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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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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers

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 $65*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, 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 $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.

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

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and 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 $85*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 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

Say “arrivederci” to Florence as you depart 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.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99*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 Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

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!

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. Then, join your group at tonight’s 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 St. Paul’s Basilica, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.

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

Day 9: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

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

Add Sorrento $349 pp

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

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

Sorrento 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.

• Discover how Roman citizens lived before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79

• 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 $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.

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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  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
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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: 5/8/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wanderlust in our veins ...

My friends and I take a "girlcation" every year and we always do all our our travel plans. We dont like being tied down to strict schedules and prompt this and that. We want freedom to go and see and do. We were nervous about doing a "tour" because of this. We are all so glad that we decided to give GoAhead a try. It was the perfect blend of planned time and free time. We had the benefits of someone who could help us with the language barriers and not having to figure out all the to and fro of transportation. Our tour guide, Antonio A. was an absolute doll! My 17 year old daughter joined us on this trip and he made her feel so comfortable. She is smitten with travel now and I know he helped fuel that. The rooms were all nice and I have no complaints about them. If you have traveled in Europe on a budget, you will think they are wonderful rooms. They are 5 star compared to a room that we stayed in during a few nights in Paris on a previous girlcation. The food was good and the people were fun. We have abandoned our old ways and we are hooked. We are already booking our next trip with GoAhead very soon. (As soon as we decided where in the world we want to wander next)

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour!

We had never been to Italy before, and wanted a tour that would take us to some of the cities of interest to us. This tour far exceeded our expectations! We saw the cities we wanted and more... We had wonderful local guides that taught us that city's history, and toured us through places we would have never have seen if not for this tour. Marianna, our guide that took us through Italy was exceptional! She gave us the insiders point of view, told us of Italy's history, and even gave us Italian lessons! We really loved not having to wait in lines whenever we went to the different sites (museums, churches, Vatican...). We will definitely be taking more Go Ahead tours!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour, BEST Tour Director

We had such a wonderful time on our tour! Our tour director, Monique, was the absolute best. She went above and beyond "tour guide" duties. We all consider her our friend. We could not have asked for a better person to "walk" us through Italy. She was so helpful in so many ways. Our tour group was such a fun group, we had the best time. We liked that everything was taken care of for us. It was wonderful. We could have never seen so much and done so many things on our own. It was very nice to have everything planned out, we could (and did) take all the offered excursions. What fun! We had time to explore on our own too, it was the perfect balance. We would do it again in heart beat!

2 / 5

2 / 5

Traveled On: 8/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

A so, so trip

I've been to Italy before with another company. So, here is the good, the bad, and the ugly. The food was pretty good (this is the food included in the trip) the on your on food we found was excellent. Lots of free time, if you don't add the optional tours, that leaves you with three half day tours only. Bad side you miss a lot of things even when you add the optional tours and the hotels we were put in, were very far away in most cases. Which required you to either walk up to three miles in some cases or find public transportation or pay a cab. Also every tour you went on you were pasted to a local guide, so the only guiding done by your tour director was to the local guide, three dinners, and the hotels (maybe this is just the guide we had). Like I said I've been before and this was a return trip for my husband to see what I had seen. To bad he only got to see about 2/3 of what I had experienced. I choose this trip because it began and ended in two different places (less time on the bus). The ugly two of the three hotels (it was some record breaking temperatures during our visit) had very poor AC (the rooms never cooled down) and because you have to remove your key card when you leave and the air goes off, when you do this, didn't help matters. Except in Roma, they had two key cards, sadly still didn't help. So it is safe to say we will not be traveling with Go A Head for any other trips.

 

Dear Donna, Thank you for taking the time to write your review, and for choosing to travel with Go Ahead. At Go Ahead, we structure our tours so that our travelers have the opportunity to customize their experience as desired. We provide inclusions that give our travelers context into the culture and layout of the places visited on tour with the intention of empowering them to explore on their own if they wish. We also have optional excursions for those who would like a little more structure and planned activities in their days. We regret to learn that you felt there was too much free time, and that you ‘missed things’ in some cases. These types of comments are uncommon for this tour, and we will be addressing your concerns internally with our Operations Team. The Guided Sightseeing tours are done by a local expert guide in every case. Our Tour Directors, however, are in place to provide as much logistical and cultural information and support as possible, while interacting with the group in a way that enhances the on-tour experience. Additionally, we feel it is best to have both a Tour Director and a local guide present during sightseeing excursions should any urgent situation arise. When selecting hotels, we do our best to find properties that are either centrally located or near public transportation, are in safe neighborhoods, have all the amenities we are looking for, and are of good value. Our experienced Tour Directors are well trained to provide our travelers with the tools and knowledge necessary to get to and from points of interest. As you indicated, Europe has been experiencing record heat this summer and most hotels in Europe do not have the ability to provide air conditioning to the same standards that most Americans are used to. We regret to learn that this impacted your tour negatively, and we will be sure to share your feedback with the hotels’ management. We want to thank you for choosing to travel with Go Ahead, and we do sincerely hope you will give us another chance and travel with us again in the future.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 19, 2015

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Marianna

Every Day was a wonderful experience. Our Tour Director " Marianna "" was always on top of everything. She was always there for us and could answer any question. I learned so much of the Italian Lifestyle. I would recommend ' Go ahead Tours" to everyone.

1 / 5

1 / 5

Traveled On: 7/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 2 / 5

Antonio

We had no air conditioner in the first Inn we stayed at. There was "NO WATER", offered to us on the whole tour! It was around 105 degrees everyday there. Two of our excursions were cancelled, with no other places offered to us. They told us to take a taxis, instead of providing transportation. They could of taken us some place on the last day of the tour there, but we had to find a place to go by taxis!. Not enough tours were offered on the trip. We felt like we had to buy every excursion, which we did. The flight could have more direct, going home. They should have offered us some water on this trip, since we were dying of thirst. We spend so much on water there too.

 

Dear Samuel, Thank you very much for traveling with Go Ahead, and for taking the time to provide this detailed review. We are monitoring the performance of this tour and its components based on your feedback, and that of your fellow travelers. Our experienced Tour Directors are well trained and instructed to provide support and advice for our travelers who wish to explore the regions touched by each tour’s itinerary. We are disappointed to learn that you did not feel enough alternative options were provided when two of your excursions were cancelled. Here at Go Ahead, we aim to provide a balance between free time that customers can plan for themselves, and included and optional excursions to provide structure to the trip. Many of our travelers elect to sign up for these excursions while on tour, and for that reason, we leave enrollment open until the tour has begun. Additionally, we understand that Europe has been experiencing record temperatures this season, and that the heat has been particularly uncomfortable for many travelers. We will certainly take your suggestion to provide water under consideration for future tour groups moving forward. Thank you again for traveling with Go Ahead, and we hope to see you on tour again in the future!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 21, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/25/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Barbara is the best

this was a great trip. Barbara our tour director was phenomenal and made the trip even better. food was great accommodations were good. transportation was excellent. the wine tasting/town excursion was definitely worth doing. the vatican was too crowded but beautiful. the optional sorrento extension is a must as well.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/23/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!!!

This was an AMAZING TRIP!!! From start to finish! Barbara our tour guide was amazing! She took care of all the little annoying details. We didn't have to fuss with anything! It was the perfect mix of organized tours and free time! I highly recommend this company to anyone wanting a stress free holiday!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Monique Rocks!!

This was the most amazing way to see a country! I never imagined how flawlessly this tour could have gone and all my expectations were exceeded!!!

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great time!

We enjoyed our tour of Italy immensely! Our tour director Marianna was spectacular. The package was moderately paced, which allowed for time on our own. The guided tours included wonderful local guides. Advice for those looking to book - a walking tour is just that - a walking tour. If you are unable to walk, best look for something else!

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