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.
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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!
We wanted to let you know how wonderful the tour was for us. The planning was exceptional, the lodging nearly perfect and your choices for dining were just wonderful. We believe we got a very accurate sense of what Italy is truly all about. Thanks so much for your efforts on our behalf.
My trip to Tuscany with Amber Road in Sept was a wonderful experience. Mariaelena was a great guide, well informed about the region, happy, fun and went out of her way to accommodate the needs of the people in the group. The accommodations were 5 star as well as all the planned meals. Never eliminate Civita or San Mommè from your tour. I guess I like very small villages. It was nice that you and Sonya took the time to have dinner with us.
What a fantastic time we had on our recent Tuscany and Umbria tour which surpassed even our high expectations. The itinerary was incredible with such a variety of things to see and do. From the beautiful countryside and hill towns, to the gorgeous medieval buildings and churches, to the plentiful and delicious wine and food, everything was almost perfect. However, that being said, the most special aspect of our tour was getting to spend almost 2 weeks with our incredible tour leader Mariaelena, who is one of the kindest, loving and most enthusiastic people we have ever met. She shared her love for her beautiful country, including her home town, with our entire group, and we will never forget her. We are both looking forward to hopefully doing another tour with you in the future. Thank you again.
The September Tuscan Tour was memorable: the tour itself, lodgings, local tour guides, food & wine and especially Tiziano our intrepid bus driver and Mariaelena. Our guardian angel was warm, a great giggler, inclusive, competent and so proud of her family, her village, her valley and her country. She was always on the job, even at 3:30 AM. She is truly worth her weight in euro, dollars or lira (if it comes to that again). This was our second tour with ART and we were not disappointed.
What a wonderful time we had in Italy – the tour was fantastic, the medieval villages enchanting, the meals and accommodations were very good for us. Maria Elena was wonderful, helpful … just a sweetheart that we are happy we got to know over our two-week stay in Tuscany! I have been praising your organization and the tour and Maria Elena’s merits and the local guides stories … I’ve given two referrals up to now and it’s only my first day back to work… I’m sure there will be more to come! Thanks again for offering such a complete package for small groups (that was another plus!) Until we meet again… maybe in Sicily or in 2013 when you come up with a tour that will include a mix of France and Italy! A dopo!