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.
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Garry and I would like to say how much we enjoyed being in Tuscany and touring with Anna. We found her very easy to get on with and she was very professional while giving us a great time. We have today spoken with our travel agent, Cathy from Harvey World Travel at Strathpine, and told her what a great tour it was and how friendly Anna, Carmelo, Sonya and you were. Thank you again for helping to make our holiday one to remember.
Julie and I loved our tour of Tuscany, it couldn’t have been better. Anna was so warm and gentle, the scenery was magnificent and the medieval towns unbelievably wonderful.
I just wanted to thank you both for organizing such a fantastic tour of Tuscany. Anna was such an excellent tour guide and we enjoyed every minute of her company. MD and I had such an amazing time and we can’t wait to come back to Italy and go on another Amber tour.
Our vacation in Tuscany was the thrill of a lifetime! We felt that everything was perfecto! We especially enjoyed Anna. She exuded a warmth and love of Italy that was contagious to us all. She explained so much of the history and we found it immensely fascinating. We loved the group of people that we were traveling with. We all got along famously. We enjoyed all the towns and cities that we visited too. The hotels we stayed in were very nice. We really loved the one in Pienza. I am hoping that I will be able to do another tour in the near future. It was nice to be able to meet you and Sonia also. Thanks for arranging such a great tour!
This was our first trip to Italy and our Tuscany tour exceeded our expectations. All accommodations and meals were wonderful. Anna Sagaria, tour leader, was gracious, informative and knowledgeable about the history and customs of Tuscany. Carmelo was an excellent driver and our fellow tour members were very compatible and lots of fun. We found Tuscany fascinating – beautifully scenic and historic. We enjoyed all the towns and events on the tour itinerary but two most memorable to us were the Etruscan necropolis and the abbey of St Antimo (beautiful setting, very peaceful). Tour is highly recommended.
I want to let you know that the Tuscan Tour that my husband and I took this past July was up there as one of the best vacations we have ever taken. We had a wonderful time. I can’t wait to take another tour with you – thank you so much for making this trip such an enjoyable one.
Just want to let you know that we had the time of our lives on the Tuscany tour in May/June. Loved the selection of towns we visited, the wine tastings were exceptional, and Mariaelena made everything the BEST. Go girl! Still talking about the great places we stayed. We are singing the praises of Amber Roads.
My time on the Amber Road trip was fantastic – the people were super, Carmelo is a fantastic driver with a really bubbly personality and permanent smile on his face… and Mariaelena an unbelievable gem… her warmth, knowledge of Italy, giggle and personality are an absolute asset to your business… I will definitely be joining you for more trips in the future.
This was a terrific tour. The itinerary was a great mix of small towns off the beaten track and better known locations, interspersed with wine tasting, visits to tombs and monasteries. We can’t believe how much we covered in less than a week. The hotels were great, the food superb, our driver Carmelo was outstanding and the group was fantastic – we had a lot of fun together. What turned an already exceptional tour into something very special was Mariaelena. Her warmth, obvious care for all members of the group, terrific sense of humour, infectious enthusiasm for Tuscany and her personal insights into life in this part of Italy were just remarkable. She is a truly wonderful person and an incredible Tour Guide. Barbara and I usually like to travel independently and were not fully sure about signing up for this tour, however after this week, we have no doubt that we will be touring with you again very soon.
We would like to say thank you for another memorable week in Tuscany [our 4th tour!], made extra special by Mariaelena’s magic touch! Carmelo our driver was also superb. Everything ran smoothly as expected, and we really enjoyed the company of all the other members of our small group. It was nice to see you both in Pienza-our favourite place. You can’t beat the view from our room there. We hope to see you again soon!
We had a wonderful time in Tuscany in June. Your well-planned tour removed all the usual hassles of negotiating unfamiliar roads and finding accommodation each night. We had a very relaxed holiday, due in large part to Mariaelena’s consideration for our comfort and enjoyment. Her sense of humour, approachability and knowledge made the tour a memorable one. [We are] deeply grateful.
Thanks for the fascinating newsletter… brings back many fond memories. I have been singing Amber Roads praises! It was an awesome trip. Thanks for the first class adventure.
We had a great tour with Mario and Carmelo. No wonder to us that you have so many repeat clients. Mario was a terrific tour director, providing many interesting facts and stories and some personal insights and vignettes about the places we visited. He was very entertaining. Carmelo was the ultimate professional driver. And the expert guides that added their knowledge to their explanations as we visited towns and wineries were also informative and entertaining. I also want to compliment you on your professionalism in the administrative area. You responded to our questions same day, and the payments and other details were handled without any problems. We think that you have a wonderful place to live: Beautiful weather, scenery that looks better than travel books and postcards, and gracious, helpful people all around. I would be happy to talk with anyone about our trip.
Many thanks from both Marjorie and myself for our recent wonderful tour of Tuscany. You have an excellent operation combining local knowledge and contacts with itineraries and hotels carefully chosen to appeal to everyone and we enjoyed every minute. The small numbers make all the difference and we had a great group and enjoyed meeting everyone on tour as well as you and Sonya at the end. Once again thank you for the assistance and a superb tour – hope to try another one someday!
Our “Week in Tuscany” was an amazingly beautiful journey through the hill towns and countryside of Tuscany, led by our incredible guide, Mariaelena. A native of the area, with a wealth of information about local history, culture and social issues, Mariaelena shared so much with us, from Etruscan ruins to towering fortresses, to local wines and Tuscan food specialties. She introduced us to her friends: chefs, shopkeepers, wine makers and craftsmen. She provided maps so that we could explore the classic towns on our own, as well as suggestions for sampling the regional cuisine at local restaurants–all this with tremendous warmth, an irreverent sense of humor and irresistible enthusiasm. Our small and diverse group of travelers came from several different countries, and we bonded quickly. We cannot imagine a more creative or comprehensive exposure to the many wonders of Tuscany. Our travel arrangements were beautifully planned and organized, our coach very comfortable, and our driver, Carmelo, skilled and charming. Our lovely hotels in Pienza and San Gimignano, with terraces overlooking the Tuscan hills, were unforgettable, and our shared meals delightful. Our final celebration–a memorable and delicious dinner, with Mariaelena and tour directors, Jonathan and Sonya, ended with laughter, tears, hugs and grappa! We were sorry when the tour ended (but grateful for the well-organized transfers to Florence) and hope to travel again with Amber Road Tours, knowing we would, once again, have an adventure to remember for the rest of our lives. With our profound thanks and best wishes.
Anticipation and expectation often outweighs the actual event – not this time! The week I spent in Tuscany with Amber was everything I could have hoped for and more. The itinerary had been carefully put together, wonderful places to visit, lovely accommodation and plenty of free time to soak up the atmosphere. Our tour guide Mariaelena was a gem, a fount of knowledge always imparted with a smile and peppered with little anecdotes. She went out of her way to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves, not only recommending great restaurants, but providing specialities of the region for us to taste. Carmelo our driver, ever smiling, always ready to find just the right spot for our ‘kodak’ moments, and driving us on beautiful, if somewhat narrow routes with consummate skill. Thank you Amber, the holiday maybe over, but the memories are not!
I wanted to write and let you know what a fantastic time I had on my Week in Tuscany Tour. This was my first trip to Italy and my first time ever taking an organized tour and I can tell you that it definitely will not be my last! The whole experience right from the start was great, from my communications with you when we were planning the trip all the way to the transfer to the airport in Pisa for my flight home. Everything about the tour was so well organized and thought out and I feel so fortunate to have had Mariaelena as my tour guide and Carmelo as my driver. The size of the tour was just about perfect as well, the group was large enough to be diverse and small enough to allow us flexibility and the ability to eat as a group at some amazing restaurants and visit some great vineyards. I think one of the best testaments to what a great time we all had on this tour was the dinner on the last night with you and Sonya. Even when we finally got back to the hotel, we still lingered in the piazza for a while not wanting it to end. I cannot thank you enough for making this trip everything I hoped it would be and I am already thinking about taking another tour with Amber Road Tours. Ciao!
The Week in Tuscany tour itinerary was well planned with plenty of free time, wonderful food, and great accommodations in central locations that lent to day trips into the countryside to visit other villages. And for the photography enthusiast – it was the best. We had a wonderful group of fellow travelers coupled with the best guide, Mariaelena, who made sure we were all well taken care of, and the trip was everything I had hoped. And not to forget our driver, Carmelo, who also helped make this experience a wonderful one! Thank you for such a quality tour.
Linda and I are finally winding down from what was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. I must say we’ve been blessed with being able to take very nice trips over the years so we have many to compare the Tuscany adventure. From my observation your management of Amber Road Tours occurs early on with the planning of the itinerary and attention to detail. What is refreshing is you appear to leave the actual day to day operation of the travel to your incredible tour guides. Linda and I have fallen in love with Mariaelena and are super biased. I cannot think of a better way to get the feel for such a beautiful area like Tuscany than by taking the back roads you so expertly defined. We got a taste of why the Tuscans are so proud of their incredible valley(s). We were treated to the outstanding food and drink of the area. By staying three nights in the wonderful establishments you chose we were not hassled with excessive packing and unpacking. I know I left something out because you covered all the bases and there’s nothing to suggest making the trip better. You can rest assured we will recommend Amber Road Tours to everyone we know that is going to visit Italy.
We have been home well over a week and can not stop talking about our trip to Tuscany/Lazio. We keep rereading our itinerary and remembering all of the places we visited. I cannot say enough about what a terrific tour you put together. We enjoyed the small towns so much, especially Pienza. The view from our bedroom window was unbelievable. One of the attached pictures of the valley covered in fog was taken from our window. We learned so much about the Etruscans and enjoyed the historical parts of the trip very much. The day we walked across the bridge to Civita di Bagnoregio was almost a spiritual experience. I would not have been surprised to see a winged dragon fly across the valley, it was so amazing. The cooking class with Enrico was so much fun. And of course enjoying the luncheon we had prepared was wonderful. I must tell you that what made the trip so memorable was the excellent service provided by our tour guide Maria Elena. She is a remarkable young woman. Smart, she knew her history of the places we visited so well. Charismatic, she seemed to know someone every place we visited, and they were all so delighted to see her. Maria took such good care of us, always making sure we were fine when we went solo for awhile. She patiently explained menus every day to us, encouraging us to try something new, like the wild boar, which I loved. The day we went to the medieval festival was something I never expected to see. The costumes and pageantry all so authentic, and the whole town involved. We had so much fun that day and the food and wine were great. We always felt welcome, never like a tourist or outsider, and I know it was because of Maria and her charming personality. It was like traveling with your best friend who wanted to make your visit a trip to remember all of your life. I also want you to know what a great driver and nice person Davide is. He was always so attentive to his driving and made us feel so safe. He would always jump out of the bus to give us a friendly hand out or help us in. We really enjoyed his company too. He took George and Joe out for an after dinner grappa one night which all the men enjoyed. So all that is left to say is thank you very much for sharing Tuscany with us. We will never forget this trip. We both hope to be able to take another one of your tours in a couple of years. It was so nice of you and Sonya to meet up with us on the tour at the museum and visit over lunch. We wish you much success for the future, you have a great company.
This is a heartfelt thank you for organising such a fantastic tour for us. You should be very proud of your team (Mariaelena and Ilario) as they are a credit to you and your company. The local guides were all very interesting people who obviously love their jobs. They made it all come alive for us with their stories and contacts. We are all very pleased we chose to spend our time in Tuscany with your “family” of great people – it really was a wonderful experience and I for one will be down here singing your praises and trying to encourage all Aussies to see Italy with Amber Road Tours. Hope to see you both again one day, Yours sincerely (a very satisfied customer).
Compared to the big bus hustle of other firms we have used, Amber Roads is a gem. Our small group got along well together. Mario was always making a good time for all. Hotels were memorable (morning views from our rooms in both Pienza and San Gimignano will always be treasured). And the daily stops in cities, back roads, churches, museums, wine tasting etc did allow a beautiful glimpse of Tuscany. All in all a great itinerary. Thanks for providing such great service.
We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our experience with Amber Road Tours on our week tour of Tuscany. This was our first organized tour and we would definitely recommend your tours to our family and friends. The pace was perfect there was enough free time and meals on our own to satisfy our need for some private time. When we were together as a group Mario kept us informed and entertained. He was very informative about the sites we were visiting and was able to answer all of our questions. We had a wonderful group and everyone got along well. We felt spoiled and well taken care of the whole week. It was the most enjoyable trip we have ever taken.
What a great trip! We enjoyed every day with the help of Maria Elena and Ilario – their friendliness and professionalism made our holiday very special. Highlights for us were the cookery lesson and the Medieval Festival. Best wishes for the continued success of Amber Road Tours, we hope to join you again in the near future.