We experienced a fabulous twelve night first trip ever to Europe staying in Rome, Sorrento, and Florence with day visits to Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum, a drive with stops and photo-ops through the beautiful Amalfi coast villages to Ravello, and a day trip to historic Siena and San Gimignano through the Chianti region of Tuscany. Our travel consultant and her colleague at the company in Rome, proved to be perceptive to our interests, resourceful in finding spot-on solutions within our budget and patient professionals as we explored various itinerary options. Both women spoke and wrote english very well to thoughtfully help us plan our itinerary for three adults with private transportation and guides. Our private guides in Rome; in Pompeii and Herculaneum; in Naples; one a Canadian ex-pat in Florence; and in Siena, informed our discovery of each locale and its many treasures. We also did two small group tours. First, a farm/food tour near Sorrento with an incredibly informative and entertaining guide, and catacombs at Saint Sebastian with a nameless guide and small group of 9 during our Appian way visit and final full day in Rome. At times we were chaperoned in private vehicles with english speaking drivers knowledgeable of their territories. In Rome, in Naples, in the Bay of Naples Sorrento area, in Tuscany, and in Amalfi. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend this company to help others plan the vacation of a lifetime.
We would have booked our private guides on three of the days for longer periods of time to include at least a one hour lunch break. On those days we had a guide for six hours each day. But when we stopped for needed sit-down lunches and rest of 45 minutes to an hour it took time away from the guided tours both in Rome and Florence. Perhaps we should have instead booked four hours in the day time with a 2-3 hour rest break. Then another 4 hour tour before dinner to capture the magic of twilight during our tours. We also should have booked more time than three hours with the guide in Naples. On all those days we felt we had to gloss over or miss some things to try and fit in what we could. And we were disappointed that the area of most interest to us at The Archaeology Museum in Naples, the artifacts salvaged from Pompeii and Herculaneum, was only open in the afternoon, after our tour ended! We had to catch a train to Florence that afternoon. I wish we had known this when planning our itinerary.
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