Highlights
  • You’ll taste regional vintages on rolling vineyards
  • A Tuscan chef reveals the secrets of Italian cooking
  • The Renaissance still thrives in Florence
  • Chocolate becomes art at the Eurochocolate Festival
  • Rural, tucked-away hill towns are a breath of fresh air
  • Italians insist on leisure—so bring on the riposo

Sip regional Brunello di Montalcino in the Tuscan hills. Walk among the life-sized chocolate sculptures lining Perugia’s EuroChocolate Festival. Learn the craft of Italian cooking in the birthplace of the Renaissance. Gastronomy takes on a new meaning in a country where eating and art have always been revered as one and the same (and trust us, there are many, many masterpieces to be discovered).

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Food and Wine: The EuroChocolate Festival of Italy

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Thank you, Go Ahead Tours, for the trip of a lifetime. January 2017

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I was blessed to experience Grand Tour of Italy just a few weeks ago. It was the most amazing time of my life. I am already planning my next trip. The tour guide, the bus driver, the group, the hotels, the tours, the provided meals, the total experience was better than I could ever have expected. I never felt unsafe in my travels. I would recommend Go Ahead to anyone. Thank you, again!
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A trip of a lifetime! January 2017

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Went on the America the Beautiful tour in September which started and ended in Denver. It was such an amazing trip in terms of sights and people. We went to national parks such as Yellowstone where saw bison and elk, Arches with beautiful rock formations, and Mount Rushmore. We travel 6 states and over 2600 miles in 12 days. Our tour director, Stevyn Polk, was so informative ,knowledgeable and with a good sense of humor that I and my fellow travelers all are hoping to travel with him again. My fellow travelers bonded during our experience and when I left, felt that I left family. All of which I would love to see and share experiences with again.
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Had a fabulous trip thru Italy in October. January 2017

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The Go Ahead team took such good care of us throughout the trip. Always on time, total comfortable, great recommendations on our free days. The included and optional side excursions they planned were fabulous. It was a true vacation to be able to sit back and just enjoy. Food and wine - excellent. Can't wait for my upcoming trip to experience Ireland with them.
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I was at ease. January 2017

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My first tour alone to Europe. I had many apprehensions as a solo traveler. Once I arrived in Barcelona my tour guide was waiting. It was a piece of cake from there. Gracia Gonzalez de Rio made the tour a most memorable experience. A Food and Wine: A Taste of Spain, is a must for wine spectators. Art, culture, history, food and wine...what a delightful and educational experience. I cannot wait to plan my next tour! Thank you GoAhead Tours and Senora Gracia Gonzalez de Rio.
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I would recommend Go Ahead Tours to anyone looking for a good tour company. October 2015

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My tour with Go Ahead Tours to London & Paris was incredible. I learned NOT to believe what I read on the internet. The two hotels were very good, 4 Star hotels. People complained about the hole-in-the-wall hotels, where they could not even turn around, without hitting something, was absolutely NOT TRUE! I believe Go Ahead may have heeded the complaints and upgraded their hotels. I stayed at a Marriott, in London and a Mercure Hotel, in Paris. Both were very good chain hotels, with clean, spacious rooms, located near a metro or subway stop. Service was excellent and the free breakfast was very good. The neighborhoods were safe and near restaurants.
Our Tour Director, Alfredo, was excellent. The bus was spacious, comfortable and fairly
new. The AC worked fine. Our city tour guides were excellent, witty & knowledgeable. Our tour director took us on special walking tours, on his own time and it saved us the problem of seeing some attractions, on our own. He showed us how to use the Metro or subways, during this side tour.
The included city tours were excellent. We left at 9:00 and they showed us all the important sights in the city. The tour ended around noon and we were given the choice of staying , near the places of interest or going back to the hotel.The optional excursions were excellent and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. They were friendly, kind and willing to make the tour enjoyable. Our Optional tour to Stonehenge was too short. The tour to Versailles was very nice and our tour guide Terri was excellent.
I tipped the guides according to how wonderful they did their jobs..
I was nervous about the trip and it turned out to be a wonderful vacation. Anne M. was my contact at Go Ahead and she was a tremendous help to me & my family. She would always return my calls or emails.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Florence today.

Day 2: Arrival in Florence

Meals:Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Meet your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Set off to see Florence, the city at the center of the Renaissance with a local guide.

• Visit the Duomo, Florence’s legendary cathedral

• Pass Giotto’s Campanile, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture

• Step inside the Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial site of many illustrious Italians, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo

• See the medieval Ponte Vecchio and the Palazzo della Signoria, center of Florentine life

This evening, join a local chef for a cooking class where you’ll make pasta by hand, create two kinds of bruschetta and craft tiramisu for dessert. Eat your creations for dinner with accompanying wines.

Day 4: Free day in Florence

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Florence or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Medieval Lucca & the Flavors of the Countryside $119*pp

Optional Excursion - Fiesole Villa Dinner $95*pp

Day 5: Siena via San Gimignano

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included entrances: Wine tasting

En route to the enchanting city of Siena, stop in San Gimignano, “the city of beautiful towers.”

• Explore the small medieval town of San Gimignano on your own

• Sample some of the region’s fine wines and olive oils at a winery

• Arrive in Siena for this evening’s included dinner

Day 6: Montalcino & Siena

Meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Today, you’ll visit a winery and explore the vibrant cities of Montalcino and Siena

• Spend free time wandering the streets of Montalcino

• Taste three acclaimed Brunello grape wines and enjoy a light lunch

• Return to Siena, where a local guide shows you Siena Cathedral, home to major works of art by Donatello and Pisano, and the adjoining Piccolomini Library

• Stroll Siena’s medieval streets, stopping at the historic Piazza del Campo

Perugia2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Perugia via Cortona & Lake Trasimeno

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your travelers across the Tuscan landscape and into Umbria as you head toward Perugia.

• Explore the hillside town of Cortona on your own before visiting the Museum of the Etruscan Academy, home to an impressive collection of Etruscan artifacts

• Visit Lake Trasimeno, where Hannibal battled the Romans

• Enjoy a lunch of traditional Umbrian specialties

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Perugia & EuroChocolate Festival

Meals: Breakfast

Set out on a guided tour of Perugia, the medieval town known for its Etruscan Arch before indulging in the famous (and delicious) festivities.

• See the Palazzo dei Priori, a medieval palace dating back to 1298, and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo

• Wander the tunnels of Rocca Paolina, Perugia’s historic underground city

• Savor chocolate delicacies while perusing the many chocolate “exhibits” on display at the EuroChocolate Festival

Day 9: Rome via Orvieto

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Journey across Umbrian valleys en route to Rome.  Stop along the way in the Etruscan town of Orvieto for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, arrive in Rome in time for a farewell drink with your fellow travelers.

Day 10: Departure

Meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to further explore the city of Rome.

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Details
Trip Includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine, 3 wine tastings, 1 cooking lesson
  • Multilingual Tour Director
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees.
Trip Excludes
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Personal Expenses
Optional Activities

Extension to Rome $359 pp

Only in Rome can you sip cappuccino at a café 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 vibrant street life, no other city comes close.

Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 3 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum Number of People in Group: 28
Maximum tour group size: 28 travelers
Accomodations

NH Anglo American

The NH Anglo American hotel in Florence is set in a quiet yet central location in the city, between the Lungarno area and Borgo Ognissanti. The classically-styled hotel preserves all of its unique original features and reflects a fascinating age of the city. The NH Anglo American hotel's décor boasts antique furniture and impressive paintings of the Florentine school of 1800, creating an upscale, elegant atmosphere for our clients.

Hotel Garden

Hotel Garden in Siena is just within walking distance of central Siena, just outside the city walls at Porta Camollia. The central part the hotel is a prestigious villa built in 1700, nestled in a park, offering more than 100 rooms of various sizes and interior decor to fit all your travel needs and requirements. “La Limonaia” is a fine restaurant on site offering the best in Tuscan cuisine with a panoramic view of the countryside. Hotel Garden also has a swimming pool and tennis court.

Sangallo Palace Hotel

Sangallo Palace Hotel is located in the historic center of Perugia 50 meters from the fascinating 15th century fortress "Rocca Paolina". All the monuments and tourist attractions in Perugia are walking distance. Additionally the unique location of the hotel allows the guests to depart quickly to visit the nearby art cities of Umbria: Assisi, Gubbio, Spoleto, Todi, Orvieto.

Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge

Set in the elegant residential district of Parioli, within walking distance from the Borghese Gardens with its extraordinary museum, the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge hotel is perfect for either a business break or a relaxed Roman holiday. Only 20 minutes of central Rome’s world famous tourist attractions such as the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, this hotel in Rome is ideally located for transport hubs, being only 15 minutes of Stazione Termini – Rome’s main rail station – and less than 35 minutes from Rome Ciampino (CIA) Airport. The spectacular Borghese Gardens are within walking distance of this Rome hotel, as are a host of international embassies. Stay connected in the complimentary 24-hour business center and work with our staff to plan a meeting or event for up to 222 in the hotel’s 4 contemporary meeting rooms. Relax in your modern, comfortable Guest Room which benefits from complimentary WiFi access. Keep drinks cool with the in-room refrigerator and prepare snacks from the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® in the microwave. Work out in the modern Fitness Center and soothe tired muscles in the sauna or Turkish Bath. Parking is available within the Hilton Garden Inn Rome Claridge with a private garage available upon request.

Start City
Florence
End City
Rome
Cancellation Policy:

If you cancel your reservation, the cancellation fee schedule below will apply. If you are booked in a double/twin room and your roommate cancels his or her tour more than 45 days prior to departure, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee. Upon notifying GAT of your cancellation, you will be given a confirmation number that verifies your cancellation. If you purchased travel protection and are cancelling for a reason covered under the policy guidelines, cancellation fees will be reimbursed to you directly from the insurance company. In the event that you have to cancel your tour on the day of departure, you must notify GAT prior to the departure of your first flight. Any penalties for supplemental services/guarantees (including, but not limited to, flights, hotels or late additions) resulting from cancellations made at your request will be your responsibility, and all service fees are non-refundable. Substitution of travelers is not permitted. If you choose not to travel, but fail to cancel your tour prior to the departure date or if you return home before the scheduled completion of your tour, you will not be eligible for any refund or reimbursement from GAT for any unused portion of your trip or costs incurred by leaving your trip early.

For travelers with the travel protection policy (goaheadtours.com/travelprotection), Go Ahead Tours will reimburse the participant in the form of a credit voucher in the event the participant wants to interrupt their tour due to reasons not covered by their travel protection policy. The voucher is valid for one year from the day of the interruption of the tour and represents the value of the missed time on tour including any unused air, land or sea arrangements already paid for by the participant up to a maximum of $1,000 as determined by Go Ahead Tours. The voucher is personal and non-transferable and may be applied towards a future Go Ahead tour and is not exchangeable for cash. The participant is responsible for any additional costs incurred by interrupting the tour including but not limited to the return flight and other transportation costs due to the interruption. Reservation fees, rebooking fees, change fees, late and returned check fees, revision fees, supplemental fees for international deliveries and special arrangement fees are considered Used Fees once incurred and will not be refundable.

Cancellation of European land tours

  • If Days Prior to Departure is 71 days or more, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $300
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 70–46 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $450
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 45–8 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is $1,000 or 100%
  • If Days Prior to Departure is 7–0 days, then Cancellation Fee  (Includes reservation fee) is 100%*

*Percentages listed above are of the total tour cost, including reservation fee. Listed cancellation fee is applicable per traveler.

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