What a great tour! The landscape, food & hotel accommodations were exceptional. Tiziana was the best tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, caring & funny. We would definitely recommend this tour!
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Tuscan Hill Towns was my third tour with Amber Road Tours. The beauty of Tuscany was more than I could possibly absorb. Not only were we surrounded by astounding rolling hills and vineyards, but history was all around and visible as well. I was so surprised and impressed with the remains that the Etruscans left for us to ponder and appreciate. This tour had a nice combination of various activities and something for everyone. And Tiziana pulled it all together wonderfully. Not only is Tiziana extremely knowledgeable and articulate, but she’s a ton of fun. By the end of the tour, all of us were speaking a bit of Italian, which Tiziana patiently taught us. And I think most of us came away with a greater appreciation of Tuscan wines after several tastings at vineyards in the region. All in all, this was a fabulous tour with great food, wine, shopping and people … as well as a very knowledgeable and talented tour director and local guides.
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!
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!
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.
My husband, 15 year old daughter & I traveled with the Tuscan Hill Towns tour in June 2017. It was an incredible trip! Beautiful! Our tour guide was excellent. She was informative, charming & professional. We truly enjoyed ourselves & felt very taken care of. Looking forward to more trips like this one. Thanks for everything!
Our Amber Roads tour “Tuscan Hill Towns” was superb. And our guide Tiziana was wonderful – that is an understatement. Thank you for your kindness in making these arrangements, particularly since I had to cancel twice before I made it. The tour for us exceeded our expectations. We will join another Amber Road tour next year. For us, short (7 days), with 3 nights per hotel is ideal. Thank you also for recommending the Hotel Pierre in Florence. The manager and reservation manager treated us very well. Until next time.
This was the first time I have ever taken a tour and I was delighted! Our week in Tuscany included all that was promised and even more. The entire experience was well planned with a nice balance of time together and time to explore on our own. Our group consisted of 14 fabulous people who all became fast friends immediately. The main reason everything was so enjoyable was our fantastic tour guide Mariaelena. She is the perfect guide balancing her limitless knowledge of all that we explored together with funny stories, friendship and laughter. This experience has changed my life and I can’t wait to go on another Amber tour with Mariaelena!!
This was our first time with Amber Road and it was absolutely wonderful. All of my initial questions regarding the tour were answered promptly and the staff is so helpful. Our guide, Mariaelena, was so sweet, funny and knowledgeable. We just love her!! Our driver Carmelo was wonderful too! We were so impressed with the beautiful Tuscan countryside and each of the walled cities we visited, the history of the area, the food and wine! Everything was taken care of. Our hotels were great. It was definitely a trip of a lifetime for us. We hope to tour again with Amber Road in the future.
I chose Amber Road Tours because I prefer small group tours with a personal touch and this did not disappoint. My daughter and I had the best time. It was a lovely group of 14 people [with 3 sets of mothers & daughters!]. It was well organized and timely, comfortable coach transportation with the personable Carmello, plenty of free time to roam about on our own and shop. Not only was the scenery breathtaking, but we learned so much about the area and its history. We cannot say enough about our tour guide, Mariaelena. She was thoughtful, personable, knowledgeable, and a lot of fun. Her suggestions for things to do and local restaurants were terrific. The local guides, accommodations, wine tastings, and food were wonderful. Staying at one location for several days always makes a trip that much easier and we loved Pienza and San Gimignano as the hotel locations. I hope we can take another trip with you in the near future!
We’ve been reading about Amber Road tours for years and we finally decided to book A Week in Tuscany. Best decision we’ve ever made! We saw so much more than if we went on our own or with a large tour company with giant buses. We learned so much about the customs and history of the area from our amazing guide, Mariaelena! Her love and passion for her “village” and her concern for the comfort and needs of everyone on the tour made it an enjoyable, no-stress week. The included city tours, wine tours and dinners were fabulous. We can’t recommend this tour enough!
This trip was way beyond our expectations Your attention to detail and the accommodations were excellent. Our tour guide, Marielana, was so accommodating and pleasant we would have liked to take her home with us. She is a GEM!!! Great Job and can\’t wait to book another tour!!!
IT WAS AN AMAZING TRIP. IT HAS BEEN A DREAM OF MINE TO GO TO TUSCANY AND EVERYTHING ABOUT IT LIVED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS. OUR TOUR GUIDE, MARIAELENA WAS AMAZING, SHE WENT ABOVE AND BEYOND, THANK YOU! THE FOOD, WINE, SHOPPING, HOTELS, AND TOURS WERE GREAT!
THANK YOU AMBER ROADS!
Excellent Week in Tuscany Tour. I highly recommend it. Visiting medieval towns, dining & sampling some of the typical foods of Tuscany & arranged wine tasting tours were just some of the highlights. A MAJOR postive was our local Tour Guide , Maria Elena. Being “lovely & charming” ( as described in the AmberTours information packet ) are both true, BUT does not do justice to her warm, caring approach, sensitive to all of our personal wishes & needs ,. We met her as a stranger but left the tour after one week, feeling like she was a member of our extended family. We can not say enough positives about her.
We had a wonderful time, well organized. Carmelo was a safe driver and very friendly and helpful. Mariaelena our tour guide had more knowledge than anyone I have ever known, very fun to be with. Would love to try some of Amber roads other tours some day.
Just got home from a Week in Tuscany and our second trip with Amber Road Tours. I thought nothing could top the Amalfi Coast to Apulia tour two years ago. But the Week in Tuscany with the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany was just Marvelous. A special treat with going to the vineyards and tasting the Brunello and Chianti wines of the region. Luigi, our tour guide, with his knowledge of Italian history, made the bus rides a delight. Looking forward to one day traveling with Amber again, Ciao!
Spouse and I spent a week in Tuscany with this wonderful tour operator. It was enjoyable beyond expectations. We were 14 people representing three countries and a variety of states. We knew no one before the trip and could not imagine, in advance, that 14 strangers of various ages and heritages would get along very well and have the same values and life experiences. We were 100% wrong. Not that we needed any glue to hold us all together, but our tour leader, Luigi, was magical in his role. Other reviews on these pages rave about their respective leaders, but it is hard to image anyone doing a better job than Luigi. Maybe they’re all great, in which case bravo to the ownership of Amber Road Tours. When asked, each of our fellow travelers said that they chose Amber Road Tours because they do small group tours. It is apparent that this common denominator works to perfection. ATTENTION: Stop whatever you’re doing, call or click Amber Road Tours, and go to Italy with them as soon as possible! (No, I was not paid to write this ….. unless payment is providing a wonderful travel experience.)
Our Week in Tuscany Tour was wonderful-well organized, with a delightful blend of scenery and small hill-top towns. Our tour guide, Tiziana, was marvellous, giving us lots of information on history and explaining many of the Italian ways, always with her delightful touch of lightness and sense of humour. Tiziana was always there to help, and the whole trip was a great mix of things to see and do, and free time too. Carmelo’s driving on the winding roads was with great skill and care, and he was always pleasant and attentive.
The accommodation in Pienza was outstanding and the hotel in San Gimignano overlooked the main Piazza. The group meals provided opportunity to try local foods and the small group of 19 was friendly and interesting- all from America except we three Australians. Right from our time of booking, Amber’s information and communications were excellent, and made the whole trip a memorable one, with a desire to come again soon. We certainly would have no hesitation in recommending Amber Tours to our friends.
All we can say is WOW!!!! This was one of the best vacations we’ve had. Lisa, who booked us, was a delight to work with. She was extremely helpful and informative, fully answering every question we had. Her willingness to go the extra mile (e.g. with recommendations for our extra days in Florence and Lucca before and after our tour) was greatly appreciated.
And finally we were off to Italy… we met up with the tour on May 11th @ Florence airport and immediately were in good hands with Tiziana (our tour leader) and Carmelo (our driver). I don’t think we could say enough about Tiziana. She was fabulous; a warm, friendly, accommodating, extremely knowledgeable and just downright fun guide.
The tour itself was terrific; we wish it could have been longer. The towns we went to were charming, full of great history, architecture, art and of course great gelato (we had gelato at least once a day!!!). The local tour guides were very informative with great presentation skills and delightful personalities.
We spent 3 nights in Pienza at a beautiful hotel (Hotel Corsignano) and 3 nights in San Gimignano also at a lovely hotel (La Cisterna right in the main square). Both hotels were terrific, with wonderful breakfasts and great locations. Our rooms were relatively large for European rooms, very clean and both had beautiful views of the hills. The included dinners were far superior to the dinners we’ve experienced previously with large group tours.
The end result is that we hope to book another Amber Road Tour in future years. Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation!
We just returned from your Week in Tuscany tour. What a fantastic trip! It was a perfect mix of planned activity and free time. We experienced so many wonderful things, both planned and impromptu. The small group size made it possible to get to know one another, and we left feeling like we had made many new friends. Our guide was very informative and we appreciated his insight into Italian life and his sense of humor. We also appreciated Carmelo’s excellent driving skills as he navigated those twisting roads. We would not hesitate to recommend Amber Road to friends, and hope to take another tour with you in the not-too-distant future.
The itinerary and pacing of the week were excellent Your tours get us to very interesting places that I wouldn’t have otherwise visited. This is my second Amber Road tour and I’ve observed that you attract terrific travelers. I enjoyed my fellow tourists and am looking forward to the Sicily trip for Fall 2014.
I just wanted to send you a quick note and let you know how much we enjoyed our week in Tuscany with Amber Road Tours. From the moment I send you my first inquiry into the trip, you and your office handled my every question and concern in such a prompt manner, that I felt reassured that I’d made the right decision, but still had a little apprehension that I should not have booked a trip based on something I read on the internet. That all changed when we landed and met our incredible tour manager, Mariaelena. I feel confident that I can speak for the rest of our group in saying that each of us adored her. We also felt honored that you and Sonya would drive two hours to have dinner with us – what a treat! The itinerary was the perfect mix of guided tour and free time. Our bus driver was nothing short of exceptional. All the special touches that went into planning our adventure did not go unnoticed. Thank you for all that you and your staff did to make our vacation truly remarkable.
We selected Amber Road Tours for our first trip to Tuscany and we could not have had a better experience. Amber Road’s small group format was perfect for what we wanted and Mariaelena was a wonderful leader for our group. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable about all of the places we visited, she is just fun to be around. Her sense of humor and her ability to keep all of us interested combined to make our trip memorable. We also enjoyed the opportunity to visit with Sonya and Jonathan and it is obvious that they are very hands on and committed to creating outstanding tours for their travelers. We will certainly want to travel with Amber Road on our next trip to Italy.
We are now back home and trying to decide when we can take another trip with Amber Road Tours. We happened onto your website and really had no knowledge of your company other than what we read. We travel quite a lot and our tour through with you in Tuscany was just one of the best. The tour was designed to give us plenty of information and a good orientation but we also had free time which we like. We were appreciative of your having dinner with the group and learning more about your company – nice of you to drive the distance to do that. The tour lived up to all of the positive comments we read on your website. We can’t wait to do it again!
May I applaud you both for arranging such an outstanding itinerary and accommodation with a small group. The trip was indeed a taste of Tuscany and left me wanting to experience more. Anna is such a warm and special lady – she made this tour work and the group was really great. It all came together beautifully. And the fact you both came out to meet and to have dinner with us added to that personal touch so lacking with other organizations. You answered every possible query I had, and made this trip for me easy. I have wonderful memories to cherish.