Prior to taking this tour, I reviewed comments from other travelers. Their reviews appeared too good to be true. As it turned out, the tour was excellent and far exceeded my expectations. My wife got to celebrate her birthday with a night tour of Venice. We were on a boat with other guests when it was announced that May 8 was her birthday. The parties on the boat sang happy birthday to her in English, Spanish and Italian....what a special day. Our tour guide Calara, was the best, everyone feel in love with her.
We had a great trip, our tour guide Stefano was a mine of information. Our additional trips, such as Pisa, Nightime Boat tour Venice and Gondola ride were fantastic. We really enjoyed our 5 day tour, our accommodation was very good , the meals were better at our first hotel than the second at Mestre. We had left a bag in Florence and our WONDERFUL Stefano arranged for the luggage to be returned to us in Rome. I would highly recommend this tour, it was all we could have hoped for. Go Fantasia Tours!!!
The trip was amazing. The guide, Alessansro, was fantastic and was always available to help. He was smiling and happy. The content of the trip was perfect, the visit to Assisi and Montepulciano a must.
Clayton K USA
It was a fantastic trip. We saw more in less time than we ever could have on our own. Clara and Antonio made the trip very easy and extremely interesting. Venice was breathtaking even with the rain. The local guides were very knowledgeable and enhanced our time in each of the cities. The only drawback we had was the optional museum tour in Florence to see David. It was rushed and we wished we had more time there. We would highly recommend it to anyone.
This was amazing! our tour guide, mario was the best. he was very funny and informative. The add ons were great and not over priced. This tour is highly recommended by me.
This was one of my favourite trips of all time. The staff were fantastic and everything was great.
This is a great tour and I highly recommend it. The tour guide is excellent in explaining the places we went to. The places were well chosen. keep up the good work
What a great trip. A lot to be packed into 5 days but well worth it. We did the three star package and stayed in Mestre. No problem. Easy getting back to the hotel via bus from Venice. Our tour guide Mario did a great job. It would be nice to be able to charge the optional trips via credit card as the guide only took cash (Euros). So make sure you bring enough cash. we didn't do all of the optional trips but the optional excursions to PISA and Venice at Night were worth it. Hotel Diana is very close to the Termini and the Metro.
This was the best Idea I had in Italy as a solo traveler. Everything was taken care of and someone else made the wise decisions of what to see. Hotel, transportation, even many meals were taken care of so all I had to do was enjoy the sights. Other people in the tour became friends making the whole experience double rewarding
I give this excursion five stars only because of the guide and the driver we had for this leg of the trip. There's so much to see on this trip especially that we added four additional excursions (like Pisa, Venice at Night) which makes it strenuous because we were constantly moving. Mariam made the strenuous enjoyable. Initially, we thought she was too bossy, but soon we realized that she has to take control of the group to give us the best time possible. She was tough, but very caring about each one of us. When we arrived in Venice, they were having a thunder storm, yet she still went on with the tour "Venice at Night" and explained important aspects of Venice. This trip offers an option for 3 and 4 star hotels, I strongly recommend the four star which we did because the other option leaves outside the main island, thus requiring commuting on your own. The accomodations were satisfactory sometimes and much better in Venice as we stayed at the Carlton. The bus in very good condition and the ride was comfortable. If you want to see a great deal of northern Italy, this trip is worth every penny.
Alex is a very experience and caring tour director and we enjoy the trip very much. We stayed at Mestre and the hotel is lovely, they are big and clean. Food was good too. The only down side is there are more spanish speaking than english speaking, but i guess this is the way in Europe.
Clara our guide for this trip was excellent, very organised, professional, great sense of humour which is well needed in this job. She took the worry of planning and organising everything for our group, which makes travelling and sightseeing so much more easy and relaxed. Clara was very helpful with everything we wanted to know or needed. Nothing was ever too much trouble for her. This bus trip made it easy for us to see Northern Italy. Want to add that we had **** wonderful accommodation in Florence and Venice.
This was a wonderful trip! I would definitely recommend it for people who want to see a lot in just 5 days. Our tour guide Alessandro was very gracious to all of us; he made sure that everyone was well taken care of and that we had enough breaks, and he didn't walk too fast for us. The historical information was very interesting, also. I felt very safe with the group, which was important for me as a woman travelling alone in a foreign country. And I got a room right on the Grand Canal in Venice, which was wonderful (though not everyone got this, it's just that the hotel had a little room for one person that they could put me in).
I think this trip is a good overview of a number of cities and towns, and by having someone else do all of the coordinating for you it saves a lot of time (it would have taken me all day to figure out how to get to Murano in Venice by myself).
We loved this trip and had a wonderful time!We were the only Americans but in spite of the language differences we enjoyed every moment thanks in part to Susanna.Everthing was well organized and timed and you even provided excellent weather along with visits to very interesting and beautiful cities. The extra offerings were great too!
What a great way to maximise a short stay in Italy. Clara the tour director was very helpful and well ahead of the game, A must do if you have a short amount of time and want a good snap shot of various regions and locations.
The bus driver was always at the pick up oints on time and was a very safe driver.
Excelente, el viaje como estaba planeado, los hoteles muy buuenos, el guia manejo el tour muy profesionalmente. Mi recomendacion es que aceptan hacer este tour con mucha gente, en este habian 52 personas
My wife and I booked the Standard tour (hotel in Mestre instead of Venice) and it was well worth every penny we paid for. Mario, our tour guide, was corny at times (JK!) but overall very knowledgeable and fun, while Sabatino, our driver, was very good also. The Standard (cheaper) deal put us at a Hotel in Mestre so we had to commute to Venice on our own for the evening we were there. But it wasn't a problem at all because the bus stop to go to Venice is right in front of the hotel (Hotel Delfino). It only cost under 2 euros for the ride and took less than 10 minutes to get to Venice. It's worth not paying the extra $300 to get the hotel in Venice.
Don't be concerned that this trip does not include Pisa. I was bummed at first that it wasn't included but it turned out that it is an optional tour that they offer for 40 euros per person. Even at that price, it is still worth paying for. My only complaint was that during the trip to Pisa, much of the time was spent with the Pisa tour guide of the Baptistry and the Cathedral and we were only given about 30-40 mins free time to roam on our own and take pictures. That seems a lot of time but trust me, it isn't.
Anyway, if you're going on a trip to Italy for the first time, I highly recommend this tour. Not only do you get to see a lot of Italy, but it also takes away much of the planning headache in that you don't have to worry about booking hotels and worrying about transportation for a full five days!
One of the best trips to Europe I have taken. The hotels at the 4 star rate were quite comfy and with a nice sense of luxury. Their location within Italy, specially in Venice were prime sites. The bus was a bit crowded and camped as usual, but it does not deter you from enjoying the views and the site seeing schedule. The food was great. Our tour guide Carlos was excellent.
I had a great time with the tour guests and the extras offered by the program were worth the price, specially the gondola ride across the river. It was worth every penny. I would recommend this package to anyone who is heading for the first time to Italy. I've come to trust the company and I look forward to my next trip.
This trip was well worth every penny. It was well organised and our tour guide was fantastic, providing so much information in two languages. Everything worked smoothly and we felt comfortable and that there was personal attention to all despite the size of the group. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone interested in seeing more than just Rome on their visit to Italy. Thanks for a wonderful week.
We had a wonderful 5 days. Our guide was organized and caring. He went the extra mile for the seniors on our tour. They were given options and safe places to wait for the more active travelers. We never felt controlled but our guide was never far away. We wanted to venture out on our own for an afternoon and our guide gave us perfect train times and fees. Being in Italy for the first time, it was nice to have friendly guides to introduce you to what's there. No one wants to spend so much time on a bus, but watching those drivers maneuver the streets and getting from place to place in comfort was worth the time spent in route. Thanks Viator.