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Italy, the Adriatic & Greek Islands Cruise

with Rome extension
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  • Duration: 12 or 14 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 55
Take to the the high seas in one of the world’s most historic regions.

Start your adventure exploring Venice before embarking on a cruise of the Mediterranean. While visiting many prominent ports of call, you’ll discover temples dedicated to the ancient gods, sky-spanning sunsets, and the ruins of legendary civilizations.

Your tour package includes
  • 3 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 7 nights aboard the Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 9 dinners, select meals with beer or wine
Included highlights
  • St. Mark’s Square
  • the Grand Canal
  • Dubrovnik
  • Franciscan Monastery
  • Kotor
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Venice
Included meal: Dinner

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

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Admire historic churches, winding canals, and picture-perfect piazzas on a guided tour of the city known as "the Queen of the Adriatic."

• Step into the iconic St. Mark's Square and enter St. Mark's Basilica

• View the stately Doge's Palace, built in the Venetian Gothic style in 1340

• Marvel at the Bridge of Sighs, the link between Doge's Palace and the New Prison

• See a glassblowing demonstration to learn about the city's most celebrated art

Enjoy a free afternoon in Venice or add an excursion.

Gondola Ride: Venice Canal Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two
Excursion (additional cost)
Overnight Cruise7 nights
Day 4: Cruise embarkation
Included meal: Dinner

Your cruise departs from Venice this afternoon. Board your ship, Rhapsody of the Seas, and settle into your stateroom. Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Dock in Dubrovnik and enjoy an included lunch. Then, join a local guide to explore the UNESCO-listed city center, famous for its towering stone walls.

• Pay a visit to the 13th-century Franciscan Monastery, which boasts the most extensive library in the region

• View the impressive Rector’s Palace and the city’s ornate cathedral

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Kotor, Montenegro
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Make your way along the Adriatic coast to Montenegro. After docking in historic Kotor, enjoy an included lunch. Then, spend a free afternoon exploring the UNESCO-recognized city center.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 7: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spend the day aboard the cruise ship. Soak in the ocean views as you enjoy an included lunch and make your way to Greece.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 8: Santorini, Greece
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stop in Santorini and enjoy an included lunch before exploring the volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores, and stunning whitewashed architecture.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 9: Katakolon, Greece
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise along to Ionian Sea and enjoy an included lunch. Then, visit Katakolon, a gateway to the UNESCO-recognized site of the Ancient Olympic games.

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 10: Day at sea
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

As you make your return to Italy, sit back, enjoy an included lunch, and take in the scenery.

Enjoy for an included dinner later this evening.

Venice1 night
Day 11: Return to Venice
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to your hotel after disembarking in Venice. Then, spend a free afternoon exploring "the City of Bridges" or add an excursion.

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

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Rome.

Extension to Rome

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.

Rome2 nights
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Rome via high-speed train. Then, follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

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

• Stop at the ruins of the Roman Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Day 13: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome or add excursions.

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

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Dinner with Tenors
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 14: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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7 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 4–Sep 15, 2019
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$2,849
May 6–May 17, 2020
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$2,799
May 20–May 31, 2020
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$2,799
Jul 1–Jul 12, 2020
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$2,849
Jul 29–Aug 9, 2020
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$2,849
Aug 12–Aug 23, 2020
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$2,799
Sep 23–Oct 4, 2020
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$2,699
Reviews
4.5 average
Outstanding Tour
by 2nd time traveler 

The tour was absolutely amazing. Everything was coordinated exceptionally well by our tour guide, Dina. Unfortunately we missed our stop in Croatia due to some bad weather but the cruise did everything they could to make it up to us. The amount of places you see and things you do for the price is de...

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Overall, good Trip!!
by 3rd time traveler 

Overall, this was a good trip! and I enjoyed myself and I would recommend it to others. Still, I would hope that Go Ahead will consider our thoughts indicated here: (1.) Some of us believe that the price we paid for this cruise-"tour", should have included guided tours (from Go Ahead) at the ...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/12/2019

Dear Traveler, Thank you for your feedback and for...

A Dream Come True
by 10th time traveler 

First, hats off to the staff for mentoring and going beyond the call of duty in helping me plan another memorable vacation. After we landed in Venice, our Tour Director, Chiara, had us transported to our hotel via water taxi which was an amazing beautiful villa with the pictures of rich and famous p...

Greece Adventure!!!
by 13th time traveler 

Hotel in Venice was too isolated, other than that the tour was great and our tour director, Andrea, was awesome. Would definitely recommend. A lot for your money. Did have an issue with our cabin when booking, but it was resolved, but not exactly to my satisfaction.

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/19/2019

Dear Sharon, Thank you for your feedback! We are ...

by 2nd time traveler 

Andrea, our tour director was excellent. He made our experience very special.

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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 Sant' Elena

This modern hotel is located in Venice’s Castello district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find the Bridg...

Rhapsody of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas brings the features of a bigger ship to the experience of sailing with a smaller cruise liner, and offers a ran...

Hotel Massimo D'Azeglio

This historic hotel is located in central Rome. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar and lounge, and fitness area. Nearby, you’ll find the train station, Te...

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About the cruise ship
  • Features on Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas blend the amenities of a bigger ship with the cozy feel of a smaller cruise liner. Aboard, you’ll find inviting public spaces and well-appointed staterooms with all the comforts of home.Download a detailed summary of the ship’s amenities and available cabins.
Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Italy, Montenegro, and Greece, 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 two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter these countries on a cruise.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads, cobblestone streets, and unpaved trails, with few 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 trains and small boats.
  • 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
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Venice (or Rome on 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.
  • Water taxis in Venice, a seven-night Mediterranean Cruise, and boat rides are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a train ride from Venice to Rome.)
  • 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.
  • There are two formal dinners aboard the cruise ship and we recommend packing dressier attire for these evenings.
  • You should bring an overnight bag with you when you board the cruise ship as it can take some time for your luggage to be delivered to your room.
  • 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.
  • Sun protection is very important. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun.
  • 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.
  • Please note that codeine (commonly found in headache medications) is banned in Greece, and you may face prosecution if you bring it into the country.
  • 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
  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for their 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.
  • Food in Montenegro offers a variety of flavors. Potatoes, cabbage, ham, and sausage might make you feel at home but you may want to try something new such as bakrdan (a porridge of cornmeal, potato, and cheese) or the tasty ćevapi kebab (a grilled meat patty).
  • Greece’s warm climate ensures a constant supply of fresh, high-quality fruits and vegetables. Salads served with aromatic olive oil, feta cheese, and oregano are plentiful. Simple grilled fish and meat are integral to Greek cuisine, as well as squid and octopus. Don't miss the spinach and cheese pies, called spanakopita.
  • On the tour extension, Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese, and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).
  • The cruise ship offers 15 restaurants and dining options, including a wide variety of cuisines and dining atmospheres. Room service is also available 24/7.
  • Breakfast and lunch are open seating in the ship’s dining room, and dinner is served in two sittings (6:30pm and 8:30pm). Please confirm your time preference at check-in at the terminal. If you do not get the dinner sitting you would like, please speak to the dining room maitre d’ at the earliest opportunity. He or she will do their best to accommodate you.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Aboard the ship, there will be outlets for both North American standard 110 volts and European standard 220-240 volts, which take a Type I plug with three large, flat pins.
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • Montenegro and Greece operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses Types C, E, or F plugs with two 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. Please keep in mind that only a limited number of adapters and converters can be borrowed on board the cruise ship.
  • 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. These amenities cannot be guaranteed in your hotels, but the cruise ship will provide a hairdryer in your room.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Wi-Fi is available for purchase aboard the cruise ship.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Italy and Montenegro are one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Greece is two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it is 6pm in Italy and Montenegro and 7pm in Greece.
Currency
  • You will use the euro in Italy, Montenegro, and Greece.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available abroad, 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.
  • On board the cruise ship, you will be issued a card that will enable you to sign for most shipboard expenses, such as optional shore excursions, bar bills, and spa treatments. Your account can be settled with cash, traveler’s checks, or a major credit card such as American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club, or Discover Card. Personal checks are not cashed or accepted.
  • In ports of call, you may find a good supply of U.S. currency in small denominations very useful when bargaining for everything from taxi rides to souvenirs.
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.
  • Gratuities for services aboard your cruise ship are not included in the price of your tour but will be automatically charged to your on-board account. In general, this gratuity amounts to the equivalent of $20USD per person per day, which covers all service charges for ship personnel. A separate 15 percent service charge is automatically added to all bar tabs and spa services.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your 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.
  • Shore excursions, where you disembark the ship to discover your destination with an expert guide, are offered through the cruise ship andwill be available for booking 20-30 days before your departure.
  • Be sure to ask cruise representatives about shore excursions, as some are quite walking intensive. Also, please be advised that passengers who do not choose to partake in shore excursions are typically the last to disembark in that day’s port.