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Rome: The City Experience

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  • Duration: 7 or 9 days
  • Group size: 15-38
  • Reviews: 111
Fall in love with Rome.

Step wholeheartedly into the Roman experience and make the Eternal City your home away from home. Explore legendary landmarks, mingle with locals who go about their lives in the shadow of ancient ruins, and learn how to craft fresh Italian cuisine during a cooking class. We promise, you’re going to leave feeling like an insider.

Your tour package includes
  • 5 nights in a well-located hotel
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine, including a signature farewell dinner experience with a cooking lesson
  • Expert Tour Director
  • Sightseeing tour with a local guide
Included highlights
  • Trajan’s Column
  • Piazza Venezia
  • Roman Forum
  • Temple of Venus and Roma
  • 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 Tour Director and 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
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Rome at your leisure or add an excursion.

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

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

A Day in Florence: Renaissance Art & Architecture
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 6: Cooking class & farewell dinner
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)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay in Rome.

Extension to Rome

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a cafe in front of the Pantheon, buy grapes at a centuries-old market, and have an audience with the pope—all in one morning. For a mix of spectacular art, grand history, and exuberant street life, no other city comes close.

Rome2 nights
Day 7: Free day in Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free 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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26 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Oct 19–Oct 25, 2019
Extension available
$2,699CAD
Nov 2–Nov 8, 2019
$2,299CAD
Dec 7–Dec 13, 2019
Extension available
$2,299CAD
Mar 21–Mar 27, 2020
$2,299CAD
Apr 4–Apr 10, 2020
Extension available
$2,699CAD
May 9–May 15, 2020
$2,699CAD
Jun 20–Jun 26, 2020
Extension available
$2,849CAD
Jul 11–Jul 17, 2020
Extension available
$2,549CAD
Aug 8–Aug 14, 2020
$2,549CAD
Sep 5–Sep 11, 2020
Extension available
$2,749CAD
Oct 17–Oct 23, 2020
Extension available
$2,699CAD
Nov 7–Nov 13, 2020
$2,299CAD
Mar 13–Mar 19, 2021
Extension available
$2,299CAD
Mar 27–Apr 2, 2021
$2,299CAD
Apr 10–Apr 16, 2021
Extension available
$2,699CAD
May 8–May 14, 2021
Extension available
$2,699CAD
May 22–May 28, 2021
$2,849CAD
Jun 19–Jun 25, 2021
$2,849CAD
Jul 10–Jul 16, 2021
Extension available
$2,549CAD
Jul 24–Jul 30, 2021
$2,549CAD
Aug 7–Aug 13, 2021
$2,549CAD
Sep 18–Sep 24, 2021
Extension available
$2,749CAD
Sep 25–Oct 1, 2021
$2,749CAD
Oct 2–Oct 8, 2021
Extension available
$2,699CAD
Oct 16–Oct 22, 2021
$2,699CAD
Nov 6–Nov 12, 2021
$2,299CAD
Reviews
4.8 average
Great trip
by 2nd time traveler 

A great trip with an excellent tour director.

Rome is great
by 5th time traveler 

Loved Rome and this city stay. Hotel was clean and centrally located. We visited a number of sites on our own in addition to the excursions. Nice balance of free time and excursions. Unfortunately, the tour extension was cancelled. Would have liked a longer stay. Surprisingly, we found food in...

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by 4th time traveler 

Tour was exciting & tour director, Stefania, was excellent just wish it would have been one day longer.

So much to see in Rome!
by 4th time traveler 

There are many attractions to see! Rome is very historical city. I loved Florence and could never have imagined how big the ruins are in Pompeii! Stephania, the tour guide, is excellent!!! The last night pasta making dinner was really fun. The hotel was centrally located, just a block or two from go...

Roman Holiday
by 7th time traveler 

Thank you Go Ahead Tours for another amazing vacation! The Rome City Experience was fabulous for many reasons. First, I would like to commend our tour director Fabrizio. This man has certainly found his calling. He was personable and humorous, organized and detail-oriented, and truly cared about...

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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.
  • 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 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.
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](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 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).
  • 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 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.