Even though it was really 6 and a half days it was still very good! Had plenty of free time in each place and it was well organized! Definitely recommend!
My spouse and I had a great time. This is a perfect trip for people traveling Italy the first time. Everything in the itinerary was covered. The tour is well organized, not to mention our tour director Nicola who is very professional and always encourages everyone to be punctual so that we can have more free time on our own. Local guides were informative and knowledgeable regarding the site. Among the hotel that we checked in, we didn't like Hotel Villafranca. Dinner is just okay to satisfy your hunger. It was an enjoyable experience.
Christian S USA
This is a good tour. My only complain is that the dinner food being serve at Hotel Continental Venice food is terrible. Aside from that, everything is ok.
Great overview of Italy! The tour leader, Pier, ran a slick operation and the timings worked well in terms of how much time you had at each place. It did feel a bit like a Catholic pilgrimage (loads of visits to churches).
The hotels are average, but clean and relatively comfortable. Food was decent enough. The trip is good value for money. Guides in each town are knowledgeable and friendly.
A definite recommendation, but please note this is more a 6-day tour but still worthwhile.
There is a fair amount of walking but at a comfortable pace and optional extras to Pisa, a gondola ride in Venice and a boat trip around Lake Garda were enjoyable experiences.
Tour guide Pierre was excellent. We ending up travelling on a really big bus for only 7 of us plus the driver and guide. The hotels, except Milan, are rated 4* but are definitely 3's - okay but not memorable. Dinners at the hotels were mediocre at best and in Venice the service was abominable - 2 nights in a row, even after we complained the first night. Pierre did the best he could to rectify the situation but the hotel has final control. The local guides were all knowledgable and friendly. We enjoyed all the places we visited but would probably skip Milan and the lakes if we did it again - just not worth the time we spent. Assisi was spectacular and Venice was magic. Florence was, to our surprise, kind of ho-hum, but we didn't spend much time there. We would love to travel with Pierre again - he was very, very well versed in Italy, patient with some of our more trying travelling companions, and had a rather dry sense of humor.
Really enjoyed seeing so much in a short time. Hotel in Rome not so nice but good service made it better. Some of the meals were not great, but for the price of this tour, you could easily go eat dinner elsewhere and still have it be good value. Extremely well organized. We didn't have any problems at all thanks to our tour manager. Good value, lovely 'hit the highlights' tour of a few regions of Italy.
First of all it was not an 8 day tour it was only 6 days. We were to start on Saturday but a message was left at hotel that it would start on Monday morning. The hotels we stayed in were good except the one in Venice. There was a hole on the floor and the shower was so small you had to back into it and not move too much when you took a shower. I weight 145 lbs. and am 5'2". Other then that we enjoyed it but felt we were cheated for 2 days.
It will be good that you have deprecate vouchers for transfer from and to airport.
I had the driver pick me up but he wanted voucher which I didn't have.
Showed him the trip voucher but he insisted on airport to hotel voucher.
For the tour we were supposed to be on a coach but we got a mini bus.
One of the worst tour I had taken. Guide was too lazy to do any guiding and wasted too much time on the bus, which he could have used to give us more info. Meals and hotel rooms were minimal and only that in Venice was adequate. On the way to Milan, it was stated we shall visit Lake Como but we were left at a park at the edge of the lake for 20 minutes and nothing else except a glance of the lake on the bus on the highway! Fortunately, we had a great group16 of us and had no problem with each other. This Tour needs to trim the number of towns to visit Assisi sight in less than 30 minutes? Just enough time to walk through and take a few snap shots! and find more willing to work guides.
GUIDE DID NOT SPEAK THE ENTIRE BUS RIDE AND GAVE NO INFO ABOUT THE COUNTRY OR REGION....HE SLEPT OR POKE TO THE BUS DRIVER THE MAJORITY OF THE TIME. GUIDE WAS ABRUPT AND DID NOT WANT TO BE BOTHERED...GAVE NO SUGGESTIONS FOR FREE TIME.
THE REGIONS VISITED WERE GREAT BUT THE GUIDE MADE THE TOUR TENSE...THE CONTINENTAL WAS A HORRIBLE HOTEL...TOOK 2.5 HOURS FOR DINNER AND NEVER GOT WHAT WAS ORDERED...ENDED UP WITH AN OMELET!...GUIDE WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND..HE HAD LEFT THE HOTEL PRIOR TO OUR MAIN MEAL BEING SERVED. TOUR OF MILAN SHOULD BE NIGHT PRIOR OR ALL SHOULD BE TOLD TO HAVE FLIGHTS AFTER 2PM...ADDITIONALLY THERE SHOULD BE AIRPORT DROP OFF AT END OF TOUR IN MILAN.
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