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Food & Wine: Northern Italy & the Italian Riviera

with Venice extension
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Two words to sum up northern Italy? Great. Food.

Eating isn’t just a part of the daily grind here—it’s a full-on art form. Stand beside the masters in their kitchens, farms, and wineries and learn the ins and outs of the region’s knockout delights. From wine on the Riviera to Parmigiano-Reggiano in Parma to fresh-cooked tagliatelle in Bologna, prepare to indulge in the best the region has to offer.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 2 wine tastings
Included highlights
  • Barolo wine tasting
  • Castle of Grinzane
  • Cavour
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano tasting
  • balsamic vinegar tasting
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Milan today.

Turin3 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Milan & transfer to Turin
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Arrive in Milan, then transfer to your hotel in Turin. Meet your fellow travelers and Tour Director at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Turin
Included meal: Breakfast

This morning, set out on a guided tour to discover Turin, home to Italy’s former Royal Family, the House of Savoy.

  • Pass through Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama, and Palazzo Carignano
  • Step inside the Royal Church of San Lorenzo
Day 4: Free day in Turin
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Turin or add an excursion.

Palace of Venaria & Gardens
Excursion (additional cost)
Italian Riviera2 nights
Day 5: Italian Riviera via La Morra & Barolo
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Stop at the village of La Morra for a panoramic view of the Langhe, the hilly Piedmont region famous for its cheeses, truffles, and wines. While here, you'll enter the UNESCO-recognized Castle of Grinzane Cavour.

Then, visit Barolo, a small town with one of the most well-known names in Northern Italian wine.

  • Enjoy a light lunch of local specialties
  • Stop at a winery to walk through the vineyards and sample local Barolo vintages

After, continue on to the Italian Riviera.

Day 6: Free day on the Italian Riviera
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day on the Italian Riviera or add an excursion.

Cinque Terre Villages & Wine Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Bologna3 nights
Day 7: Bologna via Parma Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

As you head to Bologna, Italy’s culinary capital, stop to try some culinary delights.

  • Visit a local Parmigiano-Reggiano producer and enjoy a cheese tasting
  • Stop at a balsamic vinegar villa for lunch and a tasting of the region’s famous vinegar known as Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Then, continue on to Bologna.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Bologna
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

This morning, venture out on a walking tour with an expert local guide.

  • Visit the University of Bologna, the world’s oldest operating university
  • Peruse the local fish and vegetable market district and visit Piazza Maggiore

Spend a free afternoon in Bologna or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy an included dinner featuring cuisine from the Emilia-Romagna region.

Carpigiani Gelato University Visit & Tasting
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 9: Free day in Bologna
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full free day in Bologna before trying your hand at pasta making at tonight’s cooking class and included dinner.

Verona2 nights
Day 10: Verona via Valpolicella
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Today, you’ll transfer to Verona, stopping in Valpolicella along the way. Here, you’ll enjoy a light lunch and sample three red wines typical of the region: Amarone, Ripasso, and Recioto. Then, venture on to Verona.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Verona
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Join your guide on a walking tour of the “city of love.”

  • Discover the sites that served as the backdrop for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, including Casa di Giulietta, Juliet’s house and storied balcony
  • Stroll down Via Mazzini, admiring the marble along the street as you go
  • Visit Verona’s UNESCO-recognized historic district to see the Verona Arena, Piazza della Erbe, and Lamberti’s Tower

Later, join your group and raise a toast to your trip at tonight’s farewell dinner.

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 the city of Venice.

Extension to Venice

All the picture books in the world won't prepare you for the sight of Venice's gilded palaces rising from the sea. Explore the city's many famous churches and museums, but set aside time to get lost in the maze of canals and streets. Deceptive and mysterious, Venice has a soft spot for wanderers.

Venice2 nights
Day 12: Venice
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Transfer to Venice, stopping in the Province of Treviso along the way.

  • Tour 17th-century wine cellars to learn about Prosecco production
  • Enjoy a light lunch at Osteria followed by a tasting of 3 different Proseccos, white wines that are comparable to Champagne
Day 13: 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."

  • Explore the Rialto market, famous for its fish and vegetable stands
  • 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. Then, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members this evening.

Venice at Sunset: Grand Canal Cruise
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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Amazing trip!
by 2nd time traveler 

This trip was amazing! Loved almost everything about it. The hotel locations, the food, the wine, the tours and activities and the people all of it was just wonderful. Only thing we didn’t love was the last hotel we stayed at in Venice. It was not nearly as nice as the others we stayed at and the br...

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The best tour ever!!
by 2nd time traveler 

Sabra is amazing, so knowledgeable, so up beat & made our tour one of exceptional!! I have shared your website with several people Can’t wait until the next tour!!

by 3rd time traveler 

It was a great tour overall. Sabra, our tour guide was exceptional! She went above and beyond what was expected, taking excellent care of us throughout the entire tour. The hotels were all very nice and the tours were all great. We have no complaints whatsoever. Great Job!

Fabulous Tour!
by 6th time traveler 

A great tour with a combination of wine, food, great company, historical sights and our Tour Director went above and beyond throughout the whole tour! We would highly recommend this tour!

Wonderful Tour
by 11th time traveler 

My recent Food and Wine of Northern Italy tour was one of the best I've taken with Go Ahead , and our Tour Director, Sabra, was fantastic. The attention to all facets of each scheduled excursion elevated them unbelievably . Where they were held, the people involved, the personal touches of meeting...

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.

NH Lingotto

This upscale hotel is located in the Lingotto area, south of Turin's city center. Guests enjoy a tropical garden, rooftop jogging area, bar and restau...

Hotel Jolanda

This elegant hotel is located in Santa Margherita Ligure. Guests enjoy a bar and lounge, restaurant, and fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the beach...

Art Hotel Orologio

This charming hotel is located in Piazza Maggiore. Guests enjoy free WiFi, a buffet breakfast, and luggage storage. Nearby, you'll find Basilica di Sa...

Best Western Hotel Firenze

Elegance, semplicity and comfort are the leading characteristics in the interior design of the Standard Rooms at the Best Western Hotel Firenze. The r...

Flights

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  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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Local weather
Bologna, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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Parma, Italy
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Turin, Italy
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Venice, Italy
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Verona, Italy
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FAQ
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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 3 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the 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 Milan and depart from Verona (or Venice on the tour extension).A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Water taxi rides in Venice are included in the price of the tour extension.
  • 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.
  • On the Italian Riviera, a taste of the region's famous basil pesto is a must. Seafood is popular along the shore, but true Ligurians favor simple, traditional recipes like minestrone soup and farinata, an unleavened chickpea pancake.
  • For more authentic meals, try trattorias,small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like_grappa_ or limoncello.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and 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 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.
Dates & prices
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2020
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May 16
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May 27
$4,379
$4,379
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May 23
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Jun 03
$4,379
$4,279
Extension
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Jun 06
Wed
Jun 17
$4,379
$4,379
Sat
Jun 20
Wed
Jul 01
$4,379
$4,379
Extension
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Jul 04
Wed
Jul 15
$4,379
$4,279
Sat
Jul 25
Wed
Aug 05
$4,379
$4,379
Extension
Sat
Sep 05
Wed
Sep 16
$4,279
$4,179
Hot deal
Sat
Sep 12
Wed
Sep 23
$4,279
$4,279
Extension
Sat
Sep 26
Wed
Oct 07
$4,279
$4,279
Sat
Oct 10
Wed
Oct 21
$4,179
$4,179
Extension
Sat
Nov 14
Wed
Nov 25
$4,029
$3,929

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