In your free time, you may wish to explore by public transportation or on foot. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors or purchase single tickets at each dock. Venice is great city to explore on foot. Arm yourself with a map and pay attention to the signs pointing to the major attractions.

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’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Venice.

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to access cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful

This was our first Go Ahead tour. The sights of Venice, Lake Como and the Italian Riviera were fabulous. Our tour director, Carmen, was knowledgeable, patient and amusing. The balance of guided and independent free time was just what we were looking for. Mark and I met many interesting people that were in our group. Thank you for a wonderful vacation!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The good and the ugly

the 'GOOD' > what an awesome trip.Every place we stopped was an new and exciting experience. Our tour director (Gabriella) was awesome. I would go on another tour with her in a heartbeat. Her expertise kept the whole group well informed as to the daily endeavors.She was well organized and learned about each area we visited. We were well pleased with the accommodations also. Some very unique. the cities along the way were in themselves unique. Now the 'UGLY' (already spoke to Nicole about the negative experience and am satisfied with her answers) the flight arrangements were unacceptable. We spent 25 hours from Savannah to Milan in airports or on flights. I flew to Australia in less time!! We had a total of 8 hours sitting in airports.(4 in Newark and 4 in Zurich) again unacceptable and an unnecessary waste of time. I specifically asked not to use United...guess what we got....there were direct flights form Atlanta,Newark and Detroit all reachable from savannah (I checked). I asked your flight coordinator to rectify the situation.I got no help... needless to say I was disappointed in the result. the flight going over left a doubt in the quality of your customer service and doubt as to our use of go ahead tours again.. There was absolutely no reason for the stop at Zurich. I suggest before you finalize a customers flights you have contact with them to coordinate to acceptability of the travel arrangements

 

Dear Jim, Thank you for taking the time to review your most recent experience with Go Ahead Tours! Your feedback is very valuable to us. Go Ahead Tours understands the importance of flight arrangements and we do our best to make sure we are providing the most ideal flight routings possible. We have an option to book flights for majority of our tours with our travelers directly so that we can ensure you will be satisfied with your itineraries. Some tours aren’t set up for this system quite yet, but we are continuously working to improve these restrictions. We want to make sure our travelers will have a wonderful experience from start to finish, so we are happy to work with you and take your specific flight requests into consideration before finalizing the details when you make your reservations. I am glad to hear that the rest of your tour went well and I hope that the next time we welcome you on tour we will be able to provide you with a flight itinerary that you are more satisfied with!

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on May 29, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

This was my 4th Trip to Italy with Go Ahead Tourss

I just want to say that this was the 4th trip I took to Italy and it was as good as all the others. The only problem we had was the weather but only God could change that. The 3 tours taken previously were all the same time in September but we had never had rain before but this time we had three days of rain but it did not change the quality of the tour. The tour Guide was wonderful and kept us going all the time. She even went out of her way to take us to Verona on our way to Venice, so we got an extra tour of another city we would not have seen The food this time was not as good as the 3 previous tours but I am told that is that region of Italy. The Hotels were all wonderful. Great views, two of them had balconies. The bus driver we had was also special. Very nice man and also went out of his way to help us. I wish I could share some of my 500 photos with you but I do not know how to send them to you on line but would gladly send some of them to you. Go Ahead, please keep up the good work................Love your tours, Ruth Chobit

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/5/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Exceeded All My Expectation

I had tried to plan a trip to Venice for 3 years. Ifound this Go Ahead trip and scheduled it. It was unreal. It exceeded all my expectation. Every face of the tour (office staff, mailings, tour director, hotels etc) was perfect.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: MD

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Shopper's Paradise

I did enjoy the trip. The food and shopping was great! Each city and or country we visited had its own unique food and beautiful clothes. The hotel at the Marriott was amazing! It was very large and our rooms were gorgeous for international travel. I was really surprised at the size and decor. I wish I have hotel rooms like the Marriot in the other cities that we visited.

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Too Many Tourits

Obviously there is no "off season" because the volume of tourists from the huge cruise liners and bus tours overwhelmed the size of the small towns visited - specifically Cinque Terra boat rides were unable to cater to the number of people trying to board.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 9/28/2013

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: IL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Toured from a bus!

Tour Director not too informative. Tour Director was spending more time with friends rather than making sure that our needs were being met. Such as wrong meals, marathon being held on the same day we visited Verona. Handicapped people not being helped by the Director but instead by the visitors (us)! In Como we were served slop and was informed later that the wrong meal was served to our group because another GoAheadTour was in the next room and should have gotten the meal we were served. Once again our Director was downstairs having a meal with a friend.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 5/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

A good time in Italy/Switzerland

All in all, the tour was a good one; especially with Andrea as the Tour Director. A very pleasant guy with great knowledge. I know that this may sound rather silly, but do you know that it is almost impossible to find the standard Italian Sausage in Italy. Aside from their large "Hot-Dog", you won't find what we consider to be a good treat. The side visit to Lugano, Switzerland was superb. A beautiful city with many interesting sights! One more negative - The breakfast served in Italy is not what Americans are used to. Especially when they place one small dish of Scrambled Eggs out in the middle of the dining room with some 65 people in it and do not tell anyone in the room that the dish is there. Perhaps because they are not something anyone would eat; they are afraid to tell you!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/4/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour of Northern Italy

Our first time to go a tour and our expectations were exceeded. Everything was outstanding, especially the tour director, Andreas. He was accommodating, informative, interesting, humorous and did everything he could to make our trip enjoyable. He set the bar high for the next tour director we have on a future tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2009

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italty

This tour was wonderful from start to finish. I would do it again. Beautiful area`s and wonderful hotel`s.. Side trips were great. Loved the fort and cemetery in Milan and that hotel was out of sight. But for simply charming,the hotel outside Como was a favorite and the food there was the very best . Side trips were a delight and planned ones were too. Only complaint at all was the guide was in too much of a hurry all the time and made taking photo`s difficult. But I would and have told other`s to take this trip.

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