Thanks again, Jonathan, Sonya and Amber Roads for our wonderful trip through Sicily. Jerry and I loved our trip to Southern Italy last year with Luca and were just as happy this year touring Sicily with Mariaelena. She could not do enough for us and kept us laughing with her wonderful sense of humor. Since we came in a few days early Jonathan recommended Cefalù and what a great choice that was. We’re looking forward to the North Italy tour next year.
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The tour was excellent. Well planned and flawlessly executed. The hotels were very good. The meals that you provided were wonderful. Mariaelena and Giuseppe were outstanding. She is a gem. The tour participants were very nice – a friendly and intelligent group. It did not hurt that the weather was perfect. I will do my best to spread the word.
We were on your Sicily Tour in April. Although we have done 3 tours with Odysseys-Unlimited and 2 with Archeological Tours (both US companies) and had very positive experiences, the Amber Roads Tour was the best experience we have had with a tour company. A superb tour manager, Mariaelena Ciacci, who is also a charming, wonderful person, made the tour very special. The group was small and congenial, the itinerary was varied and well planned, the accommodations very comfortable and the cultural heritage and architectural sites of Sicily were marvelous. We will enthusiastically recommend your company to friends and encourage them to see Sicily—it was a wonderful experience.
We had such a good time on the trip to Sicily. The trip was well-paced, the hotels most agreeable, the sights splendid and you were generous with wine and water at our included meals. Kudos to Amber Road Tours! Your website is appealing and drew many of us. The nicest surprise was getting a truly wonderful guide: here’s to Mariaelena!
I am writing to congratulate you on the wonderful Sicily tour which my husband and I have just enjoyed. This is in no small part due to the fantastic Mariaelena! Her warm and caring nature, her amazing knowledge and her love of her country are inspirational. Giuseppe, our bus driver, a consummate professional (and probably the safest driver in Italy) occasionally treated us to glimpses of his talent both as an opera singer and a comedian! The 11 day tour was well paced, with the right balance between guided tours, travel and free time. I would recommend this tour to anyone considering a trip to Sicily. Thank you, Jonathan, for your extra advice concerning other parts of our Italian holiday.
The trip was superb, stupendous!!!
Experiencing Sicily with Amber Road Tours was very satisfying. Everything that was promised was delivered. We received excellent accommodations and meals, great winery visits and of course experienced Archeological Wonders. Our specialist guides knew their subjects extremely well. Mariaelena [our tour manager] was professional in every way that matters. Through her efforts Janice and I feel that we have achieved some insight into the Sicilian culture and people far beyond the popular stereotypes we are exposed to in America. We were quite fortunate in having Ms. Ciacci as our tour guide, friend and mentor for twelve days. We will not hesitate to recommend Amber Roads to our friends and associates.
Our Sicily tour with Mariaelena and Giuseppe was a great introduction to Sicily with lots of interesting local information and detail. We could not have wished for a more knowledgeable guide and one so simpatica. Thank you ancora.
Barbara and I wanted to let you know what a fabulous time we had in Sicily. Mariaelena was a fantastic host/tour manager and the various guides we had throughout the tour were excellent. We were all seasoned travelers, having done our share of travelling with various tour companies and I believe that Amber Road Tours belongs in the top three (as good or better than TAUCK). We chose this tour to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary and we were not disappointed. The small size of this tour (14 good wine drinkers) made it manageable for all of us as and gave everyone an opportunity to get to know each other. The sights that we visited were well chosen, the restaurants were excellent, and the hotels were terrific. I forgot to mention one very important person, our bus driver. What a pleasant, patient and helpful person. Hopefully, we will be able to do another Amber in the near future. …..and thank you for letting us taste the many bottles of wine we consumed at the many restaurants.
Myron and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Sicily. Mariaelena is a wonderful, caring tour director. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better! She is so informative, has a terrific personality and is a delightful woman. The itinerary is perfect and we learned so much about Sicily and its history. The local guides, especially Laura in Palermo and Luigi in Agrigento and at Villa Romana, were most informative and interesting. And we can’t say enough about Giuseppe, our driver! He did his utmost to make our travels comfortable. Thank you for your help in arranging our stay on the Amalfi Coast (which we thoroughly enjoyed) and our flights to and from Sicily. We certainly will recommend Amber Road to friends who are interested in visiting a specific region of Italy. Thanks again for a wonderful adventure in Sicily.
We recently returned from the tour of Sicily and unequivocally recommend Amber Road Tours. Our highest praise goes to tour leader Mariaelena — gracious, lively, informative, fair, caring, and attentive to every detail. The tour was carefully planned, well paced, and competently executed – from the beginning in Palermo, where the fusion of so many cultures took place, to the ending in the beautiful hill town of Taormina, perfect for a day of relaxation. We enjoyed the excellent small hotels, delectable group meals and the congenial company of our fellow tourists, who were open to all the new information and experiences. Sicily is a fascinating place, an island of many dimensions, landscapes, architectural styles, and a rich and varied history. The tour allowed us to sample its many aspects with outstanding local guides, our skillful and kind driver, Vincenzo, and the wonderful Mariaelena who has a passion for Italy and her work as guide. For people who don’t usually take group tours, this small and well designed tour is the best.
Thank you so much. We really enjoyed our Sicily trip and are telling everyone about it and also what a great job Amber Road does. Mariaelena was a pure joy. We are looking forward to a trip with you to Tuscany and Umbria.
We were delighted to join Amber Road again this year for the Sicily tour. Once again the tour exceeded our expectations. We would certainly recommend your tours to anyone interested in experiencing an exceptional small group tour in Italy. We were especially impressed with your tour leaders. Mariaelena on this trip and Mario on the Tuscany/Liguria trip were both outstanding. Your choice of hotels, schedule, content and attention to detail made for an enjoyable and unforgettable trip. We’re looking forward to our next Amber Road Tour. Thanks for a wonderful time.
An incredible experience! As the tour ends, I wanted to thank you all and most particularly our wonderful guide Maria Elena and our astounding driver Vincenzo for a superb time. Sicily is a magical place, with its mix of cultural influences, terrains, foods and archeological wonders. But what makes the tour even more magical is the easy pace that still provides ample time to soak in the sites, yet time to explore, rest or recharge on our own. I cannot say enough good things about my Amber Road experience. Sufficed to say I am already checking my calendar to make time for my next Amber Road adventure.
We just came home from our second Amber Road Tour and once again we are singing your praises. We could not have asked for a better guide to Sicily than Mariaelena. She is smart, sweet, funny and attentive. She makes everyone feel that being a tour guide isn’t a job but her passion. Somehow you manage to attract individuals to your tours who are compatible with each other. There were participants from Australia, New Zealand and all parts of the U.S. and we all got along well and enjoyed each other. We love the balance between organized touring time and time on our own. Ditto with the meals. We thought that the meals that were included were very special (too much food, but special) and we loved finding our own little trattorias on the nights when meals were not included. In each city we visited, the local guides spoke English very well and were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about what they were showing us. You provide a unique, small group touring experience that we think is perfection. We saw many other tour buses that were the same size as ours but had double or even triple the number of participants. Bravo to you for keeping the groups small and personal. Herb, who as you may recall, hated bus trips with groups, has loved both of the Amber Road Tours. Thank you again for all you do to make these trips so special. Also thanks again to Mariaelena – she is a gem!
Excellent time. Fantastic experience. Mariaelena Ciacci just perfection – efficient and knowledgeable and interested and interesting. The local guides also very good. Wonderfully organized. Thrilled that you took care of all local guides so that we would not spend any time wondering about tipping, etc. Loved that there was no hustle for shopping or going to specific restaurants. Will recommend you highly and wish you were in more countries! THANK YOU!
Sicily in May was our second Amber Road Tour after doing Tuscany 3 years ago. May is a wonderful time to visit Sicily with flowers and also the snow still on the top of Mount Etna. Our guide, Mariaelena ,was the warmest, most informative and full of fun guide one could wish for. The organization of the tour was first class. Each place visited, both major and minor sites, and the wine tastings were so well picked and timed that each day was a learning experience, an adventure and pure fun. The local guides were also so good. The accommodation was excellent, great hotels in the right spot every time. Thank you for another great holiday we will never forget.
I would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for a wonderful tour experience in Sicily in June 2009! Our family of 16 including brothers and sisters and all the assorted families traveled together across much of Sicily with Mariaelena and Giuseppe (bus driver). Many of our group had not traveled before or had not traveled overseas and they had a great time. Even if we don’t get to come back again for a long time the memories of our trip will last a lifetime! Thanks again to Amber Road Tours for a wonderful time and the care and concern you showed us when setting up the tour and making sure we got to see things we wanted to!
Had a FABULOUS time. Thanks again for the BEST vacation EVER!!It was a wonderful trip. Thank you for helping to make it happen!
We continue to reflect on the terrific time we had while on your Amber Roads tour of Sicily. We had traveled independently to Sicily during the month of May, many years ago. We both agree that May or early June is the ideal time to visit Sicily because everything is in bloom, and the profusion of colors is breathtaking. However, traveling with the Amber Road group in November was well worth every minute. The weather was perfect (only one day of rain and that while we were in the shelter of our bus). The food and wine was sumptuous; and all of the hotel accommodations were top-notch. We especially loved the Grand Hotel et des Palmes in Palermo with all its grandeur and history. Another of our favorites was Hotel Il Barocco, a new, very small & cozy, family-run hotel in Ragusa. Last, but not least, our tour escort, Mariaelena, was her usual upbeat self. She left no stone unturned to make sure that all of our group had the best time ever.
Overall, what we enjoy and appreciate about Amber Road Tours is that you all do such a thorough job in covering all the major tourist sights, and then surprise us by taking us to some great out-of-the-way places — such as that neat little “museum”,
Museo della Pietra, carved into the side of a hill by the owner who is a mason, a surgeon, does acupuncture, and is a fantastic host who really knows how to put together a fabulous Italian meal. And how can we forget the visit to a local winery. The owners gave us a wonderful guided tour, and then hosted a beautiful reception. Bravo! Jonathan & Sonya! You did it again.