By the time we were a few months from departure I felt like our travel specialist was a family friend. The trip exceeded my dreams and my expectations. Over one year of planning for 20 family members and all of the questions and emails and calls were handled with outstanding customer service. Every tour guide was beyond fantastic. Every transfer was on time with first class staff and vehicles. For me, the most important part was finding a travel company and coordinator who understood the importance of this trip, which was two-fold. A once in a lifetime chance to be in Italy with our 91 year old father as we all walked the streets of the town his father grew up in coupled with first time in Italy for many family members. Large group of 20 traveled from Sept11-21 and my husband and I remained in Italy until Oct9. Our trip extension from Sept21-Oct9 was magnificent in every way. Our specialist suggested locations we had not even considered. Not only the locations were perfect but the timing of the destinations was well thought out. She knew that after a 20 person trip a few days in a tranquil setting would be most welcome -- and it was. Lake Maggiore after a very busy 10 days with all of our family was the perfect place to be. I could go on and on as we are all still reveling in the joy of our recent travels. I would not consider traveling to Europe without having our specialist handle arrangements.
There are so many that it's difficult to narrow it down to just a few. One that everyone mentions often is the 8 hour private charter of the Amalfi coast. We had two vessels to accommodate all of us and we all felt like we were in a dream state of mind. Exciting to see places you've only seen in photos, film. Surreal.
I would not go to the places that were extremely crowded with tourists like Capri and Positano. But I can say that because I've already visited both of them because they were on my dream destination list. They were beautiful but too crowded. We did a lot of research and thought a trip in September would be much less crowded than it actually was. Next time I go to Italy it will be later in the year. Because I had never visited Italy and I'm not sure that I will again, I wanted to see as many places as possible. That translates to many transfers and lots of packing and unpacking but there's no way around it if you want to explore numerous regions/cities. If I am blessed to return to Italy someday I will choose less destinations with longer stays. My husband did an amazing job of driving throughout the entire Tuscany region for 5 days but I would consider a personal driver next time so he can enjoy the scenery from the passenger view.
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