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Long day but worth it. Beautiful cities and scenic route.
Excellent tour and great way to see the Tuscan countryside!
Tour was good. Love the Scenery and wine and leaning tower. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and very friendly.
This tour is lovely. You get to see all the places and enjoy them in a very organized and simple way. It involves a lot of walking but it is very good indeed. We did it in Dec 2017, winter time, with my family 6 members and we all agree that this was a wonderful experience. If you want to see all these places and don't have the time to spent a day or two in each place, this tour is highly really recommendable.
This was a fantastic tour and although a very long day, well worth doing. What made the tour was our fantastic tour guide Brando, who had a wonderful sense of humour and great knowledge.
I really enjoyed this tour. The drive through the countryside of Tuscany was worth the trip alone. Sienna is beautiful, the Compo and the cathedral. It would have been nice have spent longer there but that was not possible given the itinerary. The lunch at the winery was good and the restaurant had fantastic views towards San Gimignano in the distance. It was a very pleasant break at San Gimignano. The sight of the leaning tower and cathedral at Pisa is very familiar but when you actual see it for real it is quite breathtaking, if anything I think the outside of the cathedral and Baptistry are more impressive than the inside. Our guide Antonio was very good he spoke excellent English and Spanish. He was very pleasant and helpful throughout the trip and the commentary he gave during the coach travel was just right, he gave us interesting information without overwhelming us with it. I can certainly recommend this tour
Our tour guide was Brando, who gave us a lot of information about Sienna, the area of Tuscany that we were driving through, and even the Benedictine monastery.
We hit some traffic going into Sienna, though that's the fault of the city, not the driver or tour: it seems like there's only one way to the visitor's entrance, which means every car and tour bus has to take the same road.
We didn't book the guided tour of Sienna since we didn't know it was available when we booked the tour. The guide offered it to us for an extra charge, but decided to walk around on our own.
Then there was a lot of traffic going out of Sienna for the same reason: way too many cars and buses trying to use the same small roads.
Overall, the time spent in Sienna was just enough to get a taste of the city. We were able to take plenty of pictures, do a little shopping, and even get some gelato before heading back to the bus.
We then drove to the next stop: lunch in a restaurant that overlooked the Tuscan countryside with San Gimignano in the distance.
Lunch was: an appetizer of bread, cheese, and meat, then a main course of rigatoni with meat and light sauce, and then desert wine and biscotti. Different types of wine were served at each course.
Then we continued on to San Gimignano. This is a medieval town that's become over-run with tourists.
Seriously, there are were a lot of people and a lot of tour groups when we got there. The gelato store is supposed to be one of the best in Europe and the long line proved it.
Unfortunately, we only about an hour to walk around, take pictures, shop, stand in line for gelato or not, and then make it back to the bus for the next stop.
We then drove over to Pisa. When we got there, the choice was to take a shuttle train for 5 Euros per person or walk the approx 1 mile from the parking lot to the monuments. It would have been nice if the cost of the shuttle train was included in the cost of the tour.
Then Pisa itself is just the baptistery, cathedral, and of course, the famous leaning tower. There were long lines to get into everything, so we didn't have time to buy tickets to climb to the top of the tower.
Since this tour does not include tickets to the Pisa tower, you'd have to buy them on your own. However, the tour doesn't guarantee that the group will be in Pisa at a specific time, so you can't buy tickets in advance. And by the time you actually get there, tickets might be sold out or you may not have enough time to wait in line.
It's a long day, but the tour was well run and well scheduled. Of course, this is not the best way to visit the area, but if your time is limited and you want at least an introduction to the are, this is the way.
One of the best tours I have taken in Tuscany. Our tour guide, Marta, was great and gave us useful historical information about each town before we arrived. Each stop provided enough time to see the main tourist attractions but also allowed independent exploration if you wanted it. The lunch and wine-tasting was excellent and in a unique setting, within a wine cellar. The bus is very comfortable and excursion provides a wonderful opportunity to get out of the city and see the beautiful country side of Tuscany, I highly recommend taking this tour. I have attached photos of some of the highlights. Enjoy!
Really enjoyed this trip. These three towns are really worth seeing and we were given enough time to see a little bit of each. The tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. The lunch provided was enjoyable
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