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.

Let us handle the details

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

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

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

Map of Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Venice

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 4: Free day in Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Venice or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

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

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

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

Day 6: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Day 7: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day in Florence or add excursions.

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

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

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

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75pp* Details

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

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

Rome 4 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Rome via Orvieto

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Hop aboard a funicular to make your ascent to Orvieto

• See Orvieto Cathedral, a striking example of Gothic architecture

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free evening in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

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

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

Day 10: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, 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 $65pp* Details

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

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

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento Coast Starting from $499 pp

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

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

Sorrento Coast 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Transfer to Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Day 13: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Sorrento or add excursions.

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

Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79 and smothered the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Pompeii is located near the idyllic Bay of Naples, known for its expansive views of the area’s islands, capes and nearby Mount Vesuvius.

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

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

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

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

Day 14: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Sorrento or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

Map of Italy

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Venice

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience historic churches, winding canals and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as the “Queen of the Adriatic.”

• Step into the iconic St. Mark’s Square and enter St. Mark’s Basilica

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

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

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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 4: Free day in Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Venice or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Florence 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Transfer to Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

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

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

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

Day 6: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Day 7: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another free day in Florence or add excursions.

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

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

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

Optional Excursion - Dinner in Fiesole $75pp* Details

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

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

Rome 4 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Rome via Orvieto

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Hop aboard a funicular to make your ascent to Orvieto

• See Orvieto Cathedral, a striking example of Gothic architecture

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy a free evening in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

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

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

Day 10: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

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

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, 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 $65pp* Details

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

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

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento Coast Starting from pp

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

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

Sorrento Coast 3 nights Hotel info

Day 12: Transfer to Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

Day 13: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Sorrento or add excursions.

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

Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79 and smothered the town of Pompeii in a flood of volcanic ash. View the excavated ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths. Pompeii is located near the idyllic Bay of Naples, known for its expansive views of the area’s islands, capes and nearby Mount Vesuvius.

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

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

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

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

Day 14: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Sorrento or add an excursion.

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

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

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

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Venice and depart from Rome (or Naples on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the boat at the time of your arrival.  
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. 
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.   * Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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. See uffizi.org for the Uffizi Gallery or accademia.org for the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

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  • Rome, Italy
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, with some hills and stairs. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Venice and depart from Rome (or Naples on the tour extension). A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the boat at the time of your arrival.  
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. 
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.   * Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on this tour. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. 
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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. See uffizi.org for the Uffizi Gallery or accademia.org for the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Trip!!

Thank you, Go Ahead Tours, and especially our Tour Director Dina, for making my first trip to Italy so special. The itinerary was perfect and also gave us the free time we wanted to explore on our own. Had a wonderful time, visited beautiful places I only previously dreamed of, and enjoyed the company of all our travel companions. Dina is definitely the best. Could not imagine anyone else taking us to all the wonderful sites and being so knowledgeable and sharing so much with us. I would definitely recommend Go Ahead Tours and if you're lucky enough to have Dina meet you at the airport and announce that she's your Tour Director, you are in for the trip of a lifetime.

 

Hi Doreen! Thank you for choosing Go Ahead! We’re delighted that you enjoyed your time in Venice, Florence, & Rome. It’s great to know that your Tour Director made your trip extra special and that the itinerary provided you with the perfect balance of guided and free time. We’re honored that you recommend Go Ahead, as well as your Tour Director’s expert services. Thank you for your lovely feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

gadabouts

My daughter and I decided to go on this tour. I'm so glad we did! The whole experience was so wonderful! We didn't enjoy the flights from Canada there and back but we endured. The tour was so well done. We got access to so many places I've dreamed about but never thought I'd see! The tour leader was well-informed and patient and kept an eye on us! I've never done a guided tour before but this will not be the last. Well done, go ahead tours!

 

Hi Donna! We’re also glad that you and your daughter chose Go Ahead. It’s great to hear you both had a wonderful time. Despite the frustrations of flying, we’re glad your dreams were realized with this tour of Venice, Florence, & Rome. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 12

From: WA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour

Everything about this tour exceeded our expectations. Go Ahead did a fine job putting together the itinerary, just the right amount of time was spent in each city, and the visit to Orvieto on the travel day to Rome made great use of our time. Dina Incelli proved to be the best guide we have ever had and we just can't say enough about how she enhanced the whole experience.

 

Hi Lou! We’re thrilled that this tour of Venice, Florence, & Rome exceeded your expectations. We appreciate your feedback on the itinerary and the time spent in each location. It’s great to know that your Tour Director was the best you’ve ever had and that she added value to your trip. We will be sure to pass your feedback along to her and her supervisor. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We can’t wait to welcome you on tour again in 2017!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Vacation of My Life

Italy was my dream vacation and I finally got it. I had the time of my life. My tour guide Dina was the best tour guide I could ask for and is definitely an asset to Go Ahead Tours. She is very sweet and down to earth person. She went above and beyond for everyone to make the trip a memorable one. I would definitely go on a tour with Go Ahead again and would hope Dina would be the tour guide again.

 

Hi Breanna! We're so glad this tour could make your dream a reality! We also appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director. It sounds like her wonderful personality and eagerness to assist enhanced your time in Italy . We can't wait to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy!

This was a wonderful tour. Everything was planned to perfection, local guides were great. Our tour director was one we would love to have on any trip, on time, funny, knowledgeable and fun to be around. Made us all feel comfortable. The hotels were great, especially Sorrento! We saw everything we possibly could and made memories to last a lifetime. We also made some wonderful new friends.

 

Hi Donna! We’re delighted that you feel everything was planned to perfection. We’re also glad that your Tour Director made you feel comfortable, informed, and taken care of. Making memories with new friends is what group travel is all about – and we’re so glad you could soak it all in! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

BEST TRIP EVER

My wife and I had the best trip ever our tour guide was great if I could give her 1 million stars I would everything on this trip was out of this world. I told my wife I want to move to Italy to live there for ever!!!!! We met some very nice people too!!! Thanks again for a wonderful time.

 

Hi Ken! Wow! Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback. It’s great to know that you and your wife had an amazing time. We can’t blame you for wanting to relocate to Italy permanently. That thought crosses our minds every time we go! Thank you again for sharing about your experience. We can’t wait to see where you’ll go next!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 16, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Venice,Florence and Rome

This was really a wonderful tour. There were only 19 in the group so it was easy to get to know a bit about everyone. The weather was great-it only rained twice. The day guides we had in each city were very good, so knowledgeable and great personalities. There was enough free time on own our to do some exploring without the group as well. Loved all the food and wine and of course the gelato. Our tour director, Alessio F. was from Rome so he had an excellent background to be able to teach us about Italy. He was a very good tour director and made sure everyone was having a good time. He also gave us a lot of information about how to get around on our own (also great restaurants). My only complaint about the tour is that I didn't book the extension to Sorrento! I would love to go back to Italy any time as I know there is so much more to experience. Wonderful from start to finish!

 

Hi Muriel! We’re delighted to hear that you enjoyed your time in Italy. We appreciate all of your fabulous feedback on the itinerary, your Tour Director and guides, and of course, the delicious cuisine. We understand wishing you had booked the extension to Sorrento, but you can always go back! Let us know when you’re ready!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Nice introduction to Italy

It was a very nicely organized tour. We had the options to choose between different local destinations which provide some flexibility in otherwise very busy itinerary. The accommodation was good and quite close to major attractions. We were particularly happy having David as our tour director. He was very knowledgeably, very attentive to all our needs and full of good Italian humor. He surprised all of us with beautiful singing at our dinner gatherings. All our local guides provided pretty thorough information about all places we have visited. While all the local guides were very professional, we particularly liked our local guide, Steward, in Rome. His deep knowledge of early Romans helped to associate the current archeological artifacts with the history of Roman empire. We definitely would recommend such tour to our friends.

 

Hi Karen! We’re so glad you would recommend this tour! We appreciate your feedback on the accommodations, as well as your Tour Director and local guides. We will be sure to share it with our team internally. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Time

Recently we returned from our 15 day tour of Venice, Rome, Florence with the extension to Sorrento. We had planned this trip for over a year and a half and it was all that we had hoped for and more. First, our tour guide, David, was outstanding. His love for his country, and particularly his home town, Rome, really enhanced our trip. No detail was too small for him to address. He even gave us a walking tour of Rome so we could see the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. We did the optional dinner in Fiesole...what a magical night having dinner outside overlooking Florence. The wine tasting after our optional trip to San Gimignano was another highlight. Our Rustic Farm dinner and wine tasting in Sorrento was beyond incredible. All of the included tours were great and our tour guides, especially Stuart, were wonderful. The use of the headsets made it easy to follow along and keep the group together. Our hotels were good and convenient. The hotel In Rome, Nord Nuova Roma, while very convenient, had the most uncomfortable beds and a staff that was, at times, not very cooperative. The Hotel Rivera on Lido in Venice was a welcome retreat away from the main island. We had an early flight home on the last day and the Hotel Central was kind enough to put out a small continental breakfast for us. Because there were 8 of us leaving early our shuttle to the Naples airport left at 3am. This could be delayed about a half an hour as we arrived at the airport before the it opened. But that was a minor quibble on what was an excellent trip.

 

Hi Gregg! We’re delighted to learn that this tour exceeded your expectations. Italy is certainly a magical country, boasting dramatic variance between regions. We’re glad you were able to experience so much of it this time around! We appreciate your feedback on the optionals, as well as your Tour Director. In terms of your hotels, we appreciate your comments and will be sure to communicate them to our Operations team for further evaluation. Regarding transfer to and from the airport, our goal is to ensure that every traveler makes it on time to the airport and ultimately for their flight. While some factors surrounding transfers are in our control (such as departure time from hotel), there are many that are not, such as traffic, flight changes, and security lines. Therefore, we like to provide some buffer time in case unexpected and time-consuming challenges arise. Also, we have to take into consideration the often different flight times among group members. We appreciate your thoughts on this aspect of your trip, and we will be sure to let our Operations team know. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved It

I loved this tour. David, our Tour Director, was fantastic. The excursions were great and the food was wonderful. I would recommend this tour to anyone. This was my first group tour and plan on more with Go Ahead.

 

Hello! Thank you for your wonderful review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour in 2017!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 10, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Memories for a lifetime!

Each and every city has a flavor and nuances of its own. We were met at the airport in Venice and escorted to our own private vaporetto to Lido. We met David M, our wonderful tour director, who took care of us for the next 14 days. His knowledge and experiences were truly appreciated. He pointed out things throughout the entire tour that we surely would have missed if we were on our own. The group dinners were a great way to get together with others in the group and trade stories. We had a great group, all of them very interesting to sit with. The rooms were OK. The room in Rome was small, dark, and uncomfortable BUT the location was awesome - with everything right outside the door. I have never done an organized tour before but it was relaxing not having to drive and find places. We had enough time on our own to do whatever we liked, which was a good balance of organization and free-for-all. The local tour guides were great and all of them had a wonderful sense of humor that made all of the tours we went on interesting. I let Go Ahead book our flights and they did a great job - even calling me when we had a 5 hour layover and found us something with a much shorter layover on a different flight, they even did the seating and had us all together. I have memories that will last a lifetime and I would recommend Go Ahead to anyone - fantastic group of professionals.

 

Hi Beth! We’re happy to learn that you made many wonderful memories on tour in Italy. We also thank you for your recommendation and your kind words about our team. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed your time exploring Venice, Florence, & Rome, and we’re glad that your Tour Director was a great resource for you. We appreciate your feedback on your hotel room in Rome, and we will be sure to share it with our Operations team for evaluation. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Italy Tour

The tour of Venice, Florence and Rome was excellent and the tour guide David was always attentive, helpful and courteous.

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Hi Rodney! Thank you for your great review! We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a lifetime!

The tour was great from start to finish. The hotels were nice and very clean. Things went smoothly and we had nothing to worry about. Aside from the experience of seeing the beautiful cities of Venice, Florence and Rome, we had the absolute BEST tour guide, David Macchi. His warmth, caring and hard work made the trip a dream come true. I am already looking forward to the next tour!

 

Hi Lorraine! It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the tour from start to finish and that everything went smoothly. We appreciate your feedback on your hotels and your Tour Director, and we will be sure to share them with our team. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to your next tour, too!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A very good tour!

The 12 day Venice/Florence/Rome tour in late September was a very good experience. The separate city tours which were included tours were well done, and the excursions really added value and enjoyment to the overall trip. All those in the diverse group were very friendly and the kind of people we would be happy to see again. David, the tour director, was "off the charts" superb! Truly caring, knowledgeable, and talented, he always ensured that everyone had their needs or questions attended to with sincere personal care.

 

Hi Edson! We're glad to learn that you had a good experience on tour and that you feel the optionals added value to the trip. We're also pleased that your Tour Director proved to be helpful and informative. We will be sure to share your wonderful feedback with his supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 31, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ON

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Anniversary Trip!

It was our first time with go aheads tours and despite the mediocre hotel rooms, we were still pleasantly surprised with the overall tour. Pizza, pasta, wine & desserts...yum!! This leisure tour was a breath of fresh air from the usual go go go tours. Our tour director David Macchi was amazing. His passion and knowledge about the country made the tour much more exciting. He is the only tour director that really knows how to entertain. Amazing vocals! We would use go ahead tours again and recommend it to our friends and family. As an aside make sure to check out a Chianti Cheese and Wine tour with Viator. We did this on our own and loved it! We both are ready for our next tour........ See u all soon. "Canadian couple " September 20 to October 1 /2016 Akash & Kanchan Seedhar

 

Hi Akash! First of all, happy belated anniversary! What a great way to celebrate. We’re pleased to learn that you would recommend Go Ahead to your friends and family. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director, and we’re glad that his knowledge about the country (and singing voice) enhanced your overall experience. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First trip to Italy!

I recently returned from a month long trip to Italy, which included my first ever 10 day tour to Venice, Florence and Rome. This tour did not disappoint! As a solo traveler, I was a little nervous about what to expect from a group tour however everyone welcomed me with open arms and I made some great connections I'll cherish forever! Go Ahead did a nice job with planning an itinerary for each city, as well as optional excursions. I think there was a very good balance of free time and group activities, which I'm not sure you get with other tour companies. The excursions I did included the Vatican (amazing) and Siena/San Gimignano (which included a fabulous wine tasting - highly recommend). Our Tour Director David F. was AWESOME. His depth of knowledge of each region, as well as a great sense of humor, attention to details and responsiveness really made this tour an amazing experience. David was also helpful in assisting me with making some separate travel arrangements due to the Sorrento extension being cancelled (not enough people). I decided to extend separately on my own and David was able to assist me with train schedules, etc. The only recommendation I would make to Go Ahead is to consider re-evaluating the hotels. The Florence hotel was decent, but the Venice and Rome hotel quality could be improved. While I understand only specific hotels may host tour groups, it may be worth exploring some other options, especially as some other reviews I've read share the same opinion. I do also realize there may be limitations for solo travelers, but I'd also be willing to pay a bit more to have a slightly nicer room if that were an option. Regardless, I have to say my first tour was a success and an amazing experience I'll look back on with wonderful memories! I look forward to booking my next trip with Go Ahead!

 

Hi Cheryl! As a solo traveler, we’re thrilled that your nerves were put to rest by your welcoming group and your fantastic Tour Director. We greatly appreciate your feedback on the itinerary and that you felt everything was well-planned and organized. We regret to learn that some of the hotels didn’t meet your expectations, and we will be sure to communicate this to our Operations team. Thank you for your wonderful review, and we can’t wait to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

2016 Summer in Itay

My husband and I waited so long to take this trip to Italy and it was worth the wait! Our favorite cities were Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. The countryside, views, churches and art are simply amazing. The city tour guides were so knowledgeable and professional. We are especially grateful to Donatella who should us all the wonders of Siena and Daniela, our tour guide in Rome. Bus transportation was very comfortable. Our fellow travelers were such wonderful people! It truly felt like we were traveling with family. The tours were wonderful with no waiting in line! Thank you for that! The only tours we both agree we would not participate in were on a return visit to Italy were the dinner in Fiesole and the dinner with tenors. While the music was lovely, the dinner felt rushed. Highly recommend the wine tasting in San Gimignano and, of, course, the Vatican.

1 / 2

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent 3 city tour!

This is an excellent! My wife and I booked this tour in 2015 and travelled in July, 2016. Before and after booking it, I worried that it would never live up to the hype that I read in the previous reviews and likely not live up to my own level of excitement I had for travel to these cities – Wow was I wrong! This tour includes three great cities of Italy (we also did the excursion to Pisa, so it was actually 4). This would be a little bit tricky to do completely on your own with travel between the destinations; trying to see so many things and make the best use of your time, so for the first time in my life, we decided to go along with a tour. This proved to be a great decision – this tour allowed more than enough free time to do whatever you liked in each city, but also in each city the local guides proved to be very knowledgeable and helped you understand the history and spike your interest in things to see and do on your own. We also thoroughly enjoyed the comradery of traveling with others between the cities and having dinner occasionally with our group – we made friends and shared photos and tips along the way. The Hotels for Rome and Florence were both very nice and the locations were awesome – close to sights and near major transportation hubs. Personally the only flaw with this trip for me was the hotel for Venice. We stayed at the Hotel Riviera which in not on Venice Island proper – it’s on Lido Island. This made it difficult (not extremely difficult, more like an annoyance) to go back to the city after touring (usually it’s nice to take a break after touring all day and possibly shower and change before dinner or head back out to take evening pictures). In order to go back to Venice you would need to take a boat at your expense and you had the confusion of catching the boat in time etc.. Lido Island was nice however, and it was fine to stick to Lido at night. To be fair in this review, I talked with a few fellow guests and the verdict was about split – a few guests actually enjoyed being away from Venice and a few wished we stayed on the island. The hotel was a bit old and our shower leaked all over the floor every day - the hotel staff did not do much about it except give us extra towels every day (oddly, a couple fellow guests also had the same exact leaky shower issue). Lastly, our A/C broke down (they did take care of this) and the Wi-Fi was also pretty dodgy, but free. Given that this was the first hotel we experienced on the trip, I was a little concerned about the tour, but I thoroughly enjoyed the next two hotel stays. As I stated above, the local guides in each city were great and very knowledgeable, but our own full tour guide Nikola Vucic from Go Ahead was awesome and super helpful in every step of the way and truly made this a memorable vacation of a lifetime! We all had plenty of questions on how to do things on our own and he was very knowledgeable and helpful. On the bus rides he provided expert commentary on the areas and spent plenty of his own free time with us. Everyone from the group felt a great affection for him at the end of the tour and I think we all feel like we have a great new friend! Nikola is an incredibly experienced travel guide and despite having been to these cities several times before, he worked with such enthusiasm and excitement that you would have thought he was seeing these great cities for the first time! Overall – a fantastic trip (most likely will be the best trip of my life!) and would love to do a Go Ahead tour again. The tour length was just about perfect (there is an optional two day extension that we did not take full advantage of, but did extend our stay in Rome by 2 nights). Be advised, this tour does involve a fair amount of walking – the sites are so captivating that you will not even feel it , but for those with health issues it’s good to know. We saw and experienced much more than we could have traveling on our own. The hassles of never worrying about our large bags (we left them at the door in the morning and did not deal with them again until they were at the door of the next hotel!) and not worrying about driving, parking, catching trains on time, transport to hotels etc.. was well worth the small extra amount we likely paid to travel with a first class company.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding Italy Tour

The Italy Tour was outstanding. We got to see not only Venice, Florence, and Rome; but a lot of towns in between. The optional excursions were excellent. So much history to see, and every meal we had was incredible. Both our tour guide and the local tour guides were very informative and helpful. It was the best vacation we have ever been on. We are starting to look at going on another European tour with Go Ahead Tours in 2018.

 

Hi Eugene! We're delighted to learn this is the best vacation you've ever taken! We appreciate your feedback on the various aspects of the tour, and we can't wait to welcome you on tour in 2018.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy

great organized tour, wonderful tour director.

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