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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

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 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

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

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OH

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Excellent guidance and freedom to roam

This was our first trip to Europe and we wanted lots of guidance without feeling tied down to someone else's plan. This trip was the perfect blend of both. Our guide and drivers were outstanding.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

Tour Date: 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

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