Our trip to Tuscany and Umbria was all we had hoped for and more. The itinerary was extremely well planned, with many unusual and creative experiences mixed in with the traditional sights. Timing was impeccable…we always had just the right amount of time wherever we went. Having so much free time was also a huge plus. The meals we shared as a group were simply outstanding, with menus offering the opportunity to try traditional Regional dishes we might not have selected on our own. Who knew wild boar was so delicious? Luca was an exceptional guide: knowledgeable, efficient and charming. Our group of 14 lovely people were pleasant, interesting and respectful of each other’s time and interests. We are recommending Amber Road to friends and family with total confidence and will be back for another adventure next year!

The tour was an educational experience, yet a vacation as well. We saw plenty but didn’t feel rushed or that we saw way too many things in one day. The itinerary was perfectly planed – we left at a reasonable hour in the morning and stopped touring early enough so that we could relax a little bit before dinner. Luigi our guide was wonderful – informative and very helpful. The city tour guides were very interesting and informed. I was really pleasantly surprised and fascinated that the history and ruins we found in Sicily were so diverse & dated back to ancient times & cultures. I feel like I’ve seen most of the important sites in Sicily after going on the tour, yet I saw them at a comfortable pace which I thoroughly enjoyed.  I would go on an Amber Tour again.

Amber Roads’ 12 day Sicily tour was an outstanding experience. The Island is gorgeous and interesting. In addition to the expected highlights, sites were included that are not usually offered on other tours and our exposure to these was greatly enriched by outstanding local guides . Cannot offer enough praise to Aldo, our tireless, ever attentive, and upbeat tour manager. His organizing skills created a seamless and pleasurable venture from start to finish. Hotels, were all well located, professionally run and hospitable and, finally kudos to Maurizio our driver who got us to our remote and near destinations comfortably and safely. Beautifully executed, wonderful tour.

We have travelled widely over 40+ years with a range of tour providers and our experience of Amber Road’s recent 12-day Sicily tour was up there with the best. Before booking, we researched the plethora of tours on offer in Sicily and decided upon Amber Road’s because of its comprehensive itinerary, a minimum of two nights’ stay in each location and relatively small group size. The actual group size of 11 was perfect for minimising time spent on organisational logistics and maximising our trip experiences. Tour Manager Aldo was fantastic, very experienced, with loads of energy, humour and great attention to detail. He enthusiastically showcased his native Sicily and provided personal insights that enhanced our knowledge, enjoyment and appreciation of this beautiful destination. Without exception the local guides at key sites impressed and enriched with their expertise and additional information not found in the travel guidebooks. Amber Road staff, Aldo, driver Mauritzio, the local guides and our accommodation were all of a superbly professional standard and a credit to your company. Congratulations to everyone involved.

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!

I just read your newsletter and wanted you to know how much I continue to enjoy so many wonderful memories of the Veneto tour with Laura last year.   She was a great tour director/guide and I am hoping that I will be able to do another tour with Amber Road Tours.

This was my first time to Sicily and I am so glad to have experienced it with Amber Road Tours. I will remember this trip for the rest of my life. It surpassed all my expectations. The small group concept is the way to go! The itinerary was very well planned. The food was delicious, the vino superb and the people on the tour helped make it a fun trip. A special thanks to our guide Luigi Migliore, who went above and beyond to ensure the trip was memorable to all. I would definitely recommend Amber Road Tours to family and friends. Ciao

With only 16 travellers in the group and the best itinerary we had seen for Sicily, Amber Road provided us with a great small group touring experience! The sites we visited, the generous free time and a careful driver made it a pleasure to be on the road. Our hotels were above expectations, particularly Taormina, and the included meals were mostly very good – starting with our first dinner at the Palace Centrale Hotel. The ‘a la-carte-on-a-voucher’ at Trattoria La Ruota was also a great concept. Our guide Luigi was a gentle, laid back professional, who was passionate about his country as well as his food, and looked after us all like a loyal, hard-working Border Collie sheepdog! On our free nights he invited us to join him where he was eating, and these family-owned restaurants were all top notch and reasonably priced, with Luigi hovering to ensure everything was to our satisfaction. The lunch in Siracusa was a superb example! Lastly, for a team of Aussies and Americans it was a great mix, with friendly banter as we all got to know each other. This was our first Amber Road Tour, but it will not be the last – 2015 is already on the horizon.

Your tour was a real success for me. I have never been on an organized tour before and just knew enough that I wanted a small group which you offered and what I wanted to see. The itinerary was well chosen and, except for the valley of the temples, enough time was given, enough to enjoy without being tired out. The hotels were of the kind I normally choose and meals were good. Luigi Migliore was outstanding, well informed, helpful at all times and a very nice young man. Thank you for a really good time.

Our group comprised 6 Australians and 10 Americans, which proved to be a comfortable number for the Guide to manage and to interact well with one another. The guide was at all times reliable , helpful, knowledgable and passionate about the areas we visited. The tour organization was well prepared with no hiccups of any significance. The driver was skillful and made the passengers feel confident and comfortable at all times, even through some challenging maneuvers. The accommodation provided was generally good and the meals included in the tour cost were mostly very good, and none were unacceptable. The guide’s recommendations for restaurants when customers paid for their own meals were always good, and at no times did we have the feeling that there was a secret commission payable for the guide’s recommendation. Overall a good experience meeting our expectations.

We just so enjoyed the Amber Road Tour to Sicily. Our guide Luigi was so nice, helpful and even took us to restaurants and sights on his down time. We loved the places we visited, food, and people. This was my second time with Amber Road and I feel it’s the only way to go. I’m sure I’ll be joining them again down the road. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

This was our first Amber Road Tour and it surpassed all our expectations. Our guide, Luigi, was absolutely amazing. Not only did he fulfill all of the required needs, but he went above and beyond the call of duty. On free days, he led us to the best restaurants and provided us with activities. For us, he helped make a day that I could have missed out on due to an unexpected cable car ride ( which I was unable to do), into a highlight of the trip. He found a friend, our local guide of that day, to drive me on a side road up the mountain to Erice. In most of our hotels, we ended up in suites, all of our meals were amazing. Local guides were very knowledgeable. Luigi made this trip for us and for all the amazing people we met in our group. We became one big, happy family. I certainly hope I have an opportunity to travel with Amber Road again.

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 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.