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Venice, Florence & Rome

with Naples extension
  • Duration: 12 or 15 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 433
Three legendary cities, one incredible tour.

Try as you may, it’s impossible to choose a favorite among Venice, Florence, and Rome. Each city is unique in its own right, with distinctive flavors, sights, and sounds. Float along Venice’s meandering canals. Gain new respect for the Renaissance masters in Florence. Walk in the footsteps of the ancients in Rome. And eat like a king (or queen) no matter where you are.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 4 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • St. Mark's Basilica
  • Florence Duomo
  • Ponte Vecchio
  • world-famous Italian cuisine
  • Orvieto
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Venice
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, meet your group 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)
Day 4: Free day in Venice
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Venice or add an excursion.

Islands of the Venetian Lagoon: Burano & Torcello
Excursion (additional cost)
Florence3 nights
Day 5: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains on your way to Florence, where you’ll meet a local guide for a tour of the city.

• View 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

Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 6: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

(Please note: Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns excursion may be offered on day 7 depending on the day of the week.)

Siena & San Gimignano: Tuscan Hilltowns
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 7: Free day in Florence
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another free day in Florence or add excursions.

(Please note: The Leaning Tower of Pisa and Galleria dell'Accademia Museum excursions may be offered on day 6 depending on the day of the week.)

The Leaning Tower of Pisa
Excursion (additional cost)
Galleria dell'Accademia Museum
Excursion (additional cost)
Rome4 nights
Day 8: Rome via Orvieto
Included meal: Breakfast

En route to Rome, stop in the Etruscan hilltop city of Orvieto for free time.

• Hop aboard a funicular to make your ascent to Orvieto

• See Orvieto Cathedral, a striking example of Gothic architecture

Then, continue on to Rome.

Day 9: 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 free time in Rome or add an excursion.

Rome Cooking Class & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rome or add an excursion.

(It may be offered on day 11, depending on the day of the week)

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 11: Free day in Rome
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy another day to explore the city at your leisure or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course farewell dinner. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera's best-loved arias sung by professional tenors.

Please note: The opera performance is seasonal and runs from March through November. Dinner will take place at a local restaurant from December through February.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to explore Naples.

Extension to Naples

Explore the stately palaces and churches of the Campanian capital and get an authentic taste of Neopolitan street food.

Naples3 nights
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Naples
Included meal: Breakfast

Say arrivederci to Rome as you make your way to Naples. Upon arrival, join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of this beautiful bayside city.

• Enjoy a panoramic tour with a scenic drive along the Naples waterfront

• Pass Castel dell’Ovo, the seaside castle on a peninsula in the Bay of Naples

• Visit the National Archaeological Museum and see relics of Roman history

Day 13: Free day in Naples
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Naples or add excursions.

The Lost City of Pompeii
Excursion (additional cost)
A Naples Tradition: Neapolitan Pizza
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Free day in Naples
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another day exploring Naples on your own or add an excursion.

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

Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews
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433
4.7 average
First trip!
by 2nd time traveler 

We booked with hesitation however this was the very BEST experience ! Highly recommend. Everything was perfect. Our tour guide, Andrea, was professional, respectful and knowledgeable. They gave you lots of free time where needed and the cities were beautiful and historic. Will definitely book again...

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Great trip, with some disappointment
by 2nd time traveler 

Excellent itinerary, super Tour Director, but I would not recommend this to another solo traveler due to substandard accommodations. I especially enjoyed the amount of free time to explore on my own. Local guides were, for the most part, excellent.

Grand Tour of Italy
by 3rd time traveler 

The itinerary and accommodations were excellent. Would definitely recommend this trip and Go Ahead to a friend. This is my second trip with Go Ahead and will plan another in the future. Addition of Galleria Dell'Accademia in Florence to see the sculpture David was perfect. Loved Orvieto. Want ...

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by 2nd time traveler 

Venice, Florence, and Rome were great cities to tour but Naples was a shambles. Monique Verloo, our guide, saved this part of the trip by taking us to Pompeii and Sorrento. The hotel in Naples was the best of the hotels we stayed at, though. Overall, it was a great tour

It was nice
by 2nd time traveler 

I did not enjoy the food

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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 Riviera

This classical hotel is located in Lido di Venezia. Guests enjoy a solarium, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find the Venetian Lagoon, ...

Hotel Athenaeum

This plush hotel is located in the center of Florence. Guests enjoy a gourmet restaurant, fitness room, and billiard room. Nearby, you’ll find the Duo...

Flights

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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 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets and unpaved paths, 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, as well as stepping between boats and uneven docks.
  • 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 Venice and depart from Rome (or Naples 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 boat 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 taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of your tour.
  • 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
  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 use 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 (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. See uffizi.org for the Uffizi Gallery or accademia.org for 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 your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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