The Duke's Trip to Italy

12 days
The true question on a tour of Italy is “Where not to go?” The country is bursting with personality and beauty, making the possibilities for cultural discovery virtually endless. On this tour, you’ll see the best of the country, exploring the legendary locations of Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sorrento.

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Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Overnight flight 1 night

Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Venice today.

Venice 2 nights

Day 2: Arrival in Venice

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Italy! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Venice

  Included meals: Breakfast

Experience 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

• Take a gondola ride through the city’s beautiful canals

Please note: The gondola ride is weather-dependent.

Florence 2 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

• Step inside the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David

Day 5: San Gimignano

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Included entrances: Wine tasting

Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the essence of the region during today’s activities.

• Visit the medieval village of San Gimignano and learn about the interesting history of the area

• Head to a local winery for a taste of the region’s wines and a sample of olive oil and balsamic vinegar

• Sit down to enjoy lasagna during lunch

Rome 3 nights

Day 6: Transfer to Rome & sightseeing tour

  Included meals: Breakfast

Depart Florence for Rome, where you’ll explore the ancient city on a guided tour.

• Pass by Trajan’s Column and Piazza Venezia, the city’s central hub

• Stop at the ruins of the Forum, once the setting of parades, elections, and trials

• Soak up over 2,000 years of history in Imperial Rome, viewing the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, and the Temple of Venus and Roma

• Enter the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater of the Roman Empire, and take time to explore on your own

Day 7: Vatican City

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Rome or add excursions.

Optional Excursion - Ancient Rome: St. Paul’s Basilica & the Catacombs $65pp* Details

Descend into Rome’s ancient catacombs, where early Christians buried saints and popes alongside commoners. A local guide will lead you through burial chambers before your visit to St. Paul’s Basilica, one of the four most important basilicas of Rome, originally founded by Constantine the Great. The Basilica also houses the tomb of St. Paul. Please note: Shorts and sleeveless shirts are not permitted within the basilica. Also, this excursion involves extensive walking and may be inadvisable for claustrophobic travelers.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Optional Excursion - Rome Cooking Class & Dinner $85pp* Details

Join in on this hands-on cooking class led by an experienced Italian chef. During this evening in Rome, you’ll learn how to make traditional dishes such as ravioli, gnocchi, and fettuccine. Then, enjoy eating the foods you cooked during an included dinner with wine.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)

Day 8: Vatican City

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s guided tour takes you inside the world’s smallest state, Vatican City. 

• Visit the Vatican Museums, which are over 500 years old and hold many of the world’s most important Classical- and Renaissance-era sculptures 

• Step inside the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll gaze up at what is perhaps Michelangelo’s greatest masterpiece 

• Pay a visit to the enormous St. Peter’s Basilica, the epicenter of the Roman Catholic faith 

Please note: Backpacks are not allowed in the Vatican and a dress code of no shorts or sleeveless shirts is enforced. 

This evening, enjoy an elegant, four-course dinner at a local restaurant. While you dine, you’ll be treated to some of opera’s best-loved arias.

Sorrento 3 nights

Day 9: Sorrento via Pompeii

  Included meals: Breakfast

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

• Learn how wealthy Romans lived as you explore the ruins

• View the excavated Roman ruins of theaters, villas, temples, and baths

Day 10: Capri

  Included meals: Breakfast

Explore the picturesque island of Capri on today’s guided tour.

• Take a boat ride around the island

• Spend free time exploring the area at your leisure

Please note: Today’s activities are weather-dependent. In the case of inclement weather a visit to Anacapri will replace the boat ride around the island.

Day 11: The Amalfi Coast

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Enjoy a full-day excursion to the scenic Amalfi Coast, which offers magnificent views of the sea.

• Drive along the coast, stopping at Amalfi Cathedral and at the Madonina viewpoint in Positano

• Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping in Amalfi

• Continue along the coast to Vietri sul Mare before returning to Sorrento

Celebrate your trip at a farewell diner this evening.

Day 12: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Naples airport for your flight home.

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  • Venice, Italy
  • Florence, Italy
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sorrento, Italy
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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 each 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, 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, uneven docks, and getting in and out of ferries.

  • 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 arrive in Venice and depart from Naples. A Go Ahead representative 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. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

  • Water taxi rides in Venice, a gondola ride in Venice, a round-trip ferry ride from Sorrento to Capri, as well as a boat ride around Capri are included in the price of your tour.

  • All other included transportation is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loosefitting 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 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).

  • The cuisine of Southern Italy is often what diners think of when imagining Italian flavors—pasta with tomato sauces, olives and olive oil, zucchini, veal, and fish are all featured prominently on menus throughout the region.

  • 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 uses 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 electrical 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.

  • Hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but 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 Standard Time (EST).

  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 6pm on tour.

Currency

  • You will use the euro on 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 other museums during your free time, we recommend that you make reservations in advance. Please note that the museums are closed on Mondays.

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.

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