Tour companies in Italy

Mar 5th, 2007, 03:49 AM
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Tour companies in Italy

My DH and I want to send my MIL on a trip to italy but she would be travelling alone so we thought a tour co would be the way to go. Any other good choices out there for a nice tour besides Perillo? TIA!
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Mar 5th, 2007, 03:57 AM
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Insight--it's a tour company! usually has about 40 people per trip.

Odysseys Unlimited--a small group tour company. 12-24 people per trip.

Both can accommodate single travelers.
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Mar 5th, 2007, 06:53 PM
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I don't know if a private tour is an option but we used a great company called The driver was great fun and spoke good English. This is if you didn't want to do the group thing
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Mar 5th, 2007, 10:46 PM
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a few coach tour companies

Based in Italy but with agents in other countries

Hope this assists

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Mar 6th, 2007, 03:50 AM
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Thank you for your suggestions. Of the ones listed, which are the nicer ones? (central hotels, good food...)thank you!
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Mar 6th, 2007, 04:14 AM
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My inlaws love Central Holidays. It is a full tour with air and hotel and touring of the sights.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 09:51 AM
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Tauck does very good upscale tours.
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IMO Cosmos is the best budget company. They have a tour Rome-Sorrento-Capri where they actually stay on Corso Italia in Sorrento, and even out on Capri. Most tour companies only offer a day excursion to Capri.
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Mar 6th, 2007, 12:30 PM
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Everything about this company is WONDERFUL !!!!
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Mar 6th, 2007, 12:40 PM
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We have taken several Tauck tours including Classic Italy several years ago. I am not usually a "tour" person but have nothing but great things to say about Tauck. They are top notch with hotel selections, etc. You do not wear name tags and are not part of a herd. You may participate in group activities or not as you desire. Meals are usually selected from the menu and you eat dinner when you chose. Although Tauck is more expensive, there are no additional charges added on and many meals are included. My mother-in-law loved the trip!
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Mar 7th, 2007, 12:00 PM
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Hi, again, emcash--I think that what you are requesting is an escorted tour group for your MIL. Some of the suggestions that have been offered here are for transfers and maybe city tours and are not what you are wanting. But of the suggestions for escorted tours, Tauck tours is the most expensive and, thus, the "nicest one". The others, Insight, Globus, Trafalger, and maybe Central are midprice. Cosmos is budget, but still great for the money. Odysseys Unlimited and some others define their nitch as catering to small groups and are therefore somewhat more expensive.

Most of the midpriced and small group tours have centrally located hotels, (most of the time) and budget tours are budget because they use hotels that are a bit farther out from the town center, but not always. Confused now?

As for the food, most tour group food is not memorable but usually served by buffet or fixed platter. None is gourmet or even close and some is awful, some is just "food" to fill your stomach. It is nice when the tour company allows you to go out on your own to whatever restaurant you want occasionally. Of course you pay for that meal. When comparing prices the number of meals included is meaningful but makes comparisons difficult.

A good, midprice, all inclusive (no extra charges for optional trips and not many meals on your own) is Elderhostel. Don't be put off by the name, there are no hostels used but there is an educational component for the trip ( learning about the country visited or cooking or walking or whatever).

So I hope this gives you some information.
Cheers, Margo
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Mar 7th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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Food is one of the reasons I like Cosmos. They don't include much.
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Mar 7th, 2007, 12:21 PM
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Agreeing with previous posters, if quality/authenticity of food and central locale of hotel are issues, then avoid Globus-they are not good on either according to our friends who "did" Italy with them last year. On the other hand, for friendliness and expertise of guides and conviviality of group, they thought Globus was just the thing for newbies to Europe who were in their 60's.
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