What Audrey's clients are saying...
Jean and Alan-Private tour of Italy
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)
Kelly and Dave-Private tour of Italy
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!
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(Customized Itinerary Package to Italy, with Audrey as driver-guide in Tuscany and orientation walk in Venice)
Jay C and family-Private family tour of Italy
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.
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(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Italy with Audrey as tour manager)
Bill & Gail / Lil & Tom-Private tour of Scotland, London, France
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)
Marti and family-Private family tour of Italy
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)
Kathy and Rich-Private tour of Italy
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)
Janet and Tim-Private tour of Italy
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)
Angela and Juan-Private family tour of Spain
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!
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(Private Customized Guided Tour for a family vacation to Spain with Audrey as tour manager)
Beth and Jay-Private family tour of Spain
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)
Tom and Dom-Private father & son tour of Spain and Portugal
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.
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(Customized Itinerary Package, father and son vacation to Portugal and Spain)
Gregg & Maureen / Coleen & Don-Private tour of France, Holland, Germany
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
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(Private Customized Guided Tour with Audrey as tour manager, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany).
Tony, Dan and family-Private family tour of Paris, Venice & Rome
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!
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(Private Customized Tour for a family vacation to Paris, Venice and Rome, with Audrey as tour manager)
Eleni & Anne-Private family tour of Italy
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!
Terry and Bill-Private tour of Paris
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.
Laurian & Gerald-Private tour of Spain & Portugal
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.
Mike and Ellen-Private tour of Scotland & London
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)
Merritt and Ellen Halem
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Paul and Tammy Benson
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.
Maureen and Peter Burke (Canada)
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!
Cathy and Alex Han
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!
Anna and Doug Gillison
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!
Bernie and Susan Moule
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.
Dan and Martha
Watch video of Dan and Martha sitting at their rented Villa in Tuscany, sharing with you their thoughts and feelings about traveling with Audrey as their driver/guide. Dan and Martha booked a private customized vacation to Italy with two other couples.
(Private customized tour, Italy, with Audrey as their driver-guide)
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