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See first-hand Iceland’s amazing natural forces on this best-selling winter visit to Iceland’s beloved South Shore region. You’ll also enjoy opportunities to taste delicious samples of Icelandic cuisine and discover Iceland’s culinary heritage.
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Upon arrival, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. The FlyBus transfer shuttle is waiting outside the arrival hall. Please show your confirmation information to the attendant on board and let him or her know the hotel you are using in Reykjavík. Important: The FlyBus is a shared bus transfer. You will not be met directly in the airport by a driver.Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name "Smoky Bay" after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider visiting the Grandi area of the city's Old Harbour. Grandi is a growing culinary center. A new food hall focusing on "upscale street food" was recently opened there. Another Food Hall is located in the Hlemmur of Reykjavik, just at the end of the main shopping street, Laugarvegur. adding a day tour. We'd be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. Some of our culinary-related suggestions include the Reykjavik Food Walk, Meet the Locals experience with lunch, and the unique Cook and Dine cooking workshop. Just remember to leave this evening open.This evening, around 18:00 (6:00pm) there will be an information meeting at the hotel. Meet your guide and fellow travelers. You'll go over the trip itinerary together and enjoy a "Welcome Drink."Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Hidden Powers and Northern Lights: Foodie Focus" itinerary. Important: If you have added extra nights in Akureyri before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Arctic Powers" itinerary.
Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You'll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. If you have a camera, the staff at the center will also show you how to capture northern lights on film and help you with adjusting the settings for this.Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake.Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland's capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church.Visit Efstidalur, a family-owned dairy farm. The farm welcomes visitors and has developed a wonderful "Farm to Table" presentation for guests. You'll meet members of the farm family and learn about dairy farming in Iceland. Enjoy lunch and sample some of the farm's excellent feta cheese, ice cream and skyr (an Icelandic dairy product similar to Greek yogurt). The restaurant has windows that look down on the milking parlor, where you can see "the girls," the farm's cows. The dairy cows are an heirloom breed of Icelandic cattle that goes back to Viking times.You will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You'll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It's especially delicious slathered in Icelandic butter.If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.
Day 3: Iceland's South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano -
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre's cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the area's two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.Lunch today is a real treat. Visit Hotel Anna, located on Moldnupar farm. The hotel is named after Sigridur Anna Jonsdottir, an early 20th century dairy maid who grew up on the farm. She was a self-educated journalist who may have also been Iceland's first travel writer. Hotel Anna's restaurant specializes in Icelandic "soul food." Enjoy tasting cured salmon and plokkfiskur, a hearty fish stew.Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both of them are a "must-see" for photographs. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss falls.Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross a vast lava field created from a destructive 18th century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland.Dinner and overnight stay in Southeast Iceland.
Day 4: Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lag
Breakfast at your hotel. Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe, and the total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. While here, visit the park's Hotel Skaftafell, where you´ll enjoy a surprise taste treat from the Vatnajokull region (shhh…. it's a surprise!). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called ""The Flower Village"" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breath-taking sea waves. Several pretty fishing villages are in the area, including Stokkseyri. This town is known for its charming Fjorubordid (Seaside) restaurant that does magical things with langoustines (Norway lobsters). Enjoy a scrumptious lunch featuring langoustine tails sautéed in garlic and butter.Continue onwards, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing coastal town. The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own."
Day 6: Departure
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer to the international airport by bus for your departure flight. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.
- Information Meeting on arrival day and Welcome Drink (Day 1)
- Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 5
- Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
- Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
- Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
- Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
- Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)***
- 3 Three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea (Day 2, 3, 4)
- Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
- Instructions and assistance with setting up your camera for photographing the northern lights (day 2)
- "Farm To Table" Presentation and Lunch at Efstidalur Dairy Farm (Day 2)
- Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
- Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
- Traditional Icelandic homestyle lunch at Hotel Anna (Day 3)
- Surprise tasting in the Vatnajokull National Park area (Day 4)
- Icelandic lobster tail lunch at Fjorubordid Restaurant (Day 5)
- Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5
- Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
- Great photo stops
- Seat rotation during the tour
- Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
- Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
- Customer care service during office hours
- 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
- Round-trip airport/hotel transfers on Fly/Bus airport shuttle *** Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight
- (Added Value): Northern Lights "wake-up call" option during the night on days 2-4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)
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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.