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Day 1: Friday - Rome
Transfer from the airport in rome to the hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Dinner not included.
Day 2: Saturday - Rome
American buff et breakfast at the hotel. In the morning you will enjoy a 3 hour "discovering rome" walking tour. You will be picked up at your hotel at approximately 9.00am. The tour will start from largo argentina and continue on to piazza navona, the pantheon and the trevi fountain. The tour will end at the spanish steps (no drop o ff at the hotel). Rest of the day at leisure and overnight. Dinner not included. Meal: B
Day 3: Sunday - Rome - Grosseto - Pisa - La Spezia
7.00am meeting point at destination italia's sightseeing o¬ce or pickup at the hotel from 6.30am. Meet your tour leader and start a delightful trip along the tyrrhenian coast. You will cross the etruscan lands into the grosseto countryside, known as maremma. This is one of the new areas of excellence in italy's viticulture. Meandering through the tuscan countryside you'll arrive at a beautiful local winery near the regional park and close to wonderful beaches. Experience the winemaking process up close, from the vineyards to the cellar, to the ageing of the wine. At the end of the visit you can taste some of the wines of the region. Proceed along the coast until you reach pisa. Our tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical center, visiting piazza dei miracoli, with its famous leaning tower (exterior visit), the baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to la spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meal: BD
Day 4: Monday - La Spezia - Portovenere - Golfo Dei Poeti
After breakfast, depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to discovering of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscapes in the world: cinque terre. "cinque terre" is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cli s, surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coastline by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the sea. (*in case of rough sea, the visit will be done partly by coach and partly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach porto venere and the most important villages, where you can stop and visit them! Take pictures in porto venere, vernazza and monterosso, walk the narrow streets and immerse yourself in a colorful postcard! Arrive in la spezia by train and from there take the bus to reach the region of tuscany, with a stop en route in lucca. Walk the cobblestone streets, explore squares and old renaissance walls. See the birthplace of local composer giacomo puccini. Admire the medieval buildings along via fillungo, peek inside the san frediano church and visit landmarks such as the cathedral of san martino, piazza anfiteatro and torre delle ore. Finally, do not forget to taste a buccellato cake! Proceed to montaperti. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: BD
Day 5: Tuesday - Montaperti - Radda In Chianti - San Gimi
After breakfast at the hotel, depart to discover chianti classico gallo nero region and admire one of the most iconic villages: radda in chianti. Visit the small town on your own, and then proceed by private coach to san gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries. Situated on a hilltop, it is famous for its towers, frescoes and other art treasures. Once you have left san gimignano you will make a stop in a farmhouse to enjoy wine tasting with typical snacks. Now it's time to move to siena, where you will have a visit of old city center. Walk along the medieval streets admiring the splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in piazza del campo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and the site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called "il palio". Before returning to the hotel you will stop in castel nuovo berardenga for a special aperitif in a beautiful cellar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meals: BD
Day 6: Tuesday - Montaperti - Radda In Chianti - San Gimi
After breakfast, check out and departure to val d'orcia to complete the wine tour of tuscany. Reach the hilltop town of montepulciano, an ancient village rich in medieval and renaissance buildings. It is famous for producing one of the oldest wines in italy: "nobile di montepulciano". Here you will visit a local wine cellar where you will taste some wine and local products such as ham, cheese, and salami. Proceed to pienza, the renaissance town built under pope pius ii, well-known for its pecorino cheese. At the end of the visit you will return to rome. Drop off guaranteed at the hotel. Meal: B
Day 7: Thursday - Rome
American buff et breakfast at the hotel. Meal: B
- 2+1 nights accommodation in 4* hotel in rome.
- 1 night's accommodation in a 4* hotel in la spezia area.
- 2 nights' accommodation in a 4* hotel in siena area.
- Arrival transfer from the fco/cia airports or termini station to the hotel in rome.
- Ground transportation by deluxe coach with air conditioning.
- 3 hour guided walking tour of rome .
- Boat an train trip along the enchanting cinque terre coastline.
- Multilingual local guide in siena (2 hour service).
- 6 buffet breakfasts.
- 3 dinners (drinks not included).
- 4 wine tastings with local products.
- Multilingual tour english - spanish.
- Only one bag per person allowed plus one piece of hand luggage.
Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?
Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?
Affordable tours did a remarkable job on our trip to Italy. The itinerary was very detailed and, although there were a couple of minor changes during the week, we were extremely satisfied with the accommodations, the level of professionalism and knowledge of the tour guides, and would not hesitate to recommend them for your next vacation.
Guides were good, especially Gin.
While the hotels were rated 3+ stars, they are group travel hotels - fair rooms and buffet breakfast and dinner. It's OK as an experience and the food was adequate.
1. We were never informed that this would be a bilingual tour! Very disappointing and annoying! We could not bond with 3/4 of the guests or understand their questions and answers. We were the only Americans on most of the trip. 2. We were totally unaware of the fact that we could have upgraded our hotels. 3. 50% of the buses provided did not have Wi-Fi available. Some didn't even have overhead lights. 4. Buffets provided in Morocco's hotels were almost inedible. Very few choices and actually hardly anything was palatable. 5. The tour guide for Morocco (Idame ?) was unenthusiastic and did nothing extra to make this more enjoyable (doing his job-"phoning it in")One problem was the optional tour on April 16, Fantasia, was 65 but he was charging US$83. By any account I could find this was not a fair and equitable exchange rate.
Three nights in Queensttown at the Rydges was more of an economy motel than a first class hotel. The intra-country transportation was on passenger buses with many stops and pickups encounter from one location to another. Also I thought transfer back to airport would be private like the meet and greet but was a shared airport shuttle with several stops.
I know that the price was right for the tour that was offered, but the accommodation were not that great. I had done several tours before. even one in the Germany- Hungary area just a few days before, and I was always in a group where we all started together with a meeting the night before at the first hotel and the whole group stayed together for the whole tour. In this occasion there was people s joining the group and leaving all the time, And we were separated in two hotels, the nicer hotel for some of them and the second grade hotel for the rest of us. That made us feel discriminated and divided into two groups. Yes, you may think that we were being able to afford this tour, but I still think that for the price we paid, we did not get the value.
I have been traveling once or twice a year and so far this is the WORSE!!! Never imagined this kind of tour can still exist with so many choices around. Kanesia who booked us was wonderful. She was very professional and courteous but the tour itself was a nightmare from start to finish!! When we arrived at the airport, when we notify the lady holding our name card she just pointed to the driver and walked away without any word of assurance and explanation not even an eye contact! WOW! Next the driver dropped us off the hotel and that is it. No receiving party nor the hotel desk knows anything. Our daughter arrived later in the evening and nobody picked her up from the airport. She has to take a taxi alone in the middle of the night, a young lady in an unknown city. Paid extra to the driver for being grateful. All these times we tried contacting the local operator many times, NO ANSWER!!! Our schedule given to us (refer to page 3/10 on the attached documents, it says we are free the next day. Day 3 (Saturday) in Rome. The next day, we were suddenly awakened by the front desk saying that somebody is picking us up for a 3 hour Rome walking tour. We panicked and dressed so fast hardly able to comb our hair. During that time, the person who picked us up gave me the paper about today's schedule please refer to Italia Gartour page A indicated attached. The hotel had a very tight shower and not even a soap dish inside the shower.The trip after Pompeii was chaotic. Transferring from one bus to another. The guide was so disorganized exchanging passengers with another bus and we looked after our own luggage and wheel them to another bus. The hotel in Sorrento was a breather to be fair. Grand Hotel Vesuvio was nice quite and great location. Good food and staff. The brochure description of the trip from Sorrento to Amalfi was that we will be passing through breathtaking views and what happened we were separated from the other parties and we were driven through the highway and into the mountains then dropped off in a hotel in Maouri. We were on our own confused thinking we were in Amalfi itself. Again no receiving party at the hotel. We towed our own luggage and checked in and not knowing what is next!!! We have to inquire from the front desk how to get to Amalfi. Good thing he was very helpful even in broken English. The worse part is going back to Rome where our service voucher and revised itinerary showed we were booked with the Building Hotel. We were dropped off by the bus near the taxi station and it was raining so hard and we dragged our luggage in those cobble stone falling in line at the taxi line. We have to beg the taxi to take us in since there are 3 of us with luggage and it cannot fit in a regular sedan. When we arrived at the hotel another surprise that our name is not in the list and they are fully booked. Refer to the attached documents. We have to take another taxi to the proper hotel. THIS IS A TOTAL NIGHTMARE instead of a dream vacation. NEVER AGAIN!!!!!! I will spread the word and I hope you better drop this tour operator. SO DISORGANIZED and INCOMPETENT!!!!
1. The guide is making us take taxis and meeting them places since others are staying at different hotels. Definitely not what I have experienced in the past, I am used to the tour bus coming for us, when it says "transportation provided" 2. So far Day 2 and 3 are not as advertised. 9/29: Had to provide own transportation. Met group at 1030 at BMW Welt, left at 11, drove to Marienplatz, watched the glockenspiel. At 1215 we were dismissed, no tour of Munich did not visit the city's main attractions. Had to provide our own transportation to Dinner. 9/30: Had to take a cab to other guests hotel, did not leave until almost 9, did not get to Berchtesgaden until 11, after Eagles Nest I had to complain, because they were going to skip the lake, we were only allowed to go for 40 minutes, no possibility to take the boat trip. Had to get own transportation back from other hotel. Dinner was supposed to be provided but was not. She said it is not included but our itinerary says dinner and breakfast 9/30 10/1 Did not leave until after 9 did not have enough time in Rothenburg Ober Taber, Itinerary says "tour" of well perserved castle-but we did not tour it, we walked up to one gate and took pictures, 10/2 Bamberg was OK, should have skipped Bayreuth and had more time in Nuremberg 10/3 Wurzburg: was very nice, could have used more time, needed to get going earlier each day. Would have been nice to have a driving tour of Frankfurt upon arrival. Tour should have advertised this was a National Holiday, most all shops were closed. The guide did not seem to know much about each stop, could have benefitted from a local guide at stops, and or side excursions should have been available.
It said it included: "Holy Land crafted to CATER to Catholic individuals. Daily Holy Mass included." The guide was not Catholic nor the other couple which made things uncomfortable. I got to go to one Mass. I considered cancelling after the first day but felt it would not be fair to my grandson who was traveling with me. I do not blame the guide, he was great considering, but I feel I was miss lead. I could not recommend this trip to any Catholics. I have made Sita World aware of my opinion.
It was an amazing expererience
We had a wonderful experience and all of the local guides were top notch. Having a personal guide allowed us to see so much more in the limited time we had. Also, we saved so much time not having to wait in line for tickets, not getting lost and having to find transportation. It made our trip so much more enjoyable and relaxed. In addition, we learned so much about the local way of life. My children benefited from this greatly. For the slight additional amount of money you pay, you gain so much more value in your travel experience.
We had local guides, drivers and even an armed guard accompany us to all the sites. The guides were very helpful and knowledgeable and wanted us to feel completely safe and happy at all times. Abeer was our guide in Cairo and she was absolutely fantastic!! She helped us to understand the local customs and was very proud of the world class tourist sites we visited. Loay was our guide on the Nile cruise and he was equally helpful to teach us the history of the Pharohs. Both were proud of their country and proud to show it to us. One downfall was the constant prodding by the locals to sell us everything and anything. Also we had to pay to use the local restrooms and some locals were not very friendly about the amount of money offered!! Another problem was that our boat did not have 'working' wifi. We needed to stay in touch with business emails and reliable wifi is to be expected. Luckily Loay let me use his personal phone as a hotspot to obtain service - very generous of him! We travelled as a family of 4 and felt safe at all times. The drivers would drop us off at the sites and were always ready when we were to depart, no waiting at all!
SITA was not the operator of the tour, it was the tour of Baltic Visions from Riga. Unfortunately, the real tour operator was not professional enough. The tour manager even left the tour half way through. From that point it was the local tour guides only. On top of that, 90% of what was promised turned out to be optional, to be paid cash only!
The itinerary was not always correct. Messages at hotels was very helpful.
There was only one guided tour on this trip that was disappointing, and that was one which was booked through Florencetown, where we visited a winery in Chianti for a tasting and dinner. It really wasn't a winery but rather was a resort and very commercial. It did not feel authentic. However, all of the rest of the tours were excellent. The guides were hardworking, informative, and personable. There was very little we would change about this trip. The employees from VIT Incoming (the Italian tour company Sita worked with) did not disappoint. I loved them all! We did have some questions before the tour about the itinerary. The itinerary on the website did not exactly match the itinerary which was mailed to us. Also, the transfers were unclear. Once I talked with the Sita agent a few times, we were able to figure out the details, but Sita needs to double/triple check their itineraries before they are mailed. We ended up getting three mailed/emailed to us before they got them right. However, the Sita agent, Hardeep, was very courteous and helpful. He did say he would follow up with me after the trip, but he has not done so yet.