We truly enjoyed our trip to Sicily. Mariaelena told us that we would better understand our parents, families, and ourselves after our visit and she was right. The sights are stunningly beautiful. There was so much charm, warmth and history everywhere. Mariaelena anticipated our every thought and wish. She did so for the entire group from start to finish. She made a wonderful trip become an unforgettable experience. Our THANKS to her and to Amber Road Tours.
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This was a wonderful tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The sites we were shown were varied, the amount of free time just right, the length of stay in each hotel good, the organization excellent, hotels good, the group size just right. Federica is simply a fantastic tour manager – knowledgeable. a great organizer and it was a pleasure to be with her. I will be happily looking forward to travelling with Amber again
Had a wonderful time on my 5th trip with Amber Roads to Sicily. Mariaelena our guide was as knowledgeable about Sicily as she is about Tuscany. She is a very caring guide who makes sure we were all happy. All the places we visited were interesting and we learned a lot about this part of Italy. Thank you Amber Roads!
Enjoyed my 4th tour with Amber Roads and Laura our tour guide! This places we traveled to were great, food delicious and hotels wonderful!
My tour of Madrid and Central Spain exceeded my expectations. The hotel rooms were well appointed and the food was incredibly delicious. Enrique, our tour guide, and our local guides shared their knowledge of the history, architecture, and people of the cities we visited. I found the tours to be very informative. The highlight of the trip was a guided tour of the Prado Museum. Enrique provided me with a unique and informed perspective on approximately several dozen paintings. It was the richest experience I’ve had by a docent.
Very much enjoyed our first tour with Amber Road Tours. The itinerary was interesting and very informative, although it seemed physically challenging at times for some of the tour participants. Our tour director, Federica, was exceptional in every respect. Can’t say enough positive things about her and her relationships with everyone on this tour. All in all, a great experience.
This tour was my first, and recommended by our friend, Pam Montague, who also attended. The most important aspect of the tour, was our guide, Enrique. His knowledge and passion were extraordinary and the size of the group was small, so we got to go to places not normally on tour agendas. I left Spain with history of culture, art, architecture, and experienced a wide selection of incredible culinary delights! I loved the farm where we saw how cheese products were made, along with Balsamic Reduction, and the Iberian pigs that ate acorns and produced the best ham! Then we had a feast after instruction on how to properly taste wine with various cheese selections. Every day had a new adventure. The hotels were incredible and so welcome after long days of discovery. I felt safe and cared for. All stress of being in a new place was replaced with pure excitement. You even scheduled perfect weather, haha! Thank you!
A very interesting and thoroughly enjoyable tour of Andalucia led by our well informed, thoroughly entertaining and top notch guide Sean. From highlighted and spectacular sights such as the Alhambra in Granada and Cathedral in Seville to less heralded stays in Ronda and Cadiz this tour had an excellent and varied itinerary. The flamenco show, olive oil producer and bull farm provided a perspective of Spanish culture and were also quite interesting. The last section of the ride to the bull farm was a bit bumpy though! Hotels were all good quality and located in central locations for venturing on your own; of which there was a nice balance of free time and included activities. The local guides were all well versed and offered suggestions to enjoy their areas. Included meals were on balance good. Sean also added informal stops that gave us an opportunity of understand the long history of Spain as well as sample the local cuisine. Our fellow travelers were all a pleasure to travel with. We would take this tour again.
This letter is long overdue and I apologize for that. We were on your Sicily tour in May with Mariaelena and had a superb experience. She has to be one of the most warm and caring individuals that we have ever met. She greets you with a smile in the morning and it continues all day into the night. We had an unfortunate medical emergency in Noto and she was with my wife holding her hand when they stitched her up in the hospital in Siracuse. She was extremely knowledgeable and you could tell that she had a deep love of Sicily and especially all of the people that she dealt with during the tour. The trip was well planned out with all of the hotels located centrally in the cities we visited. The hotels were all charming and each one had their own character. The local guides who assisted Mariaelena were all excellent. This was our first trip with Amber Tours and our tenth trip in Europe and we were so pleased with this tour and would most certainly use Amber Road Tours again.
We found this to be a superb tour. The itinerary provided an excellent combination of beautiful scenery and historical and cultural fascination. The pace was just right and the tour leader, Andrej, added much value with his deep local knowledge and organising skills which made everything run smoothly.
We have just completed our second tour with Amber and we will be back. We had not realised when booking the tour that it was scheduled for only the second time but it worked beautifully. Nicely paced, varied and interesting. We felt we had a good overview of rural and urban of Portugal and balance of the two at the end. Miguel was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, attentive, charming, thorough and with a great sense of humour. Amber’s formula works and we really enjoyed the company of our group.
Excellent tour and excursion. Despite that there were just two men and the rest women, (and I was one of the men) we had a wonderful time. Our tour manager Mariaelena was lively, efficient, much fun, informative and caring for everyone in the group. Sicily is beautiful and the history (provided by local tour guides) was amazing. We stayed in beautiful hotels in great locations as we traveled around the island. We saw many historic ruins which had wonderful backgrounds, etc. We will always remember this trip as being one of our best and hope we can do others in the future. We like the idea that everything is well planned for us to have a good time. Also, the smaller group allowed us to get to know the others in the group better.
This was our 4th trip with Amber Road Tours…obviously we love them! Federica was our amazing guide through this beautiful area of Italy. She was so astute as to the needs of each of her travelers. She was knowledgeable about every sight, and could answer any question easily. She made it a point to get to know each traveler and see to their comforts. The tour included some beautiful sights…this is one of the only trips that actually take you to The Last Supper in Milan. Loved seeing the gardens and palazzos, and the countryside that is so different from other parts of Italy. The food was excellent and the hotels were wonderful…most with lake views. We would highly recommend Amber Road Tours to see this part of Italy.
We just completed our 4th trip with Amber Road & it was definitely another winner! From South to North, we enjoyed wandering along the coast & inland. We wish we had arrived in Tavira 2-3 days in advance rather than 1 day since the hotel was SUPERB & the area was interesting and relaxing. We have a preference for small towns, but also really liked Lisbon & Porto. The Douro River Valley was a wonderful day with great memories of scenery, wine & food. Our Tour Director, Miguel, was OUTSTANDING – really good at sharing his country’s history, culture & current events. He was also fun, engaging & attentive to all travelers’ needs. Even the “technical”/”comfort” stops were made interesting by choosing out-of-the way & unique locations. The group meals were perfect – top-notch, out-of-the-ordinary & delicious. Our favorite hotels were Pousada Convento de Tavira and Quinta das Lagrimas/Coimbra.
Thank you for offering the tour to Portugal and we are already dreaming of our next adventure with Amber Road Tours.
Wonderful tour! We packed so much into 12 days and learned a lot about all aspects of Portuguese life. Cities and villages, seaside and rivers, churches and palaces, cathedrals, universities and castles, ceramics, cork, songs and wine. Good mix of modern hotels and hotels in older buildings. And the food was equally varied, with the memorable highlight of Jorge’s (in equal parts chef and showman) superb meal at Momentos in Évora. All of this was beautifully orchestrated by Miguel, our indefatigable tour guide, who showed us his country with humour, charm and unfailing efficiency.
I just ran into a friend and told him we came back from a wonderful trip to Sicily with Amber Roads. This was our third tour with them. He wrinkled his nose and said that he visited Sicily when he did a Mediterranean cruise. When pressed further he commented that he was in Palermo. I wasted no time in telling him that he cannot judge the beautiful island of Sicily with a quick stop in Palermo! While Palermo had a charm of its own, each subsequent town visited was even more wonderful than the last. The sites and towns visited were superb- Amber certainly does it right in selecting a sampling of sites to visit, places to dine and hotels to stay at. The history explained through the city guides, the people, the food, the hotels and our lovely tour guide Mariaelena were absolutely wonderful. Angelo, our driver for the week, was also top notch! We love the small, intimate group size -16 is perfect and have always been fortunate to share our time with many nice fellow travelers.
Exceeded my expectations – especially as a single traveller on my first small group tour. The tour was well organized, informative, full of delights and fun, with the right balance (for me) of “tour” and “on your own” time. The tour manager, Federica, was exceptional, with outstanding interpersonal skills, knowledge, passion for travel and client care.
A problem-free tour from start to finish, with care and attention to every minute detail throughout. Laura, our guide, was so kind, calm and professional in her approach; always leading the way when needed and there in the background when not- the perfect approach. My special dietary needs were catered for at every point of the tour which was a great weight off my mind. The tour itself was a magnificent balance of culture, history, archaeology, geology and spectacular scenery, experienced by way of coach, train, cable car and boat. Apart from Venice I found the places visited to be off the major tourist trails and for that all the more enjoyable. Wherever we went we were met with warmth and kindness and seemingly a much slower pace of life than I’ve experienced in other parts of Italy. I thoroughly recommend this tour as being the perfect way to see a lesser known part of this fabulous country.
A fascinating trip in a less travelled region of Italy, full of historical and artistic significance, not to mention delicious food and gorgeous vistas. Laura, our charming, knowledgeable tour guide, guided us comfortably throughout and dealt with whatever problems came up. This was our fifth Amber Road tour and all have been wonderful experiences.
The Italian Lakes Tour was our 4th Amber Road Tour. As my husband and I reminisce about the highlights of the tour we think of (to name just a very few) the hotel in Bellagio, the violin maker’s shop, the violin recital, and, of course, The Last Supper. Federica, the tour guide, was a delightful professional. I never hesitate to refer others to Amber Road. The tours have always been a first class experience. The problem is deciding which tour should be next.
We recently returned from the Amalfi Coast to Apulia tour. We were so fortunate to have Laura as our tour guide. She helped make our trip a memorable one. Laura was kind, courteous, professional, very helpful, and never ceased to amaze us with her wealth of knowledge about so many subjects. At each destination she would have a list of restaurants she would recommend for our free evenings and would make reservations for us. We saw areas we would have never seen on our own and it was great having Laura guide us along the way.
Thank you Laura and Amber Road.
What a fantastic tour, start to finish! This was our second time in Spain (Catalonia, 2010) and our third Amber Road tour. We loved Andalucia – Granada, Malaga, Cádiz, Cordoba, Seville, Ronda. So many unique experiences: tours of the Alhambra, cooking paella, central markets, the Equestrian center, bull farm, etc. we’re not sure how our guide, Sean, had such complete control of the weather… nearly two weeks of warm, beautiful, cloudless days!
The local guides ranged from good to fabulous – most were very, very good.
Sean’s guidance of our group was excellent. His range of knowledge of Spanish history, culture, social mores is extensive and his passion for it all gave such energy to every experience. He clearly loves what he does. Not least, his care and concern for everyone in our group was most admirable. Of note, consistently when there was free time he would offer to lead an informal adventure which always led to an opportunity for a glass of wine or beer and more sharing among the group. He set a very high bar for any future tour we may take and we miss his humor and warmth!
Great trip. Mariaelena was the best guide. Highly recommend this tour.