Venice, Florence & Rome (9 days)

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About This Experience

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.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 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

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Andiamo—it’s time to board your overnight flight to Venice

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

Venice2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Settle in, get acquainted with Venezia and your fellow travelers

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

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

Day3

Romance, intrigue, gondolas—this city truly has it all

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

Breakfast

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 Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65* pp

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 Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165* pp

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

Florence2 nights - hotel info

Day4

All the greats are in Florence: Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante and you

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day5

Art takes on new meaning in the birthplace of the Renaissance

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors

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 Excursions

San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $79* pp

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

Day6

Eat, stay, love—this is the beginning of your Roman love affair

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

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 Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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

Day7

Spanish Steps to Trevi Fountain, spend a day exploring iconic Rome

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs

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 Excursions

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

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

Day8

Inside this bustling city, stands the world’s smallest state

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

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.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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

Day9

Linger in leisurely Sorrento or fly away home

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.

Extend Your Stay

Add Sorrento City Stay $349*

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

Day9

Explore the shores where the Greek Sirens were said to dwell

Optional Excursion - The Lost City of Pompeii

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance

Breakfast

This morning, transfer to Sorrento a small town in Southern Italy’s Campania region famous for its production of limoncello. 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. Alternatively, opt to visit Pompeii for a guided tour of the ruins. Tonight, consider joining our optional Tarantella Show at the Teatro Tasso. Traditionally accompanied by tambourines, the intricate steps of the tarantella have been danced in Southern Italy for centuries.

Optional Excursions

The Lost City of Pompeii $105* pp

Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 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. Please note: Travel time to Pompeii is approximately 1.5 hours each way.

Optional Excursions

Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29* pp

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.

Day10

Have a moment in the sun in Sorrento or the Isle of Capri

Optional Excursion - Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island

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 Excursions

Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island $105* pp

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.

Day11

A presto (that means see you again soon)

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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About This Experience

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.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 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

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

Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Andiamo—it’s time to board your overnight flight to Venice

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

Venice2 nights - hotel info

Day2

Settle in, get acquainted with Venezia and your fellow travelers

Breakfast (in flight), Dinner

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

Day3

Romance, intrigue, gondolas—this city truly has it all

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music

Optional Excursion - Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

Breakfast

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 Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise with Music $65* pp

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 Excursions

Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two $165* pp

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

Florence2 nights - hotel info

Day4

All the greats are in Florence: Galileo, Michelangelo, Dante and you

Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day5

Art takes on new meaning in the birthplace of the Renaissance

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors

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 Excursions

San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $79* pp

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

Day6

Eat, stay, love—this is the beginning of your Roman love affair

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors

Breakfast

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 Excursions

Dinner with Tenors $79* pp

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

Day7

Spanish Steps to Trevi Fountain, spend a day exploring iconic Rome

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs

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 Excursions

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

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

Day8

Inside this bustling city, stands the world’s smallest state

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City

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.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Optional Excursions

Iconic Sights: Vatican City $89* pp

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

Day9

Linger in leisurely Sorrento or fly away home

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.

Extend Your Stay

Add Sorrento City Stay $349*

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

Day9

Explore the shores where the Greek Sirens were said to dwell

Optional Excursion - The Lost City of Pompeii

Optional Excursion - Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance

Breakfast

This morning, transfer to Sorrento a small town in Southern Italy’s Campania region famous for its production of limoncello. 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. Alternatively, opt to visit Pompeii for a guided tour of the archaeological ruins. Tonight, consider joining our optional Tarantella Show at the Teatro Tasso. Traditionally accompanied by tambourines, the intricate steps of the tarantella have been danced in Southern Italy for centuries.

Optional Excursions

The Lost City of Pompeii $105* pp

Travel to Pompeii for a guided tour of the famous ruins. Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in 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. Please note: Travel time to Pompeii is approximately 1.5 hours each way.

Optional Excursions

Tarantella Show: Traditional Music & Dance $29* pp

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.

Day10

Have a moment in the sun in Sorrento or the Isle of Capri

Optional Excursion - Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island

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 Excursions

Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island $105* pp

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.

Day11

A presto (that means see you again soon)

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

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.

Ineffable...

Ineffable simply means that which cannot be described with words, and this trip was truly ineffable. This amazing experience has imprinted me for a lifetime. Be the flow. Enjoy the experience. You are in good hands.

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5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Antonio

This trip we wanted to be a trip of a life time. It was our 45th anniversary, and we had checked into a few tour companies, and after reading several reviews, and speaking to someone from go ahead tours, we chose them as the company who would escort us through Italy and make this our dream trip. We were touring Venice, Florence, Rome and side trips to Vatican City, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Capri, The hotel in Venice was located in Lido and a lot of the reviews were not good because of the location. The hotel was Hotel Quattro Fontane and was our favorite of all the hotels. It was very quaint and the ladies who own it were very charming. The food was terrific. Our Tour Guide Antonio was the best!!!! He was charming, funny and soooo knowledgeable. We wanted to bring him home with us. Our trip was more than we ever expected. All of the local guides were great and we saw so much. Words of wisdom "when planning your trip to Italy, go with Go Ahead Tours and you too will have the time of your life! Thank you Go Ahead!!!!


5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

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!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 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

Traveled On: 6/28/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 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. :)

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/26/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

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!

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Our tour director, Barbara, showed us around Venice, Florence, and Rome. Our other tour directors were very helpful especially at the Vatican. Venice was more than we new it would be. St Marks Square and Gondola rides were wonderful. Florence is beautiful with the worlds largest cathedral and the statue of David. Our memory was stopping by McDonalds for a snack before going to see the statue. Rome is huge and very old. We entered the city and drove right up to the Colosseum. How spectacular. Thank you for this trip. Edward

4 / 5

Traveled On: 4/16/2011

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of our lifetime

We had the time....and we got engaged!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

beat tour director

This was a great tip. David our tour director was very Knowledgeable and personable. The hotels we stay in were older but very nice and out of the tiurist witch we loved. Got to eat we the locals do .

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/7/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Awesome family vacation!

Stress free traveling. Everything is done for you. Our tour director, Katia was WONDERFUL. She was very knowledgable and detail oriented. She got to know everyone in the group on a personal level. I would travel with Go Ahead tours again hands down. Loved every minute! The excursions were wonderful too. We did the gondola, Tuscan trip to San Giminagno and wine tasting (NOT TO BE MISSED), Pompeii, Vatican City and Capri. Excellent!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/3/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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