Florence: Accidental Tourist tour

Jan 28th, 2008, 05:25 AM
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I received an email today saying that they had to cancel our tour for March 4. They will not have tours from March 4-6. They offered us the tour on March 7, which we are taking. They are also giving us a bottle of Chianti for our troubles. That is definitely worth it!

Does anyone know how long the tour goes? We leave the next morning for home, bright and early, and I just want to know if we need to pack the night before the tour if we won't have much time after the tour.
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Jan 28th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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Are you taking the Cooking class? If so, you will be back in Florence by 5-5:30pm.
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Jan 28th, 2008, 12:19 PM
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Yes I am. Thank you very much!
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Jun 15th, 2008, 06:03 PM
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Does anyone have any updates or recent news on this experience/company?
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Jun 15th, 2008, 06:05 PM
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This is dissapointing since I have just recently started collecting more notes for Italy... any updates anyone?
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Jun 16th, 2008, 06:59 AM
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It gives me great pleasure to be able to respond to someone on this thread and provide assistance for a forum that has given me so much!

I have a full day cooking tour arranged with Accidental Tourist for Saturday, June 21. I e-mailed them through AOL about three months ago after reading the few posts on this thread about the instability of the company. Within a week, they replied. Just last week, I filled out their form online to register for the cooking class, and within four days, I received a confirmation e-mail.

They now make it very clear on the website that they take up to four days to respond. I don't know if they'd received several complaints over the past year, but they're back running a tight ship!
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Jun 16th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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Please let us know how the cooking class turns out on the 21st. I have something booked with them in September and am anxious to hear more.
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Jun 18th, 2008, 08:20 AM
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Here is the link to a recent trip report (June'08) by mairseydotes who had a good experience with Accidental Tourist:

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Jun 18th, 2008, 12:15 PM
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Jul 5th, 2008, 04:00 AM
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Just back from my trip to Italy and Scotland, and as promised, I will report on my cooking class with Accidental Tourist. It was fantastic!

You can sign up for the full or half day cooking class. (With the half day, you simply don't do the winery visits.) We visited a small working winery first just outside of Florence. Here, we learned about wine making, then sampled several wines and olive oils. Afterwards, we went to a castle to see the spectacular views and do a little more wine tasting. Finally, we arrived at the home of Christiana, a true Italian woman who spoke very little English. It was in her basement that we made pasta and filling for ravioli and tortillini from scratch. We then went to the main house and ate a five course lunch in Christiana's kitchen.

I was in Italy for 10 days, and one of the basic linguini dishes was my favorite dish of the entire trip.

Enzo, our guide and teacher, was friendly, knowledgeable and all around wonderful. Accidental Tourist was a highlight of the trip, and I highly encourage anyone interested in pasta making (not necissarily cooking) and enjoying true Italian hospitality and scenery to sign up.
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Jul 7th, 2008, 09:01 AM
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nolenee, I am so happy to hear of your wonderful experience with Accidental Tourist. I am a big fan of theirs and was concerned about the negative recent comments. Glad to hear they are back to good business.

Now, how about a trip report of your time in Scotland We are headed there next year.
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