Venice, Florence & Rome

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About This Experience

Three legendary cities. One incredible tour. Try as you may, it’s impossible to choose a favorite among Venice, Florence and Rome. Each city is unique by its own right, with distinctive flavors, sights and sounds. Float along Venice’s meandering canals. Gain new respect for the Renaissance masters in Florence. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients in Rome. And eat like a king (or queen) no matter where you are. Everywhere you go, watch the Italy you’ve always envisioned spring suddenly and surprisingly to life.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Doze among the clouds and awake in Italia

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

Venice3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Welcome to Venice, postcard-perfect and ready to be explored

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Venice! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring Venice. At tonight’s included dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day3

By land or by gondola, uncover the romance of Venezia

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65* pp

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 Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165* pp

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.

Day4

Leisure is a Venetian way of life, so go on and savor the day

Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello

Breakfast

You’ll have free time today to explore the city on your own. Find a hidden trattoria and enjoy a delicious Venetian lunch. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge or follow alleyways lined with boutiques of handblown glass treasures. Alternatively, enjoy an optional tour of the beautiful islands of Burano and Torcello.

Optional Excursions

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello $65* pp

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.

Florence3 nights - hotel info

Day5

Beyond the Apennines and under the Tuscan sun, waits Florence

Breakfast, Dinner

Basilica of Santa Croce

Cross the Apennine Mountains to the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the city’s splendor, including Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the Basilica of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. You’ll also see the Palazzo della Signoria, which serves as an open-air gallery of ancient and Renaissance statues. This Romanesque, crenelated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Dinner is included this evening.

Day6

Renaissance art or a glass of red, the choice is yours

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

Breakfast

During free time in Florence, choose to admire the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. Stroll along the romantic Arno River or visit the Accademia Galleria to view Michelangelo’s early masterpiece, the sublime statue of David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. You may also join an optional excursion to the charming and historic towns of San Gimignano and Siena in the Tuscan countryside followed by a tasting of the region’s finest wines.

Optional Excursions

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $105* pp

Discover the essence of Tuscany on a full-day excursion. In Siena, a local guide introduces you to the town and its black-and-white marble duomo, where you'll find brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. You'll have some free time to explore the Campo, the square that serves as the center of civic life in Siena. Then, journey through the countryside to the town of San Gimignano, where you'll have some free time to explore the city's medieval towers or simply admire the Tuscan hills. As the sun begins to set, you'll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

Day7

Which are you leaning toward: Pisa, Fiesole or Florence?

Optional Excursion - The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Florence. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Pisa, where you’ll see the 12th-century Leaning Tower and visit both the adjacent cathedral and the Baptistery. Tonight, you may choose to travel to the hilltop town of Fiesole for an optional dinner and views of Florence.

Optional Excursions

The Leaning Tower of Pisa $69* pp

Travel through the Tuscan countryside for a visit to Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). You'll see the famed Leaning Tower and enjoy a tour of the adjacent cathedral and the Baptistery of St. John.

Optional Excursions

Dinner in Fiesole $65* pp

Take a scenic ride to the town of Fiesole, where you'll be treated to some of the region's best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner. Unmatched views of nearby Florence serve as the perfect complement to your indulgent meal. Fiesole sits on a hill overlooking Florence, and its views of the city have been prized since pre-Roman times.

Rome4 nights - hotel info

Day8

Ascending volcanic rock, enter the medieval city of Orvieto

Breakfast, Dinner

Funicular ride

As you journey to Rome, stop at the ancient Etruscan stronghold of Orvieto. Situated on a pedestal of volcanic rock in the Umbrian region, the lovely town boasts a breathtaking duomo—one of the finest cathedrals in the country. The black and white building is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic style and was constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries. Travel to this impressive Medieval city by funicular and take in views of the surrounding Volscian Mountains. Then arrive in Rome, where dinner is included tonight.

Day9

Stand where Caesar ruled and gladiators fought

Breakfast

The Colosseum

Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar during your guided sightseeing tour of Rome. Highlights include entering the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and making a photo stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. This afternoon is free to further your explorations of ancient Rome. Visit the Pantheon, or tour one of Rome’s many important churches.

Day10

If you like what you see, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of the ancient empire to treasures of Renaissance and Baroque art. Stroll across the Spanish Steps. See Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. You might also wish to join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Opt to end the day at a Dinner with Tenors, an evening of food and live music.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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

Day11

Relax in the Eternal City or discover a city in ruins

Optional Excursion - A Day in Pompeii

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Rome or join a full-day optional excursion to excavated Pompeii, an ancient Roman city buried in volcanic ash in A.D. 79. Lunch is included on this optional excursion.

Optional Excursions

A Day in Pompeii $169* pp

Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in and smothered the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. Visit the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Lunch is included. Please note: Travel time to Pompeii is approximately 2.5 hours each way.

Day12

You could go home today…but you should stay longer

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $299*

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

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Gelato in hand, you’re ready to take on Rome

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs

Breakfast

Today is free to explore Rome’s plethora of piazzas and cafés. You might search for the city’s best gelato or people-watch at the Trevi Fountain. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the Roman catacombs with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul.

Optional Excursions

Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65* pp

Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to the Basilica of St. Paul, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.

Day13

Do as the Romans do—relax, eat, explore, eat more

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Rome. You might choose to return to Vatican City and peruse the Vatican Library, a massive collection of ancient texts. Or, join an optional excursion to the famed Borghese Gallery & Museum.

Must be booked 30 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Borghese Gallery & Museum $69* pp

Today, take a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, home to one of Italy's finest art collections. Situated in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, the gallery consists of 20 rooms spanning two floors and features major works by Bernini, Raphael, Canova, Titian and Caravaggio.

Day14

Say “ciao” to Italia and “hello” to your home front

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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About This Experience

Three legendary cities. One incredible tour. Try as you may, it’s impossible to choose a favorite among Venice, Florence and Rome. Each city is unique by its own right, with distinctive flavors, sights and sounds. Float along Venice’s meandering canals. Gain new respect for the Renaissance masters in Florence. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients in Rome. And eat like a king (or queen) no matter where you are. Everywhere you go, watch the Italy you’ve always envisioned spring suddenly and surprisingly to life.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

How's the weather?

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Doze among the clouds and awake in Italia

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

Venice3 nights - hotel info

Day2

Welcome to Venice, postcard-perfect and ready to be explored

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

Welcome to Venice! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring Venice. At tonight’s included dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day3

By land or by gondola, uncover the romance of Venezia

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

Breakfast

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.

Optional Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65* pp

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 Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165* pp

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.

Day4

Leisure is a Venetian way of life, so go on and savor the day

Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello

Breakfast

You’ll have free time today to explore the city on your own. Find a hidden trattoria and enjoy a delicious Venetian lunch. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge or follow alleyways lined with boutiques of handblown glass treasures. Alternatively, enjoy an optional tour of the beautiful islands of Burano and Torcello.

Optional Excursions

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello $65* pp

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.

Florence3 nights - hotel info

Day5

Beyond the Apennines and under the Tuscan sun, waits Florence

Breakfast, Dinner

Basilica of Santa Croce

Cross the Apennine Mountains to the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the city’s splendor, including Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the Basilica of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. You’ll also see the Palazzo della Signoria, which serves as an open-air gallery of ancient and Renaissance statues. This Romanesque, crenellated fortress-palace is among the most impressive town halls of Tuscany. Dinner is included this evening.

Day6

Renaissance art or a glass of red, the choice is yours

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns

Breakfast

During free time in Florence, choose to admire the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery. Stroll along the romantic Arno River or visit the Accademia Galleria to view Michelangelo’s early masterpiece, the sublime statue of David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. You may also join an optional excursion to the charming and historic towns of San Gimignano and Siena in the Tuscan countryside followed by a tasting of the region’s finest wines.

Optional Excursions

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $105* pp

Discover the essence of Tuscany on a full-day excursion. In Siena, a local guide introduces you to the town and its black-and-white marble duomo, where you'll find brilliantly colored 16th-century frescoes in the Piccolomini Library. You'll have some free time to explore the Campo, the square that serves as the center of civic life in Siena. Then, journey through the countryside to the town of San Gimignano, where you'll have some free time to explore the city's medieval towers or simply admire the Tuscan hills. As the sun begins to set, you'll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

Day7

Which are you leaning toward: Pisa, Fiesole or Florence?

Optional Excursion - The Leaning Tower of Pisa

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Florence. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Pisa, where you’ll see the 12th-century Leaning Tower and visit both the adjacent cathedral and the Baptistery. Tonight, you may choose to travel to the hilltop town of Fiesole for an optional dinner and views of Florence.

Optional Excursions

The Leaning Tower of Pisa $69* pp

Travel through the Tuscan countryside for a visit to Pisa’s Piazza dei Miracoli (Field of Miracles). You'll see the famed Leaning Tower and enjoy a tour of the adjacent cathedral and the Baptistery of St. John.

Optional Excursions

Dinner in Fiesole $65* pp

Take a scenic ride to the town of Fiesole, where you'll be treated to some of the region's best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner. Unmatched views of nearby Florence serve as the perfect complement to your indulgent meal. Fiesole sits on a hill overlooking Florence, and its views of the city have been prized since pre-Roman times.

Rome4 nights - hotel info

Day8

Ascending volcanic rock, enter the medieval city of Orvieto

Breakfast, Dinner

Funicular ride

As you journey to Rome, stop at the ancient Etruscan stronghold of Orvieto. Situated on a pedestal of volcanic rock in the Umbrian region, the lovely town boasts a breathtaking duomo—one of the finest cathedrals in the country. The black and white building is a mix of Romanesque and Gothic style and was constructed in the 13th and 14th centuries. Travel to this impressive Medieval city by funicular and take in views of the surrounding Volscian Mountains. Then arrive in Rome, where dinner is included tonight.

Day9

Stand where Caesar ruled and gladiators fought

Breakfast

The Colosseum

Follow in the footsteps of Julius Caesar during your guided sightseeing tour of Rome. Highlights include entering the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and making a photo stop at the ruins of the Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire. This afternoon is free to further your explorations of ancient Rome. Visit the Pantheon, or tour one of Rome’s many important churches.

Day10

If you like what you see, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn—from relics of the ancient empire to treasures of Renaissance and Baroque art. Stroll across the Spanish Steps. See Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. You might also wish to join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. Opt to end the day at a Dinner with Tenors, an evening of food and live music.

Optional Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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

Day11

Relax in the Eternal City or discover a city in ruins

Optional Excursion - A Day in Pompeii

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Rome or join a full-day optional excursion to excavated Pompeii, an ancient Roman city buried in volcanic ash in A.D. 79. Lunch is included on this optional excursion.

Optional Excursions

A Day in Pompeii $169* pp

Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in and smothered the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. Visit the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Lunch is included. Please note: Travel time to Pompeii is approximately 2.5 hours each way.

Day12

You could go home today…but you should stay longer

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you are not staying for our tour extension in Rome, a Go Ahead representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home.

Extend Your Stay

Add Rome City Stay $299*

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

Rome2 nights - hotel info

Day12

Gelato in hand, you’re ready to take on Rome

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs

Breakfast

Today is free to explore Rome’s plethora of piazzas and cafés. You might search for the city’s best gelato or people-watch at the Trevi Fountain. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the Roman catacombs with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul.

Optional Excursions

Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs $65* pp

Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to the Basilica of St. Paul, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.

Day13

Do as the Romans do—relax, eat, explore, eat more

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum

Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Rome. You might choose to return to Vatican City and peruse the Vatican Library, a massive collection of ancient texts. Or, join an optional excursion to the famed Borghese Gallery & Museum.

Must be booked 30 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Borghese Gallery & Museum $69* pp

Today, take a guided tour of the Borghese Gallery, home to one of Italy's finest art collections. Situated in the former Villa Borghese Pinciana, the gallery consists of 20 rooms spanning two floors and features major works by Bernini, Raphael, Canova, Titian and Caravaggio.

Day14

Say “ciao” to Italia and “hello” to your home front

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Passport & Visa

In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact the Italian consulate for your specific entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and travel requirements.

Cuisine

While most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts while on tour. In Italy, the cuisine is often slightly varied by region, and many cities and towns have their own specialties. Venice and Northern Italy are known for their meats and pastries, Tuscany for its wine, oil and sauces, Rome 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 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 and in Rome.

Arrival & Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Venice and depart from Rome. When you first arrive in Venice, 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. Included transportation on is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities on foot or by public transportation. 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. Florence is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk. “Venice, Florence & Rome” does involve a moderate amount of walking.

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 of 220 volts.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’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.

Phenomenal Experience!!!

I must first confess I NEVER imagined myself participating in a guided group vacation. My husband and I are in our early 30s but neither of us had traveled overseas. We agreed that we wanted a lot of freedom throughout our vacation but our main goal was to experience a “smooth, first trip over” therefore opted for the planning/guidance of GoAhead Tours. All I can say is WOW. On our second to last day we were already choosing our next tour with GoAhead. Unlike some reviews, I am a realist and did not expect 100% perfection from GoAhead. I acknowledge there can be both positives/negatives in even the best experiences because your attitude and vacation is what YOU make it. Our Tour Director, Barbara, was AMAZING! She was light-hearted, knowledgeable, and made sure to share detailed information for travelers prior to our arrival in each city (i.e., the best locations to exchange money, how and where to navigate the water taxis, trains, or buses, where to purchase tickets for museums, which areas of Rome to avoid after dark)… it was incredibly valuable and comforting to have Barbara give us a brief lay of the land so that we could navigate the city easier when on our own. The main Pro for this tour (and GoAhead) was all of the free time! If you want someone to hold your hand the entire trip, this tour is not for you! The tour offers three (optional) guided half-days using local guides (which we participated and it truly made for a richer experience) as well as three included (optional) dinners with the group. Outside of that, you are free to explore the city on your own and make your vacation what YOU want! Since my husband and I wanted to feel like we were on our own vacation, just the two of us, but wanted the knowledge of our surroundings… this tour was the perfect balance for our independent nature. We were pleased that our group contained 28 friendly travelers of all ages (I believe this is on the smaller-side as some tours take up to 50 people). It was fun to bump into our new acquaintances throughout the hotel, during breakfast time or cocktail hour, and even out and about in the city. GoAhead allowed the tour to feel intimate, as well as creating social environments to laugh and share daily experiences with new friends! For those wanting a few more specifics, here are a few suggestions for this trip. Pack only comfortable shoes (this seems like a no-brainer) but even then, be prepared for a tired, achy body, as you will do a TON of walking on this tour! We were quite surprised being relatively fit, how sore we were throughout this vacation. Additionally, I was surprised that the “private deluxe motor coaches” do NOT contain a toilet like they do in the U.S. On our 4 hour road trips between cities, the bus only allows for one rest stop. Also, FYI for the optional tour to Vatican City, the radios were terrible with much interference due to the high volume of visitors (not GoAhead’s fault as the Vatican now requires only their own “blessed” radios to be used, but it’s still definitely a worthwhile experience). Lastly, I feel it’s important to acknowledge that GoAhead’s list of “optional excursions” ONLY run IF there are enough people signed up. We discovered they are not guaranteed; based on our smaller overall group size several of the optional excursions could not run due to lack of interest (in our group, the Burano/Torcello & Pompeii trips could not run). Therefore, those travelers had to schedule the trip on their own (which Burano was easy to do using the water taxis) or make new plans altogether. For us, everything else was a positive! All the hotel locations and accommodations were great and within easy walking distance (GoAhead can’t control the occasional noise and/or construction going on outside)! I read some complaints about staying on the Island of Lido… we actually felt Lido ADDED to our unique experience! We had a blast navigating the public water taxis (highly recommend purchasing the 24 hour pass and then making good use of your free day)! We chuckled at the poor tourists dragging their luggage around the labyrinth of Venice and were happy to escape the hustle and bustle of the main drag to the quieter (and more affordable!) restaurants on Lido. Both hotels in Florence and Rome were situated in good spots as well… not smack-dab in the grand center of things, but just right around the corner, an easy walking distance in slightly quieter locations. One final tip, we highly recommend planning ahead for your own excursions/free time (whether at home before the trip or using the free hotel WIFI in Florence or Rome) to book excursions outside of what GoAhead offers. We booked a Crypts and Catacombs tour as well as a nighttime Ghost/Mystery tour when in Rome… both experiences were fantastic. Lines can be long and tours fill up quickly so prepare beforehand to make the best use of your time. Overall, our expectations were exceeded and we were blown away by this vacation! I truly thought I would want to plan our next trip to Europe on my own… but now understanding how well GoAhead takes care of the planning and guidance, I have 100% confidence in every future trip with GoAhead. If you want all the FUN and adventure of Italy and none of the planning headache, this GoAhead trip is for you!

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/20/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip!

My friend and I had planned this trip for a year, so I was a little nervous that it wouldn't live up to the expectations I had created. This trip surpassed them! The hotels were amazing, the tour director was super sweet and very knowledgable, and I loved the mix of free time and tour time. Go Ahead made everything easy, from booking and paying for the tour, to the tour itself. I would recommend this trip and will look to Go Ahead Tours for all of my future vacations.


5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

My partner had always wanted to visit Italy, so we bit the bullet and booked our tour a full year before we were scheduled to visit Venice, Florence, and Rome. During that time I wondered if it would be worth the cost. Little did I know what a life-changing experience it would be. I know now that, this will be one my life's highlights. Participating on the tour provided a much richer experience than we ever could have achieved on our own. I appreciated the philosophy of Go Ahead, which encouraged us to take time on our own when desired (and which we did). We were able to strike our own perfect balance of time to wander and explore with the more structured tours. And because Go Ahead has been in business for decades, they have honed their offerings to provide only the best optional tours for each region. Our tour director, Sylvana, brought a wealth of experience to the mix. Her knowledge and her warm and welcoming manner also increased our enjoyment of the trip. She worked hard, day and night, to make this trip the best possible for everyone in our group. Thank you Go Ahead and Sylvana for this awesome experience! <3

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/19/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Honeymoon Tour of Italy

My new wife and I went on the 12 day Venice, Florence and Rome tour for our honeymoon. There aren't enough words to describe what an amazing time we had. We both had always wanted to go to Italy and it did not disappoint! The country itself and everything there was beautiful and you just get lost for words seeing the architecture, art, landscapes, etc etc etc. Go Ahead Tours was great from start to finish too! From the early planning process they were very helpful and the whole planning process was simple and went smoothly. We got prompt updates as information changed and when details were added. Traveling to Italy went just as it was booked with no trouble at all. Our tour director in Italy, Misia, was just great! Her English was good, had a great sense of humor, was very knowledgeable, good at answering all questions. She was just all around fun to tour with. The local tour guides we had were all really good too. Hotel accommodations were also very good. The trip home was tough due to weather delays but that obviously wasn't Go Ahead's fault. So, to sum it all up, Go Ahead Tours did an awesome job and we had a blast! I would not hesitate to tour with them again and recommend them to all my friends that are planning vacations! Oh and lastly, the price was also very good considering everything we got and the great accommodations!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our First Trip To Europe

This was the first trip my daughter and I took with Go Ahead and our first trip overseas. What a wonderful adventure and destination for our first time. We had such a wonderful guide (Suzie) and had the opportunity to see the sites, but also time for us to venture out on our own to explore and experience the culture. The canals in Venice are amazing, the museums in Florence are wonderful and really... what can I possibly say about Rome that would be negative. It was such a great place to "roam", we spent some time there after our Sicily trip a couple years later - just because we loved it so much. I highly recommend this tour!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2007

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Way to see a New Country

Absolute best way to visit a new country. There is no way we could have gotten to as many places, seen as many things or learned as much as we did without going through a tour company. We definitely made the right choice by choosing Go Ahead. The company came with many recommendations, but we took our 10 year old so were a bit leary. Our group made him feel welcome. David our tour director (though very cocky in that British sort of way:) was excellent. He did an excellent job of giving us the back ground and history of every location as well as giving inside recommendations on food, customs, etc. At first we were a bit disappointed because when we asked for restaurant recommendations in our first city of stay on Lido di Venezia, he just said to try any of them in the surrounding area. He did get better at this as we hounded him later on for true recommendations. The benefits of the tour were plentiful and far outweighed the negatives. Negatives: - Not enough time in many places - but how could there be: this is supposed to be a sampling. - The group can get unruly if the leader doesn't step up. We had a few who decided to return after the set time at a city on a day trip because they decided they had more they wanted to do and the rest of us could just wait. David did let them know that not only was that rude, but that next time they may have to find a way back themselves. (much nicer than I would have been). Positives: - Getting through lines quickly. This is a must for the Vatican and the Colosseum! - Getting behind the scenes looks at many attractions. - Getting the history of why the attractions are so important. - The tour does all of the prep work for you! - Feeling comfortable because everything is done for you so that you can actually enjoy the country you came to explore. - Meeting many new friends. Overall, we would definitely do a tour again. We actually are already planning one to Ireland. We have traveled both ways, on our own and with a tour. On our own, we felt stress in trying to find the best way to spend our time and see everything we wanted to see. Then we had to figure out how to get there, where to buy tickets, speak the language, etc. Go ahead does all of this for you!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything went very smoothly

I have just returned from a 12 day tour of Italy. I was very impressed with the touring company and how organized they were about getting us to our destinations. This was our first trip overseas and we were a bit apprehensive about getting to our destinations. We were always comfortable and well taken care of! The tour director, Raf, was extremely kind and knowledgeable. I was mostly impressed with how much he cared about our safety and constantly looked after our needs, pointed us toward things to see and avoid, tips on where to eat, etc. I would definitely use Go Ahead again, and would highly recommend them. All of the optional excursions were handled very well and even when there were not enough participants for the optional tours, Raf arranged it so that we could go with another touring company. All and all a great experience!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

disappointing

This tour started off very disappointing - we were met at the airport, but then had to haul our luggage a considerable distance to the water taxi (our tour director evidently failed to notice that several of us were older and had difficulty keeping up with her pace, and having recently had back surgery, I had difficulty with the luggage, not expecting to have to haul my own such a distance). We then had to again haul our own luggage from the water taxi to the hotel (several more blocks). Then, - We learned only days prior to travelling that we were not staying in Venice, but in Lido, which had very little to offer, and it was very expensive to take the water transport to reach Venice to shop, etc. After our tour day 1, if we wished to remain in Venice and shop, or see the Church, we had to pay our own water taxi back (7 euros per person one way). Our tour director was knowledgeable, as were the guides on all of the tours, but the tour director, in spite of our complaints, maintained a very difficult pace, even telling us we could not stop to take pictures, we had to keep up. There were many times when she was out of sight from a number of us, and announced "turn left here", but we didn't know where "here" was. Fortunately, the rest of us did our best to watch out for the others (especially the sweet lady with the walker), and would tell our tour director she needed to stop & wait so that no one got lost. Several of our optional tours were cancelled because not enough people signed up for them, and our tour director did nothing to assist us in obtaining tours through other sources, and more than once when reservations for tickets not included with this tour were made by her, it was not for the correct number of people. The hotel in Florence (a last minute change), was lovely, but almost 2 miles to see anything or shop or dine. No transportation was offered for our tours, and once again, the pace was not pleasant. We did discover on our own the second day that there was bus service available 1 block from the hotel for a mere 1.2 euro that took us right into the heart of everything. I personally paid for a taxi for 2 of the ladies that were not physically able to make the return after our tour on day 1. I doubt that this will be posted, but felt that I needed to post the truth about my experience.

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

 

Dear Gail, Thank you for reaching out to us with your feedback on your recent trip to Venice, Florence and Rome. I am sorry to hear about the complications with the pace of the tour. As you might imagine, it is difficult to balance a extensive sightseeing itinerary with a comfortable, leisurely tour pace, but this is something that we are continuing to monitor and are always looking to improve. Your feedback is very important to our continued attention to the overall value and quality of our tour packages, and is very much appreciated. Thank you again for sharing. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further comments or questions. Thanks again!

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on July 10, 2014

sylvana

knowledgeable. interesting compassionate extremely helpful with directions to the many sights not included in tour

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director!

great vacations

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/3/2003

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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