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Florence, Tuscany & the Italian Riviera

with Lake Como extension
  • Duration: 9 or 11 days
  • Group size: 15-30
  • Reviews: 31
Get to know Italy at its finest.

Slow down and learn the true meaning of la dolce vita as you explore three of Italy’s most inviting destinations. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo and Dante in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and take in Tuscany’s iconic red rooftops and green hills. Then, make your way to the sunny, colorful shores of the Italian Riviera and Cinque Terre.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 3 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Florence Duomo
  • Giotto's Campanile
  • Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • Lucca’s city walls
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Florence4 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Florence
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

With a local as your guide, get to know Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, as you make your way through the UNESCO-recognized historic center.

• View the legendary Florence Cathedral, known as the Duomo

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

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

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, the center of Florentine life

This afternoon, enjoy free time to explore Florence or add an excursion.

Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day exploring Florence or add excursions.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Excursion (additional cost)
Fiesole Villa Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy another free day to explore Florence or add an excursion.

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns
Excursion (additional cost)
Italian Riviera3 nights
Day 6: Italian Riviera via Lucca
Included meal: Breakfast

Known for its Renaissance-era walls, Lucca sits in the heart of Tuscany. You’ll get to know the town on a guided tour.

• Walk along a section of the city’s walls and learn about their illustrious history

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

• Descend into the center of town to view the Palazzo Pfanner, Guinigi Tower, and Basilica of San Frediano

• Enter San Martino Cathedral and San Michel in Foro, a basilica known for its intricately inlaid facade

This afternoon, continue to the Italian Riviera.

Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Cinque Terre
Included meal: Breakfast

Discover Cinque Terre, an idyllic cluster of five villages set on seaside cliffs.

• Travel by boat along the coast for dramatic cliffside views

• Stop for free time to explore the seaside villages of Vernazza and Monterosso

• Admire the Liguria region’s varied landscape as you transfer back to your hotel

Please note: The boat ride is weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather, you’ll visit the villages by train. In addition, the specific villages you visit may vary./em>

Day 8: Free day on the Italian Riviera
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day to explore the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

Later, join the rest of your group for a farewell dinner.

Villages of the Italian Riviera & Lunch
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Genoa airport for your flight home or continue your trip to explore Lake Como.

Extension to Lake Como

Head to northern Italy and spend a few days soaking in the scenery and culture of the Lake Como region.

Lake Como2 nights
Day 9: Transfer to Lake Como & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Head north to beautiful Lake Como, located in the foothills of the Alps, where your Tour Director introduces you to the waterfront city of Como.

• See Como’s eclectic architecture, glittering lakefront, and mountain scenery

• View Como Cathedral, one of the last Gothic cathedrals built in Italy

Day 10: Free day in Lake Como
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a full free day in the Lake Como area or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Lake Como Cruise & Bellagio
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Milan airport for your flight home.

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Wonderful Experience
by 2nd time traveler 

My ten days away were great. Our tour guide Bojan did a super job. He was extremely organized yet laid back and approachable at the same time. The tour provided just the right amount of scheduled tour time with plenty of free time to site see ourselves. The meals and hotels offered what was need...

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Even Better Than Expected
by 2nd time traveler 

The entire tour was exceptional! Every hotel was beautiful and in the perfect location with excellent staff. I enjoyed every meal and each excursion! I would highly recommend this tour and our tour director made everything effortless. I’m ready to go again today.

Amazing time amazing memories
by 2nd time traveler 

If you are ready to get away, relax and have an organized and dependable tour company take the stress out of traveling. Go ahead travels is your tour company. We went to Italy with an amazing group of people. Our tour director Bojan was knowledgeable, personable and made sure our tour was everything...

Tuscany tour
by 2nd time traveler 

Wonderful tour. Our tour director was exceptional.

by 2nd time traveler 

My tour w as very good and I met great travelers and had a wonderful tour guide. The trip was most enjoyable. Thank you.

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Hotel Pierre

This elegant hotel is located in the historic center of Florence. Guests enjoy room service, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Duomo, Pia...

Grand Hotel Bristol

This Art Nouveau-style hotel is located in Rapallo. Guests enjoy a spa, fitness center, and restaurants. Nearby, you’ll find Portofino Natural Park, M...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
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 paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some hills and stairs.
  • 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.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Florence and depart from Genoa (or Milan Malpensa on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours 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 Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Please note that the transfer between your hotel in the Lake Como region and the Milan Malpensa airport on the tour extension is typically more than an hour drive. Please contact us with any questions regarding this transfer.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • 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.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • 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 Italy.
  • 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 Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account 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 breed 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.
  • On the Italian Riviera, a taste of the region's famous basil pesto is a must. Luscious seafood dishes are popular along the shore, but true Ligurians favor simple, traditional recipes like minestrone soup and_farinata_, an unleavened chickpea pancake.
  • For more authentic meals, try_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 hotels 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 (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD 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. Seeuffizi.orgfor the Uffizi Gallery oraccademia.orgfor the Accademia Gallery. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate you understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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21 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Jul 18–Jul 26, 2019
$2,549
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Sep 12–Sep 20, 2019
Extension available
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$2,549
Sep 26–Oct 4, 2019
Extension available
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$2,549
Oct 17–Oct 25, 2019
$2,349$2,249
Nov 7–Nov 15, 2019
Extension available
$2,099$1,799
Mar 26–Apr 3, 2020
$2,249$2,149
Apr 16–Apr 24, 2020
Extension available
$2,449$2,349
May 7–May 15, 2020
Extension available
$2,449
May 28–Jun 5, 2020
$2,799$2,699
Jun 18–Jun 26, 2020
Extension available
$2,799
Jul 2–Jul 10, 2020
$2,649
Jul 16–Jul 24, 2020
Extension available
$2,649
Sep 10–Sep 18, 2020
Extension available
$2,549
Sep 17–Sep 25, 2020
$2,549
Sep 24–Oct 2, 2020
Extension available
$2,549
Oct 1–Oct 9, 2020
$2,349$2,249
Oct 15–Oct 23, 2020
Extension available
$2,349$2,199
Nov 5–Nov 13, 2020
Extension available
$2,099$1,999
Mar 18–Mar 26, 2021
$2,249
Mar 25–Apr 2, 2021
Extension available
$2,249
Apr 15–Apr 23, 2021
$2,449
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