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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: the Papal Basilica of St. Paul & 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 Papal 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.

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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4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 6/19/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Vacation!!!

Overall the tour to Venice, Florence, and Italy was wonderful. I wish I had taken the 12 day tour. Needed more time in each city. Our Dinner with Tenors optional tour was canceled due to late of participation. :-( Our tour guid Monique was great. Hotel in Florence was undesirable. Only had WiFi in lobby - and well - when you are 6 hours time difference. Could not purchase WiFi either. Both dinners were so so in Florence. Last dinner - well -- no coffee service - and just so so food and service overall. Other hotels were fine - but very small room in Rome...but at least there was WiFi 24/7 as there was in Venice. Rome was my favorite city. Already looking for another tour to take in 2016.

 

Roberta, Thank you very much for your insightful feedback from your recent trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome. We are thrilled to hear that you found Rome to be your favorite city, and that you are already looking for your next big adventure! We were sorry to hear that there were aspects of your trip that did not meet your expectations. Here at Go Ahead, we strive to give every traveler the best experience possible, and regret to hear we may have fallen short in this case. We will consider your constructive comments as we assess this tour in the future. Thanks again, and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 02, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/13/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Experience!

First trip abroad! great experience felt very comfortable and safe. Wonderful tour guide Andrea! He was very knowledgeable and helpful a wealth of information! Hotels were nice, this was a great way to visit Italy for the first time. If we had visited on our own we would have missed out on so much information about what we were seeing. Bring good walking shoes, more than one pair and be ready for lots of walking. Each stop and excursion was nice. Each tour guide seemed to enjoy their jobs and were great with questions! Met some very nice people in our group!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/10/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous Italian tour

We just returned from our 9-day tour of Venice, Florence and Rome! It was our first visit to Italy. We had a blast. Our group comprised 24 people -- Americans and one Canadian. Everyone was very congenial and easy to talk to; we became a group of familiar folks on holiday - - we'd been concerned that we might not like traveling in a group, but it turned out to be fun. Our tour guide, Tini, is Venetian, and spoke excellent English. She did a wonderful job, even dealing with a gentleman who had a health crisis while on the tour. She was efficient, knowledgeable, pleasant, and available 24/7 for any problems or questions. We also had three guides, residents of each city we visited, who took us on personal tours. They were extremely knowledgeable and had a sincere interest in helping us to enjoy their cities to the fullest. We could ask them all the questions we wanted to. We were able to skip all the lines because we were in this tour group. We had adequate free time for sightseeing on our own. We got tickets online beforehand for the Uffizi and Accademia in Florence which enabled us to skip the queues there too. Plenty of food and gelato to keep us going. Venice and Florence were walkable. Our first hotel in Venice was on Lido island and we used boats to get to Venice proper -- a 10 minute ride. Fun! Our second hotel, in Florence, was just a few blocks from the Duomo in a nice upscale area. Our third hotel in Rome was in an upscale area, and we took taxis to get to the sights, costing about 15 euros a ride. This saved us miles of walking. There were shops, restaurants and sights galore. Loaded with tourists, but hey, it's summer. If you don't like crowds you can book for fall or spring or even winter for a really unique experience. We went in June. We recommend this tour company and would definitely consider another tour with goaheadtours.com.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Whirlwind Tour of Italy!

We traveled as a couple in March 2015 and had an absolute blast. We wish we had more time to explore each city but this was the only time I could get off and for such a short time the itinerary was perfect. You get just a slight taste of what each city has to offer and then you're off to the next destination. Everything was planned out very well by our fabulous tour director Katia, she was so friendly, knowledgeable and really went out of her way to make sure everyone was comfortable throughout the travels. You also get different tour guides provided to you in each of the other cities and they were also very good. We think this was a great value especially considering the convenience of having everything done for you! You don't have to worry about transportation to each city (or to/from the airport for that matter), hotels are already taken care of, and you have a guide at your fingertips the whole trip to recommend where to go for your free time. It was a great trip, we hope to travel again with Go Ahead in the future and we would recommend this trip to Italy to anyone! Ciao!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: ME

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

amazing trip

So glad i chose to go to Italy this way, most amazing trip ever! Met great people and had an amazing time. Barbra was an great tour guide and made our trip very worry free! Cant wait for my next trip !

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: DE

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director

Katia was our tour director. I highly recommend her. She was always available from early morning to late at night. She was very knowledgeable about Italy and obviously loves her country. She knew the places to stop for a break, the nice restaurants and what we were interested in seeing. We enjoyed the trip tremendously and would definitely recommend it to everyone.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AB

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour, Best Tour Director

My trip was amazing, beautiful and a great adventure. Our guide Barbara gave us guidance on our tour, that was amazing and informative. I met amazing people, and I got to see Italy at its best. I have already started looking at what adventure Go Ahead Tours is going to give me next.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy in a week

Great Tour!! Everything was Wonderful!! Loved the people on Our tour. They made it even better!! Barbara Our Tour guide was Great!!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Barbara is awesome

We loved our tour director. She is the best

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/9/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy

Overall, It was a wonderful trip!! Italy was as I had envisioned!! A great whirlwind tour!! What made it even better was our group we traveled with. We all got along super!! We all had loads of fun!!!!!!! We hated to say goodbye at the end!! I have made new friends from all over America!!!!

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