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.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 15 - 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

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, 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

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
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Passport & visa requirements

  • In order to enter Italy, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry. 
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.  

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved paths and cobblestone streets, with some steep hills. 
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.

Walks on this tour

Depending on local weather conditions, seasons and trail closures, the activities and sequence of your included walks may change. * Chianti Region – 3 miles / 1 hour. A paved and gravel path that begins with a steep incline then continues on flat ground through vineyards and farms. * Montereggioni – 3–4 miles / 1.5 hours. A downhill hike on a gravel path through woods, wheat fields and farms. * San Gimignano – 2–2.5 miles / 1 hour. A gravel path up a small incline for views of surrounding countryside and town. * Cortona – 1–2 miles / 1 hour. An easy, downhill walk from St. Margaret’s Church through the town. * Montepulciano – 1.5–2 hours / 1 hour. A paved road through the Tuscan countryside with a few inclines and declines. * Montalcino – 4 miles / 2–2.5 hours. A walk through the countryside on a mainly flat gravel path with one steep downhill portion.  

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Florence and depart from Rome. When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport. Please remain in the arrivals lounge, as the representative may be escorting fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Arrival and departure transfers to and from the hotel and airport are included for those guests who have purchased air travel through Go Ahead. For travelers who purchase their own airfare, transfers can often also be requested through Go Ahead for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. 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 baggage 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 transfers, which may include train connections or flights. 
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted. 
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • Light hiking boots or sturdy sneakers are recommended for the cobbled stones and uneven terrain.
  • You may want to consider packing a collapsible walking stick for more challenging walks.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance. 
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis)

Health

  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour. 
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at  cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breeds of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello. 

Electricity & air conditioning

  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, F or L plugs with two or three small, round pins. 
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.  
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel. 
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed. 

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply. 
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches. 
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  

Time zones

  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. 
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Rome.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Italy. 
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s 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 withdraw 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. 
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.

Tipping

  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. 
  • Tips can only be paid in cash. 

Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour. 
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions. 
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

See what our travelers say about this tour—all reviews are authentic and unedited.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/17/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Tuscany Walking Tour

This was our first experience with GoAhead Tours and our expectations were certainly exceeded many times over. The main reason for this was our tour guide Barbara. She was personable, attentive, intelligent and last but not least FUNNY! Her knowledge of the Tuscany region really enhanced our time in Italy. She freely answered questions and was truly engaged the entire trip. Thank you! We will definitely book another tour with GoAhead. Debbie

 

Hi Debbie! We’re delighted to learn that this tour exceeded your expectations and that your Tour Director was a major reason for that. It sounds like her humor, attentive nature, and vast knowledge of the region positively impacted your experience and added a lot of value to the trip overall. We will be sure to share this feedback with her. Thank you for your review, and we can’t wait to welcome you on tour again!

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

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!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: MO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A great way to see Tuscany

This was arguably the best Go Ahead tour we have taken. Raf was an excellent Tour Director and added so much to our knowledge of Tuscany and all the sites we visited. Although some of the walks were a bit challenging, I wouldn't change a thing. There's something about walking through back roads and vineyards and farms before arriving at a beautiful winery for lunch. It was a magical experience to be served lunch outdoors, overlooking enchanting views of the Tuscan countryside. My one caution to prospective tour members is to be certain you are able to walk for hours at a time on hilly and/or uneven terrain...to be fair to yourself and other tour members. This was not an issue with our tour. We had a great group of 21 and all added to the success of the tour.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Great adventure

We liked almost everything about the tour. Our tour director was a great guy. Raf was very accodating. Knowledgable and caring. He had his hands full even though we had 21 people. I do not think I would have enjoyed a larger group. Every extra person adds to the complexity. The first hotel was not the greatest. The lady at the front desk was horrible. Not friendly. Shut lights on us knowing we were still there and generally bitchy. We were really disappointed in our first meal at the hotel dacinci. We were served Turkey. It wasn't even good turkey. To be honest all the meals I ate with the group I would not have ordered This was disappointing having a fixed menu. I want to order what I like not what someone else likes. I am on vacation where the food is the primary part of the trip. Italian food. I am not sure how to get around this. I think we felt rushed with prepared food that was just ok. The sites we visited were great and I thought the tour guides did a good job. Our bus driver Julio was fantastic. He did a great job and never once did the bus jerk sway stop short or cause concern.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Trip!

Just came back last week. What an awesome group of people and tour. Our Tour Director, Raf, was very knowledgeable and helpful. Perfect size group at 21 people.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/25/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: KY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Just beautiful!

I am still smiling a mile wide thinking of this wonderful tour! I loved the walking expeditions-beautiful scenery; challenging, but not too difficult. We had wonderful group meals, a chance to see the famous spots as well as little known treasures, and an extremely knowledgeable, charming, and entertaining tour guide. Our tour guide took excellent care of the logistics and was genuinely warm and caring to each individual on the tour. It was an experience I will cherish forever.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Don't Miss It!

This tour was wonderful. We chose this for our thirtieth anniversary celebration, and are ready to do it again for 31st, 32nd, 33rd, etc! Tuscany is lovely. Good sights to see, great food and wine. Three things made it magical: Italy itself, our tour director, Valerio who was simply the best, and the group of 13 other companions we traveled with. We gelled as a group instantly, had each other's back, and were kindred spirits with a touch of adventure and a dash of mischief. Good hikes, none too challenging if not infirm. I cannot say too many good things here. We loved every minute, and the phrase we said over and over to each other, was "Magical!"

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Memories for a lifetime!

I just returned from the Walking Tuscany Tour and can honestly say that it was one of the best trips I have taken! From our tour guide (Valerio) to our bus driver (Horacio), to the group we spent 12 days with, memories were made that will last a lifetime. First of all, our tour guide was fantastic! He was so knowledgeable and energetic! He helped make the trip so wonderful! Not only did he share information with us, but he gave it a personal touch as well. He enjoyed our group, lively as we were! Our bus driver was also wonderful! He took great pride in getting everyone to our destinations safely and in a timely manner. He was also fun and enjoyed our group as well! Our entire group ended up being so compatible! We had similar interests and enjoyed our time together. I can say that I have made new friends that I will continue to keep in touch with! Although it was a bit overwhelming traveling so far away from my family (yes, I left kids and husband at home to venture out on a girls trip), Go Ahead Tours made sure everything was set and all we had to do was go and enjoy! I would definitely book a tour through Go Ahead again. Did I mention the beautiful Tuscan countryside? Everything I pictured in my head was exactly what I was able to experience. I would highly recommend this tour. There was a nice amount of walking and definitely a great amount of sights to see and enjoy. Thank you all who made this trip so wonderful!

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/12/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

INCREDIBLE TOUR

Just came back from this tour, and honestly, it was best vacation we have ever done. Three things made this tour exceptional: 1) The gorgeous Tuscan countryside, history, culture and art (and wine). 2) An enormously informative, friendly, and understanding tour director - Valerio (the Florence/Siena tour guides were also very good, especially Donatella in Siena) 3) Just a really, really fun group of tour-mates, who made the vacation so much more lively, and interesting. Go Ahead has a very well-planned tour, with just the right amount of country-side, and city walks. This is the only way to see Tuscany. I would highly recommend this tour for either first time travelers to Italy, or seasoned travelers. If I had to 'constructively' criticize anything, it would be the hotel selection. The hotel in Siena was very good, and so was the hotel in Pienza, however, the hotel in Montecatini was a little (for lack of a better word) shabby. I think a hotel closer to Florence would a better choice. But overall, a great vacation/tour. Can't wait to start planning for next year. Our tour director said that Puglia is the next Tuscany. We'll have to check that out.

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 5/8/2014

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Tuscany is gorgeous!

The walking tour of Tuscany was wonderful. We enjoyed a great group of fellow travelers, an excellent tour guide and the breathtaking Tuscan landscape. Throughout the tour, we enjoyed the experience of seeing the gorgeous, opulent Tuscan landscape. We spent the time visiting several ancient towns, experiencing incredibly wonderful churches, and eating at excellent restaurants. Our tour director was enthusiastic, generous with her time and attention, and very knowledgeable. Everyone on the tour appreciated her help, guidance and skill. By of suggestions, I would say that several of the "add-ons" were not good bargains, Two of the eating activities, in fact, were not at all worth the time or money. The Tuscan restaurant meal was not all that good, and the wine tasting didn't include a wine tasting. I wouldn't recommend any of the add-ons except the Vatican Tour.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 4/22/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

Local Flavor

This Walking Tour of Toscany gets you closed to the land, the farms and the people that make this part of the world so enchanting and gracious The walks are not hard and the places at the end of them are beautiful medieval towns. It includes mega cities like Florence and Rome for the art aficionados and also touristy towns like Montecatini Terme, Siena and Pienza for the shoppers but the best part is the visit to the three vineyards which also produce olive oil. The 3 meals in the farms were superb. The hotels are super fancy and not necessary, I would have prefered smaller not so modern accommodations and a cheaper price. The meals in the two hotels and two restaurants organised by the tour, if they can not be improved, they need to be cancelled because they were poorly prepared. The guess in this tour can find better food in restaurants in the towns at all prices. As a rule the food in Toscany is freshly prepared, healthy and natural. Toscany is the main character in this tour and it shines in its natural beauty and ancient history.

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