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Classic Italy

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Davila

Classic Italy tour 10/21 to 10/4

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

This is very difficult to answer. There were too many to mention here. The “hits just kept on coming”.

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arvadaappraise

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Sistine Chapel visit at night

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GeneB

Full of fun and beauty

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

Dinner at Osteria Romana di Simmi in Rome

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HeidiSchumacher

Classic Italy 9.17.18 - Fantastico!

 

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Vette71

Fantastic Trip

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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poneil

Fantastic Italy!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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DennisDaro

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

The trip was so well planned that everyday created great new memories.

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Karen Odash

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Hard to pick one but the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel.

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Kscdavis

Everyday a Wow day!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

So many, the boat ride through Cinque Terre, Amalfi Coast and Pompeii.

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Scott Huey

Classic Italy Sept 2018

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea @ Viareggio

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tauck12

Classic Italty

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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

Most Memorable Moment:

Visiting Pompeii and The Coliseum

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laburdine

Classic Italy, "WOW!"

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Travel Date: September 2018

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!

Most Memorable 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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Lingraves58

Classic Italy...Glorious!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2018

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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dpmacbeth

Classic Italy August 2018

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Travel Date: 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.

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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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ScottHering

Exceeded Expectations

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Travel Date: July 2018

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Eric H

Italy is Fantastic

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: July 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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JerryP

Words cannot describe......

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Although everything we did was quite memorable, the tour of the Sistine Chapel after hours would definitely be the best!!!

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Lisaj

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

The Sistine Chapel, Hotel in Sorrento, Il Profeta in Florence, The David in Florence, Rome at night.

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Jan Prebilsky

Italy + Tauck Rocked!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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snowtree

First vacation in Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Arlene Dilorenzo

Loved Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing Pompeii and finding out about the history of the Romans.

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CURTIS THOMPSON

classic italy beginning May 14,2018

 

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Travel Date: May 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.

Most Memorable Moment:

The presentation in Florence by the Syracuse University Art History professor was great. Informative and entertaining.

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JeanHenehan

Classic Italy Tour

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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159Scudder

Venice

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for taking the time to write a Trip Review. I am sorry that you were disappointed in some of the hotels. I have passed along your comments to our Guest Relations Department who will be in contact with you.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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PamGuilander

Would never want to see Italy any other way!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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DonRoberts

First Visit to Italy Could Not Have Been Better for Us!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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John StephenBarta

Classic Italy

 

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Anthony Pedagna

Classic Italy

 

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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ladybug22

Classic Italy - Not a single detail was overlooked

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2018

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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eleonore

Clalssic Italy October 2017

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Travel Date: 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!

Most Memorable Moment:

Michelangelo's David! But everything was truly memorable.

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GreggDomin

Italian Delight

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Walking down a street in Pompeii and seeing chariot wheel grooves in the cobblestones

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NicholasBourke

Awesome

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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baberrice

Classic Italy 2017

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Jeffery

Every day was a "WOW" day

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Travel Date: October 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Susanmac1

First Trip to Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2017

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

Most Memorable Moment:

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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DEH

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2017

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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janpar

Classic Italy: food, art and WOW

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Travel Date: September 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Herky

Classic Italy Tour Review

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Travel Date: September 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Private tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel. We were not rushed and commentary was extensive and enlightening.

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TomBr

Tauck Lives Up to the Hype

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Travel Date: August 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

The days spent in Sorrento and the Amalfi coast.

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Nooner60

Classic Italy - a definite bucket lister

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Travel Date: August 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Loved the Sistine Chapel with only our group. Really loved Orvieto - the town/churches

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Everett

Classic Italy Excels

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Travel Date: July 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Driving along the Amalfi Coast is something else. Taking a free day in Capri was beautiful.

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denmccarthy

Classic Italy is the BEST

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Travel Date: July 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Reed Knowles

Class

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Travel Date: June 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Sandy Adams

" Classic Italy"

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Travel Date: June 2017

"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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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LBaker

How we enjoyed our Italian holiday

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Travel Date: June 2017

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

Most Memorable Moment:

The entire trip was do well organized by our tour guide it felt like we were traveling with family

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weckworthb

Classic Italy Tour

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Travel Date: June 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Cookie75

First Trip to Europe

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Travel Date: June 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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JBowersox

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2017

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing historic Pompeii and listening to the local guide tell us the early Roman History.

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DKDS

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2017

Excellent trip. Tour director did an outstanding job. Her organizational skills made this tour a 5 star experience.

Most Memorable Moment:

Many memorable moments, Pompeii, Colosseum,etc

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Dochawk

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2017

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

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Travel Horizons Unilimited

Splendid Italy

 

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Travel Date: May 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Sitting in St. Mark's Square (Venice) one evening eating gelato, people watching, talking, & listening to music with my daughter.

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Maryrose

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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LarrySC

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Abarone

Best of Italy

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Travel Date: May 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Our private trip to the Vatican Museums. No crowds and an excellent local guide.

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robmatthews15

A great first experience with Tauck

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Travel Date: May 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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BeausMom

Italy Done Right!

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Travel Date: May 2017

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!!!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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zorpep

classic italy april 2017

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Travel Date: April 2017

magnificent as usual for tauck great hotels beautiful scenery amazing attractions and activities

Most Memorable Moment:

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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tomahan

Better Than Imagined

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Travel Date: April 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Ashleigh

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: April 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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JIMBOTAY

CLASSIC ITALY

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Travel Date: April 2017

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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mickmick70

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: October 2016

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Tg14

Classic Italy- What a great trip!

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Travel Date: October 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Frank Di Martini

Classics Italy tour

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Travel Date: October 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

The private tour of the Sistine Chapel

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RJFarrell

Classic Italy, September 2016 with [Employee Name]

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Travel Date: September 2016

"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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Rosie22

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Effie

The best tour!

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Travel Date: September 2016

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Beachprincess

Wonderful classic tour Italy

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Travel Date: August 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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AlabamaDennis

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: June 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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!

TAUCK RESPONSE

Congratulations on celebrating your 51st wedding anniversary. We are so honored to know you chose a Tauck journey for this special event!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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JkkLexKY

Classic Italy with Tauck

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Travel Date: June 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Maggie J

Italy in a class by itself

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Travel Date: June 2016

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Flo Kacz

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2016

It was great. I saw a lot of Beautiful Places and met a lot of great people some of who became friends.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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sunnyside

Classic Italy: Bellissima!

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Travel Date: May 2016

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

Venice - all of it. And the Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns were fabulous too.

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wannabelvis

Viva Italia

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2016

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!

Most Memorable Moment:

We absolutely loved exploring Pompei

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Mike Desi

First Trip to Europe

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Meeting clients at a Florence restaurant on Halloween and the Pantheon in Rome.

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First timer 71

We loved Italy

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Travel Date: October 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Momigator

Classic Italy 2015

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Travel Date: October 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!

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Welshman

Amazing Adventure

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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LYNDAMARCTRAVEL

Classic Italy

 

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Travel Date: October 2015

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).

Most Memorable Moment:

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!

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for taking the time to write a Trip Review. I have passed along your comments to our Guest Relations Department who will be in touch with you.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Titimawa

Loved my Italy trip

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Travel Date: September 2015

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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trimom

Trip of a lifetime

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Travel Date: September 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing the Vatican, seeing the Sistine chapel, seeing the David, Venice!

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Patchoulie

Very comprehensive exploration of Italy

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Travel Date: August 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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clarkpeggy

Classic Italy July 14-28, 2015

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Travel Date: July 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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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Joe Walsh

Classic Italy 6/24/2015

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Travel Date: June 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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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johnmcaleer1

Terrific From Beginning to End

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Travel Date: June 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

The boat ride along the coast of Cinque Terre.

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travelingjohn

Italy done to perfection

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Travel Date: June 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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BobChar

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: June 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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MaryAndino

Classic italy

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Travel Date: May 2015

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!!

Most Memorable Moment:

The gorgeous scenery of the amalfi coast drinking coffee and eating croissants

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Robert Siegel

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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iovene

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2015

Better than imagined or hoped for...just one highlight after another. Can't say enough great things about our Tour Director!

Most Memorable Moment:

Sistine Chapel after hours followed by being serenaded on a Gondola ride in Venice.

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khplace

Trip of a lifetime!

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Travel Date: May 2015

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

Most Memorable Moment:

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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ZoBug

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: May 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Too many to choose. Arriving in Sorrento was amazing and Venice, in spite of the rain, was wonderful.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for taking the time to write a Trip Review. I am sorry you were disappointed with some of the meals. I have passed along your comments to our Product Managers who are always looking for ways to improve our tours. We hope to see you again on one of our tours.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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mjmcraeca

Exceeding expectations

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Travel Date: April 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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onthego

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: April 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing Michelangelo's Pieta.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for sharing your comments on this amazing journey! Italy is truly a fascinating destination.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Mioladad

Best Intro to Italy

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Travel Date: April 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Candlelight dinner with my wife in Florence!

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Alanb1

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: April 2015

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for sharing your wonderful comments about your recent trip to Italy! Thank you for your patronage.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Dip

Classic Italy tour April-May, 2015

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Travel Date: April 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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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!

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so glad you had such a fabulous time in Italy! Thank you for choosing Tauck.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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retired pharmacist

classic italy

 

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Travel Date: October 2014

It was informative especially having local guides taking us to points of interest in many places. The pace was good and the free time nice to have either to explore on our own or shopping. We had an excellent tour director who tried to cater to everyone's needs. We felt we were well taken care of down to the drop off at the airport in Venice.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing all the things we've read and heard about while studying history.

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salsno

Fulfilling a Dream

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Travel Date: October 2014

Italy was #3 on my bucket list. I'm a designer and have studied it's architecture and art since college. The Tour Director was extremely well informed and that alone saved time and makes for a more intimate visit. The itinerary was full almost every day and there is a lot of walking on old cobblestone streets. Bring very comfortable shoes!

Most Memorable Moment:

Absolutely the Sistine Chapel. Look into its history and Michaelangelo's life before you go. We tour members were the only people in the room! We sat on ancient wooden benches running along the side walls and just took in the wonder and awe of this famous place. We were not rushed at all. Our private guide was incredibly informed and added so much.

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SSM72

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: October 2014

My husband and I just returned form our first Tauck tour. We loved our entire experience!! Our tour guide was awesome, the itinerary was great, the accomodatons first-rate, and the other tour members were wonderful. We really could not ask for a better trip. All our needs were taken care of for us. We just enjoyed the sights, food and friend!

Most Memorable Moment:

I will never forget arriving at our hotel in Venice via the water taxi on the Grande Canal!

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour with us and thank you for taking the time to provide feedback!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Curses

Classic Italy - A wonderful experience

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Travel Date: October 2014

Despite some daunting logistics, our guide never lost a beat or missed a deadline. She was awesome. Gail also gave us so much background on Italy today that she added a great deal to our enjoyment of the country. We loved it all, from Sorrento to Venice. I'm only sorry I didn't take this trip sooner.

Most Memorable Moment:

Being in the town where my grandmother grew up and discovering what a lovely place Sorrento is. Also, walking the streets of Pompeii with such sadness, knowing the fate that they did not.

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Skmorgan13

Trip was good.

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Travel Date: October 2014

Did the Classic Italy tour. Overall the trip was good - places we visited were interesting, Italian tour guides were fantastic. The trip ran smoothly and efficiently. Didn't get enough time at some of the places and the meals on the tour were only fair. Not enough water provided, especially because it was so warm.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing Pompeii and Rome and the Art History lecture in Florence.

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Mcgyverkee

Love Classic Italy

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Travel Date: October 2014

Classic Italy with Roberta is a memorable experience! Sorrento is a place I will return to! Torgiano is my dream residence. Florence has more history and beauty than anyone can hope for. Venice is pure fun! If I could tell you how much we enjoyed this trip, I would have to give all a bottle of incredible wine, and a plate of pasta to all!

Most Memorable Moment:

Our guide at the Sistine Chapel, and sitting outside on the terrace at the hotel in Sorrento are our most memorable moments. What a trip! !!!

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time on tour with us!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Camp2

Classic Italy is Superb

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Travel Date: October 2014

We just got back from two weeks on the Classic Italy tour. It was Tauck #6 for us and definitely one of the best. Our tour director was excellent and extremely well-organized. This was our third time in Italy and it was all new and exciting. This is a trip that you could repeat and not be bored!

Most Memorable Moment:

The evening visit to the Sistine Chapel was memorable - partly because our local guide was one of the best. Spending more than one day in each city made it easy to learn our way around. Our director provided wonderful maps and great suggestions for free time activities.

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DonaldSabatino

Classic Italy - trip of a lifetime

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Travel Date: October 2014

We just returned from our classic Italy tour. We went October 1-15 2014. This was our first Tauck tour and our trip of a lifetime. The Tauck tour takes all the stress out of the journey. Our tour director Christine could not have been better. She guided us every step of the way. The hotels and day trips we went on were well planned and first class

Most Memorable Moment:

For me, the trip to Pompeii just sticks in my mind. It was so much more than I was expecting. The trip just flowed well and we always felt prepared. My wife and I loved Florence and Venice very much. But, our favorite city might be Sorrento where we started. We arrived a day early and went to Capri and loved it. Can't say enough about our trip!

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RAGesualdi

Belated honeymoon/wedding anniversary/grand tour of Italia

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Travel Date: October 2014

Beyond our wildest expectations! The "Classic Italy" tour we chose coincided with our our 2nd wedding anniversary. Our tour director, Christina, graciously acknowledged our special day and we thank her with all our hearts. Beginning in Sorrento and ending in Venezia 13 days later allowed us to experience Italy's diverse cultures and geographies.

Most Memorable Moment:

So many to consider it is impossible to pick the best moment. Our anniversary night in Torgiano is high on our list of wonderful memories. But so many more rate just as high. First class accommodations and restaurants all the way. Pompeii, Roma, Assisi, Cinque Terra, Firenze, Venezia and all the other stops and sights along the way.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased you had a great time celebrating your anniversary on tour with us!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Sherrill

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

This was a phenomenal 1st Tauck tour and 1st trip to Italy. We saw so many things without long lines. Luggage was always handled for us. Many meals included and all very good. When free for lunch or dinner recommendations for places to go were available. Scheduled events allowed us to see the "must see" plus free time to explore on our own.

Most Memorable Moment:

Too many memorable moments to select just one!! Loved Florence, Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast. It was truly our dream vacation and a wonderful retirement gift to myself!!

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earthangel42

Best Tour Director Ever

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Travel Date: September 2014

Our tour director was totally awesome. At every sight she provided maps, restaurant suggestions, ideas about where to shop. She was always willing to listen and help. Italy is a great place to visit. This was my third trip (4th to Rome) so some of the awesomeness was not there. Most of the hotels were super fabulous. Weather was great.

Most Memorable Moment:

Being in the Sistine Chapel without a crowd.

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CarlHolmes

Classic Italy Was Great

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Travel Date: September 2014

A great blend of busy cities and beautiful countryside. The Tour Director did a fantastic job of keeping the tour on track by providing helpful guides to the places we visited, keeping a bunch of tourists working together and doing it all with a smile and precision. Our companions on the trip were a lot of fun and made the trip even better.

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Ko

Great but not perfect

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Travel Date: September 2014

First off, we really enjoyed the vacation. Excellent work from our Director, Whitney Owen. She was very competent & made many, many extra efforts to make things run smoothly & pleasantly. That being said, we do have some suggestions. 1) More choices for vege's & fruits at lunch/dinner 2) Optional activities for "free" time

Most Memorable Moment:

Sistine Chapel tour was great.

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Big Ben

A trip to remember

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Travel Date: September 2014

This was a dream come true, your biggest bucket item fulfilled. The classic Italy tour brings you to all the hot spots and familiar sites of the Italy everyone talks about. From Sorrento to Venice you are traveling with sites, history and treasured art works that are beyond your wildest dreams. To sum it up this trip never makes you miss home.

Most Memorable Moment:

This is a very difficult question as our trip was made up of numerous memorable moments. The beauty of the small quaint towns, the history of the many Duomos, the ruins and the walking through towns and cities on our own were moments we will never forget. We decided the romantic gondola ride with accordion and singer serenade takes the prize.

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Sam Clay

Classic Italy Tour Review

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Travel Date: September 2014

A good mix of free time and scheduled activities all across Italy. We really got a look at the difference in local areas. A good mix of cities and small towns. Food was great also. We learned so much about the culture and history of Italy with an astounding look at the art and sculpture. The Vatican was so fascinating. Great trip!

Most Memorable Moment:

St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and Pompeii!

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BRiegler

Classic Italy - A Gem!

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Travel Date: September 2014

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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mazza28

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

While it was a wonderful trip it did not compare to our trip with Tauck to Isreal and Jordan. The inequality of the rooms at the various hotels caused some hard feelings among the group and serious disatifications. Change the visit to Torgiano at Hotel Le Tre Vaselle to only one night or not at all and increase time at Viareggio.

Most Memorable Moment:

Time spent in Sorrento, Venice and Viareggio. Wonderful trip with a great group.

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tony barchetto

classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

I made my suggestions in the form given to me at the end of our trip. What I didn't appreciate was the need nor the recommendation for how much to tip. Given the amount of money I paid for this vacation I didn't think this was necessary. For a class operation like yourself this was extremely disappointing and a big turn off.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for sharing your feedback with us. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis. A suggested range of gratuities is included in your final documents. We will certainly look into your suggestion of including gratuities on all of our journeys. Again, thank you for traveling with Tauck and we do hope you will travel with us again.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Ken and Susan

Incredible Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

Anna made this a fantastic trip. We saw and experienced more than we ever imagined. We'll be back. Looking into doing a European River cruise in 2016.

Most Memorable Moment:

Florence and Venice and Assisi too many to mention.

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Fisher

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

We arrived in Sorrento and began an adventure we had dreamed of. We saw incredible landscapes and the antiquities were memory making. We were disappointed in places like Rome and Florence because we were left on our own too much with very little guidance from our tour director. The art was spectacular. Venice turned out to be our favorite stop.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea and the landscapes along the coast were fabulous. The antiquities of Pompeii, Rome, and Florence were wonderful. We got a real history lesson. Venice was our favorite city with it's rich history and lively atmosphere. Our independent guide was great. We were busy from morning to night.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We're pleased to hear you had a great time on tour. We are always trying to find a good balance between time with the group and time on your own, so we appreciate your feedback!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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mkleaver

My First Tauck Tour

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Travel Date: September 2014

My wife & I took the 14 day Classic Italy 2014 Tour. I cannot imagine a better way to see as much of Italy as is possible in such a short time span. The hotels were wonderful-the food great- the bus, boats, trains just right. Our guide was a treasure. While the price was not cheap, it was worth every dollar! Our 35 travel companions were great too!

Most Memorable Moment:

Too many to mention, but we loved the small villages as much as we did Florence and Venice!

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you for your feedback. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your first tour with us!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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dogwood

Classic Italy Tour

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Travel Date: September 2014

Our first Tauck tour was everything that we have heard from our friends in traveling with your company. Great tour director (John Grey) with good itinerary. The local tour guides were also very informative and being in smaller groups made interaction available. We were within visual distance of Pisa and would have liked a short stop.

Most Memorable Moment:

Having the private tours.

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AColburn

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

We enjoyed the smaller towns like Orvieto & San Gimignano but best was the boat trip along the Amalfi Coast. Christina was a great guide & the local guides were always good. We really enjoyed our stay in Torgiano. Food was always good on this trip & the choice of restaurants outside the hotels was excellent.

Most Memorable Moment:

Boat ride along the Amalfi Coast & spending the evening on top of the hotel in Florence. Dinner at Osteria Romana in Roma was fun.

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timwak52

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2014

Outstanding and well organized

Most Memorable Moment:

Trip to Rome and Vence

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mimiapril

classic Italy

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Travel Date: August 2014

Our trip with Tauck was fabulous. As a celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary, we were extremely pleased. Our guide Kristina was the best. She was always there to help with anything we needed. Even helping us plan a trip to Latina to see relatives while we were in Rome. Thank You Tauck for a great celebration of our anniversary!

Most Memorable Moment:

The boat trip to the Italian Riviera.

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Dilaz

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: August 2014

We enjoyed a broad spectrum of Italian cities from busy Rome to the rustic countryside of Umbria. We made new friends and had many new experiences and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Hotels were all 1st class. We loved the one in Venice which had a terrace right on the canal.

Most Memorable Moment:

There were 2: The private tour of the Vatican and Sistine chapel. Also I celebrated my birthday on the trip and the tour guide, Christine, made it special by ordering a cake for me at one of the group dinners and the hotel put a bottle of champagne in the room.

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deborahannprnj

best trip we ever had ... or might ever have!

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Travel Date: August 2014

When you're researching tours, it's tempting to go with the less expensive tour ... but you truly get what you pay for!! With this tour (our first Tauck), the hotels, meals and SERVICE were exceptional. It's their goal to make everything as easy & as relaxing as possible for you. Bonus; the BEST tour director ... Joseph Michon!

Most Memorable Moment:

Hard to choose ... the itinerary was wonderful. But having a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel was wonderful. And we were lucky enough to get a private boat on our way to Cinque Terre. We had great weather, wonderful people to enjoy the tour with, and a fantastic guide!! It will truly be hard to top this vacation.

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LoveToGolf

A Trip That Exceeded All Expectations!!

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Travel Date: August 2014

Oh my goodness! My husband and I just returned from the August 20, Classic Italy trip. Words cannot describe the wonderful experiences we had on this trip. We want to credit the most fabulous tour director ever, Joseph Michon, for his expertise, organization, humor and compassion he displayed to all of us. We are so glad we had Joseph as guide.

Most Memorable Moment:

Each day was a fabulous new adventure, but having the musicians in our gondola was a romantic and unforgettable experience. I am so glad we decided to take a Tauck tour! The hotels, meals, transportation, experiences and our guide Joseph along with the local guides were all top notch. It was worth every penny!

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RWright

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: August 2014

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

Many beautiful sights and experiences. Good tour guide and nice group. Overall excellent except for the beginning.

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Kentinada

Classic Italy August 2014

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Travel Date: August 2014

Overall, this was a great trip. Our tour director, Roberta, was wonderful. We saw a lot of Italy in 2 weeks. Our travel group was a lot of fun. Food was outstanding everywhere. Accomodations were mostly very good. Hotel in Viareggio was so so and extras were very pricey. We loved Sorrento and Torgiano.

Most Memorable Moment:

Sorrento was great. We came in a day early and went to Capri Island on our own. Highly recommended. Venice was also wonderful. We didn't get to see Cinque Terre by boat because of high seas which was a big disappointment to me. Taking the commuter train there was not great.

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Maverick

Classic italy

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Travel Date: July 2014

Our trip was wonderful. It was pure history. The Colosseum, the ruins of Pompeii, our room overlooking the Mediterranean were magical. The Vatican was inspiring. Florence was awesome. The David was a sight to behold. But the best part of the trip was Venice. Nothing can touch the gondola ride, st marks square, or the beauty of the city.

Most Memorable Moment:

The Sistine Chapel. Just extraordinary.

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millerjcat0418

Great highlights!

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Travel Date: July 2014

I had never visited Italy and chose this trip to get an overview of the country. I definitely hope to return someday soon. It was nice to see the highlights of Italy, but next time I would definitely go to the countryside and spend more time. Great trip!

Most Memorable Moment:

The Sistine Chapel and The David.

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peter arthur

Classic Italy - a wonderful way to see a lot of Italy in a short time

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Travel Date: April 2014

We wanted to see as much of Italy as possible in a short period so as to decide where we would like to return one day - with or without Tauck. In no particular order we settled on returning definitely to Florence, Sorrento and Torgiano and their surrounds. The Tauck Classic Italy tour achieved all of this for us superbly. Well done Tauck and team.

Most Memorable Moment:

It is not really possible to select one memorable moment as there were so many - the beauty of Amalfi; the majesty of Rome; the Duomo in Orvieto; the simplicity of Torgiano; the wonders of St Marks Square. But as you want me to select one moment it must be seeing the David (again) in the Accademia in Florence. Thanks Fabiana (tour guide).

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soun80

October 2013 Classic Italy

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Travel Date: October 2013

One word... WONDERFUL! Everything was wonderful from the itinerary, to the tour director (Gail) and local guides, to the bus driver, to the bus, and most importantly, the other people in the tour. I traveled alone though i never felt alone in this trip. This trip is a wonderful intro to Italy. Definitely made a big dent on my bucket list.

Most Memorable Moment:

Too many memorable moments. The after-hours Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel tour, going around Florence with other Dan Brown enthusiasts, enjoying the view from the Orvieto clock tower, going gelato hunting, walking around & getting lost in Venice, sharing stories and photos with other tour members. It was all WONDERFUL.

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Vagabond6

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: October 2013

Started in Sorrento, went to Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Umbria, Cinque Terre, Venice, saw all the high spots. Our first trip to Italy. Guide Gail was amazing, and our fellow travelers were great as well.

Most Memorable Moment:

Probably seeing Venice. Hard to pick one; the trip was very special.

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Grant

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: October 2013

Spectacular trip. First class all the way.

Most Memorable Moment:

So many, but the private tour of the Sistine Chapel was particularly special

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RQR Carmel IN

Amazing trip, wonderful itinerary, and memories to last a lifetime!

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Travel Date: September 2013

Whether you are seeing Italy for the first or only time, this is the best itinerary. It's a busy trip, but there is so much to see! It is worry-free, every detail is taken care of, waiting in line is minimal, and there is enough down time to sit on a piazza for hours if you want. We did have to request a room change twice, but it was resolved.

Most Memorable Moment:

Impossible to say, each day was a new adventure that helped to create many memorable moments. The early morning quiet visit to Pompeii was unexpectedly moving; local guides and our Tauck guide John always taking care of us; the history of the Coliseum; the beauty of Assisi; stunning boat trip to Vernazza in Cinque Terre and the walk above the town;

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BGreene

superb

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Travel Date: September 2013

It was my first trip with a group and alone and Icouldnt have had a better time. The tour guide was excellent and I will plan my next trip with Tauck. Thanks for everything. Barbara Greene

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CGorman

Five star all the way

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Travel Date: September 2013

We could not be happier with our decision to go with Tauck. We had the best tour director in the history of the industry. Charming, enthusiastic, incredible attention to detail. Whether dealing with logistics such as quick check in's at all hotels or sightseeing we found Tauck always did it right. Memories that will last a lifetime .

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing the coliseum . Stunning. Impossible the Romans did that 2000 years ago. Also the special night time tour of the Vatican.

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RShannon

14 days of Beauty,

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Travel Date: September 2013

We were so pleased with every aspect of our trip to Italy! The beauty of Italy was overwhelming! Our group was fantastic. We had so much fun traveling from city to city together. Our tour guide, Renata, was wonderful! It was truly a dream come true vacation!

Most Memorable Moment:

I have so many memorable moments. The views of the Amalfi Coast took my breath away! Standing in the Colosseum where the gladiators once competed, being in Pompeii, riding in a gondola on the canals of Venice; so many memorable moments!

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Steve P

Amazing in every way

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Travel Date: September 2013

This was our first time in Italy, but our fifth Tauck tour. They never cease to amaze. Our tour director was terrific and we thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary. We would highly recommend this for Italy "newbies" as it gives a wonderful overview of the country. The little extras (some not so little) that Tauck is famous for also did not disappoint

Most Memorable Moment:

The private, Tauck only, after hours tour of the Vatican Museum.

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eutopia

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2013

We just returned from our Classic Italy Tour. The tour was excellent - we were very impressed with the itinerary and the various guides at specific locations. The guides were very knowledgeable and made history come alive. Our Tauck guide was excellent. The one negative was the Westin Europa & Regina in Venice. We have written to Tauck.

Most Memorable Moment:

The guides at each of our stops were superb - Pompeii, The Vatican, Roman Forum, Roman Colosseum, Uffizi Gallery and St. Mark's Basilica. Our Tauck guide was also excellent -really knew about the Italian culture and history.

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mae1947

1st Tauck Tour

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2013

Our tour was everthing we had been told to expect. It was great to see the different regions and to have free time to explore the cities we visited. The local guides we had were very informative and a definte plus. The only downside was the tour bus we had - very small and uncomfortable except for the last day when we had a larger bus.

Most Memorable Moment:

The private tour of the Sistine Chapel. Our local guide, [Employee Name], made the tour even more meaningful with his knowledge. Equally memorable was our stay in Venice. And we cannot forget the close friends that we made who will always be a part of our Italy vacation.

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NKnopf

claissic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2013

I have been on many Tauk trips. This one had many deficiencies set forth in detail in my written comments .Eg Scheduling 3 consecutive days with dinner on your own and no tour activity scheduled for the evening of no dinners or after evenings with dinners, unsatisfactory. The guides provided were excellent but time for Uffizi,very insufficient.

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(con't) Guide covered 1 flr; most of us visited 2nd flr, no guide. Florence program covered only part of morning on 2 days, rest of days free; 1 day free is enough; other major City sites were not included; Cinque Terre boat visit great but land visit 1 town sufficient 2 towns too rushed; missed good restaurant dinners common to other Tauk trips

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are sorry that this journey fell below your expectations. One of our Guest Relations Specialists will contact you to discuss this matter in more detail.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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leftybowler

Classic Italy September 16

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Travel Date: September 2013

We arrived a day early and took a private tour of Capri with 2 other couples from our group. Everything was amazing from the limonchello in Sorrento to the people we toured with. A lot of places visited in a short time, but worth it. Plan on lots of walking and wear comfortable shoes. Our tour guides in the different cities were spectacular.

Most Memorable Moment:

Many memorable moments. Picture taking in the Sistine Chapel on our after hours tour, shopping and hondling with store owners in Florence, drinking unbelievable wine every day and night, best gellato in the world, as well as the best food. Plan on gaining a little weight. Don't worry, it comes right off, using a bidet for the first time.

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Da&PopPop

Bella!!

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Travel Date: September 2013

I wasn't sure what to expect this being our first trip to Italy! I can't say enough about it. We loved it. The personal care our tour director Laura gave everyone to the food, accommodations, tours and transportation. We had a great group of people and that made it a lot of fun also. We had age 23 to age 90 on this trip and we all had a great time.

Most Memorable Moment:

The whole trip was memorable. From the welcome dinner in Sorrento to the final night dinner in Venice and everyday in between! The night tour of the Sistine Chapel was magnificent. I can't put it all in words how wonderful it all was. I recommend this trip highly.

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kclarke51

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: September 2013

First time for Tauck & Italy. Loved Sorrento, Torregiano, Cinque Terra and Florence. Some of the meals (group lunches) weren't the greatest but we didn't go hungry. So much info about art we couldn't remember it all, but so worthwhile to have private guides and special admission to sites. Interesting to have a bike race thrown in in Florence.

Most Memorable Moment:

Pompeii, Galileo's museum in Florence and Cinque Terra. Our guide Laura was special also, caring for everyone and always smiling, even when things didn't go right (Viareggio).

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LJC

Classic Italy Tour

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Travel Date: September 2013

Our trip to Italy was Incredible and Tauck was a major factor that made it so! We were so well taken care of for those two weeks. A pleasant surprise of the trip was all the history that was shared with us by our Tauck Director & the tour guides along the way. The hotels were top-notch ... loved the beds & pillows. What a Beautiful Country!

Most Memorable Moment:

The beautiful drive along the Amalfi Coast!!! Everyone needs to see that in their lifetime!!!

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crackers54

Trip of a lifetime makes we want to go back

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Travel Date: September 2013

Was a fast paced trip with not much down time, but would not like to cut anything out. From the TD (Chris) who is among the best, to the sights and the others on the tour, all was great. Sept was a great time weather wise. Even the pick-pockets did not get us down. 2 got hit on train in Cinque Terre. Remember nothing in pockets and protect purses.

Most Memorable Moment:

Hanging out with fellow solo travels now named independents. The beautiful countryside and the food. Loved the pizza and fresh tomatoes. The pasta dishes were great. Best I had was pasta with mussels in an olive oil sauce. I look forward to Northern Italy trip and adding on a week in Umbria.

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Wallace1948

Classic Italy Sep. 4, 2013

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Travel Date: September 2013

We had a wonderful time and our tour director Christina [Employee Name] was fantastic.

Most Memorable Moment:

Pompeii,Vatican,Colosseum,Forum,Cinque Terre.

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Bookkeeper44

Our anniversary trip!

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Travel Date: August 2013

Our Classic Italy trip was very special. We loved Sorrento, Amalfi, Ravello, and especially our trip to Rome. We were blessed to be in St. Peter's Square to see Pope Francis. The hotels were all top of the line, and those special lunch and dinners were terrific. We would like to say a special thank you to our tour guide, [Employee Name].

Most Memorable Moment:

We celebrated our 50th anniversary, and were serenaded on our Gondola ride. Also being at the Vatican, seeing the Sistene Chapel after hours and being fortunate to see Pope Francis were highlights of this marvelous trip. Thank you Tauck, we'll see you again!

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BPfeil

Classic Italy August 21, 2013

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Travel Date: August 2013

The Tauck Classic Tour of Italy was First Class from the start to the finish and was the only class. Truly a life time of memories.

Most Memorable Moment:

Every tour location was memorable in itself. The absolute high light our tour was visiting the Vatican after closing hours were we really had time to appreciate all the artwork as explained by the local guide. This feature of the tour was worth the whole trip.

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Howard Rosenmayer

Classic Italy

 

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Travel Date: August 2013

We really enjoyed the Amalfi Coast, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, Assisi, Terre Cinque, the Statue of David and the canals of Venice.

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing the Sistine Chapel in the private showing with the guide and cameras allowed.

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David NYC

Classic Italy - Departure Date July 31 2013

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Travel Date: July 2013

[Employee Name], our tour director, was efficient & well informed professional. She had excellent knowledge in arts, culture & geography for Italy. She was a well organized individual. She was the one to make this trip a memorable one. She displayed her managerial skills for an accurate execution of the entire travel schedule for 39 persons.

Most Memorable Moment:

We had taken the same trip on August 13 2003. The tour director was Len Paciti. Len was a good tour director. [Employee Name] is an EXCELLENT ONE. She provided her total knowledge & experience to make this trip more memorable than any other trip. She was 24X7 available to assist all of us during the entire trip. ROBERTA IS AN ASSET TO TAUCK.

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SWalden

Classic Italy

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Travel Date: July 2013

Our trip to Italy with Tauck was fabulous! We were able to see so much of this beautiful country in our two weeks, and details that we know we would have missed if we "did it ourselves". Our tour guide was so great - providing narrative on our rides, orientation to our new stops, and keeping every detail running smoothly!

Most Memorable Moment:

Oh, so many!!! Of course the highlights of each city were memorable, but we would have to say one of the most memorable was the private tour of the Sistine Chapel. It was just breathtaking!

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments with us. We are very pleased you enjoyed your journey and overall experience.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Uboyle

Classic Italy July 16-30, 2013

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Travel Date: July 2013

This was a fantastic trip! It was recommended to me during my last Tauck trip to Hawaii by THAT tour director, and it was a great recommendation! Christina [Employee Name] was the tour director and she was phenomenal. Very knowledgeable and organized, and the local tour guides were excellent. I learned so much about Italian culture, cuisine and history.

Most Memorable Moment:

There were too many to just pick one but, since the question is asking me to pick one thing, I'll pick the gondola ride in Venice. THAT was a dream come true! I'm an independent traveler but TAUCK and the people on the tour really made me feel "adopted."

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased you enjoyed your journey to Italy and returned with so many memorable moments!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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JUrbano

Best Vacation Ever

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Travel Date: July 2013

We searched extensively for a tour company that best fit what we wanted to see and do in Italy. Tauck provided an incredibly knowledgeable tour guide,excellent hotel accommodations that met our high standards and just enough "down" time to explore on our own. We benefited greatly from Tauck's years of experience. Urbano family 7/2013

Most Memorable Moment:

We not only visited Italy's top tourist attractions but also gems such as Ravello, Assisi, San Gimignano, Torgiano, Viareggio and Vernazza. All destinations added to our wonderful experience. Impossible to pick a memorable moment.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are delighted you enjoyed your experience and returned with so many memorable moments.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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MikeW

The best!

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Travel Date: June 2013

This was the best trip we ever took. Beautiful cities, great hotels, delicious food.

Most Memorable Moment:

Don't know where to start. We loved it all.

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GMartin

Italy trip

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2013

When we started searching for the different tour groups, we had heard from several people including our travel agent at AAA that Tauck was the best way to go. It was a little bit more money then the other company but it was well worth it. They were very organized, the places we stayed at were first class, and the tour director was great.

Most Memorable Moment:

Every time we had a meal that was recommended by Tauck, it was fabulous. The tours that Tauck had took us on and also recommended were worth it. We loved every part of the trip and would recommend it to anyone that is looking to go to Italy. It was worth every penny that we spent. We are going to be doing Taucks river cruise and their France trip.

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TonyEd

+classic Italy-2013

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2013

We had a most enjoyable vacation. Our tour dir., Jennifer, was excellent even in the face of multiple changes at the trip's start. 28 people, all of whom we got to know and enjoy. The guide in Pompeii, however, was too wordy & her tour was pedestrian. The hotels were all excellent; except Rome Westin food not good. Travel arrangements all good.

Most Memorable Moment:

In 2 wks., there were a few. Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast ride Boat ride by Cinque Terre All the magnificent churches. Rooftop view of Florence. Overlooking the sea at Viareggio. Lunch in Ravello. Nighttime tour of Rome. Farewell reception and dinner with all new friends

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased you enjoyed your journey and experienced so many memorable moments.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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MGreen

CLASSIC ITALY

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2013

WE HAVE DONE APPROXIMATELY 10 TRIPS WITH TAUCK AND THIS BY FAR WAS THE BEST. ALL THE STOPS AND PLACES WE WENT WERE BEAUTIFUL. OUR HOTELS WERE THE BEST OF ITALY AND SITUATED IN THE MOST CONVENIENT PLACES FOR THE SIGHTS. IT WAS FAST PACED BUT SO WORTH THE EFFORT. I WILL NEVER FORGET ITALY AND THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE.

Most Memorable Moment:

JUNE 30TH WAS OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY AND OUR TOUR DIRECTOR, [Employee Name] MADE IT ESPECIALLY MEMORABLE. WE HAD THE GONDOLA RIDE AND WAS SERENADED WITH MUSIC AND A SINGER IN OUR GONDOLA. WHAT IS MORE MEMORABLE AND ROMANTIC THAN THAT? THANK YOU IRENE...

TAUCK RESPONSE

Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary! We are so pleased you enjoyed your journey and experienced such a memorable time!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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BWoodward

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2013

Great hotels and outstanding food along with a cohesive group of guests made for an remarkable trip to Italy. Would not hesitate to recommend this trip to family and friends.

Most Memorable Moment:

Visiting the Vatican; the Duomo, and the grand canal in Venice.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so thrilled you enjoyed your journey with us!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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kathyloretta

Wonderful Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: June 2013

Comprehensive, world-wind excursion through central Itlay.

Most Memorable Moment:

The private tour of the Sistine Chapel.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We thank you so much for your feedback and are pleased you enjoyed your journey.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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KSnodgrass

classic italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Restaurant in ROme ........."President" is a REAL keeper; just right in every way Westin hotels are NOT up to your usual standard Please find other hotels Tour Director was fine except for her terrible laugh and annoying "Yes?" "right?" and other little additions to instructions NO more bus trips;OK river cruises

Most Memorable Moment:

Sorrento Venice gondola ride Francescos restaurant in Florence

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased you enjoyed your journey and thank you for your feedback

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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JLocher

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

We have been to Europe seven times. Always shyed away from "organized tours". This was our first trip to Italy as well as our first Tauck Tour. We totally enjoyed our trip! Tauck really does think of everything from hassel free movement of luggage to local tour guides everywhere we went. Also had a good amount of free time to explore on our own.

Most Memorable Moment:

We had multiple memorable moments.....hard to say which is the most: Sorrento Rome at night All the personal tours Florence TUSCANY Venice It was a wonderful tour. Our director (Gail) and all our tour guides (especially John Luigie in Rome)with their insight. This tour was a "homerun with the bases loaded!" We will be back for more!

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you so much for your feedback and we are thrilled you enjoyed your journey!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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THazan

Classic Italy 2013

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

this was our fist Tauck tour. We had a wonderful time, and met wonderful people. The hotels were top notch, with great accommodations, food and service. Our tour guides throughout the tour made the visits to every region much more meaningful from an artistic and historical perspective, this enriched the experience much more.

Most Memorable Moment:

Every stop was memorable, we especially enjoyed the tour guides as they described Pompeii, Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and Venice. The boat trip to Cinque Terra was marvelous. The gondola ride with musicians was definitely a highlight of the tour in Venice. The dinner with the Italian Musicians upon arrival in Rome was lots of fun also.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased your trip was a memorable one!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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emgervase

Wonderful trip, food, wine & new friends

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Wonderful, exciting, to beautiful to believe. The sights, flavor and charm of the people of this wonderful country were more than we ever could image. Each village & town had its own beauty and charm.The cathedrals, churches, museums, architect, mosaics, statues,fresco's & art work were grand and magnificent.

Most Memorable Moment:

We had the most magnificent meal near Pompei in a restaurant where we experienced a wonderful Roman meal with live entertainment. It was the high light of our trip and a special night that we will always remember. The Sistine Chapel where Michael Angelo's fresco's were located were also magnificent along with the David.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are delighted you enjoyed your overall experience and look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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JBsmith

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

We loved are tour director,Christina [Employee Name]. She provided just the right amount of information to us,kept a sense of humor and she was able to straddle the fine line of leader and friend which enabled her to be both our guiding light and to control our group of 37 disparate individuals. Not an easy task. The itinerary was a perfect blend of Italy.

Most Memorable Moment:

Sistine chapel private tour

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We are very happy that you enjoyed your journey with us.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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TMartin

Italy Sorrento to Venice

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Our trip was wonderful. It does not get five stars because of our miserable morning at the Vatican. I would advise anyone who signs up for this trip to avoid the schedules that do not include the after hours tour of the Vatican. The mob of rude, pushy and inconsiderate people that we encountered during our visit ruined the entire experience.

Most Memorable Moment:

Florence, despite the bad weather. Pompeii was also a wonder.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Dear Mr. Martin, We thank you for your feedback and are so happy you enjoyed your journey! Edel K.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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NKaplan

Classic Italy trip

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Outstanding tour director --Whitney [Employee Name]-the best we have ever had by far. Great group of travelers excellent accommodations, outstanding local tour guides.

Most Memorable Moment:

Visiting the Sistine chapel at night

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MJozepaitis

Lets Tauck

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Our recent trip - first with Tauck - was wonderful! Great tour director - great local guides, destinations, restaurants, hotels, etc. We never expected to see and learn so much on our first trip to Italy. All the little details were taken care of for us so we were able to focus on just enjoying.

Most Memorable Moment:

The night we arrived in Venice the whole group took gondola rides - when we entered the Grand Canal - the 6 or 7 gondolas rode along side each other and we were all taking pictures of each other while we were serenaded by a local singer accompanied by an accordionist.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Dear Ms. Jozepaitis, We aer so glad you enjoyed your first journey with us and look forward to hosting you on many more. Best regards, Edel K.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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ATreadwell

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed seeing so much of Italy. We saw beautiful scenery, and the paintings and architecture were amazing. All the hotels were first class and the Italian food was the best. Our group of 37 was great, and we made some special friends. Our tour director, Christina, took wonderful care of us.

Most Memorable Moment:

Riding in a gondola on the Grand Canal in Venice with music to serenade us.

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Bob Bresnahan

Our Classic Italy Tour Experience

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Accommodations excellent-v. good tour director-excellent bus driver-good selection of places to visit-very good local tour guides who were knowledgeable & easily understood w/Whispers. Breakfast buffets offered nice variety of choices & good service. Flow of schedule was good-baggage handling excellent-loved Sorrento. Changing bus seating good.

Most Memorable Moment:

More than one-Evening of dinner/entertainment @ Osteria Romana in Rome-Our night tour of Rome-private tour of Sistine Chapel and Vatican Mueseum-Le Tre Vaselles in Torigiano-the trip to Cinque Terre and time in Vernazza-lunch @ Westin on our arrival in Venic was a "Tauck moment" for sure--the gondola ride in Venice. Liked 2 Westins but not Rome Wes

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so grateful for your feedback and very happy you enjoyed your journey with us!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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SL 63

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Italy won our hearts, we knew it was a beautiful country but when you see it the way Tauck shows you, it astonishes you and more.

Most Memorable Moment:

Florence has been our favorite in the past, also Tuscan valley.

TAUCK RESPONSE

So glad you enjoyed your journey!

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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James Morrison

Tauck trips -- the definitive vacation!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Classic Italy was our second Tauck trip. It was our second Tauck vacation, and it was terrific! Highlights: Excellent hotels, great food, a wonderful tour director (thanks, Gail!), and local guides who are knowledgeable, verbal, and often funny! Some of the new friends we met echoed our feeling: the only tour we will ever take is with Tauck.

Most Memorable Moment:

I've got to mention two: 1. A morning wandering (with a wonderful guide) around Pompeii. 2. Our after-hours tour of the Vatican museum, with an hour or so virtually alone in the Sistine chapel. How special is that? In the fall, we're off to Spain -- with Tauck!

TAUCK RESPONSE

Dear Mr. Morrison, We are so happy you had such a wonderful time! We will be sure to share all of your feedback with management. Edel

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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sweetwood7

Exhausted!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

Interesting trip, not a bad time just to much for me. I think to much was cramped into the time spent. I understand the point of a tour is to see as much as you can but it was like work, so it was not my idea of a vacation. We have been back for four days and we still cannot get over the jet lag. This might be good for retired people.

Most Memorable Moment:

Vatican, and some of the tour guides were excellent. The views of Italy are beautiful. But I'd say the best times were eating in the neighborhood restaurants. The hotel foods were a disappointment.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Dear Mr. Pearson, Thank you for your feedback. We will certainly share your valuable comments with management.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Laurence

A wonderful Italian Experience

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

My wife and I agree that our tour of Italy had only highlights and little else. All of our hotels were comfortable and centrally located, the buses comfortable, our local guides knowledgable and friendly, and our tour director a treasure. We made many new friends and were sorry when the trip was over.

Most Memorable Moment:

Many memorable moments but our evening tour of the Sistine Chapel, empty except for our tour, is one highlight and another standout was having breakfast on the Grand Canal in our hotel in Venice and watching the cruise ships come in.

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Ruebob

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2013

This was our 8th Tauck tour but the first to Europe. It will not be our last one. Everything about the tour fulfilled our expectations. The food was excellent (the tips from the tour director proved to be the best) the hotels were of typical Tauck quality. The information supplied by the tour director helped to bring Italy alive to us.

Most Memorable Moment:

The tour of the Sistine Chapel.

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Charlene K.

Beautiful, interesting, dream-like

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2013

We saw all areas of Italy, which is what we wanted, even the Italian Alps as we went to the airport in Venice. We were mesmerized as we walked on to the terrace of our first hotel overlooking the Isle of Capri. Our minds were nearly on overload with history and breathtaking beauty from beginning to end. The food was wonderful!

Most Memorable Moment:

We believe the most interesting was Pompeii but most memorable moment is impossible to say!

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so pleased you enjoyed your overall journey and returnd with so many memorable moments.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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docmrj

Top-Notch all the way

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2013

Every carefully planned stop was a unique experience with 5 star acccomodations, excellent service, expert tour guides and wonderful fun, Very comfortable transportation and superb baggage handling. All that was promised, and more.

Most Memorable Moment:

Driving the Almalfi coastline and Tuscan landscapes...Gondola ride in Venice. Private tour of Sistine Chapel.

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mw1

Taste of Italy 2013

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2013

I think the title of the tour says it all. We really got a taste of Italy. Each location was different but great. The itinerary was well done to maximize our sights and convenience. Our tour director, Christina, was so friendly, helpful, and knowledgable. She made our trip that much better. I will be back!

Most Memorable Moment:

To be totally honest, I think each location offered a most memorable moment depending upon your interests.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Dear Mr. Ware, We are so happy you enjoyed your journey. We look forward to hosting you on many future journeys. Tauck

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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dsmpkm541

Classic Italy, an experience of a lifetime

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2013

FIRST CLASS from beginning to end (from hotel accommodations to meals and local transportation). An exceptional Tour Director who orchestrated a group of 38 from Sorrento to Venice over 14 days without a hitch exposing us to incredible sights and history through her own knowledge as well as native guides for certain aspects of the tour. EXCEPTIONAL

Most Memorable Moment:

Impossible to select a most memorable moment. The after hours, private tour of the Sistine Chapel was certainly high in the ratings. Most memorable was the sense of standing in and touring areas that go back to periods before Christ in some cases. We don't know what history is in comparison the experiences of Classic Italy.

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Barbie Lorentz

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2013

Classic Italy was an absolutely WONDERFUL trip - if you want to experience Italy this trip is a must!!

Most Memorable Moment:

Every day of this trip is memorable - soooo much history in Rome/Florence/Venice (tour guides fabulous) - the art - the churches & basilicas - the ruins in Pompeii and everywhere we visited - the hill towns so Romeo and Juliet - the Amalfi coast and Cinque Terra just breath taking - the food & wine - the sites - the people....

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annelladorn

Another dream fulfilled

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2013

Another "wish list" trip that lived up to expectationa. It covered the points of interest I truly wanted to see.Special Thanks to our tour director, Gail, who really impressed me with how well organized she had everything. Where ever we went she was known and it seemed they went out of there way to make sure she was 'happy'

Most Memorable Moment:

Pompeii. Was really pleased with the knowledgeable local tour guides thru out the trip.

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MDanehy

Classic Italy 2012

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2012

It was a year ago now that I did this trip. It was by far the best trip I have ever done. Our guide, Jennifer made each stop seem like the best place on earth. One of the best parts was the combination of big cities and very small villages. The beautiful scenery all along the way because of the routes chosen were so memorable.

Most Memorable Moment:

The private tour of the Sistine Chapel unbelievably fabulous!!

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Cato3

Italian Dreams

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2012

This was a great way to see the highlights of Italy. In two weeks, we had a good overview of the country seeing and experiencing difference regions of the country. You need to be prepared to do a LOT of walking but it's a great way to see the towns, side streets and meet locals. The art and architecture of Italy is amazing and astonishing.

Most Memorable Moment:

Wandering down a side street in Assisi and coming upon a little cafe where we had a delicious lunch and just relaxing and enjoying the experience.

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z

Classic Italy - Sept. 19-Oct.2

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2012

It's hard to believe that a week ago we were celebrating an amazing two weeks in Italy with new found friends, great memories, and hearty laughter. Beautiful accommodations, breathtaking vistas, and historical and cultural treasures awaited us in every town. The hills of Tuscany and the scenic villages of Cinque Terre painted Italy at its best.

Most Memorable Moment:

St. Peter's Square and the Vatican visit ranked high on our list, however, we found the Cinque Terra Villages and Florence to capture the right mix of country quaintness and gentle elegance. Christina, our tour guide, appeared out of nowhere like an angel just when needed. Her attention to detail and professioalism was appreciated. Grazie Chris!!

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Linda Alexander

Fabulous Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2012

My husband and I joined Tauck for Classic Italy in September 2012. It was my first trip to Italy and a dream come true. This was our 4th trip with Tauck, having previously traveled to China, the Blue Danube, and Cuba - all outstanding vacations. All our expectations were met and exceeded. A magical experience.

Most Memorable Moment:

Most memorable was our evening visit to the Vatican, when only Tauck guests are present. Our guide, Franco, was riveting as he illuminated the story of the Sistine Chapel ceiling. We were not rushed at all, and being there alone at night was hauntingly beautiful. The visit took everyone's breath away.

TAUCK RESPONSE

So glad you could enjoy this special trip. Thanks for your review and we hope you'll travel with us again.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Bestfeetineaston

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: August 2012

All aspects of the tour were smooth,exciting and extremely well planned. Our tour guide was on top of all aspects of our journey. She saw to our comfort and made sure that our exposure to Italy was comprehensive and gave us a taste of the local culture.

Most Memorable Moment:

Our most memorable moments were the beauty and splendor of the countryside. Florence and Venice remain the most memorable.

TAUCK RESPONSE

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful experience and we hope to see you again soon! -The Tauck Guest Relations Team

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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D Weaver

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: August 2012

We enjoyed every aspect of the tour itinerary from the bigger cities of Rome, Florence and Venice to the quiet countryside of Umbria and Tuscany and the beach of Viareggio and the exquisite charm of the Cinque Terre coastline. We had ample time to explore on our own and utilized the excellent dining references provided by our tour director.

Most Memorable Moment:

All of it. Beautiful artwork, great food, the countryside, the people, the shopping. Seeing the Sistine Chapel without the crowds was a definite hightlight.

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mofarber

classic

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: July 2012

lots of very nice memories, well designed visits. Some changes might make the trip truly fantasic. e.g. Torgiano was a "waste"; wine tasting excellent, cooking class mediocre and chef's gnocchi was insipid. Food and service there were actually poor, new chef will not survive, plus nothing else to do there. A stay in Assisi or Peruggia better.

Most Memorable Moment:

cannot pick just one, many

TAUCK RESPONSE

We appreciate your helpful feedback and are happy that you enjoyed your trip overall. We have notified our product managers to immediately address the issues you alerted us about; Rest assured they will address them immediately. Thanks again for traveling with us and we hope to see you again soon.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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Joe Drozda

Our Italy tour was indeed a classic

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

The trip included nearly everything we ever talked of wanting to see in Italy—along with a few delightful surprises like Cinque de Terre. Everything about the tour was first class from the hotels to the arranged meals. We always stayed in the center of the action wherever and also felt that we had truly experienced each of the regions we visited.

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maberkuta

Our Dream Vacation

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

Our Classic Italy trip was amazing from beginning to the end! Tauck put us up in the best hotels. We did not have to wait in long lines for tours and our tour director and all of the tour guides were very knowledgeable. This was our first trip to Europe and Tauck made our vacation very memorable...we will be using Tauck Tours for our next trip.

Most Memorable Moment:

Tauck Tours provided us with so many memorable moments that it is hard to think of my favorite but...taking the tour of the Vatican definitely was at the top. We were able to do the Vatican Tour after hours so the crowds were less and the tour guide did a wonderful job in giving us the history of the Vatican.

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DOJO

Classic Italy is fantastic!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

Our first Tauck tour was great. We enjoyed perfect weather and every day was full of fun on our Classic Italy trip in May/June. Our group of 36 became friends and we enjoyed the sites (incl. fields of red poppies in bloom), food, shopping and lots of walking/exploring. So many beautiful sights along with a few days of R&R - fantastic itinerary!

Most Memorable Moment:

Everyday was a "WOW" day, but my favorite memory is arriving in Venice by train and jumping in a water taxi to go to our hotel which was located at the beginning of the Grand Canal. We had a spectacular lunch on the patio overlooking the canal on a beautiful day. Everyone was excited & in awe of our perfect location just steps from St. Marks Square

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Regina J. Giles

Our first tour of Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

Tauck has done it again! Their "Classic Italy" tour was a great trip with quality hotels, meals and guides. Our Tour Director was efficient and knowledgable. We always had confidence in her recommendations concerning what to see and where to eat.We will travel with Tauck again and have already recommended Tauck to friends and family.

Most Memorable Moment:

After hours tour at the Vatican Museum.

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Turnermr66

My wife cherishes this trip

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

the Sistine Chapel and the Uffizi gallery in Florence

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seasidedreams

Classic Italy beats all the classes ever taken on this beautiful place!

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

This trip was a delight. It was one amazing vista after another. The hotels were top notch and the tour guide was professional and always prepared. We were able to experience many aspects of the Italian culture and took in a wide variety of historic attractions.The private (small group) tours were exceptional! We fell in love with Italy.

Most Memorable Moment:

Experiencing the Pieta by Michelangelo after having seen it as a child in NYC in the 1960's. (World's Fair)

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dwrusso

Could not be better

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

Perfect planning. Tour Director was a star! Excellent food and hotels. Terrific Value. We talk to everyone about it. Only consideration might be later morning starts. Will do Tauck again for sure!

Most Memorable Moment:

Too many. St Peters Basilica. Sorrento.

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letsch

Wonderful from start to finish

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

My husband and I loved this trip from start to finish. The hotels were amazing. Our guide Gayle was wonderful (informative, helpful, kind, and always ready to point you to the best gelato!) as were the local guides. The pace of the trip was just right; we saw so many wonderful sights, had time to explore on our own and ate so much wonderful food!

Most Memorable Moment:

Looking out over Venice from the bell tower, a very romantic moment!

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eastjean

What a Great Trip

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: May 2012

This was the best trip we have ever experienced and we have been on several. It was our first with Tauck and we rate it 10 out of 10. Our director is fantastic, what a treasure your company has. She made all 31 of us feel she was our personal friend. Your guides were also well informed and able to present their subject very well.

Most Memorable Moment:

We have many but the very best was Rome and the Sistine Chapel. A very memorable moment was seeing Rome at night. WOW!

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kpetzelt

Great way to see so much of a beautiful country

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: April 2012

Trip is wonderful way to see so much of Italy. Timing in each city was excellent-great guided tours with enough free time to do some wandering on your own. Italy is very expensive. Cafe's charge for sitting at a table, even more if you sit outside, charge for water and bread. These add up at the end of your meal. Take lots of cash or credit card!

Most Memorable Moment:

There were lots of them but one of the most was the boat ride along the Cinque Terre and the time spent in Montorroso which was just 6 months out from recovering from the flood from October 2011.

TAUCK RESPONSE

We are so very pleased you enjoyed your journey! We look forward to hosting you again in the near future.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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MaryLevesque

Happy Anniversary

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 2011

It was better than anything I had imagined. It covered more areas and provided more experiences than I could possibly expect. Our tour director made it more enjoyable than I had imagined possible.

Most Memorable Moment:

The ride in the gondola accompanied by music and song.

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sharalee

Fabulous Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: October 2011

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.

Most Memorable Moment:

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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mort435@comcast.net

Classic Italy

 

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Travel Date: October 2011

A major factor in chosing this trip was an after hours visit to the Sistine Chapel. Less than two weeks before departure I was notified that this feature was not available and that my only recourse was to accept $100 as compensation. I feel that the trip was not as represented and I should have been offered another date with the private visit. I inquired at the Vatican and was told that they no longer allow these private visits. I feel cheated. The Florence hotel was far from the "action", no

TAUCK RESPONSE

Dear Mr. Schultz, We sincerely apologize that the after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel were unavailable during your time in Rome. Tauck does make every effort to operate all tours as advertised; however in this instance, due to measures beyond our control, the Vatican was unavailable to host your group. We did continue attempts to secure an after-hours tour for your group, however these attempts were unsuccessful. We certainly share in your disappointment; however it is our hope that you were still able to return home with many wonderful memories to share with friends and family. Please do not hesitate to contact the Guest Relations Department at 1-800-468-2825 extension 2125 if you should want to discuss this further.

-The Tauck Guest Relations Team

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AYager

Classic Italy

Overall Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

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Travel Date: September 2011

Best trip imaginable! Every moment was better than the last! Cannot recommend it highly enough. Delicious food, fabulous hotels, breathtaking sights, wonderful people. A once in a lifetime experience!!

Most Memorable Moment:

Seeing the coliseum, taking a gondola ride in Venice, the Cinque Terre, all of it!!

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Tommye Fleming

"You may have the universe if I may have Italy." -- Giuseppe Verdi

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Travel Date: August 2011

I am a travel blogger, so you can see my in-depth report at the following site: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/spoonball/4/tpod.html We have had some tremendous travel directors over the years, but Len the best ever.

Most Memorable Moment:

Three fave cities: • Amalfi Coast -- the drive is right up there among the most beautiful ever • Rome -- Piazza Novano, St. Peter’s Basilica, amazing art of the Vatican • Florence -- art history professor intro, the Duomo • Venice -- exiting the train station to breathtaking discovery of the Grand Canal … and the gondola ride, a fun photo op

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Bella

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Travel Date: May 2011

From Sorrento to Venice, this trip did not lack for a thing. It was my first trip to Italy and it lived up to all the hype - gondolas, masks, the Ufizzi, Michaelangelos, the Vatican, Cinque Terre, limoncello and biscotti under the lemon trees, wine tasting in Tuscany, antiquities in Pompeii, and Rome. And a superb guide for everything.

Most Memorable Moment:

Taking the vaporettos around by ourselves and heading out to Murano was a lot of fun. We adored everything about Vnice and plan to go back.

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