Venice, Florence & Rome 12 days
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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
Private deluxe motor coach
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Romantic strolls take new meaning in Venice
Florence is home to not just art, but masterpieces
You’ll follow Caesar’s footsteps in Rome
Wine, pasta, pizza—dining is an art form here
Tranquil countryside escapes between cities
Lots of free time to explore Italy on your terms
Overnight Flight1 night
Venice3 nights - hotel info
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.
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
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.
Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65* 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, 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.
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.
Leisure is a Venetian way of life, so go on and savor the day
Optional Excursion - Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello
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.
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
Beyond the Apennines and under the Tuscan sun, waits Florence
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.
Renaissance art or a glass of red, the choice is yours
Optional Excursion - Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns
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.
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.
Which are you leaning toward: Pisa, Fiesole or Florence?
Optional Excursion - The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole
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.
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.
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
Ascending volcanic rock, enter the medieval city of Orvieto
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.
Stand where Caesar ruled and gladiators fought
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.
If you like what you see, toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain
Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors
Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City
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.
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
Iconic Sights: Vatican City $85* 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.
Relax in the Eternal City or discover a city in ruins
Optional Excursion - A Day in Pompeii
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.
A Day in Pompeii $165* 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.
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
Gelato in hand, you’re ready to take on Rome
Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs
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.
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.
Do as the Romans do—relax, eat, explore, eat more
Optional Excursion - Borghese Gallery & Museum
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
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.
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.
Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Bear in mind that your luggage will probably weigh more on your return trip due to souvenir shopping. We allow only one suitcase per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 inches (length + width + height). There may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage.
Clothing & Packing Tips
To ensure you’re comfortable while out exploring, we recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. For sightseeing, we suggest bringing a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight sports jacket or rainwear. If you’re planning a visit to a high-end restaurant or performance, you may also want to bring dressier attire. Also, please remember that it’s preferable to avoid showing bare legs or shoulders during visits to churches or other religious sites (entrance may be denied on this basis).
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.
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
The museums of Florence are popular attractions that you might consider visiting during your free time in the city. However, we recommend that you make reservations two months in advance, if you would like to visit any of the museums in Florence. For more information, go to the museums’ website at http://www.visitflorence.com/florence-museums/. If you are joining our optional excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, please note that you will not return to Florence in time to visit any museums that day. If you are joining our optional excursion to Pisa and wish to visit a museum after returning to Florence, we recommend booking your museum visit for later than 4 p.m. Please note the museums are closed on Mondays.
Italy operates on the European standard of 220 volts.
Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).
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.
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.
97.8% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
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.
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
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!
Beautiful Artwork and Amazing Ruins
Our guides were informative and the sites were beautiful. I especially enjoyed the gondola ride with music by a tenor and accordion player. Pompeii was impressively large. The coliseum was well worth seeing.
Best Tour Director
The trip was fantastic. The hotels were very nice and the location was excellent because you could get around easy on your free time. Our tour director, Barabara, and our tour guide Carla were great. Easy to understand when they spoke. Would like to have spent more time on the tour for Pisa. It was a great trip and I would highly recommend Gohead Tours. Ken & Linda Kilmer
Three of the world's great cities!
We saw three of the world's great cities, Venice, Florence and Rome. The options were all wonderful, as always. I loved the gondola ride in Venice and seeing Pisa and Pompeii. I loved seeing the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. For the first time, we had three in our room and the accommodations were good at all three hotels. Our tour guide, Misia, was perfect; helpful, friendly, smart and informative, with a good sense of humor.
Exceptional Tour Director
Wonderful 2 weeks spent touring Venice, Florence and Rome. So many sites to see. Our tour director, Katia, was so knowledgeable and caring. She was able to make each and every tourist in our group feel comfortable. Never rushed, and with ample "free time", made this tour a comfortable and pleasant experience. Highly recommend Go Ahead Tours.
This was the first tour my husband & I took with Go Ahead and it was OUTSTANDING from start to finish. Enrico was our tour guide and he was the Best tour guide we could have asked for, we will definately seek more trips to Italy and hopefully be lucky enough to be on one of his tours again. Thank you for an outstanding experience!! The Fletcher's
Great Overall Tour of Italy
This was a vacation of a life time. For years, I have dreamed of visiting Italy one day, and this was a dream come true. The tour is pretty fast-paced, so not a lot of time for sitting back and relaxing. There is a lot of walking involved, so be sure you can handle it. When I returned home, I felt like a needed a vacation from the vacation, but I would do it again. This is the only way to "see" Italy. You have to get out there and see the sights, and boy are there a lot of sights to see. Our tour guide and local guides were all excellent. The only complaints I have is that at the first hotel, my husband and I were given a room with two twin beds that were across the room from each other, and the hotels that said they offered free wireless internet, did not always have the connection or the connection was turned off at certain hours, and they didn't seem to think this was at all important or a problem.
Best Tour Director
Katia made this trip. I was so excited about being in Italy but having Katia as my tour director made it even more special. I cannot express how knowledgeable, kind and helpful she was. The only complaint I have about the entire trip is that I hope in the future that you might consider a farewell dinner to be included in the package. The optional excursions were excellent and the transportation between cities went very smoothly. I would LOVE to thank Katia for making this trip unforgettable. You are very lucky to have such a good tour director with your company. Thanks again for everything.