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Venice, Florence & Rome (9 days)

9 days
We’ve picked three iconic cities at the pulse of Italy’s vibrant culture, both past and present. Venice brings romance to the forefront, with sprawling Baroque palaces and meandering, gondola-dotted canals. The Renaissance is tangible in Florence, where the presence of the world’s greatest artists can still be felt. And in Rome, history is ever-present, from the crumbling Colosseum to the Forum. The people, the food, the way of life—experience what Italy is all about as you make your way from one city to the next.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, with few hills or stairs.

Summer dates we love: July 11, August 6 & 20

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Florence on a special winter departure of this tour.

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Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice 2 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 fellow travelers 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 or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $75pp* 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: $85)

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $175pp* 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: $185)

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Transfer to Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Once you arrive, get to know the city with a local guide.

• 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 5: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence to explore the city at your leisure or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $95pp* Details

Travel the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery to taste the region’s wines and sample of some of Italy’s most famous olive oils and balsamic vinegars that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Rome 3 nights Hotel info

Day 6: Transfer to Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll explore the ancient city on a guided tour.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the Eternal 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

Day 7: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add excursions. (Iconic Sights: Vatican City may be offered on day 8, depending on day of the week)

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $109pp* Details

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $89pp* 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: $99)

Day 8: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day to explore the city or add an excursion. (may be offered on day 7, depending on day of the week)

Then, join 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 9: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento $349 pp

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

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

Sorrento 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sorrento via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast

En route to Sorrento, stop at Pompeii for a guided walking tour of the city’s ruins.

• Witness how wealthy Romans lived on a guided tour of Pompeii’s ruins

• View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths

Day 10: Free day in Sorrento

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy free time to explore Sorrento on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island $115pp* 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: $125)

Day 11: 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. 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

Most of the staples of the Italian diet have already become favorites in America, but on your tour, be sure to try those less familiar pasta sauces and the vast range of cured hams, cheeses, rustic breads and desserts. 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 are currently gaining in popularity, especially in northern Italy and in Rome.

Arrival & Transportation Information

Round-trip flights arrive in Venice and depart from Rome (or Naples on extension). When you first arrive in Venice, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. Included transportation is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the three cities on foot or by public transportation. In Venice, each section of the city is connected by water bus (least expensive), water taxi or gondola. You can purchase discounted bulk passes from vendors or purchase single tickets at each dock. Florence is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Purchase tickets at tobacconists or at vending machines. Rome offers both underground transportation and bus service to the city’s major attractions. Subway and bus tickets may be purchased separately or in bulk. This tour does involve a moderate amount of walking.

Museums in Florence

If you are interested in visiting any of Florence's many museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. Additional information is available on the Polo Museale website. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

Electricity

Italy operates on the European standard of 220 volts.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Currency

The euro is the currency you’ll use on tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in your destination countries, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards and credit cards, as needed. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Go Go Go!

Stefania was amazing! She made the tour so special. The trip was go go go but we really enjoyed being on a schedule. The excursion to San Gimignano was AMAZING! So glad we ended up adding that!

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Hi Michael! We're happy to hear your Tour Director had a positive impact on your trip. We're glad you enjoyed the San Gimignano optional and the tour overall. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Experience

How could you top London and Paris? You do Venice, Florence and Rome! Cannot say enough about the way GoAhead sets up your itinerary and logistics. We could not believe the accommodations in Venice on Lido! Wow! The side trips in Tuscany were great. And Rome was just as majestic as when I visited years ago. You can't control the people who attend your trip, but this group was outstanding, representing the best from the US and the world! What a wonderful experience!

 

Hi John! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your time in Venice, Florence, & Rome! We’re glad you were impressed with the itinerary and logistics of your tour. It’s also great to know you enjoyed the company of other group members. Building friendships with fellow travelers can be one of the highlights of the tour! Thank you for your wonderful review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bucket list expectations exceeded!

My husband and I realized a trip off of our bucket list and were completely amazed! Our tour guide, Antonio, was very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. The beauty of traveling with a group is that the logistics of your trip are worked out for you: hotel stays, ground and air transportation, and daily tours. Our tour guide gave us insight into the customs of Italy, and helped us learn to find restaurants and souvenirs that were authentic to Italy, and not just tourist spots. Traveling with GoAhead allows you to skip lines at the tour sites we visited. In addition, our group size was markedly smaller than other groups we saw on our trip. The days' itinerary gave a great balance of planned touring and "on your own" time. We got to experience a lot of Italy's culture, art, and history. Simply amazing!!! I will travel with GoAhead tours again for certain.

 

Hi Jenny! We are so glad we could help you and your husband realize an item on your bucket list! It sounds like all the planning and logistics went smoothly and that you were able to relax and enjoy your destination cities, and we love to hear it. We’re also happy your Tour Director made such a positive impact on your experience. Between the balance of the itinerary and the combination of history, culture, and art included in this tour, it sounds like you experienced a great taste of Italy! We hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 27, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Above and beyond!

Tour director was amazing - Knowledgable, fun, went out of his way to make our group experience the best! Thanks David! Hotels: Venice & Florence were perfect - location, facility, service! Rome - the hotel was great, the location was not. Too far from the sites. Would have paid more for a better location. Fabulous tour - Thanks Go Ahead!!!!

 

Hi Donna! Thank you for your review. We're so glad you had a fabulous time on tour and that you enjoyed your Tour Director. We appreciate your feedback regarding the hotel in Rome and will be sure to communicate that to our team internally. We hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour!! Even Better Food!

This tour was simply Amazing!!! Our Tour Director Tini was the best! she was very accommodating and offered us so many great suggestions on places to visit/eat outside of the excursions that the tour offered. Italy is a breathtakingly beautiful country but the Cuisine is simply divine. Venice had the BEST Pizza I've ever tasted, Florence had the Best Lobster linguine and Rome was just an awesome experience. I thoroughly enjoyed this tour and will definitely be visiting Italy again.

 

Hi Alicia! We’re thrilled you had an amazing time in Italy! We agree that it is a breathtaking country. The lobster linguine you had sounds divine! Glad you were able to enjoy it. It’s also wonderful to know that your Tour Director was able to offer great suggestions and travel tips. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 22, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Time of my life

What a great time.Carmen was excellent..I miss the vacation..I won't ever forget it.Go ahead did not miss anything I would not change a thing.I am planning another trip as we speak it was the beginning of a new adventure time in my life.I would recommend go ahead...don't be afraid of traveling go ahead has it all covered...looking forwArd to booking number two.

 

Hi Adele! We’re happy you enjoyed your time in Venice, Florence, & Rome. We’re also pleased to learn that you wouldn’t change a thing about your tour and that you’re already planning another! Thank you for recommending Go Ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | April 18, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Life Changing Adventure!

If you've never been to Europe, this trip is a PERFECT starter! If you've never been to Italy, this is a MUST-DO!! With this being my first overseas trip and also being a solo traveler, I was slightly nervous not knowing what to expect from Go Ahead for the very first time! I was told I would be in good hands and I was NOT let down!! EVERYTHING exceeded my expectations!!!! Great amount of group activities & free time for exploring!! Plus I wish everyone could experience the tour director I had, Katia. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING director! If I could request her on every future tour, I would! I learned SO MUCH from her about the country which I never expected! I was EXTREMELY IMPRESSED and I ALWAYS felt comfortable from day to day! She kept us VERY well informed! I also definitely recommend the extension to Sorrento! It's the MOST BEAUTIFUL land/water I have EVER seen and a PERFECT way to end the trip of a lifetime! I feel apart of me will always be in Italy. THANK YOU SO MUCH Go Ahead! It's a no-brainer who I will be traveling with again! I felt ready to sign up for my next trip already while still in Italy!!

 

Hi Elizabeth! Thank you for your glowing review! We agree that this tour is a “must-do.” Venice, Florence, and Rome are three incredible cities that provide different aspects of the unique history and culture of Italy. We’re so glad to hear you felt like you were in good hands on tour and that everything exceeded your expectations. It’s also wonderful to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director, Katia. It sounds like she showed genuine care and concern for your group. We’re pleased to hear you would recommend the extension to Sorrento – we would too! It’s such an unbelievable place! Again, thank you for sharing your experience, Elizabeth, and let us know if we can help you plan your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 29, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 2/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best of Italy

If you want to see the highlights of the best of Italy, this is the tour for you. Venice, Florence/Tuscany, Rome. The guided tours are excellent with knowledgeable tour guides, food and wine is amazing, accommodations are 3-4 star, and they set you up close to the best spots. If I could change one thing, I'd add another day in Florence. Gorgeous. I also recommend the optional San Gingimano tour, though the wine tasting is also a sales pitch, but its great wine so we didn't care. Vatican tour was breathtaking, Gondola ride was a lot of fun. You might be able to haggle a better rate than what this site prices out but we did the "Ride for 2" with a tenor and a guitarist so I think that would have been harder to set up on our own. Overall, amazing tour and I highly recommend.

 

Hi Carter! Thank you for sharing your experience. We’re thrilled you enjoyed your tour of Venice, Florence & Rome. We’re happy to hear you found the tour guides, food, wine, and accommodations to be excellent. Our Operations team works very hard to provide the best experience for all our travelers. We agree that you can’t have too much time in Florence. It’s a gorgeous city that's rich with history! We’re also glad you would recommend the San Gimignano optional, as we believe it’s not to be missed. Your gondola ride sounds marvelous. We’re so happy you had that experience. Again, we thank you for your glowing review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip!

We enjoyed every moment on this tour. I really recommend it! Go have a tour and have it the right way. Thank you Monique, our tour director for all your input and excellent work. Rogé & Evelyn

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Hi there! We're so glad you both enjoyed your time on tour, and we're honored to have your recommendation. It's great to hear that you felt your Tour Director did an excellent job. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you both on tour in June!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | March 04, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 12/5/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent trip!

This was my first time going on a trip with a tour group and I loved it. We had an excellent tour director in Dina, a really fun group of people, and the itinerary was a good combination of guided time and free time. I'd travel with Go Ahead Tours again for sure!

 

Hi Diana! We’re so glad you chose Go Ahead for your first tour experience, and we’re delighted to hear that you loved it. Our expert Tour Directors and carefully designed itineraries make all the difference. It’s wonderful to know that you would travel with us again, and we certainly hope that you do!

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

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