Italy & Greece

11 days Multi-country
As you make your way through Italy and Greece’s most iconic cities and legendary landscapes, you’ll walk through the backdrops of ancient mythology and in the footsteps of emperors. Sit back and savor the good life in Sorrento and on the Isle of Capri, then watch as history comes to life in Rome and Athens.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and unpaved trails, with some hills and stairs.

Celebrate New Year's Eve in Rome on a special winter departure of this tour.

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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, 4 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of Tour of Italy and Greece

Overnight Flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Naples today.

Sorrento 2 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Arrival in Sorrento via Naples

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Travel to your hotel in Sorrento, then meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Capri

  Included meals: Breakfast

Join a local guide and sail across the Bay of Naples to the famed Isle of Capri before returning to Sorrento.

• Boat around the island to view Capri’s caves and grottoes (weather permitting)

• Stroll through the village of Capri

• Take a funicular ride to Capri’s upper town 

• Explore the Gardens of Augustus

Enjoy a free evening in Sorrento or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Rustic Italy: Farmhouse Dinner & Wine Tasting $109pp* Details

Take a short trip outside of Sorrento for a cultural experience at an agriturismo, or farm stay. Here you’ll have a chance to explore the lush gardens, cultivated fields and vegetation, typical of many Mediterranean regions. After touring the farm, savor an aperitif of prosecco, meant to stimulate the appetite. A four-course dinner will follow, complete with a wine tasting lead by an experienced sommelier. After an evening experiencing the Italian art of eating, return to Sorrento. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs March through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $119)

Rome 3 nights Hotel info

Day 4: Rome via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Rome, stopping along the way to explore the legendary ruins of Pompeii. 

• Embark on a guided tour of Pompeii’s ancient ruins

• View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples and baths

• Learn about Mount Vesuvius’ volcanic eruption

• See what life was like in the Roman Empire

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

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 Forum, from which the Caesars ruled their vast empire 

• 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

Enjoy a free afternoon in Rome or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dinner with Tenors $79pp* Details

End your day with an elegant four-course dinner at a local restaurant. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias, sung by professional tenors, and you might even join the singers on stage. Don’t miss this lighthearted evening of food and fun! Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from February through November.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 6: Free day in Rome

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Rome on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Iconic Sights: Vatican City $99pp* Details

This guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. Upon arrival, you’ll first visit the Vatican Museums, which are over 500 years old and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures. Next, step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze up at what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece. Finally, pay a visit the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith. The artists who have contributed to its glory are some of the best Italy has ever known, including Bramante, Peruzzi, Raphael, and Michelangelo. Masterpieces await at every turn, from Bernini’s magnificent bronze canopy to Michelangelo’s Pietà. Please note: This excursion is not available on Sundays. Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced.

Must be booked 70 days before departure

Nauplia 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Flight to Greece & Nauplia via the Corinth Canal

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

After landing in Athens, travel to Nauplia, stopping at the scenic Corinth Canal along the way.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Epidaurus & Mycenae

  Included meals: Breakfast

Visit Greece’s best-preserved amphitheater on a guided walking tour of Epidaurus, then enjoy a guided tour of the archaeological site at Mycenae.

Athens 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Athens

  Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the highlights of this bustling ancient capital, home to the world’s first democracy.  

• Tour the ancient Acropolis, site of the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike

• Visit the 6th-century Temple of Zeus

• View the classically inspired Greek Parliament

• Pass through Syntagma Square to see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Day 10: Free day in Athens

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Athens or add an excursion.

 Later, join your group for a farewell dinner in Athens.

Optional Excursion - Cape Sounion $45pp* Details

Journey to the southern tip of the Attic Peninsula to take in the sights of the Poseidon Coast, including sandy beaches, natural and manmade harbors and, of course, the Aegean Sea itself. High above the sparkling shoreline, the Temple of Poseidon dominates the landscape. Of the original structure, 16 elegant Doric pillars remain. Afterward, decide how you'd like to spend your free time. Take a moment to look out from the lofty cliffside vantage point, where you can see five Aegean islands on a clear day. You may also choose to enjoy a coffee, stop in the souvenir shop or stroll through the area. Please note: This excursion involves some walking on uneven terrain.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $55)

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to continue exploring Greece.

Add Santorini & Athens Starting from $799 pp

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

Once thought to be the lost city of Atlantis, the volcanic island of Santorini is now known for its black-sand beaches, sprawling vineyards and cliff-lined shores. The island’s volcanic soil is ideal for harvesting grapes, making it a world-class wine producer. As you soak in the Mediterranean sunset each night, be sure to sample a glass (or two) of Santorini’s labels. During your stay, you’ll also discover the area’s rich history on a local guided tour and a visit to the museum of Akrotiri, a Minoan colony buried in volcanic ash 3,600 years ago.

Santorini 3 nights Hotel info

Day 11: Ferry to Santorini

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take the ferry to Santorini, where the rest of the day is free to enjoy on your own.

Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Santorini

  Included meals: Breakfast

Take in the local sights on a guided tour of Santorini, a volcanic isle known for its black-sand beaches, cliff-lined shores and stunning whitewashed architecture.

• Visit the prehistoric settlements that were unearthed during the archaeological excavations at Akrotiri

• Ride to the top of Mount Profitis Ilias for panoramic views of the whole island 

• Stop in the small, picturesque village of Pyrgos 

Enjoy a free afternoon in Santorini or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Santorini Caldera Cruise & Dinner $119pp* Details

Board an elegant, fully equipped catamaran and sail in comfort through Santorini’s awe-inspiring caldera on this scenic excursion. You’ll cruise around the volcanic island of Nea Kamenim for views of the picture-perfect cliffside village of Oia (pronounced “EE-ah”). Situated on the western end of the island, Oia was once a maritime center and stately captains’ houses still sit on its high ridges. Take in the scenery and the sunset (on clear days) as you enjoy a buffet-style dinner of home-cooked Greek specialties on board the boat. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from May through the beginning of October only. It is also dependent upon weather conditions. A welcome drink, glass of wine, and water are included.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $129)

Day 13: Free day in Santorini

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Greek Wine Tasting & Lunch $55pp* Details

Santorini’s volcanic landscape and nutrient-rich soil nurtures a wealth of outstanding vineyards. On this excursion, you’ll tour a local winery, enjoying a film screening followed by a wine tasting. Taste five different varietals, including Vin Santo, a sweet wine made from dried grapes, then enjoy a light lunch overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $65)

Athens 1 night Hotel info

Day 14: Flight to Athens

  Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a final morning in Santorini before flying back to Athens for the night.

Day 15: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Sorrento, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Nauplia, Greece
  • Athens, Greece
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Passport & visa requirements

  • This tour visits Italy and Greece. In order to enter these countries, 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 each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.    

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with some 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 and ferries.
  • 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 arrive in Naples and depart from Athens. 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.
  • A round-trip ferry between Sorrento and Capri and a flight from Rome to Athens are included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension also includes a one-way ferry from Athens to Santorini and a flight back to Athens.)
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.

Cuisine

  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the 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.
  • 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.

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. 
  • Greece operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and use 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.  
  • 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 Standard Time (EST). 
  • Greece is two hours ahead of GMT and seven hours ahead of EST.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm in Italy and 7pm in Greece.

Currency

  • You will use the euro in Italy and Greece. 
  • 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/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.

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

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1 / 5

1 / 5

Tour Date: 3/15/2017

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NV

Tour Director: 1 / 5

Tour Value: 1 / 5

Disappointing

This is our second tour with GoAhead, and we were very disappointed (our first tour was great). This tour had very poor time management, which meant we didn't get to see many of the items on our tour's itinerary. The largest amount of time we received to explore anywhere on tour was an alley in Athens which was not on the itinerary (3 hours+ a second trip back the next day). The hotels were underwhelming, one was absolutely disgusting. The food for breakfast in one of the hotels was inedible. If you want to listen to an audio book with superfluous commentary, while looking at a guide book, this would be a good tour to take. However, if you want to see, experience, and explore, you probably need to look elsewhere. We were rushed through most of the sights, only having about 15 minutes in the Colosseum and we didn't make it to the Forum. The things that stood out as outstanding were the Farmhouse Dinner and the Dinner with the Tenors.

1 / 3
 

Dear Traveler, We regret to learn that your second Go Ahead tour did not meet your expectations. A member of our Quality Control team has reached out to you to learn more about your experience. Should you want to discuss it further, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. Regarding the time management of the tour, we are sorry you feel this could be improved. Unlike your first tour with us, this is an extremely comprehensive itinerary spanning two countries and a handful of various destinations within each of the two. That’s a lot to include in an 11-day tour, and while we do our best to ensure that ample time is given to each place, we understand that some travelers may not agree with the balance we’ve struck. That’s why we appreciate your willingness to provide detailed feedback, which we will be sure to share with our team internally. As far as the hotels, we are sorry to learn that they didn’t meet your expectations. We’re constantly monitoring our hotel ratings and working closely with our hotel partners to ensure that they’re delivering on their commitment to quality. Therefore, we will be sure to share your feedback with them directly, as well as with our internal Operations team. We’re sorry to hear you felt rushed at times, such as at the Colosseum. While we understand your desire to spend more time at these iconic sites, it is logistically very difficult to do, particularly with a group and an itinerary to adhere to. The Colosseum also receives approximately 12,000 visitors a day, which is why we strive to avoid peak visiting hours. It’s great to know that you enjoyed a number of things about the tour, such as the Farmhouse Dinner and the Dinner with Tenors. We will be sure to let our team know. Again, we appreciate that you took the time to share your experience. Please give us a call at 1-800-597-0350 if you’d like to discuss it further. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | April 03, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 11/2/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

AMAZING

I just returned from this trip and I cannot say anything bad about it. Our leader Gloria was amazing! She went above and beyond every single day! She has so much history and knowledge about this two places that you will learn so many interesting things on this tour. Capri is so beautiful and visiting the Vatican was a once in a life time event. The pace of the trip is perfect. You are given enough down time to really explore and eat on your own. I'm looking forward to booking another trip in 2018! The picture below is the sunset from our hotel in Greece! Amazing!!!!

 

Hi Karen! We’re happy that you were pleased with everything about this tour. It’s great to know that your Tour Director’s eagerness to assist your group and in-depth knowledge about the region added value and enjoyment to your experience. We’re also glad you feel that the balance of free time and guided time was just right, as we strive to provide a well-rounded experience for all travelers. We agree that Capri is breathtaking and that a visit to the Vatican is not to be missed! We’re glad you had such special experiences exploring Italy & Greece. Thank you for choosing Go Ahead. We can’t wait to see you on tour in 2018!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | November 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

The Best

This was my first trip to Europe and it was everything that I hoped for. The tour guides were very knowable and the Tour Director (Francesco Nappi ) is the greatest. He is very helpful and made sure if there were any problems he would help you. He went out of his way on things that it was not his responsibility. He helped two people find their luggage. He made recommendations of where to go and what to see, what restaurants to eat at. The tour covered the main attractions and more. Excursions where great

 

Hi Marlene! We’re happy to learn that you enjoyed your first trip to Europe. We’re also pleased to hear that the efforts of your Tour Director contributed to the success of your tour experience. We will be sure to share your feedback with him. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 21, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 10/5/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Everything I Hoped For!

This was my first time to travel alone, so I was a little anxious. There was no need to be. It turned out to be perfect, everything I hoped for. We were a small group, only 13 and everyone was so nice. All the tours were amazing, great food and all the guides very knowledgeable. Out main tour director (Francesco) was wonderful. He took such good care of us, helping everyone who had issues with patience and humor. I have already been recommending GoAhead Tours to everyone. Will definitely do it again.

 

Hi Peggie! We’re thrilled that this tour was everything you’d hoped for. Between your welcoming group and your wonderful Tour Director, it sounds like you felt very comfortable exploring Italy & Greece. We thank you for your recommendation, and we look forward to next time!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | November 07, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/28/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

WONDERFUL!

We chose GAT for our first trip to Europe/our honeymoon. I wanted to go to Italy for our trip, and my husband wanted Greece or the Greek Isles. So we found the Italy and Greece tour with extension to Santorini. BEST VACATION OF OUR LIVES! The booking of the tour went smoothly, and we paid installments at our convenience- that was a great feature! There was a little hiccup when GAT called to say that our extension was cancelled due to lack of participants. They said they could refund the extension and our trip would be shorter than we wanted, or we could leave for our trip a week earlier and keep the extension. We had to clear the change of date through work, but we really wanted that extension! In the end we left a week earlier, and it is a good thing we did- the businesses at Kamari (Santorini) were all packing up shop by the end of our stay, so if we would've gone a week later it would have been a ghost town. The change of date for our vacation was actually a blessing in disguise, and it was $200 cheaper too! We had already paid in full before the date change, and GAT didn't refund the extra money until I called them to *ahem* remind them... Every phone call with GAT was very informative, and they gave me a direct line to call (yippee!) when I was changing the date and asking a million questions about the date change. The refund that I spoke of was quick, and easy. As for our trip- it was simply perfect! All the arrangements were made for us from airfare (Delta), to hotels, to large air-conditioned tour buses from place to place, to ferry tickets, to transfers to and from the airport. Our tour director, Gloria, was simply amazing. She has been a tour guide for 20+ years, and really knows her stuff. She mixed in anecdotal stories with the tour material which kept everyone interested and laughing. Gloria arranged demonstrations of local trades- cameo making and pottery making, so we were sure to see things that weren't just the "cheesy tourist stuff," and always let us know what she recommended as good cultural souvenirs. She remembered my husband's birthday, sang him Happy Birthday in Italian, and even arranged a piece of chocolate cake with a candle on his special day (while the rest of us had the scheduled fruit dessert) during our group dinner in Rome. She was very organized and thoughtful. I was travelling on a broken foot with a walking boot, and she always made sure that even though my pace was slower than everyone else, that I was still with the group. The hotels were okay. Nothing spectacular, but I was expecting much worse than what we got since I have heard many times of the poor reputation of European hotels compared to the ones I am used to in the US. All of the rooms had their own bathroom. They were in great locations- I always felt safe, and had restaurants and shopping nearby. I actually enjoyed all of the hotels, even if the rooms themselves were not up to the US standards. Oh! And the guided tours! They were amazing! We had these little headphones, and our guide had the microphone at all times, so even though I was in the back of the group with my broken foot I could hear every word in my earbud (except in Pompeii where the local guide was physically too far away to transmit at times). I seriously CANNOT believe we saw SO MUCH in two weeks. The pace was quick, and I definitely recommend taking the free days in Athens and Santorini instead of the excursions because you will need the rest. This trip is not for the weary, and there are no disability accommodations in these countries. There were times I just wanted to give up, and some times the other physically challenged of the group actually DID give up. The terrain is uneven- lots of cobbled roads. It was so worth it though! SECRET TRAVEL TIP: There IS an elevator at the Acropolis! But in order to use it, you must have a note from your doctor saying you are mobility challenged AND have it translated to Greek. I highly recommend the extension to Santorini, as we stayed a block from the beach and just got to relax after the go go go of city exploration. As for excursions, we recommend the farmhouse dinner and Vatican City tour.

1 / 9
 

Hi Kendall! What a fabulous review! Thank you for the kind words about our services, as well as the itinerary. We’re thrilled that you describe this as the best vacation of your lives – wow! We’re also glad that, despite the cancellation of the extension, you and your husband were able to start your trip earlier. It can be nice to either begin or end a tour with some down time for independent exploration, and if you arrive earlier, you also give your body a chance to adjust to the new time zone. We’re happy to learn that you found our staff informative and proactive, and we will certainly share that kind feedback with them. It’s also great to know that you found your Tour Director to be a valuable asset throughout your trip. It sounds like she really went the extra mile, which we’re proud to say is standard for our exemplary Tour Directors. You’re right that this is an ambitious itinerary, a characteristic that many travelers find appealing, particularly if they are trying to maximize their time abroad. Thank you for your detailed review, Kendall. It was wonderful to read! We hope to welcome you and your husband on tour again.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | March 01, 2017

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MI

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

An unforgettable trip

What an amazing trip! Getting to experience Rome, Naples, Capri, Nafplio and Athens was truly unforgettable. Our tour director Kostas was fantastic. His knowledge not only of the history of Italy and Greece but his personality really made the trip enjoyable and informative. There were so many great local restaurants and tips that Kostas provided which added immensely to our trip. I would highly recommend Go Ahead for any tour in Europe and we hope to have the priviledge to travel with this company again. Every penny spent was well worth it!!

 

Hi Lisa! We're delighted to read such fantastic feedback regarding your tour. It's great to know that your Tour Director's efforts enhanced and added value to your overall experience, and that you found his insider knowledge to be useful when you needed advice. Thank you for recommending Go Ahead, and we hope we have the privilege to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 30, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: PR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Best Tour Guide Ever.

This tour was amazing. Im glad once again that i went by myself because i met the most amazing people from all around the US and of course i got to meet the most amazing Tour Guide Ever!! Kostas Rentzos!!! He was brilliant!! 5 stars all the way, i am still amazed by all that i got do and all the new food i tried, Capri Island was my favorite and i would visit again for sure. This was my second of many tours with this company. So ready for my next tour.

 

Hi Yaika! Wow, sounds like you had a fantastic time! We’re so glad. Thank you for your feedback on your Tour Director, your group, and your favorite part of the trip, the visit to the Isle of Capri. We look forward to welcoming you on your third tour!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 9/7/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: NV

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

awsome

Fantastic tour, very well organized, the tour director, Kostas was so awsome. The places we went to were stunning. The amalfi coast and the isle of Capri are just absolutely breathtaking

 

Hi Daniel! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 07, 2016

2 / 5

2 / 5

Tour Date: 8/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: IL

Tour Director: 2 / 5

Tour Value: 3 / 5

average

I expecting better service in this trip. I was disappointed that rather than get more time in sightseen historic places, tourist guide took us to walk around markets places. Hotel in Naples was too far from the main city or sightseen places, .. As a travel agent, Il consider seriously before recommended this tours package to my customers.

 

Dear Alma, We regret to hear that your tour did not meet your expectations. A member of our Quality Control team has reached out to you to discuss your experience on three separate occasions. If you would like to share your concerns with us, please give us a call back at 1-800-597-0350. We sincerely hope to hear from you.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | September 14, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/3/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Hot but beautiful

Our tour Director Gloria was amazing,sceneries were beautiful even the weather is too hot

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/14/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: AZ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Italy & Greece 2016

Our group was initially traveling to Italy & Greece for our 50th birthdays.. Along the way we added additional friends which made the adventure so much more dear in our hearts.. Everything about our adventure as travelers as Gloria (our tour director) would say was wonderful. Gloria was an absolute joy and everyday enlightened our group with funny stories, recommendations and life experiences (just do it ) that made our journey a lifetime memory to cherish. The hotels, food, local tour guides all beautiful, delicious and so knowledgeable. I highly recommend adding the extension to Santorini as it was so relaxing after 11 days of exploring Italy & Athens. I am already counting down the days until we enjoy our next adventure with Go Ahead in Ireland.

 

Hi Tracy! What a great way to celebrate your 50th birthdays! We’re so glad you were able to share this special experience with friends. It’s also wonderful to know that you enjoyed your Tour Director and that you felt she enhanced your trip. We’re delighted that you recommend the extension to Santorini, and we agree that it’s a relaxing and beautiful destination! Thank you for sharing your experience, and we are looking forward to your next tour with us.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | August 19, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/13/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great time!

This was an extremely organized tour. Everything was prepared down to the last detail. Our tour director, Claudio, was the best. He was knowledgeable and entertaining. Even my kids, ages 11 and 13, had a geeat time. I will definitely use Go Ahead Tours for future travels.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NS

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing!

LOVED the tour and mostly loved our tour director, Dina! She was great!

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: MD

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Greece/Italy

The trip was well organized and our tour guide was amazing! We had a small group of 15 people and we all bonded pretty quickly. I know that's not common ... however it made for an incredible experience. Traveling new places with new friends. I'd do it all over again in a heart bear :o) The food was delicious and the excursions fantastic! Such a great trip!

 

Hi Christina! We’re glad you felt the tour was well-organized and that your Tour Director did a great job. It’s also great to know you enjoyed the company of your group members. We're obviously big advocates of traveling to new places with new friends! We’re thrilled to learn that you would do it over again in a heartbeat. Thanks for taking the time to share feedback. We hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | January 18, 2017

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Our Tour Director, Chiara, was AMAZING!!!

I have traveled on my own and with tour groups each experience is different. I chose GoAhead travel for their great ratings and the tour group size. I expected a well run and professional company and they surpassed my expectations. Chiara was our Tour Director and she was an amazingly friendly group mom who made sure we were in the right place at the right time with the right luggage. Our group was small, only 15 of us and we became a family. There was no drama and we ended up hanging out on our in the evening; dinners/drinks, we are even planning another trip together. Pros: - Welcome packets, backpack and luggage tags were a nice surprise -Tour Director was brilliant!!!!!!!! -Tour Guides: Overall they were good...a few better than good. -Tour Bus drivers were nice and buses were clean -Well organized tour company and travel in airports were a breeze -You got a wonderful taste of Sorrento, Capri, Pompeii, Rome, Nauplia and Athens - Made new friends in the group - Communication from our Tour Director was always timely, professional and kept us up to date on when, where and what time to meet Cons: -There really aren't any free days if you do the excursions so from the moment you land until you return home, you are exhausted. -One hotel was bad (Sorrento)...really old then the rest got progressively better. I wish it was more consistent. -You only get 30 minutes free time at places; acropolis, Vatican, coliseum, etc. Not enough time for pictures and/or shopping - The dinners provided only one was great (Sorrento), Rome was inedible and the one in Athens was ok. Overall, GoAhead is great value for the money and having a small group makes the experience more personal. The tour guides were informative and the I plan on using GoAhead again...I just won't book any excursions so I can have a free day to walk around the towns, sit in a cafe or just hang out at a beach.

 

Hi Pamela! We appreciate your thoughtful and detailed review. We’re so glad you enjoyed many aspects of the tour, such as your Tour Director, local guides, and the itinerary overall. It’s also great to learn that you made friends with your group members – one of the many things we love about group travel! We appreciate your constructive criticism, such as preferring to have more free time and perhaps exploring other hotel options in Sorrento. We will be sure to communicate all of this feedback to our Operations team for evaluation moving forward. We’re thrilled to hear that you will travel with us again, and we look forward to when you do!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | October 10, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NM

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Amazing Adventure

Chiara was the best! She was our "tour mom", she made all the details come together. It made a big difference in the Italy/Greece experience. What an amazing trip. The guided tour destinations were amazing places. There was a good balance of free time and group activities. I made some great new travel friends. We are all talking about another tour. This would especially appeal to those that are interested in history and art. I would have like more exposure to the great art work and museums in these cities. A lot of activities are packed into this tour. I wish I would have done the island extension tour, next time I guess. I would recommend the rustic farm excursion. This was an amazing experience with a great atmosphere and amazing food.

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Hi Daylene! We’re so glad you had a great time on tour led by your wonderful ‘tour mom!’ It’s nice to hear that the itinerary felt well-balanced and full of interesting sites and stops. We’re happy you would recommend the farm optional, and we regret that you didn’t do the extension. It gives you another reason to go back, though! Let us know when you’re ready to take another tour with your new Go Ahead travel companions.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 06, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

VERY best tour director/tour

I cannot imagine how this trip could have been improved. I feel that there was a tremendous value for the price. Wonderful accommodations, superb tours at locations, excellent food. But none of this would have mattered without our tour director Biagio. He took exceptional care of all of us and just is irreplaceable as a contact. Everyone at all locations knew him and he had such great rapport with them. He made the whole trip. Thank you!

 

Hi Sarah! It's great to hear that you don't feel this tour needs improving. We will definitely share that with our Product Development team, who works diligently to design our itineraries. We're so glad you enjoyed your food, guided tours, and accommodations. We are also thrilled to learn that your Tour Director took exceptional care of your group. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 20, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/15/2016

Number of Past Tours: 2

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Fun group, fun tour

This is our second Go Ahead tour, back to back from last year's! This year's group was so much FUN, everyone just bonded by the third day and we felt like we've known each other for a long time. Being with a group makes a tour more enjoyable as you have others to share stories with and also make new friends. Our tour director Biaggio was the BEST! He took care of us and our needs to the highest level. He was so much fun to be around also and even with stressful situations, he was calm. The city hotels were just OK, not bad but not great either, some were old and needed an update. However, the Amalia Hotel in Nauplia was truly 5-star - the amenities, the food, and the staff were all excellent! The local tour guides give you a lot of information and insight that you won't get on your own. Everything was arranged and on time and we did not have to worry about anything and let us be completely on vacation mode which was really all worth the price of going with a tour group.

 

Hi Gemma! We’re thrilled that your second Go Ahead tour was a success! We completely agree that sharing your travel experience with a group makes it that much more special. We’re glad to hear that your Tour Director went above and beyond for you and added enjoyment to the tour overall. We appreciate your feedback on the hotels and will be sure to share your feedback with our Operations team. We’re so pleased that you could savor your trip without worrying about the logistics – that’s what we’re here for! Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour in the future.

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 08, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/18/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A-MAZ-ing

We saw and learned so much, and yet the pacing was well thought-out and the order of locations was perfect. We had enough "free time" worked into the itinerary to rest up, shop, or do local side trips. Fabio was a wonderful tour guide. The countryside was beautiful and the food was delicious! Everything worked out with a single hitch.

 

Hi Denise! We're so glad you feel this tour was well-paced. We certainly strive to include as many sites and experiences as we can without making the itinerary too full. Thank you for your feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | June 23, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 5/6/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: BC

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

A wonderful piece of heaven!

This was my first big trip with a group and it was such a great experience. The package that was put together had so much opportunity to see great sites and taste great food. Our tour director Leonor went over and beyond to make this trip so special, she really made it great. I learned so much about the history, culture and language. I loved that this tour allowed us to see all the historical and ancient sites while giving us time to explore on our own. Italy was just beautiful. I can't wait to go back! The only complaint I have was that the tour was not long enough! I would have loved to have spent more time in Sorrento and in Nafplio. Highlight for me was Sorrento. Our hotel was gorgeous and only a few minutes walk away from the restaurants, shops and beach. The perfect location and the view was breathtaking Overall I would recommend this tour and Leonor as your guide!

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Hi Francesca! We’re pleased to hear that your first group travel experience was a success! You certainly chose a beautiful part of the world to visit. From your Tour Director to the balance of the itinerary, we’re glad that you felt this tour offered plenty of opportunities for exploring, learning, and of course, enjoying delicious food. Thank you for recommending this tour, and we hopjavascript:void(0);e to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Katie, Manager of Quality Control | July 05, 2016

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