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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.

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 $65pp* Details

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

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

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

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

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

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 $85pp* 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: $95)

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 $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which recently celebrated a 500-year anniversary and hold many of the world’s most important Classical and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, 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 $79pp* Details

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

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

Day 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 Starting from $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 $105pp* Details

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

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

Day 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: 6/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tour #6

This is my sixth tour with Go Ahead and I think it may be the best. We all loved Tamara, our tour director. She was extremely knowledgeable and kind and considerate of everyone needs and wishes.

 

Hi Linda! We love that this was your 6th tour with us, and we’re thrilled that it was the best one yet. Thank you for the kind words about your Tour Director. We will be sure to pass your feedback along to her supervisor. We look forward to your next trip!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/20/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Absolute Best Tour Director!

Our tour of Italy was the most well rounded experience I could ever imagine. I truly felt like I saw it all and really experienced the country as a whole. Visiting the Amalfi coast was the best part, and was a great way to relax and truly enjoy the culture. Our tour director, Paola, was the absolute BEST tour director I could have ever asked for! She went above and beyond for us on everything, could answer any question, and was FUN! Paola really made an already amazing trip extraordinary!

 

Hi Brittany! We’re delighted that you feel you came away with a great deal of experiences from your tour of Italy. We can understand how the Amalfi Coast stood out to you, as it offers stunning views and unique cultural encounters. We appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director, and we’re so pleased to hear that she went above and beyond for your group. Thank you for your wonderful review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best of Times

Started planning this trip for myself , my grown children and their spouses 2 years ago. It requires a lot of planning to get everyone's vacation schedule lined up but we did it. This was my 2nd tour with GoAhead and once again they did not disappoint. Love the perfect blend of scheduled time and free time. Great tour hitting all the highlights and group size is great at 35. The change in extension to the Amalfi coast rather than Sorrento was icing on the cake, Our director Masia went above and beyond for us in many ways. We all had a GREAT time on this vacation of a lifetime. Thank you!

 

Hello! We’re so glad your second tour with us was another success! We’re pleased that you enjoyed the group size and itinerary, as well as your Tour Director. We value your feedback very much and will be sure to pass it along to our teams internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing trip

This was a amazing trip that was ran smoothly. Our tour guide Barbara was so nice and full of information. I absolutely loved Florence and the added tour of San Gimignano tour. I cant wait to do another tour back to Italy.

 

Hi Ronald! We’re happy you had a good time on tour and that everything went smoothly. Thank you for your feedback on your Tour Director, as well as the San Gimignano optional. Let us know when you want to start planning your next trip to Italy!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/4/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bella Italia

My daughter, granddaughter, and I enjoyed a beautiful adventure together in lovely Italy. Everything we experienced was even more delightful seeing Italy once more through the eyes of my granddaughter. Our tour director, David, was outstanding and paid extra attention to us making sure our youngster was having an educational and fun adventure. I have traveled with Go Ahead Tours on 3 previous tours and this one to Venice, Florence, and Rome met all of our expectations. David not only took us on a personal walking/subway tour of Rome, but introduced us to his Roman parents as well. Will we travel with GoAhead again? You betcha' we will!

 

Hi Janis! How special that you could experience this tour with your daughter and granddaughter! We’re thrilled for all of you. We can understand how amazing it must have been to watch your granddaughter learn about Italy and enjoy an entirely different culture. We’re so glad that your Tour Director took great care of all of you, even introducing you to his parents. We will be sure to share your wonderful feedback with him. Thank you for your great review, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AMAZING TRIP TO ITALY!

Thank you Go Ahead for making our first trip to Europe PERFECT! Thank you Antonio A. for your incredible guidance, knowledge, kindness every step of the way! You made our journey through history come alive! Go Ahead: the planning was impeccable; without any gliches! Already planning our 2nd trip with you to England, Scotland, and Ireland! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Sincerely, Joani and Michael C.

 

Hi Joan & Michael! We can’t tell you how ecstatic we are that your tour went off without a hitch! It’s wonderful to know that your Tour Director enhanced your overall experience. We will be sure to share your feedback with his supervisor. Thank you for your kind feedback, and we can’t wait to welcome you on your next tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director Antonio

This was my first time using Go Ahead Tours. I must say the accomodations were excellent. The tour guide Antonio was AWESOME. My trip to Italy (Venice, Florence, Rome) FABULOUS. The group was TERRIFIC. The food that was served, DELICIOUS. My travel, accomodations were made for me to meet my childhood friends in my hometown, Philly. Thank you Go Ahead Tours. You done well. I will be booking my next tour soon.

 

Hi Geraldine! Thank you for choosing Go Ahead! We're so glad your tour exceeded your expectations. We appreciate all of your wonderful feedback, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/12/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Art, History & Scenery

We recently returned from a tour of these iconic cities. It is easy to see why they have such an allure to a world wide audience. They offer a blend is art, history and scenery that are unmatched. Our tour director, Nico, was a native Italian whose home city is Rome. She displayed a great love of both her country and city throughout the tour. She was easily approachable and was always ready with suggestions for either free time or evening meals. All the city guides were knowledgeable about the cities. They managed to keep the group together and allowed for picture taking opportunities throughout the tour, usually pointing out good shots. The optional day to San Giminanio was well worth it for the scenery alone. Add in the wine tasting with lunch and this becomes a must do activity. This is the first tour that I have experienced different drivers on legs of the trip. It seemed to work out well because they too were nativ to the city and added that home grown knowledge to the tour. We added two days in Sorrento with the optional Capri tour again excellent. My only concern was that the guide in Pompeii led us on a sprint through this historic site. He displayed little concern for the groups ability to navigate through the city and failed to provide opportunities to catch up or picture taking. I overheard him saying he had another Go Ahead tour and he had to get going. If this was the case an adjustment to the timing of tours needs to be made. Overall we were pleased with the tour and again had the right combination of directed activities and free time. Would not hesitate to take another tour with Go Ahead.

 

Hi Louis! We agree that these are captivating cities! We’re so glad you enjoyed the beautiful culture, world-renowned art scene, and picturesque scenery of this region. Great idea to add a couple days in Sorrento, as this is a gorgeous spot for relaxing and basking in the Italian sun. We are concerned to hear such feedback about your local guide in Pompeii and will be sure to speak with his supervisor to understand what may have happened. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our tour director was the BEST !! Ms. Misia

That was the best trip I have taken !! All my friends and family I would recommend this tour to everyone !! Once in a life time experience ! I still look back at my pictures ! Can't wait to go back again !!! Life is to short to keep putting off a great trip like this ! I know sometimes money is hard to get together but that's 1 of the great things about this tour group . U make ur small deposit and make payments . It's a once in a life time trip on layaway !!!

 

Hi Monique! We're thrilled to hear this was the best trip you've ever taken. Thank you for recommending it to your friends and family! We agree that life is too short to put off travel, if you can avoid it. We do our best to make travel accessible for everyone. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 15, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

great tour, even better tour director!

Took this tour with my husband last month. The itinerary is excellent as well as all local tour guides. The hotels were very good although in Venice and Rome not centrally located. But any shortcomings were more than made up for by the best tour director, Dionisio. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about his native country, he is very knowledgeable about a multitude of subjects. He was very attentive to everyone's needs and handled schedules masterfully. Both of us were very happy to have made his acquaintance and hope to run into him again in a future tour. And finally, we were very lucky to have been part of a great group of fellow travelers.

 

Hi Susan! We’re happy to hear you enjoyed this itinerary! We’re also pleased to know that your Tour Director went the extra mile for your group and that his expertise was a great resource throughout your tour. We appreciate your feedback regarding hotel locations and will be sure to communicate that to our Product Development team. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 12, 2016

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