American Express tours in Rome

Feb 11th, 2005, 06:14 AM
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American Express tours in Rome

I heard that American Express city tours are very good in Rome, but I can not find a website for them. Has anyone used them in Rome? I know the office is at the bottom of the Spanish Steps. I'm trying to find out what tours they offer and how much they cost.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 06:17 AM
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I took an amex tour in Rome years ago (many years) and it was very good, as I recall, but I don't remember any real specifics. However, I am also interested in how
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Feb 11th, 2005, 06:19 AM
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Sorry for that last post- I didn't mean to send it yet! As I was saying, I am also interested in getting information on these tours (in Venice and Florence), but I can't find a website for them either. In Rome, we just walked up to the office and booked it there, but it would be nice to see what they offer in advance.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 06:57 AM
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I didn't find a website either, but here's a snippet from, if you'll pardon the expression, Frommers.

"One of the leading tour operators is American Express, Piazza di Spagna 38 (tel. 06-67641; Metro: Spagna). One popular tour is a 4-hour orientation of Rome and the Vatican, which departs most mornings at 9:30am and costs 40€ ($36) per person. Another 4-hour tour, which focuses on the Rome of antiquity (including visits to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the ruins of the Imperial Palace, and San Pietro in Vincoli), costs 37.50€ ($33). From April to October, a popular excursion outside Rome is a 5-hour bus tour to Tivoli, where tours are conducted of the Villa d'Este and its spectacular gardens and the ruins of the Villa Adriana, all for 45€ ($40) per person."
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:07 AM
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This Frommers article must have been done quite awhile ago judging by the Euro/Dollar exchange rate. Mike
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:10 AM
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LOL, Mike. Hadn't noticed the exchange rate. Those were the days. Sigh...
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Feb 11th, 2005, 07:46 AM
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Goodmorning, dtp Have taken a few of these tours in Rome over the years,
mostly originating with Amerx, however
did find that if there are a low number of tour members, they will combine tours with Carrani or Appian,
however regardless they were very good..Richard of LaGrange Park, Il..
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Feb 11th, 2005, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for responding. I am going to Italy in April. If I get a website for the American Express tours while there I will post it for you when I get back.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 08:13 AM
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I'm not sure American Express provides travel services any more, other than the financial services associated with their products, such as cards or travelers checks. I know they have closed their offices here in Salt Lake City.

In 1999 we took an American Express tour of Italy, which was pretty good for a tour with centrally located hotels, but lately when we have gone in offices in Europe to get money from a card it seems that they no longer have city tours available.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 08:24 AM
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American Express Rome does indeed have city tours, and you can make the purchase arrangements while there in the same office that handles the exchange of money. They've sub-contracted out to VasTours, but all the Amex tour guides are now still there and working for VasTours. I was just there in September and October.

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Feb 11th, 2005, 08:26 AM
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I found an email address for the Piazza di Spagna address.

[email protected]

You could email them and ask if they still do the tours.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 01:17 PM
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Thanks so much. I am emailing them now.
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Feb 11th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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On our first trip to Italy in 1999, we took the half-day tours in Rome and Venice and enjoyed them. The only criticism we had came when the Rome guide tried to sell us a book he wrote! Other than that, he was a good guide!
In Rome I would recommend the tour of the ancient section. To also include the Vatican, I would think, would be too much for one tour.
And, I remember the office near the Spanish Steps very well.
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Feb 14th, 2005, 07:21 AM
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dtp- did you ever get in touch with amex through that email address?
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