Our Italian vacation was absolutely incredible. Much more that I thought it ever would be! It’s a rare thing to work with a company and end the experience feeling like you got more than you bargained for and double the value. I just can’t imagine anyone having a better experience than we did on our Italian vacation.
At each location we felt like royalty with private transfers, greeters, highly trained guides, history and art experts to add insight to our tours, private drivers, top notch and unique hotels, helpful hints, restaurant suggestions, VIP entrances, never standing in line, first class train tickets and the incredible advantage of viewing these otherwise very busy locations before the crowds arrive. It was simply spectacular!
I can’t thank this travel company enough for their expertise and help planning this trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. My only regret is that there is no Australia or Alaska version of this company as we wish we could always travel in this level of comfort and security. This agency is truly the best at what they do and I would always give the company my highest recommendation.
Thank you again,
Michele and Michael
In Venice, right from the first meeting with our greeter we felt at home. She was delightful and took us out for an appetizer and wine. She turned out to be very important as she really gave us practical information we needed to know for the entire trip. She talked to us about need-to-know details like how to find bathrooms, how to order and get the most out of meals, the glorious clean fountains to fill up our water bottles, tipping, how to get around, places to avoid, how train schedules and ticker’s work, where to put luggage on the train, and basic Italian words that would help. She also helped us know how to select wine, favorite foods of each region, and was fun and easy to talk with. All throughout the trip her helpful words came back to us and helped guide us along. We also appreciated the complete travel packet for our travel company that she delivered to us personally along with the delicious bottle Prosecco as a welcome gift. (Thank you) All of the tours in Venice were special, informative, on time, and memorable with excellent guides. We also appreciated having business/quiet train seats and learned that riding in carriage one often meant fewer crowds, and more space to relax. The hotel in Venice was my favorite of all the hotels! The staff at the hotel greeted us by name every time we walked through the lobby, and I loved the many flavors of infused waters, all day cappuccinos and friendly personal service. The breakfast was excellent and the room was beautiful and comfortable.
In Florence our hotel was classy and unique with a fun clock theme. Our room had amazing views and was just lovely. The walking tour at the beginning of our stay helped us to get our bearings right away and learn our way around, plus our guide was a historian and was able to educate us on the architecture and history of things we might have otherwise walked right by without knowing what we were seeing. (I got a kick out of learning about the wine doors!) Again we felt like royalty walking right by the four hour line and into the Duomo and Accademia. Once our guide learned that I am a music teacher she showed us a room not normally on the tour that has a remarkable collection of historic instruments. I also enjoyed the food tour! How wonderful to have a local food expert take us to some of the most historic caf’s and restaurants and teach us about cheeses, truffles, sauces, oils and get us samples at the market. We sat and enjoyed a basket of fish fried right in front of us. She then took us to a Trattoria where the owner took us out in the neighborhood and in the historic cellar and told us all about the history of the area. It was fascinating. My favorite day was the day in Tuscany with our private driver who was witty and informative. We loved San Gimanganno, and the Duomo in Sienna in which our driver tipped us off about the historic library of ancient music manuscripts. I’ve never seen anything like it. We took your advice and went to see Pisa. While we were there we found a pedi-cab tour that was adorable. The driver actually showed us six leaning towers and had a love and passion for Pisa that was infectious. I highly recommend the tour and the guide.
In Sorrento we felt lucky to be staying at a hotel where the service was impeccable and so friendly. (They even kissed my hand whenever I entered the lobby) Our room had breathtaking views and the staff couldn’t do enough for us. It was charming to be right across the street from a lemon grove which we walked through every change we could on the way into town. The rooftop pool helped us feel refreshed and rejuvenated. We could not believe how lucky we were at Pompeii to have a guide that got us in before all the tourists. There are actually no crowds, other people or tourists in any of our pictures. Again I felt like we got to see things and hear history that normally people would miss because our guide was so excellent. On the way out we realized the value of this as we watched crowds of thousands waiting in a sweltering line to get in. While we were still nice and cool and had seen everything before hours.
Seeing Rome was such a moving experience. Again our walking tour helped us from the very beginning to get our bearings and gave us valuable information, she even gave us really useful advise in how to cope with the heat. The Vatican tour brought me to tears! Our guide was the best and got us into the Sistine Chapel before the crowds, we literally had only about 10 other people in there with us. She was an expert in the art field and helped us to see things in masterpieces that only an expert can! She was kind, interesting and clearly passionate about the Vatican and art history. At the Colosseum we felt like we were traveling back in time. We stood on the arena floor as she filled our imaginations with the stories of what happened there. The gladiator’s dungeon was very interesting and I have never heard of other travelers getting to see it.
Nothing! It was perfect!
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