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Thank you for organizing the perfect trip.

The value of the Tour Captain's knowledge and experience, along with the local city tour guides, is immeasurable, significantly enhancing our journey through the country. The familiarity and warm relationship between the Tour Captain and the guides, restaurants and hotel owners assured our group was well received. Unexpected specials like stopping roadside at the vineyards, cheese and wine at the top of Cortona , frequent gelato stops, etc. added spice!! Thank you for organizing the perfect (first) trip from Venice to Amalfi.
By Heidi S. for ITALY'S GREAT CITIES TOUR: VENICE TO THE AMALFI COAST on 25 September, 2022

So sad to see my tour come to an end.

This trip has truly been a dream come true and Now Journey has exceeded all expectations! So sad to see it come to an end.
By Jennifer B. for ITALY'S GREAT CITIES TOUR: LAKE COMO TO ROME on 21 September, 2022

Personal attention to every detail.

We had a great time, had very hot weather (July) that hampered us somewhat but our Tour Captain was fantastic with personal attention to every detail and took the stress out of a most enjoyable tour of Italy. Accommodations and food were very comfortable and located to most attractions.
By Lewis M for FLORENCE TUSCANY & AMALFI COAST on 21 Jul, 2022

 

Everything was perfectly planned out for us.

Everything was perfectly planned out for us. Our hotels were lovely and comfortable with great breakfasts. We had the perfect tour captain. He took care of our every need! Was very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the places we visited. He made our trip perfect!
By Susan M for FLORENCE TUSCANY & AMALFI COAST on 21 Jul, 2022

We loved our hotels and our planned meals were fun and unique.

We had an incredible family vacation through Italy and Greece and made so many great memories! We loved all our hotels and our planned meals were fun and unique. We saw everything! Nicole was our tour captain and she was fun and organized and we enjoyed having her with us. This was my 9th trip with Mark Story of Now Journey and there is no way I could pick a favorite! I highly recommend!
By Gina M  - Italy & Greece Adventure on 20 Jun, 2022

Everything about this trip was first class.

Everything about this trip was first class from the accommodations and restaurants to the transportation between cities to the local guides chosen in each city. Our tour captain, Kent, ensured everything ran smoothly and seamlessly. Several times, he surprised us with little things which weren't mentioned in our itinerary, e.g., a transfer from city-to-city via private boat or an unscheduled stop for gelato or an impromptu wine and cheese picnic along a vista view. The little extras meant a lot! Every hotel in which we stayed was exceptional both in location and amenities. They were all well-located in city centers with easy access to historical landmarks and sites of interest. Restaurants were extraordinary and unique with meals which would delight anyone. Having optional dinners for the nights which did not include meals was much appreciated as it gave us yet another opportunity to explore a unique and delicious restaurant. Transportation between cities was either business class on the fast trains or in a comfortable Mercedes van. We believe the value received for the price paid was first-rate. Now Journey has gained loyal customers in us as we will definitely look to them for booking future trips. Rick and Cheryl Houser
By Cheryl H for Complete Classic Italy 15D on 24 May, 2022

Now Journey is a small group travel company that you can trust.

Now Journey is a small group travel company that you can trust to provide an amazing, stress-free travel experience. My 4 daughters and I just retuned from Italy's Great Cities trip with an extension to the Amalfi Coast. Every aspect of the trip was first class and exceeded out expectations. Hotels were in locations in the heart of each city with excellent accommodations. The food and wine was experienced in amazing local "ristorantes" where the culture and flavor of Italy was on display. Sightseeing was with local, knowledgeable guides and we never waited in a line to get in . Our American Tour Captain guided us to maximize our experience and make sure we had a stress free journey. I highly recommend Now Journey to everyone who loves to travel Thanks to Now Journey for the trip of a lifetime!
By Georgia B for Georgia's Italy: Venice to the Amalfi Coast on 21 May, 2022

She is undoubtedly the very best guide we have ever had.

Mark Story's selection of Cynthia as our private tour guide in Rome provided us 2 amazing half-day experiences. She accompanied my wife and me as we walked through the recently opened Domus Aurea (Nero's Golden House), the Colosseum, and the Palatine Hill on our first afternoon in Rome. The next morning she was our tour guide through the Vatican Museums. Cynthia's knowledge of Italian history, geography, archaeology, and art is unsurpassed. When she learned we were on our way to Cairo, she frequently pointed out the connections that Rome had with Egypt in ancient times. She is undoubtedly the very best guide we have ever had. We much appreciated her enthusiasm for all things Rome!
By Michael C for Michael & Jeannie's Rome Adventure on 17 Nov, 2021

Well-located hotels, no wasted time, terrific guides & wonderful food.

We had a wonderful trip with a great, well located hotel, no wasted time, terrific guides & wonderful food. Can't wait to go back!! A very special experience.
By Jean W for Jean & Sarah PARIS ADVENTURE on 15 Nov, 2021

My Italy experience was everything I dreamed it would be and more!

My Italy experience was everything I dreamed it would be and more! Thank you for your help from booking the trip during such a crazy time. I felt assured and confident. And my Journey "TD" was exceptional. Grazie!

By Sarah S on 15 Oct, 2021

The Farmhouse Villa was spectacular.

Treasures of Tuscany was a fabulous trip that exceeded all of our expectations. Our hotel in Florence was located in the city center close to many attractions, great restaurants and lots of shopping. The Farmhouse Villa was spectacular with wonderful vistas that will forever live in my mind. It was the perfect combination of relaxation by the pool and exploring nearby towns with a knowledgeable guide who provided great insight into each visit. Breakfast each day was a display of anything you could ask for including freshly squeezed juice. The nightly meals prepared by Chef Walter were excellent. It was like dining in a Michelin Star restaurant every night. His cooking class was so much fun and I have already prepared some delicious roasted potatoes for my family. I am looking forward to preparing fresh pasta as well. We did an extension to the Amalfi Coast where [Journey organized a private] boat and [we] marveled at the beauty of the sea and the cliffs. It was the perfect finale to a fantastic journey.

By Georgia B on 04 Oct, 2021

The service and care that was provided for us was over-the-top wonderful!

This trip was an excellent combination of a stay in Florence with city tour, a couple of days to stroll around the city, do some shopping, have pizza in an outdoor restaurant and enjoy the vitality of the city. We had an excellent Welcome dinner in a fine but authentic restaurant with friendly service. Our hotel location was central and extremely well-located. I have to say that when [our Adventure Leader] complained about our room, they moved us to a more acceptable room immediately, but I felt that initially the room was not the Superior room that was booked and described on their website. The breakfast was high quality and well-done while observing COVID precautions. I always felt safe in the hotel and they were very vigilant about hygiene. The villa experience was excellent in every way! The property was very comfortable and that was due, in part, to the fact that we all had our own rooms and en suites. They rooms were overall comfortably appointed and the storage was excellent.

The service and care that was provided for us was over-the-top wonderful! That made every minute of our week there so delightful. I can't say enough how hard the whole Journey team worked to provide us with delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, apericenas, beverages and snacks, Welcome Home juices after excursions, chocolates on our pillows, plentiful clean towels. It was a unique experience. I think for several reasons this was the ideal holiday - it was a very small group of guests all of whom knew one another from several trips. It also felt like we were very safe even during COVID since we knew that everyone was vaccinated and we formed our own little bubble. Since Italy has rigid mandates about masks, distancing and testing, I never felt at risk.

By Jane M on 03 Oct, 2021

What a wonderful way to return to a place that is close to my heart.

I’ve always wanted to rent a villa in Tuscany to spend time drawing and writing. [The team of Journey] adventure leaders along with a fantastic chef, Walter, provided me with a fabulous experience. I felt like an Italian diva. I was wined and dined. My every wish seemed to be fulfilled by them. There were also day trips to the nearby towns with our local guide expert: Susanna. She truly is an amazing and knowledgeable woman. I have to confess, I didn’t produce any artistic creations, but I have some wonderful memories that will last forever. What a wonderful way to return to a place that is close to my heart: Italy.

By Mikki F on 03 Oct, 2021

Each day was well balanced between free & organized time.

This was just a wonderful trip all around. Each day was well balanced between free & organized time. As always, the food & hotels were superior. We saw places & met people that we would have missed in other circumstances. What a treat!
By Jean W for Jean & Sarah's Italy's Undiscovered Treasures 9D (copy) on 23 Oct, 2021

The nightly meals prepared by Chef Walter were excellent.

Treasures of Tuscany was a fabulous trip that exceeded all of our expectations. Our hotel in Florence was located in the city center close to many attractions, great restaurants and lots of shopping. The Farmhouse Villa was spectacular with wonderful vistas that will forever live in my mind. It was the perfect combination of relaxation by the pool and exploring nearby towns with a knowledgeable guide who provided great insight into each visit. Breakfast each day was a display of anything you could ask for including freshly squeezed juice. The nightly meals prepared by Chef Walter were excellent. It was like dining in a Michelin Star restaurant every night. His cooking class was so much fun and I have already prepared some delicious roasted potatoes for my family. I am looking forward to preparing fresh pasta as well. We did an extension to the Amalfi Coast where we rented a boat and marveled at the beauty of the sea and the cliffs. It was the perfect finale to a fantastic journey.
By Georgia B for Georgia & Gina's Treasures of Tuscany on 04 Oct, 2021

The Chef taught us how. I'm so happy to have had that experience.

This trip was an excellent combination of a stay in Florence with city tour, a couple of days to stroll around the city, do some shopping, have pizza in an outdoor restaurant and enjoy the vitality of the city. We had an excellent Welcome dinner in a fine but authentic restaurant with friendly service. Our hotel location was central and extremely well-located. However, I felt that the management assigned us rooms which were not up to the standard that we expected. They were responsive when Mark questioned them on that, but I felt that they didn't go out of their way unless they were questioned on things. We had to call several times about our television. I have to say that when Mark complained about our room, they moved us to a more acceptable room immediately, but I felt that initially the room was not the Superior room that was booked and described on their website. The breakfast was high quality and well-done while observing COVID precautions. I always felt safe in the hotel and they were very vigilant about hygiene. The villa experience was excellent in every way! The property was very comfortable and that was due, in part, to the fact that we all had our own rooms and en suites. They rooms were overall comfortably appointed and the storage was excellent. Adding a comfortable chair to each bedroom would have made the room more comfortable. This is a farmhouse property, so insects are to be expected and I have to say that I did have to get rid of quite a few every day! The service and care that was provided for us was over-the-top wonderful! That made every minute of our week there so delightful. I can't say enough how hard the whole Journey team worked to provide us with delicious breakfasts, lunches, dinners, apericenas, beverages and snacks, Welcome Home juices after excursions, chocolates on our pillows, plentiful clean towels. It was a unique experience. I think for several reasons this was the ideal holiday - it was a very small group of guests all of whom knew one another from several trips. It also felt like we were very safe even during COVID since we knew that everyone was vaccinated and we formed our own little bubble. Since Italy has rigid mandates about masks, distancing and testing, I never felt at risk. Observations about the property - I would like a gathering area with more seating space indoors. I think we could have utilized the living room areas in house B for relaxing. There was only one sofa in house A so we were always seated at the table. I have already mentioned that to Mark, but wanted to express it here. The table outside was very nice to gather for beverages, snacks and simple lunches. The pool was beautiful and there were plenty of lounge chairs. It was lovely to be there and look at the amazing scenery. Mark and Pascal were always willing to drive us into Cetona if we wished to go to the village. In my ideal world, I'd like a villa very near a town so that it was easy walking distance. The excursions to Siena, Pienza, Montepulciano and Arezzo were very interesting and enjoyable. Susanna is an engaging and very knowledgeable guide and it was so nice to have the continuity of her throughout the week. The arrival and departure transfers were seamless and it made for a very easy trip. In terms of future villa experiences, I think that the experience is one that lends itself to a group of friends or family as opposed to a group who have never met. I feel that there's not quite enough space for strangers. All it would take is a couple of sitting areas where people can have some separation if desired. That could be either indoors and/or outdoors. Regarding the dining experiences - they were very high quality, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I did feel compelled to have more courses than I really wished to eat at dinner and I'd like the opportunity in the future to decline a course if I wished. I didn't want to offend our wonderful chef Walter who prepared so beautifully for us and was so kind, thoughtful, warm and friendly. One of the highlights of the week for me was the pasta-making class. I learned so much having such a hands-on experience and it was the most enjoyable and helpful class I've ever taken in Europe. In fact, yesterday I was able to make the pasta at home that Chef taught us how to do! I'm so happy to have had that experience. As with most Americans who are traveling to Europe in 2021, we had a few hoops to go through to get there, but once we were in Italy, the experience was happy, fulfilling and hopeful for a future of travel again. Thank-you so much to Now Journey for the superlative trip!. Jane Meagher
By Jane M for Jane's Treasures of Tuscany on 03 Oct, 2021