It was a pleasure to meet you both, thank you for taking the time – just the fact that you did typifies the overall ‘personal’ touch of Amber Road Tours. The trip was amazing – so much more than what we had expected. The balance was just right – the sightseeing, the types of activities, group and free time. Luca was such fun and ensured that all our needs and requests were met. Tiziano was such a character – he kept us thoroughly entertained and laughing during the long drives. As for Marco the Umbria local guide – he is in a league of his own – his detailed knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious. His ability to draw you in with his descriptions and tales of Italian history was absolutely brilliant. The group dinners and lunches were a true taste of authentic Italian cuisine – magnifico – washed down with regional wines – even better. We will never forget the scenery, villages, food, wine and the new friends we made! Thank you – we will be highly recommending Amber Roads to all our friends and our travel agent. We will be back!

We have in the past travelled extensively through Europe independently and done very few bus tours as we dislike the regimentation and lack of free time but this Amber road tour has changed our perception of bus tours.
The small group allowed everybody to get to know one another quickly, the local guides gave us a wonderful insight into Sicily’s sites and culture, the pacing of the tour provide a good balance between organised activities and free time to explore yourself or just chill out and then you had the wonderful Mariaelena who made everybody feel special and for whom nothing was too much trouble.
We now realise that we could not have toured Sicily independently and done it justice. This was our 4th trip to Italy but we enjoyed the tour so much we are looking to see what Amber road tour we can do next and hopefully with Mariaelena as our guide

We had a great experience traveling with Amber Road Tours. Not only was the pre-trip planning made easy because of Jonathan’s prompt response to any of our questions, but the Sicily itinerary was perfect. Our guide Mariaelena and driver Alessandro made the whole experience even better. Mariaelena was very helpful and considerate of everyone’s needs, including special menu requests. Her bubbly personality made every day even better! She loves Sicily, and it definitely shows. We usually travel on our own, and were somewhat reluctant to join a group, but Amber Road Tours, with its small group, made it very enjoyable. Thank you Amber!

This was the first tour that my wife and I have been on – much traveling, but never an organized tour. While there are still some things that I don’t like about tours, the pluses far outweigh them. I’m told that your tour is far and away one of the best and [I’m glad] that we made the right decision. Mariaelena – WOW -do you have a real gem there. Thank you for a marvelous experience.

We are back from a fabulous holiday with Amber Road in Sicily. This was our first tour experience and I am certain that you have prevented us from going on any other any tour unless it is with Amber Road.
Mariaelena is a special gem-you should make sure she is your exclusive tour leader. We will not only miss her buongiornos and technical stops but the wonderful experience she brought to the tour-everyday filled with information, laughter and good times. The sightseeing was spectacular, the local guides entertaining, the hotels charming, the food outstanding, the wine always flowing and the company wonderful. Our driver Alessandro was not only expert but added to our fun. My constant teasing that “la prossima volta devo guidare l’autobus” was rewarded the final day when he presented me with a cap worn making me an honorary driver. First class all the way-a wonderful holiday-already planning our next one.

We had such a wonderful time in Sicily. The beauty and diversity of the island is incredible, its history, rich and vibrant. On this island, a little larger than the state of Vermont, we visited Norman mosaics, Greek theatres, Roman ruins, Arab mosques and gardens, Byzantine churches and more. We traipsed along the higher peaks of Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. That was exciting!!
We travelled with 14 others plus our guide Mario whose commentary and jokes and fun attitude to life enhanced the trip even more. It was a fun group and an unforgettable experience! Go to this u-tube link then put the volume up and enjoy a little over 9 minutes with us in Sicily! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdHGU1K3aXE

Another Home Run! I just got off the phone with [our client] and she couldn’t say enough great things about the tour. They loved it!! Thanks for doing such a great job.

Given the colorful and varied history of Sicily, the sheer size of the island, its natural beauty and combination of better-than Greece and baroque architecture, it has to be difficult to develop an 12 day itinerary and still leave time for sleeping. But from the travelers’ perspective you put together an exceptional itinerary. All the hotels were very well located and fine overall quality. The group meals gave us an easy opportunity to experience the great variety and quality of Sicily cuisine. And the wines–my goodness they flowed and they were wonderful selections. Bette and I especially enjoyed meeting the two of you, Jonathan and Sonya. It is plain to see that you are the reason all these other factors have come together, it is you who have given structure to the whole venture, who have put in place the elements that work so well, and of course you picked Mariaelena. If we were forced to summarize our Amber Sicily tour in a few short words, it is that our experience seemed like we were your personal guests on an intimate trip through a beautiful, historic, and interesting part of our world. Thank you.

It was a pleasure meeting both of you in Sicily. We had a wonderful trip. We chose Amber Road Tours on Mariaelena’s recommendation because she said that the trips were well planned and well done, and she was right. Your itinerary was very thoughtfully planned. The hotels were lovely and the restaurants choices and meals were also excellent. Mariaelena, of course, was a charming guide. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she adds so much to the background, culture and history of the trip. We have many friends who look to us for advice when they are planning a trip to Italy and we will not hesitate to recommend Amber Roads. We hope to travel with you again ourselves.
I am sure that people are quick to complain when things go a bit wrong. I thought it was worth writing to let you know that we thought that everything went right.

Arthur Frommer of Frommer Travel Guides and his daughter Pauline have a syndicated radio travel show that is heard all over the USA. When we first heard about your tour we called and asked Arthur Frommer if he knew of your company. He replied yes, that it was an excellent tour company. We then booked your tour and it was excellent! My wife Carol called the Frommer’s Travel Show again today. The link below should get you to her comments. They start around the 28 minute 10 second mark.http://www.wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=5865315 Again thanks to both of you for a very special trip to Sicily!

We just returned to California from our amazing trip to Sicily. We can’t thank you enough for providing Mariaelena as our guide. She is so extraordinary in every way. She got to know each of us and always was extremely thoughtful, kind and knowledgeable. Each part of the trip, from Monreale to Mt. Etna had many delights and surprises. Our day guides at each site were also terrific. In particular two were really excellent. They were Giusi in Palermo and Diana in Syracuse. They both along with Mariaelena had depth of knowledge but also added an engaging sense of humor. We would recommend this trip to anyone, but especially when there is such a talented wonderful person as Mariaelena leading the group.

It is with great pleasure that we would like to add our compliments to Amber Road Tours, and especially to Mariaelena and Vincenzo, to those posted by our co-travellers. We, like others before us, were a bit hesitant about our first group tour. Our reservations were totally unfounded. As a tour host Mariaelena was superb…bright, cheerful, extremely knowledgeable about Italy in general and Sicily in particular, and Vincenzo is a natural, making everyone feel welcome to his own island. The local guides exuded love and passion for their subjects, and really brought the past to life for us.
The camaraderie that developed between everyone on the trip was in no small way due to the easy going nature of our hosts, and the relaxed nature of our itinerary. The pace was just right, enough organised events to give us a thorough overview of Sicily, its people and culture, and enough free time to do our own exploration, or just relax over food and wine. Our problem now is whether to do the Tuscany/Umbria tour next time, or go back to Sicily to expand on what we learnt this trip….maybe both!!

The tour was exactly as advertised except for two things or rather people. You didn’t tell us about our wonderful tour leader Mariaelena and our driver Vincenzo. Mariaelena had the group in the palm of her hand from the first meeting in Palermo until we left in Taormina. Nothing was too much trouble. Any questions or problems were dealt with quickly and with gracefully. Going on a bus tour with 17 strangers can be daunting but our group was most compatible.  There can be no doubt that Mariaelena’s skills helped the group to bond quickly. We have already provided your contact details to our travel agent so that others can benefit from Amber Road. We wish you well for the future and look forward to doing another tour with you.

Dear Friends at Amber Road Tours, Our recent trip to Sicily was fantastic! Our tour guide Mariaelena was the essence of good cheer, good sense, leadership and genuine kindness. The incredible wonders of Sicily were also opened to us by the local, talented guides. We had been to Italy many times, but had never taken a tour this way. Those who had taken similar tours, in our group, said this was as “picture perfect” as we thought. I can see another Amber tour in our future.

We found the Sicily trip hugely enjoyable and informative. Mariaelena was superb, kind, helpful and very knowledgeable. And Vincenzo was an excellent driver. The customers were good as well!. No criticisms of a memorable trip!

I want you to know that from the beginning to end the Amber Road Tour of Southern Italy was fantastic. Professional in every way with a tour manager that was just wonderful, Luca was so much fun and made sure everyone was taken care of. Because of him, my trip with Amber Road Tours is one of the best trips I’ve taken in the past few years. I look forward to traveling with Amber Road Tours in the future.

We just want to thank you for organizing these wonderful tours, fabulous meals, and the excellent tour leaders, Mario and Mariaelena, who made the tours a truly unforgettable experience! Mario organized wonderful restaurants and get-togethers for the group. He provided humor and insight into the workings of Italian politics and the daily lives of the Italians. Mariaelena was as lovely as she was proficient in English. She taught us the differences between the many delicious pastas and regional dishes and was very knowledgeable about the histories of all the towns we visited.

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.

Our second Amber Road Tour and fellow travelling group was a great success. The tour plan was wonderful introducing Ian and I to a part of Italy we had not explored before and the surprise of the agricultural aspect with a great mix of history, seaside cities with Matera, Lecce and Alberobello all wonderful experiences. Our host Anna was just lovely. Her knowledge, humorous repartee, friendly manner to both travellers, guides and hotel staff was outstanding.

Everything was just wonderful, including the weather (which mostly co-operated). Your tour director was exceptional. Calm (in the face of exceptional events), helpful (above & beyond) charming & funny. She & Vincenzo (the driver) made the tour the success it was. Thanks again for a great trip.

A hearty thank you to Amber Road Tours, tour manager Mariaelena, and coach driver Vincenzo, for a fascinating and unforgettable experience exploring Sicily during our October tour of the island. Since we usually travel on our own, we were a little reluctant to sign on with a tour group. However, any initial reservations we had about our decision to tour were completely dispelled by the thoroughness of the tour and the professionalism, care, and good natures of Mariaelena and Vincenzo. The tour group size of 18 was perfect; the accommodations top-notch and well-located; the food abundant and delicious; and the special events such as the wine-tastings and product tastings were lovely treats. Thanks to Mariaelena’s passion for and extensive knowledge of Sicily, we have returned home with a greater understanding and appreciation of the different regions of Sicily, its history, its many cultures and traditions. And thanks to her passion for people, we had a really great time! Grazie mille!

My trip to Sicily was fantastic, due in no small part to our hard-working and very nice guide, Mariaelena, who always went the extra mile for us.  The pace was just right, mixing visits to interesting places with knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guides with time to shop or just relax.  There’s nothing like sitting by the pool in Taormina with a view of the sea and Mt. Etna in the background, while enjoying a bowl of pasta.  Things were very well organized. Everyone in our group had a great time.

Just returned from our Amber Road Tour, and let me tell you, it was great. Our tour guide Anna was spectacular!  She was very attentive to all our needs and her knowledge of the area and history of Italy was very impressive – kudos to you for having such a lovely lady for us to know.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for a wonderful trip. It was terrific in every way. We liked the pacing; and it was so well organized and smoothly run. The hotels, the food, the guides, all made for a trip beyond our expectations. The best feature, however, was Mariaelena. She was friendly, hard working and had endless energy and enthusiasm. Thank you!

Thank you for the birthday cake and celebration! I don’t recall telling you I was going to be in Italy on my birthday so that was a nice surprise. It was a wonderful tour and everything went well. Anna is the best! I think you are very fortunate to have her in your employment. She interacted with all of us as if we were family.