Very interesting tour with a GREAT lead guide and a great bus driver. Got to see and experience both the regular tourist sites as well as some of the hidden gems of Italy. Lucca and Monterosso were splendid, and the hotel and food in both locations were excellent…Monterosso is to die for, and the hotel there was first class.
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This was just the best tour I have ever been on! I loved the small group feel – so different from a large group tour I did 5 years ago. There were 11 of us on the tour – all from different parts of the country – Alabama, Louisiana, California, Mass, Maryland plus Brisbane, Australia. We all got along great – such an interesting and fun group. From the accommodations, to the knowledgeable tour guides and fantastic food, it was a first class trip. Our guide, Tiziana, was wonderful – we didn’t want to leave her! She made everything so easy and comfortable – always prepared and taking care that each guest was happy. I loved that she took us to restaurants where the locals dine and gave us great recommendations for the nights where we were on our own. The Liguria trip made me want to see more and more of the rest of Italy and will definitely be traveling with Amber Road again in the future. So glad I found them. You will not be disappointed!
What a spectacular vacation experience. From the moment we were picked up in Florence by our fabulous Tour Guide Tiziana, our trip into Tuscany and Liguria was more than we could ever imagine! Not only did Tiziana make sure that the needs of everyone were accommodated, but Amber Roads also provided additional tours by professionals in the small villages and towns throughout Tuscany. The hotels and food were beautiful! OK..we laughed at our completely over-the-top compliments at every meal..Tuscan food and wine..unbelievable!! Never a dull moment, full of laughs, and one of the most enjoyable trips ever! WE have recommended this tour to many upon returning home and look forward to another Amber Roads tour in the future.
We are so excited about the small group tour that was provided for us recently that we are telling everyone about Amber Road Tours. I cannot say enough about how professionally handled every detail was for each of the 11 people in our group. We all wanted to take our tour guide, Tiziana, home with us. She was like family for everyone taking care of every detail and request, answering all our questions, and all in perfect English with a sweet Italian accent. We made new friends and cannot wait to decide where and when we can go out again with Amber Road, totally trusting that our next tour guide will be just as wonderful.
I researched for hours looking for a small group tour company for my first trip to Italy. When I came upon the Amber Road website, I was immediately interested: their tours of the Tuscany region looked like the perfect combination of guided tours and free time, of museums and art and culture and outdoor activities. Once booked, I had great hopes for this trip….and I was not disappointed. The trip was wonderful, Beatrice, our guide, was both friendly and professional (and adorable!) — and our bus driver, Ubaldo, was skilled in his maneuvering our bus on those winding Cinque Terre roads. I am already planning another trip with Amber Road – hopefully, soon!
This was my first Amber Road Tour and the offerings exceeded my expectations. I was especially lucky as a woman traveling alone to have a tour where there were seven other women traveling together or separately. Our tour guide Beatrice, was informative, outgoing and prompt as was our very experienced bus driver. I highly recommend this small group touring company. Also, the pre-tour administrative staff was most helpful.
I wanted to let you know how much Bob and I enjoyed our tour of Tuscany and Liguria…Beatrice and Ubaldo were wonderful, and everything was A+++, i.e. the local guides, hotels, food, itinerary, and our group!
We couldn’t have chosen a better tour of Tuscany/Liguria than the one offered by Amber Road Tours. It was well beyond our expectations. From our very first contact with Lisa who answered our gazillion questions, to Beatrice and Ubaldo, our tour guide and driver respectively, the service provided can be described as customer service at its finest. The itinerary had just the right amount of free time and group events. The quality of the hotels and restaurants for group meals were excellent. The locations and sites we visited were interesting and spectacular – something for everyone. We will definitely recommend Amber Road Tours and we hope to travel with them again soon.
Our first experience of Amber Road Tours was last October, when we visited glorious Sicily, under the expert guidance of our knowledgeable guide Marina (see Betty Villari’s comments which we fully endorse). The trip was brilliant in all respects, so we booked two further Amber Road tours in Italy for 2014 ! We have just returned from the Tuscany/Liguria tour. The impeccably organised trip was a great success. All credit and thanks to the organisers, our lovely guide Beatrice and unflappable driver Ubaldo ! Our only criticism is that the stay in Florence could have been longer, as there is so much to see. So it is ” arrivederci Italia”, till October!
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.
Just a note to pass on our thanks for a wonderful tour of Tuscany! We appreciated very much the enthusiasm and dedication our tour manager Beatrice provided to ensure a happy and very worthwhile visit to this wonderful part of the world and also Ubaldo’s skilled driving on some very difficult roads. We loved the walks and in particular the walk to the olive vineyard and wonderful meal after, but then there were so many wonderful days and interesting places and beautiful food that was all well planned and thought out. Being with a small group of such nice people also added a very happy time for all. We appreciate very much what the Amber Road tour provided us and would have no hesitation in recommending them to our friends and look forward to doing another one in the future.
It was very nice meeting you at our last dinner in Pistoia. What a great trip that was. Every part was well planned and lived up to the description and expectations. Lynn and I both had a wonderful time. Mario was a terrific guide, entertaining as well as informed, quietly taking care of all and every eventuality. Thank you.
Thank you for the planning of a great tour in the Tuscany region. There were many highlights, the olive tasting walk being one, and the accommodations very good. Glad the number of people was no larger and beside the fact I thought I was going on a “walking tour” I found enough exercise!. I would recommend your tours.
We have travelled many times to Europe without an organized tour and were pleasantly surprised and impressed with our experience with our Amber Road tour.
It was a leisurely, informative and fun 8 nights and 9 days. The tour was kept small which allowed for everyone to get to know each other and never felt like we were part of a herd. It was a wonderful mix of the known highlights with some delightful surprises – the opera in Lucca, talking with a sculptor in Carrara, walking the trails of the Cinque Terre and a boat trip to Portofino & Saint Margarita. We appreciated the blend of organized and free time to explore or rest. The choice of restaurants was special as each was different and provided a local flavor. Beatrice was a fun and informative manager. Each of the local tour guides obviously knew their town and its history. This made the tour even more intimate. It was particularly special to have dinner and breakfast with you and Sonya. You can be certain that we will be highly recommending Amber Road Tours.
Thank you for a fabulous trip to Italy. Everything was great! You went above and beyond in service and quality. Well done!
Just finished the Tuscany/Liguria tour and wanted to let you know that at the completion of my second tour with Amber Roads, I am as delighted with the tour as I was with the first tour. This was in no small part due to the great job done by the tour manager Mario who was such fun and made the tour go so smoothly – very caring, full of energy and always helpful with his advice. The places we visited – off the beaten track provided experiences I will remember always. The hotels and restaurants were of high quality and the guides in the different places were very informative. Many thanks also to Ubaldo for his great driving and very cheerful disposition.
Just finished the Tuscany/Liguria tour and wanted to let you know that at the completion of my second tour with Amber Roads, I am as delighted with the tour as I was with the first tour. This was in no small part due to the great job done by the tour manager Mario who was such fun and made the tour go so smoothly – very caring, full of energy and always helpful with his advice. The places we visited – off the beaten track provided experiences I will remember always. The hotels and restaurants where of high quality and the guides in the different places were very informative. Also many thanks to Ubaldo for his great driving and very cheerful disposition.
I have been meaning to let you know how happy I was with the tour. We were able to find [our fathers’] villages and take pictures. Mario was wonderful. Everything about the tour was great.
We were part of a large tour in Scotland before the Amber Road tour, and we were again part of a large tour – of Sicily – after Amber Road. We unhesitatingly vote the AR tour the best. We think AR has a winning format with the small numbers in the group. It enables everyone to get to know each other that much better and that undoubtedly adds zest to the tour. The other factor that enhanced our AR tour was the Tour Director Mario Isaia. Always affable and personable, he readily put himself out to go that little further to make everyone relaxed and happy. Our affection for Mario was we know shared by everyone on the tour. The lack of optional extras was a plus plus for AR so far as Angela and I are concerned. In short, Amber Road has a great formula.
The two tours we did with you were amazing, there was not a day that we did not enjoy ourselves thanks to Mario, Luca & the local guides. Both tours were very different from the other which was what we were looking for. It is hard to choose the thing we enjoyed the most. We were fortunate to be able to watch a sculptor working on a marble angel at Carrara, the drive along the Amalfi coast was spectacular and to be practically the only people at the Greek temples at Paestum was magic. Our accommodation and meals were first class and all those steps certainly allowed for plenty of food & wine!! Must compliment Mario & Luca on their help and smooth running of each tour, they are each a unique personality. We will certainly be travelling with you again, hope to do your new tour to the North combined with another in 2013. Our thanks again to all who made our holiday an experience to remember.
Hi Jonathan and Sonya! Don and I enjoyed meeting you! As you know, we had 2 wonderful tours with Amber Road and wish you had them all over the world!! Thank you for all you do to insure that people have a fantastic time when they are in Italy!
Thank you, Amber Road Tours and especially Mario, for our wonderful nine days under the Tuscan sun. It was a memorable experience, thoroughly enjoyed by us. We hope to join you again for another magical holiday.
I am writing to thank you for a wonderful tour. There are so many highlights but the visit to Carrara remains a stand-out for me. It was my first trip to Italy and whilst I had some ideas about what it would be like, the experience totally overwhelmed them. Our tour manager, Mario, is an absolute gem who quickly made us feel as though we were old friends. He went out of his way to assist tour members, including my sister and myself. The accommodation and meals provided were exceptional and the weather played its part except for one wet day. The tour provided a variety of activities and places and, as I’d hoped, took us to places we would not have discovered on our own. Well done everyone. A big thank you to Ubaldo for his magnificent driving and cool temperament under great Italian traffic difficulties!
I really enjoyed the Tuscany Liguria tour. Mario and Ubaldo did everything possible to make the trip enjoyable. The Hotel Ilaria in Lucca and the Hotel Davanzati (which you recommended for Florence after the tour) were both excellent. The itinerary was well paced and I was very pleased with the experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Amber Road Tours to other travelers or to go on another vacation with you.
We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Apart from the sites and locations visited, we found traveling in such a small group to be excellent. It certainly beats a full coach load of 44 any day. Walking and traveling through the beautiful countryside and small villages, we felt we were closer to experiencing the ‘real’ Italy than we had on previous trips. The standard of hotels was excellent and the quality of meals both at hotels and the selected restaurants very satisfying. As tour director, Mario was superb. His general knowledge of the regions visited was first rate and nothing was too much trouble; just ask and he would arrange/fix/find/get/respond/etc. We found him to be very helpful and dependable; a great asset and ambassador for Amber Road Tours. We certainly would be interested in doing small group tours through other selected regions of Italy and would appreciate any advice you could provide with respect to your intentions in this matter. Thank you for a wonderful travel experience.