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Venice, Florence & Rome

12 days
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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Handpicked hotels

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Private transportation

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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 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 view its soaring basilica

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

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

More than 100 waterways crisscross Venice, and boarding a sleek black gondola to explore them has become a time-honored tradition. On this memorable excursion, join your fellow travelers for a tour through the canals of Venice. A musician serenades you as your gondola cruises through the city. Please note: This excursion runs as weather permits. A private two-person gondola ride is available for an additional $100 per person.

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

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

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

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

Day 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 $65*pp Details

Visit the islands of the Venetian lagoon, a favorite day trip for locals and travelers alike. First travel by water taxi to Torcello, where the story of Venice began. It was here that mainlanders sought a safe haven from invading barbarians. Step inside the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, whose famous mosaics depict The Last Judgement. The next stop is the tiny fishing village of Burano, where brightly colored homes greet visitors. Wander as you please throughout Burano, and be sure to stop in at the island’s bakeries.

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

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

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and 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 $109*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. 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 $75*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.

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

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75*pp 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 $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!

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.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*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 Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

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 $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 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 $599 pp

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

Extend your trip with two 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 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 on a guided walking tour.

Day 13: Free day in Sorrento

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Sorrento or add an excursion.

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.

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

Day 14: Free day in Sorrento

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Sorrento or add excursions.

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.

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 $109*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.

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

Day 15: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sorrento, 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. 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: 6/15/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Sylvana is the bomb!

What a terrific time we had two weeks ago starting our 12-day Venice, Florence and Rome tour with director Sylvana. I was trying to size her up at the first meeting, and I think I did a pretty good job. I can still hear her talking to us in that wild Aussie accent, even though she's really Italian and speaks fluently! I learned a lot about Italy from her, since she's a dual citizen I think. I especially liked hearing about the history of the three large cities and the special holidays that Italians observe throughout the year. The girl knows her stuff! I'm glad I was on this tour. I recommend it highly.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation Ever!

My husband and I took this tour for our honeymoon and we were not disappointed. Our tour director, Monique, made every stop memorable. She was with our group the whole way and made sure we never got lost or didn't get to see something interesting. For our free time, she was always available to answer questions or give recommendations to restaurants and such. We enjoyed that the tour was busy but also had plenty of free time built in to do our own thing. We never felt rushed and every step of the way was well planned. All of our hotels were clean, centrally located and small. They had a nicer family feel than a big hotel. Go Ahead and our tour director made us feel as much as a local a possible and not a typical tourist!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime

Let me start of with WOW, my wife and I had a Fantastic Time traveling in Italy with Go Ahead Tours. Our Tour Director Misia was great, she started off watching over us and in the end became a friend. We never felt rushed during the entire vacation and saw so many great places. I did a lot of review on GAT before booking and saw how they had improved ratings several years ago, I'm a believer they really care about us getting everything out of our vacation. LOVED the optional trip to Siena, San Gimignano and Wine Tasting. We took time for ourselves in Venice and spent half a day on the beach in Lido enjoying the Adriatic Sea. That evening in Venice watched the boats and gondola's on the Grand Canal. If there was a line we went through another door, never having to wait was priceless. Bring your walking shoes we averaged 8 miles a day and LOVED it. The hardest question I've been asked is What Was Your Favorite? Venice, Florence, Rome, the Vatican, St Pauls, St Peters, Catacombs, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Forum, the Colosseum, Tuscan Hills, Orvieto, Siena, San Gimignano, The Three Tenors, David, Duomo, Rialto Bridge, Grand Canal, Adriatic Sea, 7th Floor Patio, Ponte Vecchio Bridge, Wine, Pizza, Pasta, Wild Boar, Gelato (Mmmmm). I took over 3000 pictures, I just let them start looking and hear the WOW's come out. We've already been telling people about our trip and the great time we had with Go Ahead Tours. Thank you so much for making this such a fantastic journey.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/21/2008

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First Trip To Europe

It's been quite a few years since we did this trip but it was awesome. I loved every city we visited but Florence was the best!!!!!! Would go back again and again if I could.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Italy

This was my first time with goahead tours and it will not be my last. The whole process from setting up the tour and keeping informed was excellent. Looking forward to another tour in the future. Our tour director was amazing. She was friendly, knowledgable and fun to be with. She made the tour a success. Every city came to life through the local tour guides and during our free time to wander around and really get the know the city. The food was wonderful.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome trip

Everything about this tour was exceptional. The Tour Director Gabriella G. was fantastic. There was just the right amount of group activities and individual time to balance things, the group tours and Optionals were amazing. I traveled with my sister and we both had an awesome time. Further, GoAhead Tours website and printed materials were spot on. No bait and switch here. All staff were responsive and readily available to meet our needs and answer questions. I would definitely take a trip with GoAhead Tours again.

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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 3/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great Trip

Our trip started off a little rough with no notification of our flight cancellation and changes. When we did arrive in Venice to start our trip, our guide, Barbara, was amazing. We had very nice hotels and delicious breakfast buffets. The excursions were so nice and we learned so much. All the amazing history and beauty makes us want to go back.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

This was an unexpected delight! The tour that kept on giving, endless joys, education and people were exceptional to travel with. Maureen DG

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The tour EVER!!

We did Venice, Florence and Rome. It was the BEST vacation EVER!!! Our tour director Valerio was very knowledgable and super funny. Our next tour to Italy is in the works with the hope of Valerio being our tour director again.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 10/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Terrific tour experience

My husband and I just returned from a 12 day tour of Italy, and I would not have wanted to experience it any other way. Paolo, our tour director was great, and the number in our tour group (25) was perfect. Though there were mostly couples, there were a few singles, and the ages ranged from late 30s -70s. The hotels were adequate, but I didn't really expect more. Breakfasts were, from what I've heard, typical for European hotels, but left much to be desired. Deli meats and dry pastries. Scrambled eggs and bacon in Venice (Lido), some sort of flat egg pie in Florence, and no eggs in Rome . Venice was beautiful and just as I expected. Florence had some gorgeous views, and is paradise for a shopper. Gold jewelry at Ponte Vecchio and leather purses, jackets, etc. Rome's history and architecture must be experienced once in your life. And the Vatican and Sistine Chapel left me speechless. I also fell in love with some of the small towns we visited --- Siena, San Gimignano, and Orvieto. with their spectacular views and delicious foods found in little restaurants and grottos. We didn't expect sooo many peddlers on the streets. We did expect the food to be better. Especially the pizza (Rome's was the best.) Red sauce was not nearly as prevalent as one would think. Wine was inexpensive. And gelato (everywhere) was addictive! This was our first tour, and we would definitely take more tours because you see many more attractions than you would see on your own in the same amount of time. This Go Ahead tour offered a sufficient amount of time for us to spend as we wished. Every minute was not scheduled. Thumbs up to Go Ahead!

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