Classic Italy

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Think of Italy and a host of images comes to mind... the glories of Rome, taking shape in the now silent roars of the Colosseum, priceless works of art by Michelangelo and other famed Italian artists whose masterpieces eternally evoke awe in Europe's greatest museums...

Discover bella Italia on one of Tauck's most popular journeys... in scenic Tuscan hill towns, centuries-old cities and countryside villages, and along the Amalfi Coast… in the treasures of Florence, coloring an era of enlightenment with a rich palette of paintings and architecture by Renaissance luminaries like da Vinci, Botticelli and Brunelleschi... along saltwater roads in Venice lined with magnificent palaces frozen in time... in sun-dappled Tuscan villages, medieval icons reigning over vineyard-draped landscapes that produce wines and foods that are regionally inspired, locally flavored and ultimately delizioso... and on an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel for an extraordinary look at ageless masterpieces – without the crowds – during a three-night stay in the Eternal City...

Highlights
  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS – Encounter spectacular scenery around every bend on a drive along the celebrated Amalfi Coast – the perfect blending of earth, sea and sky
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds – see the Vatican treasures at your own pace
  • An in-depth briefing by an art historian before a walking tour of Florence
  • A wine tasting from local vineyards in Umbria, where you'll also discover the secrets of making Perugia's famous chocolate
  • Guided visit through the famed Galleria dell'Accademia, the oldest art school in Europe
Destinations
  • Naples
  • Italy
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Museum
  • Luxury
  • Cultural

Location: Sorrento, Italy

<strong>Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria.</strong> A transfer is included from Naples International Airport to Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in the southern resort town of Sorrento. Your historic hotel &ndash; family owned and operated since 1834 &ndash; overlooks the beautiful Bay of Naples and powerful Mt. Vesuvius. Get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome cocktail reception and dinner this evening. <strong>Note:</strong> On 2021 departures, we&rsquo;re offering guests who pre-stay or arrive early in Sorrento an optional daytime sightseeing tour from Sorrento to the island of Capri on Day 1; see Pricing &amp; Availability for details or ask at booking.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Meals: Dinner

Location: Ravello, Italy

Take an unhurried drive along the Amalfi Coast, one of Europe's most dramatic shorelines. Stop in Positano and visit Amalfi, where some medieval dwellings date to the 10th century, and Ravello, perched on towering cliffs above the sea. Explore Sorrento&rsquo;s piazzas, old Roman streets and narrow alleys as you please upon your afternoon return, spending the evening as you wish and enjoying dinner on your own.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Rome, Italy

Today, explore an ancient community captured in time &ndash; the excavated ruins of the Roman city of Pompeii, buried in volcanic ash when Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD. Walk through city streets with a local expert, where you'll discover remarkably preserved ancient architecture and artifacts that portray what daily life was like in this 1st-century city. Continue on to remarkable Rome, where your next three nights are spent at The Westin Excelsior, Rome, one of the most prestigious addresses on the famed Via Veneto.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Rome

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Rome, Italy

Your sightseeing today begins with a drive to St. Peter's Square in Vatican City for a tour of St. Peter's Basilica to view the art and architecture of one of the largest and most famous churches in the world. After a free afternoon spent as you wish in Rome, your evening is highlighted by a special Tauck Exclusive &ndash; an after-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel (subject to availability and day of the tour may vary). This after-hours visit means you'll avoid the long lines found earlier in the day; the experience is rich when you explore the treasures in the Vatican Museums without&nbsp;the usual crowds. See the Candelabra Gallery, Map Gallery, and the Tapestries. In the Sistine Chapel, you'll view artist Michelangelo's masterpiece frescoes adorning the chapel's ceiling &ndash; and be able to contemplate all that you see in quieter surroundings. It's certain to be a true highlight on this most memorable of escorted Italy tours... one that you'll remember forever.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Rome

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Rome, Italy

A sightseeing excursion begins the day in Rome, once the virtual capital of the ancient world, and now Italy's capital city. Witness the grandeur of the 2,000-year-old Colosseum; see Circus Maximus, the 4th-century BC stadium where chariot races were held, and the ruins of the Imperial Palace. This afternoon and evening, enjoy some free time to explore what interests you most in Rome.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Rome

Meals: Breakfast

Journey to Orvieto, set on a 984-foot-high plateau overlooking vineyards below. Visit the Duomo of Orvieto, a notable Romanesque-Gothic cathedral built over a span of 300 years. After a trattoria lunch near the Piazza del Duomo and some time to explore, continue through the wine-producing regions of Umbria. Arrive in the region's capital, Perugia, and your home for the next two nights, Sina Brufani &ndash; an elegant 5-star hotel in the heart of the medieval city. Tonight, attend a wine tasting followed by dinner at the hotel's renowned restaurant.

Accommodation Name: Sina Brufani

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Assisi, Italy

Drive to Assisi, a well-preserved medieval hill town designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its art and architecture, and the hometown of St. Francis, the revered patron saint of animals and founder of the Franciscan order. Visit the Basilica di San Francesco, built to honor Assisi's beloved saint and favorite son and his final resting place. Gaze at the basilica's impressive 13th- and 14th-century frescoes, some of Italy's finest, and enjoy some free time in the center of town. This afternoon, return to your resort, where you'll discover the secrets of creating Perugia's most famous product in a chocolate-making class &ndash; another highlight of one of Tauck's most popular escorted Italy tours!

Accommodation Name: Sina Brufani

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: San Gimignano, Italy

Depart your Umbrian resort and head for Tuscany, where for centuries the beauty of nature has blended with the ingenuities of mankind; your travels through the rolling Tuscan hills take you through golden landscapes dotted with olive and fig trees. Arrive in the hilltop town of San Gimignano, one of its gems. Medieval towers, built in the 12th century by the nobility, are visible from afar. Stroll along the quaint streets and visit Piazza della Cisterna, one of Italy&rsquo;s most picturesque town squares. Continue your journey through lush Tuscan countryside to the seaside resort town of Viareggio for an overnight stay.

Accommodation Name: Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Florence, Italy

Cinque Terre was accessible only by sea for hundreds of years, five picture-book fishing villages nestled between the Mediterranean&rsquo;s blue waters and the rugged coastal mountains. Cruise along the shores of the Italian Riviera (weather permitting) where views of these centuries-old Cinque Terre villages, set on rocky bluffs hemmed in by steep cliffs, are a knockout! Next, travel by train through the mountains to one of the villages, where you&rsquo;ll get a look at daily life &ndash; from the colorful fishing boats home from the sea, to the wine, olives, and citrus fruit produced locally. You&rsquo;ll have some time to explore the cobblestone streets and alleyways, perhaps sampling the unique flavors of the local cuisine for lunch. Journey on to the Tuscan city of Florence for a three-night stay in its Renaissance heart; you'll have an opportunity to dine at your hotel's glass-walled rooftop restaurant with 360-degree views of one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Florence, Italy

A briefing by an art history lecturer precedes a walking tour of Florence and a guided visit through the collections of works by many of the greatest artists of the 14th and 15th centuries &ndash; including Michelangelo&rsquo;s famous sculpture of <em>David</em> and paintings by Botticelli, Uccello, Ghirlandaio, del Sarto and others &ndash; at Galleria dell&rsquo;Accademia. Flourishing for more than four centuries, the world-renowned institution was established in 1563 as the first art school in Europe. Following an included lunch, you'll have time on your own in Florence this afternoon; your hotel is right in the heart of the city, which makes it easy to explore! Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight.

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Florence, Italy

Today, Florence is yours to enjoy as you please; you may want to visit the Pitti Palace or the Medici Chapels, or stroll across the Ponte Vecchio to the lovely Boboli Gardens. Tonight, join a local expert for an after-hours, guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery, Florence's extraordinary art museum founded by the Medici family in the 16th century; it can be rightfully called the oldest art gallery on Earth. Admire some of the world's greatest art masterpieces on display within its walls, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Botticelli, and more.&nbsp;

Accommodation Name: The Westin Excelsior, Florence

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Venice, Italy

Guests rave that one of the things they like best about our Italy tours is traveling by different modes of transportation; <em>Classic Italy</em> continues today with a journey aboard a sleek high-speed&nbsp;train from Florence to Venice. Transfer by canal boat to your hotel, conveniently located near St. Mark&rsquo;s Square; after lunch, you'll indulge in the quintessential Venetian experience, a serenade aboard a gondola on the canals followed by an afternoon to explore Venice as you wish. Dinner tonight is on your own in Venice, a city embraced by the most popular Italy tours for its many fine restaurants! This evening, depart your hotel for a private, after-hours tour of St. Mark&rsquo;s Basilica, surely to be a highlight during your stay in Venice!

Accommodation Name: Hotel Danieli

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: Venice, Italy

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of the sumptuous Doge&rsquo;s Palace, once the official residence of the elected officials of the Venetian Republic.&nbsp;The rest of your day is free to do as you please in Venice&nbsp; &ndash; and to say that you have a lot of choices is an understatement. You might decide to visit the museums, an eclectic group housing some of the world&rsquo;s most famed art; stroll the winding, narrow streets that lead to countless bridges; or perhaps you might choose to take a boat to one of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon, such as Murano, Burano or Torcello, where centuries-old crafts and a kaleidoscope of color are found... This evening, join us for a farewell cocktail re­cep­tion and dinner that marks the end of one of Tauck's most popular escorted Italy tours.

Accommodation Name: Hotel Danieli

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Venice, Italy

<strong>Tour ends: Venice.</strong> Fly home anytime; a transfer is included from the Hotel Danieli to Venice's Marco Polo Airport. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

Meals: Breakfast

  • TAUCK'S YELLOW ROADS – Encounter spectacular scenery around every bend on a drive along the celebrated Amalfi Coast – the perfect blending of earth, sea and sky
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – After-hours guided visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, without the crowds – see the Vatican treasures at your own pace
  • A wine tasting from local vineyards in Umbria, where you'll also discover the secrets of making Perugia's famous chocolate
  • An in-depth briefing by an art historian before a walking tour of Florence
  • Guided visit through the famed Galleria dell'Accademia, the oldest art school in Europe
5* Small Group Classic Italy Tour Delivered on its Hype!
This trip rates right up there with three other Tauck International trips I've taken. Starting with the our fantastic Director, the variety of activities/tours (medieval towns, cities, resorts, bus, boats, trains), private accesses, local food, accommodations, opera singers, gondola rides, this trip had it all; The best way to experience Italy!! It is difficult to choose just one memorable moment, but the opera singer and accordion player who entertained us during a delightful dinner will be a lasting memory. Our entire group laughed and sang and thoroughly enjoyed the evening! Our tour Director, who filled the travel time with history and great stories, will stay with me for a long time
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Date: 04-Jul-2016

5* Classic Italy Small Group
This was our first trip to Europe and the first time with Tauck. It was the best trip ever! Our guide was the greatest!!! All the tour guides and bus drivers were excellent. We loved getting to know everyone being in a small group. We already booked another Tauck tour to Alaska next summer and plan on doing more in the future. It is hard to pick one thing out of so many special moments. I guess I would pick the private tour of the Sistine chapel and the light dinner in the Vatican.
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Date: 19-Sep-2018

5* Classic Italy is the BEST
What an incredible experience. This, my third tauck trip and it trumped them all, full access to all the most important destinations in Italy and hardly had to wait on one line. The Tour guide was incredible one of the most incredibly organized and diligent professionals I have ever encountered. Local guide and tour in Pompeii was great. So so many, the drive down the Amalfi coast, the villa and pool in Umbria, the David, The sistene chapel after hours, wine tasting, roof top pool in ViaReggio, Hotels in Sorrento, Florence & Venice and ironically the early morning, private water taxi ride to the airport in Venice, a magical and memorable way to end 2 weeks with wonderful people!
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Date: 10-Aug-2017

5* Classic Italy
It surpassed our expectations. Our Tauck Director was fantastic. We didn't have to do a thing but show up. Easy to check in to the hotels to we didn't have to wait in lines. A true professional with a fantastic personality. Hard to pick one but the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.
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Date: 03-Oct-2018

5* Classic Italy
Best hotels and restaurants. Above and beyond expectations. Our tour guide took care of us like we were family. She is one incredible person. My girlfriend contracted a cold. She went to a pharmacy and got just what my girlfriend needed. I left 2 pants and 2 shirts in a hotel and she saw to it I got them back. Being in the Sistine Chapel for our after hours tour.
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Date: 27-Nov-2017

5* First vacation in Italy
From the moment we arrived until we departed at the airport Tauck took care of all of the details so we could just relax and enjoy our experiences. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful with good, practical directions and advice about how and where to spend our free time. We loved the restaurants and hotels chosen by Tauck. Looking at the face of Michelangelo's David. When people ask us what we liked best we tell them, "the whole tour."
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Date: 18-Jun-2018

3* Classic Italy -- Good Land Trip, Terrible Tauck Air Service
Once we arrived in Italy, the trip was lovely. Good guides & tour director, nice hotels, good food. Be careful if you let Tauck handle your flights. Tauck booked us on a bankrupt airline through a budget carrier who did not check bags through to Italy. Bad Tauck customer service on this issue both on departure and return to US. Having to clear customs into Germany to retrieve the bags that were not checked through to Italy, find the airline that picked up our flight to Italy due to bankruptcy of code share airline, and then running back thru security to the terminal to catch the flight. Very stressful beginning to what should have been a restful and luxurious trip.
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Date: 09-Nov-2017

5* May 30, 2018 Classic Italy, Small Group
We enjoyed our tour, our small group that are now like family and our tour director. No matter what happened, she took care of her Tauck family (our small group). Our luggage was taken care of from the time it left our room until it was in our next hotel room. Great time! The after hours tour of the Vatican.
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Date: 22-May-2018

5* Extraordinary trip!
Class Italy small group, May 7 - 20, 2017 exceeded our very high expectations. Every single day had its own wonders from beautiful scenery to magnificent churches to art and history. Our tour guide was fabulous, all accommodations were top rated and well located, and local guides were enthusiastic and well versed. The trip of a lifetime! The private Sistine Chapel tour with less than thirty people was the biggest highlight. The Pieta at the Vatican and Orvieto, my baked anchovies in Vernazza and the boat trip along Cinque Terre, David in the Academia, St Francis' crypt in Assisi, Birth of Venus in the Uffizi, the private Doge's Palace tour in Venice, the Orvieto cathedral.........
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Date: 26-May-2017

4* Classic Italy
The itinerary, driver and tour director were outstanding. There were well-planned and well-executed excursions. The hotels were well located. The assigned individual hotel rooms ranged from very good to poor in terms of size, location and amenities. The amount of walking is as advertised. Opportunities for lunches and dinners on your own. Sistine Chapel visit at night
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Date: 09-Oct-2018

5* Full of fun and beauty
We have been on five previous Tauck tours, to date this was the very best one. We believe this was due in part to our excellent tour director and a particularly congenial group. The walk on guides were also the best we've had. If we had any complaint it would be there was way too much food at each meal. You're the best! Dinner at Osteria Romana di Simmi in Rome
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Date: 08-Oct-2018

4* Classic Italy,small groups
A WONDERFUL time....really got to get a taste and feeling for many different parts of the Italian country & culture. As always, well organized and worry free ! Visiting the Sistine Chapel after hours.
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Date: 16-May-2016

3* Italy small group
A BIG negative: There was a couple who could not walk as required by Tauck policy and was clearly unfit for this trip. Due to this, we lost considerable tour time and our enjoyment was notably diminished. She tried her best, but our tour director's focus was unfairly consumed by this problem. This is unacceptable and I worry about future trips. We enjoyed the private boat to Cinque Terra (fortunately the tour director realized that the non-walking couple could not join us on this excursion) and after-hours in the Sistine Chapel (although we lost precious time dealing with the HUGE delay arranging for the couple to use wheelchairs) and the Doge's Palace.
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Date: 06-May-2016

5* Classic Italy
The Classic Italy Tour we took in September could not have been better. It was well planned from beginning to end. Our tour director was excellent and the guides at the sites in the towns were very knowledgeable and informative. The sites visited were numerous and included those in Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, and others.
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Date: 09-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy..small group
Loved this 2 week tour with a small group. We saw all of the highlights of big cities and Tuscany. Free time in Florence....all of the great meals....not standing in long lines at the exhibits.
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Date: 10-Aug-2015

5* Wow!
This trip, by far, exceeded all expectations. Our small group of 18 allowed for fast friendships and opportunities to interact with our WONDERFUL tour guide, [Employee Name]. Her knowledge and kindness enriched our trip immensely. The Tauck itinerary and "private tours" provided an experience that would have been impossible on our own. Every moment was "memorable", but the the private access tours were outstanding. Crowd free access to the Vatican sites was amazing. Wow. Tauck Small Group Tours...the only way to go!
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Date: 08-May-2017

4* Best Classic Italy Small Group Trip
Great trip! With special private tours at the Sistine Chapel and Ufizzi Gallery and excellent Italian guides. Lots of delicious food, great hotels and an excellent tour director. The private evening tour of the gold mosaic sparkling basilica of St. Mark in Venice.
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Date: 26-Jun-2018

5* An Amazing Trip!
My husband and I took the 14 day Classic Italy tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was so organized, our tour guide was so knowledgeable and caring, and the people in our group were just so congenial. The hotels were just beautiful and the restaurants we ate in were excellent. Touring the Ruins of Pompeii; our guide was wonderful and the tour was so interesting and informative. Equally wonderful was our private, after hours tour of the Sistine Chapel.
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Date: 09-Jun-2015

5* Classic Italy
Everything about our trip was excellent. Our guide was very nice and really knew her stuff and obviously enjoyed what she was doing. The hotels were superb! Everything about the hotels was nice.(meals, rooms, service) We appreciated the fact that our luggage was taken care of for us. What a wonderful thing to do for your travelers. Thx! Our water taxi ride in Venice. I have wanted to see Venice for a long time and riding down the Grand Canal to our hotel was like experiencing a life long dream come true. I was like a kid at Christmas! Wow!
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Date: 04-Nov-2016

5* Classic Italy
Where to begin?.....our Classic Italy trip was the best trip ever! Saw amazing sites from all over beautiful Italy. My favorite was Rome.....but Sorrento, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice...all Breathtaking. Places I've only dreamed of visiting. And our guide was extraordinary too. He took such great care of us. Magnifico!! Visiting Rome, St, Peter's Basilica, and Vatican and Sistine Chapel......all amazing. As a Catholic, I was deeply touched. Also powerful were Assisi, and St. Mark's in Venice. Such beauty, great sites. Food and wine very enjoyable!
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Date: 31-May-2018

5* Fabulous Italy
We loved every minute of our Italy trip. Our tour director was wonderful, knowledgeable & so informative. We saw so many wonderful sights, each one was special. Every city had special delights. The people, the food, all fabulous. Tauck makes it easy to travel abroad, the details are handled for you so you can relax and enjoy. It's hard to pick just one. Each city and site had so many special things. The museums, the churches, fountains and architecture. Driving along the Amalfi Coast. Rome, Florence, Venice, Orvieto and Assisi are all wonderful.
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Date: 29-Jun-2015

5* Classic Italy Small Group 2015
We just returned from our Classic Italy Small Group Tour. The Tauck experience was so wonderful, we immediately booked next year's vacation to Ireland with Tauck. This trip to Italy had it all: amazing local guides to augment our fabulous tour director, delicious regional foods, wonderful hotels, and an amazing view of cities and countryside. There were so many! The after-hours private tour of the Sistine Chapel was astonishing, as was the amazing tour of the Pompeii ruins. The local guides brought the history and significance of both to light in a very impactful manner. We loved every minute of this trip!
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Date: 16-Jun-2015

5* Classic Italy small group
Very well done, managed and directed by Tauck and our tour guide. Private tours or the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and Doges Palace in Venice.
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Date: 29-May-2015

5* Loved Italy
From start to finish, Classic Italy was the best vacation ever, full of wonderful surprises. Seeing the Vatican museum without the crowds was great. Also bypassing the long lines to get into many of the sites was a blessing. We also had suffient time to explore on our own which was important. Tauck made this trip to Italy truly outstanding. Seeing Pompeii and finding out about the history of the Romans.
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Date: 11-Jun-2018

5* Classic Italy small group, one of the best trips that we have ever been on
The combination of a well organized itinerary, the small group experience and an incredible tour director made this one of the top tours that we have ever experienced. Tauck just keeps coming up with ways to make these tours fun and unique. We will seek out other Tauck small group tour opportunities. The private Tauck tour of the Sistine Chapel at night has to be one of the most memorable travel experiences we have had. We were allowed plenty of time to just stand and take it all in without all of the crowds. It was very moving.
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Date: 12-May-2017

5* Class
When I was young, a friend complimented me with the statement "no one else has the Class." Tauck is Class with a capital "C" in every way. From the arrival in Naples and the van to Sorrento, until departure in Venice, we were treated with "class". Accommodations, Class. Food,beyond belief. But these are only the icing to the visual class we had. You challenge me to keep it to 700 letters. Bus drivers: class. Individual city guides: professional, informed, class. Tauck Director: Consummate Class, from start to finish on top of her game. Tauck was and will always be the way to tour. Andiamo Tutti
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Date: 04-Aug-2017

5* Classic Italy, Small Groups-October 2016
Though this was not my first time in Italy, it was my first tour with Tauck. Everything was amazing! Our tour director was fabulous. She went above and beyond for everyone in the group. From the hotels to the excursions and free time included, everything was point on and well worth all invested! I can honestly say that I will use Tauck again. After hours tour of the Vatican and meeting Vittoria Ferragamo.
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Date: 01-Nov-2016

4* Italy Trip To Remember
Great trip overall. Many top spots visited and much great food enjoyed. Tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. While great location of the hotels, a few were less than expected by way of cleanliness and usefulness. There were many but a few stood out: Amalfi Coast, Vatican Museum & Florence.
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Date: 25-Sep-2017

5* Wonderful trip to Italy
We did the Classic Italy Tour, which we enjoyed immensely. Our guide did a very good job coordinating the trip and all the local guides along the way provided excellent commentary. We were lucky to have a small group on the tour, who we had a lot in common with, so we enjoyed their company. The old saying "you get what you pay for" applies. Night time trip to the Vatican
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Date: 02-Sep-2016

5* Best of Italy
It was wonderful. So much to see and so much to do. Our tour guide handled every detail with perfection. The weather was spectacular. The accommodations were outstanding and the food was delicious and plentiful. This was my 6th Tauck Tour and one of my favorites. When you travel with Tauck, you can be assured of a stress free vacation. Our private trip to the Vatican Museums. No crowds and an excellent local guide.
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Date: 31-May-2017

5* Classic Italy July 14-28, 2015
This was an amazing tour. Our tour director Jennifer was very informative and a great "story" teller about every stop along the way. Tauck does everything first class as we traveled from Sorrento to Venice with many stops along the way. Highly recommend. Very hard to answer this. We loved every aspect of this tour. Every day was special as this was our first trip to Italy.
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Date: 03-Aug-2015

5* Classic Italy Small Group Tour
This is one of the best trips I have taken. I have traveled with another tour company and found that while I had the same amount of expense with Tauck, I received much more value for my money. The Tour Director was extremely knowledgeable as well as the docents from each city we explored. The food was excellent and accommodations were first rate. Each place was memorable on this tour. Many memorable moments were experienced when I didn't have to haul my luggage anywhere. I absolutely love this company. I have talked my neighbors into a tour of Australia and New Zealand which they are currently on and my friends have booked a Safari in Africa for 2018. We have booked an additional 3 trips!!
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Date: 21-Mar-2017

5* Classic Italy
Travelled to the major cities of Italy, Sorrento, Rome, Florence and Venice. Also spent time in the country, the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany. Guides took us through the sites of historic importance. learned the history , but also the story behind some of the greatest art and architecture the world has ever seen. Too many to list. In Rome, the Colosseum, The Sistine Chapel. Seeing David in Florence. The Grand canal in venice. So much more
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Date: 15-Jun-2015

4* Classic Italy Small Groups
This was a wonderful trip. It was active but pace needed to be fast in order to cover so much of Italy. Our guide was very helpful and all local guides were excellent. Boat ride, gondola ride, group dinners all a lot of fun. Hotels very conveniently located and hotel in Sorrento was beautiful. Hard to pick just one but after-hours visit to Sistine Chapel was special.
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Date: 14-May-2015

5* Classic Italy Small Group
This was our first trip to Italy and first tour. Our Tour Director did a very nice job handling all details with tour guides hotels etc. We were also fortunate to have a student in training helping, she was also very helpful. Tauck experience was everything we epected. Private tour of Sistene Chapel
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Date: 17-Jun-2015

5* Classics Italy tour
If you want a worry free trip then I highly recommend this trip. Tauck takes care of all your needs. Nothing to worry about except making sure you have a good pair of walking shoes because you will be walking to admire all the sights of Italy. The private tour of the Sistine Chapel
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Date: 31-Oct-2016

5* Small Groups Classic Italy
Group of 25 covered ages 9-90; friendly, easy to talk to and dine with. Logistics of the trip were very well laid out. Hotels and restaurants were much better than I could have chosen on my own. Trip itinerary hit all the key spots. I was concerned about amount of free time but it was a welcome respite. Lots of walking! Visiting the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel after hours. What a wonderful perk of this trip! Also seeing David and the gondola ride.
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Date: 18-Sep-2015

5* Exceeding expectations
Our guide did an amazing job of keeping her cool--the crowds in Rome were horrendous and lines were maddenly long be we did it and were glad that we did. The rest of the trip really went like clockwork and the meals were sumptous! Besides being really educational, it was really really fun. The local guides were top notch. It is hard to single out a single moment--they kept coming rapid fire but the CinqueTerre was more than we expected. We were able to do the boat trip up and train back: perfect
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Date: 21-May-2015

5* Better Than Imagined
The Classic Italy trip was an incredible, fun experience. Great people in our group and our Tauck tour director was amazing. She executed the tour flawlessly, and we didn't have a care in the world. If you have never been to Italy, this is the trip to take. Days were busy, but enough time to do things on our own too. Great hotels and food. Hard to pick just one moment, but I would have to say the after hours Vatican museum and Sistine chapel tour. It's a Tauck exclusive, and incredible to be the only ones in the museum with no crowds. Our last night's dinner in Rome was a blast.Our director surprised us with a tenor singer who serenaded us while we ate.It was a very fun night'
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Date: 17-May-2017

3* A few disappointments
This is our third Tauck trip.The boutique hotels were excellent. I will address most of my feeling to Tauck directly, but I need to mention that the Cinque Terre boat ride was so disappointing.We were told a private boat was not available.We were stuffed into a public boat, it was major chaos. No English interpreter,had no idea what we were seeing. Pompeii, our private guide was excellent. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea and the promenade at night at the Seaside Resort. The Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's wowed me for the second time. I was moved by the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi.I would highly recommend taking a day before for Capri, it was wonderful.
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Date: 25-Aug-2017

5* Classic Italy August 2018
A whirlwind tour of the best of Italy featuring a veteran Tour Director who is at the top of her game and who guaranteed the best possible experience for our group. I cannot praise Tauck, its people or the overall organization of this tour more highly. Every aspect was topnotch, ensuring that we saw and experienced the best of Italy and more. Everywhere we visited remains vivid, but most warmly remembered are our fellow travelers. This Tauck group was exceptionally friendly, congenial and fun, making the trip, its sights and meals all the more pleasant and memorable.
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Date: 28-Aug-2018

5* Classic Italy
Excellent trip. Tour director did an outstanding job. Her organizational skills made this tour a 5 star experience. Many memorable moments, Pompeii, Colosseum,etc
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Date: 07-Jun-2017

5* Italy in a class by itself
We recently took the Classic Italy tour. This trip was unforgettable and our guide was wonderful. I wouldn't have changed one thing about this vacation, the itinerary or the hotels. This was like getting two trips in one, and I can't say enough great things about it. We've been home a week, and I'm still on cloud 9 from our journey. There were so many great moments, but among them was visiting the Sistine Chapel with just our small group. Venice was a particular highlight as well. The view from the Westin Hotel is like a picture postcard and our hotel in Sorrento was like being in a movie set. Both had spectacular views! There was one wow moment after another on this trip.
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Date: 24-Jun-2016

2* Venice
I am giving Tauck a disappointing review because of our stay in Venice at the Hotel Europa & Regina. Our room number 241 was very small, had mold in the bathtub, the towel holder was rusted, and the toilet bowl had stains. The hallway from the elevator was very tired with old dusty furniture and the walls needed sprucing up. I expected better room. The After Hours Vatican visit and dinner, Colosseum, Pompeii, the dining at a family style local restaurant in Rome, and Il Profeta. The SE-STO at the Westin Excelsior, besides the view, was disappointing.
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Date: 20-May-2018

4* Very comprehensive exploration of Italy
This trip provided us with the opportunity to sample key cities and most popular areas throughout the country. MUCH walking! Long days with lots to do, although there was built-in free time. Heavy emphasis on art and museums....a little much near the end. Tour director was superb, local guides very good. Coach travel topnotch. There were many, but what helped us to really appreciate Tauck service was the quick response to a cancelled flight (pilot strike). Reservations had been made through Tauck so tour director jumped right on it and excellent replacement plans quickly made for next day. Extra hotel and expenses covered by insurance. Extra full day in Venice!
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Date: 18-Sep-2015

5* Classic Italy with Tauck
This was my first tour with Tauck and my second tour of classic Italy. The Tauck tour was the best of the tours. Not only did we stay in top-rated hotels, we received great service from the staff at each location. Being with Tauck made a difference. Our tour guide really worked hard to ensure that we had a sense of the local culture. My most memorable moment occurred on the last evening in Venice. Our hotel was situated on the Grand Canal. Our farewell dinner was held on the terrace that overlooked the water. Just sitting on the terrace, watching the sun go down and Venice lights coming up was just a perfect end to the tour. It was in this setting that we said farewell.
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Date: 18-Jul-2016

5* classic italy...small group
A memorable trip with a small group of 20. Our tour guide was excellent. Tauck did a great job handling all the logistics...moving luggage, hotels, transfers.....it was painless from our perspective. We saw many of the must sees with a local expert guide and several in private e.g. Vatican Museum, St Mark's in Venice. Once again seeing the Pieta in Rome along with our private tour of the Vatican Museum which included the Sistine Chapel. Florence is the best because it is manageable and our session with Elaine Ruffolo was one not to be missed. The small towns of Orvieto, Assisi were pearls along with wine tastings and cooking lessons. The group was great.
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Date: 06-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy
It was great. I saw a lot of Beautiful Places and met a lot of great people some of who became friends. Florence, The hotel was beautiful and we dined at their roof top restaurant with friends that we made on the trip. The restaurant was beautiful and the view was gorgeous.
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Date: 31-May-2016

4* Italy
The small group tour of Italy was phenomenal. We had a great time. The tour was very thought out by Tauck. The tour group leader was delightful,informative and awesome. We felt very taken care of. The sights were perfect. The only criticism was the food. Overall it was good. Some of the restaurants and food choices were just not good. The most memorable moments were in Cinque Terre. I loved that little village and the final dinner which was bitter sweet. We had a great tour made friends and now we had to leave.
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Date: 21-Jul-2017

5* Italy is Fantastic
Tauck seems to top themselves with every trip I take. Italy was fantastic. The tour director was amazing. She helped make the trip memorable. The local guides are the best in class. The itinerary allows you to do and see as much as possible in your time in Italy. From the Amalfi coast to Venice and all points in between this trip is hard to top. The entire trip is full of memorable moments. The one that tops my list was the boat ride to Cinque Terre. The drive along the Amalfi coast was amazing. The location of the hotel in Florence allowed us to walk to everything. The Gondola ride in Venice is classic. Tuscany is more beautiful than I expected. Venice and Rome exceeded all expectations.
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Date: 30-Jul-2018

5* A feast in every way.
The food, oh, the food. And yes, the wine. And a little first-batch olive oil. Mamma mia! The tour director was helpful in every way; a source of quality information and personal care. The tour gave me a comprehensive view of Italy's past and present. The drivers were expert, the local guides were committed to excellence and integrity. I love the ocean, so Amalfi, Viareggio, Cinque Terre and Venice touched my heart. And did I mention the food?
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Date: 04-Jun-2015

5* The best!
This was the best trip we ever took. Beautiful cities, great hotels, delicious food. Don't know where to start. We loved it all.
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Date: 14-Jun-2015

5* classic italy april 2017
magnificent as usual for tauck great hotels beautiful scenery amazing attractions and activities Vatican museums open especially for tauck after hours loved Sorrento hotel and borgo di conti Pompeii is spectacular so many wonderful sights hard to pick one
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Date: 23-May-2017

5* My wife cherishes this trip
This tour was well beyond our expectations. we have travelled much of the world and this is our favorite memory. The after hours tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine chapel were unforgettable because our group was the only group there. we were able to see everything because there was no crowd. the Sistine Chapel and the Uffizi gallery in Florence
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Date: 24-Feb-2015

5* Fantastic Trip
Amazing tour that follows the development of Italy and its art from the Roman Empire thru to the Renaissance. At the same time you are seeing Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Venice as well the seaside and hill top villages. And the food! Tauck takes care of everything for you. The visits to the St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican. Seeing it first hand along with the explanation behind the art and its use of perspective and dimensions to create it was fascinating. That and the mosaic work.
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Date: 08-Oct-2018

5* First Visit to Italy Could Not Have Been Better for Us!
From our arrival in Sorrento to our departure from Venice, every day presented wonderful sights and experiences. We enjoyed our time with 40 very pleasant, interesting people from all round the USA. Our Tour Director added so much to our time there through her attention to detail, thoughtful presentations, handouts, and responses to our questions. This is a difficult question because each of our 14 days was so good! I think our private, nighttime visit to the Sistine Chapel was the most memorable for us. Our local guide was so gifted! He provided all the expected "facts". In our ear, we heard a wonderful storyteller tell his tale in a manner that added so much to our visit there.
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Date: 20-May-2018

5* Italy done to perfection
This was our fourth Tauck trip in the past six years and they have all been spectacular. Classic Italy rises to the top as the best trip we have taken. We cannot say enough about our fabulous tour guide. All of our Hotels were first class. The scenery and the historic sites with their artworks were just stunning. Our gondola ride in Venice with the guitar player and the singer in our gondola. This was our 47th anniversary and my wife has wanted to do this for years. She and the wife of the other gentleman in our gondola were both brought to tears. Definitely an experience we will not forget
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Date: 06-Jul-2015

5* Classic Italy
We took the Classic Italy trip and the experience was incredible. The hotels were exceptional, the food authentic and delicious, the itinerary was varied and comprehensive. We skipped long lines at every destination and the local tour guides were engaging and knowledgeable. And the main tour guide was phenomenal and we hope to see him again. The Sistine Chapel, Hotel in Sorrento, Il Profeta in Florence, The David in Florence, Rome at night.
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Date: 02-Jul-2018

5* Classic Italy - a definite bucket lister
This was grander than I had ever expected. Our tour guide outstanding (I could go on and on with glowing accolades but won't). From beginning to end Tauck thinks of everything you could need, want, worry about, and takes care of it. It ran perfectly from luggage, buses, trains, boats, dinners. Loved the Sistine Chapel with only our group. Really loved Orvieto - the town/churches
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Date: 12-Sep-2017

2* Italy
Itinerary was very good. Guide was knowledgeable and supportive. Hotel accommodations were very bad in Rome. My toilet did not flush. Carpet was black in walk areas and stained in other areas. Food was OK. Musical presentation in Rome with opera singer, accordion player and tambourine was an insult to anyone who enjoys music. After hours trip to Vatican and Sistine chapel. Also Boat ride to Cinque Terra.
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Date: 02-Nov-2016

4* Living the dream
Once again, Tauck had our trip planned down to the minute! Everything was carefully thought out to make our visit effortless! Even at the airport on our departure. A guide was waiting for us to walk us to our exact airline counter! We had a fun group of fellow travelers and our director was awesome. We saw all the major sites. That’s not fair to ask! Pompeii, Amalfi, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Venice! Too many to just give one! The reason I gave 4 stars is because we are not city people and we would have liked to spend a day less in Rome and Florence. We felt like royalty the whole trip: rooms, transportation, food, local guides, special entrance to sites, AMAZING!
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Date: 18-May-2018

5* Classic Italy 2015
After having a trip to Italy on my bucket list for decades I finally was able to make it happen & couldn't have asked for a better experience. With the Tauck Classic Italy tour I saw Italy from top to bottom, had great accommodations & was provided well informed and entertaining local guides & drivers. And our tour Christina was the best! Approaching the little town where my grandmother had been born over 100 years ago. Knowing this was where I was from was a moving moment.
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Date: 10-Nov-2015

5* Trip of a Lifetime
It was AMAZING. My life dream has been to go to Italy, and Tauck provided an experience that exceeded my expectations. From the minute we met our tour director, until we said our final good-bye, every experience was memorable. Our tour director was superb. She worked hard to insure we would have an unforgettable trip, and it was. While in Florence, we came around the corner and the beautiful Duomo reflected in the afternoon sunlight. It took my breathe away.
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Date: 10-Oct-2018

3* Classic Italy
This was our 6 or 7 Tauck Tour and we found a few things lacking that we we had in all our other tours. 1. Our luggage was lost for 3 days. The Concierge at our hotel in Sorrento was much more help than the tour director in finding our lost luggage. (She offered to help us shop and told us it happens quite offen, The Concierge found our luggage). I need additional space for my review! Abreviated: Not enough Dinners.(Dinners are much more important than lunches) 3 meals is too much. Too much on your own time! Venice on your own is too much free time!
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Date: 27-Oct-2015

5* Viva Italia
Any apprehension about our first Tauck tour melted away within hours of arrival in Sorrento. Interesting fellow travelers with similar interests all sharing a love of history, travel and incredible foods! First class treatment, hotels, and I have to believe one of the most interesting and professional tour guides Tauck can offer! We absolutely loved exploring Pompei
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Date: 25-Apr-2016

5* Classic Italy: food, art and WOW
I liked the building up of History as we moved north through Italy. Every day was full of beautiful views, great food, perfect accommodations and LOCAL tour guides that can't be beat. The days flew by....we need to return. This was my first time in Pompeii and I was so aware of the town that once stood there. I've visited Venice before but never on a water taxi at 7:00 for a tour of the city! WOW Sistene Chapel at night can't be beat and any moment in Florence is forever etched in my brain.
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Date: 09-Oct-2017

5* The best vacation EVER!
We had a perfect trip!! We had a funny, kind, knowledgeable guide who made everything look easy. Our group was very compatible. Hotels were stellar, food was wonderful, and the local guides added so much!! We cannot think of a single thing to complain about.
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Date: 07-May-2018

5* Fantastic Italy!
Just completed my second Classic Italy Tour with Tauck - even better than the last one! Everything was organized for us; the itinerary was full of amazing experiences yet still left time for independent exploration. Great food and accommodations. The Tauck Director was helpful, kind, and so knowledgeable! Can't wait to travel on another Tauck trip! Pompeii was amazing, again, and I really appreciated being able to make choices on this tour. The tour of La Fenice was an added bonus over my last trip. The local guides hired by Tauck are top notch. We learned so much at each location! And I wouldn't want to leave out the magnificent sunsets seen from the terrace of our hotel in Sorrento!
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Date: 05-Oct-2018

5* Classic Italy small group
It's hard to find anything negative to say. The trip is a nice balance of travel and downtime. The local guides are all very impressive in their knowledge and level of English proficiency. The hotels are great--well located and very accommodating. The food is wonderful even for those on limited diets such as mine. And the tour leader is great. Too many to single out. Maybe the private tour of the Vatican art works and Sistine Chapel.
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Date: 07-May-2018

5* Classic Italy
The trip was well planned and our tour guide did a great job on presenting ample background information about the places we were visiting and helped us plan our free time. I would recommend arriving a day early to take a tour of Capri like we did. One suggestion is to change from the Marriott hotel in Venice due to location and hotel staff. The trip was so well planned that everyday created great new memories.
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Date: 03-Oct-2018

5* Classic italy
It was our first tauck trip and we didn't know what to expect The trip was wonderful and met all of our expectations and even more!! The gorgeous scenery of the amalfi coast drinking coffee and eating croissants
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Date: 15-Jun-2015

5* Trip of a lifetime
This was our 3rd Tauck tour. Each one gets better. Our tour director was fabulous! The hotels were top notch! Food was fantastic! Everyone on the trip got along great. We have had numerous mini reunions with more than half the tour participating. Loved each city we visited. Pace was excellent. Some early mornings. Seeing the Vatican, seeing the Sistine chapel, seeing the David, Venice!
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Date: 12-Sep-2016

5* Classic Italy Small Group - A MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE
We enjoyed the trip immensely. It was our first time to Italy and we had never been on a tour before. There are really no negatives to report, except for the crowds at some of the venues. The variety of activities was enjoyable & there was enough time where we could explore on our own. Our guide was fantastic. We were never late to anything. It is hard to say what was my favorite venue just because everything was so well organized and ran so smooth, although the private tours were really special: the Colosseum, Orvieto & Assisi, Vatican/Sistine Chapel, Venice. We were sorry that San Gimignano was taken off the itinerary. We would have loved to have gone there. It went too fast!
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Date: 15-May-2018

5* Classic Italy - Small Group
My wife and I had a phenomenal trip to Italy. Our first Tauck experience was fantastic - and our Tour Director was outstanding. We loved our experience - and were able to see so much of Italy in a relatively short period of time. The behind the scenes experiences with exceptional local guides and not waiting in lines was a real bonus! Everything - we enjoyed every aspect of our 14-day trip - our tour colleagues, Tauck attending to every detail, the ease of travel, the handling of our luggage and tips, the unbelievable food... We could go on and on. Our overall experience was five-star!
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Date: 10-Aug-2015

4* Small Group Classic Italy was wonderful
This was our 4th Tauck trip. It was wonderful. We enjoyed the boutique hotels because they were close to all the sights. The tour mixed big cities and remote small towns so perfectly. A lot of walking and steps involved but was well paced. Free time was nice ! Florence, our director was the best ! She took care of us like family. Perfect tour ! I enjoyed the art in Florence, especially David. The small towns were so relaxing and picturesque too. We ate at a lot of unique restaurants that we loved. Great travel companions and the best director made the trip a special journey. A terrific itinerary that everyone will love ?? Small group is a good choice on this tour.
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Date: 02-Jun-2016

5* Classic Italy Small Groups
To sum it up in one word "magnificent". From the beginning to the very end every detail was taken care of and we had the best tour leader ever. She did a fantastic job. Her organizational skills, knowledge and love of the area made it special. We were also lucky to travel with such a great group of people. Truly a dream come true. So many memorable moments from the Isle of Capri to the gondola ride in Venice. Most memorable was seeing "David"
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Date: 20-May-2015

5* Trip of a lifetime!
Our tour director was fabulous! We were treated like valued guests as we travelled to some of the most beautiful spots in the world. The trip was seamless from boating outside of Cinque Terre, to hopping a train to Vernazza, to taking a water taxi with a guide from our Venice hotel to the departure gate at the airport. Perfect vacation We woke up every day to a new thrill to be shared with our great travelling companions! Too many memorable moments to limit to one-St Peter's, private Sistine Chapel tour, Orvieto, Sorrento, Florence, Cinque Terre, Venice...makes us smile just thinking about it! Thank you!!!!
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Date: 03-Jun-2015

5* Italy Love
Fabulous, wonderful, amazing, beautiful, delicious, inspiring, fun! We truly had a grand adventure. Trip was well planed and paced. Great balance of time in the city and time in the country. Hotels were lovely and food delicious - though there was too much of it! We were well taken care of. Met many interesting people. Just go! I enjoyed being in the countryside. My husband enjoyed the cities. His favorite was the Sistene Chapel. Mine was seeing the natural beauty of Italy - Amalfi, Umbria, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Assissi, Torgiano, and Orvieto.
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Date: 28-Jul-2015

5* First Trip to Europe
This was our first trip to Europe and it exceeded our expectations. We had an excellent group of people, the weather was perfect and our Tour Director went above and beyond. Her compassion, professionalism and sense of humor made everyday an adventure. The excursions were excellent, enjoyed having ample free time to explore on our own. Private tour of the Vatican, Pompeii and the Colosseum. Liked the fact that arrangements were made ahead of time and we didn't have to wait in any lines.
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Date: 03-Jul-2017

5* Another Outstanding Adsventure
This was our 12th Tauck tour and our 3rd small group tour. As usual, everyone was very friendly and by the end of the second week we were like family. After two weeks it was hard to say good bye. But we are still connected, sending digital photo files and e-mails back and forth and talking about our next Tauck adventure. As usual Tauck had lots of special events, but we will never forget our after hours, private tour, (just the 25 of us) in the Sistine Chapel. It was wonderful! It is these special touches that Tauck adds that no other tour company matches, that makes their tours so wonderful. That is the reason we have already booked two more tours for 2017.
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Date: 07-Sep-2016

4* Classic Italy
Really a nice trip. All the usual special Tauck touches that make these ventures go so well. Our tour director was splendid. She really knocked herself out to help everyone of her guests have the best trip experience that they might possibly have. The itinerary was very well planned, the accommodations were excellent, the food quite good in general I was pleasantly surprised by Roma. The hotel was great. All sorts of fascinating ancient things to see. I especially enjoyed seeing the Pantheon. The people were friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves.
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Date: 07-Jun-2017

3* Italy Small Groups
Overall this was a nice trip. We were able to see all the major sites in Italy. We could have used a little more down time. We brought our adult children (20's) and would not recommend others do this. Our guide was awful. Condescending and did not handle any situations for anyone in our group. Our most memorable moment was seeing the Vatican Museum at night on a private tour.
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Date: 01-Jul-2015

5* Italy Done Right!
Choosing Tauck to take us through Italy was one of the best decisions I have ever made. As first time visitors to Italy we wanted our experience to include the high points but we also wanted to make sure we got to experience the people and culture as well. This trip was all of that and more. Stellar hotels, guides and itinerary. Grazie Miele!!! Can't pick just one. The Amalfi Coast - Pompeii - The Sistine Chapel - The Doumo and the Uffizi all ranked up at the top!
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Date: 24-May-2017

5* Classic Italy Small Group
Wow! We are still pinching ourselves to see if this trip was a dream or reality! The special touches that were included on this tour made it so special - the 5 Star hotels, delightful restaurants that we never would have found on our own, local guides, private tours & boat rides… Our Tour Director was THE best! The private, after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel is so memorable. Spending 45 minutes with just our little group in The Sistine Chapel along with our local guide allowed us to look carefully at the paintings, learn how to "read" them, and just take it all in. There was no rush, no crowds, just pure awe!
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Date: 20-May-2016

5* Exceeded Expectations
The trip was absolutely fantastic! It was very busy but that is what we expected and we saw so much - we walked over 80 miles but that was our choice. It is a fabulous exposure to Italy. I loved that we stayed in one location for a few days, using that as a home base, and went out and saw the surrounding area. Our tour manager was incredible! Private after hours tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. This was followed closely by Venice (both the tour and just wandering and getting lost.)
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Date: 30-Jul-2018

4* Classic Italy
Great vacation! Good balance between tours and free time to explore on our own. Local guides were knowledgeable. Our Tauck guide was terrific. Really enjoyed dining at local restaurants. It is difficult to pick one between Rome, Florence and Venice and the smaller towns we visited. The visit to Pompeii and seeing Vesuvius in the distance was a wow moment!
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Date: 01-Jun-2017

5* Classic Italy, small groups
It exceeded our expectations. We had a great time. The hotels and planned meals were wonderful and the recommendations of places to eat when we were on our own were fabulous. I have a gluten allergy and the tour director made sure I have gluten free pasta wherever we ate. The bus was very clean and comfortable and we enjoyed the boat and train rid There were so many it is hard to pick just one. The guides tours of the Vacatian museum and Sistene Chapel, the Doge Palace and the Uffizi Gallery, and Pompeii were most helpful. To try and do this on own own would have been impossible.
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Date: 06-Jul-2015

4* Classic Italy
wonderful weather, food, fellow travelers and tour director!! We saw an amazing amount in just 12 days - cities, countryside and beach area. Rode on a comfortable bus and took the high speed train. Seeing Michelangelo's Pieta.
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Date: 20-May-2015

5* Classic Italy, "WOW!"
The itinerary , the Tauck experience, and our amazing tour director, made every day a "WOW!" day. The other guests on tour are now friends, and the daily agenda is now a series of cherished memories we'll never forget. Italy captures the heart and Tauck captures the moment! Every day was a highlight moment. But we fell in love with Italy, when we first entered our room at the Borgo dei Conti Resort and gazed out our window at the Umbrian countryside. It was a feeling of awe, and knowing we were blessed beyond measure to share the experience.
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Date: 21-Sep-2018

5* Classic Italy 2017
Only Tauck can cover so much territory and do it so well. The trip was flawless. The accommodations, transportation, itinerary, food and drink, plus the added surprises, were fantastic. Our Director ensured we all had a wonderful trip and did so with professionalism, efficiency and genuine warmth. So many wonderful moments, it is hard to pick! The private visit to the Sistine Chapel was definitely a highlight. We thoroughly enjoyed the much-needed "downtime" we had at Borgo Dei Conti Resort in Umbria. The gondola ride the last night in Venice was also very special.
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Date: 30-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy
Perfectly paced tour of Italy from Sorento to Venice. The tour director was very informative and professional. One of the ladies needed medical attention. The tour director got her into the ER in Italy and she was back with the group a day later. The driver was very expert and friendly. San Gimignano was a total surprise. An almost perfectly preserved medieval walled town. It was like walking onto the set of a Harry Potter movie. The main street was very crowded but we detoured one street over and were almost alone. The dinners were so much fun! Just superb. Make sure you go to il Profeta in Florence. The owner is a hoot.
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Date: 14-May-2018

5* Classic Italy
Better than imagined or hoped for...just one highlight after another. Can't say enough great things about our Tour Director! Sistine Chapel after hours followed by being serenaded on a Gondola ride in Venice.
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Date: 22-Jun-2015

5* Classic Italy Small Group
Phenomenal. Outstanding Tour Director, mostly excellent hotel accommodations fabulous food and wonderful and copious amounts of Italian wine. Fantastic itinerary and private after hour tour of Vatican museum and Sistine chapel. This was my third Tauck small group tour and the best by far. The entire trip.
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Date: 05-Jun-2017

5* Classic Italy is Great Overall Tour of Italy
We took the Classic Italy small group tour in May. The weather was cloudy and rainy with pockets of sunshine, but that didn't impact our tour at all. This is an active agenda, with lots of walking, touring churches and museums, siteseeing, and eating! You definitely need comfortable shoes and casual, layered clothing. Everything! But specifically the Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, driving through Tuscany, the after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, Cinque Terre, the gondola ride in Venice, and avoiding the crowds and lines.
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Date: 27-Jun-2018

5* Classic Italy
It was more than a vacation it was an experience. This was our second tour with Tauck and we didn't think they could top the first one but they did this was simply amazing. We stayed in such elegant hotels, everyone was so nice and gave us such special treatment. Our tour guide was terrific. Two weeks went by so fast. We have three Pompei, Colliseum, and The Vatican it was so nice to have a private tour I feel so blessed to have been able to do this. In fact it is hard to name one I enjoyed everything we did, I loved the Amalfi Coast, Florence and just when you thought it couldn't get better we went to Venice. I loved the gondola ride, simply amazing.
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Date: 03-Nov-2016

5* Everyday a Wow day!
This was our first Tauck tour. We knew from family and friends to expect a high quality tour. This tour exceeded our expectations in every way. Our tour director was outstanding. She was informative, caring and professional. We are hooked on Tauck and are already planning our next tour with Tauck. So many, the boat ride through Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii.
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Date: 01-Oct-2018

5* Classic Italy Small Group June 6 2018
If you've never seen Italy before this is he best 101 tour money can buy. Our tour director, and each local guide, was extremely knowledgeable and was able to bring things to light that a first-timer would never - ever know. Our TD had a backup plan for every scenario and we always had something excellent to do - or take some down time if needed. Too many great things to list. I remember thinking as we visited an Italian 'Truck Stop' a guy and his date could pull into one of these with 25 euros and have a pretty good weekend getaway. Literally everything that one needed. Much better than ones located in the USA. Also, I will miss not having a great bottle of wine with lunch every day!
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Date: 26-Jun-2018

5* Classic Italy: Bellissima!
Our second Tauck trip met our considerable expectations. The hotels were excellent for the most part, and the company was really good. We had a lot of free time in the major cities, and that suited us well. The trip seemed to get better and better as it went on: northern Italy was sublime. A great way to see a lot of the country in style! Venice - all of it. And the Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns were fabulous too.
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Date: 26-Aug-2016

5* Classic Italy small group
It exceeded my expectation, and I had pretty high expectations since I had traveled with Tauck before. This trip was over the top! The hotels were in great locations. The itinerary was well constructed with plenty of time for independent exploration. Food and wines were fantastic. The tour director was the BEST ever. So many treasured memories. With so many special moments it is hard to pick just one.......but the after-hrs tours of the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel in Rome and St Mark's in Venice were unforgettable. How will Tauck beat this?
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Date: 11-May-2018

4* Wonderful Classic Italy Small Group
This trip was chosen by our granddaughter as her HS graduation present and was our fifth trip with Tauck but her first. We all agreed that the memories created will last us a lifetime. From the beginning in Sorrento to our final day in Venice we enjoyed every moment and would highly recommend this trip. Our after hours visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel filled us with awe. We will also never forget our guides knocking on the giant doors of the Doge's Palace in Venice and them swinging open just for us! This trip was memorable from start to finish.
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Date: 09-Jul-2017

5* Classic Italy Sept 2018
Since it was our first time in Italy we enjoyed the diversity of the trip between the Large cities of Rome and Florence and the small hill towns of Orvieto and Cinque Terre. Tour director was terrific, he kept everybody informed on what to expect at next destination. He always had some great picks for local (small) restaurants. Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea @ Viareggio
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Date: 28-Sep-2018

5* Classic Italy Small Group Tour
Our trip was exceptional. We enjoyed every moment. Being on a Small Group made the vacation extra special. Our Tour Guide did a great job. Thank you to her and Tauck! Most memorable moment is very difficult to articulate as there were so very many but, I would narrow it to two; first, the after hours tour of the Vatican Museum particularly the Sistine Chapel and second, would be Orvieto. What an awesome country Italy is.
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Date: 30-May-2018

5* Terrific From Beginning to End
We heard nothing but raves about Tauck Tours from friends and now we understand why. From beginning to end we had a most enjoyable trip. From the handling of luggage, to transportation, to outstanding hotels and memorable sites, it was a trip of a lifetime. We felt we got to see a lot on the trip without being rushed. The pace was reasonable. The boat ride along the coast of Cinque Terre.
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Date: 16-Jul-2015

5* Perfect Overview of Italian Highlights
This 2 week Tauck trip was just the perfect overview of all the main highlights in Italy. It had the right amount of free time to either relax or explore on your own. We learned so much about the history and culture of Italy that we feel like we just finished a graduate course of study. Tauck also provided many unique extras all along the way. Being in the Sistine Chapel with only our Tauck group and an awesome guide to explain and interpret.
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Date: 26-May-2017

5* Italy + Tauck Rocked!
We had a wonderful time on our Classic Italy tour! The itinerary covered everything on our list: Pompeii, Rome, Umbria, Cinque Terre, Florence and finally Venice. Our tour director was fabulous and the local guides were outstanding. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food was out of this world. We will definitely use Tauck again. It's very hard to pick just one. I think it would be a tie between seeing Pompeii, Michelangelo's David and the private after hours tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel.
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Date: 21-Jun-2018

5* Classic Italy tour 10/21 to 10/4
We had a wonderful time on our trip. Our Tour Director was outstanding. Everything went like clockwork due to his attention to small details and thinking ahead. He was so personable and planned many small surprises for us. The group we were with were very friendly despite being from many different backgrounds. This is very difficult to answer. There were too many to mention here. The “hits just kept on coming”.
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Date: 10-Oct-2018

5* A great first experience with Tauck
4.75/5 We had a great host--informative, helpful, and possessed the perfect personality. Would have liked to see the option for more planned "optional" activities in the afternoons/evenings (like the chocolate/wine tasting at the Borgo dei Conti). This could range from museums to fun activities. Felt rushed through the wings of the Vatican. To expand on previous section: I thought the time at each of the big cities (Rome, Flor, Ven) was well gauged, but thought we didn't need as long in places like Assisi and San Gimignano. Too many memories to single out one particular moment. Pompeii, the colosseum, and views from the Venetian gondolas/Orvieto's bell tower stand out, though.
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Date: 30-May-2017

5* Would never want to see Italy any other way!
Our Classic Italy trip was amazing. Each day, we told each other that there was no way we could have seen as much, gotten around, or received the outstanding education from local guides if we had done this on our own. It was worth every penny. We never touched our luggage and they even had someone accompany us to the airport at the end. The Amalfi coast, the private tour of the Sistine Chapel, the WONDERFUL dinner at il Profeta in Florence, the Tuscan countryside, the gondola ride in Venice were all so memorable. Our tour director was so wonderful and amazing with her knowledge of Italy.
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Date: 17-May-2018

5* Classic Italy
The trip was a dream come true. The beauty of the land , the history and the professional guidance of our Tauck Director were beyond any expectation. That is a difficult answer because every location held wonder and amazement. How do you chose between the wonder of Sorrento, Pompeii, the Vatican or Sistine Chapel ? Tuscany was beautiful and serene . We loved the beauty and art of Florence and the uniqueness of Venice. Your tour is outstanding and we look forward to another Tauck adventure.
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Date: 05-Jun-2017

5* Classic Italy-Amazing
We had such an amazing time; it was better than we ever dreamed it would be. Tauck really knows how to showcase the places on the tours. We loved the way most of the hotels were in the heart of where we were touring, to make it easy to go out and wander around by yourselves. Not having to deal with luggage the entire trip was a BIG plus. That is hard to say; we loved Florence; the artwork just boggles our minds. Rome and the Colosseum were amazing; Pompeii was mind-blowing too. Cinque Terre was one of our favs. Amalfi coast was beautiful..can't say enough about the trip.
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Date: 26-Sep-2018

5* Classic Italy - What a Great Trip!
The small group was well worth the extra money. The group was congenial, and our tour guide was outstanding. Tauck absolutely goes the extra mile - great hotels, knowledgeable tour guides, wonderful food. Most impressed with the care taken in getting us back to the airport in Venice. Can't think of a better way to see Italy. Watching the glorious sunset from the Pontevecchio in Florence.
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Date: 19-May-2015

5* Classic Italty
This was a wonderful trip from a cultural, scenery, sites, food, drink, wine, and guest. Tour Director was very very good. Rates as one of my top 5 trips Visiting Pompeii and The Coliseum
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Date: 25-Sep-2018

5* Italian Delight
We had the trip of a lifetime. From Sorrento to Venice, we experienced many of the unique regions in Italy and each was delightful. Although our tour director had a family emergency and had to leave us after our first five days, our trip proceeded as promised. Accommodations and food were excellent. Walking down a street in Pompeii and seeing chariot wheel grooves in the cobblestones
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Date: 13-Nov-2017

5* An Abundance of Italy
My husband & I decided to go to Italy, & being retired, had plenty of time to research cities, narrow down destinations & companies, & create the ultimate experience to Italy. The one company that most matched our dream journey was the Tauck small group trip to Italy. Surprisingly, this trip exceeded our already high expectations. My most memorable moment was the boat to Cinque Terre, seeing all 5 of the cities by boat, & spending the day in Vernazza. My husband, for the first time in his life, starting drinking wine, red & white, everywhere we went. Together, our most memorable times were exploring cities together by foot & learning so much about art & history.
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Date: 02-Jun-2017

4* Classic Italy
Overall the trip was wonderful. Our Tour Director was spectacular. While I most definitely will take another Tauck tour, some of the meals were a miss, like the dinner in Rome - good ambiance, food was fair. Also, it seemed like we had too many meals on our own. Overall the hotel accommodations were very good. Too many to choose. Arriving in Sorrento was amazing and Venice, in spite of the rain, was wonderful.
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Date: 31-May-2015

5* Classic Italy- What a great trip!
This was the first vacation we have done with a tour group. From the moment our flight arrived in Italy everything was taken care of. We visited Sorrento, Rome, Venice and Florence just to name a few. The hotels and meals were 5 star and it seemed like every location had the proper allotted time. I can't see traveling to Europe with anyone else. There is not enough space in this review to mention all the fantastic sites we have seen. The Amalfi coast was beautiful with the small towns we toured. Sorrento with the scooters running all around was a something to see. Venice was great with all the canals and waterways. And of course a gondola ride with a musician singing Italian love songs.
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Date: 01-Nov-2016

5* Loved my Italy trip
It was the best trip. Every hotel was magnificent. We had plenty of time to explore on our own. We met wonderful people. Some of whom we still spend time with. We loved our Italy trip so much we are traveling with Tauck, this summer on their schooner up the coast of Italy and northern Italy in 2019.
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Date: 30-May-2018

5* Classic Italy Small Group
Our 1st time to Italy was amazing. Tauck handled all the details and made travel so easy. Meals included were always very good. When we had time on our own, our excellent tour guide provided us with a list of suggestions of things to see and places to eat. Virtually no waiting in lines at visited sites, always priority entry. Our group was great. Not able to select just one. Each stop was amazing. Tauck taking all the hassle out of travel like handling luggage, super comfortable coach, knowledgeable tour guides and more made the entire trip memorable. The after hour tours are icing on the cake.
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Date: 11-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy
This was our second tour with Tauck so we had very high expectations. The tour and our tour director made our 51st anniversary one we will always treasure. There were so many memorable moments - dinner with our whole group in Rome and being serenaded on our anniversary, the view from Sorrento, seeing the view from Assisi, finding our way to our beautiful room at the hotel in Torgiano. We loved every moment!
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Date: 19-Sep-2016

5* Getting to know Italy
Having never been to Italy this was a superbly planned and executed way to accomplish that goal. The hotels were all luxurious and well-chosen to be close to the most desirable sites. Every detail was taken care of and in the Tauck style, there were superb special access where the crush of other tourists would have been a problem. Seeing the Sistine Chapel at night with just a few additional tourists. And the first glimpse of Pompeii.
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Date: 09-Nov-2015

5* Classic Italy - A Gem!
This trip was extremely enjoyable. The variation of sites we saw, some walking, some bus rides, was well paced. Our tour director, Joesph, was phenomenal - knowledgeable, kept things moving and looked out for everyone. So many to choose from, but the visit to Saint Peters' Basilica and the private visit to the Sistine Chapel where exceptional!
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Date: 08-Jan-2015

5* Unimaginable Italy
From beginning to end exceeded expectations. So grateful for Tauck's connections, the care and detail taken by Tauck from choosing the routes to accommodations through to transportation not to mention the tour director as well as the tours featured on this trip. Never having been to Italy, I cannot imagine doing it any other way! We loved it all There were too many to count but seeing the Sistine Chapel at night with so few people inside had to be a big one. Seeing David and the Pieta were also too incredible to describe. Experiencing the different landscapes, the churches, the art were all amazing but really just being there and experiencing Italy can't be put into words.
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Date: 04-Oct-2016

5* How we enjoyed our Italian holiday
The trip was two weeks of wonderful history, art, scenery and food. To top it off, we were treated like VIP's the entire time. Being able to see the Vatican Museum after hours and to avoid many long lines was a real treat. It was a nice combination of hustle and bustle in Rome, quiet time in Umbria and sightseeing in Florence and Venice The entire trip was do well organized by our tour guide it felt like we were traveling with family
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Date: 10-Jul-2017

5* Classic Italy
My husband and I had a great vacation exploring Italy through Tauck's Classic Italy tour. This tour kept us moving and enabled us to see all of the hot spots you want to see in Italy. All of the hotels are 5 star and the food is all incredible. We had a great time and couldn't have asked for a better experience. Our most memorable moment was being able to have the private after hours tour of the Vatican. Being able to enjoy this museum without all of the crowds was very special. We also really enjoyed the small traditional restaurants for some homemade Italian food; Il Profeta (Florence) and Trattoria Da Cumpa (Ravello).
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Date: 16-May-2017

5* Best Intro to Italy
Classic Italy gave us our introduction to Italy and to group travel. Tauck took care of EVERYTHING and made this a memorable, worry-free trip. Upon arrival in Naples we were met at the airport and escorted to our hotel. From there every detail was attended to. Our departure from Venice was indicative of the care we received throughout the tour. Candlelight dinner with my wife in Florence!
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Date: 18-May-2015

5* Classic Italy
Classic Italy is filled with a tremendous amount of history and beauty. From Sorrento to Venice it was an awesome, spectacular, amazing breathtaking way to celebrate our 55th anniversary. Our tour director was so much fun and extremely knowledgeable and made it a trip to remember with a lingering desire to book another Tauck trip soon! Seeing historic Pompeii and listening to the local guide tell us the early Roman History.
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Date: 12-Jul-2017

5* Classic Italy (small group)
We loved every minute. Years ago I travelled with Tauck to Lugano,Lake Como,Venice, Florence and Rome. This trip covers a lot more ground. The fellow travelers and the Tour guide were terrific. The tour guide had her hands full with a few travelers that were not physically suited for this trip. She handled everything with grace. Loved her. Loved the Amalfi coast, Cinque Terre, the private tours of The Sistine Chapel and the Doges Palace. The hotel in Venice and the Gondola ride were wonderful. It was my husband's birthday while we were in Venice and the tour guide surprised us with our own vocalist on the Gondola ride. She was a gem!
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Date: 04-May-2017

5* Small Group Classic Italy June 7, 2015
This was a fantastic trip & our first Tauck tour. We loved the pace of the tour, the beautiful hotels, having free time on our own, all the wonderful food and getting to know our fellow travelers. Our guide was fantastic. We took a wonderful vacation that was relaxing and educational - learned a lot about art, Italian culture, history. There are too many memorable moments to list all of them. The highlights for me were the boat ride along Cinque Terre, the Almalfi Coast drive, the gondola in Venice, Rome at night tour, Vatican and getting to know our tour guide and traveling companions.
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Date: 26-Jun-2015

5* Classic Italy, September 2016 with [Employee Name]
Classic Italy is a 14-day, busy active trip. It could easily have fallen into the trap of too much information too quickly, were it not for the presence of our Tauck representative. Her knowledge of Italy and its people is encyclopedic. Simply put, she humanized Italy for us. A pile of rubble would come alive through her stories. The water taxi ride at 7:30 in the morning, as recommended by our Tauck Director. It was a wonderful trip with great new traveling companions, and a superb tour director.
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Date: 15-Nov-2016

5* Classic Italy...Glorious!
I can't recommend this tour highly enough! Every day was simply extraordinary! The itinerary was comprehensive and had a good balance between seeing the exciting larger cities and enjoying the more rustic villages. Every detail was handled expertly. Our tour guide was amazing! It's very difficult to choose a favorite moment! Our after hours tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel was certainly a highlight. But so were our relaxing stay in Perugia and our guided tour of Pompeii. The expertise of the local guides made every tour outstanding! One of the best parts of the tour was the wonderful people who were with us.
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Date: 01-Oct-2018

5* Wonderful classic tour Italy
We had a great tour director. This is our second trip with you and I did wonder if we would have a good director again. Should not have worried. She was wonderful. Gave us a view of what to expect at the next city. Was always thinking of our comfort. It seems that everyday had a most memorable moment. Ancient Rome-the Vatican museum. The hill towns-Florence-Venice.. How can you pick just one.
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Date: 19-Sep-2016

5* Classic Italy - Small Groups
We had an unbelievably wonderful, stress free, informative, awe-inspiring trip to Italy with Tauck. The accommodations were wonderful and the food was incredibly good with some of the meals being in small local restaurants. Our tour director was fantastic, guiding us to the front of long lines, securing a private boat for a tour of Le Cinque Terre When the lights were turned on in the after-hours private tour of St. Mark's Basilica. My jaw literaly dropped open. It was beautiful beyond words.
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Date: 03-Jun-2016

5* Classic Italy 6/24/2015
First of all, thanks to [Employee Name], our tour director, who managed our tour without a glitch (that we knew of). She is personable, professional, and serene. The places we visited exceeded our expectations and all the tours we took were great. With Roberta's help, we filled our free time well. The hotels, food, and accommodations are five star. Venice was on my wife's bucket list and exceeded her dreams. I found Florence beautiful. But there are too many memorable moments to list here. It was wonderful to have great co-travelers to share them with.
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Date: 28-Jul-2015

5* The Best!!!!!!
Our first experience with Tauck and we can't praise you enough! Your customer service extends far beyond five stars. We can't possibly tell you in this short space how much we appreciated Tauck and all that you delivered so we will have to write a letter! In the few short days since returning we have praised you to many only to hear the same! Without a doubt the private tour of the Sistine Chapel. But it was our tour guide that made it so very special. We could have seen the same thing with another guide and it would not have meant as much. The only one that topped him was our Tauck Director. Thank you Tauck for hiring such amazing people!
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Date: 21-Oct-2016

5* Amazing Adventure
This was our first escorted tour and was much nicer than we expected it to be. Italy as a whole, and the cities we visited, were beautiful and full of pleasant surprises for us. The Tauck Director was excellent. She made the tour a great one. Her knowledge, personality and professionalism was always evident. There were many memorable moments and each were noteworthy but one of the wonderful takeaways from the tour were the friendships that were developed among the tour participants. We shared so much together and that helped to make the tour a very memorable one. To name a favorite location(s) would be the Amalfi coast and Florence. Beautiful!
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Date: 05-Nov-2015

5* Classic Italy Tour
This was are first time to Italy and enjoyed this tour immensely. This trip was the best vacation we have ever had. The hotels were great and food was excellent. The tour director made sure everything went smoothly. You could not have asked for a better director. Evening tour Vatican Museum was fantastic. The service and local people were great. The evening tour of the Vatican Museum was the great No crowds. The hotel in Sorrento was beautiful. Its an older hotel but in excellent condition. It was a wonderful way to start the tour.
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Date: 07-Jul-2017

5* Best of the best
Second time we've taken this tour but with the grandkids this time. You cannot underestimate the value of a Tauck Tour. The meals, no slugging baggage, no tipping, best accommodations, best local guides. No other tour will get you into the Sistene Chapel and the Vatican with only 26 others. Very best all round tour. Only 26 people in the Sistene Chapel and a dinner on site as well. WOW
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Date: 31-Aug-2018

5* Amazing Classic Italy
This was our first Tauck tour after hearing so many great things about Tauck from friends. We were hoping the trip would help us visit many of the famous places in Italy that were on our bucket list to see while traveling in a fist class manner. The small group Classic Italy tour exceeded our expectations! We had many memorable moments with new friends and our wonderful Tauck Director made on the tour, however the private tour of the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel was a life changing experience.
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Date: 21-Jun-2017

4* Classic Italy
The worst part was flight to Chas DeGaulle and connection to Italy. Tauck did not provide enough time for us to connect to Italy which caused 5-6 hour delay, missing the welcome dinner, misplaced luggage, etc. Upon arrival in Paris we immediately headed for next terminal,w/o stopping for anything. Gate closed 15 mins early. Luggage lost again. Many beautiful sights and experiences. Good tour guide and nice group. Overall excellent except for the beginning.
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Date: 06-Oct-2016

4* Classic Italy Excels
What a wonderful experience and insightful opportunity to see the west coast and middle of Italy. Our Tour Director and City Tour Guides were exceptional and knowledgeable. Enjoyed the different modes of transportation from the motor coach, boat rides, high speed train and water buses. Driving along the Amalfi Coast is something else. Taking a free day in Capri was beautiful.
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Date: 16-Aug-2017

5* Splendid Italy
A wonderful overview of a gorgeous country. Terrific tour director. Nice group of travelling companions. Wonderful food. Outstanding hotels. Fast paced...tiring, but well worth it. A truly memorable experience. Sitting in St. Mark's Square (Venice) one evening eating gelato, people watching, talking, & listening to music with my daughter.
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Date: 06-Jun-2017

5* Classic Italy with Tauck
Best trip ever. What made it so special was our incredible guide. She took care of me when I came down with bronchitis, made sure I saw a doctor, ordered herbal tea with honey and lemon and the best minestrone soup I had ever had. She coordinated every outing and sightseeing perfectly. She made every day very pleasant with her knowledge Every day was wonderful, just as in a dream. Rome all cleaned up. The Colosseum was black when I first saw it 40 years ago. Now it was all cleaned up just as new. Being able to see the Sistine Chapel not crowded was a big plus. Seeing Cinque Terre from a boat and not having to climb a thousand steps was just fabulous, so beautiful.
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Date: 20-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy
Just returned two weeks ago, and it was a trip of a lifetime! So glad we that we had chosen Tauck tours for our first trip to Italy. Our tour director was terrific as well has our driver. Everything was done for us to make our trip problem free. All the hotels were beautiful and centrally located. People were so welcoming. We loved every city. Sorrento was like a postcard! Amalfi coast gorgeous! The private tour of the Sistine Chapel with a private cocktail party after was amazing! Cinque Terre boat cruise beautiful. Florence was Beautiful and Venice I will never forget driving to our hotel by private boat it was truly beyond words. I miss Italy!!
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Date: 14-May-2018

5* The best tour!
The tour was comprehensive and we saw so many wonderful things. We were fortunate to have our tour director and her 25 years of experience were obvious in the way she handled every situation. The hotels, food, and local tour guides were excellent. Lots of walking including many steps! It's hard to pick just one memorable moment but our time in Rome was one of our favorites especially the private tour of the Sistene Chapel. But then there was Pompeii, Sorrento, Florence, Venice - they were all spectacular.
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Date: 07-Oct-2016

5* Classic Italy Tour
Up until now my husband and I have planned our own trips down to every detail. Friends had taken the Classic Italy trip last year and they gave us raving reviews. Our trip was exceptional in every way from the moment we were met at the airport in Naples . We saw and learned so much and our tour guide was just fantastic. Best trip ever. Driving along the Amalfi Coast and visiting Ravello . The boat ride seeing Cinque Terre and walking the streets of Vernazza. Really every moment of the entire trip is memorable.
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Date: 20-May-2018

5* Words cannot describe......
One of the best tours we have ever taken. Tauck has always exceeded our expectations but this has surpassed anything we had anticipated. Our tour director was so personable and knowledgeable, we all learned so much about all the places we visited. Can’t imagine doing a trip like this with anyone else. Although everything we did was quite memorable, the tour of the Sistine Chapel after hours would definitely be the best!!!
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Date: 03-Aug-2018

5* Awesome
We enjoyed everything as we wound our way south to north. The hotels were upper level, the food very good, the tours and their guides were the best we have ever had, and our tour director did a great job. We were fortunate to see the pope up close in his popemobile when we visited the Vatican. The private evening in the Sistine Chapel was outstanding. Everything else tied for second.
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Date: 30-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy
From start to finish this Tauck trip was truly First Class. Every detail was skillfully managed by our Director and every small glitch was given her immediate full attention. My wife and I have experienced other tours and none can compare to the Tauk experience. We are committed to only travel with Tauck in the future. Leaving the train station in Venice to be whisked by a modern speedboat to our waterfront hotel complete with stunning vistas of this classic,ancient city was an unforgettable experience.
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Date: 18-May-2015

5* Classic Italy
From our initial "Bonjourno" to our final "Arrivederci", the tour came to life as a grand array of culture, history and adventure. Our director's expertise provided a seamless handling of all details for our enjoyment. All accommodations, meals and guided tours were beyond expectations. Our first Tauck tour created vivid memories for a lifetime. Our most memorable moment(s),outside of all the fabulous tours and sites, was centered around water. Italy's introduction in Sorrento from the hotel terrace was a beautiful gentle display of terrain, while the waterfront across from Htl. Principe di Piemonte offered a refreshing break. Finally came the traditional gondola serenade on the canals.
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Date: 09-Jul-2015

5* First Trip to Europe
You are able to cover a large portion of Italy on this trip. It is good to stay in each location for a few days, as each is very different. I was a solo traveler, so, it was nice to join a group (30) and meet people with similar interests. We walked all over Rome and Florence during the day and evening. Our guide was excellent and hotels great. Meeting clients at a Florence restaurant on Halloween and the Pantheon in Rome.
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Date: 26-Apr-2017

5* classic italy beginning May 14,2018
Classic Italy trip was outstanding. One reason for choosing Tauck was the quality of Taucks tour directors. The Tauck director did not disappoint. Her knowledge of all things Italian was over the top. All aspects of the tour were spectacular. It is hard to pick any one part of the tour. We definitely have Tauck on our schedule for 2019. The presentation in Florence by the Syracuse University Art History professor was great. Informative and entertaining.
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Date: 05-Jun-2018

5* Classic Italy/ Small Group
Our trip throughout Italy far surpassed any of our hopes, dreams, and expectations! Our tour director was personable, attentive, knowledgeable, and considerate. All the local excursion guides who accompanied us on the walking tours were well informed, energetic and enthusiastic, and well spoken, speaking with accents, but very understandable. What moments weren't memorable?!? Was it the Sistine Chapel at night during our private tour? Was it the Vatican before the crowds? Was it St. Mark's Basilica at night? Was it the Almalfi Coast or the Cinque Terra and the natural beauty? Maybe it was the remarkable hotels or the fabulous meals! The whole trip is unforgettable!
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Date: 08-Oct-2018

5* Clalssic Italy October 2017
Classic Italy was a truly incredible trip. Tauck has everything planned for you from the bus, meals, tours of various sites, etc. As our tour director said everyday was a "WOW" day. Especially incredible was the private after hours showing of the Sistine Chapel which was amazing. I cant say enough good things about Tauck! Michelangelo's David! But everything was truly memorable.
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Date: 06-Nov-2017

5* Classic Italy
Classic Italy was a fantastic comprehensive tour of the varied coastal, city, and countryside regions of Italy. Our outstanding director and local guides led us flawlessly through 14 very active days. Tauck took good care of us as we explored art and ancient history treasures, magnificent scenery, 5 star hotels, and authentic local food. Beautiful Sorrento at the Excelsior Vittoria Hotel with the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius After-hours Vatican visit to the museum and Sistine Chapel The lovely dei Conti Resort in Perugia, Italy Assisi Venice Westin Europa & Regina Hotel great location and view
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Date: 20-Jul-2017

5* Small group Classic Italy- Best Group!!Best Guide!!
Toured Italy with 23 well matched and compatible people ranging in age from 17-83. Felt very comfortable and easy eating, walking, or sitting beside any of them.. Our Tour Guide was equally compatible and easy to be with! What she didn't know about Italy- obviously hasn't been experienced yet!! Somewhere between touring St Peter's Basilica and riding along the Grand Canal in Venice!
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Date: 31-Aug-2015

5* Classic Italy - Not a single detail was overlooked
First time to Italy. First time traveling solo. I was highly impressed with this Tauck tour. The tour director was excellent. From start to finish you never had to think of anything, it was always taken care of. The hotels, restaurants and itinerary were first-class. Nice group of people on tour. I would travel with Tauck again. The private tour of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. The David and St. Peter's Basilica. Michaelangelo was truly a genius.
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Date: 07-May-2018

5* Classic Italy, small group
My first experience with Tauck exceeded every expectation I had. The trip was extremely well planned and all accommodations and meals were outstanding. This was a trip of a lifetime and I chose it because I felt the itinerary allowed me to experience the best Italy had to offer. Again, all my expectations were met and exceeded. Each day included memorable moments so choosing one is difficult. However, the private tour of The Sistine Chapel was almost surreal. The opportunity to experience this without the hoards of people allowed for deep reflection and tremendous awe.
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Date: 21-Jul-2017

5* We loved Italy
This was one of my wife and I best trips ever, we saw things we never ever dreamed of, the church's were magnificent the paintings and statues were not to be believed, the sheer history before your eyes cannot be explained, we are still in awe. Italy is the most beautiful country we have ever seen, we are greatful to have seen it. There were many memorable moments on our trip, surely seeing the Sistine Chapel was the most memorable, secondly the ruins of Pompei and the unimaginable Colosseum were very memorable to us, also seeing the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi and the Accademia Gallery in Florence were amazing and memorable as well.
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Date: 11-Nov-2015

5* Our Dream Vacation came true.
Tour of a life time. Our every needs were taken care by our wonderful tour director. Daily itinerary provided upon arrival. We saw such beautiful sites throughout our tour. We ate and drank our way through Italy. The hotels and restaurants were first class. There are too many wonderful sites to describe here. You have to see it to believe me. The after-hour tours of the Sistine Chapel and St. Marks Basilica. With such a small group, you really had the time to encompass the beauty and breath taking wonders before you.
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Date: 15-Jun-2018

5* Classic Italy Small Group
We had a wonderful time! Our tour guide made our trip so special with her pleasant demeanor and her stories. The weather was perfect. All of the hotels were beautiful and central. And the food?? So good! It was amazing to walk through Italy and all of the history. We'll never forget this experience. It was all amazing. The best part of the trip were the local guides - and our Tauck Director, too. It meant so much to have the history and the stories behind what we were seeing - giving it so much more meaning. You truly have special people working for Tauck!
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Date: 26-Jun-2015

5* Classic Italy 9.17.18 - Fantastico!
Just returned from our first Tauck tour, Classic Italy. It was wonderful from beginning to end, and we felt like we really experienced so much of Italy. Tauck has this down to a science. Our excellent Tour Director kept everything organized, on schedule, and fostered relationships between all of us on the tour, making for an amazing trip. So many memorable moments, but our boat ride along the Cinque Terre coastline, in the warm sunshine with sparkling blue water and breathtaking scenery - that just couldn't be beat.
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Date: 08-Oct-2018

4* Classic Italy Tour Review
Memorable trip that covered just about everything you would want to see and do in Italy, especially if you were only visiting once. Terrific tour director and guides and wonderful, compatible traveling companions. Private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. We were not rushed and commentary was extensive and enlightening.
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Date: 25-Sep-2017

5* Wonderful experience
I travelled with my daughter and 15 year old granddaughter. All three of us enjoyed the trip immensely. Although my granddaughter was the youngest member of our group, she enjoyed meeting and getting to know our fellow travellers. We loved the small hill towns of Tuscany and particularly enjoyed tour of Pompei and the Sistine Chapel. Having dinner on the rooftop of our hotel in Sorrentino looking out to the Bay of Naples. Magical. This was my fifth trip to Italy and fourth Tauck tour of this beautiful country
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Date: 07-Aug-2017

5* Classic Italy Small Group
This was the first Tauck trip for my wife and me. The trip exceeded expectations. We were so pleased with all aspects of the trip. Great itinerary, hotels, meals, guides, great planning and care taken to make this work. I'd especially like to thank our tour leader. She did an awesome job! Glad we chose the small group!
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Date: 13-Jul-2017

5* Italy Was Great
We loved every place we visited in Italy. The hotels were amazing and the food was great. We particularly liked Florence and Venice. The afterhours tour of the Sistine Chapel was wonderful. We didn't have to fight the daily crowds. The best part was the private tour of the Sistine Chapel.
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Date: 03-Oct-2016

5* Classic Italy Small Groups
First the Tauck itinerary for our Classic Italy Small Groups,was most memorable. Each and every step of our journey through Italy guided by our Tour Director, was a total pleasure; he is a most effective, knowledgeable and caring professional. Hard to select only one, however our excursion to the Cinque Terre traveling by a combination of bus, boat and train, then on to Florence, was a most exciting and enjoyable charm packed day.
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Date: 27-Sep-2016

5* Classic Italy-Small Group
This trip was the trip of a lifetime, truly made memorable by all the special features only Tauck has. The after hours access to the Sistine Chapel, and front of the line access to museums, private boat ride along the Cinqua Terra just to name a few. And 5 stars to our guide. She went out of her way to provide for us in so many ways. It's hard to pick one memorable moment but the Amalfi Coast scenic ride and Rome at night were a couple. We were so impressed with the level of knowledge of our local guides in Rome and Pompeii especially. Not to mention all the details included by Florence. The hotels were beautiful and well located. Good balance between guided and free time.
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Date: 26-Oct-2016

5* Tavck Classic Italy
One of the most memorable trips we have ever taken. Every aspect was handled professionally and our tour guide was extraordinary. After hours visit to the Sistine Chapel
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Date: 26-May-2015

4* Tauck Lives Up to the Hype
My Classic Italy trip, August 2017, has no equal. I had never traveled with Tauck before, but had friends who raved about Tauck, and in particular the Classic Italy. Hotels, meals, tours, and our Tauck Director exceeded my epectations. The days spent in Sorrento and the Amalfi coast.
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Date: 18-Sep-2017

5* Every day was a "WOW" day
Simply amazing. At the welcome reception in Sorrento while overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean, our tour director commented on the beautiful view. And then told us "Every day will be a WOW day." And this trip delivered just that. Stress free vacation with all details taken care of. Venice at sunrise. We took a morning boat ride thru the street channels - seeing how everyday Venice looks like. Breathtaking views of this enchanting city.
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Date: 29-Oct-2017

5* Classic Italy tour April-May, 2015
First class all the way! Fabulous hotels, great food, wonderful guides with both incredible knowledge and a sense of humor! Our tour director was both business-like in being able to "get the job done" and very personable, which made the entire trip stress-free.Tauck should strongly warn travelers that this tour has a lot of walking. Upon arrival at our first hotel in Sorrento we were met by at least 5 staff members welcoming us; the hotel was gorgeous, beautifully floral and had breathtaking views. WE WERE IN ITALY!
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Date: 11-May-2015

5* Best first trip to Europe/Italy possible
My husband, not a natural traveler, and I decided to take our first European trip ever to Italy. We chose Tauck Classic Italy Small Group tour and could not have had a more perfect experience if we tried. In fact, can't see how any other trip can ever measure up. Italy was wonderful, the people with us were wonderful and the weather was wonderful. Although the we really loved all the small towns we visited, ending up in Venice was thrilling!! Here we were in this iconic place, seeing all those scenes we've seen all our lives in books and movies. Staying right on the Grand Canal was certainly a plus, as we watched the water traffic while gathered on the terrace of the hotel.
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Date: 02-May-2016

5* Classic Italy
Each day was a fascinating pleasure with a fun group of fellow travelers. Seeing the Sistine Chapel a private tour was moving.
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Date: 23-Aug-2018

5* First Trip to Italy
This was my second Tauck tour. The attention to detail was impressive; our Director was extremely knowledgeable and became a friend to our congenial group very quickly. We covered a lot of ground very efficiently and learned a great deal from both our Director and the various guides along the way. Tauck really knows how to do this I particularly enjoyed Pompei since I have a long-held interest in the antiquities. Seeing David, the Pieta and the Sistine Chapel were also highlights.
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Date: 16-Oct-2017

4* Dream Realized
An Italian appetizer of a trip! Just touching on enough of Italy's major highlights to leave you wanting more and more! Taking a private boat tour up the coast of Cinque Terre, just an amazingly beautiful trip!
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Date: 09-Jun-2015

5* Small group Italy
Organization was fabulous. Saw so many sights. Knowledgeable guides. Really great synchronization between travel, guides, meals. All hotels did a great job. Yes we were busy but there was free time too which you could use for more exploring or rest. I would not travel with any other group. The private concert, private tour times.
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Date: 09-Jul-2018

5* One of the best trips we have taken with Tauck
This trip exceeded my expectations. The hotels where centrally located and excellent. The touring was comprehensive and the local guides excellent. This tour was active but doable. Tauck used great restaurants and there was always enough good wine to go around. I took a coat and tie but never needed it. The Sistine chapel and the Vatican museum after hours tours.
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Date: 14-Nov-2017

5* Classic Italy
A fairy tale inside a gorgeous coffee table book of Italy. Absolutely wonderful. They were all memorable since every place we went has something special. And all that fabulous food and the gelato.....
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Date: 23-May-2016

5* CLASSIC ITALY
We had an overall "perfect" trip. Our tour director was absolutely outstanding and went way above and beyond making the trip truly outstanding along with transforming all our tour-mates into a "family". The weather was outstanding, the hotels and eateries were very comfortable and delicious and accomodating. Along with the visits to the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento, Pompei, Rome, Florence and Venice, the stay in a villa in Umbria was restful and beautiful.
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Date: 15-May-2017

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Start: Sorrento, Italy
Finish: Venice, Italy
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