We had enjoyable holiday in Greece last year organised by Aegean Dreams. When we decided to tour Italy this year we went visited several tour agencies including xxx on the recommendations of friends and relatives. However we finally decided to go back and ask Joycelyn to arrange another memorable holiday for us in Italy as we found their service and and plans very much suited to our type of vacationing.
Our stay started well when we arrived in Rome early morning ard 8am-the hotel that we stayed upgraded us to a superior room and allowed us to check in immediately. We had a welcome cup of cappuccino and hot chocolate before starting our day exploring the city. The guided tours started on time (this trend continued throughout the other tours) and were informative, small grouped and well paced. The travel between cities throughout Italy by fast train on Business class was enjoyable and relaxing with no delays throughout. Owing to the well chosen locations of hotels by Aegean Dreams, the train stations were nearby and easily accessible.
For our next stop in Florence we were pleasantly surprised by the xxx Junior Suite!-it was a very large room fully equipped with a mini kitchen and cooking facilities. We had a change of meals by doing some home cooking which was nice as we missed our local food after several days of pizza, spaghetti and lasagne. The hotel location was right in the town center making our exploration and shopping expeditions in Florence a breeze. The choice of a tour to the Tuscany countryside and Siena was a bonus.
Thank you Joycelyn for arranging a private water-taxi and personalised porter service on our arrival in Venice. We love the unusual hotel you chose for us with a lovely canal view. The location was again spot on. The visit to Burano was very informative and personalised. After being spoiled by the lovely hotels we stayed in- a slight disappointment with the hotel xxx in Milan-the service staff were not too helpful or friendly (unlike the previous hotels-esp the one in Florence). The only good point-the snacks and drinks in the room fridge was free!
And so to Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast-the entire tour there was excellent and enjoyable with the personal guide friendly and experienced in his drive around the winding narrow roads. And we loved the Hotel xxx! We rarely get to stay in such 6 (star) hotels with such a unique architecture -like a winding cave down to the beach and a wonderful panoramic view of the blue sea and Mt Versuvius in the distance from our huge beautiful room and its balcony perched on the top of a tall cliff with plunging rocks to the clear water below. We enjoyed the spa and food there at very reasonable prices accompanied by a pianist playing a wide repertoire of jazz and modern classical music. We arranged a small group tour to Capri which we enjoyed very much. On our final days in Italy we managed to squeeze in some sightseeing back in Rome from our small hotel centrally located among many historical sites and places.
Thank you so very much Aegean Dreams. You have given us a whole treasure trove of Italian experiences which we really enjoyed. Grazie and Mama Mia. We will not hesitate to recommend you to our friends and relatives should they want a unique and different holiday experience in Greece and Italy.