Our Amber Road Tour of Tuscany and Umbria was simply fabulous. We explored the fascinating towns and villages we had read about and we marvelled at the views. We learned about the art, architecture and history from excellent guides and shared delicious meals with new friends. Our tour guide Luca was charming and knowledgeable and our driver Paola was excellent. We are looking forward to doing another tour; the only problem will be deciding which one!
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Small group travel is the best way to go! We visited places we would not have seen on our own. The trip was well organized; our tour manager, Luca, was terrific. All local guides were informative, pleasant and easy to understand. It was a memorable trip.
Our trip to Tuscany and Umbria was all we had hoped for and more. The itinerary was extremely well planned, with many unusual and creative experiences mixed in with the traditional sights. Timing was impeccable…we always had just the right amount of time wherever we went. Having so much free time was also a huge plus. The meals we shared as a group were simply outstanding, with menus offering the opportunity to try traditional Regional dishes we might not have selected on our own. Who knew wild boar was so delicious? Luca Renzini was an exceptional guide: knowledgeable, efficient and charming. Our group of 14 lovely people were pleasant, interesting and respectful of each other’s time and interests. We are recommending Amber Road to friends and family with total confidence and will be back for another adventure next year!
A brilliant itinerary of Tuscany/Umbria – certainly one of the best tours that we have ever done. The small size of the group certainly contributed to our enjoyment, but staying out of the busy touristy areas, was a huge plus for us. It was great to see smaller villages that the big bus tours simply wouldn’t go to. The food was excellent and has obviously been well thought out with the good mix of restaurants and family-run restaurants. Lastly, but certainly not least, our tour leader Aldo was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and culture of Tuscany/Umbria, and his great sense of humour was not only endearing but kept us laughing. We would not hesitate to recommend Amber Road Tours to any of our friends and acquaintances.
We have now been home a week following our Amber Road travels and must write and thank you for a wonderful tour of Tuscany and Umbria. The tour was perfectly planned, the hotels excellent, our guide Luca had exceptional knowledge combined with a great sense of humour that we all appreciated. Our driver Tiziano made us all feel safe as we traveled the “amber roads”. And what a wonderful group on our tour – a mixture of Americans, New Zealanders, South Africans, and Australians all compatible and all enjoying each others company and of course add a delightful Spanish lady and two Italians (1 Tuscan and 1 Umbrian) and I think we had the perfect tour combination! This was our first Amber Road tour and hopefully won’t be our last -we are looking with interest at your tour of South Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro maybe for 2015! It was great to meet both you and Sonya in Spoleto.
Ciao Jonathan, it was wonderful meeting you and your sweet wife on the Tuscany/Umbria tour last month. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and hope to travel with Amber Road again before too long. Having Luca as the guide two years in a row was super – he is a great tour manager! And such fun to have Veronica (wife) along with us for a few days. My best to you.
Many thanks again to you and Sonya for dining with us last week in Spoleto. Your personalized touch goes a long way in making Amber Road Tours special for your guests. We are back in the States trying to re-adjust tothe daily routine. Wanted to send you a short note to tell you we thoroughly enjoyed the tour in Tuscany-Umbria and are already talking about the next trip. Our tour guide Aldo was great fun and informative enough to allow us to explore and learn more at the same time. The experience also enabled Jamie and myself to reconnect with the Italian traditions of our youth. That means more to us than anything, and will stay with us for a long time. Grazie mille.
This is to let you know how very much we enjoyed the Tuscany/Umbria tour. Our guide, Luca, was the best, knowledgeable, cleaver with a quick wit and always there to help and inform. It is not always easy driving in Italy, however, Tiziano is a skilled and careful driver making all of us feel quite safe. The hotels and restaurants surpassed our expectations. Our group had such fun eating and making discoveries in each place we visited. Being with a group of only 18 makes for a much more enjoyable experience and we could not have been with a nicer group of people. Also, wish to mention the city guides who were superb. And, not having to dip into our pockets to tip porters and city guides is a big plus, all taken care of by Amber Road Tours. We will return for another adventure and thank Jonathan and Sonya for everything.
Clearly the best tour we have been on, with Aldo as an excellent guide, Tiziano a great bus driver. They provided plenty of entertainment during our bus trips. Good mix between touring and free time. Even though weather was not at times what everyone expected it made no difference as tour was well organized and probably better for traveling and walking around the villages. Have already recommended the tour to friends we have met in our visit to Greece. We are intending to book another trip, God willing perhaps in a couple of years. We have our first grandchild on the way! Thank you Jonathan and it was a pleasure to meet you and Sonya.
I’ve been home a week and still catch myself smiling about my once-in-a lifetime trip to Florence and the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria. The itinerary was wonderful as were the hotels, food, scenery, and local guides. I especially liked the small tour group of only 18 people- a diverse and lively lot! Our bus driver, Tiziano, was fun and a careful driver. But I am saving best for last. Aldo, our tour guide, was the sparkly ribbon that tied this adventure together and made it all go smoothly. His enthusiasm, humor, patience and knowledge were outstanding. Many thanks for such a memorable journey!
It was a wonderful trip with lots to see & do, plenty of time to rest if we felt like. It was great exercise & I feel so much fitter. Our tour leader, ,Aldo the Incredible, is a great ambassador for Italy. He did not hide the difficulties but he did show us that there is much to love. The tour guides were fluent & informative, as keen to learn from us as to teach. Our companions were from all over the world & we got on very well together.
Just returned from 12 days with Luca and Tiziano in Tuscany and Umbria! My second trip with Amber Road!!! Our tour was FABULOUS!!! A great group of people, and a tour manager and driver that were EXCEPTIONAL!!!!! I just can’t say enough good things about both of them. A couple of true gems!!!!! Thanks for finding them and sharing them with us!!!!!!!!
We would like to thank Luca and Tiziano for the best holiday of a lifetime. There is nothing Amber Road could improve on. As a guide Luca is the best we have ever had and we have had a few. He did not bore us with too much detail but his commentary and recommendations were excellent and his personality made us feel very welcome and important. We could not fault anything with the accommodation, the food was fantastic and just what we were hoping for, the places we saw and visited were magnificent. Tiziano was a capable and experienced driver, we felt extremely safe whilst in his driving care. He also made the trip, as his sense of humor was unsurpassed.
We are now settled at home in Australia and looking back with delight at our tour with you in September. As I mentioned to you when we met over dinner in Spoleto, we could not have been more pleased with our trip. The itinerary was so carefully planned, the accommodation so varied and comfortable and the guide so excellent that I am sure that the entire group left with nothing but favorable memories of the whole experience. Mario could not have been more helpful or genuinely concerned that everyone derive the most possible out of the experiences available on the trip. Many thanks for everything that you and Amber Road have done to ensure we had a wonderful experience.
When our friends picked us up at the Montreal airport on our return from Italy we talked non-stop about the memorable experience with Amber Road Tours, the organization of the tour itself, our tour manager Mario and our driver Tiziano, the fabulous food, the hotels, the sights, the local tour guides, the congeniality of our fellow travelers. We will certainly recommend Amber Road Tours to anyone wishing to have an authentic and carefree Tuscany/Umbria experience. Again, many thanks to Jonathan and Sonya and your great team for making this 40th wedding anniversary trip so wonderful. The other event that made our tour special was hearing the wild boar in the forest of San Momme. All the best and hope to travel with you again,
I want to thank you for our recent Tuscany/Umbria tour. It was everything that we had expected, and more. The highlight of our tour was certainly Mario and Tiziano. They are a wonderful addition to your tour, and were delightful companions to have along during our travels. We thoroughly enjoyed them both, and they are quite entertaining for the guests. Thanks again for a wonderful tour. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and won’t hesitate to recommend it to our friends. Aloha,
It’s back to the real world and I can’t tell you how much I miss Italy. More accurately, I miss the special world that was created for us during the two week tour. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. My compliments to Mario and Tiziano – not only are they very professional, knowledgeable and intuitive, but they are great company and more than double the entertainment when they’re together.
Thanks for organizing the best vacation ever.
The itinerary was superb, exposing us to many cities and towns with incredible scenery and artistic treasures. The local guides were excellent and provided a wealth of information. All of the hotels were picturesque and welcoming to guests. We appreciated the delicious planned restaurant meals and the varied menus. Both our tour manager and bus driver were very pleasant and competent. Our congenial, fellow tour members contributed greatly to fantastic memories. Thank you for enabling us to be captivated by Tuscany and Umbria. We hope to experience another Amber Road Tour in the future. It was a pleasure to meet you for dinner in Spoleto.
Amber Road Tours has done it again. Two years ago we took the Sicily tour and enjoyed it so much that we signed up again this spring for two consecutive tours – first Tuscany/Umbria, then Amalfi/Puglia. Both tours were up to the previous standard and included repeat customers. The tours are meticulously planned –lovely, historic small hotels, samples of delicious local food and wine, routes that reveal surrounding countryside, and interesting daily excursions that still leave free time. Our tours were expertly conducted by tour manager Luca Renzini, knowledgeable, organized, energetic, funny, and exuberant as only Italians can be. Luca kept us laughing and entertained while also providing background information on each place we visited and excellent tips for eating and exploring on our free time. We observed very different aspects of Italy on the two tours, each region having its own unique history, art, culture and geography. Compatible traveling companions, expert tour managers and local guides, beautiful landscape and towns, great itinerary – they all add up to an unforgettable experience.
We both agree this is THE BEST trip we’ve ever taken. Every aspect of the tour was well planned and perfectly executed. Our tour manager, Luca, was extremely knowledgeable, very friendly and very funny. Also, our driver, Tiziano, was very competent and fun to be with. The group size (15) and dynamics were perfect and I don’t know when we’ve laughed as much as we did during those 13 days. The small towns and countryside were absolutely beautiful. Local guides were arranged for many of the towns, the art and olive museums, the winery, and etc. They were all very knowledgeable and entertaining. The hotels were all unique with excellent accommodations and breakfast buffets. The planned meals were superb and did a great job of introducing us to the local fare. In short, we’ll be back for another one of these incredible tours!! Thank you, Luca, Tiziano, and Jonathan!
It was a pleasure to meet you both, thank you for taking the time – just the fact that you did typifies the overall ‘personal’ touch of Amber Road Tours. The trip was amazing – so much more than what we had expected. The balance was just right – the sightseeing, the types of activities, group and free time. Luca was such fun and ensured that all our needs and requests were met. Tiziano was such a character – he kept us thoroughly entertained and laughing during the long drives. As for Marco the Umbria local guide – he is in a league of his own – his detailed knowledge and enthusiasm was infectious. His ability to draw you in with his descriptions and tales of Italian history was absolutely brilliant. The group dinners and lunches were a true taste of authentic Italian cuisine – magnifico – washed down with regional wines – even better. We will never forget the scenery, villages, food, wine and the new friends we made! Thank you – we will be highly recommending Amber Roads to all our friends and our travel agent. We will be back!
Another Home Run! I just got off the phone with [our client] and she couldn’t say enough great things about the tour. They loved it!! Thanks for doing such a great job.
We just want to thank you for organizing these wonderful tours, fabulous meals, and the excellent tour leaders, Mario and Mariaelena, who made the tours a truly unforgettable experience! Mario organized wonderful restaurants and get-togethers for the group. He provided humor and insight into the workings of Italian politics and the daily lives of the Italians. Mariaelena was as lovely as she was proficient in English. She taught us the differences between the many delicious pastas and regional dishes and was very knowledgeable about the histories of all the towns we visited.
What a beautiful tour of Italy’s hill towns. Patrick and I enjoyed every step (literally). Mario and Tiziano made our trip seamless, anticipating every one’s needs and helping out when needed. Hope we get to do this again. Also, thank you for being available to answer questions non-tour related.
We loved our Tuscan/Umbrian tour with Amber Road; it was as advertised and then some! The places we visited and the tours we had were wonderful, the attention to detail throughout was much appreciated and both our excellent tour director, Mariaelena, and our super driver Tiziano made every day an adventure! Mariaelena’s ability to “paint a word picture” of the countryside as we drove though it was exceptional; her kindness to all within the group was special; and her pride in her country and province was evident in the best possible way…she is a true gem!
We would pick Amber Roads again for sure and have already recommended it to friends; thanks for making our holiday so very special!