Small Group Tours in Friuli, Italy's Hidden Gem


Small Group Tours in Friuli, Italy's Hidden Gem

8 Days/7 Nights

Limited to 12 Guests

June 12 to 19, 2024

From $4,297USD pp (double occupancy)


DAY 1: Arrival day in Venice

DAY 2: Day on the Adriatic Sea

DAY 3: Collio wines and Cividale del Friuli

DAY 4: Mosaics and foodie experiences

DAY 5: Roman jewel of Aquileia

DAY 6: Udine with the most beautiful piazza in Italy

DAY 7: The Julian Alps

DAY 8: Departure Day

Planning to spend more time with Audrey before or after the tour? This is an excellent region if you are looking to visit other regions in Northern Italy like Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto. Choose our 3-day pre tour option for Venice or our 7-day extension to Slovenia and Istria (Croatia). For pricing on the pre tour and extension contact Audrey.


Love this itinerary, but these dates don't work for you? Want to book this itinerary for your own private group? Audrey can help!

Intimate Group  •  Escape the Crowds  •  Hidden Gems •  Authentic & Immersive


  • Relax in the care of your multi-lingual dedicated local tour leader and host, Audrey
  • True cultural immersion: experience a delightful journey enjoying Italy with the locals
  • Intimate group size of 6 to 12 guests
  • Explore unique places your friends have never been to
  • Sample some of Italy’s most distinguished wines
  • Savor traditional meals with a variety of local recipes
  • Boutique experiences in off the beaten path locations
  • You unpack only once!

PRICING: from $4,297USD pp (double occupancy) not including airfare

$500 Deposit, per person, is required to secure your space on this tour


Discover Italy's unsung jewel on this small group tour in Friuli Venezia Giulia with your local host, Audrey

Your first question is undoubtedly "Where on earth is Friuli-Venezia Giulia?" It may be hard to believe, but there are still fantastic places in Italy that are not overrun with travelers. Relatively unknown outside Europe, Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a wonderful place with incredible food and wines. The New York Times called it "Italy’s secret garden".

With five languages, four national parks, cultured cities, sandy beaches and Alpine mountains, fascinating history, exceptional walking, gorgeous towns and fabulous food and wines, the region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia is rich in culture and has all the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation. With its stunning mountains, the Dolomites, plains and seashores, all less than an hour's drive apart, Italian writer Ippolito Nievo fondly described Friuli as a "little compendium of the universe".  The only thing missing are the tour buses!

Arrival and departure airport: Venice Marco Polo (VCE) or Trieste Airport (TRS)
8 days/7 nights (7 nights in Friuli)

Day to Day Itinerary

Itinerary specifics subject to change

DAY 1: Wednesday - ARRIVAL DAY

Upon your arrival, your host will pick you up at the airport (Venice or Trieste), and bring you to your picturesque Italian countryside accommodations near Buttrio known as "La città del Vino", your home for the duration of your vacation with us. After a warm welcome by your host, and some time to get settled, enjoy a visit to the cellars and vineyards of a nearby winery followed by a delectable Italian dinner. Over the next amazing days you can look forward to sampling the wonders of this exceptional region.


On the way to Miramare Castle, visit the World War One memorial of Redipuglia, one of the largest in Europe. Next, visit Miramare Castle, where Charlotte of Belgium and Maximilian of Hapsburg spent the few happy years of their lives.

After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of Trieste, the capital of Friuli Venezia Giulia, set between the blue waters of its gulf, the green hills and white rocks of the Carso Plateau. The city bears hardly any resemblance to other Italian cities. Having being governed by the Habsburgs for centuries, here you can feel a typically “Mitteleuropean” atmosphere, and its stunning buildings, historical cafés and the cuisine have retained all the charms of that era.  On the top of San Giusto Hill, you will admire  the remains of the Roman basilica  and the beautiful Cathedral.

Break for a coffee in one of the many historical cafés of Trieste, meeting point of writers and intellectuals.


Enjoy a wine tour and tasting at 10:00 in a family-run, world-renowned winery in the Colli Orientali D.O.C. (controlled designation of origin) area that produces among the most prestigious wines in the world.

Afterwards, spend time in Cividale del Friuli, a UNESCO heritage town, known for its lovely atmosphere when strolling around the narrow cobble-stone streets leading to the charming main square. Beforehand, we enjoy a visit to a local producer of the Friulian cake, "gubana". Upon arrival in the town, we enjoy a guided tour and visit the main attractions such as the Devil's BridgePiazza Paolo Diacono and the Longobard Temple.


Today, enjoy a guided tour of the frescoed buildings, the Cathedral and the famous Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, the mosaic school that has fostered artists from all over the world. You can also attend a morning class to make your own mosaic and bring home as a souvenir!

In the afternoon enjoy an excursion to San Daniele, well known for the incomparable taste of its exquisite prosciutto, which is said to be the most delicate in all of Italy. After sampling this prosciutto in a local restaurant, we visit a prosciutto producer.

The gourmet tour then continues to the oldest distillery in Friuli for a tour and tasting. This journey through the company’s history and the stages of grappa production takes visitors on a fascinating trail past alembic stills, through the refining area and into the maturation room (known as the ‘barricaia’, the barrique cellar).

Late afternoon, visit a family-run winery in Ramandolo. Ramandolo is one of three DOCG titles in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region. The title only covers the sweet white wines made from extremely ripe Verduzzo grapes. The wines produced by this family are Friulano, Sauvignon, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet, Merlot, Refosco, Spumante, Ramandolo. After the tour we will have dinner at the family’s farm house (at own expense).

DAY 5: Sunday - AQUILEIA

After breakfast, we head off to departure to Aquileia (UNESCO heritage site) for a guided visit of this Roman jewel, the most important archaeological site in northern Italy. You'll see the forum, remains of public baths and private houses, Roman roads with visible chariot tracks and the ancient Basilica which hosts stunning Byzantine frescoes and one of the largest and most spectacular early-Christian mosaic floors of Western Europe! Savor lunch in a local restaurant with appetizers and samplings of local delicacies and wine.

On the way back, we stop at a family-run balsamic vinegar producer located in the hills of the Colli Orientali del Friuli in a typical Friulian farmhouse. Enter the musty aging rooms between the barrels to discover the unique and artisanal processing method of the balsamic Asperum. Then sit down at a table in the welcoming tasting room and taste the various Asperum condiments, at different stages of the natural ripening process, accompanied with typical local cheeses, chocolate and local wines.

DAY 6: Monday - UDINE

Today, we visit Udine, the historical and geographical heart of Friuli. With your local guide, we visit the main monuments: Piazza Libertà, the city’s “living room” in typical Venetian style, Via Mercato Vecchio, with its elegant shops, Piazza San Giacomo, where the locals gather in the surrounding cafés, and the Archbishop Palace, where you can admire the masterpieces by Gianbattista Tiepolo, a painter that started off in Udine and became known as a young and gifted talent.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure, shopping at the beautiful boutique shops in town.


This morning we drive up into the Julian Alps, through Slovenia, for a walk at the Fusine Lakes. Like a hidden treasure shrouded beneath the Mangart, one of the highest mountains in the Julian Alps, Laghi di Fusine is an absolute dream. These incredible natural lakes reflect the surrounding mountains and evergreen trees in their cerulean waters creating spectacular vistas everywhere you turn.

Given their close proximity to these neighboring countries, the Fusine Lakes are also known by their German name, Weissenfelser Seen, and their Slovenian name, Belopeska Jezera. The Slovenian resort town Kranjska Gora is only a 20-min (14 km) drive away, while the Austrian town Villach is only a 35-min (30 km) drive away.

Then for lunch, visit Monte Santo di Lussari. This is a VERY special place set above the town of Tarvisio. The sanctuary has long been the destination of pilgrimages of Italian, Slavic and German believers. Legend has it that the Madonna appeared where the sanctuary is built. At the elevation of 1766 meters there is also a village, which is an attraction on its own. It’s one of the most beautiful places in this part of Italy. The 15-minute cable car ride offers absolute heavenly views that go on forever. There are also plenty of lovely restaurants and cafes to relax and refuel.

On our way back to your hotel, we will stop in the town of Venzone, voted one of the most beautiful villages of Italy. The village of Venzone is a fortified jewel between the mountain landscapes of the Tagliamento and the Canal del Ferro. The built-up area is one of the most extraordinary examples of architectural and artistic restoration.

DAY 8: Wednesday - DEPARTURE DAY 

Transfer to the airport included for today.

On this day you may choose to fly back home (included transfer to Marco Polo Airport or Trieste airport). I recommend spending a few days in Venice before the tour starts, and adding a few days to visit Slovenia and Istria in Croatia with us. 

What's Included


  • Unwind for 7 nights in charming, hand-picked boutique style accommodations that offer Italian hospitality, comfort and local character (standard rooms, including daily breakfast)
  • Relax in the care of your host, Audrey, who is fluent in Italian and English 
  • Private transfers to and from Venice Marco Polo airport
  • Private transportation for the duration of your tour
  • All entrance fees for excursions
  • Hand-picked experiences and insider access to the Italian way of life
  • Information packet before departure
  • Taxes & Fees: Local VAT taxes and government fees, City Tax, gas, highway tolls, city access licenses and permits, parking fees


I've personally tried, tasted and tested every single experience, ensuring quality and authenticity.  If it doesn’t meet my personal Stamp of Approval, it won’t be on your tour!  


Stunning locations, historical cities & charming villages

With its pristine forests, aqua-colored lakes, national parks, and the majestic peaks of the Friulian Dolomites, Friuli allows you to experience nature in its purest state. Because we average just 4 to 8 guests on each vacation, our footprint is small. We can take our time and appreciate the wonders around us. 

  • Visit Cividale del Friuli, a UNESCO world heritage site founded by Julius Caesar in 50BCE
  • Tour the opulent rooms of Miramare Castle where Charlotte of Belgium and Maximilian of Hapsburg spent the happiest years of their lives
  • Participate in a mosaic workshop at a world-famous mosaic school in Spilimbergo, a charming medieval hamlet
  • Follow in the steps of the Romans in Aquileia including the magnificent Basilica, which contains the largest mosaic floor of the early Christian age in Western Europe
  • Visit Trieste, the little Vienna by the sea
  • Visit Udine, the historical capital of Friuli with what is considered to be the most beautiful piazza in all of Italy
  • Enjoy guided walks with your host on one of the many hiking trails in the Julian Alps, Carnian Alps and Friulian Dolomites

Savor Regional Foods

The food of Friuli is as diverse as the region itself.  Friuli also produces some of Italy's finest ingredients, particularly San Daniele ham and Montasio cheese, while the farmers’ markets of Gorizia and Pordenone are legendary.

  • Stop at one of the few laboratories in Italy where you can take a journey into the world of chocolate from seed to chocolate from seed to confection
  • Visit a farm to taste the local cheese of the region
  • Discover why Friuli is called "Heaven for white wine lovers"
  • Embark on a sensory journey at a family-run Acetaia for a tour and tasting of balsamic vinegar made from Refosco and Friulan grates and aged in barrels of different precious woods
  • Visit a local Gubana producer to learn all about the typical Friulian cake
  • Learn all about Grappa followed by a tasting at one of the oldest distilleries in Friuli
  • Taste the famous D.O.P. San Daniele ham at a local producer
  • Enjoy the Habsburg café culture by sipping coffee in one of the historical cafes in Trieste, a meeting point of writers and intellectuals


  • 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
  • See Terms and Conditions
3-Day Venice Pre Tour

VENICE: Treat yourself to an unforgettable trip to Venice on this Tour Extension. Discover Venice’s history, traditions, culture, and visit its most famous sites from St. Mark’s Basilica to the Doge’s Palace. You’ll also cruise in the Venetian Lagoon by private boat and visit the charming island communities of Murano and Burano.

“Your visit to Venice becomes a perpetual love affair”, Henry James

Small group tour in Friuli Venezia Giulia

Venice as seen from San Giorgio Maggiore

DAY 1:  Welcome to Venice!

Transfer by canal boat to your hotel, conveniently located in the historical heart of the city, near St Mark’s square.

The Queen of the Adriatic, an elegant, unforgettable, hauntingly beautiful city and one of the world’s most enchanting, one of Europe’s great sea powers for 1000 years. 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, which is 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.

Next, you can choose to enjoy an optional gondola ride! The normal rate is $130 per guest (Two guests minimum. Inquire for solo traveler) and includes musicians with a private serenade (may vary with season).

In the evening, you have the option to enjoy a unique Venetian tradition together: cicchetti crawl (Venice’s version of tapas). What great way to discover another side of Venice, with good wine and new friends. Now that is Italian!

DAY 2: Explore Venice by land and sea 

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 take the pulse of this unique city.

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. Your walk finishes at the famous Piazza San Marco with a tour of the sumptuous Doge Palace (once the official residence of the elected officials of the Venetian Republic) and a visit to 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 where glass masters have been creating the most intricate designs for chandeliers, vases, jewelry for over five centuries. Yes, you may purchase glass if you choose, but our purpose is to view a fascinating demonstration. 

You will also have a chance to take our private boat to some islands of the lagoon that, unfortunately, many travelers to Venice miss visiting. Check out the precious and historical island of Burano, a colorful and quaint fishing village with its 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.

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.

DAY 3: Venice at your leisure

Today is your day to discover the magic of Venice and indulge in all things Venetian at your leisure. You will have a chance to “get lost” in the city’s labyrinth of canals, bridges and small campos.

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, where courtesans and doges passed in the shadows in the narrow alleyways, and where Casanova glided down the Grand Canal on his way to a nocturnal rendez-vous. Choices are endless, but it won’t hurt to master the phrase “Dov’e’ Piazza San Marco?” so you always can find your way back. 

On this day, you could take in the Gallerie dell’Accademia, with the most extensive collection of venetian masters; the Chiesa dei Frari, an immense Franciscan bastion build in 13th century, which stands out as a showcase for Titian; or the Ca’Rezzonico, dedicated to 18th century Venice, to name a few.

Want to do more? Do you have specific interests? If any of the additional activities listed here capture your interest, just ask Audrey!

DAY 4: Departure Day

7-Day Extension Slovenia & Croatia

Just a generation ago, Slovenia and Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula were part of Yugoslavia. Now, they’re two of the great under-the-radar screen destinations in all of Europe. These unspoiled next-door lands sit right at the top of the Adriatic Sea just east of Venice. The scenery is so insanely perfect that you don’t want the walks to end. Think vineyards rolling into olive groves sweeping to the Adriatic and mirror calm mountain lakes reflecting snow-capped Alps. The Romans called this region Terra Magica and even now there are strong traces of Italian culture in the food, scenery, and everyday life. Travel experts love to say that these lands are “like Tuscany 30 years ago.” We think Istria and Slovenia are even better…the rare kind of destination just about guaranteed to give you the unforgettable thrill of discovery.

SLOVENIA: located only 20 minutes away from the estate, Slovenia is a small country renowned for its beautiful coast and charming little port towns, stunning caves, characteristic alpine lakes and a wonderful middle European capital. Our day in Slovenia includes a visit to the spectacular Postojna cave complex, which can be explored partly on foot and partly by electric train, and a visit to Ljubljana, Slovenia's attractive medieval and cosmopolitan capital. We'll visit the cathedral, the Triple Bridge, the famous open market and the medieval historic center before heading back to your accommodations in Friuli in the late afternoon.

Itinerary including Lake Bled in Slovenia

Lake Bled in Slovenia/Photo Audrey De Monte

ISTRIA, CROATIA: Wine and truffles in Istria – a beautiful combination on the most beautiful coast of the Mediterranean! Travel with us to Croatia and one of the first to discover this new wine country. With a fantastic food tradition, nature that can compete with Tuscany and exciting wine producers, we promise that this extention will be something extra. An experience beyond the ordinary! The Croatian peninsula of Istria is an Epicurean paradise and a perfect destination for food and wine travel. Here you can enjoy everything from truffles to fresh oysters, and of course an interesting selection of fine wines hard to encounter outside of Croatia. The short distances between picturesque hilltop villages and historical coastal towns offer a varied scenery and many photo opportunities.
DAY 1: June 19, Wednesday – SLOVENIA (Kobarid and Lake Bled)

Today spend the day in Slovenia from our first stop in Kobarid to spending the night on beautiful Lake Bled.

Kobarid became famous in 1917 for the Battle of Kobarid or the Battle of Caporetto. The battles are documented by Ernest Hemingway in his novel “A Farewell to Arms”. A good place to start is the Kobarid Museum, which documents the 12 battles fought in the Soča front and the 300,000 lives lost, as well as the Italian Charnel House built on Gradič.

If you have ever seen a photograph of Slovenia, chances are it was a postcard of Lake Bled. It is a touristy place, but well worth visiting. Frozen in winter and used by ice skaters, the lake hosts a rowing regatta in summer, while gondola-like boats called pletna ferry people to Blejski Otok, a small island with a 17th-century baroque Church thrusting out of its often-foggy waters in the middle of the alp-enclosed lake.

It's possible and pleasant to walk around the lake in about one hour. An alternative is to ride around it in the traditional horse and carriage known as a fijaker, as Agatha Christie did when she was a regular visitor. The path circling the lake offers fantastic views of the island, the church, the castle, and the town itself. It also gives you an opportunity to check the local gostilnas or restaurants that are scattered around the lake and decide on where to enjoy your evening meal.

Just a short drive from Lake Bled is Lake Bohinj, less glamorous than Lake Bled but just as beautiful. It’s a large lake, with the town of Ribčev Laz on its eastern shore and the town of Ukanc on the western edge. Visit the Church of Saint John the Baptist at Ribčev Laz. The church is tiny, but the frescoes inside are gorgeous. At Ukanc, take the cable car up to the top of Mount Vogel, or do the hike to the Savica falls.

DAY 2: June 20, Thursday – SLOVENIA

After a leisurely morning visit the Vintnar Gorge and a stop at Lake Bohinj located in Triglav National Park, Slovenia’s only national park we travel onward to the town of Skofja Loka.  At the center of Slovenia, where the Alps begin to incline towards the sea, where thousand-year-old town. We then continue down to the world-famous cave castle, Predjama, and end the day in Piran.

The impregnable medieval marvel has been perched in the middle of a 123-metre-high cliff for more than 800 years. Behind the largest cave castle in the world, there is a network of secret tunnels, from where the knight Erazem of Predjama would set out on his plundering expeditions. The Cave under Predjama Castle is the home of a colony of bats.

One of the loveliest towns anywhere along the Adriatic coast, picturesque Piran (Pirano in Italian) sits prettily at the tip of a narrow peninsula. Its Old Town – one of the best-preserved historical towns anywhere in the Mediterranean – is a gem of Venetian Gothic architecture, but it can be a mob scene at the height of summer. In quieter times, it’s hard not to fall instantly in love with the atmospheric winding alleyways, the sunsets, and the seafood restaurants.

DAY 3: June 21, Friday - PIRAN

The old town is quite small and best explored on foot. You can experience most of what it has to offer in one day but will need a couple of days to see the surroundings. Piran was part of the Republic of Venice for more than 500 years, which is clearly visible in the town’s architecture.

Piran is a tiny coastal gem, with the feel of an old fishing village. But despite its small size, Piran has plenty to keep you occupied for a full day, and even more.

Stroll Tartinijev Trg, the main square, climb the bell tower of the Church of Saint George for spectacular views, and walk the town walls. Wander the pretty alleys and stroll the waterfront promenade.

7 day extension to slovenia and croatia

Piran/Photo Audrey De Monte

DAY 4: June 22, Saturday - CROATIA, POREC

After breakfast we drive to Momjan to visit the Kozlovic Winery for a private tasting. Kozlovi winery is one of the best known and valued wineries of Istria. The family has been producing wines in the Valle valley since 1904. They've started small from just 1 acre of vineyard in the Valle valley and have grown to 25 acres. Today, the winery is supervised and run by its fourth generation, Gianfranco and Antonella who took over the business in 1998. In the tasting room on top of their cellar overlooking Momjan and Valle valley, you will taste the modern style of malvazija wine: fresh, crisp, light-alcohol, fruity.

Visit with lunch at Veralda vineyard in Brtonigla. Lunch is served at our second destination, Veralda Vineyard in Brtonigla, and combined with the cellar’s fine wines. Veralda Winery is in the most famous wine growing position of northern Istria, on the Buje hills stretching between Buje and Brtonigla, where top quality wines have been produced since ancient times.

The current family began production in 1938. The winery is proud to have produced the best red wine in the world, which today represents the only and most respected wine award in Croatia, the "Platinum Best in Show" reward, received in London in 2016. With this recognition, the Teran variety and the Istrian region have been put on the very top of the world wine scene.

In the evening we will have a guided tour of Porec. Porec's old town is small with narrow streets, many restaurants and small shops, and historical buildings with gem-studded Byzantine mosaics. After the tour you can enjoy dinner at your leisure in this beautiful coastal town.

DAY 5: June 23, Sunday – BLUE ISTRIA

We will meet up in the hotel lobby after breakfast for a short walk to the harbor in Porec and a day at sea. We'll travel along the Istrian coast to explore Blue Istria and sail into Limski Kanal, a fjord famous for its oysters. Lunch is served on board. In the afternoon enjoy walking around the town of Porec.

You’re evening in Porec is free for your own culinary explorations:

  • Kapeante is the Istrian word for a famous Saint-Jacques Shell or scallops and is one of the famous specialties of this area, along with the other sea delicacies.
  • Istrian pasta tastes delicious with stew, mushrooms, truffles or simply with olive oil and cheese.
  • Fritaja with wild asparagus, a simple meal prepared with eggs and asparagus, with traditional pancetta and homemade bread on the side.
  • Truffles, best experienced with Istrian pasta, fish, steak or even as an ice cream. A special experience is also a cake made of chocolate, truffles, and olive oil.
  • Bokarin meat, for meat lovers, Istria offers a real gourmet delicacy, the meat of grey long horned cattle prepared as a stew, bokarin carpaccio or as a steak.


Inland Istria is full of picturesque hilltop villages, and Motovun may well be the most stunning one. Situated in the foothills and surrounded by vineyards, we visit the rebel wine maker at Fakin Vineyard where we will taste some unique and delicious wines. Marko Fakin, a young winemaker from Motovun is declared by many as the next big thing on the Croatian as well international wine scene. The decanter gold medal for Malvasia & Teran is the latest in the ever-growing list of international achievements.

The city of Motovun is in central Istria, on an elevation that dominates the valley of the Mirna River. It developed on the site of a prehistoric hillfort. The ramparts that for centuries defended the city and its inhabitants are the pride of this village. The walls that surround it are the most preserved fortified system in Istria and today are part of an extraordinary walk with an enchanting view of the green landscapes and the Mirna-Quieto River that flows at its feet. Motovun is not only made up of walls: here you will find narrow alleys and many staircases, wonderful churches, the town loggia and the monumental towers, one of which was shaken for good by the giant Veli Joe himself. This unusual town will enchant anyone who walks its stone streets. 

After lunch, in the afternoon we visit Ipsa, an olive grower in the village of Livade. Ipsa is a family estate which has been producing extra virgin olive oil and wine for more than 20 years and is today a well-known and accepted brand on both Croatian and world gastronomical maps. This area is famous for its truffles and unique olive oils so it’s no wonder Klaudio Ipsa, forever surrounded by nature’s beauty, decided to pursue truffle hunting 30 years ago. Shortly after, he continued with the family tradition of olive oil production. Alongside his family, in 1998 he embarked upon restoring a hundred old trees and planting a thousand new trees.Pula croatia

DAY 7: June 25, Tuesday - PULA

After breakfast spend the day visiting Pula. On the way lunch and visit of a chocolate factory in Opatija and continue your visit of Croatia with a scenic drive through Istria.

Set beside the glittering Adriatic Sea, Pula is home to world-class festivals, fresh and affordable cuisine, and the most complete Roman colosseum in the world. The best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Pula was an important provincial center during the later period of the Roman empire and its legacy of public buildings from the time is among the most impressive in Europe.

The star, of course, is the Arena. Constructed between 27 BC-68 AD, it is the only Roman amphitheater in the world with a complete circle wall and one of Croatia’s architectural gems. It was built to hold 20,000 spectators and is still used today as an outdoor cinema and to host events as diverse as ice hockey, foodie markets and Tom Jones concerts.

The Temple of Augustus, in the city’s old Forum, is impressive too. Bombed during the Second World War, it was painstakingly rebuilt and today houses the Pula Museum of Archaeology. Other Roman relics worth seeking out include the Arch of Sergius and an impressive mosaic floor, discovered by chance after the buildings near Chapel of St. Maria Formosa were destroyed during WWII.

DAY 8: June 26, Wednesday - DEPARTURE DAY

Transfer to Venice for your last night and flight home. 

Important Notes

Travels with Audrey RECOMMENDS YOU BOOK EARLY as hotel availability may occasionally be an issue due to popularity, capacity of unique accommodations. A supplemental fee may be applied if our normal set of hotels in each city is not available. Hotels are booked based on availability at time of booking. If a specific hotel is not available, a similar quality or location will be chosen. Your hotels will be finalized about 90 days prior to the tour (after receipt of full payment) and will be available in your pre-tour documents mailed to you within 30 days prior to your tour.

Accommodation information

We believe that where you sleep is an important part of your overall travel experience. We choose truly special and unique locations, that reflect authentic local charm.

There is frequent confusion over the terminology used for hotel rooms. A “double” room is recognized as meaning a room with a double bed, which may be two single beds pushed together. A “twin” room is a room with two single beds. A “single” room tends to be smaller than double or twin rooms. Triples are usually two-bedded rooms plus a roll-away cot and not recommended for comfort. Some properties offer 1 double and 1 single bed, or 1 double and 1 pull out sofa

Please note that the hotel staff assigns rooms to guests. Some rooms may include stairs. A specific view is not guaranteed. As we work mainly with luxury historic inns and small upscale boutique hotels, rooms differ in size and layout. In general, Italian bedrooms and bathrooms are smaller compared to US standards. Each room has its own en-suite bathroom with shower and/or tub, hair-dryer, and basic toiletry set. Please contact us if you have specific requests/needs.

Please note: Many cities in Italy have implemented tourism taxes on hotel stays in order to "to ensure the quality of tourist, cultural and environmental services in addition to the efficiency of public transports." We are unable to include these taxes in the tour price as the majority of hotels require the tax to be paid in cash upon check-out. The tax is usually 1 euro per hotel star per person per night. (A four star hotel will usually be four euro per person per night).

Prepare for Your Trip

European travel in general involves a lot of walking, much more than we are used to in the US/Canada. 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! Plan to 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 laundromats. 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 no later than the day before from the United States or Canada. It is your responsibility to get to the city and hotel where and when the tour begins. When making flight arrangements, please allow sufficient time to claim luggage and clear customs in order to join the included transfer on time. For all pre-designed tour packages, we meet for our first orientation walk of the tour at 3:00PM (15:00) on tour start date in the hotel lobby. The tour ends when you check out of the hotel on your last day on tour.

Note: Please make note or inquire with us as to the meeting time on that first day on tour. This should be done prior to you making any flight or train bookings so that it is clearly understood that the arrangements will fit in with our times. Your train or flight should arrive between 09:00AM and 12:00PM-noon (no later) on Day 1 of the tour to allow you enough time to check in to your hotel, freshen up and meet for the orientation walk with our other group guests.

Remember, airfare is a completely separate arrangement from your land tour. It is your responsibility to arrive at the point of tour origination.


  • All prices are subject to change until final balance is due. Please bear in mind that each hand-crafted pre-packaged itinerary showcased on the website represents a typical itinerary, and the actual details may vary due to season and special events. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances may arise. Itinerary changes are also made to improve the tour and your experience. Prices are subject to change with global exchange rates. Please be aware that equivalent dollar costs are based on exchange rates and are contingent upon a fluctuating currency market.
  • All quoted prices are subject to changes based on Euro dollar/US dollar exchange rate, until the balance has been paid. Once the balance has been received, the price is locked, regardless of exchange fluctuations prior to the tour. Variations in price will be made only if Euro value increases 5% or more from the time of reservation to the time that balance is due. Any variations in price, which may or may not increase your balance, will be communicated by email.

General Information

  • Meals: All breakfasts are included. We carefully choose the restaurants based on ambiance and quality of cuisine.
  • Air Conditioning: Hotels and mini-buses/vans used are air-conditioned for your comfort. European air conditioning should be considered as a climate-control system; most have three settings for the fan, plus a "cool" setting. Very few of the European systems actually have a temperature setting. In general, the amount of cool air that is produced from a European air conditioning system may be less than what you may have in your own home. Some hotels in Europe do not operate their air conditioning systems on a year round basis, but only during certain months of the year.
  • Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility. You must be able to walk up and down hills, on uneven surfaces and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Itinerary Changes and Price Flexibility: We pledge to make every effort to operate all our tours as advertised. We reserve the right to alter or curtail the itinerary, or substitute sightseeing, hotels, and/or transportation as deemed necessary.

Please note: while we do our best to adhere to our published itineraries, they may be changed at the discretion of the tour leader (local host) due to weather conditions and any other unforeseeable circumstances.

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.

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What Audrey's clients are saying...


Shelly and Lalan from Dallas TX

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! 


Carolyn and Roger from Dallas TX

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. 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.

Clients on their private guided tour with Audrey in northern Italy, here grappa tasting

Kathy and Rich from 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!

a unique european travel experience

Michelle from Litchfield ME

Traveling with Audrey is no ordinary kind of guided travel. Although it can be “interesting” to see the sights that all tourists “should see” (according to tour companies and travel books), I look for more than that. I want to experience what living around those sights is all about – the land, the people, the history and the connection between these that results in different cuisines, traditions, and cultural ways. And that’s what makes Audrey a one-of-a-kind tour manager for me. Because that’s just what she delivered. If you’ve ever visited family/friends in another country who have shown you around, taken you to their favourite places and given you some background into what you were seeing (and did all the driving and talking to locals!), then you know what I mean. It’s a kind of deep immersion into more of the life a local person experiences.

For example, we were in a shop in Italy where all kinds of pasta and sauces were sold. The shop owner clearly was passionate about the products she was selling, as evident by the dialogue between her and Audrey (who btw, is also an enthusiastic foodie!). I tried asking about the pasta, but the shop owner’s English was very limited, and I have no Italian. She struggled to find even a few words to explain which pastas went with what sauces. Audrey came over and with her help translating, I was able to learn so much from the shop owner. Afterwards, she even remarked to Audrey how nice it was for her to be able to explain in greater detail what I was looking at. And that is something that would not have happened had I been on my own or travelling with a tour company on a preset itinerary.  Her amazing ability to flip between several languages, her extensive and personal knowledge of the areas, its history, her ability to connect with locals and let's not forget her incredible driving skills in the mountains and narrow city streets have made this a trip of a lifetime! No stress, no hassles, less crowds. Travels With Audrey has my highest recommendation!


Gail, Bill, Bruce, Tom and Lil from Dallas TX and Tulsa OK

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 of the 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. Thank you for everything, Gail, Bill, Lil, Tom and Bruce

Italy off the beaten path

Janet and Timothy from 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! 

Lesia and Kenneth

Lesia and Kenneth from Grand Rapids MI

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 small group tour to France when we received the information. Audrey 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. Audrey hires expert tour guides 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. Audrey knows how to put a trip together and is tuned into each guest to make sure everyone is comfortable. We are looking forward to doing more trips with Audrey.


Tara and Mark from Leawood KS

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 so you can focus on enjoying your time abroad. She chooses hotels, restaurants, and experiences that are charming, upscale and authentic. 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!

guests enjoying a private cicchetti crawl with Audrey in Venice

Jean and Alan from Denver CO

We highly recommend Audrey and here’s why: During the planning phase of our trip we emailed back & forth a lot.  We changed our entire itinerary from what we started with when we first met with Audrey to our final trip.  Audrey was so accommodating with all of our “changing our minds” on where we wanted to go and things we wanted to see.  She found new things to do when we went a new direction.  Audrey 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.

8 Day Sicily Private Tour

Marie and Frank from Marion MA

Thank you Audrey for planning an amazing, life-changing trip to Sicily for us. It truly was a dream come true, and you and your in-country associates made it so memorable for us. We packed a lot into a one-week itinerary, and it was the perfect balance of seeing ancient ruins, countryside, food tours, baroque architecture, the Mediterranean Sea and strolling town centers and main streets. And of course shopping and food! 

The company hired to drive us around all week was incredible, and our guides at the ruins were very, very knowledgeable. Your pamphlets and vouchers helped us to feel more informed and organized before leaving home too. I discovered my ancestral neighborhood on this trip, and it is something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. My only regret is that I can't get on a plane tomorrow and go right back! This trip was a long time in the making, and I thank you for your flexibility, for answering so many questions, and for staying in touch with us while we were in Sicily. Many thanks, Grazie mille!


Eleni from Toronto ON

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! 

small group tour to southern spain

Dan and Martha from Tulsa OK

Martha and I are three-time travelers with Audrey. We have found a way to travel that suits how we want to see new places! It is so stress free to have someone who has taken care of all of the travel arrangements, ticket purchases, and dinner reservations ahead of time. You can just relax and enjoy. While we want to see the main attractions, we also want to get a more personal feel for the places where we visit. With Audrey's connections and small groups, we get to see and experience things that most tourists don't even know exist. Our recent trip was excellent and if you're thinking about travel, I would highly recommend Travels with Audrey!

customized private tour of italy including the amalfi coast

Kelly and Dave from Brampton ON

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! 

small group tour to spain

Amy from Minneapolis MN

Three friends and I joined Audrey on this trip and had a wonderful time. The trip was incredibly well organized, fun, and stress-free. Compared to other group tours I've been on, this one was top notch in every way. We were consistently impressed with the quality of hotels, guides, activities, restaurants, and food/wine recommendations. One of the best aspects of the trip was just spending time with Audrey. Always a font of knowledge, upbeat, smiling and a joy to be around! Highly recommend Travels With Audrey. If you have an opportunity to take a trip with her, or to have her arrange your trip, just do it!

la joie de vivre small group tour to france

Mariah and Joseph from Pasadena CA

We are thrilled to have used Travels with Audrey. Our trip to France was a lifetime experience and it couldn’t have happened without Audrey’s expertise with the country and the culture. One thing we loved about our trip was Audrey’s knowledge of each region we went to and her connecting our group with locals who guided us through each region’s specialties. If we had been with a generic tour guide, we would have missed so much of the local culture and the highlights we had with each person that guided us. This also included the accommodations that Audrey set up - our hotels were all locally owned and the personal touch at each place was wonderful. I can’t imagine if we didn’t have Audrey to guide us, how much we would have missed.
In addition, we had specific needs for our family while we were there that were difficult to accommodate. Audrey takes such a personal approach that our need for space and some privacy were provided beautifully and by the end of our trip, Audrey felt like our own family and that is just an intangible benefit of her personality and service. We are happy to give Travels with Audrey a 5 star review and highly recommend her services as a tour specialist! Thanks! 


Kelly from Mission Hills KS

My family of 4 greatly enjoyed Paris, Provence, Lyon, Burgundy and Normandy. 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!

8 Day Private Guided Tour of Provence

Janet from Arvada CO

In June, 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 to visit, 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.

Customized Itinerary for a Family Vacation to Italy

Barbara from Grand Junction 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.

private tour of northern france

Bill, Gail, Tom and Lil from Dallas TX and 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

greek temples in italy

Marti and Bob from 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.


Beth and Jay from Dallas TX

 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. 


Angela and Juan from Desoto TX

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!


Gregg, Maureen, Coleen and Donald

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!

Time for dinner in Venice

Tony and Dan from 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!


Audrey and Gerald

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 highly recommend Travels with Audrey for your vacation to Italy. 


Shirley and Allyson Hanna from Wyandotte MI

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 hotels 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!!! Audrey's 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 and the rooftop wine tasting (what a view). 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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Maureen and Peter

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! 


Paul and Tammy

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 manager, 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.


Anna and Doug

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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