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.
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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
Our second trip with Amber Road to Italy, and our second amazing experience! The scenery, the culture, the history, the art….shared by such knowledgeable, personable guides. The accommodations were wonderful, and the included meals delicious and such a nice representation of local specialties. Our fabulous tour guide, Tiziana, entertained us each day with stories and information about the towns we were visiting. She had excellent suggestions for restaurants, places to visit, and shopping during our free time. She was wonderful! We would consider our next trip with Amber Road based on which itineraries Tiziana might be leading – she is that good! We couldn’t have chosen a nicer group of travel mates, either. Thank you again for the attention to all the details that make your tours so appealing!
This was our third trip with Amber Road and once again we were very pleased. The folks at Amber Road know how to treat their clients well. Our tour manager, Mariaelena Ciacci is a “national treasure”. Her enthusiasm, knowledge of the country, and care of her group greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the tour. We also had excellent guides who not only informed us but entertained us as well. The hotels were well chosen and allowed us easy access to the towns we were visiting. The tour was an excellent mix of historical, archaeological, cultural activities as well as a more contemporary view of life in Sicily. Once again, we had a superb bus driver.
The Tuscany/Umbria tour was a great experience. The itinerary, hotels, meals, local guides, and, especially, our main tour guide, Tiziana, were all first rate. I would definitely travel with Amber Road again. I can’t imagine a better company to travel with anywhere in Italy.
Sicily, A must see for everyone! Mariaelena Ciacci is an excellent tour leader. The tour pace is very good and her timing and scheduling of tours were outstanding. Hotel selections are in the city central district, which I had doubts, but I quickly changed my mind. The walking to tour sites out weighed any concerns I had. Great Tour!
We were extremely pleased with the whole experience while on the Amber Road Tour in Sicily. It was our first time in Sicily and also in a bus tour. The selection of places to visit within Sicily was ideal and gave us a very comprehensive view of the art, food, history and landscape that this Island has to offer. We were delighted with Mariaelena, our tour coordinator, who has a very friendly, efficient and delicate manner to make us all fully enjoy our trip. We were also very pleased with the central location and quality of our hotels and restaurants chosen. The guides were all very knowledgeable and at the same time entertaining. The driver was very friendly and professional and we were also very happy to have a spacious bus with extra room to spare. We appreciated having at least two nights at each hotel stop and not having early morning starts. Finally, we were very happy to share this Sicily experience with a group of new friends.
Our travels around Sicily with Mariaelena in late April early May 2018 were outstanding in every respect. We were given a deep insight into the history, culture, politics and food of Sicily as well as being introduced to the physical beauty of the island. We were also impressed with the design and pace of the tour. The use of specific expert guides in places such as Segesta, the Valley of the Temples, Ragusa, Syracuse and Taormina meant that we could could tap their knowledge of what we were seeing at a much greater depth than we have experienced on other tours. But what made the tour even more memorable was the leadership and organisation given to us by Mariaelena. Not only was she knowledgeable about everything to do with Sicily, but her insight into people, her warm and approachable personality kept a very diverse group together and gave us a sense of direction throughout the 11 days. Mariaelena made every effort to get to know each of us and her professional approach, her patience and attention made an already wonderful tour that much better.
Does all of Andalusia smell of orange blossoms? It seemed so to us. We were expecting to be overwhelmed by the Alhambra, the Mesquita, the Alcazar and Cathedral of Seville; but the beauty of the gardens and courtyards was a surprise. Sean was a joy. His enthusiasm and love of his country was contagious; his knowledge of history profound. He managed to watch over all of us and added special and unique experiences. The hotels were unique and very special. The setting of the dinner our first night overlooking the Alhambra at night was spectacular, as was the view of the gorge from the terrace at Ronda. The itinerary was very thoughtful and the planning wonderful as always. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
My third adventure with Amber Road Tours, this trip proved a wonderful way of exploring the treasures of Sicily’s uniquely rich cultural heritage, combining enjoyable meals and relaxing sightseeing with rewarding tours of museums, impressive ruins of ancient civilizations, baroque cities, local folklore, and grand churches accompanied by guides who offered informative and entertaining commentary, making thousands of years of history come dramatically alive for us. The company of our knowledgeable chief guide, the delightful Mariaelena, always cheerful and helpful, ensured that all facets of the trip would go smoothly and pleasantly. I came away with beautiful memories and much gratitude for a perfect vacation on a magical island.
We just returned from a tour of Sicily and wanted to let you know how pleased we were with everything. Our tour “leader” Mariaelena was fantastic. Her upbeat personality made everything just a little better. The sites, hotels, bus driver and the included meals were all first class. The individual tour guides were not only knowledgeable and we would like to know who wrote their material. We laughed throughout the trip. Several meals were included as part of the tour. The restaurants chosen for each were excellent and everyone enjoyed the menus selected. Mariaelena asked each of us at these meals if we were satisfied with what was being served and in the few cases where there was a problem made sure that substitutes were available. She went out of her way to help. We had an anniversary during the trip and she coordinated with the restaurant we were going to eat at to have cake made up for us. She left nothing to chance. Every morning she was there well before the tours started and in the evening did not leave until she was sure that we knew the schedule for the next day. It is hard to imagine that anything more could have been done to improve the trip. We would rate Amber Tours with 5 stars.