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Very nice tour. Everyday wine tasting coupled with visiting all the lovely places was a delight. Very well planned and well managed. however I noticed that, all the hotel bookings were done in modern hotels. I guess people from all over the world come to visit the history and culture of Tuscany for this tour. If such experience can be attained in the stay as well it will be very nice.
I took this tour with my daughters in July. Maria was our very capable guide.
Our bus could commodity 40, but we were an international group of about half that number, so we each had plenty of room to relax between stops, enjoy the scenery and even nap!
We visited many iconic sites, including Pisa, but the real fun was at the wine tastings! Over the course of our trip, we visited both in town tasting rooms and countryside vineyards for wine and refreshment.
Without this tour I would never have know about the perfect little town of Pienza, unchanged since the 14th century and stunning, or Siena which hosts a citywide horse race annually. We saw the flags of different neighborhoods and even witnessed a parade through the Piazza.
Rough seas did not permit stops at some of the Cinque Terre villages, but we were impressed by the views from the ports we did visit especially in Portovenere.
We even squeezed in a bit of beach time in Monterosso. You can't keep Jersey girls from the beach!
On our final day Mossimo, our driver, did a fantastic job of negotiating the tiny winding roads to the marble fields of Carrara. After holding our breath for the climb up the mountain, we all gave him a well earned ovation. It was worth the journey to see the gloriously white rock being mined and transported down those same terrifying routes.
Our last stop was perhaps our favorite. At Montecarlo di Lucca we visited our final vineyard and were served in an arbor. Not only the wines, but the balsamic vinegar and the olive oils were excellent. We feasted before our drive back to Rome.
Maria helped us with directions to the train station as we departed the bus. She couldn't have been more helpful.
His was a great value and I would most definitely use Viatour again.
Excellent value. Great hotels! Beautiful scenic trip.
Very good itinerary. A full 4 days of the Tuscany area. We loved Sienna and Montepulciano. Cinque Terre was very beautiful. Would have liked to have had more time but too much to see in 4 days. The trip to the Carrara marble mines was an unexpected marvel. All in all, well worth the . Our coach was old and the seat leg room was tight. Thankfully we only had 18 on the trip so all could spread out. Our guide was Marie Consuelo. She knows her history and country very well. However, she's a little detached and was quick to leave us on our own, especially a few times when our group needed a leader. I would still highly recommend the trip in spite of these issues.
Great taste of each town, fantastic wine tastings!
This was a fantastic tour. We had been in the crowds and crazinest of Rome for 6 days and Tuscany was a breath of fresh air. We had 16 people on our tour. Our tour was set up and managed expertly. The walled cities were interesting and the wine tasting everyday was fantastic. Cinque Terre was wonderful. We had the right amount of guided time and free time. At the end we had bus issues but they got us back to Rome, and when the driver had to pull over and stop the bus the guide calmly got us off the bus and got cabs to get us back to our hotels. This was one of the best guided trips I've ever been on.
Wow what a wonderful tour! The description of the four days does not show all the extra fun that is included. Our weather was fantastic and the hotel and meals, breakfast and dinner were very delicious, were nice locations. Our guide Marie made every day special with her humor and her knowledge of the places we went and pointed out interesting areas on the way. There was many times I thought we had a bonus on this trip. The winery visits with tasting and history a lite or a full lunch was fabulous. The boat trave to the Cinque terre had a beautiful town of Portovene that we stopped on the way. Marie made lunch reservations at a tasty restaurant in Monterosso, the people there were lovely and the food was so good! Everyone on the tour were from many places and it was fun visiting with them along our travels. Our small couch was comfortable with big windows to see the beautiful Tuscany area. So much history and wonderful sites. Thank you to the team that provided such a great itinerary.
Every thing was great on this tour. Would of likes to have a 1/2 more in Sienna to look inside church but that's pretty minor. Great winery's, fantastic set up on boat touring Cinne Terre . Maria did a good job and wonderful food. Thanks Larry
Such a great tour and the size of the group was perfect!
Monterosso and the beach, food and restaurant was divine!
The hotel near Cinqueterre was fine, however the hotel near Tuscany wasn't the great. They had no ramp or lift to access the rooms with our bags, but rather stairs! We made it known in our booking that my elderly mother has difficulty with stairs, however even though the grounds of the hotel were large, we got assigned a room where we had to walk more than 20 stairs....downstairs! where as our younger fit travel colleagues all had grown floor rooms. It was massive fail! The wine tasting San Gimignano was 6 star!! I recommended this tour to a friend of mine who took it last year and loved it!
Every detail in this tour was perfect. Our group size was 13 with a variety of ages and nationalities. Maria was an amazing tour guide with an immense knowledge of the history of the areas. Our tour bus was very comfortable and clean. The itinerary and different cities that we visited was a great blend of history, beauty, and wine! Breakfasts and dinners are included in the package and it states that lunch is on your own, however we were served bread/cheese/meats with all our wine tastings, that we only bought lunch one day. The wine tastings were amazing! Fortunately, the day we were at the Cinque Terre the waters cooperated and we were able to take the boat to the towns. However, you must be flexible and understanding, because if the waters are too rough, then you have to do the tour by train. We waited until 8:30 the morning we were to head to Cinque Terre to find out, but we were well informed the entire trip about this. The hotels were nice and the breakfasts and dinners were lovely. I would highly recommend this tour!
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