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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

Tour group size: 18 - 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

Map of tour of Italy

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 for a taste of the area’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar 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, 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 $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

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Tour

This was my first visit to Italy. Seeing Venice, Florence and Rome was a fantastic experience. Our tour guide Stephania was very pleasant and very informative as were the local guides. My cousin Eileen and I traveled together and we are planning our next Italy experience for next year. I have recommended Go Ahead Tours to my friends and I hope they take my advice.

 

Hi Mary! We are so grateful to have your recommendation. It’s wonderful to know that you enjoyed your first tour of Italy, a country with so much to offer. We appreciate your feedback on your Tour Director, and we will be sure to share it with her supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you and Eileen on your next tour of Italy!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Amazing Trip.

Allora! We just returned from our 9 Day Italy experience. This trip was everything we envisioned it to be and more. Our land tour director was Stefania, who was amazing! She really was a beautiful person to tour with. Italy is so rich in culture, creativity, and history. Venice was every bit a romantical city that we enjoyed. Florence and Rome were also incredible. We added on the San Gimignano tour, and honestly would recommend for everyone to experience this incredible tour and area. The true postcard like scenery will take your breath away. Our only negative on this day was that it was not longer. We would have loved to have an entire day and not just a few hours to explore and really walk around the village. My biggest advise for this tour is for those that are not used to walking and excersize that you begin some sort of daily walking a few months before or you will not be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Tossed our coin in the Trevi Fountain and planning our next trip.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fabulous Tour Director

This was my first Go Ahead experience. I was impressed with the tour guide, Stefania. She was extremely organized and added some fun to the long bus rides, such as common sign language in Italy, some Italian helpful phrases, highlighted maps, etc. My only two complaints were the fact that I called Go Ahead 3 times prior to the trip and asked for specifics on transport from the Venice airport. I was told to wait in baggage claim and I'd see a Go Ahead rep. I waited an hour, saw several people walking around with names on signs, but later learned that that was only cruise ship reps. I called Go Ahead from my cell and was told to go to Arrivals. I had to exit the airport and the sign said no reentry, so I didn't do that earlier. I did find a tour rep, but that meant waiting a total of 3 hours in the airport for my transfer. I could have taken a taxi, at that point. My second complaint was the location of the Rome hotel. While it was more modern, you could not walk to anything. Some of the older ones in the group weren't comfortable taking the metro on their own, so they paid for taxi service. The location of the other hotels gets a thumbs up. All in all, a great itinerary!

 

Hello! First of all, thank you for choosing Go Ahead! We’re so glad your first tour with us was enjoyable and that you liked the itinerary. We’re also pleased that you were impressed with your Tour Director and that you found her to add fun and value to your overall experience. Regarding your arrival transfer, we regret that this process wasn’t clear. Anyone who does not go through security at an airport is not permitted in the baggage claim area, so essentially if you are not traveling and are only picking a traveler up from the airport, you must wait outside of this area or in the ‘arrivals hall.’ For future reference, detailed information on arrival transfers are included in your pre-departure materials, and we recommend you take this with you for your next tour. Again, we regret that this was unclear, but we are glad that our Emergency Services team was able to assist you in finding your Go Ahead representative. Regarding your hotel in Rome, we regret that the location did not meet your expectations. We will be sure to share your feedback with our Operations team for consideration moving forward. Again, thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and we’re excited to welcome you on tour again in November!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/29/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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I loved this tour. It was the best that I have ever been on. It was so stress free and I didn't have to worry about anything. This is my third tour with Go Ahead Tours and I have never had a problem with anything.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/27/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Venice, Florence & Rome

This tour was amazing! Emilio was fantastic! I would definitely recommend anyone trying Go Ahead tours!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best trip in 10 years

My wife and I have traveled both alone and with friends to various locations but none compared to the great trip we had with our Go Ahead tour guide Bojan M. Every attempt was made to accommodate not just us but each couple or family in our group. We came here to celebrate our anniversary and to see the beautiful historical sites & structures. The sights were excellent, the food was great, and we left with 33 new friends that have earned a place in our hearts. We only wish we had the time to extend our trip for the additional optional visit to Naples & Pompeii. We will definitely travel with Go Ahead again.

1 / 5
 

Hi Reggie! First of all, happy belated anniversary! Traveling to Italy is an incredible way to celebrate. We’re so pleased that between the itinerary and your tour group you had a wonderful time. Thank you for your review, and let us know when you’re ready to travel again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 11, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Venice, Florence, Rome--9 days

Overall, this was an incredible trip, and we would highly recommend it to anyone based on the experiences and value for the price paid. Our tour director, Bojan, greeted us at the Venice airport and accompanied us to our waterfront hotel. The rest of the day was free, and the hotel was within walking distance to the popular Lido beach and local shops and restaurants. We had a group dinner at the hotel that first night, which was very good. The first full day in Venice we received a guided tour of the city, and the guide was excellent. Bojan volunteered to show us some other city sites in the afternoon. He was very informative and knowledgeable. Our bus trip to Florence went smoothly, with Bojan pointing out any important sites and information. Our Florence hotel arrival went very smoothly. We had a great tour of the city led by another informative guide. Again, Bojan volunteered to show us some other sites in the afternoon. Do NOT miss going to the Accademia to see Michelangelo's statue of David! Unforgettable! Also, the excursion to the medieval village followed by lunch at a local winery was superb and very worth it! Nine wine tastings and the most delicious lasagna ever! Our bus trip to Rome went well, with another easy check-in upon our hotel arrival. All of our hotels were very nice! The city tour that included the Collesseum and Forum was excellent. Our wonderful tour director, Bojan, again voluntarily showed our group some things that would've been more difficult to find and explore on our own. The excursion to Vatican City and St. Peter's Basillica was very good. Be sure to see Michelangelo's statue The Pieta at St. Peter's. I cannot include everything that we did on this trip. It is almost a month later, and we still talk about how wonderful our Italy experience was, and having GoAhead take care of the flights, hotels, and tours makes it hassle-free, yet one gets to experience the main attractions of the three cities in such a short time. We will never forget the great people we met in our group from around our country, all of the great things we saw, and our outstanding tour director, Bojan!

 

Hi Deane! We’re so glad that you would recommend this tour. We also appreciate the insight into your experience, and we will be sure to share it with our teams internally. It’s great to learn that you liked all of your hotels and that your Tour Director was helpful and knowledgeable. We’re thrilled that, even a month after your trip, you still reminisce about the wonderful memories you made. Thank you for your kind review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 31, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Italy

I thought this was well organized and it showed the best of these 3 cities within the short time frame! The hotels were not quite the 3-4 star feel we were expecting. We would still love to do another tour and are already looking into our next one.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Wonderful Experience!

My first visit to Italy......amazing experience! The local tours were informative and exciting. Meet so many friendly and nice people. Tour Director Chiara was excellent. She guided and watched over us like a mother hen (complement)! Would truly recommend this tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 7/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Enjoyable trip to Italy

The tour guides were personable and knowledgeable. The tour was well run. It was helpful to have the travel and administrative details taken care of. The tour used quality buses. The fellow tourists were also a pleasant group. We seemed to have the right amount of free time and touring. My wife and I enjoy go-go-go touring and we were able to see everything we wanted to in our free time. The only negative was not having enough time at the Forum in Rome and visiting Pompeii. July was hot and muggy. We live in Texas so it was tolerable for us. But, people living in more moderate climates might want to visit Italy at other times of the year. It's a good idea to ask the hotel employees what local restaurant they recommend during those times when you're on your own. A little Italian goes a log way with the Italians. Although most Italians have passable English and like using it, they usually beam when you try to speak their language.

 

Hi Cheryl! We’re happy to hear most aspects of your tour were great, such as your group dynamic and local guides. We appreciate your feedback about feeling like you didn’t have enough time at some sites, and we will be sure to share this with our Product Development team. You’re right that asking hotel employees and locals for restaurant suggestions is a good idea. You can also use your Tour Director as a resource for suggestions. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

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