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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. Everywhere you go, watch the Italy you’ve always envisioned spring suddenly and surprisingly to life.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Venice3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Doge’s Palace

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

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

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

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

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you'll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Day 4

Included meals: 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 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.

Florence3 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 6

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $105*pp 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. 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.

Day 7

Included meals: 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 Excursion - The Leaning Tower of Pisa $69*pp 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.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $65*pp Details

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

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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.

Day 10

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp Details

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

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*pp Details

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 11

Included meals: 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 Excursion - A Day in Pompeii $169*pp 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 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.

Day 12

Included meals: 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.

Add Rome City Stay $299 pp

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

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

Rome2 nights Hotel info

Day 12

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

Day 13

Included meals: 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.

Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum $69*pp Details

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.

Must be booked 30 days before departure

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Venice3 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: 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.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: St. Mark's Basilica

Experience the romance of Venice during this morning’s panoramic guided tour. Visit St. Mark’s Square and enter the Baslica, then view Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute and the legendary Bridge of Sighs. This afternoon, you might choose to join an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music.

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

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

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

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, you'll enjoy a private, serenaded gondola cruise through the canals of Venice. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits.

Day 4

Included meals: 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 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.

Florence3 nights Hotel info

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: 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.

Day 6

Included meals: 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 Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns $105*pp 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. 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.

Day 7

Included meals: 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 Excursion - The Leaning Tower of Pisa $69*pp 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.

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $65*pp Details

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

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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 before continuing on to Rome.

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: 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. Then, opt to end the day at a Dinner with Tenors, an evening of food and live music.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp Details

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

Day 10

Included meals: 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.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89*pp Details

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today is free to explore Rome’s piazzas and cafes. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to the Roman catacombs with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner in Rome with your group.

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

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento City Stay $599 pp

Extend your trip with two nights on Gulf 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.

Sorrento3 nights Hotel info

Day 12

Included meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Sorrento and get acquainted with the Campanian town on a walking tour that includes views of the harbor and beach.

Day 13

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Sorrento, or opt to take a full-day excursion to the island of Capri.

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

Day 14

Included meals: Breakfast

Today is free in Sorrento. You may choose to take an optional day trip to the ruins of Pompeii. Tonight, join an optional dinner and wine tasting in the countryside.

Optional Excursion - The Lost City of Pompeii $105*pp 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. Please note: Travel time to Pompeii is approximately 1.5 hours each way.

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $105*pp 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.

Day 15

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

How's the weather?

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  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
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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 (or from Naples on the 2015 tour extension). 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.

How's the weather?

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

Passport & Visa

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

Baggage Allowance

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

Clothing & Packing Tips

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

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 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: 8/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

Our group was comprised of 4 couples visiting Venice, Rome and Florence from 8/8/14-8/18/14 with Gloria as our tour director. She met us at the Venice airport and left us at the Rome airport upon our departure for home. Gloria's energy and enthusiasm was boundless-it added a whole other dimension to our enjoyment. She provided background about everything! Without her presence we would never have been aware of the history and significance of the areas we visited. Not only did she guide us but she shared her humor and patience as well. Gloria welcomed our questions and input about everything! She truly is a citizen of the world and shared her love of Italy with each and every one of us. Our hotels were terrific--all were clean and welcoming and each had its own flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Lido with the nearby beach as well as our boat trips to and from the islands of Burano and Torcello-they are not to be missed. Florence and Tuscany were breathtaking!! The sights and sounds of Rome will be with all of us forever. Gloria arranged for us to have the services of local guides such as Daniela in Rome, Donatela in Siena,Roberto in Pompeii, Eloise in Pisa, Marco in Venice and Paolo in Florence. These individuals were the "best of the best" in terms of bringing history alive and providing background and details on the various buildings and historic sites. We intend to visit Europe again and will use the services of Go Ahead--we cannot say enough positive things about our experience and already look forward to our next trip. Everything was absolutely first rate and priced right!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/14/2010

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best One Yet

This has been one of the best trips I have been on yet. So Beautiful and so much to see that I've recommended this trip to a few people who one of them is going this year. I will go on this trip again because of the food and accommodations totally awesome. If you've never been I highly recommend this one to everyone. Thank you Goaheadtours for a wonderful time.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Magnifico, Bella, Fantastico

We just returned from a 12 day tour of Italy. Venice, Florence and Rome were the cities with many side trips to historic sites and towns. We were a group of eight and the tour was flawless from the original booking to the flight home. Every detail that you can think of was taken care of by the Go Ahead Office and our Tour Director. There was not one instance of a delay in our plans due to a schedule snag or transportation issue. We spent the primary part of the days visiting the various historical sites. We had ample opportunity to explore on our own but having a guide for the major sites is the only way to tour Italy. Our tour director Gloria was wonderful. Her knowledge and enthusiasm made the trip. The local guides for the cities (that were pre-arranged by Go Ahead) where equally competent, they all provided little extras that we would never have discovered. The hotels selected were excellent and all the side trips were well worth the time and cost. We all agree that when we travel again it will be thru Go Ahead Tours.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Dream Come True!

Every since I can remember, I have wanted to go to Italy. I was hesitant to go with a tour group but decided to take a chance anyways. It ended up being better than I had imagined! Our tour director, Barbara, was an intelligent, fun lady. She gave us great information about each city we went to and was always willing to help us with directions to a place. Barbara was super! One thing I really enjoyed was the free time. Once we arrived to a city, we received a tour of the city. Afterwards, we had free time until we had a group dinner (which was always delicious). The next few days were free days. This gives you time to do whatever you want, unless you sign up for optional excursions. Every city I went to was beautiful and Italy is full of life. I definitely enjoyed making friends on the trip (other travelers). The only thing that could have been better was traveling as a group to Doge's Palace. We didn't see the option to get a radio. Once we entered, we saw beautiful art/history and we had no idea what the history was about it. It would have been nice to have a tour guide for that part. Overall, it was a dream come true for me!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 7/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Tour director excellent, docents at various sites mixed!!

We had the most amazing tour director Arianna. If it wasn't for her, the rating probably would have been lower. Best cities were Florence, Sienna and Pompeii!! biggest disappointment was Rome, particularly the Vatican. Various docents were mixed; some were excellent and some were mediocre. Two best docents were in Sienna and Pompeii, the docent at the Vatican was probably the worst. She didn't recognize that she had babbled on too long and lost attention of the group. The guide in Venice was weak as well. Hotel rooms were good, particularly by European standards; nice location. Group dinners at beginning of each city were poor; would rather have price of tour reduced and allowed to spend time off alone for dinner. Did not have same bus driver; some drivers actually drove unsafely. Mixed feelings as to whether I would recommend Go Ahead Tours again or not

 

Hi Michael, Thank you for your review of your recent trip to Italy. Your tour director Arianna is surely one of the best and I will be thrilled to pass along your acclaim. Thank you for your feedback regarding the local guides. I will look into the particular guides used on your tour and follow up appropriately. I’m sorry to hear that some of the meals didn’t meet your expectations. I will pass along the feedback to my operations team so that we can continue to manage the quality of the restaurants we use on our tours.

Posted by Go Ahead Tours on August 05, 2014

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/4/2007

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: OH

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

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NE

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

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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!

3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 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.

 

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

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