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Tuscany Walking Tour

11 days Walking
In the land of cypress trees and Chianti, a leisurely stroll may not be the fastest way to get around, but it’s certainly the most preferred. On this walking tour of Tuscany, you’ll step into historic cities like Florence and Siena, and amble through charming hamlets like Montalcino and Cortona for an authentic glimpse into the heart of Italy.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers

Tour Pace: You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved paths and cobblestone streets, with some steep hills.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners with wine or beer, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 6 escorted walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Montecatini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Florence

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini to get settled in. Then, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Free day in Montecatini

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Montecatini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119pp* Details

Visit the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca, famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, medieval churches and awe-inspiring towers. Then, travel into the Tuscan hills to an agritourismo to learn about the process by which olive oil is extracted and refined. There, enjoy a light lunch and an olive oil tasting session.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a day trip to Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, for a tour led by your 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

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

Siena 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Siena via Chianti

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Pass through the famous Chianti region and the village of Greve en route to Siena.

• Traverse the vineyards and farmlands of the Chianti region on a local walk and sample the area’s rich red wine over an included lunch and wine tasting

• Explore the main square and winding side streets in the village of Greve

Day 6: Monteriggioni & Siena

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, explore the rolling hills of Monteriggioni and culturally rich streets of Siena.

• Embark on a scenic walk through the woods and countryside of Monteriggioni and view the Romanesque church of Abbadia Isola

• Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed historic center of Siena, passing the Piazza del Campo as well as entering the Piccolomini Library and Siena Cathedral

Day 7: San Gimignano & Volterra

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a day trip to the medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra, where you’ll do some exploring.

• Enjoy a breathtaking view of the town as you walk into San Gimignano, a medieval hilltop city known for its towers

• Embark on an afternoon trip to Volterra, where you can visit the cathedral, Roman Theater ruins or local shops

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tuscan Villa Dinner $115pp* Details

Set off into the rolling hills of the Chianti region to visit a winery and farm estate,known locally as an agritourismo. You’ll tour the villa and gardens to learn about wine production surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Tuscan countryside. Then, enjoy dinner accompanied by three wine varietals produced on the estate.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Montepulciano Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Cortona & Montepulciano

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside as you enjoy guided walks in both Cortona and Montepulciano.

• Walk downhill from St. Margaret’s Church to explore the town of Cortona

• Transfer to the town of Montepulciano, where you’ll pass the cathedral and enjoy breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills

Day 9: Montalcino & Pienza

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the scenic Montalcino area and the beautiful town of Pienza, nicknamed “the Pearl of the Renaissance.” 

• Walk through the countryside of Montalcino, ending at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque church surrounded by rolling hills 

• Continue to Pienza, where you’ll have free time to see the cathedral and the town’s Gothic churches

Then, enjoy a free evening in the Montepulciano region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Montepulciano Wine Tasting & Dinner $89pp* Details

One of things that makes Tuscany so special is the amount of farms and wineries that dot the countryside. For tonight’s dinner, visit a farm and vineyard near the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, which is known around Italy for its regional food and wine. Sample a few of their wines, including the world-famous Vino Nobile, and then sit down for a homemade three-course dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Rome 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Rome via Monte Amiata

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave the Montepulciano region for Rome, stopping in the Monte Amiata region on the way to visit the charming town of Abbadia San Salvatore. Later, gather with your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore the history of Rome on foot.

Add Rome Starting from $359 pp

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Walking tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans during a guided walking tour of the Eternal City.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the 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

• Walk through the Jewish ghetto, ending your tour at the Campo de’ Fiori

Enjoy free time in Rome or add an excursion.

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 12: Free Day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add an excursion.

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

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 9 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners with wine or beer, 1 wine tasting

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 6 escorted walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Montecatini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Florence

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini to get settled in. Then, meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Free day in Montecatini

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Montecatini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119pp* Details

Visit the gorgeous Tuscan town of Lucca, famous for its Renaissance-era city walls, medieval churches and awe-inspiring towers. Then, travel into the Tuscan hills to an agritourismo to learn about the process by which olive oil is extracted and refined. There, enjoy a light lunch and an olive oil tasting session.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 4: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a day trip to Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, for a tour led by your 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

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

Siena 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Siena via Chianti

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Pass through the famous Chianti region and the village of Greve en route to Siena.

• Traverse the vineyards and farmlands of the Chianti region on a local walk and sample the area’s rich red wine over an included lunch and wine tasting

• Explore the main square and winding side streets in the village of Greve

Day 6: Monteriggioni & Siena

  Included meals: Breakfast

Today, explore the rolling hills of Monteriggioni and culturally rich streets of Siena.

• Embark on a scenic walk through the woods and countryside of Monteriggioni and view the Romanesque church of Abbadia Isola

• Enjoy a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed historic center of Siena, passing the Piazza del Campo as well as entering the Piccolomini Library and Siena Cathedral

Day 7: San Gimignano & Volterra

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take a day trip to the medieval towns of San Gimignano and Volterra, where you’ll do some exploring.

• Enjoy a breathtaking view of the town as you walk into San Gimignano, a medieval hilltop city known for its towers

• Embark on an afternoon trip to Volterra, where you can visit the cathedral, Roman Theater ruins or local shops

Enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Tuscan Villa Dinner $115pp* Details

Set off into the rolling hills of the Chianti region to visit a winery and farm estate,known locally as an agritourismo. You’ll tour the villa and gardens to learn about wine production surrounded by the stunning scenery of the Tuscan countryside. Then, enjoy dinner accompanied by three wine varietals produced on the estate.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $125)

Montepulciano Region 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Cortona & Montepulciano

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy sweeping views of the Tuscan countryside as you enjoy guided walks in both Cortona and Montepulciano.

• Walk downhill from St. Margaret’s Church to explore the town of Cortona

• Transfer to the town of Montepulciano, where you’ll pass the cathedral and enjoy breathtaking views of the Tuscan hills

Day 9: Montalcino & Pienza

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the scenic Montalcino area and the beautiful town of Pienza, nicknamed “the Pearl of the Renaissance.” 

• Walk through the countryside of Montalcino, ending at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque church surrounded by rolling hills 

• Continue to Pienza, where you’ll have free time to see the cathedral and the town’s Gothic churches

Then, enjoy a free evening in the Montepulciano region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Montepulciano Wine Tasting & Dinner $89pp* Details

One of things that makes Tuscany so special is the amount of farms and wineries that dot the countryside. For tonight’s dinner, visit a farm and vineyard near the medieval hilltop town of Montepulciano, which is known around Italy for its regional food and wine. Sample a few of their wines, including the world-famous Vino Nobile, and then sit down for a homemade three-course dinner.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $99)

Rome 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Rome via Monte Amiata

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leave the Montepulciano region for Rome, stopping in the Monte Amiata region on the way to visit the charming town of Abbadia San Salvatore. Later, gather with your group at a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore the history of Rome on foot.

Add Rome Starting from $359 pp

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

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Walking tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans during a guided walking tour of the Eternal City.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the 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

• Walk through the Jewish ghetto, ending your tour at the Campo de’ Fiori

Enjoy free time in Rome or add an excursion.

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 12: Free Day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Rome or add an excursion.

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

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Montecatini, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Montepulciano Region, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
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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

Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are not allowed in Italy’s churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who chose to stay behind. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

Tuscany is known for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta, favoring subtle, lighter pastas and desserts (mostly cookies and breads) made with nuts, fruit and honey. For authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants often with only a couple of open tables and hand-printed menus. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Florence and depart from Rome. Upon arrival in Italy, a Go Ahead representative escorts you via private motor coach to Montecatini. When you first arrive at the airport in Italy, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. All other included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities of Florence and Rome by public transportation. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most of the attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Rome has one of Europe’s best metro systems, serving all the major attractions from the Roman ruins to Vatican City.

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 220 volts.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it is noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to access cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/ credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is 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.

How's the weather?

  • Montecatini, Italy
  • Siena, Italy
  • Montepulciano Region, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
Temperature Precipitation
  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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

Hiking boots are recommended for your tour, but if you don’t have them, then sturdy, comfortable athletic shoes and a change of footwear will do. To keep hydrated and better experience the local scenery, you’ll want to keep a plastic water bottle and binoculars handy. Some additional items we recommend carrying with you include: insect repellent, a sun hat, sunscreen, bandages, lip balm and a flashlight. You’ll also want to pack transitional clothing that fits comfortably and can adapt to inclement weather, such as a lightweight sports jacket, rainwear and light, loose-fitting layers. Also, remember that bare legs and shoulders are not allowed in Italy’s churches or other religious sites. Entrance may be denied on this basis.

Health

There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy. Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our scheduled walks, although we will make every effort to accommodate those who chose to stay behind. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

Tuscany is known for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta, favoring subtle, lighter pastas and desserts (mostly cookies and breads) made with nuts, fruit and honey. For authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants often with only a couple of open tables and hand-printed menus. Italians tend to indulge in long, often boisterous meals featuring wines and the occasional beer, followed by the requisite after-dinner drinks grappa or limoncello.

Transportation

Round-trip flights arrive in Florence and depart from Rome. Upon arrival in Italy, a Go Ahead representative escorts you via private motor coach to Montecatini. When you first arrive at the airport in Italy, a Go Ahead representative will meet you after clearing customs. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival. All other included transportation on your tour is by private motor coach. In your free time, you may wish to explore the major cities of Florence and Rome by public transportation. Florence is split up into two separate sections by the Arno River, with most of the attractions spread out around the Duomo. The city is walkable, although frequent local buses are also available. Rome has one of Europe’s best metro systems, serving all the major attractions from the Roman ruins to Vatican City.

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 220 volts.

Time Zones

Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it is noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Florence.

Currency

The euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available in Italy, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to access cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/ credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is 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: 6/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Guide!

We just returned from our walking tour of Tuscany with the added nights in Rome. I cannot say enough good things about this trip. We had a wonderfully small group of eleven travelers which made it possible to go to places and experience things that a larger group may not. I loved the balance of planned activities and meals and free time to explore as we wished. The walks were amazing!! Beautiful countryside, friendly people, great food. What more could you ask for? Perhaps the best thing about this tour was our guide, Giorgio. What a gem! Giorgio was personable, accommodating, knowledgable and kind. He went way above and beyond anything we expected by giving us personalized experiences and attention. He was always available to us, even during our free time, and seemed to enjoy spending additional time giving us the best experience possible. He is obviously proud of his country. We feel that we've made a new friend and I would go on any tour if he would be our guide! Grazie, Giorgio!!

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Hi Nancy! We’re glad you had a wonderful time on tour and enjoyed your small group size. It’s great to know that the itinerary felt well-balanced and chock full of lovely sites and delicious food. We’re pleased to learn that your Tour Director felt like a friend and was such a fabulous resource for your group. We will be sure to pass along your feedback to his supervisor. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Director Ever

Giorgio C. was an amazing tour director for the entire time. He treated us all like we were family and even included us with his favorite things to do during our free time (if we wanted to join him). He was very knowledgeable about the Tuscany Area and loved sharing it with us. He loved to surprise us with extra fun things to see and do, and even planned a picnic on our bus ride to Rome. I would love to do another tour if Giorgio could be our guide. He is a great asset to Go Ahead Tours and I know my husband feels the same way.

 

Hi Marilyn! We’re so pleased to learn that your Tour Director made you feel like family. It sounds like his knowledge and passion for the region shone through in everything he did. We’re glad to hear that he planned some fun surprises for your group along the way, such as a picnic on your bus ride to Rome. We will be sure to share your feedback with his supervisor. Thank you for your kind review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 13, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great way to see Tuscany!

I don't know that I have anything negative to say about this tour. Our guide, Giordano, was just terrific. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I miss his "hello, hello" greeting when we got on the bus every morning. While packing for the trip, I had the tourist mentality and was not fully prepared for the walking part of the tour. You will definitely need better shoes than Converse or Sperry's, as I discovered. (Thank goodness for the new guide that was with us that pointed me in the direction of a great store in Sienna so I could buy shoes!) Actual tennis shoes at a minimum are a must with this tour! And for the amount of walking required, remember that you will also be walking on your free time, so be sure to include that when determining if you can handle the walking part of the tour! Overall, we had an absolutely terrific experience and I have zero complaints. I would highly recommend this tour as it was a terrific way to see and discover all that Tuscany has to offer.

 

Hi Jennifer! We’re thrilled to hear that you would recommend this tour! We’re also glad that your Tour Director had a positive impact on your experience. You’re correct that good shoes are a necessity for any walking tour. Tennis shoes are highly recommended or any shoes with good support. Again, we’re so glad that you had a terrific experience and we thank you for writing a review. We hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Best Tour Director!

Had the best time! Giordano was very good! He made sure everyone was taken care of. The tour is a lot of walking so be prepared! While the tour says you walk about 2.5 miles you walk more when you explore on your own! SHOES, SHOES! I can't stress this enough! My shoes were inadequate so after I purchased a new hiking pair it was great! The hotels were nice and clean and the staff was very attentive. Never felt unsafe even when we walked back from the Colosseum at 10:30 at night! He always had a plan in case of inclement weather, his restaurant suggestions were always spot on! So glad this was my first tour!

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Hi Kelly! We’re happy you had such a great time on tour. You’re right that there is a lot of walking and that good shoes are a necessity, so we’re glad you were able to get a more comfortable pair. We’re pleased to learn that you liked the hotels and that you felt safe and secure during your tour. It sounds like your Tour Director ensured everything run smoothly and that you found his suggestions to be helpful. Thank you for your great review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 05, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/16/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip!

Our director was great! He was knowledgeable, well-organized and FUN! Had trouble regulating heat in one or two hotels. Hotel Excelsior was unhelpful and down-right rude about the fact that we were freezing in our room! Would suggest that you do not have two included meals in the same day as many of us who are older cannot eat so much! Flexibility with regard to weather was greatly appreciated! Our director really cared about each of us as individuals! Again, great trip!

 

Hi Carolyn! We’re thrilled to hear you enjoyed your Tour Director. It sounds like his enthusiasm and expertise added a lot of value to your experience! We regret, however, that the temperature in a couple of your hotels was not to your satisfaction. We will be sure to report your feedback to our team internally. We also value your feedback about the meals included in the itinerary. We do our best to meet the needs of all appetites. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/10/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Director

Our tour director, Giordano, was an excellent young fellow. He had plenty of information for all, and he is a very pleasant, caring human being. Go ahead is the best. I am taking my next tour this year on December 28 to go France to celebrate the New Year of 2017. Thanks a lot for all your efforts. In the tour I had the opportunity to meet your Business Intelligence Analyst Katherine M.; this young lady is awesome with great information. Keep up your good work!

 

Hi Victoria! We’re so glad you enjoyed your Tour Director and that you had fun with our team member, Katherine. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead, and thank you for your great review! We look forward to welcoming you on tour again soon.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | May 02, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Terrific and Caring Tour Director

Raf was an excellent tour director. His organizational skills allowed individuals to "keep moving" or "go slowly" or "don't go at all". He managed to accommodate everyone's physical abilities without any stress placed upon the group giving them the ability to do as little or as much as possible. We moved as if we were one. The congenialty of the group made it a wonderful eperience for all. The included wine tasting and lunch was fabulous! Do not change wineries. This one was a winner.

3 / 5

3 / 5

Tour Date: 9/11/2015

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: OH

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

It's a Hike not a walking Tour!

Beware as this is sold as a walking tour, but you really need to be in great shape to tackle this. The walks ( hikes) are on uneven surfaces and very uphill. I walk all of the time and it was a struggle for me as well as others years older than in our group. Tour guide was in the lead on these hikes and had no idea that some of the group was having great difficulties with the walks ( hikes) Our first hotel was not good - Hotel Nizza et Suizza...it needed extreme updating.. It was old and smelled old. Hotel in Rome just ok as it had zero ambiance and our room carpet was very dirty. Excursion values - most seemed overly priced for the value

 

Dear Rebekah, Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and for writing this review. We take every opportunity to gather our traveler’s feedback, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts. It is our aim to set the right expectation with our travelers, and let them know in advance the level of physical activity on our tours. We regret to learn that you did not feel this was accomplished in the case of this walking tour, and we will keep your experience in mind when evaluating this process moving forward. We have a team of expert Tour Directors who are trained to accommodate a range of travel styles and mobility capabilities. We have relayed your comments about your Tour Director to his supervisor, and your concerns are being addressed internally. We select hotels based on a number of factors, including location, amenities available, value, and their ability to accommodate groups. We regret that these properties did not meet your expectations, and we will be sure to thoughtfully evaluate the use of these hotels for future tours. Thank you again for reviewing your tour, and we hope to welcome you onto another Go Ahead tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | November 16, 2015

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

tour director was an added plus, fun and informative

furn group added to a great guide and good weather................makes for great 10 days

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/7/2015

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great trip

We had a wonderful time on our trip. I only have two comments which I also mentioned on the form given to the tour director. Hotels - three of the four were excellent; I say this as the first one did not have air conditioning and it was already hot! We could; however, open the windows. My other complaint was the plane flight schedule. I understand that you do not have much control over the airlines. Going to Florence from Frankfurt we missed our plane due to a airplane problem and our luggage was lost for 3 days!!..not much fun. One the way back, we only had a 1-1/2 hour layover in Newark and we missed that plane due to a plane problem. For this maybe you could schedule a longer layover time. Other than that, we had a wonderful time. Oda, our tour director, was excellent and she went over and beyond trying to help us get our luggage that was misplaced. The tour stops were very nice, and we enjoyed our optional wine tasting and olive oil processing company. Great trip!

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