Italia, Il Bel Paese

2 weeks in italy itinerary including the amalfi coast

Italia, Il Bel Paese

14 Days/13 Nights

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2 weeks in Italy itinerary including the Amalfi Coast

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Arrival in Naples and visit Herculanueum

DAY 2: Paestum and Mozzarella di Bufala

DAY 3: Dolce Far Niente

DAY 4: Divine Amalfi Coast Escape

DAY 5: Naples and Pizza

DAY 6: Rome of the Caesars

DAY 7: Treasures of the Vatican City

DAY 8: Civita di Bagnoregio and wine tasting in Umbria

DAY 9: Renaissance Discoveries

DAY 10: Full day at leisure in Florence

DAY 11: Romantic Venice

DAY 12: Explore Venice

DAY 13: Venice full day at leisure

DAY 14: Departure Day. If you wish to extend your holiday, this is a perfect location to visit the Dolomites with the regions of Veneto and Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentio-Alto adige.

**FOR PRIVATE TOURS ONLY**

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a private walking tour of the oldest city in Europe, Naples
  • Savor tasty regional cuisine in specially chosen local authentic 'trattorias' and restaurants
  • Wander Sorrento’s bustling streets, lined with craft shops and enjoy breath-taking views of the Gulf of Naples
  • Visit the impressive Greek temples of Paestum, dating back to the 6th century BC
  • See how Mozzarella di Bufala is made at an organic farm
  • Visit the legendary idyllic island of Capri and find serenity on the chair lift from Ana Capri for fantastic vistas
  • Visit Herculaneum a superbly conserved Roman fishing town to relive ancient history
  • Enjoy the awe inspiring views on the Amalfi coast road and visit the inspiring coastal villages along the Costiera, including Positano, Amalfi and Ravello
  • Walk through Rome’s amazing sites with an expert local guide and skip the line access to step back in time while visiting the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Experience the lavish art of the Florentine Renaissance in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence with your private guide
  • Visit the unique charming medieval hamlet of Civita di Bagnoregio
  • Wind your way through the ancient romantic waterways of Venice

PRICING: Please inquire about 2022/2023 pricing

The price for a private tour is per-person sharing a double room, and it varies according to the number of guests on the tour, because of minimum fixed costs that need to be covered. With this tiered pricing structure we are able to offer competitive pricing for private groups of 8 to 12 guests.

Overview

Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi coast, Rome, Florence, Venice

Remember, this tour can be customized according to your own interests and preferences.

Tour starts in Naples and ends in Venice
Your arrival and departure airports are:
Nápoli (Naples)/Capodichino International Airport  (NAP)
Venice is Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

 **FOR PRIVATE TOURS ONLY**

First time to Italy? With so much to see and experience, this trip to Italy is sure to take your breath away. Italy's endless historical sites and cultural activities can turn planning a trip into an overwhelming task. Many travelers end up "packing too much" into a short amount of time, leaving them exhausted and feeling like they haven't really gotten the authentic local experience.

This is why Travels with Audrey has designed a special trip for travelers who want to see the best of Italy, a cultural experience that includes major historical sites, as well as savoring delicious regional cuisine and off-the-beaten path destinations.

When you think about a visit to Italy, there is usually a list of "must-see" sites. Many restrict themselves to the country’s star cities, but with us you will discover there is more to Italy than Michelangelo’s masterpieces and Roman ruins. So due to popular requests and keeping my travel philosophy in mind, I carefully crafted the perfect tour for you to see and experience the best Italy has to offer, from major must-see attractions while taking you to some lesser-known gems; giving you the chance to enjoy the authentic local experiences, from historical sites to savoring delicious regional cuisine, without the overwhelming task of planning it yourself.  With local sightseeing skip the line access, unique excursions and authentic experiences from your welcome dinner in Rome to your farewell dinner in Venice. Book this Italy hand-crafted private tour for an inspiring introduction to the best of Italy, not only for its museums, cities and monuments but also its fantastic food, wine, culture and people.

With so much to see and experience, this vacation to Italy is sure to take your breath away.

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN NAPLES and HERCULANUEUM

Welcome to Italia!
Southern Italy is a fascinating area with its Roman and Greek temples, and extensive archaeological remains. Naples, founded by the Greeks is one of the oldest cities in the world.

You will need to book your air travel so that you arrive into the Naples Airport (NAP) by noon for pickup and transfer to your Sorrento hotel, overlooking the beautiful bay of Naples and powerful Mount Vesuvius. The transfer will be by van and is included in the price.

Herculaneum: The eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79 completely engulfed the towns of Pompeii and the wealthy Roman seaside resort of Herculaneum with debris. Herculaneum was covered with a thick layer of lava and mud - this layer preserved it almost perfectly, whilst Pompeii was covered in cinders and volcanic ash. Archaeological excavations have uncovered private villas, shops, bathhouses, and a fascinating range of everyday objects. The small town of Herculaneum offers the most concise and moving monument to the great eruption. Its ruins might be less extensive than those of Pompeii, but they are far better preserved. Many of the buildings have weathered the centuries so well that they look virtually the same as they would have done millennia ago.

Sorrento lies in one of the most beautiful areas in Italy.  Here mountains erupt from the Mediterranean and pastel-hued villages cling to their sides.  This area is filled with dazzling antiquities like Herculaneum and Pompeii and breath taking natural wonders.  You will spend the next few days in this picturesque region that has been a favorite vacation destination since Roman times.sorrento

DAY 2: PAESTUM and MOZZARELLA DI BUFALA

Today we have a full day of wonderful discoveries!
Your professional Italian Driver will pick you up after breakfast for a day of unique discoveries with a visit of Paestum, some of the world’s best preserved Greek temples.

Paestum is situated along the central west coast of Italy, south of both Naples and Salerno. Once a time-honored Greek colony, Paestum remains off the beaten path yet there are few destinations in the country that are as rewarding as this ancient community. Another great reward for visitors who visit Paestum is the solitude throughout the area. Often, there is not a soul around. A far cry from its Italian counterparts such as Milan, Rome, and Florence, Paestum's combination of historic monuments, peaceful surroundings, and coastal location make it an ideal stop.

The stately honey-colored temples were once part of the Greek colonies that once held sway over much of southern Italy. The Greeks capitulated to the Romans in 273BC and Poseidonia, as it was known, remained a thriving trading port until the fall of the Roman Empire. After your visit, time to stop for a special treat!  A visit of a farm that produces the superbly soft and creamy mozzarella made from the organic mild of water buffalo. Late afternoon we return to Sorrento.the best preserved greek temples in italy, paestum

DAY 3: LA DOLCE FAR NIENTE

Capri playground of roman emperors
After breakfast, together with your tour manager, you will go down to the harbor in Sorrento to board your ferry to Capri (weather permitting), the world’s most enchanting island. You can explore to your heart’s content on your own or with your tour manager (Includes taxi to ferry dock and your round trip ferry ticket). You may choose to stay on the island all day or choose for the balance of the afternoon to simply explore the sights and ambiance of Sorrento, a special Italian resort town.

On the island I recommend sharing the cost of a convertible taxi cab for the time you need it and your tour manager (Audrey) can also show you some awesome simple hikes.

A vacation spot of Roman emperors and movie stars for centuries, you’ll be equally captivated by the charms of Capri. The jaw dropping and spectacular scenery is sure to impress any traveler and the colorful bougainvillea, fragrant lemon groves and grapevines are a delight for any photo enthusiast. 

Tiberius had his Villa Jovis built here, now an evocative cliff top ruin with breathtaking views, and his ruling seat in AD 26 and Emperor Augustus made it his private playground.

The hallmarks of this 5 square mile getaways surrounded by emerald waters are the Faraglioni, three needle-like rocks towering just off the rugged coast.

It’s also a hugely popular day-trip destination and a summer favorite of holidaying VIP’s. Inevitably, the two main centers, Capri Town and its uphill rival Anacapri, are almost entirely given over to tourism, with the high prices that predictably follow. But explore beyond the swish cafes and designer boutiques and you’ll find that Capri retains an unspoiled charm. All of this overlooks the deep blue water that laps into secluded coves and mysterious grottoes.

Take a chairlift to the top of Monte Solaro and take in the views of the cliffs and sea so dramatic that the hair will stand up on the back of your neck. Visit the church of St Michael, known for its 18h century majolica floor depicting the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden.

In Anacapri, I also highly recommend visiting Villa San Michele: is a magical place that must be experienced. Some speak of Feng Shui perfection, about a node for magnetic flows, and others about its enchanting beauty. Villa San Michele is undoubtedly unique and a living example of the dream that became reality with its lush Mediterranean gardens that offer a chance to escape the day tripping crowds. “The soul needs more space than the body”

For lunch why not try “La Fontelina” where the sun, the sea, good wine and great food comes together simply but gloriously on a sun-dappled seaside terrace with the Faraglioni in sight. Diners can sunbathe and swim before and after a lunch that is likely to include the restaurant’s signature fruit filled sangria and simple “insalata caprese”, the islands specialty of super fresh mozzarella and just picked tomatoes.

You can choose when to return to the mainland for the afternoon to spend time wondering the narrow alleys of Sorrento, with wonderful shops (linen clothing, crafts, jewelry, ceramics), known as the city of orange and lemon groves. Sample the local popular liqueur in a local shops, Limoncello, or quite simply sit by the pool (weather permitting) enjoying the sweetness of doing nothing.the beautiful island of capri

DAY 4: DIVINE AMALFI COAST ESCAPE

“Italy’s Dream Drive"
Today is a full day of discovery, leaving at 08:30, for a drive along the famous and spectacular Amalfi Coast, one of Europe’s most dramatic shorelines and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our first stop on the Amalfi Coast is the charming town of Ravello. Perched 1100 feet above Amalfi, on towering cliffs above the sea is aptly described as “the place where poets go to die”. From your included visit of the romantic gardens of Villa Cimbrone, enjoy the never ending views of the turquoise blue sea.

Following your visit of Ravello, enjoy a tour of a lemon grove. During your visit you will learn about the lemon cultivation methods, visit a typical lemon grove of the Amalfi Coast, visit a local factory where you will see the birth of that golden nectar known to all, Limoncello, followed by a tasting menu with typical local products (set menu).ravello and the villas

DAY 5: NAPLES & PIZZA

Twenty five centuries of culture, Neapolitan style
When most visitors think of Italian food, they are usually thinking of the dishes of Naples and Sorrento, spaghetti with tomato and basil, mozzarella and pizza, which are from this area.

After breakfast, our private transportation and driver will pick you up for a private guided tour of Naples, seeing Piazza del Gesù, Gesu Nuovo Church, the Monastery of Santa Chiara, the church of San Domenico Maggiore, the Chapel of San Severo (with the Veiled Christ), and time permitting the Cathedral of Naples.

Let’s not forget to have lunch at a local historical Pizza place, in the city that created Pizza!

Naples: Naples is Italy’s most misunderstood city and is also one of its finest. The Unesco listed “centro storico” (historical center) is an intoxicating warren of streets packed with ancient churches, citrus filled cloisters and first rate pizzerias. It is here, under the washing lines, that you will find classic Neapolitan street life, overloaded Vespas hurtling through cobbled alleyways and bullying market vendors. Move towards the sea and the cityscape opens up. Imperious palaces flank beautiful squares where Gucci clad shoppers strut their stuff, then lunch in chandeliered cafes. This is Royal Naples, the Naples of the Bourbons, that so impressed the 18th century grand tour visitors.

More than two millennia of history stokes the vitality and energy of this modern day port city famous for its high spirited, chaotic, everyday life, Naples was the seat of a powerful, independent kingdom for more than 500 years and drew Europe’s finest architects and artists. Explore its many historic overlays in the colorful Spaccanapoli, at the heart of the old city. The bay fronting Castel Nuovo, a massive fortification dating back to the 13th century, holds the civic museum; Palazzo Reale, the art jammed 17th century palace that was home to the Naples monarchs and the famed Teatro di San Carlo opera house, one of Europe’s largest and most splendid.

Then it is time for your high speed train to take you up to Rome.

“If there was no Rome, I would dream of her”, Sir Laurence Olivier in Spartacus
Romans call Rome, “Roma Caput Mundi”, Rome Capital of the world. Start the trip of a lifetime in one of the world’s  most fascinating cities! Your hotel is located right in the historical heart of the city, steps away from the major historical sites. An epic, monumental metropolis, Italy’s capital is a city of thrilling beauty and high drama. Its historic centre, which according to Unesco, boasts some of the major monuments of antiquity, has been a world heritage site since 1980.

After checking in to your hotel in Rome located in the historical heart of the city walking distance to all major sites, you will have time to freshen up before meeting your tour manager for an orientation walk through the streets of this fascinating city, Rome.

On your walk with your tour manager you will have a chance to see some amazing sites, Santa Maria sopra Minerva (a must see Gothic church), Pantheon (the best preserved of Rome’s ancient monuments and one of the most influential buildings in the world), Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, Trevi fountain to throw in your coin!

DAY 6: ROME OF THE CAESARS

After breakfast, your sightseeing today is with a local expert guide on your private walking tour of ancient Rome; visit with skip the line access (no waiting in line) the Roman Forum, once the beating heart of the ancient city, followed by the most iconic ancient monument, the Colosseum.  Travel back in time in the Roman Forum where you will be walking through the site along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way), seeing the Temple of the Vestal Virgins, Arch of Titus, Arch of Constantine,  the temple of Caesar where he was burned, Curia or Senate House, Palatine Hill and Capitoline Hill. The Colosseum was officially designated as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2007. The towering 1st century AD amphitheater where gladiators met in mortal combat and condemned criminals fought off wild beasts.

After your guided tour (approximately 3 hours), spend lunch and the afternoon pursuing your own passions. Here are just a few of our recommendations:

  1. No visit to Rome would be complete without visiting a few of the many churches and basilicas: the basilica of St John Lateran, the medieval basilica of San Clemente, Santa Maria Maggiore, all repositories of relics and magnificent art.
  2. Borghese gallery, with a rich collection of the finest artists, like Bernini, Casanova, Caravaggio and other treasures to fill several rooms in this wonderful 17th  century villa (We can arrange admission tickets, please check with us at time of booking for pricing).
  3. For a touch of mystery explore the ancient Christian burial sites tunneled under the old Apian way. The murky catacombs of St. Callistus hold some 170.000 graves (now empty), the crypt of St Cecilia, and paintings from the second and third century’s AD.
  4. Take in the swirling traffic and exuberance of life in the Italian capital and it is easy to believe that all roads lead to Rome. The city can overwhelm its visitors with millennia of history, unrivaled art collections, neighborhoods that feel like small villages and an enviable marriage of 'carpe diem' and 'la dolce vita'. See the sights, embrace the vitality, and do as the Romans do: linger awhile with an espresso or 'aperitivo' while watching the amazing spectacle that is Rome unfold.

Lucian, the second century Greek rhetorician, described Rome as “a bit of paradise” and 15th century Tuscan scholar Gian Francesco Poggio Bracciolini praised the city as “the most beautiful and magnificent of all those that either have been or shall be”. These opinions about the eternal city survive and why not? Almost 3000 years of history, layer upon layer of it, testify not only to the genius, perseverance and adaptability to the people who founded Rome and developed it through the ages, but also to that of those who followed.rome of the caesars

DAY 7: TREASURES OF VATICAN CITY

This morning meet your tour manager and your professional private expert guide in the lobby of your hotel and board your vehicle for a quick transfer to another country, separate and distinct from Italy! The Vatican: the smallest state in the world, one eight the size of Central Park in New York City.

With your local expert guide and skip the line entrance tickets, you will tour the Vatican museums (including the Hall of Maps, Gallery of Tapestries), Sistine chapel (a very impressive head tilting chapel where you see The Last Judgment, painting by Michelangelo, during the years 1535 to 1541) and St Peter’s Basilica, the largest and grandest church in Christendom. See Michelangelo’s Pieta, sculpted when he was only 24, as well as Bernini’s seven story bronze canopy located above the main altar; and as the tour draws to a close, you can admire the magnificent St Peter’s Square where you can see the balcony from which the Pope delivers his public addresses. For many visitors, a guided tour of Vatican City is a dream come true experience. With us you save yourself a very long 2 to 3 hour line (Visit approximately 3 hours and return to hotel via private transfer in time for lunch)

For your afternoon at leisure today, Audrey will recommend places to see and things to do based on your personal interests.

DAY 8: CIVITA DI BAGNOREGIO

This morning we say "arrivederci" to Roma and head into the Italian countryside.
Today’s first visit is to the unique charming medieval hamlet of Civita di Bagnoregio in the region of Lazio, isolated by earthquakes and erosion creating an inland island of only a few inhabitants, accessible now only on foot across a 300 meter bridge! It is a true marvel and one of the most spectacular sights in all of Italy.

Just before traveling up to Florence, passing beautiful rolling hills of Umbria and Tuscany, you will get a chance to visit a family owned winery and taste the local famous wine, Orvieto Classico. One of our exclusive experiences!

After checking in to your hotel in Florence located in the historical heart of the city, within walking distance to all major sites, you will have time to freshen up before meeting your tour manager for a short orientation walk through the cobblestone streets on your way to your included dinner. Your tour manager would love to show you one of the most spectacular settings, magical location before going for dinner, but it will require taking taxis at your own cost. But well worth it!  (Dependent on sunset time and weather). civita di bagnoreggio

DAY 9: RENAISSANCE DISCOVERIES

Florence, the cradle of the renaissance and home of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Medici, Florence is magnetic, romantic, unique and busy. A couple of days is not long enough here but is enough for a breathless introduction to the city’s top sights.

Today start the day with a private walking tour in the heart of Florence, the birthplace of Renaissance, visiting some of Florence’s most important sights. Included on the tour are the Galleria dell’Accademia (first art school in Europe) to see Michelangelo’s masterpiece, David, up close and personal, with your skip the line tickets (no waiting in line).

The capital of Tuscany, Firenze (Florence) is, most famously, the cradle of the Renaissance, epitomized by the cupola that Filippo Brunelleschi designed for the Duomo more than 600 years ago. Michelangelo’s David and countless other treasures fill the city’s museums and churches. The Florentine lifestyle is a work of art in itself, to be savored in historic cafes, welcoming 'trattorias', trendy boutiques and the city’s medieval streets and piazzas rimmed with fortress like 'palazzos'.

Your tour manager can walk you to the Mercato Centrale (market) after your tour, a great place for lunch and shopping for typical Tuscan delicacies. Your tour manager can also show you the best place in town to buy excellent quality leather!

For the afternoon you are free to explore this magnificent city, and there are so many options:

  • The first fashion city of Italy has great shoe and clothing stores; spend time in the Uffizi gallery which houses one of the world’s great art collections including works by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and many other Renaissance maestros; Palazzo Vecchio; Pitti Palace and the Boboli gardens; Medici Chapel; Galileo museum or climb the Duomo for an awe inspiring view of the city, to name a few.
  • Or quite simply stroll through the medieval streets taking in the sculptures, art and architecture that surround you.
  • Though Florence’s’ top tourist sites are popular for a reason, take a local’s advice to escape the crowds, and see things everybody else misses. “While the tourist hordes flock to Michelangelo’s David and the Uffizi”, says medieval historian Gloria Papaccio, “we Florentines come to the peaceful chapel of the Palazzo Medici Riccardi to revel in the ideal vision of the Renaissance. A three fresco cycle painted in 1460 and tucked away in the depths of a palace that belonged to the Medici, the powerful banking dynasty that dominated Florence for almost four centuries.
  • Museo Nazionale del Bargello is to renaissance sculpture what the Uffizi is to paining. A gothic fortress from 1255 is houses Italy’s greatest collection of renaissance sculpture.
  • Basilica di Santa Maria Novella, with its original 13th century facade, with some of Florence’s greatest treasures: frescoes by Domenico Ghirlandaio, Filippino Lippi, Nardo di Gione. Two famous crosses, one by Giotto and one by Brunelleschi; Masaccio’s Trinita and the pulpit from which Galileo was denounced for saying the earth orbits the sun.
  • Visit the famous Officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria just around the corner on Via Della Scala. Since 1221 monks have formulated balms and ointments from herbs still used today for soaps and scents (great for purchasing unique gifts)
  • Medici chapels: Michelangelo’s first architectural project, to house the remains of Lorenzo the Magnificent and other members of the ruling clan.the renaissance city of florence

DAY 10: FULL DAY AT LEISURE IN FLORENCE

Many options available for you on this day and here are just a few of the ones you can choose from:

  1. You could choose a guided tour to Pisa to view the Leaning Tower of Pisa, among the most instantly recognizable structures on earth along with the Cathedral and Baptistery. Architects say it would be world famous even if it were perfectly straight.
  2. One of Italy's most popular activities for locals is shopping, which abounds in Florence where you will find many of the famous designer shops.  There are several leather markets and the Ponte Vecchio is known for its many gold and silver shops.  You can find delicious treats and some unusual gifts.  You can even visit the Shoe Museum in the Ferragamo shop.  You might want to stop into my favorite chocolate shop, Rivoire, located right on Piazza Signoria.  You can find delicious treats and some unusual gifts.
  3. Tuscany's cuisine is world famous.  Today could be the day you give yourself that opportunity to learn how to prepare a Tuscan meal yourself with great cooking class options. (please check with us for options and prices)
  4. You could choose a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, one of the largest, oldest, and most outstanding art museums in the world, if you wish to dig deeper into the vast riches of Florence's art heritage. We can arrange admission tickets and private guide for you in advance.

DAY 11:   ROMANTIC VENICE

“Your visit to Venice becomes a perpetual love affair”, Henry James
Your tour continues today with a journey aboard the sleek high speed train from Florence to Venice, known as La Serenissima (the most serene). Transfer by canal boat to your hotel, conveniently located in the historical heart of the city, near St Mark’s square.

Welcome to Venice! The Queen of the Adriatic, an elegant and magical floating city! A magnificent, unforgettable, hauntingly beautiful city and one of the world’s most enchanting. For 1000 years it was one of Europe’s great sea powers. No matter how many times you visit this floating city, there is always something new to discover.

Many first-time visitors are often stirred deeply by this almost fantasy world unlike anything they have ever seen before. 

Visiting Venice without an experienced tour manager or guide can be difficult, as most visitors do not know where to go or what to look for. After lunch, embark on an orientation walk with your tour manager who will show you some of the back streets of Venice leading to St Mark’s square. Napoleon referred to this square as “the most beautiful drawing room in Europe”. Enjoy a skip the line entrance to the Basilica, including the balcony which provides amazing views over Piazza San Marco, a balcony few visitors take the time to see. For sheer wow factor little can compare with the Basilica di San Marco and its 24 carat gold mosaics.

Learn from your experienced and knowledgeable tour manager all about Venice, and some of the important sights on this orientation walk.

This evening before dinner, enjoy your included once in a lifetime gondola ride with private serenade with professional musicians (weather permitting).san giorgio maggiore

DAY 12: EXPLORE VENICE

After breakfast, you will meet your local expert guide for a private walking tour of this fascinating city that for centuries was Europe’s top superpower. But what will be unique is that she will lead you along its intricate alleyways, to lesser known gems that few tourists see, where locals carry on their daily life, finishing at the famous Piazza San Marco and a tour of the sumptuous Doge Palace (once the official residence of the elected officials of the Venetian Republic) and the Bridge of Sighs.

After lunch, your own private boat will take you over to the Murano islands for a visit to a traditional glass factory and demonstration where glass masters have been creating the most intricate designs for chandeliers, vases, jewelry for over five centuries. Yes, you may purchase glass but this is not required or the intent of our visit.

For the remainder of the afternoon enjoy Venice with your tour manager, off the beaten path.

Enjoy your private boat ride over to the lesser traveled to islands of the lagoon. Visit these unique islands, that unfortunately many travelers to Venice miss visiting. Get to enjoy Venice from the sea, as it was intended to. Check out the precious and historical island of Burano, a colorful quaint fishing village with brightly colored homes of the “buranesi” fishermen that appears worlds away from Venice. Burano is best known for its exquisitely hand embroidered linens. It is still a small community where time stands still.

After a break, visit the island of Torcello, perhaps the most charming of the islands. It was the first of the lagoon islands to be called home by the mainland population fleeing Attila and his Huns, but today consists of little more than one long canal leading to vineyards and the oldest Venetian monument the Cattedrale di Torcello (Santa Maria Assunta) whose foundations date from the 7th century.

“Venice’s lagoon islands-give Venice the time it deserves. Enjoy the lesser known islands in its lagoon as well as the world famous sites. Most of the 3 million people that visit Venice each year trudge around on foot and spend less than a day in the city, sticking to the central islands that are home to St Mark’s square the Doge Palace and the Rialto Bridge. But la Serenessima, as Venice is k known, has a lot more to discover. Take to the water like Venetians do and visit scarcely populated islands like Torcello one of the most magical with its cathedral Santa Maria Assunta with 12th century mosaics. Nearby island of Burano with its pastel painted houses has been famous for lace-making since the 15th century.”discovering the islands of venice

DAY 13: VENICE AT YOUR LEISURE

Today is your day to explore this city on water to discover its magic, its mystic, feel a sense of freedom and peace from lack of traffic noise and indulge in all things Venetian. You will have a chance to “get lost” in the city’s labyrinth of canals, bridges and small campos.

Venice confuses and enchants, so toss the map and let yourself wander. Give in to this fragile, watery world built on over 100 small islands and lose yourself among byzantine domes and palazzos. Step back in time to when Venezia, the queen of the Adriatic, ruled much of the Mediterranean world. Meander through neighborhoods where not much has changed since native son Marco Polo set sail for the distant corners of the world, courtesans and doges passed in the shadows in the narrow alleyways, and Casanova glided down the Grand Canal on his way to a nocturnal rendez-vous.

It won’t hurt to master the phrase “Dov’e’ Piazza San Marco?”

Choices are endless!

  • You could enjoy the included admission to Museo Correr, Museo Archeologico Nazionale and Monumental Rooms of the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana at your leisure. Other options we recommend are  Gallerie dell’Accademia with the most extensive collection of venetian masters in the world, Chiesa dei Frari an immense Franciscan bastion build in 13th century which stands out as a showcase for titian, Ca’Rezzonico dedicated to 18tth century Venice, to name a few.
  • A whole city floating on a lagoon, Venice is a magical combination of grand 'palazzos', magnificent churches and ordinary houses amid a network of age old alleyways and canals. Museums and art galleries attest to the city’s glorious past, when it was a wealthy superpower. A stroll through some of the quieter 'sestrieri' (districts) is the best way to gauge the pulse of this unique city.

It will be hard to say 'arrivederci', but I know you will take home great memories of your time spent with friends and family on your trip of a lifetime experiencing “Italia, Il bel Paese”!

Following dinner, I always like to take my guests for one last look at Piazza San Marco (weather permitting), to enjoy one last moment in Venice, one of the greatest, most beloved, and most beautiful cities in all of Italy.

DAY 14: DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Yes, it is time to leave this beautiful land with many wonderful memories, but we hope to see you back again soon. 

What's Included

What's Included

  • Unwind for 13 nights at charming, locally owned boutique style accommodations that offer Italian hospitality, comfort and local character (Breakfast included):
    • 4 nights in Sorrento
    • 3 nights in the historical heart of the city of Rome
    • 3 nights in Florence
    • 3 nights in Venice
  • Gain insider access to the Italian way of life
  • Relax in the care of your dedicated local tour leader and driver-guide. Audrey, who speaks Italian and English fluently
  • Private transfers (pick up and drop off) at Naples and Venice airports
  • Private transportation, high speed trains and ferries 
  • Enjoy the freedom of leisure time to choose your own optional experiences
  • Skip the lines with prepaid entrance fees and local expert guides to:
    • Herculaneum
    • Greek temples of Paestum
    • Villa Cimbrone in Ravello
    • Vatican museums, Saint Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel
    • Roman Forum and the Colosseum
    • Civita di Bagnoregio
    • Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence to see Michaelangelo's David
    • Doge palace and St Mark's Basilica in Venice
  • Immerse yourself in hand-picked exclusive experiences: 
    • Lemon grove experience on the Amalfi coast
    • See how Mozzarella di Bufala is made at an organic farm
    • Hiking on the island of Capri
    • Private chef dinner in Rome
    • Private tour and wine tasting in Umbria
    • Enjoy a private boat tour in Venice to the islands of Murano (glass blowing demonstration and factory visit), Burano and Torcello
  • Taxes & Fees: Local VAT taxes and government fees, City Tax, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees
  • Sample and savor regional cuisine at carefully selected authentic trattorias and restaurants with local wines

NOTE: In the grand European traditions, I believe that dinner is a celebration of good food and wine, a celebration of culture and a celebration of family and friendship. Hosting this celebration is one of the joys of being a tour manager.  I guide you to your favorite dish … or help you choose something you’ve never tried before. I choose the perfect wines and throw in some local delicacies to broaden your palate and surprise you a bit. When we are at a cooking lesson or a wine tasting, rest assured that you'll go home with new knowledge that will increase your appetite for more. On every tour, I have included dinners as a group as well as nights on your own. Of course, you are always invited to join me at my favorite places or as I explore new and interesting restaurant finds. I also have recommendations and would be happy to make reservations for you.

What's Not Included

  • Passport fees, visa fees, immunization costs, entry clearing fees (when applicable)
  • Optional enhancements like room upgrades
  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary
  • Early check-in or late check-out from hotels
  • Personal charges such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), unless specified in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Your international and domestic airfare
  • Porterage: Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone
How it works

Here is how it works

  • Schedule a consultation call with Audrey to discuss your dreams of traveling to this beautiful part of Italy!
    • Some things we’ll discuss: Your interests and the interests of your traveling companions, your desires for the trip, and your ages and energy levels. Have you traveled to Italy before? If so, which countries did you visit? What would make your trip perfect, or what do you envision as your ideal day while on vacation?
  • Audrey will start with this itinerary, but this is a custom trip, so we can also incorporate ideas that are specific to your group. You might say, “Yes, let’s go for it!” or you might want to discuss a few things, tweak some items, or compare different options. At the end of this phase, you will know the unique itinerary for your group. 
  • Each person in your small group pays a deposit, with final payment due 90 days before travel.
  • Audrey and her team will book everything for you, help you prepare for your time in Italy, and take great care of you and your companions during your stay in Europe. 
  • You’ll be given a customized, day-by-day itinerary that's unique to your group with all the details you'll need. It's essentially a personalized guide book — with only the information that's relevant to you. 
  • All you have to do is sit back, and enjoy your fabulous travels! Let Audrey and her team personally take care of you while you are in Europe!

Prepare for Your Trip

European travel in general involves a lot of walking, much more than we are used to in the US. Most of our tours include city walking tours, visits to hilltop towns and villages, and meandering through cobbled streets. Keeping active and incorporating long walks into your busy schedule in the weeks before your departure will make your vacation much more rewarding.

  • Don’t Overpack: A challenge even for some experienced travelers! Wash or dry clean some clothes during your travel. Some hotels and villas we choose offer laundry and dry-cleaning services and towns and cities have laundro-mats. Most also provide hair dryers. Toiletries and cosmetics can also be purchased at your destinations. Please contact us if you need some assistance.
  • It is your responsibility to obtain the required documents to travel to Europe. Please verify with your own country's travel laws and government agencies. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your return date. 

The first day on tour is your arrival day into the city in which we meet. So, you would be flying the day before from the United States or Canada if you are not taking the option of spending a few days on location prior to start of your tour. 

The purchase of TRAVEL INSURANCE is strongly recommended to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. A Protection Plan can include coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay and more. 

Please read our Terms and Conditions here

To discuss the details and customization options, click below to schedule a call with Audrey!

What Audrey's clients are saying...

Custom Italy Tour Package

Jean and Alan-Private tour of Italy

Denver, CO

We highly recommend Audrey and here’s why: she planned the vacation exactly the way we wanted it. Every detail was planned out, up to personal drivers and personal tour guides. We didn’t have to worry about anything. She provided additional info for places to eat and things to see and she was always there if we had a problem or question while on our trip. The Personal Guides were outstanding-very friendly and knowledgeable and the tickets to bypass the lines were exceptional. Hotels were centrally located for easy walking and all very clean and friendly. We really enjoyed Audrey taking us to the Venice that most tourist don’t get to see, especially our “Venetian Bar Crawl with wine and Cicchetti”. We were fortunately very lucky to have Audrey as our driver-guide from Rome to San Marino and eventually to Venice. She was a wealth of knowledge about the history of the area we were driving through. It was such a pleasure to work with Audrey: our trip was OUTSTANDING because of the care and personal attention she gave to us from our initial planning to our final itinerary.
View Jean & Allan's private tour package
(Customized Itinerary Package to Italy with Audrey as driver-guide from Rome to Venice)

customized private tour of italy including the amalfi coast

Kelly and Dave-Private tour of Italy

Brampton, ON, Canada

My husband and I just completed a tour of Italy arranged with Travels with Audrey. Everything was perfect, I mean, really perfect! I’m sure Audrey even arranged the weather!! The hotel recommendations were impeccable, as were the restaurants, and each of our guides along the way was extremely knowledgeable, personable and such a pleasure to spend time with. It was a trip completed at our pace, acknowledging our wishes, but with some gentle (and much needed) guidance. We feel we’ve not only gained a real knowledge and understanding of the sights we’ve seen, but a real appreciation for the rich history of Italy and the lives of its inhabitants today. Some olive oil and a few pieces of ceramic have been picked up along our travels, as well as about 2,500 photos, but more than that, our lives have been enriched by our experience, and we’ve gained a new friend. From the bottom of our hearts, thank-you Audrey! 
View Kelly & Dave's private tour package
(Customized Itinerary Package to Italy, with Audrey as driver-guide in Tuscany and orientation walk in Venice)

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Jay C and family-Private family tour of Italy

Littleton, CO

My family and I recently traveled to Italy with Audrey. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and all agreed that Audrey enhanced our trip way beyond anything we could have organized ourselves. Audrey is well networked with local hotels, guides and transportation services. What that meant for us, is that we got the best rooms in the hotels with views, we travelled in Luxury Mercedes vans and mini-buses with friendly, knowledgeable drivers. Our Guides to the many venues enriched our tours with their vast amount knowledge and enthusiasm. And they could get us in to venues skipping lines that were blocks long. Amazing! All of Audrey’s contacts respect and adore her and make sure her clients get the best service. We went to many of the most well-known sights and places, such as Florence, Rome, the Vatican and Tuscany. However, we also went to many off the beaten track places that Audrey knew that were wonderful, such as lunch and wine tasting at the Chianti winery, a private dinner prepared by our own chef in Rome and to some Greek ruins that were incredible in southern Italy to mention a few. I highly recommend Audrey. She is a warm gracious woman who works very hard for you and keeps your group organized. She saves you hours of logistics time, because she knows the regions and people well. Paying the money up front in the beginning was scary, but we had heard about her and took the risk. She really took care of us. Our family all agreed that our small group tour was far more satisfying than a larger tour could have ever been for not much more money.
View Jay C's & family private tour package
(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Italy with Audrey as tour manager)

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Bill & Gail / Lil & Tom-Private tour of Scotland, London, France

Dallas, TX / Tulsa, OK

We just took a tailored two week trip with our best friends.  Audrey developed our travel plan to Edinburgh, London, Normandy and the Loire valley.  It was a DREAM TRIP.  The hotels were all very good and the food was superb.  The best thing about the trip was the personal guides that Audrey set up for us; they were extremely knowledgeable, personable and entertaining.  Audrey drove us around in France and was our guide in the Loire.  A great trip! 
View Bill, Gail, Tom & Lil's private tour package and what they consider to be most valuable about Audrey's service
(Private Customized Tour to Edinburgh, London and France. In France with Audrey as driver-guide)

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Marti and family-Private family tour of Italy

Ann Arbor, MI

I would like to thank you for making our family vacation so special. Everything went without a hitch, from the tour guides, to the dinners you planned. We LOVED everything! The special personal chef night was fantastic, just perfect! I know traveling with toddlers is not always easy but you made it seamless. I really appreciated you giving them places to go that the girls would enjoy, and the hotel with the pool, great choice. You know that I chose to book with you because you were our guide five years ago and we really enjoyed ourselves then. I’m so happy we found you again. Booking with you was easy and I will not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends and family.
View Marti's private tour package in Italy (2018)
View Marti's private tour package in France (2019)
(Private Customized Tour to Italy with Audrey as tour manager)

Italy off the beaten path

Kathy and Rich-Private tour of Italy

Ann Arbor, MI

We had a family adventure with 13 of us, ages 1 to 67 years old, related as brothers, sisters, in-laws, cousins, and grandchildren.  Audrey spent two weeks with the whole gang as our Tour Manager and then my husband Rich and I stayed on another week with Audrey to see sites in Northern Italy with her as our driver-guide. The whole trip was AWESOME.  We made marvelous memories together.  Audrey was terrific at meeting the needs of this diverse group.  She took us to special spots that we had visited with her 5 years before.  That is one of the reasons we selected her to help guide us and she far exceeded our expectations.  She also added many new treasures to enjoy and share with each other.  Audrey is organized, knowledgeable, fun, flexible, curious, thoughtful, energetic, discreet, adventurous, and sentimental. We enjoyed Audrey’s tour and her company as she shared her favorite spots with us along the way.  We ate things that surprised us  and went to places that we would never have found on our own. Audrey was our constant guide and friend.  Tomorrow night I am meeting with the family to begin planning a trip with Audrey to France in the fall!
View Kathy's private tour package in Italy (2018)
View Kathy's private tour package in France (2019)

(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Italy and Audrey as tour manager, followed by 7 days of a Private Customized Guided tour of Northern Italy with Audrey as driver-guide)

Italy off the beaten path

Janet and Tim-Private tour of Italy

Seattle, WA

After some research online we found and liked Audrey’s website and decided she would be a good fit for the kind of tour we had in mind, which entailed the availability of Audrey as our driver-guide who confidently drove us around well-known and lesser-known regions of Italy allowing us to discover little known locations and enjoy wonderful food and delicious wines along the way. The best part of it was the complete ability to let the trip just happen, without having to worry about anything. From driving itineraries to hotels, private guided tours in Rome and the Vatican to wine tastings and suggestions for places to eat, Audrey took care of it all for us. I would absolutely recommend Travels with Audrey, especially if you are looking for a private tour and do not want the hassle of planning or driving in a foreign country.  Audrey introduced us to parts of Italy we did not know existed! Our understanding and appreciation for Italy are now so much deeper that we would like to go back and re-visit some of those areas. By far the most notable experiences included observing the truffle hunting dogs at work in Umbria. We then had the opportunity to watch fresh pasta being made from scratch followed by a hearty lunch, accompanied by good local wines. All of this at their private home as if we part of their family. Wild boar home smoked “salame”, fresh pasta with a delicious truffle sauce…all of it conspired to creating lots of very fond memories! 
View Janet & Tim's private tour package
(Private Customized Tour to Italy with Audrey as driver-guide)

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Angela and Juan-Private family tour of Spain

TX, USA

My family just got back from a 10 day trip to Spain with Audrey and it was AWESOME!!!! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to travel again without her! Audrey took care of everything…hotels, transportation, obtaining tickets to sites, shows, etc., which left us to just enjoy our trip! We had told her in advance which activities and cities we were interested in and she made it happen. She was even able to squeeze in some extra activities (like wine tasting!) while we were there. Audrey is so nice, and easy to talk with. We really enjoyed her company and her love for the country. If you want to have a great vacation without any worries, you have to use Audrey!
View Angela's & family private tour package
(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)

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Beth and Jay-Private family tour of Spain

Dallas, TX

WARNING! You may never be able to travel without Audrey again. We have used Audrey’s services twice in the past, once to Italy and once to Spain. Our most recent trip was to Spain. This trip exceeded our expectations in many ways. First of all, individual travelers are different and have different needs. Audrey takes this into account and tailors the trip to the specific personality of the group. For example, our group had a mixture of adults, young adults and teenagers. Audrey arranged the transportation so that we were never rushed in the morning, had ample time to eat breakfast and set off to a day of sightseeing feeling rested and excited about the day. We visited all the typical tourist spots, but also had intimate “one of a kind” trips to a vineyard, sherry bodega, cooking class and olive oil factory. The longer drives were broken up by timely stops in unique towns. All this adds up to a one of a kind experience that really allows you to feel the culture of the country. We left the hotel planning up to Audrey and each hotel was centrally located, unique and clean. Audrey has extensive knowledge about the countries that she offers and a love for travel and the people. You cannot go wrong with a trip with Audrey. Try her once, and like us, you will be back for more. 
View Beth's & family private tour package
(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)

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Laurian & Gerald-Private tour of Spain & Portugal

Grand Junction, CO

We had a lovely time on this trip, thank you for your expertise in organizing it! Initially we were unsure about using a tour organizer without a personal recommendation and had the usual concerns about cost and quality.  We have had reasonable experiences in the past using the web to find tour organizers and, in this respect, the testimonials on your site were very helpful. We didn’t have to worry about the many specifics of doing what we wanted to do, in consideration of the fact that we had a very specific and peculiar itinerary: it was wonderful to have someone personalize our tour. Two things were very useful.  First, the identification of good quality yet small hotels that were well-located.  It would have been difficult to do this ourselves based on web searches.  Second, your arranging the tours and specific activities for us so we didn’t have to search for those.  In most cases, these activities were also located near our hotels, so the whole experience was very low hassle! Our best experiences were in Granada with Antonio as guide to the Alhambra and with the flamenco show there, which was excellent, though designed for tourists. The winery in Portugal was a great find! Everything was very high quality. In closing, we would absolutely recommend your services to others.
Thanks again!

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Tom and Dom-Private father & son tour of Spain and Portugal

Denver, CO

Dominic and I came back from our two week trip to Portugal and southern Spain.  It was a great father & son trip and we had a great time!  From Lisbon, to Evora to Seville to Cordoba to Granada and finally Madrid, we had a great time.  I would highly recommend the private car with driver and local guides that Audrey arranged for us.  It was the best way of seeing the sites without any crowds, exactly the way Audrey envisions and offers in her tours. What a great way to see more of the country.  The food recommendations Audrey provided us with in the various towns came in very handy and were very accurate.  The accommodations she chose far exceeded our expectations. The prepaid tickets arranged by Audrey for the Bullet train and the Prado saved us a lot of time. We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to booking any future trip that will measure up to this one and highly recommend Travels with Audrey.
View Tom's private tour package
(Customized Itinerary Package, father and son vacation to Portugal and Spain)

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Mike and Ellen-Private tour of Scotland & London

Indianapolis, IN

Our trip to Scotland was magical. With the help of Travels with Audrey we were able to enjoy a stress free trip in a country that prides itself on being laid back. The visit was centered in the Highlands, we had certain requests that were not only met but exceeded. The driver assigned was fabulous. An Irish chap who was the friendliest and most accommodating chap you can imagine. He was familiar with the territory and found the most interesting little spots to stop for a “lovely picture and maybe a cup of tea or coffee before we get on our way”.The variety of Hotels, Castles, Guest Houses and B & B’s made for an exciting time. The Distillery tours (2) were fun and informative and tasty. The scenery of the Highlands and the roads ventured to make the most of the tour made for a great journey. We had only one variation where a ferry could not be guaranteed to run, the driver was able to modify that on the run and found us an alternative town, Oban, that was one of the highlights of the entire trip. All in all from Edinburgh and St Andrews to the Isle of Skye to Oban and Sterling it was a couple of weeks that will live in our fondest memories.
(Customized Itinerary Package to Scotland and London, England)

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Gregg & Maureen / Coleen & Don-Private tour of France, Holland, Germany

IL & NJ

Just want to say thank you once again for a most fabulous tour. The fact that you designed it to suit our very specific interests was phenomenal. Everything went very smoothly. You knew just what arrangements were necessary to accomplish everything in the time we had available. We were very pleased with the transportation, restaurants, sites, guides, etc. The whole trip could not have gone better.  Our tour realized the dream my wife and sister in law wanted to fulfill: following the footsteps of their father as a paratrooper during the 2nd World War. We met many great people and have wonderful memories. I will always cherish the “down” times when Maureen and I had a sandwich and a beer at a sidewalk café in Paris and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Berlin with Frau Vogel. Looking forward to future travels!
View Gregg, Maureen, Coleen and Don's private tour package
(Private Customized Guided Tour with Audrey as tour manager, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany). 

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Tony, Dan and family-Private family tour of Paris, Venice & Rome

Atlanta, GA

We were fortunate enough to have had Audrey De Monte serve as Tour Manager for our 10 day family trip to Europe. The tour was a 10-day multi generational family tour (grandparents to teen age grandchildren) of the cities of Paris, Venice and Rome. Audrey was extremely well organized and always provided multiple suggestions to make sure that everyone was having a great time. She knew the cities well which enabled us to get access to great reasonably priced restaurants that served authentic local food which was not an easy task for such a large group. She kept our group on time and always offered suggestions for other activities when we had free time. She made this family trip a very precious memory for all and for that we are grateful. Thank you Audrey!
(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Paris, Venice and Rome, with Audrey as tour manager)

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Terry and Bill-Private tour of Paris

Toronto, ON, Canada

We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Travels with Audrey for organizing our personalized tour of Paris, France – from the pick up at the dock in Lyon to the train station – to the pickup in Paris to drop off at our hotel – we felt very special for the efficiency and courtesy provided by Audrey’s personnel. We enjoyed our excursions to Versailles; the Louvre and Notre Dame – instructions provided were well illustrated and we had no difficulty is locating the meeting centers. Our hotel was quaint and close to the downtown core – we were able to walk around visiting various sites with ease and comfort. Would highly recommend Travels with Audrey to friends and family who may consider visiting France.
Many thanks!

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Eleni & Anne-Private family tour of Italy

Toronto, Canada

My family and I just returned from a vacation to Italy, planned by Audrey. I had never been to Italy before, and I didn’t know where to begin planning. Audrey’s knowledge of Italy is incredible. We gave her some ideas, and our budget, and she planned the most amazing trip for us! Each step was perfect. The hotels were beautiful, and we loved private tours of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Florence. The cooking class she set up in Sorrento was one of the highlights! We kept raving about how flawless and easy each part of the trip was! And Stresa, a place we never even knew about, was breathtaking! If it wasn’t for Audrey, we would have never gone there! She planned every detail, right down to the train tickets. Audrey, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. You made our trip perfect and memorable. We will definitely be booking with you again!

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Merritt and Ellen Halem

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome with an extension to the Amalfi coast

There are not enough praising words for Audrey. It really was a wonderful vacation and we thank you, Audrey, for being such a huge part of its success. You really went out of your way to be sure that everyone enjoyed their time in Italy and your knowledge, expertise and genuine concern contributed greatly to a once in a lifetime trip. We are both back to work and into the routing of daily life. We hope to have the opportunity to travel with you again. 

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Lesia McQuade

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome

Audrey, thank you so much for the pics! Most of all thank you so much for your cheerful self and smiles to greet us every day. I so enjoyed laughing with you and sharing the awesome time we had in Italy. Such wonderful memories! I hope you are enjoying your stay with your sister-in-law and hope you will see your husband and father soon. OH, what happened with the vase? I hope it got back to the hotel. What a journey that was...sorry you had to be a part of it! Part of the memories was schlepping that vase all around Italy...funny now!

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Audrey Medvin

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome

We just got back from our Italian "adventure" last night and I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing with you some of my thoughts about this trip. Most importantly, our local host and tour manager, Audrey, made this a most memorable time with her knowledge, patience, sweetness and fun personality.  This could have been a very grueling time with the extreme heat, non-stop walking and lack of sleep but Audrey made it extremely enjoyable.  We couldn't have asked for anyone better and we feel blessed that we were lucky enough to have her as our guide.  The itinerary was fabulous and we especially loved the side trips to San Gimignano, Assisi, Cortona and the winery tour with lunch. 

I also wanted to mention that our culinary experience in Tuscany was an evening we will never forget.  I twisted the arms of my husband and friends to share this time with me and they couldn't thank me enough.  Veronica, our chef, was so warm and inviting and despite the heat of her kitchen, we had an unforgettable time.  We made pasta, sauce, focaccia bread, stuffed meat loaf, peppers and when Veronica found out we had a chocolate lover amongst us, she changed the dessert to a chocolate cake.  Of course, the wine was flowing!

The last night when the group got together to share our experiences with each other and with Audrey, we felt it was such a nice touch to receive the gifts that she personally got for us and it was so appreciated. I highly recommend Travels with Audrey for your vacation to Italy. 

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Shirley Prygoski

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome

Allyson and I were very impressed with our tour to Italy! We wouldn't have changed a thing!!! We loved our hotels from the staff to the clean rooms and fabulous breakfast buffets. Our views from each of them were wonderful...especially the one in Rome. The nearby restaurants were superb. We both loved the first meal together with the taste-testing of drinks. It was a great way to meet each other and an excellent indication of what was ahead of us!!!

Your enthusiasm, attention to details and sweet surprises made each day very special. The musicians on the gondola ride, the wine and appetizers on the balcony, the chocolate candy on the bus, the rooftop wine testing (what a view), the thoughtful gifts you bestowed on us, etc. I also appreciated all you did to retrieve the bag I left behind in Cortona.

On the flight home, Allyson and I tried to determine our favorite destination. It was impossible! They were all so unique and it always seemed as though we had each place to ourselves!!! We liked the general tour you gave in each city. It made it easy for us to travel on our own. Did we tell you that we found a hidden little grocery store in Rome? They even had a gluten free area. We had a blast there and bought some fruit, veggies and goodies.

Audrey was really a fantastic tour manager. We appreciated how much she knew about Italy and that she spoke Italian. She flawlessly made all the arrangements, so that we didn't have to think about anything besides enjoying our trip. She was also an easy person to travel with! We can't recommend her highly enough!

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Kathy Goldsmith

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome

Audrey, where do I start? I'm back at the hotel after a glorious afternoon...the Borghese, the synagogue, and the amazing church of Minerva - must see, indeed! When I left the Borghese, I took a cab to the Torre Argentina, wrapped my lovely scarf around me, and never got lost! So thank you, for all your good advice, your patient good spirits, your laughter - but most of all for sharing your joy and your passion for this indescribable country. With deep affection Kathy.

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Paul and Tammy Benson

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome

Audrey, just wanted to tell you again how much we enjoyed sharing a little part of Italy with you and our other travel companions. The people, the food and wine, the culture, and the experiences will linger as vivid memories. You made it all happen as it should. Thank you for your professionalism, but most of all for your personal involvement and caring that made everything seem to happy naturally. More than a one-time tour captain, I hope to count you as a new friend. Thanks again and we hope to share new travel experiences with you again in more exciting places in the future. God bless you.

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Maureen and Peter Burke (Canada)

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome with an extension to the Amalfi coast

Thank you for your incredible leadership! As I scribbled on a post card to you on our last day in Sorrento, we truly appreciated your intelligent, enthusiastic, warm, witty and often personalized guidance throughout our wonderful trip to Italy. Your personal imprint was upon each of us who shared in this incredible adventure, and I know I speak for everyone when I say a sincere thank-you for making it so very special for each and every one of us! As our daughter, expressed it, you have the best career in the world! I know that we just witnessed the frosting on the cake, and that your expertise made everything seem so flawless, but that was all because of the hard work that you did behind the scenes. As Captain Jean Luc Picard would say, "make it so!" You are very special! 

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Cathy and Alex Han

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome

We love Audrey! We still talk about our trip and kids really appreciated her wonderful guiding thru cities especially catacombs. Because of Audrey, we had a wonderful first class tour in Italy. Hopefully we get a chance to see her again next year. She is very professional and fun and helpful. I left my passbooks at previous hotel. She helped me go back retrieve them without any fuss. Best Tour Manager ever!" Thanks Audrey! 

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Anna and Doug Gillison

Northern Italy Small Group Tour

We just wanted to thank you for making our honeymoon simply unforgettable. We think we were so very fortunate to have had you as our tour manager. You are amazing. Everything about you fits what you do perfectly. We appreciated your being so knowledgeable about the places we visited, so well prepared  and we loved your personality. We find ourselves reminiscing of so many lovely times we had. We would definitely travel with you again! You will be glad to know the bottles of wine made it just fine. And speaking of wine, dining with you at you own personally chosen restaurants was a unique, wonderful experience as well! 

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Bernie and Susan Moule

Italy's Great Cities Small Group Tour: Venice, Florence & Rome with an extension to the Amalfi coast

Bravissima!  Just returned from our tour of Italy guided by Audrey De Monte.  Can't begin to describe what a wonderful time we had.  Audrey is both charming and extremely professional. Audrey was the consummate professional. Organized and personable. She made the trip seamless and more fun than we could have hoped for. Audrey, you are the BEST ever. Thank you once again.

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Gail, Bill, Lil, Tom and Bruce

Dallas, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma

Thank you, Audrey for the “perfect tour” of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.  Our merry little band of “over 70” year olds would have never made this trip on our own, nor would we have tolerated a big bus tour.  Your planning, time management and adjustments to our daily needs and itinerary were invaluable.  We especially enjoyed your personalized booklet as it was a great resource for our pre-trip travel planning.  The daily tour information with history and highlights of all our destinations was also very helpful.  The museums, boat and train rides, castles, wine tastings and your little surprises were enjoyed by all.  Most of all we got to enjoy these countries through all the food experiences you planned.  The Parmigiano-Reggiano, Balsamic Vinegar and Prosciutto tours were all interesting and tasty.  Speaking of food, all the restaurants you took us to for lunch and dinner were over the top when it came to ambiance, scenic views and crazy good food.   We dinned everywhere from a ski gondola to a wine cave to hillside restaurants – fantastic.  These are just a few reasons we chose you for the second time to guide us on our lengthy tour.  Lastly, thank you for driving us over 2,200 miles, through 4 countries, in a span of 3 weeks so we could enjoy the beautiful countryside of these amazing countries….and did I mention the FOOD.  This was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us that we all enjoyed and could not imagine entrusting anyone but you with coordinating this trip.  You have spoiled us rotten when it comes to traveling.

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Tara and Mark

Leawood, Kansas

This was our second trip with Audrey and once again, the service she provides is top-notch. Her itineraries are a blend of must-see attractions and unique, off-the-beaten path experiences, with unplanned time for you to explore on your own. Audrey takes care of every detail (hotels, transportation, local guides, tickets to attractions) so you can focus on enjoying your time abroad. She chooses hotels, restaurants, and experiences that are charming, upscale and authentic. She’s also sensitive to the needs of her guests, going the extra mile for special occasions, and offering to help make reservations or arrangements outside of planned activities. Fluent in multiple languages, she has solid cultural knowledge of many European countries, and chooses excellent local guides who provide deeper context and history. We love traveling with Audrey, and can’t wait for our next trip with her!

Lesia and Kenneth

Lesia and Kenneth

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Our small group of eight saw Paris and Provence in 10 days with each day full of adventure and new experiences to our senses. This was our second trip using Audrey as our traveling guide. Our first trip was to Italy and with our 12 year old son. We did not hesitate to sign up for Audrey's trip to France when we received the information. Audrey removes the learning curve of travel. She is not just a guide, but becomes a friend who advocates for her guests. Audrey speaks 5 languages and has much knowledge about the places she takes her guests. When you travel with Audrey ALL logistics are taken care of. She is very detailed oriented and ensures that each guest is comfortable. Her trips are smooth and seamless. Tickets for museums and other events are purchased in advance and Audrey's group is ushered in; not waiting in long lines. Our seats on the train from Paris to Provence was in business class; roomy, quiet and comfortable. In Provence we traveled in comfortable luxury vans with the same drivers, visiting different villages who also added to the trip. Audrey hires expert tour guides (historians) for museums and villages who enrich your experience and bring history back to life. In France, we visited some main attractions, but then dove deep off the beaten path to feel the pulse of daily life in quaint villages. I liked it that in Provence we stayed in one Inn as our base camp and then drove to different villages from there. It was a comfort to have such a beautiful Inn to call our home for seven days while in Provence, where each guest had their own veranda. We enjoyed ancient Roman ruins, places where Van Gogh lived, open air markets, medieval castles, and a day on the Mediterranean in a boat swimming and exploring the Calanques. We learned about French wines and olive oils. We visited a beautiful lavender store where we learned about the different lavenders. In Paris we visited the Louvre Museum with an expert guide and historian. Audrey knows how to put a trip together, she advocates for her guests, and is tuned into each guest to make sure everyone is comfortable. We are looking forward to doing more trips with Audrey.

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Kelly

Mission Hills, Kansas

My family of 4 greatly enjoyed Paris and Provence. Audrey is an outstanding travel facilitator. Her personal attention to details and adjusting itineraries to meet our needs was really helpful. From planning to leading us throughout the trip we had just the right amount of activity, relaxing time, group time, and alone time. Her lifetime of experience and in-depth knowledge of the area was such a bonus. Can't recommend highly enough the value she provides. Looking forward to traveling with Audrey again!

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Janet

In June 2022, Audrey led our group of 8 artist friends through the lovely towns of Provence, France.  I asked her to help create a relaxing pace through the beautiful villages where artists historically came to paint and see the summer light of the Mediterranean towns.  She helped choose the places based on her recent visits, chose a charming boutique hotel on the edge of St Remy, drove us, translated for us, and basically guided us through our experience at a relaxed pace.  It was just perfect and Audrey is a charming and knowledgeable host.
We took her recommendations for which towns to stay longer, where to eat (Audrey is a foodie!) and where the best shopping was.
I highly recommend Audrey to put together your group vacation, just the way you want it!  Merci beaucoup, Audrey!
Should I mention that Audrey and I met as tour managers and have been friends for almost 10 years? I know her planning and attention to detail is impeccable.

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Shelly

Dallas, Texas

Our trip to Friuli with Audrey and Manlio was incredible! From the first contact with Audrey (thanks to a Google search!) through the planning process, we felt confident about her professionalism and attention to detail. What we didn't know until our trip began is how much fun and local insight Audrey and Manlio would bring to the whole experience. Audrey was quick to laugh with us, to anticipate our every need, and to prepare us for each day's adventures. Manlio was a steady presence, handling driving and sharing stories and memories that enhanced our trip. Their love for Friuli is evident, and it's contagious! Our trip was everything we hoped for and more. We're telling everyone to head to Friuli to see a different side of Italy. There are no better guides to the region than Audrey and Manlio. Grazie to you both! 

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Carolyn and Roger

Dallas, Texas

We have had the most memorable trip to beautiful Italy, made all the better by working with Travels With Audrey.  We were keen to explore the region of Friuli and the region surpassed our expectations.  Experiencing the history, cuisine and wine of this special region was a daily joy.  Having Audrey and Manlio as our main guides made all hassles and irritations of international travel melt away as we were effortlessly transported to our tours, meals and activities.  The hotels arranged by Audrey were beautifully appointed and perfectly located.  We found the pre-trip booklet very helpful in planning for and packing for the trip.

Working with Audrey on the front end to plan the itinerary was pleasant and collaborative.  She crafted a perfectly paced journey, hired wonderfully educational and knowledgeable guides and attended to all our needs along the way.  Audrey and Manlio provided a great balance of help and guidance during the day while also allowing us time on our own to explore and discover cities and sights on our own. We took a chance hiring Audrey to lead us on our trip and we were blessed with great fortune in discovering her services.  We cannot overemphasize how our travel to the amazing region of Friuli was enhanced by doing so with Audrey and Manlio.  We look forward to meeting them again as dear friends when we return in the future.

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