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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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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 4/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Trip and Fabulous Tour Director, Katia

We had a wonderful time on our fast paced 9 day tour of Venice, Florence, and Rome. We got to see and do so much in that very short time. Our tour director, Katia, was fabulous and we couldn't have asked for a better leader. Thanks, Go Ahead Tours, for this terrific trip!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fabulous tour!

This was a wonderful tour--my biggest complaint was that it was too short! We had a fantastic tour director, Katia, who was both knowledgeable and fun. She gave us an insider look at the three cities we visited and took care of each and every member of the group. I was impressed at the excellent organization of the journey and the good tour guides we experienced in each city, especially in Venice. There is just the right amount of group activities--both scheduled and optional--and free time, especially in Rome. This trip was definitely worth the money and a great way to get a taste of Italy--we definitely plan to come back!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/21/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Trip of a Lifetime!

This trip was an amazing experience! The tour director, Katia, was amazing and went out of her way to make sure that everything ran smoothly. The hotels were great, as were the included breakfasts. As a solo traveler, I really appreciated all of the attention to detail involved in arranging accommodations, transfers, tickets, etc. The local guides were great as well and really added a special element to the trip. I would definitely recommend this tour to a friend and will be returning to Italy again with Go Ahead.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 3/14/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Trip of a Lifetime

Traveling to Italy with GO Ahead Tours has been one of the best trips I have ever taken in my life. I have traveled with EF Tours, GO Ahead sister company twice before traveling with GO Ahead Tours, and I must say Italy was my most favorite and memorable by far. Our tour director was the best tour director I have ever traveled with. She made everything worry free and simple, thus allowing myself and the group to have an amazing trip. The country, cuisine, culture and the people in itself are beautiful. I recommend this trip to everyone and anyone interested in traveling or looking to spend some time in Italy.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 2/28/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Barbara was FANTASTIC!!!

I love Go Ahead! This tour was well planned and our tour Director Barbara was fabulous! She was kind,extremely knowledgeable, helpful, made the experience unforgettable. I would definitely recommend this tour and if you can request Barbara!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 9/21/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A trip to Remember! Italy!

Everything was great!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/31/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: MN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful tour!

This Venice, Florence, & Rome tour was wonderful. It was a great overview of the 3 cities. We covered a lot of ground on this trip. The trip could be either fast or slow paced, depending on how much you decide to participate in. Our trip was fast paced as we participated in everything and when not with the group, we were out exploring on our own. The San Gimignano excursion was my favorite excursion, but I recommend them all. The included dinners had some of the best food I've ever tasted. Our tour group was a nice size with a wide variety of ages (with those in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, & 80s). We met lots of wonderful people & the tour director, Raf, was fantastic. I wish he could be the director on all our future tours, as we hope to embark on more trips with Go Ahead. This was my 3rd trip with the company & I have never had any problems. The accommodations have always been good & I've always had a fantastic time. I think this is the easiest way to travel, as Go Ahead takes care of all the details. I previously booked a few trips on my own to Europe. The accommodations & included daily breakfast on the Go Ahead trip were very similar to my other European hotel experiences. In my opinion, traveling with Go Ahead is less stressful than coordinating everything yourself.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 10/18/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

First Ever Tour

For my first-ever tour experience, this was most enjoyable.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Traveled On: 12/6/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy trip

Great experience

5 / 5

5 / 5

Traveled On: 11/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour!

Excellent tour. We saw all the major highlights of every city and ate amazing food! The nice thing about the tour is that you can get what you want out of it. The schedule is set up to include a walking tour of every city and you can then add optional excursions if you want. With that being said, my husband and I did everything we could to get the most out of it, while others opted to go at a slower pace. One of my favorite things about this tour is that it was basically worry free. When we arrived at the airport Go Ahead was there to take us into Venice and get us to our hotel. When traveling from city to city, we never had to worry about getting our luggage from one hotel to the next, we would simply leave it outside our door and then it was end up in our next hotel room. Getting back to the airport to go home was just as easy. For the Excursions: Gondola ride with music: Fun! San Gimingnano: Medieval Sights & Tucson flavors excursion. This was by far the best one. They take you out to the Tuscan countryside to see an amazing Medieval town (which by the way has the best gelato!). After, you go to a local winery and do a wine and olive oil tasting. I'm not much of a wine drinker but the overall experience was awesome. Everyone enjoyed it and the scenery was amazing. Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & The Catacombs: St. Paul's Basilica was neat to see but I don't think that this excursion is worth the money. The Catacombs tour seemed rushed. Walking tour of Rome: This was added on when we got to Rome. I am really glad we did this. We go to see the highlights of Rome with a local tour guide. It was well worth the money! Iconic Sights: Vatican City: Definitely worth it. If you go to Rome, you need to go to Vatican City.

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