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Venice, Como & the Italian Riviera

11 days
It would be hard to leave northern Italy feeling stressed. Amble around every corner of sleek and stylish Milan. 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. Just unwind and let the Italians teach you a thing or two about indulgence (trust us, they know best).

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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 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

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • 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 Milan today.

Lake Como Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Milan

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! After arriving at the airport, transfer to the Lake Como region and settle into your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Como & Villa Carlotta

Included meals: Breakfast

Head out to explore the lakeside town of Como, the birthplace of Pliny the Elder and the Younger. Then pay a visit to the beautiful Villa Carlotta (open March through October).

• See Como’s eclectic architecture, glittering lakefront and mountain scenery

• Depending on the season, take in Villa Carlotta on a self-guided tour of the property, which includes a 14-acre garden with more than 500 species of exotic flowers, plants and trees

Later, enjoy free time or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $79*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.

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

Milan 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Milan

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Milan and embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the fashion capital of Italy.

• Walk through the Brera District and see the precincts of Sforza Castle, statue of Leonardo da Vinci, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and Piazza della Scala

• Step inside the Gothic-style Milan Cathedral, Italy’s largest cathedral

• Pay a visit to the 15th-century Castello Sforzesco, which currently houses an impressive collection of art

Day 5: Free day in Milan

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

Italian Riviera 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to the Italian Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue south to the seaside paradise of the Italian Riviera.

Day 7: Cinque Terre

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Cinque Terre, a collection of five small villages hugging the Riviera coast. Depending on the weather, board either a boat or train to explore two charming cliffside towns and take in sweeping sea views.

Day 8: Free day in the Italian Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day at your leisure in the Italian Riviera.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Venice via Verona

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Venice, stop in Verona to see the eponymous Roman arena and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet before continuing on your way.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy free time in the city or add an excursion. 

Later, join your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65*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, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

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

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

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

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to continue exploring Venice.

Add Venice $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.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Free day in Venice

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Venice at your leisure or add an excursion.

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.

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

Day 12: Free day in Venice

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day to explore Venice or add an excursion.

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.

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

Day 13: 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

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • 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 Milan today.

Lake Como Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Milan

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! After arriving at the airport, transfer to the Lake Como region and settle into your hotel. Later, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Como & Villa Carlotta

Included meals: Breakfast

Head out to explore the lakeside town of Como, the birthplace of Pliny the Elder and the Younger. Then pay a visit to the beautiful Villa Carlotta (open March through October).

• See Como’s eclectic architecture, glittering lakefront and mountain scenery

• Depending on the season, take in Villa Carlotta on a self-guided tour of the property, which includes a 14-acre garden with more than 500 species of exotic flowers, plants and trees

Later, enjoy free time or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio $79*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.

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

Milan 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Milan

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Milan and embark on a guided sightseeing tour of Italy’s fashion capital. 

• Walk through the Brera District and see the precincts of Sforza Castle, statue of Leonardo da Vinci, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and Piazza della Scala

• Step inside the Gothic-style Milan Cathedral, Italy’s largest cathedral

• Pay a visit to the 15th-century Castello Sforzesco, which currently houses an impressive collection of art

Day 5: Free day in Milan

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore the city or add an excursion.

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $49)

Italian Riviera 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to the Italian Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue south to the seaside paradise of the Italian Riviera.

Day 7: Cinque Terre

Included meals: Breakfast

Journey to Cinque Terre, a collection of five small villages hugging the Riviera coast. Depending on the weather, board either a boat or train to explore two charming cliffside towns and take in sweeping sea views.

Day 8: Free day in the Italian Riviera

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day at your leisure in the Italian Riviera.

Venice 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Venice via Verona

Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Venice, stop in Verona to see the eponymous Roman arena and the balcony of Shakespeare’s Juliet before continuing on your way.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Venice

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the Queen of the Adriatic.

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

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

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

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

Enjoy free time in the city or add an excursion. 

Later, join your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65*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, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

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

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

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

Day 11: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Trieste & Venice $599 pp

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

Trieste 2 nights

Day 11: Transfer to Trieste

Included meals: Breakfast

Say goodbye to Venice as you set out for Trieste. After you arrive, join your guide on a sightseeing tour.

• Stroll through the city’s Old Town and the Austrian Quarter, passing through Unity Square

• View the remains of an ancient Roman theater and pass by the Castello di San Giusto

• Enter the Castello di Miramare, a striking waterfront castle built in the mid-1800s

Day 12: Free day in Trieste

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Trieste or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Slovenia: Postojna Caves & Predjama Castle $109*pp Details

Explore the vast network of underground caverns at Postojna Cave, one of the largest in the world. Navigate past stunning stalactites and stalagmites and maybe even spot a proteus, a species of cave-dwelling salamander native to Southeastern Europe. Then, it’s on to Predjama Castle, a beautiful example of Renaissance architecture, built into a naturally occurring rock arch. Here, you’ll have free time to explore before transferring back to Trieste.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Mestre (Venice Region) 1 night

Day 13: Transfer to Mestre

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Mestre, the mainland of Venice, making a stop at an open-air museum to view trenches used in the first World War.

Day 14: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Venice airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Como, Italy
  • Milan, Italy
  • Genoa, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
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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.

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.

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent Tour Director

Took the tour on 5/9/15, the weather could not have been better, the hotels were clean and walking distance to town, Maria the tour director went out of her way to accommodate.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best Yet

Our hotel locations,service and quality were the best. We would like another tour with the same tour guide she is great

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best

WE had a great tour director and the hotels were the best.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Pascal

The trip was great. Pascal did a great job. And Angus help a lot also. This is the first time I have traveled with Go Ahead Tours but it will not be my last. This is my 5th trip to Europe and my most enjoyable. The only thing I would say is that I wish we had spend one more day in Venice and possibly less time in Milan. Or maybe we could have just stayed one more day. Anyway, it was a wonderful experience. Pascal went out of his way to make sure everyone in our group was well accommodated.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

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Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

I'm in Love with Italy

The Italian Riviera, Lake Como, Lugano, Cinque Terre, Verona, Pisa and Venice were enchanting to say the least. I was in love the minute I stepped off of the tour bus and into Lake Como! The sheer beauty of all the places we visited were breathtaking. I have never had such a nice & relaxing tour. This area of Italy was picture perfect! The food, wine, fellow travelers all exceeded my expectations. The people of Italy were so kind and happy. I know why now. I wasn't ready to leave. I'm ready to go back and spend a month. This was truly a wonderful experience. I'd recommend this tour to anyone that is interested in visiting Italy. Our tour director, Pascal made sure that we knew all there was to know about the regions we visited. He was extremely knowledgable. He went out of his way to make us happy. On our free day, he orchestrated a visit to Pisa for us because we wanted to go. I cannot say enough kind words about him, he was the best tour director I've ever had and will request him on future trips! You could just tell that he loves teaching travelers about these beautiful places. Pascal really made our our journey through Italy special. We also had a representative from Go Ahead Tours along with us. Angus was very helpful and knowledgable. He was a pleasure to travel with. If you are planning a trip to Italy, I highly recommend this tour.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Cinque Terre Delight

This was an amazing tour. I could not be happier with everything. Our meals were wonderful. Hotels well placed. Seeing Cinque Terre and Venice was everything I hoped and more. Pace is just right. Quaint, authentic, original, magical. I recommend this tour 100%.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/27/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IN

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

My son 50th birthday gift

I took my daughter, son and daughter-in-law on this trip for my son's 50th birthday. I took Go Ahead Tours 4 years ago to Southern Italy,Naples, Rome Sorrento. I had a wonderful time on that trip. I fell in love with Italy and wanted my children to experience the beauty also. We had a great time, met some wonderful people and saw a beautiful country. Thank you Go Ahead Tours. It will be a memory we all will treasure.

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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 Daniela, Director of Quality Control | 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

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