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Venice, Florence & Rome

12 days
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.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs.

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Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in hand-picked hotels

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

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Venice

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, meet your group at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

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 enter St. Mark’s Basilica

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

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge’s Palace and the New Prison

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65pp* 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 $165pp* 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 4: Free day in Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Venice or add an excursion.

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

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains on your way to Florence, where you’ll meet a local guide for a tour of the city.

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

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

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

• Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

Day 6: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $109pp* Details

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. Later, you’ll head to a nearby vineyard, where an included wine tasting awaits. Please note: This excursion involves moderate walking.

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

Day 7: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day in Florence or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - The Leaning Tower of Pisa $75pp* Details

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.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75pp* Details

Head to the hilltop town of Fiesole, home to stunning views of nearby Florence that have been prized since pre-Roman times. Here, you’ll be treated to some of the region’s best cuisine over a relaxing three-course dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $85)

Rome 4 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Rome via Orvieto

  Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Rome, stop in the Etruscan hilltop city of Orvieto for free time. 

• Hop aboard a funicular to make your ascent to Orvieto

• See Orvieto Cathedral, a striking example of Gothic architecture

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free evening in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at one of our favorite Roman restaurants. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias…and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

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

Day 10: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add an excursion. (It may be offered on day 11, depending on the day of the week)

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

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, you’ll visit the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze on what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, you’ll visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists whose efforts have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. Due to events surrounding the Holy Year Jubilee in Rome in 2016, we cannot guarantee entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica between December 8, 2015 and November 20, 2016.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 11: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another day to explore the city at your leisure or add an excursion.

Later, gather with your group at tonight’s farewell dinner.

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs $65pp* Details

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 St. Paul’s Basilica, 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.

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

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento Coast $599 pp

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

Extend your trip with three nights on the Bay of Naples’ southern shores. Join an optional excursion to the Isle of Capri, savor fresh flavors from the sea, seek the perfect limoncello or just work on your tan. Sorrento’s charms can’t be rushed, so slow down and enjoy your time here.

Sorrento Coast 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Transfer to Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Say arrivederci to Rome as you make your way to Sorrento, nestled in the Bay of Naples’ southern shores. Then, get to know this charming seaside town with a free evening to explore on your own.

Day 13: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Sorrento or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - The Lost City of Pompeii $105pp* Details

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 A.D. 79 and smothered the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Pompeii is located near the idyllic Bay of Naples, known for its expansive views of the area’s islands, capes and nearby Mount Vesuvius.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $109pp* Details

Take a short trip outside of Sorrento for a cultural experience at an agriturismo, or farm stay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the lush gardens, cultivated fields and vegetation, typical of many Mediterranean regions. After touring the farm, savor an aperitif of prosecco, meant to stimulate the appetite. A four-course dinner will follow, complete with a wine tasting lead by an experienced sommelier. After an evening experiencing the Italian art of eating, return to Sorrento. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs March through November.

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

Day 14: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Sorrento or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island $105pp* Details

Travel by ferry to the fabled Isle of Capri, a beloved resort since the days of the Roman Republic. Weather permitting, you’ll enjoy a mini-cruise around the island. Later, you'll enjoy free time to discover why everyone from Roman emperors to Sophia Loren wants to spend their vacation in Capri. If weather prohibits a mini-cruise, you’ll travel to the village of Anacapri, which offers stunning views of the surrounding scenery. Please note: This excursion is weather dependent.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $115)

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & Visa

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

Baggage Allowance

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

Clothing & Packing Tips

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

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 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 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.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/19/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour-magnificent tour diector

We had a wonderful tour of Venice,Florence and Rome. The optional tours included side trips to Torcello,Burano,Orvieto ,San Gimignano and Sienna. The small towns were as interesting as the major stops. Our tour director was OUTSTANDIING. Katia was so knowledgable and so organized. We had tour guides at some individual stops who were all very good. Our tour director was so helpful and solved any problems or issues that arose for us or others in our group. She made arrangements for my wife and I to rent a car and driver who spoke Italian so I could visit a small town outside Rome.My mothers family who lived there spoke no English. We had never met. This was also a highlite but put together by our director. I cannot say enough good things about Go Ahead Tours. There staff was excellent to deal with all thru the process. All details were covered. I highly recommend Go Ahead Tours!

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Hi Vernon! We’re so glad you enjoyed your tour of Venice, Florence, & Rome! We’re also pleased to know that you found the optionals to be interesting and worthwhile. It sounds like your Tour Director was a fabulous resource for you and your group, and we’re happy to hear it. It’s wonderful that she was able to help you rent a car to visit your mother’s family. What an incredible experience that must have been! Thank you for recommending this tour, and thank you for sharing your experience. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/31/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful trip

We totally enjoyed our trip to Italy. Misia, our tour director was absolutely perfect. The sites and tour guides for the different tours were so knowledgable and patiently answered the many questions. We were fortunate to have good weather for the whole trip, not too hot nor too cold. We traveled from 3/30 through April 11. Our accommodations as a whole were good, but in one case the bathroom was extremely small and difficult to navigate. However, in Europe the accommodations in general are smaller than we are accustom to in the USA. As a whole the itinerary was great. Just one little tweak, when we traveled from Venice to Florence, it would have been better to have a free afternoon upon arrival. The tour immediately after arriving was pushing all our endurance a bit. All in All this was a wonderful experience and in turn, we have booked our next trip with Go Ahead Tours! If you have a bucket list that includes travel, Go Ahead Tours is a good choice!

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Hi Catherine! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour of Venice, Florence, & Rome. We’re pleased to learn that you found your Tour Director and local guides to be knowledgeable and patient. It sounds like you were able to maximize your time in Italy with the great weather, and we’re happy to hear it. Regarding accommodations, you’re right that the standards are different in Europe than they are at home. We do our best to choose comparable hotels, but we cannot guarantee that it will be exactly what you’re used to. Regarding the suggested improvement with the itinerary, we will definitely communicate your feedback to our Product Development team to be considered for evaluation on future departures. Thank you for your valuable review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 03, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: BC

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Venice, Florence and Rome

Overall a good tour. Lots of walking on cobblestone streets and sidewalks, could be a problem for elderly people.We saw lots of interesting historical places.The group dinners were a bit of a disappointment with set menus and no options.The walking pace set by our tour director was a bit taxing, but our free time worked out well.The main problem we encountered was the flight home. Go Ahead needs to understand the protocol at Toronto airport for incoming international flights and subsequent connections.We were told at Rome airport Air Canada check-in that our luggage would be routed through to Vancouver. Not so. Upon arriving at Toronto, we cleared customs(long line-up) and were told to pick up our luggage at the baggage area, take it through customs area and deliver it to Air Canada luggage drop off. The time all this took caused us to miss our connecting flight to Vancouver. We ended up on a later flight with totally unsatisfactory seats since the flight was fully booked.Not impressed. Go Ahead needs to schedule flights better to meet local airport procedures.

 

Hi Hubert! Thank you for your review. We’re glad that overall you enjoyed your tour. However, we regret to hear that some aspects of your experience did not meet your expectations. We are sorry you were disappointed with the set menus for included dinners. We offer set menus for a couple reasons. First, group dinners can pose challenges for restaurants that don’t typically cater or cook for big groups. Our restaurant partners need to be sure that they have enough food to feed our groups, as well as their other patrons. Second, in order to provide prompt service for our groups, our partners must prepare in advance, and in order to do this, they must know what they are serving. These are the main reasons we offer set menus. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience. Regarding your flights, we regret that you had a less than satisfactory experience. It sounds like there was a miscommunication surrounding your flights. Because you went through customs in Toronto and Toronto was not your final destination, you do need to re-check your baggage. We regret that this was not made clear and that you missed your connecting flight. As far as your connecting time, you were scheduled with a legal connecting time that is typically enough to go through customs and change planes. Again, we regret this aspect of your experience fell short of your expectations and we are sorry for any miscommunication. We will be sure to communicate this to our team internally. If you would like to discuss your experience further, please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 02, 2016

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 3/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

best tour director

hotels in florence and rome, very hot and noisy.breakfast no so good ..

 

Dear Robert, Thank you for your review. We regret to hear the hotels in Florence and Rome did not meet your expectations. We are surprised to hear such feedback, as these are typically highly rated hotels. We will be sure to report this to our team internally for future evaluation. Please give us a call if you would like to discuss your experience further at 1-800-597-0350. Again, we appreciate your valuable review!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/24/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible!

From the very start it was obvious we made the right descision to book with Go Ahead tours for our first trip to Italy. Lora our tour guide was beyond knowledgable, experienced, personal, helpful...I could go on. It was the trip of a lifetime. I would book the same trip leaving tomorrow, if I could. So much to see and experience. Go Ahead is first class!

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Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your great review. We’re thrilled to hear you describe this as the trip of a lifetime! We’re so glad you had a good time, and we’re also happy to hear your Tour Director made a positive impact on your time in Italy. Let us know when you’d like to hit the road again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 26, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Lice Changing Experience

This tour was phenomenal. From the itinerary too our tour guide, this was one of the best experiences of my life. Our tour guide, Marianne, was the absolute best. She was personable, patient, and all around lovely. I wish I could have her as my tour guide on all future adventures. I definitely recommend this tour and I will definitely be using Go Ahead again in the future. This, for me, was spiritual in it's beauty and such a great experience at learning about Italy and meeting new people. Bellissimo.

 

Hi Felicia! Wow, it’s amazing to hear this was one of the best experiences of your life. We’re thrilled and honored to have welcomed you on one of our tours, and we’re so glad you would recommend it to others. It’s also wonderful to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director. We work with some amazing people, and we’re happy to hear you agree! Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, and we hope to see you on tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | February 02, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

My First European Tour/Trip

I saw so many beautiful sights and historical places that I never dreamed I would ever see. Our tour director was from Italy, so she knew what she was talking about as she educated us along the way. She put in a great deal of time and energy into making sure our trip was great. I never was in Europe or overseas. I was never on a tour before. I highly recommend a tour, especially if you travel alone, like I did. It was great to be with a group and meet new friends. The drawback is the time constraints, especially since I like to take a lot of photos. I would have stayed a lot longer at some of the sights; however, I may not have seen as much. This tour was great, well-planned. Go...ahead.

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Hi Jan! Thank you for your wonderful review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your first time on tour, and we’re honored you chose to have that experience with Go Ahead! It’s great to hear you made new friends in your group and that you found your Tour Director to be informative. We’re thrilled to learn you felt the tour was well-planned and that you would recommend it. We agree with you that the time constraints can sometimes feel limiting, as with any tour. Our Product Development team works very hard to balance the pace of all our itineraries so that they provide a wide variety of experiences while not feeling rushed. That said, our itineraries have various levels of pacing, and if you’re interested in a slower feel that promotes more photo opportunities, our Tour Consultants can provide ample suggestions for you. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome Italian sites!

This was our first trip to Italy and our first time with Go Ahead Tours. The tour was well organized which eased the sensation of not knowing what to do. Venice was beautiful and the buildings, cathedrals, palaces and monuments were sensational! Florence was a large city and a bit overwhelming with the number of folks walking about but the statues, paintings and cathedrals made up for that! There literally is just too much to see but it was fun trying to fit it all in. The Galileo museum (since I have a scientific back ground) was a must and did not disappoint. Man that Galileo was a very smart man! The food was terrific and we were not disappointed in the choices Go Ahead selected for our night out. Rome was a very enjoyable stop and the Coliseum and Forum and Vatican and the Catacombs and the basilicas and on and on and on.....To walk on the grounds where Roman soldiers once walked, to step on the ground where Julius Caesar walked to view the arena where gladiators once battled was like viewing a history lesson only better. There is so much to see in this three city tour it almost does the tour a dis service to try and explain it in a small paragraph! I can only say that for our first organized tour (we usually take care of the details ourselves), having Go Ahead take care of all the details made it all that more enjoyable. Our tour director even got permission for us to go through the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica! I am quite sure our other directors got us into places that I would not have tried on my own. Thanks Go Ahead Tours for a very enjoyable tour of Venice, Florence, Rome, San Giomani and Sienna! So many spectacular memories!

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Hi Kelly! Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience on tour. We are happy to hear you enjoyed Italy! It’s especially great for us to learn that this was your first organized tour experience and makes your glowing review all the more special to us. You’re right that there is a lot to see on this tour, and we think the ambitious itinerary does a great job of hitting as many highlights as possible. We completely agree that the Galileo museum is a must-see. Considering your scientific background, we’re so glad you were able to visit and appreciate the work of the “father of science.” As for Rome, we know how the magic and the history of the city almost transport you back in time, and we agree it’s impossible to explain in a small paragraph. It’s so great to hear your Tour Director got you access through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica. That must have been an incredible experience! Our expert Tour Directors truly know all the tips and secrets that take a good tour and make it spectacular. Thank you again for your fantastic review, and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead tour in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best escorted tour ever!

This was absolutely the best tour I have ever experienced. I have taken numerous ocean cruises and several river cruises but this trip surpassed them all. The tour director was just wonderful and very experienced. She left nothing to chance and insured that everything went smoothly. The hotels were very comfortable and wonderfully located. Each tour offered had great local guides and were truly learning experiences. The included meals were ok but in one Instance the seating was quite crowded and awkward. All in all a magnificent trip. I'm already booked on another tour next year!!

 

Hi John! We’re thrilled to hear that this is the best tour you have ever experienced. Wow! We definitely agree that your Tour Director is fantastic, and we’re glad to hear you enjoyed your hotels. We’re sorry to hear you had a bad experience with one of the restaurants. We’ll be sure to make note of the space issue and use that information as we move forward with this itinerary. Thank you for your valuable review, and we’re very excited to see you on tour next year!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | January 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/3/2015

Number of Past Tours: 8

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic!

Thanks to a wonderful group of travelers and our outstanding guide, Carla, this tour was fantastic. I am not exaggerating! Sightseeing in Venice at the usual places was enjoyable and interesting. But...getting lost in the small streets and narrow alleys was the ultimate travel experience. Visiting the unique Tuscan towns added to the atmosphere of Italian life today and yesteryear. The greatest gift for me in Florence was seeing Michelangelo's David. I was like an excited child when I viewed the Leaning Tower of Pisa. And what can I say about Rome that has not been said before? I certainly hope that I get my Trevi Fountain wish. I do need to mention my visit to the Vatican/St. Peter's Basilica/Sistine Chapel. On December 8, for the opening of the Jubilee, the Pope opened a sealed door at St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide was able to get permission for our group to enter the Basilica through the Holy Door.

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