Thank you Amber Roads for a wonderful tour! This was our first tour ever and it will be hard to follow up this one with any other company! This was also our first time to Italy and we had a wonderful introduction to the history and culture of Italy. Our tour only had 8 people so we were really spoiled. Our guide, Tiziana, was wonderful and shepherded her “gruppo” everywhere with such great humor and finesse! We were sad to say goodbye at the end of the tour! We had a nice balance of activities and free time and during some our down time on the bus or at meals, Tiziana shared a lot about her country and it’s customs which enriched our visit. This tour included a wonderful hike in the Ligurian hillsides which was so fun because it ended with olive oil and wine tasting and then a relaxed lunch. Such a fun day! The town of Lucca was charming and we especially enjoyed visiting the carrera quarries and attending the opera in Puccini’s hometown. Genova was also a nice surprise. Our hotels were lovely and our local city guides were excellent as well. We would highly recommend this tour and tour company and hope we can go on another of their tours. This is the way to go! I think our guide Tiziana, definitely swayed my somewhat skeptical husband who was reticent to travel to Italy “on a tour”! Brava Tiziana! ❤️🍷
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This was my second trip with Amber Road, and as so many others have indicated, plans for the next are in progress. Sicily was so interesting historically, geographically, and culturally! I suspect most people have no idea how many times it has been conquered by various invaders. Mariaelena was an amazing guide; her personal attention to each of us excellent, as well as her great sense of humor and knowledge of each area. I love the pace of Amber Road Tours. Sure, you can book a relatively inexpensive trip that may take you all over Italy, but it won’t feel like a vacation or that you really come away with an appreciation for the area you’ve covered. These tours are like a mini-immersion (my first was the Tuscany tour last autumn). Accommodations and meals are superb as well. Coordination of every aspect is excellent.
This was our second Amber Road Tour and we enjoyed it every bit as much as the first. Travelling in a small group is important to us and Amber has been excellent in keeping the group number to a size which allows for a good mix of companions without crowding. Sean, our tour guide, was helpful, good humoured and a fountain of knowledge; our tour bus was comfortable and Jose’, our driver, very good . The hotels we stayed at were in the best possible location, historically or architecturally interesting, and made us feel very privileged to be staying there.
In all, we very much enjoyed the balance of new and interesting experiences and free time and look forward to our next tour!!
This was our 6th tour with Amber Road and our first one outside of Italy. Once again, it was the perfect combination of the quality we have come to enjoy coupled with the delight of unexpected surprises. Increasingly we tour with repeat Amber Road travelers adding to a spirit of camaraderie over shared travels and an ease at joining into a new adventure together. In our experience, this was the first time everyone had traveled with Amber Road at least once (many multiple times). We were a lively compatible group from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the US. The pace, sites visited, food, and fabulous hotels were well selected and we were guided expertly and convivially by our leader, Sean. We were anticipating our time in Bilbao and San Sebastian ahead of time but an added delight was the sailing of the Ria Arousa Estuary and our time in Oviedo. While we were visiting Ribadeo, a couple stopped to welcome us, telling us that they had never seen a tour group in their town and were delighted we were there! Thank you for another wonderful holiday and a brilliant itinerary.
This was our fourth tour with Amber Road and the memories still linger. Let your imagination take you back a few centuries. Andalucia embodies the classic image of Spain from flamenco dancing and bullfighting to lively nightlife and ancient architecture. Our tour guide Sean’s singular background and easy conversation made our days with him a pleasure. He was passionate about his country, very knowledgeable and gave us an insight into Spanish life, history and traditions. The hotels were charming and in excellent locations. The tour provided a perfect balance of planned events and time on your own. The awe-inspiring visits to the Alhambra Palace in Alhambra and the Mezquita in Cordoba were spectacular, but so were the stunning Tajo Gorge in Ronda, the white town of Setenil de las Bodegas, beautiful seacoast city of Cadiz, and the Alcazar and Plaza de Espana in lovely Seville. We packed so much on our trip – flamenco, sherry tasting, bull farm, paella class, olive oil mill, an equestrian school, and delicious meals and wine with a great group of travelers. Thank you for creating such an inspired itinerary, which most people don’t get to experience. Hemingway was enchanted with this region and you too will fall under its spell.
Our congratulations to Lisa for the Tour that she has constructed with, for us, the perfect balance of the cultural highlights of Northern Spain and more relaxing informal activities. The hotels were all excellent – quality and location superb. Each hotel magnificent in its own very different way. Our Tour Manager Sean was, well Sean ! He was as informative and helpful as we have come to expect – displaying his excellent knowledge and understanding of Spanish history and culture whilst also a more sensitive nature when dealing with Tour members. Perhaps for us Santiago was the highlight of the Tour and I would encourage Tour members to consider walking a small final section of the Comino and then to see the Botofumero in use at a Pilgrims Mass.
We had travelled to Spain in 2014 with Amber Roads on their first Central Spain tour, so we had no hesitation in joining their tour to Andalucía. They did not disappoint. The itinerary took us to amazing spaces and the scenery and places we visited just got better each day – the Alhambra in Granada was everything we had heard that it was, the Mezquita in Cordoba was incredible, the gorge in Ronda was breathtaking and then when you thought you had seen it all we arrived in Sevilla. It was a wonderful trip with so many beautiful things to see and a variety of interesting experiences like the Bravo Bull farm. Sean, again was a wonderful guide and worked very hard to ensure that everyone had a great experience. Bravo AR. Sicily is looking good….
We are back home after a truly wonderful trip to Italy. Our tour guide, Anna, was spectacular….fun, knowledgeable, efficient and delightful. She made all of our activities seamless and memorable. The local guides were very interesting and the sites were generally well-selected. We hadn’t travelled with such a small group before (9), but thoroughly enjoyed our bonding experience with our fellow travelers from Australia and the USA.
I really enjoyed this adventure. Galicia and the Basque Country have their own identity, so different from Mediterranean Spain. Land and seascapes, history, art, fabulous seafood, handpicked hotels and add a top notch guide with the perfect genetic mix – what is there not to like ?
We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start our 50th Wedding Anniversary trip than with Anna and the other 7 travelers touring the beautiful Amalfi area and the rest of southern Italy. She was so caring and attentive to our every need. It is obvious that Anna loves what she does and brings her country to life for the rest of us. The scenery, the lovely hotels and the food were wonderful. We hope to travel again with Amber Road.
This was our second journey with Amber Road Tours and it certainly lived up to our high expectations! It goes without saying that the natural beauty, art, food, and wine of Tuscany were outstanding. The tour was well-organized and well-paced, the itinerary was excellent, and we enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers in our small group. What really made this trip so special was the personal touch provided by our guide, Mariaelena. She shared her homeland with us so generously, giving us insights into the culture, traditions, and even the personality of the Tuscan people. The whole experience was truly unforgettable and we certainly intend to travel again with Amber Road Tours!
We had a wonderful time touring the Amalfi Coast and Puglia. The hotels were of a high standard and the sites visited were very interesting, with excellent local guides. Our tour leader, Anna, was particularly good, with excellent organisational skills and a great personality.
Our tour of Galicia & the Basque Country is our 5th Amber Road tour, so quite obviously we are very impressed with Amber Road as a tour operator. This tour confirmed the quality of experience that Amber provides. There is absolutely nothing that we can fault, from the booking and payment process through to that final car that took us to our departure transport. If we could single out just one thing that makes us a repeat customer, it is probably the variety of experiences offered in each tour. For this tour we feel we were given ample opportunity to take in the cultural highlights of northern Spain, to experience the wonderful geography and scenery, the magnificent buildings of the major towns and, of course, the culinary delights. The boat tour on the Ria de Arousa is certainly something one is unlikely to encounter as an independent traveller or on other mass market tours. We loved the visit to the subterranean bodega in La Guardia. Our random encounters with local festas added to the totality of our experience The hotels were magnificent- who could not love staying in a room overlooking a beautiful cloister in Santiago de Compostela. Our tour guide, Sean, was knowledgeable, fun, passionate, generous in every way and unfailingly courteous and considerate to all.
Congratulations, again, Amber Road Tours, for showing us so expertly the wonders of Sicily, and our thanks go to Severio, too, for giving us insight into the Sicilian Lifestyle.
Our tour of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia was memorable for several reasons. First, the experience in Sarajevo at the beginning of the tour was quite sobering and thought-provoking. Witnessing the evidence of the tragic Balkan War of 1992-1995 brought home to us the terrible reality that most of the world ignored for too long. But having dinner with the Bosnia family gives us hope for their future. Bosnia-Herzegovina is a beautiful country, with lovely people who all were welcoming to us. Second, the dramatic beauty of the Dalmatian coast is breathtaking. We were visiting Dubrovnik and Split for the second time, and enjoyed them more with this Amber Roads tour. Third, we enjoyed unique opportunities: going to the oyster/mussel farm on the Peljesac peninsula, walking part of the Great Wall of Croatia, having dinner at a small, family run vineyard, swimming in the Adriatic, sampling sparkling wines at another family owned and run vineyard, and touring the incredibly unusual Plitvicka Lakes which have to be seen to believe. Finally, all of the local guides were informative, and personable; Andre our ‘permanent’ tour guide was encyclopedic in his comprehensive knowledge of the history, politics, geography, agriculture, gastronomy, and viticulture of the Balkan region. This was our second Amber Roads tour which did not disappoint; we look forward to our next. Bravo!!
Our first two tours with Amber Road Tours were back to back tours in Tuscany…Lucca, Genova, Cinque Terre and Hilltop Towns. Both were two of the most enjoyable small group tours we have taken. The sites, sounds, smells and tastes gave us a great insight into Tuscan history and culture. Half of the group in the first tour stayed to do the second. Amber Road made this transition from one to the other seamless. What can we say about both tours? Only to echo the superlatives already posted by our more eloquent fellow travelers. Totally outstanding for us were our tour managers for each of the tours. Tiziana Manganiello, on our first, and Mariaelena Ciacci were amazing ambassadors for Amber Road Tours. Both in their own way were professional, knowledgeable, organized and made the tours fun. Always very attentive to the ‘groupo’. Special kudos to our drivers, Obaldo and Carmelo. Thank you for a great job! Looking forward to our next travelling experience with Amber Road Tours.
Congratulations, Amber Road Tours, for a delightfully organised Tour to this magic area of Italy, and many warm thanks to Federica. You are a gem with your caring, happy and intelligent leading.
Our Tuscan Hill Towns tour was perfect in every way. Mariaelena, our tour manager, is a wonderful, informative and most pleasant person. The group we traveled with all became new friends, something that doesn’t happen on large bus tours. Amber Road Tours will be our new go-to company when we plan our next trip and we’ve been recommending Amber Road to all our friends and neighbors. What a wonderful care-free way to travel! The hotels were top notch, our mini-bus driver was careful and excellent, the special touches throughout the tour made this an unforgettable vacation. Thank you!
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!
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!