Wandering vs. Touring

Posted by admin on May 15, 2013

Tolkien said, “Not all who wander are lost.” This is particularly true for travellers to Italy who enjoy strolling through our beautiful cities with expert guidance in small group or private tours.

Here are just a few reasons to consider sightseeing with a tour guide rather than attempting to navigate solo – all supported by recent reviews left by clients of Avventure Bellissime on tripadvisor:

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Smooth travel

Sometimes the days you coordinate yourself end up taking more time and stress than those planned by the experts. As Mariongmelbourne of Australia recently shared, she and her partner were impressed by the seamless experience they had with Avventure Bellissime, “It was all booked for us on fast trains with airport pick up and we were met at the train station in Florence, by boat in Venice to go to our hotel and transferred to Cinque Terre by a friendly driver. All the accommodation was first rate and well located. The walking tours were very good with the skip the line tickets and great guides. The segment that Avventure Bellissime booked for us went more smoothly than the extension days we booked ourselves before and after – a real headache as far as booking our own trains and getting taxis.”

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Special insights and red carpet treatment

It pays to visit popular tourist destinations and historic sites with someone knowledgeable. As Kristen F from South Carolina, USA, recently shared, she and her daughter saw the benefit of the small group tour of the Vatican they booked: “We had the experience of a lifetime. [Our guide] knew his stuff, but told the stories like it was the first time he was revealing them! As a former teacher, I know the energy it takes to engage a group…and he is a pro. Not to mention that our group was four, while others around us had 15-30 people in them. [The guide is] well respected in the Vatican, and we even got special treatment in some areas because of this.” 

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Less stressful

When you want to learn and soak in the culture around you on a trip, having a small group guide lets you stop worrying about logistics and just enjoy the journey. Lisa of Louisiana, USA recently posted how much she appreciated not having to worry about things: “We planned our trip through Avventure Bellissime and it was amazing. Every single guide was fantastic, knowledgeable, fun and exciting. I never had to think about my next move, because everything worked like clockwork. It was the perfect blend of planned and unplanned time.”

Navigating through bad weather

If only we could guarantee good weather when people visit Italy! We can’t, but as Redskinrex of Florida, USA posted a few weeks ago, sometimes it pays to have an expert guide who can entertain you even on the worst weather days: “Let me lay it on the line: The day we toured … was like touring Rome in a tropical storm – windy, rainy and about as bad as it gets. [Our guide’s] expertise and knowledge saved the day and made for an absolutely wonderful experience. Seriously… what kind of amazing mind and talent does it take to pull that off? BTW, he’s got an awesome sense of humor and is great with kids too! I can’t recommend him and his organization enough.” 

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Good customer service

The best laid plans can sometimes go wrong, and booking through a reputable and reliable tour operator can make all the difference. As Terrierwhotravels from Ontario, Canada shared recently, “We would like to thank Avventure Bellissime for the very quick response and the refund of our tour costs. It is rare in this day and age that such outstanding Customer Service still exists. We would not hesitate to book again through Avventure Bellissime, and can highly recommend that others book, because it has been proven that this company stands behind its product – with no arguments, no excuses, and without hesitation… Your immediate response to our concerns was unbelievable and very much appreciated!!”

Help when travelling with children

Parents always worry if things will go smoothly when they travel abroad with children. As lenfunk2 of Blackrod found, booking a tour with an expert guide who knew just how to adapt the day to handle all the members of a family was an excellent choice: “We booked this tour in advance and were not disappointed. Travelled as a family of 5 with children aged 10 and 13. It was a small and very personal tour with our guide who was full of knowledge and humour. There were many opportunities to take photos and experience things off the beaten track we would never find ourselves. Unique and local restaurant for lunch and Grapa and wine tasting. Beautiful scenery and history. Highly recommended for families.”

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Tailor-made learning for great value

When Mike Chiang of Taipei, Taiwan took his parents to Venice for their first time, it was his third visit to that region of Italy. He credits the expert tour guide for helping to ensure that his parents enjoyed their visit without he, the more seasoned traveller, feeling bored: “Our entire family had a great time throughout the tour, thanks to our friendly and enthusiastic guide … She came to pick us up promptly at the lobby of our hotel and accompanied us the whole way through both islands, giving detailed explanations of everything along the way, as well as most of the sites worthy of note in and around Venice. If you’ve hired a water taxi in Venice on your own before then you’ll know that the price they charge for this 4-hour private boat tour is actually a real bargain.”

If you would like expertly planned and orchestrated tours on your trip to Italy, contact the professional team at Avventure Bellissime.


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