Nigel and I very much enjoyed our recent tour with Mario at the helm. Mario was very informative and also very funny and entertaining. The variety of the tour was great, the accommodations excellent and the dinners and lunches lovely. Keep up the great work.
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Our recent tour was one of the best I have taken. Everything was fantastic, from the guide, Mario, to the places we went – Carrara, Lucca, and Colonnata lunch. Dinners were superb. Mario was great – jokes, stories, and service were great. He never rested and was always there for us if we needed anything. Thank you for everything.
Just a brief note to say thank you for sending us off on a memorable journey with your best guide, Mario! What a great time we had with your tour company.
Paul and I had been looking forward to our visit to Italy for quite some time…we had many dreams and ideas of what it would be like. The tour we took with Amber Road and our guide Mario lived up to all our hopes and dreams. From the moment we met Mario at Florence airport he was attentive and generous with his time. We stayed in beautiful hotels and the views at Porto Roca Monterosso and Il Convento were outstanding.
The tour was well planned with emphasis on each tour member being able to enjoy both guided and free time around the towns and cities we visited. The local guides were friendly and informative…with Mario adding his own stories about life in Italy for him.
Our driver Ubaldo was also a character to remember and drove us safely. We met interesting people on the tour and hope we added a “kiwi flavour” to the group. We are very pleased to see that Amber Roads will be conducting a tour to North Italy in 2012,,,,, you will probably see us there!!!!
My wife and I have now been on 17 tours and we can honestly say that yours was the best – just perfect. The itinerary was great, well planned out and just what we were looking for. Mario was splendid. All you could require of a tour guide. His concern for each traveller was obvious. As an example, we were the last to check in at the airport at the end of the tour and had the time to watch Mario round up the people for the next tour. We had said our goodbyes well before but could see Mario load up the coach through the window. When they were all accounted for and on board we saw Mario leave the bus and come back into the airport. He knew where to find us and had only come in to once again wish us well. A small gesture but typical of his approach to his job. We wished we were going off again with him. It was great to meet you and Sonya.
My sister & I were on your recent tour Sept 29th. I loved everything about it. Mario was such a great guide. With his infectious smile & great laugh, he kept us thoroughly entertained. He handled everything on the tour with ease. The first night’s dinner in Lucca was top notch. It was just the thing to get us all together. We were instantly friends with everyone from that night and throughout the entire tour. I think my favorite day was the Northern Hills Medieval Walk. It was so nice to be the only tourists, or for that matter people, throughout the hike. Mario even climbed a fence & picked figs from a tree so we could sample them fresh picked. The lunch at Corno Rosso was fantastic. They treated us like royalty. I really enjoyed the small hotels off the beaten path. The staff at Hotel Ilaria were very friendly. The view from our balcony at Porto Roca was spectacular. And I loved the banquet room at Hotel Il Convento. It was great meeting you both and enjoying a dinner together. All your research for the tour made it a first class trip.
The Tuscany/Liguria tour was exactly how I wanted to experience Italy for the first time. My decision to choose Amber Road Tours really centered around the 3 night stay in the Cinque Terre. I love the ocean but surprisingly Lucca was my favorite town. This tour was very well thought out and organized. Coming from Vegas I know a great hotel and the hotels we stayed at were very nice. I’m a roamer and I love to walk so this tour was perfect for me. Hiking the villages was great!! The other towns were equally nice to visit. Carrara was high on my list and the quietness of Il Convento in Pistoia was very relaxing. And then there’s Mario, what a great guide…so charming, funny and knowledgeable. Sonya, thank you again for researching the location of the original hotel in Rome I was going to stay at and suggesting that I change it. Amber Road Tours is a great company.
Well, here we are, back to our “real” lives and fondly thinking, and still talking, about our time with Amber Road Tours in Italy! The trip was everything we had hoped for – organized, well planned, relaxing, invigorating, and thrilling! We showed up, and you took care of everything else! Every night we went to bed with our bellies stuffed with great food and our heads stuffed with all we had learned and seen that day. We felt so well cared for by Mario (Liguria) and then Mariaelena (Umbria) – they really went out of their way to help everyone on the tour get the most from each place we visited. Their recommendations for places to eat and things to see in our “free” time made it possible for everyone to customize their experience. The time shared with the group was wonderful – we thoroughly enjoyed meeting people with similar travel interests. There were lots of great conversations and laughs!
The hotels we stayed in were top notch – you’ve done an excellent job choosing the very best. The views from our windows frequently took our breath away! The group meals were an experience not to be missed. We tasted black truffles, wild boar, rabbit, guinea fowl – things we never imagined we’d eat. (Or drink – Prosecco, grappa, limoncello!) You’ve really gone all out to insure we had an authentic experience!
We fully intend to come back and continue our Italian adventures. Congrats for having such a well run company! It was a pleasure meeting you and Sonya. Charming doesn’t even begin to describe our experiences!
Bruce and I would like to thank you for the excellent planning and preparation you put into making our Tuscany/Liguria trip so memorable. Not a day goes by that one of us doesn’t begin our sentence with, “Remember when…..,” and we relive some wonderful memory of our trip. Our tour was the right balance between relaxation and activity – beautiful countryside on our Medieval Walk and the Cinque Terre, alongside the architecture and excitement of old Florence. The accommodations were top-notch (the view from our room in Monterosso was incredible!), the meals were delicious and so representative of Tuscan cuisine, and we couldn’t have chosen a nicer group of people as tour companions. Mario had everything so organized each day, and he went above and beyond to assist in any request we had. You could tell he enjoys what he does, and enjoys sharing “his Italy” with others. We are looking forward to touring again with Amber Road, and would recommend you to anyone looking for an incredible Italian experience. Thank you again for our wonderful Italian memories!
What a trip we had in Tuscany/Liguria! The itinerary, the accommodations and the food were great!! Kudos to Mario for being so very attentive to our every need. He is a lot of fun and really kept things going like clockwork. We were really impressed that he got up at 4:30 AM to make sure we got our early morning taxi to the Florence airport. Now that we know firsthand the quality of trips that you offer, we will not hesitate to recommend Amber Road Tours to our friends and relatives. Thanks so much for putting together exactly the kind of trip we enjoy so much.
Quite simply, it was a wonderful trip. This was my sixth trip overseas which involved a tour, and this one was simply the best. We liked the small group, the high quality of food and lodging, the varied destinations, and our tour manager Mario. He had personal contact with each person in our group every day, and worked hard to ensure that we were comfortable and that our needs were met. It was also important to us that we had free time to exercise, shop or simply decompress at a cafe with a bottle of wine. Thanks again for helping us to have such a great vacation.
Thank you for our second excellent Amber Road Tour. Our time in Lucca with the morning’s first cappuccino and the historic district’s ambiance was only the beginning of a great tour. Then there were the Carrara marble quarries followed by the Cinque Terre hike and the boat trips to San Fruttuoso, Portofino and Santa Margherita on that incredibly blue sea. The outstanding outdoor dinner in Pistoia at Le Botte Gaia with its beautifully lit old world atmosphere was unforgettable. Many thanks to Mario for his ability to always keep things running smoothly, for his sense of humor and providing individual attention to everyone on the tour. He always made a good time even better! Thanks for many great memories.
I just wanted to take a minute to thank the both of you for the wonderful time we had in Italy this past September. The tour itinerary was well put together and offered a very nice variety of activities for us. The size of the group (and the quality of the participants!) was perfect, and we genuinely felt sad to leave. We also felt very well taken care of by Mario, our guide: he was funny, good-natured, and consistently went out of his way to make our travels more pleasant. I should also mention our driver for much of the trip, “Zio” Alfredo, who we found to be a kind and extremely patient man. My favorite place was Lucca because of its (medium) size and fascinating history; my traveling companions preferred the Cinque Terre because of the views and relaxing atmosphere. But every place we visited was grand in its own way…and, of course, the food was always fantastic. The wine and olive oil tasting events were also quite a highlight. Thanks again for putting together such a nice tour!
Your Amber Road Tour in September to Tuscany/Liguria could not have been done any better. From our timely pick up at the train station in Lucca upon arrival to our safe delivery to the Florence airport for departure, from wonderful accommodations at all three locations, delicious food, abundant and excellent wines, to the superb local guides we could not have been more impressed or better served. But unreservedly our greatest praise goes to Mario, are constant companion, our fearless leader, our source of constant entertainment. His exuberance for life and constantly cheerful demeanor made this trip, this vacation immeasurably rewarding and immensely enjoyable. Many thanks to you & Sonya, and the wonderful people who are privileged to work with you.
It’s been a week since returning from the tour and the wonderful memories keep going through my mind in sounds and pictures. Now I understand why people fall in love with Italy. The countryside is so beautiful, as are the people one meets along the way. The itinerary you planned was so unique and interesting and took us into beautiful hotels and local restaurants with great food and wine. The small group allowed us to get to know each other and what a great group of people – and what fun we had together!
Our guide Mario was the BEST! He was not only attentive to our needs and very informative, but so charming – and funny. We looked forward to his morning information on the schedule and his stories along the way as we traveled in a very comfortable bus. Being with a small group was absolutely the best way to go. To be able to see Tuscany through the small towns and walk through the countryside was very special for me. Thank you so much for giving me a memorable trip to Tuscany.
Thanks for the best trip we have ever taken. The itinerary and accommodations were excellent. Sometimes you have to wait until you get home to realize how good a trip was but we knew day to day yours was the best. We would love to take another one of your tours and will stay in touch. Thanks for all the good memories.
My Husband and Myself have just returned from travelling with Amber Road Tours for the second year in a row. Once again the Tour [Tuscany-Liguria] was wonderful. Well organised, with still enough private time to make the tour work. All the accommodations were excellent and in areas close to the centre of the towns. Once again the coach drivers where polite and drove extremely well sometimes on difficult roads. This time our Tour Guide was Mario, who was a wonderful happy young Man, who would be there for any of us at anytime. He had or found the answers to any of our questions, but best of all he made the whole group laugh. Thank you Jonathan and Sonya for your wonderful tour and we hope to join you again next year for the 3rd in a row.
It was a pleasure meeting both of you. The trip was all anyone could ask for. You put together a wonderful itinerary. The accommodations, food, wine and local guides were excellent. Our guide Mario was such a delight. He was very knowledgeable, conscientious, and very efficient in everything he had to do. He was so much fun. Mario is a great asset to your company. Our driver, Alfredo, was the best. The small group of people was wonderful. You have sold me on small group tours and places where large tour buses can’t go. Thank you so much for a wonderful trip.
Thank you for organizing a really memorable tour, it was a wonderful experience. The itinerary was a perfect balance between organized activities and freedom to explore. A special thank you to our guide Mario for his attentiveness and consideration to all. Keep up the great work.
This was my second trip with your company and I was impressed again with the itinerary, choice of hotels and restaurants. I was also pleased to have Mario again as our guide. He is so charming, caring and so much fun. He took such good care of us and was so attentive to our daily needs. It warmed my heart to see my travel companions enjoy him as much as I did. Thank you for giving me a memorable and fantastic trip.
What a trip!! We are back home and are still very much on a natural high from two weeks of an absolutely great vacation!!! What we especially liked was: Obviously, the choice of back-road locations, including hotels and sites. The knowledge and friendliness of the local tour guides. The personality of Mario, who was a delight – so very funny, but also so tuned into each traveler’s unique needs. He gave us an insight into real Italian culture and made the trip an experience rather than a tour. We will always smile as we remember our time with him. Incredibly delicious and local settings/menus for the tour-provided meals. We really appreciate having less meals provided but of such high quality and variety. A nice selection of tasty breakfast options. Flexibility for special dietary concerns. Getting to meet both of you. Thanks to you, Mario and some wonderful new friends, we will have memories of Italy to last a long time and hopes of returning some day.
We loved Lucca, the marble quarries, Cinque Terre, olive groves, Portofino, etc. etc. While we thoroughly enjoyed all the meals, the evening ones you offered were truly memorable, and ones we hope to emulate for our friends here. The hotels were also superb. The staff in the hotel in Lucca could not have been more charming and helpful. Il Convento was like a fairy tale. My imagination ran wild as I wandered the grounds and building. It most certainly is a place to which I would love to return … and stay much longer ! Last of all, and perhaps, most important was our tour manager, Mario. He was extremely helpful and made the trip so memorable. Being out of the cities gave us a better feel and understanding for what it is to be Italian. The long walks through the countryside were nothing I expected, but in retrospect are probably my favorite memory … well, that and all those wonderful meals and all the fantastic wine and …. We are definitely singing your praises here in Massachusetts. Thank you.
We had never been on an organized tour before and were a little hesitant to try one – visions of large groups of annoying tourists leaving at 6 am each day for a new destination. We were pleasantly surprised that this was not at all the case. It was great to have a base from which to tour and only change hotels every two to three days. The size of the group was perfect and the individuals were very easy to get along with – as you could probably tell from the fun we had the night you joined us for dinner. We had a terrific time and we would not hesitate to recommend your company to others, or to use your services again ourselves.
My Italian ‘interlude’ was enchanted – and absolutely enchanting – thanks in no small measure to the mega marvellous tours of Tuscany/Umbria and Tuscany/Liguria that I went on with Amber Road!!! I revelled in every moment I spent with the two groups, very different though they were – and relished every morsel of the delectable Italian delicacies (including the ‘divine’ wines – they undoubtedly qualify as heavenly libations!) that the two of you laid on for us. Superb selections in terms of venues (both places visited and restaurants in which we wined and dined) as well as consumables/’potables’! Must also pay tribute to Mario – what a pleasure to have someone like him, with his delightful sense of humour, his infinite patience and his intimate knowledge of the country and its history, art, architecture, culture, customs, etc, as your tour leader. Oceans upon oceans of appreciations for everything the two of you did to make my time in Italy so truly memorable – an elating and utterly exhilarating adventure from start to finish!