Our trip exceeded our expectations! Our travel agency did an outstanding job of listening to us and designing a trip that fit us and was a truly enjoyable experience. It was our first trip overseas so having someone take care of all the details including airfare, drivers, guides, hotels and excursions made it carefree and relaxing. They even made reservations for us at all the restaurants we decided to use and informed them of our anniversary and my birthday and in turn we received special attention and extras on those nights. They even informed the hotel which left a bottle of champagne in our room when we returned that afternoon, not big things but something that displayed their attention and care about our trip. For the most part everything worked timely and smoothly and we never had a problem with language or communication with anyone we were involved with. Our drivers and guides did an excellent job and where pleasant and courteous at all times. They all communicated with each other to keep us informed and often told us our travel agent had called to check on us and wish us a good day. We had some outstanding guides and drivers. These where art or history majors and could not only tell us all about the areas we where touring but could answer any question we had. We really enjoyed getting to know them and learning a lot about the culture and their families which gave us a real understanding and insight to the country and region. We often felt more like friends than clients when with them. We felt the guides they choose for us did an outstanding job of making us feel so at home in a foreign country. One of our guides called friends of his to book us restaurants and transportation and as we drove the coast he played classical romantic Italian music for us. The special lunch he arranged for us was a very memorable as was our time with him. Having the private guides allowed us so much flexibility to change course or linger longer at any time. They always allowed us to skip any lines and often worked us into transportation with fellow guides that kept us from ever waiting for a bus or other transportation. The hotels offered and selected where great with outstanding views and rooms, well located for walking to the main areas and restaurants, excellent food and a good staff. Most everything arranged was better than we anticipated. It was a real pleasure not having to worry about a single detail, just show up and enjoy, which we did!
The interaction with some of our private guides and drivers. As a small business owner I truly appreciated how hard they worked at providing us a pleasant and unique experience. The excellent food and dining experiences (which eating in Italy truly is an experience, where we ate at least, something very different from the USA) the beauty of Sorrento, Capri and the Almafi coast area, and of course the magnificent buildings and churches, the wine country tour to small wineries where it was just us and our guide and the wonderful lunch at a little spot that had a postcard view he took us to, once again just the three of us there, the chair lift at Capri, the pizza making experience, my beautiful balcony view at the hotel in Sorrento, the day in Siena with our guide who made the uniqueness and people of the city come alive and taught us the secret of picking the best gelato, really just about everyday!
I would have added a few extra days at the end just to relax and enjoy the wonderful hotel we had. Thinking of what they had planned and how it worked I really wouldn’t change anything.
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