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We had a wonderful holiday5.0 December 2018
We had a wonderful holiday thanks to Gianni who organised a private tour of the Le Marche region for my husband and I. Arriving in Ascoli Piceno from Rome we relaxed into our 16c Hotel Palazzo with beautiful frescoes and a historic court yard, setting the scene for the historical sights and unique experiences ahead. Riccardo was our local guide, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about his region. We travelled with ease to Pesaro, Urbino, San Marino, San Leo, Gradara sampling local produce and wines along the way. Travelling this way enabled spontaneity (we turned left, had a beautiful lunch in a country restaurant with a cellar that was built into a cave just below Mussolini’s hotel room!)Read more
and in each city Riccardo knew to inform my husband of the local caffe corretto inc., caffe Meletti, Moretta Fanese, Completo etc.,
We really enjoyed every day and evening - thank you !
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we would recommend them over and over they were just amazing5.0 October 2017
When we first meet Mario and his family at their office in Collingwood to discuss our up coming holiday they were so friendly, warm, professional and we talked like old friends. We did the "Grand Italy Tour", also being from an Italian back ground myself I could have not done it without them it was so easy we just needed to get to Rome and they took us all through the most beautiful scenery that we could only dream off, the hotels very central and clean, we visited castles, churches, food oh the food all the entries to museum etc no hiccups for the entire trip no time wasted our small group of people (10) were so great. We were a family for the 17 days it was amazing. Mario and Gianni answered all questions that the group had without hesitation. All our organised Lunches and Dinners were to die for, we would recommend them over and over they were just amazing. They also organised our trip to London, Paris and visiting our families in Calabria, Sicily and Switzerland that also went well all our connecting flights, trains and accommodations were great. Thanks so much Mario, Viny and Gianni for organising our wonderful overseas trip, we will cherish for ever!! Book your holiday with Vita Italian Tours and experience Italy in a more personal manner. You will love it. Rae & DomRead more
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|Tours||4 Trips||1 Trip|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 352||$ 0|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Group Tour Operator|
|Size||Local Specialist||Global Operator|
|Headquarters||Victoria, Australia||Fort Washington, Pennsylvania|
Family owned and operated, Vita Italian Tours focuses on providing locally led small group tours of Italy.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
They are a small family owned and run tour company, dedicated to showing you around Italy and introducing you to the history and culture. If you’re looking for an Opera and food themed tour - look no further. Or perhaps you’re interested in the beauty of Tuscany - they have a tour that explores the region in depth. They may not have many tours, but they also allow for some customization to bring you closer to the Italy you want to experience.
Who Travels With Them?
Their tours are often enjoyed by older travelers, but families and middle age groups of friends will also find their tours fun. The themes are not adventure focused, but do feature many cultural immersion elements.
Where Do They Operate?
All around Italy. Some tours are focused in a specific region, such as Tuscany, while others go around the country.
Why Travel With Them?
If you’re looking for an in depth culturally driven tour of Italy, Vita Italian is the place for you. Specializing in highly focused tours led by locals eager to share the vibrant Italian culture with travelers. They also provide many logistical handlings, such as airport transfers and most of your meals, transportation, and accommodation is included.
A unique collection of luxury trips designed by Gate 1 travel.
What Makes Gate 1 Signature Collection Stand Out?
These are luxury minded trips with a local focus. Guides are all local experts, from and living in the destination you’re visiting. Each itinerary features exclusive experiences. Groups are small and each day is full of activity but well balanced.
They focus on offering only a select group of trips in this special collection - allowing them the freedom to create truly spectacular itineraries - which include more inclusions in the price than their other collections.
The tagline is “More Luxury for Less”. These tours may not be in same luxury travel class if you’re used to Abercrombie & Kent, however where comfort and extravagance meets fun and busy travel days of sightseeing and tours, you’ll find Gate 1 Signature Collection.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
Those travelers who are willing to spend a little bit more for a 4-5 star experience, will probably find a sweet spot with Gate 1 Signature tours. These trips tend to be attended by older travelers, in the 50+ range.
Don’t expect too much strenuous activity. You can expect easy paced walks, guided tours and lectures, and stops to explore interesting cultural sites and historical attractions.
While some of these cultural experiences, included in their “Signature Experiences”, are truly unique, be wary that many of these inclusions are fairly standard offerings - such as a hot air balloon ride over the African savannah. So the luxury experience of exclusivity you may be expecting is to be taken with a grain of salt. These tours offer wonderful experiences - but the destinations or activities are not always particularly uncommon or rare.
They currently don’t offer an overly extensive list of countries, but tours do go all over the world. This includes Central Europe, Spain, and the UK, Israel, Jordan and Morocco, Peru, Southeast Asia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
Gate 1 Signature Collection Travel Style
Signature Collection tours with Gate 1 aim for comfort, ease, and unique cultural experiences. Like their other brands, Gate 1’s Signature Collection is about making sure your sightseeing is maximized, and the price is right for the experience.
Most sightseeing, meals, wifi, tips, and their “Signature Experiences” are included in the itinerary price - unlike Gate 1’s main brand which offers less inclusions. This type of itinerary more helpful to budget travelers wishing to pick and choose which activities they would like to pay for. Gate 1 Signature Tours, however, are best suited to those who want more inclusions and less hassle to have to decide on how to spend their travel time.
Why Choose a Tour with Gate 1 Signature Collection?
If you’re an older traveler looking for a boutique, comfortable, and well paced tour, the Signature tours may suit you very well. Travelers love the customer service, attention to detail, and depth of knowledge the guides bring to each day on the tour. There is also a good balance of free time and optional additional sightseeing opportunities.
All tours feature included “Signature Experiences” which are the main highlights that make the Signature Collection tours stand out from the other Gate 1 brands. These are unique excursions, usually with a strong cultural focus - such as an evening of Irish music in Galway, or a traditional dinner in the deserts of Morocco. They also often include lectures that explore a destinations history or a specific facet of the culture.