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Venice, Florence & Rome for Solo Travelers

with Sorrento Peninsula extension
  • Duration: 9 or 11 days
  • Group size: 15-28
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Mangia your way through Italy with fellow foodies.

The Colosseum and Saint Mark's Basilica are classic sites to cross off your Italian bucket list. But on this trip to Venice, Florence, and Rome for solo travelers, you'll discover that perfecting your gelato order and finding which trattoria has the best margherita pizza are just as important. Travel solo (but never alone!) as you discover the ins and outs of the local culture and cuisine alongside like-minded adventurers.

Your tour package includes
  • 7 nights in a private room at handpicked hotels
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 cooking class
  • Guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Mercato Centrale
  • Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Piazza Navona
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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: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Italy! Settle in to your hotel. Then, gather with your Tour Director and fellow group members at a mixer before enjoying a 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.

Venice at Sunset: Grand Canal Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Florence2 nights
Day 4: Transfer to Florence & food tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross through the Apennine Mountains as you make your way to Florence. Then, set off on a culinary-themed walking tour of the city with a local guide.

  • Enter the Mercato Centrale and learn about the ingredients and flavors prevalent in Italian cuisine
  • Visit Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio, where locals shop for fresh fruit, vegetables, and more

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
Excursion (additional cost)
Rome3 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Rome & walking tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll take a guided walk to discover the beautiful squares and fountains throughout the city center.

  • Stroll past the Spanish Steps, where Bernini’s Baroque-style fountain has stood since the 1600s, and head to the intricately carved Trevi Fountain
  • Enjoy a gelato tasting before entering the Pantheon, home to the world’s largest unenforced concrete dome
  • Learn about the engineering skills of the ancient Romans and how they created this well-preserved temple
  • End at Piazza Navona and see the Fountain of the Four Rivers
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Rome
Included meal: Breakfast

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Romans on a guided tour of the Eternal City.

  • View the Arch of Constantine and soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome
  • Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire
  • See Circus Maximus, the stadium where ancient Romans raced chariots
  • Pass by the Temple of Hercules Victor and the Theatre of Marcellus
  • End your tour in the Jewish ghetto neighborhood, where you’ll stop at a local bakery to sample kosher Roman delicacies

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 8, depending on the day of the week.

Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 8: Free day in Rome & cooking class
Included meals: Breakfast, Cooking class, Farewell dinner

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

Please note: Iconic Sights: Vatican City excursion may be offered on day 7, depending on the day of the week.

This evening, enjoy a hands-on cooking class led by an experienced Italian chef. You’ll learn how to make traditional dishes such as ravioli, gnocchi, and fettuccine and enjoy eating the foods you cooked during a farewell dinner.

Iconic Sights: Vatican City
Excursion (additional cost)
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 a free day on the Sorrento peninsula or add an excursion.

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

Scenic Amalfi Coast
Excursion (additional cost)
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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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 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 Athenaeum

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

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...

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...

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

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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
Florence, Italy
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Venice, Italy
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Sorrento, Italy
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Naples, Italy
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Rome, 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 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).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Italy.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Venice and Northern Italy are known for flavorful meats and pastries.
  • Tuscany is world-famous for its wine, oil, sauces, and pasta. Menus favor subtle, lighter pastas and desserts made with nuts, fruit, and honey. Try a dish featuring the region’s Chianina beef, perhaps the most prized breed of cattle in all of Italy. For wine, popular Tuscan reds include Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which are primarily made from the Sangiovese grape. Well-known white wines are also made around the San Gimignano region.
  • Roman food is typically freshly prepared and varies depending on the season. Must-try bites include cacio e pepe (a simple dish of pasta, cheese, and pepper) and supplí (a fried rice ball similar to Sicily's arancini).
  • For more authentic meals, try local trattorias, small restaurants set away from the main piazzas. A typical Italian meal includes wines and the occasional beer, followed by a few sips of after-dinner drinks like grappa or limoncello.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Italy operates on the European standard 220–240 volts and use Types C, F, or L plugs with two or three small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotel may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Italy is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and six hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.
Currency
  • You will use the euro on this tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for 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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