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If you want your trip to be perfect, plan it with Tuscany Tours. We have traveled extensively in Italy, planning the trips ourselves, spending hours and hours researching and coordinating all the moving parts. However for the last 2 trips, to Sicily and Piemonte, we let go of the reins and gave Pam and Shauna the daunting task. Planning with them is very dynamic. We provided our information and communicated back and forth to plan the best trip. It was such a pleasure to have an itinerary complete with every detail we needed. Tuscany Tours arranged accommodations, local tour guides, local drivers and wonderful experiences tailored to our interests. All of the people we encountered through them were professional and personable. Tuscany Tours made reservations at restaurants, sent tips for travel and suggested experiences and activities to do on our own. The support we had on the trip was phenomenal. When a few issues arose due to weather, or an unforeseen change in schedule, we received an email from Tuscany Tours while traveling, notifying us of the new itinerary. The trip was completely stress free.
Tarie & Lee Harris, October 2017
This trip was a trip of a lifetime. The unique activities , the exceptional guides and the seamless app to provide information along the way was so worth while….. every guide was so knowledgeable and experienced. I could not have been more impressed with their “inside information”.
We are encouraging my wife’s brother and sister in law to call you and go next year. Everything we did in Florence was top notch, the cooking school, the tour guides, San Gusme , the guide in Rome (we had the same guide for 2 days and loved her knowledge and passion for the city) all were must do’s. As stated, this was a trip of a life time. We were so glad we spent the extra money to use your company.
Brad Babcock, October 2019
It was the most fabulous trip, We never had to worry about vouchers, drivers, cooking classes and everything we wanted to do it just happened. Private tours, drivers showed up promptly at our door step. I cannot say enough good about these folks. Itinerary was perfect for us. We loved the private cooking lessons and the Andrea Bocelli concert was over the top. All the accommodations were perfect. Thanks again for such a great experience
Rosetta Dillard & Kay Daniel, July 2019
Fabulous taste of Italy with 19 women on our tour...we were a large group. We moved effortlessly throughout Italy, with great guides and bus drivers. A dream trip. Amazing scenery, food, private tours. Uffizi Gallery tour guide made the Renaissance Paintings come to life. The Artisan tour in Florence was a treat. Cooking class in the Tuscany Hills was amazing. Too many "oh this is fabulous" places to list.
Sarah Kilgore, September 2019
Tuscany Tours had our trip perfectly planned. Every detail was attended to, and every surprise was a good one! Their choices of guides, drivers, restaurants, and sights to see perfectly matched our tastes and our needs. They went out of their way to be flexible and made adjustments to the plans in response to our last-minute requests. The guides for each city tour were delightful. They were mature and experienced people who lived in and loved the city they took us through. Language was never a problem, and they were always attentive to our needs.
Dave Votaw, April 2019
Every day we were amazed at all we saw, did, ate and how well Tuscany Tours had planned our trip. The days flowed beautifully with perfectly executed precision and just the right amount of time to go from touring to relaxation. I cannot thank you enough for the thought, effort and expertise Tuscany Tours put into our trip. Perfecto! Every day was well organized, perfectly planned, thoughtfully put-together. Every hotel exceeded our expectations as far as comfort, location and amenities. And, the food! Oh my gosh! We knew Italian food was good, but we were amazed at how wonderful every single meal was! Not only beautifully prepared, but we felt like royalty everywhere we went!
Abby Kropp, September 2019
We loved Tuscany. I can't imagine many more places on this earth that are more beautiful. I was so happy to have Tuscany Tours help us navigate the area. We could not have done it on our own and we would have missed out on all the history and nuances about each little village. It also helped that the tour kept us on schedule, if they hadn't, we surely would not have been able to experience all that we did. I would highly recommend Tuscany Tours-- it was worth every penny!
Meg & John Larsen, May 2019
It is wise to plan and prepare for a big trip with a reliable company like Tuscany Tours. We enjoyed our detailed itinerary they planned for us. My favorites were the Florence food tour where we got to understand more about their delicious foods. Rosey, our guide for the Vatican tour, gave us a well-paced day full of information and plenty of time for photos, including this one with her.
Julie Babcock, October 2019
Where does one find the words?.......You treated us like family and paid attention to the tiniest of details to ensure an experience of a lifetime! We never would have experienced Rome and the Amalfi Coast in such a memorable, rich, historical, endearing, engaging, sentimental, and breathtaking manner without your assistance! Every moment was a treasure! This was our first couples’ trip and my husband and I asked two of my cousins and their spouses to join us on this magnificent adventure! We so appreciated that Shauna spent as much time as I needed to present a “home run” itinerary to the group for feedback and they didn’t change a thing! We spent a week together as couples and Shauna even prepared separate itineraries for us since we arrived and departed the beautiful country of Italy on different days, which added to the magic! Five days before our departure from home, we had a sudden death in the family. Devastated, I contacted Shauna…….immediately we worked through a plan to delay our trip by two days and Shauna handled rearranging EVERYTHING so we could focus on the necessary arrangements and grieving during a very difficult time. She sent us a revised itinerary in less than 24 hours and when we landed in Rome, and for the next 12 days, it was an amazing escape. You won’t get this type of service from just anyone…only family…only Tuscany Tours.
Cindy & John Campanella, May 2019
The quality of the guides Tuscany Tours connected us with was outstanding. They were all knowledgeable, but more than that, they were personable and were responsive to the needs and interests of our group. The airport transports were extremely reliable and dependable. The hotels selected were outstanding. Tuscany Tours remains responsive and helpful while “on the trip” which is greatly appreciated.
Susan Rolston, June 2018
Pam and Karen and the entire Tuscany tours team had arranged an amazing trip for us in Tuscany. They had planned things to the smallest details which ensured that we as a family enjoyed the trip. I would strongly recommend Tuscany tours due to the dedication, passion and commitment of each of their team members.
Pranav Adurkar and family, May 2016
Tuscany Tours did a great job for us, in terms of both selecting some unique hotels and experiences, and in taking care of the administrative details. They have a lot of knowledge of the area, and a great understanding of how to vary and pace a trip to keep it fun and interesting.
Pam Wald, October 2019
If you are ever looking to learn more about Italy, you must use Tuscany Tours! Immersive experiences gave us insight that we would have never found on our own. Amazing locals helped us to learn more about each city/region. Highly recommend!
Lori LaBeau, September 2019
Highly recommended! Every detail was perfectly arranged and accounted for with exceptional locations, activities and guides. Couldn't have asked for a better experience! Karen and the team at Tuscany Tours monitored our trip before, during and after to ensure it was everything we wanted and way, way more than we expected. Truly remarkable customer service and expert knowledge of the region. We will do this again and will only use Tuscany Tours. The guides were exceptional. The locations were magical in many respects. Hotel/accommodations were stunning. The arrangements, instructions and suggestions you included in the tour materials (and delivered via the APP) were AWESOME! Traveling is so much more enjoyable when you don't have the fear of not knowing what to do next or how to make it happen.
Fred Marheine, September 2019
Book your trip with Tuscany Tours if you want a custom-designed, comprehensive tour of Italy without having to do the legwork. Just wake up and check your phone app for your agenda for the day. Tour museums and cathedrals with private guides and skip the lines, go to the restaurants where the locals go, stay in castles and boutique hotels. Highly recommended!
Paul Ballenger, August 2019
Shauna, Many thanks for your help in the plans for our amazing week in Provence. It exceeded all our expectations. Since our Tuscany trip was so awesome, I was not sure this could do it, but it was a tie for best trip so far! Not sure where our next adventure might be, but we will be in touch in the future – and I tell everyone I meet how awesome it is to work with Tuscany Tours.
Celeste Barr, July 2019
Tuscany Tours made the trip SO easy! They are very organized and everything they arranged in terms of drivers, transfers, tours, etc. worked seamlessly. They provided so much helpful information (The Tip Sheets were great!) which made the trip easy while we were there. They were also incredibly responsive while we were in Italy when we had any questions. The planning process was also incredibly easy as we worked through our itinerary with them. The AXUS app was great! Iwona and Shauna really listened to the type of experience we wanted to have (traveling with 2 teenage boys!) and every recommendation was wonderful! We would HIGHLY recommend Tuscany Tours to anyone planning a trip to Italy!
Josie & Jim Stamatos, June 2019
Great trip with wonderful restaurants, guides, drivers, hotels! Great communication. Loved Tuscany Tours! Private tours of Siena and Orvieto were wonderful. Day with driver Giorgio for wine tasting and restaurants was fantastic.
Haley Lamey, May 2019
Tuscany Tours planned us a memorable and enjoyable anniversary trip. Can't think of anything that could have been done better. All of the guides were great but Giorgio was outstanding!
Stuart & Christa McMillan, May 2019
Tuscany Tours was able to help us plan a custom tour for a post cruise trip to Italy. They provided invaluable help with arranging private transfers, professional guides & tours for our foursome and a nice selection of hotels based on our budget and preferences. Our hotel overlooking Positano had absolutely stunning views day and night! We own a fine art photograph of Positano and were thrilled to find the hotel in the photo when we returned home! The private tours were invaluable! Using private transfers/drivers helped us so much time & sanity wise.
Crista Wieringa, April 2019
My mom and I had a wonderful time. We told you where we wanted to go and what we would like to see and do and your company set up amazing drivers, tour guides, and hotels, even suggested delicious restaurants! We had enough free time to explore on our own or just rest if we needed it. If there was a problem with anything, we were able to call and you helped us resolve it almost immediately. I would recommend Tuscany Tours to anyone thinking about going to Italy (and have been!) Thank you for an excellent trip!
Kimberly Dudek, April 2019
Our wonderful Villa, the knowledgeable and fun tour guides, the food, wine tastings, the accommodating and professional drivers, the cooking class: all these made for a memorable trip of a lifetime! I just loved it all! I don’t know what could have been done better! It is obvious a great amount of thought and detail went into this tour. It seems our needs were well anticipated. You have such a grasp of great places to visit. I am was so pleased with all the places. I wholeheartedly recommend Tuscany tours for a memorable trip to Italy!
Arden Kinser, April 2019
Tuscany Tours provided us with a feeling of being cared for and watched over. The tour guides provided by Tuscany Tours were excellent. Knowledgeable, friendly and flexible.
Charlene Massy, April 2019
Tuscany Tours planned an amazing trip for us. Shauna attended to every detail so we were able to enjoy ourselves with no worries about lodging, transportation, or activities. Tour guides, cooking class, hotels, private drivers. The efficient planning - so our time to sightsee was maximized. We especially appreciated the phone app and up-to-date messages while traveling.
Paula B., April 2019
We are home and reflecting on our trip to Italy. We had a wonderful time thanks to your guidance. Everything from our hotels, drivers, restaurants, tour guides, etc. were wonderful. Thank you for understanding our wants and needs and coordinating a meaningful trip for us. We have started to tell our friends and family about our positive experience and will continue to share our fun. Thank you again for a fabulous trip!
Julie & Dave Hughes, October 2018
This is the second time that we have used Tuscany Tours to plan our Italy vacation. Both times have been a complete pleasure from their booking our hotels, arranging transportation and private guided tours to suggesting the most delicious restaurants and little extra places for us to explore. They made our trip a truly memorable one!!! The suggested restaurants were amazing! All of our tours and guides were great!
Steve & Sheila Peterson, June 2018
The overall trip was fantastic. Our favorite guide was Marina, but all the other guides were great as well. We were particularly enchanted with Venice and Verona. I doubt we will go back to Rome any time soon. Verona, I think was the “sleeper”. We gained a new appreciation for Amarone, which was not one of our favorites. Also Soave and the wines from Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Cipriani was also a highlight.
Peter Graffman, September 2018
The magic that we experienced on our sojourn through Italy was filled with talents of the folks who make dreams happen, Tuscany Tours. Sophistication, wit and humor and the keen ability to listen make dreams become real. The guides provided for each part of our time in a particular city were outstanding. They added depth and dimension to our understanding and experience of each city and added passion to the experience provided from their love of the city and love of what they do.
Adrian & Margie George, May 2018
My sisters and I had a fantastic trip! This is the second time I have used Tuscany tours to plan a trip and it is the second time for one of my sisters as well. I have also recommended them to a few friends of mine who are looking to plan a trip of a lifetime in Italy. The trip is catered specifically to how we personally like to travel. The hotels are exactly what we are looking for and our day to day excursions are what we enjoy doing most when we travel. We loved all of the places in Provence that we visited. The trip was well planned out and we had a fantastic time!
Kathy Daw, May 2018
Tuscany Tours and Karen took care of everything for us! We travelled Italy by train, plane and automobile. All were English-speaking, very professional and provided quality service. Having these arrangements made in advance allowed us to enjoy our trip with ease. I loved the entire experience but enjoyed going to the 100-year old pharmacy in Florence for Rose Water as recommended by you. I never would have known about that otherwise.
Brenda Dufresne, April 2018
We just wanted to send you a short note thanking you for a wonderful vacation. Everything you arranged was perfect, went smoothly and couldn't have been better. Our time in Capri was very special. Thank you again for everything. If there is a beneficial place on the web you would like us to share our experience with Tuscany Tours - please let us know.
Frank & Shari O'Neill, September 2017
Just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know how much we appreciated the trip planning and support you provided. We had a great trip and made many wonderful memories. The planning and scheduling you provided were awesome. The guides were all great, always prompt and very knowledgeable, and the detail you provided for getting around was a real lifesaver for us as first time visitors. All in all, we had excellent experience, and for your part in that we are most grateful.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) and family, August 2017
The group at Tuscany Tours truly thought of everything! They arranged for a trip that worked for everyone, from the adults down the smallest kids. Their attention to detail is outstanding. Our private guides were all terrific and a great fit for our family. The boat tour of the islands of Murano and Burano, as well as the private tour in Siena, were all a "can’t miss." The Venice scavenger hunt was great for the older kids (and the adults). This was a wonderful experience that has given us priceless family memories!
The Baler Family, July 2017
In a nutshell, we LOVED our trip to Provence that Shauna planned for us. The little boutique hotel in Saint-Rémy was THE BEST! The restaurant choices and the guides were all wonderful. Tuscany Tours came through with flying colors once again! Thank you so much for your wonderful planning and guidance!
Betty Lynn Blanks, June 2017
It was our first trip to Italy and after attempting to book lodging and tours on our own I got frustrated and decided to contact Tuscany Tours. We had a phone call with them to get a feel of what we wanted. They then sent us a questionnaire of our preferences and sent us an itinerary with suggestions that would give us the most bang for the buck. They made all the arrangements, booking hotels, guides and suggesting restaurants for our trip. We could not be more pleased with the results! The whole experience was worry free and a total immersion of art, history and Italian culture with wonderful knowledgeable guides. We would highly recommend Tuscany Tours! We will be back and using them in the future.
Paul & Ellen Van Beurden, October 2017
Just want to let you know what a very special day we had in Villafranca! Don't know if Carmellina told you but we fortuitously stopped to talk to a polizia who offered to look up records of my great grandfather.. we were able to find info on him and his family, including birth record and where they lived!! My aunt is over the moon!!' Carmellina was fabulous, really went above and beyond…..just had to let you know how spectacular today was - Grazie grazie grazie!
Marianne Partridge, September 2017
From beginning to end, our trip was terrific! Karen listened to our wants and put together a comprehensive itinerary that included scheduled events and free time each day; a great balance. The hotels were well situated, comfortable and clean. Tour guides knowledgeable and friendly, events fun and not so ordinary. We rarely felt like a typical tourist—ticking off boxes. HIGHLY recommended.
Jack & Kelly Ornell, September 2016
This was our 45th anniversary and probably our 10th trip to Italy. We were looking for a different kind of trip and Dream of Italy (PBS) suggested we contact Pamela. I loved my long conference call (Pam in Florence/Shauna and Meghan in San Francisco) explaining what we would like to do (ie location most important/like out hotel to have restaurant and bar etc.), and they emailed me the first draft. With very few changes we planned our whole trip (Rome/Capri/Revello/Naples). I made corrections sent it back and the third time it came it was a done deal. The itinerary they send to take with you is so detailed and all kinds of suggestions. The guides we had on this trip were just amazing. I guess for us the fun part was giving them a budget and deciding when to splurge. They are so thoughtful we had a bottle of bubbly with a note from them almost every stop we made. Whether you are planning a honeymoon or a multi generation family trip then this is your company.
Kathi & Jack DiOrio, September 2016
After our experience with Tuscany Tours I couldn't imagine going to Italy without their help. We had a three-generational family traveling together. They took the time to learn about us and tailor our trip so everyone's needs were met. It was truly a personalized itinerary that made a long-anticipated vacation priceless.
Wade Walls and family, July 2016
Tuscany Tours created a well thought out and diverse experience for our party of 6. Although our schedule was full, we never felt rushed. All drivers and tour guides were prompt, professional and friendly. Karen took the information we provided in the questionnaires and organized a wonderful overview of Tuscany and its residents. The diversity of our itinerary, from the Grand Tuscan driving tour in vintage Fiat 500’s to the intimate lunch and wine tasting at Poggio Molina was more than we could have ever planned on our own. With our small group, we were able to have conversations with our guides and drivers to have a better understanding of life for a typical Italian. We highly recommend Tuscany Tours!
Paula & David White, September 2016
My family and I took the trip of a life time thanks to Tuscany Tours. The entire staff was wonderful to work with and they personalized every detail of our trip to ensure that it was perfect for what we wanted. This trip was extremely special to me because it was in memory of my parents and their love for travel. Being all together and experiencing Italy for the first time was a dream come true. Shauna and Pam were incredible to work with and extremely thoughtful. Last minute changes were handled with kindness and efficiency. Every place they recommended was terrific. Thank you Shauna and Tuscany Tours for a trip of a life time.
Kathy Daw and Family, May 2016
Tuscany Tours put together a great trip for our family of five.
The accommodations were all excellent and the guides were warm and engaging.
Our three boys loved the trip, which says a lot!
Aaron O’Toole and family, June 2016
Tuscany Tours had so much available information through our main guide Karen. She was amazing at following up on everything she needed from us to have a great experience where ever we went. She even set us up with a personal driver to see many places we would not get to see and we felt very safe and confident with everyone she put us in contact with. Her recommendations for places to eat and to visit and experience were so spot on. She even let us call her at home if we were confused about anywhere we were going and if we actually booked our trains correctly, and I mean on the same time zone. I would highly recommend her for your small group travel or individual travel. Freya was so passionate with all of the tours she led us on and she exuded fun. She really must love her job. After the Dress barn group .. we actually ran into her on the street in Florence and she stopped and took time to chat. She knows so much about every city we toured and she delivered her information in such a way it made you want to talk to her all night long. Amazing person!!
Michele Bjorge-Lathrop, April 2015 (private corporate group)
Tuscany Tours made our trip a dream. They presented us with the “must-see” options in each city, as well as less-well-known but immensely interesting sites. They handled many of the worrisome unknowns of traveling overseas for us so that everything about our trip (hotels, trains, etc.) went like clockwork! No problems whatsoever! We would definitely recommend them to our friends and family. Trip of a lifetime!!!
Cindy & Paul Lemle, September 2015
Wonderful trip so well planned with lots of very good suggestions for places to eat, stay, and see. Shauna was so thorough and very, very patient with all of the questions and changes. Pre-planning in detail always pays off, and it certainly did for us. We were very happy and impressed. Great work, all ! We are recommending you to others headed to Italy and/or the many other private tours you have.
Don Hunter, September 2015
Tuscany Tours was extremely helpful in the entire process of researching, planning, suggesting.. listening then researching again & booking our 15 day trip through Italy. Karen elevated personalized attention to the next level in responding to questions, offering alternatives & securing reservations all during one of Italy’s busiest years /seasons. The Hotels options chosen were in the best locations with pedestrian access to all you wanted to see & hotel staffs that treated you as a true guest in their home. ( or Castle ).. If you’re worried about the fee ( like-us) Don’t Be! Your ROI comes every day of the trip with helpful travel hints in your itinerary, flawless choices in hotels & peace of mind that the activities selected are the best. Each of our activities guides/instructors was highly knowledgeable and a personal delight offering historical perspectives & professional insight..We plan on using Tuscany Tours again on our next adventure.
Fred Weber & Kathy Pifer, September 2015
Karen, words can't describe what a wonderful time Logan and I had. Everything was perfect! All of the hotels were amazing, the restaurant recommendations were superb, and all of our guides and drivers were on time and extremely helpful. It truly was a once in a lifetime experience. The highlight was definitely our boat tour around Capri. It was surreal! I will never forget jumping into that turquoise waters from the rocks. You have a fan for life and I will definitely be sending friends your way! Thank you for everything!
Amanda Jester, September 2015
We highly recommend Tuscany Tours! They have the local knowledge that is so important when discovering Italy. They know the right hotels, guides, restaurants, and wine guides to hook you up with.
Curt & Kim Eskew, October 2015
I just checked everything (on our itinerary) and it's perfect! Once again you've done a superb job for us…. We really appreciate all your efforts and are looking forward to both Umbria and Tuscany. Love doing business with Tuscany Tours......
Valerie Smith, September 2015
Tuscany Tours gave us great ideas for local activities. In Barcelona- we attended a concert at the Palais de la Musica, in Provence, France- we spent time at a winery and visited a beautiful town: Isle Sur la Sourge during it’s Sunday antique fair and market. They also were very helpful in finding us lovely lodging that fit the countryside views in Provence region.
Stacey & Elliott Berger, April 2015
Pam and Tuscany Tours were amazing for arranging our tours and transfers with not a bit of worry or doubt. Everyone was waiting for us at each stop. It made our trip to Italy so perfect.
Ed Roth, September 2015
Tuscany Tours exceeded our expectations for each and every aspect of our trip. From Paris to Rome and all the winding curves in between, we credit Karen for putting together our trip of a lifetime that was totally customized for us! The extraordinary attention to detail was a constant “wow” for us and built confidence with every passing day. Taking trains became routine and the adventures of bike outings with each detail in print for us, saved time, money and energy to spend on other, more important aspects of our trip like wine and great food. From restaurant recommendations that never let us down, to train schedules and outstanding transports between locations, we are forever grateful to Karen and Tuscany Tours. We were not a numbered client – were always felt the personal touch of value added customer service. We knew Karen was always checking on our connections and contacts along the way. To be welcomed at a hotel with such warmth was a credit to Tuscany Tours – the connections and relationships they have in both France and Italy spilled over to us.
Jim & Susan Rolston, May 2015
This is my second trip with Tuscany Tours and Luv2Travel. Both have been wonderful adventures and overall, I have been delighted with the accommodations, excursions, value, and ease of traveling where I can simply show up and have all the details covered in advance.
Terri Allen, September 2014
Tuscany Tours is filled with lovely, experienced people that get to the heart of what your idea of a great trip is, and then they bring it to life for you.
Mike Pavone, October 2014
Cannot say enough about the beauty of Italy and how wonderful an experience it was to spend 2 fabulous weeks there.
Theresa Romani, October 2014
Everything was our favorite. We took hundreds of pictures. The accommodations were excellent, not sure which one we liked the best. Our Rome guide was our favorite, so personable and knowledgeable. We actually covered so many restaurants, shops etc. We NEVER had a bad experience. They were all great!!
Ron Stockwell, May 2014
[Although I dealt mostly with Pam] the three of you are knowledgeable, informative and easy to work with. We were able to tailor our trip itinerary to meet our desires and you all helped to impart a personal touch with outstanding guides and recommendations. Your experience led us to a well balanced mix of active and passive activities, and also guided us towards the best order to visit the places we desired to keep us relaxed and engaged.
Michael Pucci, July 2014
Great trip. The team at Tuscany Tours helped us figure out how to do all the things we wanted to do while adding their own great suggestions. Highly recommend the service.
Rick Friedman, July 2014
Tuscany Tours worked with persons in our group to put together an amazing trip. It was wonderful from beginning to end.
Patricia Weldon, October 2014
The smartest thing we did in planning our trip to Italy was to contact Tuscany Tours to suggest and then plan our itinerary. The staff is so knowledgeable about this region, and their information and advice were a life-saver. Without Tuscany Tours, we would not have had such a marvelous trip. They were easy to work with, punctual in their responses to questions we had, and were very patient in customizing the itinerary to fit our needs and wishes. We will utilize their services again and highly recommend Tuscany Tours to anyone travelling in Italy.
Marilyn Bruce, October 2014