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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.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Venice! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring Venice. At tonight’s included dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: Doge's Palace

Experience the romance of Venice during this morning’s panoramic guided tour, with stops at the Bridge of Sighs and legendary St. Mark’s Square. View the Gothic Doge’s Palace as well as several important churches, including the Basilica di San Marco and the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute. This afternoon, you might consider joining an optional gondola tour of the canals, complete with music.

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

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

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

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

Florence2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica of Santa Croce

This morning, travel to the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the city’s splendor, including Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. You’ll also see the Palazzo Signoria, which serves as an open-air gallery of ancient and Renaissance statues. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

You may choose to use your free time in Florence to admire the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery, stroll along the romantic Arno River or visit the Accademia Galleria to view Michelangelo’s David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. Or, join an optional excursion to San Gimignano, a medieval walled city famously depicted by artist M.C. Escher and used as the setting of a novel by John Grisham. While you’re in town, view the iconic frescoes at the Communal Palace, or visit Museo San Gimignano 1300, a reproduction of the city as it was 700 years ago. On your way back to Florence, enjoy a tasting of some of the region’s finest wines.

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $79*pp 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 for a taste of the area's wines and a samples of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won't find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

Rome3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: The Colosseum

Arrive in Rome today, and follow in the footsteps of Caesar during a guided tour of the city. Highlights include entering the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and a photo stop at the ruins of the Roman Forum, from which the caesars ruled their vast empire. Tonight, you can opt to end the day with the Dinner with Tenors, an evening of Roman cuisine and live music.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp Details

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

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn, from relics of the ancient empire to treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Stroll across the Spanish Steps. See Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional excursion to St. Paul’s Basilica and the Catacombs.

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

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

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day to further your explorations of ancient Rome. Visit the Pantheon, or tour one of Rome’s many important churches. You might also wish to join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. You’ll also see Michelangelo’s Pietà, one of his great masterworks. Tonight, rejoin your group for a sumptuous farewell dinner.

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

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento City Stay $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.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to Sorrento a small town in Southern Italy’s Campania region famous for its production of limoncello. En route, you’ll stop in legendary Pompeii for a guided tour of the archeological site and ruins. The balance of the day is free to spend at leisure. You could explore Sorrento’s lovely gardens and churches, browse the quaint shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sit at a cafe and people-watch.

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29*pp Details

Tarantella dancing is a centuries-old folk tradition in Southern Italy. Tarantella is the Italian word for tarantula, and the frenzied steps of the dance are said to be designed for sweating out the poison of a tarantula bite. At tonight’s live performance, watch the intricate footwork of a troupe of authentic folk dancers. Please note: This excursion is seasonal from March 1 through November 1.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Sorrento. Or, join our optional excursion to the ancient resort of Capri (weather dependant), where you’ll enjoy a mini-cruise around the island or travel to the village of Anacapri for spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. Later, discover the allure of Capri’s stunning beaches.

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

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

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

Local cuisine with beer or wine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels

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

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Select entrance fees

Overnight Flight1 night

Day 1

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

Venice2 nights Hotel info

Day 2

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Venice! A Go Ahead representative greets you at the airport after you clear customs and then escorts you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to begin exploring Venice. At tonight’s included dinner, meet your fellow travelers.

Day 3

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: St. Mark's Basilica

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

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

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

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

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

Florence2 nights Hotel info

Day 4

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Basilica of Santa Croce

This morning, travel to the timeless city of Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. A guided sightseeing tour introduces you to the city’s splendor, including Brunelleschi’s masterpiece, the massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then, discover the church of Santa Croce, where the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo are displayed as well as the Dante Memorial. You’ll also see the Palazzo Signoria, which serves as an open-air gallery of ancient and Renaissance statues. Dinner is included this evening.

Day 5

Included meals: Breakfast

You may choose to use your free time in Florence to admire the world’s finest collection of Renaissance art at the Uffizi Gallery, stroll along the romantic Arno River or visit the Accademia Galleria to view Michelangelo’s David, sculpted when the artist was 26 years old. Or, join an optional excursion to San Gimignano, a medieval walled city famously depicted by artist M.C. Escher and used as the setting of a novel by John Grisham. While you’re in town, view the iconic frescoes at the Communal Palace, or visit Museo San Gimignano 1300, a reproduction of the city as it was 700 years ago. On your way back to Florence, enjoy a tasting of some of the region’s finest wines.

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $79*pp 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 for a taste of the area's wines and a samples of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won't find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

Rome3 nights Hotel info

Day 6

Included meals: Breakfast

Included entrances: The Colosseum

Arrive in Rome today, and follow in the footsteps of Caesar during a guided tour of the city. Highlights include entering the Colosseum, where 50,000 spectators cheered their favorite gladiators to victory, and a photo stop at the ruins of the Roman Forum, from which the caesars ruled their vast empire.

Day 7

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome however you choose. Take in all the art and architecture that greet the eye at every turn, from relics of the ancient empire to treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Stroll across the Spanish Steps. See Bernini’s captivating Fountain of the Four Rivers and stop at the legendary Trevi Fountain, into which centuries of visitors have tossed coins to ensure their eventual return to Rome. You may also wish to join an optional excursion to Vatican City, featuring visits to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel. You’ll also see Michelangelo’s Pietà, one of his great masterworks. Tonight, you can opt to end the day with the Dinner with Tenors, an evening of Roman cuisine and live music.

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

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

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79*pp Details

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

Day 8

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day to further your explorations of ancient Rome. Visit the Pantheon, or tour one of Rome’s many important churches. Alternatively, you may wish to join an optional excursion to St. Paul’s Basilica and the Catacombs this morning. Tonight, rejoin your group for a farewell dinner.

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

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

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento City Stay $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.

Sorrento2 nights Hotel info

Day 9

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, transfer to Sorrento a small town in Southern Italy’s Campania region famous for its production of limoncello. En route, you’ll stop in legendary Pompeii for a guided tour of the archeological site and ruins. The balance of the day is free to spend at leisure. You could explore Sorrento’s lovely gardens and churches, browse the quaint shops along its cobblestoned alleyways or sit at a cafe and people-watch.

Day 10

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day in Sorrento. Or, join our optional excursion to the ancient resort of Capri (weather dependant), where you’ll enjoy a mini-cruise around the island or travel to the village of Anacapri for spectacular views of the surrounding scenery. Later, discover the allure of Capri’s stunning beaches.

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

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

Day 11

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

How's the weather?

  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
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  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
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  • DEC

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.

How's the weather?

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

Passport & Visa 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: 9/9/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Incredible experience

This was a great way to see many of the sites in a short period of time. The tour director was fantastic: so knowledgeable about the history, the art, the culture. The local guides were great, too. This tour involved quite a bit of walking: no problem for me, but some people were not prepared. There was a good amount of free time incorporated into the tour, but I used much of it on the optional excursions and was delighted with each one. This was my first Go Ahead tour, but it will not be the last!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

GREAT TOUR

This tour was fabulous! The tour director went above and beyond to make everyone comfortable and happy. She was absolutely wonderful!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

EXCELLENT

EXCELLENT

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 8/16/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

GRATE

Excellent

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: LA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fantastic Trip!

Our trip was very well-organized. Our initial flight was delayed for several hours, but our tour director, Barbara, was still at the airport in Venice to greet us and get us settled in our hotel (which was also wonderful). Each day was well-organized, with a perfect balance of guided tours and free time. All of the hotels and restaurants were absolutely wonderful. Barbara made sure everyone was on time and informed. The bus drivers and local tour guides were great, as well, very knowledgeable. I definitely would recommend this trip!!

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3 / 5

3 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Beautiful tour, not so on hotels

Great tour with a well informed tour director. Food was amazing, hotels not so much. Staff in all cities except Sorrento were extremely rude and unwelcoming. Is this the European way. Breakfast at ALL hotel was simply "gross" to say the least. Now I understand why it's free. With a little more, perhaps you can improve in the hotel selections or have them improve their menus. Traveling to and from the city in Rome on the Metro is simply a waste of valuable travel time. A hotel closer to the downtown area would be preferable. May try again. Not sure.

 

Hi Carlos, Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. As we discussed, I will be passing along your feedback regarding the breakfasts and the staff at your hotels. I assure you that our attention to quality is of utmost importance so I apologize if this tour did not quite live up to what you were expecting from us. I hope we have the opportunity to reassure you of your choice to travel with Go Ahead Tours. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 30, 2014

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A++ Tour Director

We had the most knowledgeable, friendly and patient tour guide ever on this trip. Valerio made our trip come alive in every area. It's amazing how much he knew about every place we visited in Italy. I hope that he can use the Chilly Towel we left him since I'm sure it will be a hot summer over there. Go Ahead tours should be called: Go,Go, Go! Tours as we were moving from early morning until late in the afternoon or evening. Lots to see and do and I feel we definitely got our moneys worth on this trip. Only recommendation I would offer is: more leg room on the small buses for us long legged people, better pillows (too flat and hard) and a last meal together with the smaller group that branched off to go to Sorento/Capri included in our vacation package. This definitely was a trip we'll remember. It was wonderful!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director, Valerio!

Even without this Great Director "Valerio" this trip would still be ranked as Excellent! My husband is a very take charge, controlling kind of guy and I was shocked when he decided that his Dream Italy Vacation would be done as a Tour. Him allowing others to determine when and where he would be going and staying is difficult for him, so when he told me he found a Tour that he wanted to book, I was in total shock. I was worried that the trip he had dreamed of most of his life would not meet his standards, but Thankfully it was that and Much More!!! Valerio was so knowledgeable, accomadating and genually a Great Guy! The Tour guides, most of them kept us on track and gave us the perfect amount of infomation as to not bore or keep us wanting more. The hotels were centrally located, and met acceptable standards. After a few days, we knew that we had made the right decision in going with a Tour Group and we were So Glad we had decided on Go Ahead Tours!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Gabriella, Best Tour Director

The Fuentes Family would like to thanks Go Ahead Tours and our Tour Director, Gabriella for making this vacation very special. This was our 20th anniversary trip and my daughter 15th birthday present. We had the best time. Everything was well planned, the group was amazing and our tour guide was great and made us feel very special. Her knowledge and passion for this country is amazing. We are planning our next trip to Europe and planning to use Go Ahead Tours again. :)

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great first time abroad!

This was my first time traveling abroad, and Go Ahead made everything so easy.Great hotels, meals, and our tour guide was very helpful and fun! Now I feel like I have enough confidence to plan my own trip!

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