Outstanding trip, itinerary and accommodations, along with an outstanding Tour Director and local guides. We never would have independently found the violin recital or violin maker’s workshop – those were highlights for us. Thank you again for another fun adventure!
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Once again, our Amber Roads Tour was wonderful! We were delighted with the itinerary, enjoyed the company of our fellow travellers, and we were particularly pleased to have Mariaelena as our lovely tour manager for the second time … she is excellent in every way! The professionalism of all the Amber Roads staff is something special and we would happily recommend this travel experience to all friends and family. Thanks, Jonathan and team, for another great holiday in beautiful Italy.
Another great tour! This tour provided us a wealth of experiences in a part of Italy we had yet to visit. Touring the various lakes areas was beautiful. The many “on water” excursions always provided a memorable perspective of the surrounding islands and villages. And the villas we visited on our island adventures were real highlights. Beyond the traditional lake areas was our time in Mantova. What a fascinating place to visit. The Palazzo Ducale and Palazzo Te were very impressive as was our local guide. Actually, all the local guides made for a much richer experience. Federica, our tour manager, was a pleasure. She is professional, well organized and very easy to get to know. Spending time with her was always a bonus. As with our previous tours, the hotel selections were very good. The Bellagio and Stresa lake view locations were quite dramatic. The hotel staff at Hotel Milano Scala was exceptional. What would a tour be without a winery experience and ours was a very pleasant afternoon. We have always appreciated how Amber Road puts together great itineraries and handles the details . . . Milan & Lombardia was no exception. Also, thanks for arranging our pre and post tour lodging.
This was our second Amber Road tour and our sixth trip to Italy. We were extremely pleased with the total experience of this Sicily tour. The itinerary allowed us to experience a good mix of places giving us an appreciation of the complexity of both ancient and modern Sicilian culture. The local guides were knowledgeable and communicated effectively. The tour logistics were handled well so that we could concentrate on our daily adventures rather than baggage and transportation. Our tour director Saverio enhanced the experience by continually providing us insights into the culture in a way that only a native Sicilian could. His unique perspectives served as both education and entertainment. His good humor and relaxed demeanor did not detract from his solid efficiency when dealing with logistical issues that arose during the tour. Our driver Alessandro got our comfortable coach through some of the tightest road situations I have ever seen. He did this in a calm professional manner. We are looking forward to future travels with Amber Road Tours.
We would like to thanks 100 times for the joy and pleasure we had during our tour on Croatia. It was one of our best vacations. Well balanced tour, very thoughtful choice of hotels and excursions make it even more attractive. Andrej, our tour manager, and Boris, our driver, were outstanding. We are already planning our next vacations with Amber. It was exactly the way we want it
I just had to write to tell you how very much Len and I enjoyed this tour. First we had 19 of the most congenial people I’ve ever met. No one complained. Everyone was on time and most importantly we all laughed a lot sharing our life stories with each other. Andrej was amazing with his historical knowledge of everything about this region. Additionally the local guides were of the highest quality. All like actors on the stage. Thank you for our especially lovely room in Porec. Although our flight home was cancelled due to computer problems on the plane we managed to run into two of our fellow tour members the next day at the Munich airport. We hugged and kissed and kept occupied retelling our stories and memories of this beautiful tour. I recommend Amber Road to everyone I meet. You are the best.
I enjoyed this tour very much from start to finish. Lombardia and the bits of Piedmont we traveled are beautiful. The itinerary was a great mix of scheduled touring and free time to explore on your own, or rest. Also, the mix of city crowds (and chaos) and rural peace was appreciated. The hotels on this tour were wonderful, especially those in Bellagio on Lake Como and in Stresa on Lake Maggiore. The views from the rooms of the lakes and surrounding mountains were spectacular. Our tour leader, Federica, was great. She was very helpful and obviously knows and loves Italy. This was a fairly large tour group for Amber Road Tours, 18 people (from the U.S., England, Ireland, South Africa and Australia). Great tour!
Another well executed tour from Amber Road. Everything was almost perfect and we are already looking forward to our next trip with Amber. It will be a tough choice.
This was our second Amber Road Tour and we were not surprised by its’ outcome. It was a wonderful experience. We arrived in Florence for two nights prior to this tour to make sure that our bodies were in the right time zone. Lucca, Genoa & Cinque Terre all had their beauty and charming appeal which were brought to the forefront by our lovely tour guide Tiziana and our very capable and safe driver Ubaldo. We can’t thank them enough for guiding us through this wonderful holiday adventure. Our hotels, their locations and the food at our tour restaurants were all top drawer. We have found that people touring in a small group setting (15-16 people) are usually well traveled and this seems to us to be an added bonus which lends itself nicely to a relaxed educational experience. Additional “Thanks” to Lisa and Jonathan for their help and guidance with additional hotel nights and train transfers at the end our tour. We have planned and are looking forward to our back to back holiday adventures with Amber Road Tours to Portugal, Galicia & the Basque Country of NW Spain. Thanks again to Amber Road Tours.
Going to Bosnia; hearing about the very sad history of the siege and having dinner at one of the Muslim’s family home made for a very interesting time there. Andrej, our guide was extremely knowledgeable and always helpful as were the local guides. Members of our group were all congenial and always on time for every event . The hotels and breakfasts were excellent and the wine (which poured freely) was delicious. (I’m now on the wagon.) Both of us enjoyed this tour very much.
This was our first tour with Amber and it was fantastic. First and foremost our tour guide, Federica was superb. She was extremely knowledgeable and most of all friendly and fun. We would go an another trip with her in a heartbeat. The specialty tour guides that were also chosen for each individual site were also fantastic and extremely knowledgeable. Secondly the destinations of this Amalfi trip (Apulia region) were also fantastic, not your typical Amalfi trip and not destinations that I would have thought of on my own. Very educational and inspiring. Ravello was beautiful and a good place to unwind with a 4 day stay. Loved loved Ravello. All in all it was a great trip!
This was a gently paced trip with a very knowledgeable guide – Andrej. It covered a nice mix of must see highlights with interesting, less well known sites. With excellent accommodation, good food (and wine) it was a great introduction to the region and I will definitely return.
WOW ! What a trip. We stayed in the best hotels in each town and the included meals were fabulous. I had no idea northern Spain was so much like Switzerland or Colorado. We had a friendly group of travelers from five countries. Sean the guide is wonderful. One reason I signed up for this trip was Sean was my guide last year for Andalucia. This was my second tour with Amber Roads.
The tour was excellent. Federica was a great leader, always ready to help. Places to visit were really special and the local guides were very knowledgeable .
Our first Amber Road Tour was amazing! Tiziana is the epitome of professional tour guide: friendly, compassionate, organized and eager to share her vast knowledge. The size of the group is perfect for an in-depth appreciation of the sights and for enjoying Tiziana and the local guides provided at each of our stops. The pace was a bit intense and we wish we started with Amber Tours a few years ago. Amazing service. We love Italy and thoroughly enjoyed viewing it through Amber Road Tours’ eyes.
We loved every minute of our first Amber Road tour and will definitely plan another! Everything about the tour was well- planned and carried out perfectly. The hotels were superb, the food was excellent, the towns and historic sites were outstanding. Our lovely tour guide Tiziana, and our very capable driver Ubaldo made our experience of Italy, Magnifico! Tiziana was very organized and conscientious, she had a perfect grasp of all the information we needed and it was always delivered in an upbeat, relaxed and fun way! Her smile is contagious and her comments about Italy and Italian life were very helpful! (Especially helpful hints about coffee and polite words!) We were very happy that Ubaldo was navigating the roads in the Tuscan hills and Monterosso and we could just sit back and relax! Tiziana and the local guides were very knowledgeable about the history, geography and economy of the places we visited. The walking tours in Florence, Lucca, Pisa and Genova were very informative and helped to acclimate us to our surroundings. A highlight for us was the ferry boat ride to all the towns of Cinque Terre and hiking the trail from Corniglia to Vernazza to Monterosso. Our “groupo ” all got along very well and we made new friends along the way. We are missing our fresh anchovies and daily gelato! The trip was a dream come true! Grazie mille!!
Our first tour with Amber Roads. We arrived a few days early in Florence, which we recommend since it took a couple days to recover after our flight from San Francisco. The hotel locations and accommodations were first rate. Our guide, Tiziana and our driver, Ubaldo, were friendly and professional. Tiziana is a confident leader, has a wonderful sense of humor, and cares about her group members. She also maintains a great rapport with the providers in each city; hotel staff, local tour guides, restaurateurs. We liked that there were options on the more strenuous days for people to take a train or the bus if the offered activities became too challenging. Lucca is not to be missed and Cinque Terre is a jewel. We were most satisfied that the trip included the city of Genova. This city provides a fantastic blend of historic and modern, the museums at the harbor and the historic sites in the old part of the city should be experienced by more people. We also enjoyed the brief visit to Santa Margherita Ligure. As with many tours, the time spent in each of the cities was limited, but this tour gave us educational and fun experiences through carefully researched places and activities.
I have just returned from my second Amber Road Tour and am already planning my next! What a grand adventure this was. Everything about this tour was well thought out and superbly executed. Lisa in the Charleston office was delightful to work with and made sure all the paperwork was in order; Jonathan helped with a side trip I took; our Tour Guide, Tiziana, was exceptional, and our driver, Ubaldo, was very experienced and a very safe driver.
We covered a lot of towns and cities in a very comfortable style. Cinque Terre is eye candy and food for the soul. Lucca is a wonderful city; our visit to Carrara was informative and included a private tour to a sculptor’s studio (Thank you Amalia!); Pisa and Santa Margherita are breathtaking; Genova is a hidden gem. The hotels were all lovely and upscale. Our group was taken to wonderful local and family owned trattorias and restaurants; the food was all fresh, local traditional fare, exquisitely prepared and presented.
Our Tour Guide, Tiziana, is a doll. She made this trip an absolute pleasure. She is knowledgeable, kind, tireless, attentive to everyone and their needs, with a great sense of humor! She makes it easy to fall in love with Italy. The local guides were informative and presented more than “just the facts.” They included local flavor. This tour is well paced with a lot of time for private exploration as well as many suggestions for sites to visit on our own. I could go on and on…it was a lovely experience. Thanks to all involved…Lisa, Jonathan, Ubaldo, all the local guides, local trattorias, and especially Tiziana, who made this tour so enjoyable.
This was my fourth Amber Road tour so I’m obviously delighted with this excellent tour company. I travel solo and Sean, the tour manager, is very inclusive about ensuring single travelers are fully incorporated in all tour activities. It was a pleasure to go to a less visited part of Spain. Sean was so well informed and passionate about Spanish history and current conditions. His expertise made the tour a great learning experience. The hotels were a wonderful part of the tour experience. All were beautiful and well located. The sailing trip in the Arousa Estuary was a great part of the trip, a very special Amber Road event. Gaudi’s El Capricho was also a highlight that you won’t find on other tours. In all, an excellent tour in every respect.
5 stars to Amber Road tours! This was our second tour with them and it was wonderful. Everyone is so helpful starting with sweet Lisa in the office when you sign up. She is always cheerful and patient and makes the experience enjoyable from the first moment. This is our second Amber Road tour (the first was the Amalfi Coast to Apulia). Both were well thought out and planned with such care and consideration to the last detail! Our tour guide for Sicily, Mariaelena was very caring and informative. She took care of our every need and is a great guide. We look forward to other tours with Amber Road
This is my first Amber Road Tour, and I am planning another trip with you already!. It was a memorable trip, flawless and a perfect mix of monuments, geography, and regional culture and food. Tiziana can only be described in superlatives. She was attentive to each of us and to us as a group. She is organized, very invested in our having a positive and fulfilling experience, and she provided a wealth of information as we traveled. Additionally she is a warm and welcoming person who is thoughtful at every opportunity. Regional guides who joined the tour in various cities were informative, very pleasant and professional. Our driver was a wonderful addition to the tour, and he was a superb driver in the hilly and narrow roads we were on. Thank you for such an awesome experience of Italian life and history.
This was our 4th Amber Road Tour and once again we were extremely pleased. The selection of places we saw gave us a good understanding of the art, food, history and landscape of Sicily All hotels and included meals were well chosen. We enjoyed touring with Mariaelena. She is professional and at the same time very friendly and caring. The guides were all knowledgeable and some were particularly entertaining. The bus driver Francesco was skilled at navigating the smaller roads in a very large bus. Another form of entertainment!
Wonderful Tour. My first with Amber Road and hopefully not my last. Our Tour Guide Federica was excellent, very well prepared for each city we visited, and also a fund of knowledge about Italy in general. There was enough time for relaxation and recuperation after long days on our feet.
We have just returned from the fabulous Tuscany/Umbria tour, our third with Amber Roads. There is a reason there are so many repeat customers at Amber Roads — their trips are so well constructed, with the perfect combination of cultural exploration, dining experiences, and time on your own. The hotels, the experiences and the meals are all chosen with care, and the trip is incredibly well managed. We loved Tiziana, our tour leader, who was organized, fun, resourceful and truly excellent at every turn. She is a lovely person who really enjoys what she does, and it shows. It is hard to pick our favorite experience from the trip, but some standouts were Gubbio, where we arrived to the annual Festa dei Ceri, complete with an unbelievable race up a steep hill with teams carrying huge candles on their shoulders, and Spoleto, a lively city filled with art, ruins and charm! But then we also loved Assisi, and San Gimignano . . . one gorgeous and fascinating town after another! Our group of 10 travelers was really congenial and we enjoyed getting to experience this part of Italy with them. Thank you yet again Amber Roads for a wonderful experience — we look forward to another trip with you very soon.
An excellent tour. Our guide, Frederica was great. Very Well organised & very helpful. Specifically she helped suggest & book restaurants everywhere. Lake Como was the highlight with the Belvedere hotel really excellent. We found the tour well paced and showed us all the things that we should see. All in all a great tour