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New Year's Eve in Rome: The City Experience

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  • Duration: 7 or 9 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 2
Spend New Year’s Eve falling in love with Rome.

Make the Eternal City your home away from home for new year’s festivities, and step wholeheartedly into the celebratory Roman experience. Explore legendary landmarks, mingle with locals who go about their lives in the shadow of ancient ruins, and even walk underneath the city’s streets. We promise, you’re going to leave feeling like an insider.

Your tour package includes
  • 5 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine, including a celebratory New Year’s Eve dinner with Champagne toast
  • Signature farewell cooking class experience with a local chef
  • Expert Tour Director
Included highlights
  • New Year’s Eve in Rome
  • Trajan’s Column
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Roman Forum
  • Colosseum
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Rome today.

Rome5 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Rome
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and settle in. Then, gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

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

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

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire

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

• Pass by Palatine Hill to see Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots, and the Baths of Caracalla

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

(Please note: Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs excursion may be offered on day 6, depending on the day of the week.)

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Rome & New Year’s Eve celebration
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a free day in Rome or add an excursion.

Tonight, welcome the new year with a special multi-course dinner and Champagne toast. Then, the evening is yours to enjoy the city’s festivities.

A Day in Pompeii
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 5: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day exploring Rome at your leisure.

Day 6: Free day in Rome
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another free day in Rome or add an excursion. (Please note: Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may be offered on day 3, depending on the day of the week.)

Later this evening, join your group for a special cooking class and dinner. You’ll craft handmade pasta with the help of a chef before tasting your creations and raising a toast to your trip with local wine.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 7: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

If you aren’t extending your stay in Rome, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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 7: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a day in Rome or add excursions.

Castel Gandolfo & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Rome Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day in the city or add an excursion.

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

Ancient Roman Ruins of Ostia Antica
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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3 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Dec 28, 2019–Jan 3, 2020
Extension available
$2,099
Dec 28, 2020–Jan 3, 2021
Extension available
$2,099
Dec 28, 2021–Jan 3, 2022
Extension available
$2,099
Reviews
5 average
by 2nd time traveler 

I really enjoyed my tour of Rome for New Year's Eve. My tour director, Linda, was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable about Roman history. Even the tour guides brought in for specific excursions were great. I really like the atmosphere that was fostered within my group. We had a relatively small ...

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Go Ahead Tours replied on 01/21/2019

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

Immersed in Rome!
by 4th time traveler 

New Year's Eve in Rome was the first City Experience we have done with Go Ahead. Once again, Go Ahead provided exceptional service, knowledge, and fun! There is so much to see and do in Rome, so we were happy we had a week here. The food and wine were excellent! Our tour director, Linda, offered the...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 01/21/2019

Dear Julie, Happy New Year! We are glad that you e...

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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 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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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 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and dirt paths, with few 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.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team at 1.800.597.0350.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Rome. 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.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
  • For your convenience, 4-day Rome Metro pass is included in the price of your tour.
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 our 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
  • Winters in Italy are generally mild. However, to ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing and celebrations, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat, and gloves, as well as rainwear.
  • We also suggest packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can easily be layered.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or boots 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](https://www.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 your 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
  • 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).
Electricity
  • Italy operates 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.
  • 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 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 to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director andthe equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommendthe 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 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. 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 your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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