Amalfi Coast to Apulia was our second time touring with Amber Road so we knew what to expect: a rich, small group experience, excellent guides, fabulous sites, lovely hotels, scrumptious and overly abundant amounts of food and a witty tour manager attentive to our every need. Amber Road delivered again! We had a wonderful time exploring this part of Italy with new friends and, again, found the mix of scheduled and free time to be perfect for us.

Grazie mille!

We just wanted to write you a brief note regarding the wonderful time we had the last two weeks in Amalfi/Puglia. The quality and great experiences on this vacation was every bit as good as that which we had in our initial visit with you in Tuscany. Our tour manager, Aldo, was certainly one of the highlights of our trip. His vivacious personality, vast knowledge of the area and attention to detail was superb. We also found the local guides in each side trip to be excellent, combining a teaching experience with a blend of humor in their presentations. We can only look at so many ruins, churches, etc. but their ability to keep it light kept us deeply involved. As usual, the accommodations were first class and the Sassi cave stay was a special treat. With one exception the food and drink were exceptional and we are in need of a serious exercise program to get back to our prior clothing sizes. We truly enjoyed the international makeup of the tour travelers. This enriches the experience and is one of the criteria we use in any tour selection. We sincerely hope that our paths will cross in the future and we wish you continued success in your business expansion.

I can only use superlatives to describe the unique hotels, fabulous Italian cuisine from Mama’s kitchen, and the passionate local guides that shared their knowledge and stories at each historical /archeological site. The Amalfi Coast to Apulia tour exceeded all of my expectations. Aldo is an exceptional tour manager with tremendous leadership skills. I chose Amber Tours because of its size. Our small group bonded during this tour so I now have many new friends in Austin, New York, Vancouver, and Baltimore.

Critiquing our tour to the Amalfi Coast and Puglia is a pleasure because it was so delightful in every way. All the accommodations were unique and well chosen. We all will have some great memories of the elegance and comfort we enjoyed. The guides were more than knowledgeable and pleasant. We all learned a great deal about these lesser-known but wonderful areas of Italy. The presentation of each guide was thorough, intriguing and easy to understand.  Amber Road travelers always enjoy memorable meals of local specialties and this trip was no exception. Our traveling companions were congenial and always considerate. I am so grateful that I was able to be a part of this adventure.

Our May tour of the Amalfi Coast and Puglia was our third with Amber Road and our second with the irrepressible Luca, who kept us well informed and entertained throughout. We enjoyed the same degree of comfort, luxury and discovery that made our previous trips with you so memorable. The itinerary would be impossible to improve upon. We’ll long remember the beauty and charm of the Amalfi Coast and the many UNESCO World Heritage sites we visited, especially in Matera and Alberobello. Thanks to you and Sonya for creating tours I can confidently recommend to anyone considering the vacation of a lifetime in Italy.

We have just returned our third wonderful holiday with Amber Roads Tours – such a variety of interesting, well-chosen places. We were kept interested and busy while having a good balance of free time and without being rushed. The hotels were all unique and memorable for their different character and atmosphere. Staying in a cave hotel for two nights in Matera was certainly very different. The local guides were good and our tour manager, Anna, was beyond excellent. We are experienced travelers but it would not have been possible for us see so much, certainly with such ease, had we not been on the tour.
The best endorsement is that two other couples on this tour had been on previous Amber Road Tours which we had also done and other friends of ours enjoyed an Amber Road tour earlier this year on our recommendation. We are looking forward to our next Amber Road adventure.

We very much enjoyed our holiday with you. Your selection of hotels was excellent, especially the charming Villa Maria in Ravello. Your Tour Manager Luca was a lucky combination of efficient organization, well informed knowledge of the areas visited and entertaining humour… at times he was hilarious. All the guides were of high quality with Giampaolo in his individualistic style complementing Luca’s humour.
All transfers were executed with military precision. The party, composed of English, German, American & New Zealanders displayed remarkable conviviality and kindred spirit considering its diversity. Jonathan, you have assembled a handpicked tour which was a perfect experience in a part of Italy which was relatively unknown to us and which we wanted to know more of. We would not hesitate to recommend Amber to others.

Words are inadequate to express what a wonderful vacation we had with you. Our tour manager Luca was gracious and pleasant. He was knowledgeable and helpful at all times. The hotels were unique and the food first class and delicious. The local tour guides knew the history and background of all the sites we visited. I have raved to our friends contemplating a trip to Italy to see your website. I do hope they take our recommendation as they will not be disappointed.

We enjoyed our may tour very much and would travel with your company again. Anna is a great guide with attention to detail. The food was good, the pace was good and we enjoyed the accommodation in the centre of towns.  Lovely to be able to wander around on one’s own close to the hotel. Coming in to Naples early is a good idea.  Having had the opportunity to go to the Archeological Museum enhanced our visit to Pompeii and we would recommend that to people.

We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed a flawless Amalfi Coast – Puglia tour in May. The itinerary was excellent, our drivers were extremely competent, and the accommodations were lovely. Our local tour guides were knowledgeable and informative, and every day was different and an adventure. The group was very congenial and easy to travel with, and our tour guide Anna Sagaria was superb. Anna is a gem whose knowledge and sense of humor are only surpassed by her warmth and charm. We felt very fortunate to have Anna as our fearless leader! Thank you for putting together such a wonderful trip; we could not have done it on our own.

We would like to commend Anna for making our tour so enjoyable and memorable. Her knowledge of the areas visited was exceptional and she often knew more than most of the tour guides in each town. Her people skills made this tour seem so easy. The size of the group was perfect and the hotels were all exceptional. To arrive in Ravello was a great way to start the tour as everything about the hotel and place was stunning. We would definitely recommend Amber Road Tours to anyone wanting a grand way to tour Italy. Thanks for your great organisational skills.

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.

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.

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.

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.

…been home for about a week now, although my mind still lingers in Italy:) A BIG thank you to Luca, tour guide extraordinaire, for his warmth, humour, knowledge, expertise and professional tour facilitation services! You make Amber Road Tours shine and we are grateful for all that you did to make the tour amazing!! While I can’t say enough about the spectacular scenery & the delicious cuisine, it is indeed the people that make a trip memorable. Thanks again to all of you for sharing in The Big Italian Adventure!

Thank you, Jonathan and Luca for my recent informative and pleasurable tour of Amalfi/Puglia. I thoroughly enjoyed the group experience and thought the numbers were just right. I appreciated not having to spend hours on the bus and not having to get up too early in the morning. Luca was an entertaining and knowledgeable tour manager and nothing was too much trouble for him. If I had to choose my favourite hotels (they were all good) I liked the ones at Ravello and Matera. I would certainly recommend Amber Road Tours and look forward to booking another one. The only downside to the trip was the long flight home to Australia.

What a wonderful tour we had with Amber Road. The tour manager, the local guides and drivers were all awesome and the food was great. We hope to do Sicily sometime in the future.

Just a note of thanks about our delightful [back to back] tours with you in Italy.
We enjoyed both of them so much and it was a real pleasure to see you in Spoleto. Our room in San Gimignano had the best view I think I have ever had in any hotel. The rooms in Ravello,Trani, Matera and Gallipoli were all excellent. The restaurant meals you provided in Amalfi/Puglia were all gut-bustingly wonderful. We continue to tell all of our friends to get on your tours. Luca was, of course, as much of a delight on the second tour as he was on the first. And in Anna, who was helping him, I believe you have discovered a treasure.
Our best wishes for your new tour in the Veneto, which we hope to take. Of the scores of trips we have taken world-wide the three we have taken with Amber Road have been unmatched.

This was our very first Amber Road trip and certainly not our last. In my mind and in my heart, I can still see the spectacular views, feel the charm of all the magnificent hotels, reflect on all the fascinating history, and still taste the culinary delights of the regions. Being so in love with this beautiful country, it was my sixth trip (with several different tour companies), and my first time to the regions of Puglia and Basilicata. The architecture has left me in complete amazement. From the ancient cave dwellings in the “Sassi” of Matera, the white-washed houses of Ostuni, the rich Baroque architecture in Lecce, to the limestone “Trulli” homes, with their gray conical roofs, in Alberobello. I loved the small group of warm, friendly people, the unique itinerary where we found few tourists, the quaint and beautiful hotels, the fabulous menus that were chosen for us in our included meals, and the very knowledgeable local guides. Above all, our tour manager, Luca, and guest tour manager, Anna, proved to be exceptional – both being very accommodating and informative, with top notch personalities. We shared many laughs. You can hear the passion, for their country, in their voices and see it in their eyes. What a delight to spend two glorious weeks with them. Thank you Jonathan and Sonya, for creating Amber Road Tours, and for designing an itinerary, which for me, was the best Italy vacation I’ve ever had.

We had the time of our life. I loved the tour because it brought me to areas of Italy where both sets of grandparents were from. This was my seventh time to Italy but I had never been to Apulia or Basilicata or to Otranto, Lecce, etc… Your choice of lodgings was fantastic. The food was excellent, and of course, so much, but who complained??? Bruce and I had our 25th anniversary dinner on the terrace at the Villa Maria and it was perfect. I was very enlightened as to the industry and sophistication of this part of Italy despite all I had heard to the contrary. I was amazed at the vastness of the valleys and plains, the fruit and olive orchards and vineyards… I thank you and your crew for giving Bruce and I the best tour we have had in Italy ever…

WOW!! What can I say? I have just enjoyed both tours back to back and cannot find anything but great things to say about Amber Road Tours! The planning is perfect, itineraries incredible, guides wonderful, drivers so skilled (thank goodness on those roads around Amalfi and Sicily), hotels so comfortable and interesting, local guides entertaining and educated, and the meals! Well I didn’t plan to eat all of every course but couldn’t help myself! The people on both tours from Australia, Canada and the States were great and wonderfully friendly and always included the single women on the tour! Jonathan provided so much information prior to departure with every contingency covered. Our guides, Luca and Mariaelena, were so informative, patient and entertaining and look after our needs quietly and efficiently! Nothing was too much trouble from Luca having to order 15 variations of coffee for us after dinner, including cappuccinos to Mariaelena organising a new bus for us overnight because the air conditioning wasn’t functioning as well as it should! Everything happened smoothly, quietly and efficiently!
I only wish you had tours all over the world but for anyone who really wants to experience the best possible tour of Italy I highly recommend Amber Road Tours!

This was our second trip with Amber Road and, just like the first one, it was delightful. The Amalfi Coast is much more spectacular than pictures or movies can communicate. The towns of southern Italy, from Ravello, to Trani, to Matera and Ostuni are all beautifully scenic and have fascinating history, all of which was explained by our knowledgeable local guides. The hotel in Matera, once a cave dwelling, was one of the most unusual lodgings we have had anywhere, and the town itself is unlike anything we have ever seen in our travels. We enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow travelers from, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. Just as on our trip last year to Tuscany, the meals furnished by Amber Road, and that was many of them, were outstanding in the quality of the food and wine. Fortunately, there was enough walking during the day to counteract all the seafood, pasta and gelato! Our guide, Luca, was terrific. He was personable and helpful and most of all, patient. We appreciated him immensely. The quality and service of Amber Road Tours is truly outstanding.

We had a great time on the tour and it was better than we expected. A few years ago we had gone on a tour but it was a much larger group and was not as well put together as your tour was. We enjoyed your hotel & restaurant choices very much. One can tell that you and Sonya take pride in your business. Luca was great and should get a medal for putting up with all the “hassling” we gave him. Thanks again for a great vacation and Sicily will be our next destination.

Thank you once again for a wonderful Italian experience. We wondered how the tour to Amalfi Puglia would compare to the Tuscany Umbria tour we enjoyed last year and it didn’t disappoint. Different but just as interesting, we enjoyed the varied landscapes of the south, from the spectacular seaside vistas of the Amalfi Coast to the authentic fishing village of Trani.  The food everywhere, from buffalo mozzarella to tomatoes to local seafood, was amazing: simply prepared and full of flavour.  And Rob’s still talking about” filling up” at the wine pump he saw at our tour of the Primitivo winery.  Other highlights were a harrowing local bus ride along the Amalfi Highway, the majestic temples at Paestum and our late night seaside romantic dinner of fresh mussels and pasta in Gallipoli. Thanks to the multi-talented Luca (guide, translator, comedian), the trip went off without a hitch.  Thanks too for the Rome recommendations. We loved the Villa Borghese and were very impressed with the Vatican guide you recommended. We hope to see you next year in Sicily.