This was our second Amber Road tour. Once again, we were very pleased with the accommodations, the itinerary, the tour manager, and the ideal size of the group. The hotel rooms were some of the largest we’ve had on tours (even more expensive tours) and were all well located for views or center city access.

The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of Italy is one that is often overlooked by travelers and tour companies. This tour provides a good overview of that scenic area with its historic Roman sites. The cities of Trieste and Udine are especially of great interest. Trieste has a spectacular waterfront piazza in the center and (in our opinion) the best coffee in Italy.

There aren’t many tours that offer more than a couple of days in Slovenia, a beautiful alpine country. This tour covers the capital city of Ljubljana with its historic, pedestrian friendly center and the picture perfect Lake Bled area, as well as Maribor and the countryside. The Postojna Caves also are astounding.

Our tour manager Katarina (who is fluent in English, Italian, and Slovenian) took good care of us and the local guides were exceptional. Katarina chose uniformly excellent restaurants, assuring that we sampled many local specialties, as well as the many fine wines and liqueurs produced in these regions.

One last thing that we appreciate about Amber Road Tours is that the owners Sonya and Jonathan take the time to share a meal with the group and to get to know us.

Thank you so much, Laura, for the great time we all had together. We had a lovely group of fellow travellers and your attention to detail was fantastic. It is hard to choose a highlight (probably Otzi the iceman) as we enjoyed every day even when the weather was not so good also the meals and accommodation were excellent. It was lovely to meet Jonathan and Sonya but our thanks go to you personally as your bright and happy personality went a long way to making this such a memorable holiday for us. This was our third tour with Amber Roads and we will certainly be looking to travelling with them again – Spain is looking good!!

We want to convey our thanks for a very fine experience that met or exceeded our expectations. Having not traveled with your group before, we were not certain that all would be as promised.  It was–and we are grateful. We especially want to commend our tour director, Laura.  She was attentive, helpful, and most importantly, perceptive to all our needs.  She went beyond the expected to assess our wants as well as to seek out our reaction to experiences.  Her willingness to help us find a guide to employ during our extended stay in Venice was most appreciated. In short, she deserves our gratitude as well as your support as her employer for a job well done.

This was my second trip with Amber and it certainly did not disappoint.  I had been to Verona in the past for a day or so but my time spent in Verona was eye opening.  I fell in love with the city.  Wonderful hotel and location.  I must say I have fallen in love with so many of the cities we visited.  Riva del Garda was fantastic as I would have liked to stay there for a few days.  Asolo what a gorgeous town and love the feeling of being part of its daily life.  Again a wonderful hotel and delicious food.

What I enjoy about Amber Road trips is that it is not a run of the mill trip.  You have a great sense of what true travelers are looking for in visiting foreign cities.  I love off the beaten path places to visit.  It is so wonderful not to have to read a guide book as you can count on the local guides with their knowledge and excitement.  I also like the fact that you have free time to come and go as you please. I look forward to my next trip with Amber.

I enjoyed the whole trip [Friuli/Slovenia], especially having 2 days in Lake Bled where the landscape was so beautiful. The autumn seasonal changes provided a very relaxing and comforting environment. I also enjoyed our visits to the historical sites and museums. The frescoes and mosaics were so incredibly beautiful. I have reserved a Sicily tour next September with your tour company.

We would like to advise how much we enjoyed the Sicily tour and how good the guide Luigi and driver Maurizio were. Maurizio is an excellent safe driver and never put a foot wrong. Luigi is an extremely competent guide, always helpful and full of information. Even on days when we had free time he was always close by to ensure we had no problems with ordering food in restaurants etc. We were impressed by Amber Road and thank you. If you could provide information on any tours in northern Italy and Croatia it would be appreciated.

We just returned from your Week in Tuscany tour. What a fantastic trip! It was a perfect mix of planned activity and free time. We experienced so many wonderful things, both planned and impromptu. The small group size made it possible to get to know one another, and we left feeling like we had made many new friends. Our guide, Alex, was very informative and we appreciated his insight into Italian life and his sense of humor. We also appreciated Carmelo’s excellent driving skills as he navigated those twisting roads. We would not hesitate to recommend Amber Road to friends, and hope to take another tour with you in the not-too-distant future.

Just a quick note to tell Amber Road staff how much Richard and I enjoyed our Veneto… trip led by Laura Serafin. Laura was very personable and the group was very congenial. The food and accommodations were excellent.We certainly saw and enjoyed a new part of the world to us. We particularly enjoyed the size of the towns so that we could explore on our own. Laura had good suggestions for meals and also provided suggestions for our extra days in Venice.

This is a FABULOUS small group tour. Our tour manager, Marina, was wonderful! So well informed, so knowledgeable about Sicilian history and culture, warm, patient, well organized, with a lovely personality and sense of humor.  The tour was very inclusive of historical sites, and local guides were very well informed and engaging. The restaurants selected for meals were great, smaller places serving real regional dishes. Hotel accommodations were great as well. I cannot recommend Amber Road Tours, their Sicily tour and Marina enough! Stop looking and sign up for this tour!

We’ve just come back from our 4th Amber Road Tour – YES, OUR FOURTH – and it was as good as ever !!! – a wonderful, knowledgeable and very well organized guide in Laura, and a very careful and considerate driver in Claudio in whom one had the greatest confidence… Great hotels as always – and interesting, well-spoken local guides in the different towns (of whom Laura was one in her beautiful Asolo !) It was a pleasure meeting Jonathan and Sonya for the third time – and it is this that makes Amber Road Tours so very special…!!

Looking forward to our fifth Amber Road Tour. Thanks for a marvellous holiday.

We just returned from our October 2nd. Sicily tour and wanted to tell you what a great experience it was. Our tour guide, Luigi Migliore, was fantastic. He made the tour even more incredible by his knowledge of the history of the regions we visited. He has such a great personality and was so much help to all of us. Our driver Maurizio was incredible. How he managed to drive a huge tour bus through those tiny streets while smiling was amazing.

All of our hotels were wonderful and centrally located making it so easy for us to explore each town on our free time. And, just as an aside, we found that there was a very nice balance of scheduled tours and free time provided.

The local guides were all very knowledgeable and added a great personal touch.

The lunches and dinners provided on the tour were excellent. We are still trying to figure out which one was the best.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend Amber Roads tours to our friends and family.

Thank you for another great tour! I enjoyed everything about it – the places we visited and I loved the hotels in which we stayed. This tour, within the distance of a few miles, really emphasized the great cultural differences between the two toured regions. It was amazing. I really enjoy the free time we have and the chance to wander through the towns in which we stay. The more I get to wander in some of these smaller towns in Italy, the more I want to wander. We just get a small taste of what it must be like to live in these places during these wanderings and it is probably what I best remember of these trips. Laura is a great tour manager. She was very enthusiastic, friendly, knowledgeable and exactly what you hope for in a tour leader. Keep it up.

We just wanted to write you a brief note regarding the wonderful time we had the last two weeks in Amalfi/Puglia. The quality and great experiences on this vacation was every bit as good as that which we had in our initial visit with you in Tuscany. Our tour manager, Aldo Valerio, was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. His vivacious personality, vast knowledge of the area and attention to detail was superb. We also found the local guides in each side trip to be excellent, combining a teaching experience with a blend of humor in their presentations. We can only look at so many ruins, churches, etc. but their ability to keep it light kept us deeply involved. As usual, the accommodations were first class and the Sassi cave stay was a special treat. With one exception the food and drink were exceptional and we are in need of a serious exercise program to get back to our prior clothing sizes. We truly enjoyed the international makeup of the tour travelers. This enriches the experience and is one of the criteria we use in any tour selection. We sincerely hope that our paths will cross in the future and we wish you continued success in your business expansion.

I can only use superlatives to describe the unique hotels, fabulous Italian cuisine from Mama’s kitchen, and the passionate local guides that shared their knowledge and stories at each historical /archeological site. The Amalfi Coast to Apulia tour exceeded all of my expectations. Aldo is an exceptional tour manager with tremendous leadership skills. I chose Amber Tours because of its size. Our small group bonded during this tour so I now have many new friends in Austin, New York, Vancouver, and Baltimore.

It’s wonderful on this dismal wet day in England, to remember the gloriously sunny days spent in Sicily at the end of September. Having been to various parts of Italy under our own steam, we really enjoyed the luxury of having everything organised for us. A very well crafted itinerary of the notable historical & geographical sites, effortless travel, the best hotels, fine dining and a fun time with a great bunch of fellow travellers. Special thanks to our excellent tour manager Luigi and skillful driver, Fabio. On the bus, Luigi kept us entertained with his knowledge of all things Sicilian and he was always ready with suggestions for places to visit or eat during our free time. We are fans of Commissario Montalbano so on our free morning in Ragusa Ibla, to our delight Luigi was able to organise a car/driver at short notice, to take us to Modica and Scicli. For anyone that has a free day in Palermo prior to the tour, Cefalù is a delightful place to visit on the train, thank-you for the advice in the pre-tour notes. Thank you for making our 40th wedding anniversary trip so delightful. We hope to travel with you again soon.

A brilliant itinerary of Tuscany/Umbria – certainly one of the best tours that we have ever done. The small size of the group certainly contributed to our enjoyment, but staying out of the busy touristy areas, was a huge plus for us. It was great to see smaller villages that the big bus tours simply wouldn’t go to. The food was excellent and has obviously been well thought out with the good mix of restaurants and family-run restaurants. Lastly, but certainly not least, our tour leader Aldo was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of Tuscany/Umbria, and his great sense of humour was not only endearing but kept us laughing. We would not hesitate to recommend Amber Road Tours to any of our friends and acquaintances.

We have just returned home from Amber Road Tours’ 9 day tour of the Tuscany and Liguria regions. What a wonderful time we had! Every day was full of fun and adventure. It was an enormously diverse itinerary with trips by bus, train and boat. There were countryside walks through medieval towns along with a visit to the Petrognano winery, olive oil facility and villa; guided tours of the beautiful cities of Lucca and Florence; a sculpting exhibit and tour of the marble mountains of Carrara; a magnificent Puccini concert; a walk through the glorious and most beautiful streets of Portofino; fabulous lunches and dinners with our friendly and fun traveling companions, and loads of free time to explore sights on our own. The time we spent in Florence with visits to the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David and many of his other works, and to the Bargello, where Donatello’s David stands among the timeless works of many other great sculptors, will be remembered by us as among the biggest highlights.

The tour could not have been as successful as it was without our wonderful and lovely guide, Beatrice. She was thoughtful, charming, knowledgeable and always thinking of how to make our tour the best that it could be. She is a gem!  Our fearless driver, Ubaldo, handled the mountain roads of the Cinque Terre with aplomb and got us to our destinations with ease and on time.

Our thanks and gratitude to all at Amber Road Tours who worked so hard at putting our tour together and making it such a great experience for us.

We have now been home a week following our Amber Road travels and must write and thank you for a wonderful tour of Tuscany and Umbria. The tour was perfectly planned, the hotels excellent, our guide Luca had exceptional knowledge combined with a great sense of humour that we all appreciated. Our driver Tiziano made us all feel safe as we traveled the “amber roads”. And what a wonderful group on our tour – a mixture of Americans, New Zealanders, South Africans, and Australians all compatible and all enjoying each others company and of course add a delightful Spanish lady and two Italians (1 Tuscan and 1 Umbrian) and I think we had the perfect tour combination! This was our first Amber Road tour and hopefully won’t be our last -we are looking with interest at your tour of South Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro maybe for 2015! It was great to meet both you and Sonya in Spoleto.

Ciao Jonathan, it was wonderful meeting you and your sweet wife on the Tuscany/Umbria tour last month. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and hope to travel with Amber Road again before too long. Having Luca as the guide two years in a row was super – he is a great tour manager! And such fun to have Veronica (wife) along with us for a few days. My best to you.

While Sicily is a wonderful place, it was made even more so by Aldo’s knowledge and story telling which brought the past alive. True to Amber Road’s word, it was a small tour group, (which gave it a more personable feel) with an amazing mix of lovely people in our group. Would happily recommend to anyone.

This tour was excellent, we were all well cared for and about in every aspect of this holiday. Aldo’s enthusiasm and joy in showing us his Sicily shone through and we feel we have made a great friend, in showing us the what/ where and why of this country we come to understand and share the love of it and the people who live there. Together with Vincenzo who kept us safe on the roads in some very challenging situations they make a very good team. Thank you for this tour and travel connections to further travels.

Many thanks again to you and Sonya for dining with us last week in Spoleto. Your personalized touch goes a long way in making Amber Road Tours special for your guests. We are back in the States trying to re-adjust tothe daily routine. Wanted to send you a short note to tell you we thoroughly enjoyed the tour in Tuscany-Umbria and are already talking about the next trip. Our tour guide Aldo was great fun and informative enough to allow us to explore and learn more at the same time. The experience also enabled Jamie and myself to reconnect with the Italian traditions of our youth. That means more to us than anything, and will stay with us for a long time. Grazie mille.

Super glad we were able to do the Sicily 2013 trip with Amber. Luigi is an excellent, accommodating tour manager and Fabio a very fine driver.

This is to let you know how very much we enjoyed the Tuscany/Umbria tour. Our guide, Luca, was the best, knowledgeable, cleaver with a quick wit and always there to help and inform. It is not always easy driving in Italy, however, Tiziano is a skilled and careful driver making all of us feel quite safe. The hotels and restaurants surpassed our expectations. Our group had such fun eating and making discoveries in each place we visited. Being with a group of only 18 makes for a much more enjoyable experience and we could not have been with a nicer group of people. Also, wish to mention the city guides who were superb. And, not having to dip into our pockets to tip porters and city guides is a big plus, all taken care of by Amber Road Tours. We will return for another adventure and thank Jonathan and Sonya for everything.

We wish to thank you for one of the best vacations we have ever taken. Sicily was magnificent, and all the hotels we stayed at were wonderful. We also really appreciated that we had some free time, which were lacking in most other tours, and a negative for us. We want to make a point of thanking all that our guide Aldo Valerio did to make this trip such a success. His energy, keen sense of humor, patience and expertise are difficult to find in one person–but he manages to bring all those traits together. We still smile when we think of how he would burst into song while we sat on long bus rides in order to keep all out spirits up. Thank you again for a great tour experience.