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New Rome Bus Regulation for 2019 - It was recently announced that the city of Rome will be implementing new regulations for tourist bus access to the historical city center, including the areas near the Colosseum, Forum and Vatican City. These regulations are expected to take effect on Jan 1 2019. At this time, we are uncertain of the impact these regulations will have on our itineraries, but we are closely monitoring the situation and still planning to operate as usual. Due to the uncertainty of these new regulations, the means of transportation and order of your scheduled itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation Details:
Some departures are operated with more than one coach. Hotels of similar standard may be substituted.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Venice, Rome-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 7 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Venice
    • 2 nights Florence
    • 3 nights Rome
  • Italian city hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • Breakfast daily
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout

Special Features

  • Stop at a typical farm in the Tuscan countryside for wine tasting and local specialties
  • See Pisa’s famous Leaning Tower
  • Visit the 13th-century Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This program is moderately active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps significant slopes. For touring days, expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is moderate as numerous sites are included. This is a Value program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges. Venice is truly an artistic masterpiece. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3, Wednesday - Full Day in Venice
Today you can spend the day at your leisure or, choose to participate in an optional walking tour of some of the most famous Venetian sights. The tour starts with a visit to a glass blowing factory in Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. Then travel to St. Mark's Square where you will learn about the Square's most prominent monuments, including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace as well as the Bell and Clock Towers. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue to the corner of Marco Polo's house and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that link the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. Please note: This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice and does not include entry into any landmarks and ends in St. Mark’s Square. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, enjoy an optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Venice Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Florence
Enjoy your day at leisure exploring this famous city of the Renaissance. Perhaps, choose to join the optional tour of the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular city. Tonight, a delightful optional evening begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment
*(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $62): - available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues
Important: Please note: The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers
Optional: Florence Walking Tour with Accademia Museum (AM)
Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant (PM)
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Medieval Assisi, en route to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe, which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day in Rome
Spend your day at leisure, exploring "The Eternal City" or, choose to join the optional Ancient Rome tour. Begin at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. Gain special access to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public events, that were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself
Optional: Ancient Rome (AM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Rome
Enjoy your free time to explore this magnificent city on your own or, choose to join an optional tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona
Optional: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (AM)
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Venice
Arrive in Venice and transfer to your hotel; remainder of the day is at leisure in this magical city built over a hundred small islands and connected by 400 bridges. Venice is truly an artistic masterpiece. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager
Overnight: Venice

DAY 3, Monday - Full Day in Venice
Today you can spend the day at your leisure or, choose to participate in an optional walking tour of some of the most famous Venetian sights. The tour starts with a visit to a glass blowing factory in Murano, known for its artistic and colorful Murano glassware. Then travel to St. Mark's Square where you will learn about the Square's most prominent monuments, including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace as well as the Bell and Clock Towers. Proceed to Santa Maria Formosa Square and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. Continue to the corner of Marco Polo's house and Malibran Theater. Then, return to St. Mark's Square through the Mercerie, a series of interconnecting streets that link the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark's Square, and are the main streets in the city for shopping. Please note: This is a walking and orientation tour of Venice and does not include entry into any landmarks and ends in St. Mark’s Square. The remainder of the day is at leisure or, enjoy an optional Gondola Ride, offering a different perspective of this unique city built on water
Optional: Venice Walking Tour (AM)
Optional: Gondola Ride (PM)
Overnight: Venice
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - Tuscany & Pisa en route to Florence
Depart Venice and travel through the stunning golden landscape of Tuscany, dotted with olive trees. Visit a typical Tuscan farm in the countryside for a wine tasting coupled with delectable local specialties. On to Pisa, to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. Then, travel to the lively Renaissance city of Florence, with its priceless art and architecture for overnight
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Full Day in Florence
Enjoy your day at leisure exploring this famous city of the Renaissance. Perhaps, choose to join the optional tour of the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in this spectacular city. Tonight, a delightful optional evening begins with a ride through the Tuscan hills to a lovely restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner is served along with unlimited wine and entertainment
*(Optional Uffizi Gallery Tour PM, US $62): - available for purchase only in Italy from your Tour Manager
Florence and the fine arts are synonymous. This guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery provides insight to the history of the structure and its collections. Originally the private collection of the Medici family, the palazzo was opened to the public in 1765. Your tour highlights exceptional examples of Florentine painting with an aim to help you better understand the works of masters including Giotto, Botticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci. Tour participation guarantees immediate entry to the Gallery, with no lengthy waits in oftentimes two-three hour queues
Important: Please note: The museum has a limited maximum capacity and therefore reserves the right to restrict admission. In this case, we may not be able to offer the tour. Price is based on minimum number of passengers
Optional: Florence Walking Tour with Accademia Museum (AM)
Optional: Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant (PM)
Overnight: Florence
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Medieval Assisi, en route to Rome
Depart Florence to the small medieval town of Assisi perched high on a hill in the Umbria region, with its Roman ruins, winding medieval streets and sacred shrines. Assisi is best known as the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi - patron saint of Italy. Its main attraction is the 13th century Basilica di San Francesco, one of the artistic highlights of medieval Europe, which contains the sacred relics of St. Francis and Giotto's astonishing frescoes. The town of Assisi has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significant art and architecture. Afterwards, continue to Rome, the astonishing city built on seven hills
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Rome
Enjoy your free time to explore this magnificent city on your own or, choose to join an optional tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel. Stroll through one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescoes by Michelangelo. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional walking tour of the Eternal City's grand piazzas that begins at the Spanish Steps and continues to the legendary Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the baroque Piazza Navona
Optional: Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel (AM)
Optional: Piazzas of Rome (PM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Rome
Spend your day at leisure, exploring "The Eternal City" or, choose to join the optional Ancient Rome tour. Begin at the legendary Roman Forum, the central area of the city from which ancient Rome developed. Next, view the triumphal Arch of Constantine, erected by the Roman Senate to commemorate Constantine's tenth year of leadership over the Eternal City. Gain special access to the mighty Colosseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire that seated over 50,000. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public events, that were attended by the rich, the poor and by the Emperor himself
Optional: Ancient Rome (AM)
Overnight: Rome
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Gondola Ride

One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like "rough-and-ready" characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Your gondolier will indicate the seating arrangements to balance the boat and you may not be seated next to your travel companions. Though you may envision the gondolier singing to you, there will only be a musician aboard one of the boats in your fleet of several different gondolas.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Jun 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 $66.00
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Venice Walking Tour

Start with a visit to a glassblowing factory in Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. Then, travel by boat to main Venice Island for a walking tour through the narrow alleys that suddenly open into squares, such as Campo Santa Maria Formosa and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. As you stroll through the maze of streets to Rialto bridge, listen to the stories of Venetian life from your local guide who will reveal the secrets and the stories of Venetian lifestyle. Upon arrival at St. Mark's, stop to admire and learn about the Square's most prominent monuments, including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace as well as the Bell and Clock Towers. Please note: This is an orientation walking tour of Venice and does not include entry into any landmarks.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Florence Walking Tour with Accademia Museum

Begin with a walking tour of the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air Art museum of Piazza della Signoria.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $59.00
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Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant

Come join in a Tuscan Feast tonight! An enjoyable ride through the lovely Tuscan hills will take you to a restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner will be served. As you enjoy the appetizers, the home-made pastas, the meats and dessert, let the wine flow and the music accompany your experience! Includes round-trip transportation, 5-course dinner with entertainment, and unlimited wine.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $79.00
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Ancient Rome Tour

Take a walking tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the long lines for the Archaeological Area with a professional guide. Gain special access to the Colosseum, the giant amphitheater used for gladiator fights and public spectacles, and the largest building ever built in the Roman Empire. Admire the Arch of Constantine, walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Important: Due to security restrictions no backpacks, large bags, electronic devices, or knives are allowed inside of the sights.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $59.00
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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel. Your local guide will lead you into the museums, where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescos by Michelangelo. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $69.00
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Piazzas of Rome

This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Domitian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Day #8 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Gondola Ride

One of the experiences of any Italian holiday is a Venetian gondola ride. For centuries, the traditional flat bottom boat has been a major means of transportation in Venice though its primary role today is to take tourists on rides. Gondoliers may seem like "rough-and-ready" characters, however they are actually highly skilled operators constantly working on the perfect balance of this watercraft. The profession, handed down from generation to generation, is regulated by a guild which issues a limited number of licenses to highly trained gondoliers to navigate the narrow spaces of the Venetian Canals. Explore part of the Grand Canal as well as some other hidden minor waterways. The gondola holds a maximum of six passengers. Please note that this is not a private gondola ride. Your gondolier will indicate the seating arrangements to balance the boat and you may not be seated next to your travel companions. Though you may envision the gondolier singing to you, there will only be a musician aboard one of the boats in your fleet of several different gondolas.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 30 minutes.

Day #3 01 Jun 2019 - 28 Oct 2019 $66.00
29 Oct 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $62.00
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Venice Walking Tour

Start with a visit to a glassblowing factory in Murano, known for its artistic and colorful glassware. Then, travel by boat to main Venice Island for a walking tour through the narrow alleys that suddenly open into squares, such as Campo Santa Maria Formosa and Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, the second largest square in Venice. As you stroll through the maze of streets to Rialto bridge, listen to the stories of Venetian life from your local guide who will reveal the secrets and the stories of Venetian lifestyle. Upon arrival at St. Mark's, stop to admire and learn about the Square's most prominent monuments, including the Golden Basilica of San Marco, the Doge's Palace as well as the Bell and Clock Towers. Please note: This is an orientation walking tour of Venice and does not include entry into any landmarks.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Florence Walking Tour with Accademia Museum

Begin with a walking tour of the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Walk to the magnificent Duomo, celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. Continue on a walk through the open-air Art museum of Piazza della Signoria.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2.5 hours.

Day #5 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $59.00
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Dinner at a Tuscan Restaurant

Come join in a Tuscan Feast tonight! An enjoyable ride through the lovely Tuscan hills will take you to a restaurant where a sumptuous Tuscan dinner will be served. As you enjoy the appetizers, the home-made pastas, the meats and dessert, let the wine flow and the music accompany your experience! Includes round-trip transportation, 5-course dinner with entertainment, and unlimited wine.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Day #5 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $79.00
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Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel Tour

Tour of the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's incomparable Sistine Chapel. Your local guide will lead you into the museums, where you’ll visit one of the most important art collections of the world. Admire the Gallery of Tapestries and the Geographical Maps before arriving to the Sistine Chapel, with its great frescos by Michelangelo. Stroll through St. Peter's Square, passing Bernini's famous colonnade to view St. Peter's Basilica.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $69.00
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Piazzas of Rome

This half day walking tour takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome. Stop to admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, the best preserved of any Roman building and admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Domitian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2-3 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $49.00
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Ancient Rome Tour

Take a walking tour of Ancient Rome's major sights and skip the long lines for the Archaeological Area with a professional guide. Gain special access to the Colosseum, the giant amphitheater used for gladiator fights and public spectacles, and the largest building ever built in the Roman Empire. Admire the Arch of Constantine, walk along the pavement of the original Roman grid, which crosses the ruins of the Roman Forum.

Important: Due to security restrictions no backpacks, large bags, electronic devices, or knives are allowed inside of the sights.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $59.00
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11 Day Enchanting Italy, July 2019
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Wow! Truly one of the best vacations we have ever had. Dani (tour guide) was fantastic - took special care of my 6'7" husband with seating on the bus and even put together a large table for our family and two other families since our children became fast friends, the driver Luigi lulled everyone to sleep with his excellent driving, all the guides were knowledgeable and the Gate 1 employee that met us at the airport in Naples at 4:00 a.m. was a godsend. We got to know just about everyone (40) personally on the tour and made many new friends. Extremely pleased that there were young people on the trip - my daughter (18 years) really had a great time ... In fact, one of the girls she met is going to Boston University and will be living on the same street as my daughter who will be attending Berklee College of Music and they are just 15 minutes from one another. We are even talking to the other families about another trip to Egypt or Spain!! Yes, this was a great trip from Gate 1 Travel.

Toni S. Brighton, CO
11 Day Venice with Tuscany & Amalfi, July 2019
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This Italy trip was AMAZING!!! A trip which I will cherish for my entire life. Not only did I make some new friends on the tour, but I also wanted to congratulate ViVi our guide tour for an exceptional job. We had a lot of surprises along the way, such as eating lunch at the Vatican city, tasting local espresso in Naples and all of the local recommendations which were made by her. As usual, we all wanted more time in certain areas but knew we were on a time schedule. Definitely will come back to Italy to explore!!! Our driver was exceptional and ensuring we had a good time on the bus during all of our local stops and long drive along the Amalfi Coast. I did a lot of shopping and was very pleasantly greeted by Marianna at the airport who ensured all of my pieces of luggage were taken care of safely and sound, until my arrival back home to the US!! She was amazing!!! I would take this trip a thousand times over, but with Vivi!!! What a phenomenal woman!!! Can not wait for my next trip next year celebrating my 60 bday!!! Thank you for having this trip and making sure you pick the best tour guides!!!

Marie-Jo C. Foster City, CA
14 Day Romantic Italy with Amalfi, July 2019
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It was wonderful! Our tour guide, Francesco was very knowledgeable and took care of everything. We had a great group of fellow travelers and enjoyed sharing our experiences with them. We learned a lot about the history of each city as well as the beautiful scenery. The food was delicious and the accommodations were good. It was very hot most of the time which was very tiring but we were still able to enjoy everything. We would definitely travel with Gate 1 again and will tell all of our friends and relatives about our experience. We really have no negative comments about the trip. Thank you for your assistance Gate 1!

Russ & Chris G. Hudsonville, MI
8 Day Enchanting Italy, June 2019
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The trip to Italy was beyond amazing! Our tour manager, Lorena, was absolutely superb with her professionalism, humor, kindness, and friendliness. We are extremely grateful to both her and Gate 1 for giving us the most magical experience ever. The sights were beautiful and the people were even better, and we will definitely travel with Gate 1 in the future.

Amrath R. Frederick, MD
14 Day Romantic Italy with Amalfi, June 2019
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I enjoyed my trip a lot! It was remarkably enhanced by our Tour Manager Gabriela who with her friendliness, responsibility, punctuality, knowledge and respect made me feel safe, secured and able to enjoy every minute of my Gate 1 vacation time in Italy.

Gloria J. San Francisco, CA
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice, June 2019
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It was absolutely fantastic!!! We had a marvelous time. Our fabulous tour guide Maria was AWESOME!!! She was Professional, knowledgeable, classy, fun, personable, and kind. Our family can sometimes be a little challenging but she handled us with such great care, respect, patience, and kindness. She kept us on schedule and moving to ensure our tour of Italy exceeded our expectations and it did!!! We are already planning our next trip with Gate 1.

Joyce H. Fort Washington, MD
8 Day Enchanting Italy, April 2019
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Awesome! We enjoyed every minute of it. The best part was our tour guide Luca and our bus driver Katerina. The countryside is beautiful, and the food was delicious. My favorite part of the trip was going to the Tuscan Farm and Assisi. I would do the trip again in a heartbeat. Only I would have to be promised Luca and Katerina would do it also thank you for everything Gate 1!

Kimberly S. Charlotte County, FL
11 Day Enchanting Italy, April 2019
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Our trip was wonderful! Great weather, terrific tour guide Viviana. Very professional, knowledgeable, fun and generous. She was constantly on the look out keeping track of everybody and making sure we were all safe and having a great time. She covered every single detail, every single day. She is a true asset to your company!

Karen U. Wellington, FL
8 Day Affordable Italy, March 2019
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It was awesome!!!!! Vivi, our tour guide, was outstanding; she payed attention to every detail, kept the group together and was very knowledgeable. The hotels were great and close to the attractions. Everything was well coordinated and on time. This was our 30 year wedding anniversary trip and Vivi made it unforgettable. I highly recommend this trip, thanks Vivi and thanks Gate 1.

Eda & Juan C. Port St. Lucie, FL
14 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Venice & Rome, April 2019
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This was our first Gate 1 experience and I have to say it was magnificent!! We had the best time and saw so much. Our tour guide, Vanni was an incredible tour guide. He left nothing to doubt. Everything he recommended was fantastic, his knowledge was incredible and he made the wonderful experience of our visit to Italy the trip of a lifetime. Gate 1 exceeded our expectation of a tour. As I said this was our first and it won’t be our last. I hope on our next tour to who knows where we have a guide as wonderful as Vanni.

Paula D. Hudson, MA
11 Day Venice with Tuscany & Amalfi, April 2019
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Again a wonderful trip with Gate 1!!!!!!!! Beautifully organized, wonderful accommodations and meals. Coach rides were very comfortable and I really appreciated the WIFi on the bus. By far the most important contribution to my enjoyment was directly related to our wonderful tour guide Andrea. He conveyed his sincere love for his country, was attentive and observant of everyone’s needs throughout the tour. His sendoff to the airport at 4 am was above our expectation. I will never travel with any other tour company than Gate 1.

Marlene B. Ontario, Canada
11 Day Affordable Italy with Sorrento, March 2019
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We had a fabulous time. It was the most organized trip we have taken. Everything was on time and ran smoothly. Reno was so professional, knowledgeable and went far beyond to make sure everything went smoothly and that we were having the best experience we could have. The accommodations were good, the food was great. The planning of the itinerary was great. We had time to experience all the sites but were also given enough time in the schedules to eat, shop and experience the the culture of each city.

Howard B. Royal Oak, MI
9 Day Affordable Italy, March 2019
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It was fantastic and a trip of a lifetime. Our guide, Vi, was the best. She was outgoing, knowledgeable and watched over the group like a mother hen. The local guides were great too. This was my first trip to Europe and with Gate 1, and will use only you in the future.

Katherine G. Clemmons, NC
8 Day Affordable Italy, March 2019
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Many thanks to Gate 1 Travel for a fabulous trip to Northern Italy. Our tour guide Daniella was wonderful- she was energetic, fun, and filled with lots of interesting facts about the different regions' history and culture. The tour was just the right mix of organized excursions and free time to wander and immerse yourself in the area. From the moment we got off the plane, there was no stress about making arrangements or figuring out how to get from point A to point B. I'm already looking forward to returning for a trip to Southern Italy.

Francine S. Hummelstown, PA
11 Day Affordable Italy with Sorrento, March 2019
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Our trip with Gate 1 was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Our guide Nicoletta was fantastic. Very knowledgeable and nothing was a problem for her. She worked so hard to make sure our every need and desire was met. We really enjoyed every day. Was a great mix of activities, options available and free time . We would definitely consider using Gate 1 again.

Justine D. New South Wales, Australia
10 Day Affordable Italy with Pompeii, March 2019
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Our trip was fabulous! We saw so much and the tour director, Christopher, was great about getting us where we needed to be, making sure we knew the schedule, and seeing to our needs. His humor was delightful. All of the guides were fantastic, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This is why I keep coming back to Gate 1 when I want to tour somewhere.

Jamie P. Chandler, AZ
8 Day Tuscany Fly & Drive with Milan, March 2019
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It was great! We had a lovely time. I really enjoyed the kind-hearted people, rich history, scenic landscape and delicious food and wine! And thanks to Gate 1 Travel for a marvelous trip!

Kim S. Minneapolis, MN
11 Day Affordable Italy with Naples, January 2019
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Fantastic! ... Everything ran like clockwork and hassle free. I definitely would recommend Gate 1 and I will definitely travel with Gate 1 in the future.

Janice T. Mount Wolf, PA
10 Day Affordable Italy with Pompeii, December 2018
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Our trip was fantastic! We highly recommend Gate 1! Our family of seven enjoyed every moment of our Christmas stay in Italy. Our guide, Nicoletta, was totally the best and took care of our every need. Thanks Gate 1! We hope to do another trip with you soon.

Shelly F. Williamsburg, VA
8 Day Tuscany Fly & Drive with Milan, November 2018
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As usual I am blown away by Gate 1 Travel, the prices are unbeatable, they give you everything they promise, people are always very friendly from the moment you make the reservation and the people who help you plan the itinerary.

Erika F. Raytown, MO
9 Day Affordable Sicily, October 2018
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The trip to Sicily was fantastic. I would recommend Gate 1's Sicily Trip to anyone. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our tour guide Flavia. She was kind, helpful, articulate, knowledgeable, organized, ... and above all a great tour guide. I highly recommend her! The bus was clean and luxurious and the driver was skilled and accomplished ... I highly recommend Gate 1's Sicily Tour and especially our tour guide Flavia.

James C. Georgetown, TX
11 Day Venice with Tuscany & Amalfi, October 2018
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The trip to Italy leaves me with awesome memories. Mercedes, our tour guide is an amazing and caring person with great knowledge. Having a tour guide that lived in the individual city gave me the knowledge that was impeccable ... Everyone was kind, respectful, and grateful ... Gate 1 Travel will always be the way to go.

Beverly L. Fresh Meadows, NY
14 Day Romantic Italy with Amalfi, October 2018
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It was wonderful! It was so intense that we still haven’t processed it all, but it has had a tremendous impact on us. You guys had it all figured out and are obviously on top of it all. Our guide Maurizio was absolutely fantastic. We all loved him. We will definitely travel with Gate 1 again and we hope we can book Maurizio, too!

Christine D. Lakewood, NJ
13 Day Northern Italy with Tuscany & Amalfi, September 2018
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It was wonderful from start to finish. We experienced no problems and our tour guides were the best. Fabio in Italy and Fabiola in Sicily. You have a first grade product at good prices. This was our 4th trip with Gate 1 and hopefully not our last.

Judy W. Fleming Isle, FL
9 Day Tastes of Tuscany, October 2018
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Our trip was great. It was just as described in the online information. The hotel and the daily trips were wonderful. Our tour leader Lynn did a fantastic job .... She was dedicated to making sure that everything went as planned .... Our driver Victor did a magnificent job of maneuvering the bus through the narrow streets ..... The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Thanks to Gate 1 Travel.

John M. Lansdale, PA
9 Day Classic Sicily, September 2018
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Our trip to Sicily was excellent; tour manager, driver, local guides, lodging, special group dinners and optional tours included ... We look forward to a future Gate 1 tour.

Patricia S. Monroe, CT
12 Day Enchanting Italy with Amalfi, August 2018
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Our trip was amazing. My friend has traveled with Gate 1 several times and recommended highly and I will do as well. Our tour guide Francesca Bensi was outstanding. Everything was perfect.... the hotels, guided tours, restaurants, transportation. I will definitely use Gate 1 for my next adventure. Thank you!

Hilda I. Tamarac, FL
12 Day Enchanting Italy with Amalfi, July 2018
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This trip was a dream come true. It was more than perfect. I loved Italy, our tour director Carmine was the best tour director we could ask for. He went above and beyond to make us feel safe (dealing with food allergies) at every stop... This trip exceeded our expectations. The hotels were great, the food, the places... there are no words to describe our experience. To top it all up, our group of people was excellent!

Damaris C. Lawrenceville, GA
8 Day Enchanting Italy, July 2018
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My trip was wonderful! It was so well done! Every detail was taken care of beautifully. The hotels were splendid, very well located and in wonderful condition and very clean. The tours were well planned and went off flawlessly. Michela was excellent! She went above and beyond every step of the way. When I was investigating travel companies I never heard a bad thing about Gate 1 Travel. I can honestly say everyone was right!

Shirlee A. Havertown, PA
12 Day Enchanting Italy with Amalfi, June 2018
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Our trip was fantastic. We are so happy with the Gate 1 tour and tour guide. It was all wonderful. Better than we could have imagined. No complaints. Very impressed with the hotels, the meals, the itinerary, the local guides and all the hard work our Gate 1 tour guide put in. His name was Simone'. He arranged so many nice little surprises for us that were above and beyond what was expected. He was a jewel and everyone loved him. The tour eliminated so many hassles for us. We didn't have to wait in lines. All the transportation and tours were on time and we were never left feeling neglected. We can't wait to go on another tour with Gate 1.

Beth, W. Alleman, IA
9 Day Tastes of Tuscany, May 2018
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Our trip to Montecatini was exceptional much due to our wonderful guide Carolyn and the spectacular Tuscany area. Carolyn was energetic, charming, knowledgeable and you could tell she loved giving the tour every single day. She always had some little extra information which personalized the tour for all. It was also a great group, many repeat Gate1 travelers and some first timers.

Francisco R. Lincoln, NH
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice, May 2018
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Excellent! It was so nice to have everything taken care of for us. Transitions from airport to hotel and back again were smooth as silk! I want to make a special mention of our tour guide for the week, Luca since he made this trip! Organized, but flexible; fun yet responsible… He was amazing!

Sandra C. Ontario, CA
13 Day Romantic Italy, May 2018
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Our trip was awesome. Our first experience with Gate 1 was such a wonderful one that we’re looking into another trip next year. Fabio did a great job. All the guides were very knowledgeable and very attentive. Loved all the hotels and the food. Nothing negative about the entire trip.

Maria F. Northampton, PA
10 Day Northern Italy with Venice & Tuscany, May 2018
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We had a wonderful trip. I would like to compliment our guide... She also bought “treats” for us at several locations, ending with a notepad from Florence. She made the trip special. We have been on several tours with other companies, and Gate1 certainly met our expectations. The included dinner at the vineyard was beyond what any other company included in the package.

Jane J. Rye, NY
14 Day Romantic Italy with Amalfi, May 2018
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Our trip was amazing. The itinerary was perfect and our tour director was wonderful. Martin is very knowledgeable, engaging, personable and so very organized. The accommodations were comfortable and ideally located to maximize our ability to explore independently. The local guides were also knowledgeable and passionate about their respective cities. It was an excellent experience. We’re looking forward to our next trip with Gate 1.

Eric W. Piscataway, NJ
10 Day Northern Italy with Venice & Tuscany, May 2018
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Dorsey, The trip was as fabulous or maybe even MORE fabulous than the first trip to Italy that I took with Gate1 in 2014, if that’s even possible. Vanni was an outstanding guide. One of the highlights of the trip was running into my former tour guide, Mercedes, in St. Mark’s Square in Venice. I traveled alone knowing that I’d be in good hands with Gate1. You certainly went above and beyond to see to my comfort when sending a driver to and from my entry and exit airports, and the group of people I traveled with were hilariously fun! I will definitely choose Gate 1 for all my travel adventures.

Jan B. Truckee, CA
9 Day Tastes of Tuscany, May 2018
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The trip was wonderful! Everything went according to plan without hitch. Loved our tour guide, Carolyn. Would definitely recommend this trip to others.

Bernice N. Worcester, MA
11 Day Enchanting Italy, May 2018
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I just can't say enough about the great time Gate 1 provided on my trip! The flight,hotels,food,and touring was 1st class. Our tour guide Gabriella took care of my every need. Thank you for such a beautiful vacation!

Lisa E. Reading, MA
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome, May 2018
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The trip was amazing. It was the perfect vacation. All the stars aligned to provide the perfect weather, extremely knowledgeable guides, delicious food, fun and educational optional tours and a great cast of traveling companions within our travel group. Trip of a lifetime. Highly recommend this trip as a great overview of the country Italy...I will definitely use Gate1 for further travels.

Sue S. East Amherst, NY
11 Day Enchanting Italy, April 2018
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Margaret and I had a truly wonderful time. Totally satisfied. Made new friends and enjoyed our trip very much, an experience of a lifetime. Myranne, our main guide, was fabulous and the tour guides at each site were very well informed and made the trip worth while. Hotels, locations and food were great. We were lucky to have perfect weather, late April seemed to be a great time to go. Have told others to use Gate 1.

Tom T. Geneseo, NY
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Rome, Florence & Venice, April 2018
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The trip was wonderful. Full of good experiences and so many things to see. Our guide was terrific and his concern for our well being and satisfaction was very comforting! I would strongly encourage all my friends to consider this trip in the future.

Martha A. New Whiteland, IN
9 Day Classic Sicily, April 2018
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It was a fantastic trip. We enjoyed the Sicily visit very much. Trip was made special with our tour guide Flavia Condorelli. She made sure we were out on time to allow our bus to be the first tour at all the sites, very knowledgeable on the history of Sicily. Also need to add that the accommodations and lunches/dinners provided were outstanding. The Sicilian food was one of my highlights of the trip.

Herb F. Benicia, CA
11 Day Enchanting Italy, April 2018
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My wife and I can not think of one thing Gate 1 could have done better . We never expected to see so much. Our days were just filled with new wonderful sights. Our tour guide Myrian was the best. She was so organized ,funny and knowledgeable I can't say enough about her so thank you Gate 1 for a trip we will never forget.

Michael K. Old Forge, PA
9 Day Enchanting Italy: Venice, Florence & Rome, April 2018
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Our trip was very enjoyable. We had a wonderful tour manager: Francesca Mafolina. She's very caring, loving, funny and helpful. She made our trip so easy, comfortable and stress-free. We will definitely tour with Gate 1 again.

Hsiu-chin W. Lawrenceville, NJ
Cinque Terre, Parma, Bologna & Lakes, April 2018
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We had a WONDERFUL trip...We were very pleased with the chance to sample local cuisine and wine. We enjoyed the smaller villages and feeling more immersed in the Italian culture. The weather was perfect, seeing the Alps every day was a real treat. Riccardo's choices of where to eat, to sample wines of the region, or try a local food specialty, was very much appreciated. We will continue to explore Gate 1 small group experiences if it continues to follow this model.

Glen B. Eugene, OR
16 Day Tuscany & Amalfi with Como, Venice & Rome, April 2018
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We had a great trip & a fabulous time on our 16-day tour of Italy with Gate 1 Travel. It exceeded our expectations! Our tour manager, Fabio Rapisardi, was professional, friendly, caring & concerned that everyone was pleased & enjoying their experience. He was the straw that stirred the drink on this tour and has set a high bar for the tour managers on future trips we will be taking with Gate 1 Travel. We thought we got a very good value for what we paid but Fabio with his personal touch, management skills, recommendations for our free time and again his care & concern that everyone was pleased & enjoying the trip made it, by far, the best group tour vacation we ever experienced! Based on the quality of the airline, hotels, meals, local tours, bus transport, transfers, plus other services provided & of course Fabio's management of the trip/tour we feel we can recommend Gate 1 Travel to our family and friends without any reservations. Thank you for a wonderful trip & great memories!

Rich A. Dallastown, PA
10 Day Northern Italy with Venice & Tuscany, April 2018
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Absolutely wonderful. Ana was great as a tour manager and the guides obviously knew about their cities. Great group to travel with, all on time and friendly. Looking forward to another trip, already booked to Spain in the fall.

Ann B. Milton, NH
8 Day Essential Italy, April 2018
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It was a fantastic experience! I would recommend Gate 1 to anyone. Our guide, Francesco was knowledgeable, organized and very helpful. I would not hesitate to use Gate 1 again.

Lucretia H. Livonia, MI
11 Day Affordable Italy with Sorrento, March 2018
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We had a wonderful trip. Our guide, Vanni Morelli, was fantastic. He is funny and knowledgeable and caring. We could not have asked for better. This was so much better than our cruise trip a few years ago

Carole M. Neptune Beach, FL
8 Day Enchanting Italy, March 2018
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We had a wonderful time, so informative, great tour guide Francesco, so much beauty to behold, from the water taxi to the hotel, the gondola, the tiramisu, the lasagna, the winery tour, shopping in Florence, the architecture,Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the wonderful works of Michelangelo! Well organized, and we had a great fun loving time with our fellow Gate 1 travelers. Thank you for a great experience and fond memories!

Charise S. Raleigh, NC

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