Northern Italy & Cinque Terre Walking Tour

11 days Walking
Go north and step into a land where rock spires rise above lush landscapes, Austrian influences characterize the village streets and tranquil lakes and perfumed vineyards spill across the horizon. An epic coastline runs alongside towering cliffs and terraced vineyards. From Lake Maggiore and the staggering Dolomites to the “Five Worlds” tucked within the Riviera’s Cinque Terre, tread through Italian landscapes at their most surreal and surprising.

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Handpicked hotels

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Tour group size: 15 - 28 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 3.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved trails, cobblestone streets and slippery walkways, 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 with wine tasting, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • 4 guided walks

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Italy today.

Lake Maggiore Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Italy

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan and transfer to the Lake Maggiore region. Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Lake Orta & Sacro Monte walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel into a region famed for its classic Italian landscapes as you make your way to picturesque Lake Orta. 

• Explore the UNESCO-recognized Sacro Monte, a series of small, fresco-lined chapels and ornate statues dedicated to Saint Francis of Assisi

• Walk along the lakeside trail, then relax and enjoy free time in the village

• Hop aboard a water taxi and cruise to San Giulio Island, which is home to a massive, ancient monastery now serving as a convent for cloistered nuns

Day 4: Free day in the Lake Maggiore Region

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in the Lake Maggiore region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Lake Maggiore Cruise & the Borromean Islands $99pp* Details

The Borromean Islands, a three-island archipelago on the western arm of Lake Maggiore, prove that great things come in small packages. Cruise to Isola Bella, a tiny isle that boasts a 16th-century palace and stunning, terraced gardens. After exploring the estate, hop back on your boat and sail around Isola Madre, the largest island in the chain. End your excursion on Isola dei Pescatori (Fishermen’s Island), the only continuously inhab¬ited member of the group, with 50 year-round residents. The traditional fishing village contin¬ues to pride itself on its heritage—look out for fishermen untangling their nets on shore. You’ll have the chance to sample the island’s special¬ties during an included lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $109)

Dolomite Region 3 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Valpolicella vineyard walk & wine tasting

  Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Leave the waters of Lake Maggiore behind for the rolling vineyards of Valpolicella, a countryside region acclaimed for its olive groves and superior wine vintages. 

• Embark on a Tour Director-led walk through some of the area’s beautiful vineyards and olive trees

• Head to a local wine estate to have lunch and taste some of the region’s most famous labels: Ripasso, Amarone and Recioto

• Continue to Bolzano, the region’s capital, set against the UNESCO-listed Dolomite mountain range

Day 6: Dolomites walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience the Dolomites from Seiser Alm, a sprawling meadow set amidst the surreal limestone peaks. (Please note: Depending on local weather conditions, the activities and sequence of your included walk may change)

• Board a cable car and ride to the village of Compatsch to begin your walk on the scenic Bullaccia Ring Trail (Please note: Depending on the season, Compatsch may be reached by bus) 

• Take in panoramic views of the surrounding stone spires and mountain valleys

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Bolzano

  Included meals: Breakfast

Discover Bolzano (or Bozen in German), a city comprised of two distinct cultures. 

• Starting in the main city square, Piazza Walther, make your way through the famous open markets to the Gothic-style cathedral

• Step into Piazza del Grano, the heart of Bolzano’s medieval village

• Tour the main streets, including Via dei Portici-Laubengasse 

• Enter the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to see Ötzi the Iceman

Enjoy a free afternoon in the Dolomite region or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Earth Pyramids & Panoramic Landscapes of Ritten $95pp* Details

Experience the stunning landscapes of Northern Italy up close (and from nearly every angle). Begin by boarding one of the world’s longest-running cable cars and riding through the Dolomite-dotted skies to Soprabolzano, a provincial village set on a plateau. From here, jump aboard the panoramic railway to Collalbo, soaking in views of rolling pastures and soaring limestone peaks along the way. Once in Collalbo, journey on foot to one of Italy’s most surreal sights: the towering Earth Pyramids. After exploring these pinnacle formations, make your way back toward town, stopping to eat dinner at a local restaurant on the Ritten Plateau. Please note: The exact itinerary of this excursion may vary depending on weather conditions and seasonal closures.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $105)

Italian Riviera 2 nights Hotel info

Day 8: Transfer to the Italian Riviera

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Wave goodbye to the Dolomites as you travel south to the Italian Riviera.

Day 9: Cinque Terre walk

  Included meals: Breakfast

Get a taste for the unique villages of Cinque Terre. (Please note: Depending on the season and weather, activities in Cinque Terre may vary) 

• Meander from Monterosso to Vernazza, absorbing the local scenery as you traverse cliff-top bridges, vineyards, olive groves and lemon orchards

• Continue to Manarola by train to the Via dell’Amore, the “Way of Love”

• Make your way to the artsy outpost of Riomaggiore before taking the train back to your hotel

Florence 1 night Hotel info

Day 10: Florence via Lucca

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Florence, tour the town of Lucca with a local guide 

• Walk along a section of the almost three-mile Renaissance-era walls 

• Take in impressive views of the classic red-tiled rooftops and cypress trees below

• Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Lucca Cathedral, Guinigi Tower, Basilica of San Frediano and the Church of San Michele in Foro

• Enjoy free time to peruse the local shops 

Continue to Florence and gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home or continue your tour in Florence.

Add Florence Starting from $339 pp

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

Make your stay in Tuscany last a little longer with two more nights in Florence, the capital of the Renaissance. Once home to the world’s artistic, literary and architectural greats, Florence is bursting with beautiful things to explore, from the Church of Santa Croce to the iconic Duomo.

Florence 2 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance, with a local guide. 

• Visit the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo 

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Walk past Piazza della Repubblica to the medieval Ponte Vecchio

• Stroll along the Arno River and through the courtyard of the Uffizi Gallery to Piazza della Signoria, center of Florentine life

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

Enjoy a free evening in Florence or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Florentine Dinner $89pp* Details

Enjoy a traditional meal at a bustling trattoria in the heart of Florence, the capital of Tuscany. Sit back as you sip a glass of wine, charmed by the rustic restaurant's atmosphere and warm Italian hospitality. Enjoy a delectable and satisfying meal beginning with antipasto or soup. Then, enjoy a main course featuring pork, beef, veal or lamb, as well as seasonal vegetables. Finish with a dish of creamy gelato or biscuits and a glass of sweet dessert wine. This evening promises to be not only an exceptional dinner, but an authentic Tuscan experience.

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

Day 12: Free day in Florence

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

Optional Excursion - San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors $85pp* Details

Travel the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the medieval village of San Gimignano. During the Renaissance, the rival Guelph and Ghibelline political factions flexed their muscles by constructing tall towers throughout San Gimignano; fourteen of those towers survive today. Later, visit a local winery for a taste of the area’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Then, enjoy lasagna during a light lunch.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 13: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport to board your flight home.

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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 3.5 hours daily across uneven terrain, including unpaved trails, cobblestone streets and slippery wallkways, 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, as well as getting in and out of boats.

  • 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.

  • Orta Peninsula – 2 miles / 2 hours. A flat path along the shore of Lake Orta with mountain views. A brief uphill climb to the UNESCO-listed Sacro Monte Nature Reserve.

  • Valpolicella Vineyard – 1.5–2 miles / 45 minutes. A moderate path from San Giorgio to a local wine estate with a few declines.

  • Bullaccia Ring Trail – 4.5 miles / 3–4 hours. A challenging walk up paved and unpaved paths for panoramic views of the surrounding valley and Dolomite Mountains.

  • Via dell’Amore – .5 miles / 40 minutes. An easy stroll along a flat path with stunning views of Cinque Terre. (Please note: this path is often closed due to construction.)

  • Vernazza and Monterosso –  1.8 miles / 2.5 hours. A difficult trek between the two beautiful villages, featuring intermittent stairs, inclines and sweeping views of the coast.      

Transportation & arrival information

  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Milan Malpensa airport and depart from Florence. When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. 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. 

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost. Please note that the transfer between Milan Malpensa airport and your hotel in Lake Maggiore Region is typically more than an hour drive. Please contact us with any questions regarding this transfer. 

  • A water taxi ride in Lake Orta are included in the price of your tour.

  • 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).



  • 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

  • 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 and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.



  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries. 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. 

  • 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. In Umbria, don’t miss sampling both the reds and whites produced around Orvieto and Perugia. 

  • 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. 


  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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.

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. See for the Uffizi Gallery or for the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

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

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5


This tour was one of the best that I have ever been on. The Lake region was beautiful. The hike through the Italian Alps was something that I will never forget. The views were breathtaking and the walk exhilarating. The Cinque Terre towns are very picturesque. Although the hike was challenging, I am glad I took it. All of our fellow travelers were wonderful. Our tour director Sabra is a very special person. Her knowledge of history and archatecture is top notch. She has a wonderful sense of humor and is very caring to each and every person on the tour.


Hi Steven! It’s fantastic to hear that this is one of the best tours you’ve ever taken. You certainly saw some unforgettable places and landscapes, and of course, the warm and welcoming culture is charming in and of itself. We’re glad to learn that your Tour Director’s knowledge and sense of humor enhanced your experience, and we will be sure to let her know. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: WI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Extraordinary trip

We had hoped for a memorable trip, but this was beyond our expectations. The group itself bonded very well and our tour guide, Sabra, was so well informed, enthusiastic and well tuned into each of our needs. I cannot say enough about her! The walking tour was challenging, perhaps a bit too much for some, but I am sure no one would have missed it. Maybe a few more words in the catalog description may help. We loved it and can't wait until our next tour!


Hi Susan! We’re pleased to hear this tour exceeded your expectations. We’re also glad your group bonded so well and that your Tour Director met each of your needs. We will be sure to share this feedback with our team internally. We appreciate your feedback on the walking aspect of the tour, and we will bring this to the attention of our Product Development team for evaluation. Thank you for your review, and we can’t wait to see you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: ID

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Bel Viaggio!

Beautiful journey, indeed! The highlight for me was the Bulaccia Ring, exactly as pictured on the brochure! The walks in the Dolomites and Cinque Terra were also as described as n the brochure. A few in our group had difficulties with the steep and uneven terrain but the panoramas made it worthwhile. Lake Maggiore and the palace tour were a jewel on the map! The winery tou and lunch was a delightful experience. Our guide, Vania, was knowledgeable and passionate about the culture and nature of Italy, particularly northern Italy. She was always looking out for those with physical and dietary issues, made a few adjustments in anticipation of the next day's itinerary. For sharing of the members' individual photos, Vania set up a Facebook account for Northern Italy Go Ahead. Based on our experiences, we hope to take another walking tour with Go Ahead or to explore the Dolomites on our own. Thanks for this opportunity!


Hi Barbara! It sounds like you had many wonderful experiences and viewed many incredible landscapes throughout this tour. We’re so glad you enjoyed everything from walking in the Dolomites to visiting Lake Maggiore. We’re also pleased to learn that your Tour Director enhanced your experience with her knowledge and passion for the region. We will be sure to let her know. Thank you for traveling with Go Ahead, and we look forward to welcoming you on your next tour soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 14, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5


What an experience. I hope I am able to do the Tuscany tour for hiking. Odd, our tour director, had so much passion for her job! Kate and I became friends. She was traveling alone, I was with my daughter. We were in the back of the group as Kate had a cane. We all made it safely because Oda came back and checked on us. Cannot wait to go again. Go Ahead Tours is the only company I will go with. If I go alone I know I will be safe and taken care of. Thank you Go Ahead Tours! Need to save for my next trip, being a senior makes you appreciate life more.


Hi Ann! We're so glad you enjoyed your walking tour in Northern Italy and that you made friends along the way. We're very happy to learn that your Tour Director made you feel safe and secure, and we will be sure to share this with her. We're honored that you will only travel with Go Ahead, and we thank you for letting us know that! Looking forward to welcoming you on your next tour.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Outstanding trip!

Our tour director, Oda, was amazing!! She is very warm and personable. She is a true professional. We had rain towards the end of the tour and she provided options so that we could still enjoy the day exploring Cinque Terre and Lucca, in spite of the weather. She also booked museum tickets for those of us that wanted to explore a few of the museums in Florence and even met us at the museums to get our tickets and help us queue up for entry into the museum. Florence was very crowded, but we were still able to enjoy the sights and scenery. I highly recommend taking the extension to Florence. The Dolomite hike was beautiful. I recommend bringing walking sticks for the Dolomite hike. This was a wonderful tour.


Hi Eileen! We’re delighted to learn that your Tour Director’s amicable nature and extensive knowledge of the region added value and enjoyment to your experience. It’s also great to know that she was able to provide good suggestions for you in light of the rainy weather. We’re glad you enjoyed your time in Florence, as this is a wonderful way to round out this tour. We’re also pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Dolomite hike. A walking stick is a great suggestion! Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 6

From: CT

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5


My 6th tour with GoAhead and a terrific experience. Much praise to Oda,our tour director.She was extremely informative,considerate,helpful respectful,always available and gifted with a playful sense of humor. And,of course,Italy speaks for itself. From the warmth of Lake Maggiore to the awesome beauty of the Dolomites;from the charm of Cinque Terre to the crowds and excitement of Florence Italy delivers. Thanks GoAhead. Why do I travel with you? Because you are so good!


Hi Kate! We're so glad you had a good time, and we agree that Italy speaks for Itself! Thank you for your fantastic review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | October 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5


The Northern Italy & Cinque Terre Walking Tour was a wonderful experience filled with wonderful sights and it was a tremendous experience. I really enjoyed all of the venues on this tour, the highlight for me was the walk on the meadow surrounded by the Dolomite Mountains, the beauty and the serenity of this excursion is one that I will cherish for many years to come. Also, I thoroughly enjoyed the areas of Lake Maggiore and the Italian Riviera and all of the hotels were very good to excellent. Our tour guide, Sabra, was a excellent guide who was very conscientious snd caring toward all of the tour members. Our group was very small and all of the group members were genuinely nice people who have travelled extensively throughout the world. My only issue is that the tour was too short, it would have been better if it had been a few days longer with a visit to another city or region. Overall, my friends and myself had a great time and we were very pleased with the tour director and the itinerary of the tour. I would highly suggest this tour if you are looking to see some of the more interesting, but, off the beaten track parts of Italy.


Hi Brendan! It’s fantastic to know that you enjoyed your time on tour. We can understand how the breathtaking views of the Dolomite Mountains would be the highlight of your trip, and we’re so glad you were able to experience that. It’s wonderful to learn that your Tour Director was helpful and that your group members were great company. We appreciate you letting us know that the trip felt too short, and we will be sure to convey this to our Product Development team. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we look forward to your next!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 25, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/1/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: SD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Terrific Walking Tour! Take It!!

We returned less than three weeks ago from a walking tour of Northern Italy. I cannot say enough good things! We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! Our director, Tini, is a star, with great local knowledge, great English skills, patience for us, and her recommendations enhanced the experience immensely. All three tour directors we've had on Go Ahead, Stefania, Valerio, and now Tini, have been phenomenal! We had great hikes, saw lovely sights, and ate great food. I must say the included meals were not memorable, but the food we ate was overall scrumptious. The hotels were fine, I must say we wish we had stayed closer to the action in Lake Maggiorre. We traveled with wonderful new friends. A great trip, I would take the exact trip again. Don't miss it!


Hi James! We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed all your Go Ahead Tour Directors over the years. We are very proud to work with the most knowledgeable and passionate staff! We’re also pleased to learn that you enjoyed your tour overall. We appreciate your feedback regarding the meals and accommodations and will be sure to pass it along to our teams internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

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

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Diverse Landscapes and Food

I am a walking tour fan and this tour gave plenty of opportunities to walk,as our weather held out. Be aware that it is dependent on dry days so plan your dates carefully. The Dolomite walk was cold and rainy at first,however our group was focused on going and it was well worth it. The Cinque Terre time was too shot as we were only able to do the first walk between Monterosso to Vernazza. The highlight of our trip was Giordano, our tour guide-the expert of food, wine, and of course the best gelato places. He even provided a picnic lunch in Lucca to us and gelato cups on another day. Our group was small and gelled quickly. We even had our own evening wine parties. The strongest feature of this trip was the diversity of the regions. Each had it's own character and foods. From German, to Italian Riviera seafood.


Hi Lisa! We're so glad you had a great time on tour. We're pleased to learn that your group dynamic was enjoyable. That's one thing we love about traveling in groups -- you can make lifelong memories and friendships! The picnic lunch in Lucca and the gelato cups sound absolutely amazing. We're so glad your Tour Director was able to arrange some unique experiences for your group. The evening wine parties sound fabulous, too! Thank you for your review, and we look forward to welcoming you on tour again.

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | June 06, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/1/2015

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wonderful Italy!

From beginning to end, this trip was magical! The hotels were amazing, most of them in the city center. "Our Georgio" hosted us in his native country with class and excellent information on many topics. A walking tour is the way to go: exploring cities, mountains, the wine country, seaside villages..all were perfect! And our companions were so much fun! Just do it.......

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