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A Week in Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome

9 days |  11 days with Sorrento Peninsula extension
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    Feel the pulse of Italy's vibrant culture.

    We've picked three iconic cities at the pulse of Italy's vibrant culture, both past and present. Venice brings romance to the forefront, with sprawling Baroque palaces and meandering, gondola-dotted canals. The Renaissance is tangible in Florence, where the presence of the world's greatest artists can still be felt. And in Rome, history is ever-present, from the crumbling Colosseum to the Forum. The people, the food, the way of life—experience what Italy is all about as you make your way from one city to the next.

    Your tour package includes

    • 7 nights in handpicked hotels
    • 7 breakfasts
    • 3 dinners with beer or wine
    • 3 guided sightseeing tours
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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    Included highlights

    • St. Mark’s Basilica
    • Florence Duomo
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Piazza della Repubblica
    • world-famous Italian cuisine
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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    Overnight Flight1 night
    Day 1: Travel day

    Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

    Venice2 nights
    Day 2: Arrival in Venice
    Included meal: Dinner

    Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, meet your fellow travelers 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

    From $95 per person

    Private Gondola Ride: Canal Cruise for Two

    From $205 per person

    Florence2 nights
    Day 4: Transfer to Florence & sightseeing tour
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Once you arrive, get to know the city with a local guide.

    • 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 5: Free day in Florence
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Enjoy a free day in Florence or add an excursion.

    San Gimignano: Medieval Sights & Tuscan Flavors

    From $129 per person

    Rome3 nights
    Day 6: Transfer to Rome & sightseeing tour
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll 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
    Day 7: Free day in Rome
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Enjoy a free day in Rome or add excursions. 

    Please note: Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may be offered on day 8, depending on the day of the week. Please call for more information.

    Iconic Sights: Vatican City

    From $145 per person

    Rome Cooking Class & Dinner

    From $109 per person

    Day 8: Free day in Rome
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Enjoy another free day to explore Rome or add an excursion. 

    Please note: Ancient Rome: St. Paul's Basilica & the Catacombs excursion may be offered on day 7, depending on the day of the week.

    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

    From $85 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 9: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay to visit the Sorrento peninsula.

    Extension to Sorrento Peninsula
    From its perch high above the Bay of Naples, Sorrento waits to welcome you with its candy-colored villas, beautiful sea views, and food you’ll be talking about for a long time. Continue on with your Tour Director to explore the Sorrento Peninsula, which is just as inviting as it sounds, and uncover history on a tour of Pompeii.
    Sorrento Peninsula2 nights
    Day 9: Sorrento Peninsula via Pompeii
    Included meal: Breakfast

    En route to the Sorrento peninsula, stop at Pompeii for a guided walking tour of the city’s ruins.

    • Discover how Roman citizens lived 2,000 years ago, before Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79
    • View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples, and baths

    Then, continue on to the Sorrento peninsula.

    Day 10: Free day on the Sorrento Peninsula
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Enjoy free time to explore the Sorrento peninsula or add an excursion.

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

    Capri: A Day on the Iconic Island

    From $149 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 11: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home.

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    Overall rating 4.7 out of 5
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      Excellent Tour
      09/05/21 by 1st-time traveler Steven

      Katia was great, as was the overall experience. The hotels were clean with accommodating staff, and fairly near major sites in all three cities. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and engaging.

      EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 11/01/21

      Hi Steven, we are so happy that you had an amazing...

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      08/29/21 by 1st-time traveler Joseph

      This was my first time booking a tour like this and I am glad I did it this way as this was mine and my wife's first time outside of the USA. I am looking forward to booking another tour.

      EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/31/21

      Thank you for your review and lovely photos, Josep...

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      Monumental Experience
      08/29/21 by 1st-time traveler Edward

      From the moment we were met by our guide David I felt this sort of liberating ‘wow this is really happening’ feeling. Being able to tour Venice, Florence, and Rome in the way we did was unforgettable.

      EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 10/31/21

      Thank you Edward for your wonderful review and pho...

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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.


      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 Villa Mabapa
      Hotel Villa Mabapa

      This Art Nouveau hotel is located in Lido di Venezia. Guests enjoy a private beach area, restaurant and bar, and library. Nearby, you’ll find Lido Bea...

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      Hotel Corona d'Italia
      Hotel Corona d'Italia

      Only steps from the Santa Maria Novella train station, Hotel Corona d'Italia boasts a privileged position in the heart of the San Lorenzo district, wh...

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      Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna
      Mercure Roma Piazza Bologna

      This modern hotel is located in Rome’s Piazza Bologna. Guests enjoy free Wi-Fi, a bar and lounge, and a fitness center. Nearby, you’ll find the 19th-c...

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      Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto
      Grand Hotel Cesare Augusto

      This cozy hotel is located in the city center. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Piazza Tasso, Marameo Beach, and...

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      Local weather

      Sorrento, Italy
      Weather averages
      High 60 °FLow 55 °F
      Rome, Italy
      Weather averages
      High 54 °FLow 49 °F
      Venice, Italy
      Weather averages
      High 51 °FLow 42 °F
      Naples, Italy
      Weather averages
      High 59 °FLow 54 °F
      Florence, Italy
      Weather averages
      High 51 °FLow 41 °F


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      Passport, visa & entry 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.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code VFS.
      Tour pacing & mobility
      • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across mostly flat terrain, including cobblestone streets, with few hills or 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).
      • 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.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to goaheadtours.com/entry-requirements and searching the code VFS.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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 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.

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