Everything about the trip was so special – towns, accommodations (comfort and location), meals, guides, group size, comfy little bus, and our glorious weather! I could easily sign up for the same trip in a heartbeat. I look forward to traveling with Amber Road again in the future!
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The tour was every bit as advertised and SO MUCH more. Our group was congenial and our tour guide, Mario, kept us entertained and organized throughout. Our driver, Tiziano, was friendly, personable, and above all professional. I will AND HAVE strongly urged friends to consider Amber Road Tours. It is such a different perspective of Italy. Much more personable and you really feel like you get to know the history, culture, and people of the area. Each city had its own charm and the panoramas took your breath away. I don’t think there are enough superlatives for me to use in describing the tour and how it is laid out. Again thank you so much for the trip of a lifetime.
Roberta and I have now returned from a most remarkable trip. We wanted you to know how very much we appreciated every aspect of our Tuscany/Umbria tour. For us this was a ‘bucket list’ item and the first escorted tour that we ever took. We had high expectations before it started based upon your agenda and your personal emails answering our every question. The venues, the hotels, the meals, the transportation, Mario, Tiziano, the local guides, our fellow tourists – all more than met our expectations. Meeting the two of you was icing on the cake! You even arranged for 13 days of perfect weather – thanks! You can be sure that we will encourage our friends to contact you if Italy is their destination.
We had the time of our lives!
My clients couldn’t rave enough about your company and their tour – they loved it and said they would go on another trip with you anytime to anywhere! Thanks so much for taking such good care of them.
We were nervous about joining a group tour because we know Italy well and have travelled there independently often. However, this was no ordinary experience! Magnificent hotels, wonderful culinary delights, exceptional locations and a brilliant guide, all contributed to create one of our best ever holidays in Italy. The group was comprised of fantastic people who enjoyed each other’s company immensely. Amber Road Tours has designed a perfect package. Small and intimate was the theme throughout. Every detail managed brilliantly! Thank you for showing us so much more of Tuscany and Umbria. We are already looking at what Jonathan and Sonya can offer us in 2011! A più presto!
Our first trip to Italy was about three years ago, when my husband and I visited some of the major cities of Italy including; Venice, Florence and Rome. This year we decided to go back to Italy and focus on the Tuscany region, traveling off the beaten path, to experience the scenery, culture, food and wine. «Thank you!».That is exactly what we received from Amber Road Tours this year. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking, the local guides in the medieval towns were very knowledgeable, the food was deliciously authentic, and we never ran out of good wine. Traveling with a small group was great and everyone was wonderful! Our tour guide, Mario, was absolutely the best! Along with performing his regular task as our tour guide, he was very informative, entertaining, and would go to great lengths to assist or accommodate the members of our tour. Mario gave 110% and helped make this tour a great success! We had a wonderful experience touring the Tuscany and Umbria regions, which is exactly what we wanted to accomplish on our second trip to Italy.
Thanks again for the perfect tour. They just seem to get better and better. I especially liked the time we spent at the wine and olive museum. Of course I fell in love with Il Convento. My daughter, Ann, kept murmuring that it was just like a movie. As usual the food was exceptional and served in wonderful settings. Thanks for the lovely cocktail hour in Spoleto. It was great to see you both again and also to have Luca to make us happy and see that all went so very smoothly. I appreciated that Luca invited Ennio [world class retired driver] to visit us one evening. His replacement driver is very good, steady and helpful. Another thing I like about your tours is the good variety of life to experience. Hope to see you again.
This was our 3rd tour of Italy and our 1st tour with you. All we can say is “Perfecto”!!! You delivered exactly what we were hoping for: small medieval towns most people don’t get a chance to visit. Your attention to detail and caring was evident throughout the tour. Furthermore, what a delight to not have to pay extra for “excursions” since all local tours and locations were included. And, of course, Mariaelena made the trip doubly exciting for us as she continually gave us an education of the history of these small towns and their local culture. Bottom line: this is the tour to take if you really want to enjoy the beauty of Tuscany. Ciao.
I wanted to tell you again how much I enjoyed the tour and the experience of Italy it offered. Everything was well planned and paced, the accommodations excellent, and the meals delicious. Already certain images are rising in my memory: valley vistas and mountain-top villages, old churches and beautiful art, long tables filled with happy tourists enjoying Italy and food and wine. And then there was Mariaelena. As you say in your website, she is lovely and charming; she is also intelligent and informed, always concerned for the well-being of her charges, and both fun and funny. In my memory I hear yet her wonderful laughter. I hope to hear it again in person on another tour somewhere down the line.
We Brits are not generally known for our effusiveness, but I would just like to thank you for a most fabulous tour of Tuscany and Umbria; fabulous food, fabulous itinerary, fabulous guide, fabulous everything! Such a seamless tour cannot happen without huge amounts of organisation and careful planning – we hope to see you in Sicily in 2011!
We can’t thank you enough for all that we experienced on our tour and we have certainly fallen in love with Italy. The small-tour experience was everything we had hoped for. We saw some less-touristy, out-of-the-way places and really got to see more of Tuscany than we would have on a regular big-bus tour. I have to tell you that breaking us up in to 3 smaller vehicles for Siena and San Gimignano was inspired. We felt like VIP’s as we were whisked up the hill past the other tourists who had to hike it. Your attention to detail and your personal philosophy that tours go on even if not full is to be commended.
I am writing to thank you for the great tour of Tuscany and Umbria I attended in late May. The scenery and sights were spectacular as is expected of Tuscany and Umbria, but add to that the great small hotels, small tour group size, great food and, last but not least, probably the best tour leader on earth! Mariaelena is phenomenal. (You could have her lead us on a tour of the Cloaca Maxima in Rome and we would probably enjoy it.) This was the second Amber Road tour that I have taken and I loved both. Besides a great tour concept, the tour leaders of each, Mariaelena in the most recent and Luca in the Amalfi Apulia tour, are a huge asset and big part of the success of the tours.
We experienced beautiful scenery, historic and delightful medieval and renaissance towns, amazingly situated and extremely comfortable accommodation. Our group meals were wonderful with the very best of some great Italian red wines (not only we two “token” Aussies but even Marie – a white wine drinker – were converted.) The wonderful “mother hen” Mariaelena interestingly passed on the history and culture of the region and at times the language- who will mispronounce bruschetta and Michelangelo again!. All of the above were important, but it was the people who really made the trip an unforgettable experience. Firstly Mariaelena- her individual attention and genuine interest in, and care taken of every member of the group was exemplary. We will always have fond memories of her warm manner and her expertise as our tour leader. She was more than ably supported by our affable Tuscan driver, Giacomo. It was also great to meet up with the company principals, Sonya and Jonathan both at Spoleto and at our farewell dinner in San Gimignano. Their warm welcome and hospitality complemented their superbly organised itinerary. Finally our fellow travelers- it was indeed a pleasure to meet and enjoy the company of some special people from the US and Canada. In summary it was a fantastic tour, extremely well planned and coordinated with more than a touch of luxury. Perhaps our waistlines were the only things to suffer!
We have been to Italy various times, always on our own. This time we decided to go with a group to learn more about the country and (let’s be honest) take away some of the hassles of traveling on your own. It was a great decision. We had a wonderful time visiting many small out of the way locations. During the twelve days we spent touring we saw and did more than we would have been able to do traveling by ourselves over twice that amount of time. All was first class from the hotels to the restaurants and guides. It was all a very personal experience. Our driver, Giacomo, was outstanding, going out of his way. Mariaelena’s love for her Italy was infectious. I honestly don’t think she ever rested trying to help our entire group day and night. An outstanding trip. We likely will do another trip with Amber in the near future.
My, my, my, I am still in Tuscany in my heart and having a hard time adjusting to life back home. No one believed I would make it for two weeks, but I was not in the least bit anxious to return. I could live forever in such luxury as your tour provides. I have been to Italy many times and have never had such a lovely time. I am already planning the tour to Sicily in 2012. Due to your impressive research and the lovely Mariaelena, I have been singing your praises to anyone who will listen. Thank you for such a lovely holiday.
We had a fantastic time in Italy, everything met our expectations and we came home wanting to return… I would like to commend you both on such a well organised tour – it was the first time we had joined a group, having always done our own thing before and it was definitely worth every minute of it. The itinerary was great as was the pace, allowing us free time as well as group excursions. Mario was a very entertaining guide & made us all feel extremely comfortable. He went out of his way to ensure we all had a good time – even getting us to Milan on the right train after the tour ended! Thank you once again for all the help you gave us prior to arriving – we will certainly recommend your tours to all.
Even after several months, Peggy and I still think fondly of our most memorable Amber Road Tour. It’s difficult to decide what we enjoyed the most. Certainly the charming, helpful, lovely Mariaelena, our leader, is near the top of the list. But so are the beautiful hotels, and the marvelous dinners and lunches. Our companions were most companionable. You chose the most lovely, sometimes unique, spots in all of Italy for this tour. We heartily recommend Amber Road Tours to anyone interested in small group travel, carefully and thoughtfully arranged, to the villages of Tuscany and Umbria.
Just a short thank you for creating such a wonderful tour of Italy. Often, after being away for a couple of weeks you are ready to head home. However, after our two weeks with Amber Roads we were not ready . . .leaving San Gimignano for the airport we wished, instead, that we were heading for our next village and another great adventure with Mariaelena and Giacomo. She was a real highlight of the tour and Giacomo was always ready with his personal observations . . both were real delights. The times you guys spent with us made the tour that much better. We could not have had a better experience for our first trip to Italy. Hopefully, your Sicily tour will be our next opportunity to join you . . but returning for the Tuscany/Umbria is really tempting. Thanks again for such a memorable tour . . .
Our recent trip to Tuscany/Umbria with Amber Road was one of our best travel experiences ever–all we had hoped for and more. The back roads and small hillside towns of both areas afforded us spectacular landscape vistas and wonderful examples of the art, culture, and history of the country. Our guide, Mariaelena, was the most delightful tour guide we have ever had with a sparkling personality and wonderful sense of humor. She was a fountain of knowledge about everything Italian: history, culture, politics, food, wine and people. What a gem she is! She and our driver Giacomo were attentive and considerate at all times. We were amazed at the bounty of food and wine offered at the included lunches and dinners, and all of it delicious. The hotels we stayed in were also outstanding and a marvelous change from the ordinary European hotels. A few people have asked me if Tuscany was like what they had seen in the movies and I can only say, “It’s much better, you should go!” Thanks to Amber Road for offering such a great travel experience.
We really enjoyed your tour. When we were in San Gimignano, our last day there, looking out on the beautiful Tuscan landscape from our balcony window, Bob said “this has been the best trip I have ever taken, and I don’t want to go home”. Believe me, that’s a lot coming from Bob Jackson. We enjoyed seeing you and enjoying your hospitality in Spoleto. That was special having you there three days. You really impressed our tour group, which incidentally was a wonderful group. Again, we congratulate you and thank you for all you do for your guests on your tours.
I’m sure you have received emails from everyone who was on our Tuscany & Umbria tour in May describing how delighted they were with the tour. I too wanted to pass on my warm thanks to each of you for providing me with such a wonderful touring experience. The professional, courteous and kind service you provided was second to none. I don’t think I have ever experienced such a wonderful tour or such a great bunch of people on my travels! I have only great things to say to my family and friends about this wonderful tour and the time I spent in Italy seeing and experiencing the beautiful quaint villages and cities. I can see why you love this place and call it home.
I would like to say a special thank you to Luca and Ennio for your professionalism, knowledge and humor on the tour – it was just great! Your team has thoroughly spoilt me for any other tour I will do, as they will have to live up to some very high standards!
I know you want comments on ways to make the tours better and I have really tried to find suggestions for improvements…but I can’t! Everything about the Tuscany-Umbria tour was perfect. Luca was a wonderful guide, hotels were excellent, food was delicious, our traveling companions were lots of fun and the variety and pace of the tours and sites visited was just right! I would do it all again in a heartbeat!
It was a pleasure to finally meet both of you in Spoleto. I had a fantastic time on this trip. The quality of hotels and restaurants were excellent. Our guide, Mario, was so charming and had us laughing every day. He even fixed my watch. What a guy! We all wanted to take him home with us. Carmelo, our driver, was very professional and made us feel so safe on this trip. He always greeted us with a warm smile. Thank you so much for giving me a memorable trip and I look forward to taking another Amber Road Tour soon.
Words are simply not sufficient to describe how amazing the Tuscany/Umbria tour was to me. It was everything I had hoped it would be, and so much more! For many years I dreamed of visiting the small towns in Tuscany to experience the Italian culture first-hand. You helped make this dream a reality. For 13 wonderful days I enjoyed spectacular panoramic views, outstanding foods and wines, charming accommodations, lovely hill towns, and the most congenial group of people I could ever have hoped for. Add to that our adorable and gracious Ennio and our intrepid leader, our prince of Umbria, Luca, and it was pure perfection. The only downside of our tour was that it will be nearly impossible for any future tours I may embark upon to measure up. Mille grazie a tutti!