Our tour was amazing the driver arrived promptly and was very professional and courteous. we all felt extremely comfortable in his care. The drive along the coast was breathtaking. Pictures do not do it justice. Our driver recommended a lunch for us, that was as amazing as the day itself. I want to thank him for taking care of that for us. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is traveling to Italy. Thank you all for making our vacation amazing.
First and foremost read the tour information, it is EXACTLY what it states and it is AMAZING. This is a semi-private for us it was private driver led tour of the Amalfi Coast. This is NOT a guided walking tour of these areas, it is for you to adventure out, choose your own path and explore with some very good hints at how to find what we were looking for. We did have an English language guide who told us about the sights and gave us ideas and wound up walking with us through Amalfi that told us the neat places to go and shop and eat and guided us to the beach in Positano where we had an outstanding lunch right on the beach. Both our driver excellent driver on some VERY treacherous and winding mountain roads and our guide gave us the white glove treatment. Our day started out rainy and they jumped out at every stop with umbrellas, etc. they provided wifi for the long ride on the Autostrada and stopped when we needed to stretch or use the facilities. We were given our own time table so we made a decision together on the meeting place and time when we were finished. What an amazing day!
Not what I expected! We were picked up right in front of our room so that was great. The driver was right on time and the vehicle was very nice and air conditioned. There was a bottle of white win and bottled water waiting in the vehicle but that was about it. In the description it says the Driver/Guide! Don't expect that! I requested English speaking however our driver spoke very little English. We drove 4 hours to Sorrento with no commentary, to information as to what we were seeing or what anything was. In fact the silence was very awkward. As we got closer to the Amalfi we kept asking the driver to stop at the many scenic areas but he never did and we didn't get any really good pictures of the coast from above. When we finally made it to the tourists area the driver pulled over to the side of the busy road and just let us out and said meet you back here in 2 hours. Recommended a place to have lunch and away he went. No help at all! We found an amazing restaurant for lunch and ended up spending the entire 2 hours having lunch. Yes, all the time we had to see Sorrento was spent having lunch. The restaurant was great and the food was amazing but don't expect to eat and run. Right after lunch the driver was ready there waiting ready to go. We didn't get to see not one thing in the town of Sorrento. We then driver to Pasitano and again we asked the driver to pull over at the scenic area so we could take pictures but nope, he just kept on driving. The driver again pulled over and said see you back here in 1 hour. Vroom off he went. There was just enough time to walk through a few shops and to the bottom of the walkway to the Ocean. We got to take off our shoes dip our feet in the water and had to head right back up to the top to meet the driver. We all packed back into the vehicle and was dropped off in front of our room. I can't tell you one thing about the history of anywhere we went, anything we saw or anything along the way. It was a total waist!
Our driver, Alessandro, was great. He came for us at our hotel as stated. He advised us early the expected drive time and route options before leaving. To get to the Amalfi coast by car is a 3.5hr drive one way and roughly the same back. To visit three cities on the coast you will need factor that in as with any bus tour you would do from Rome to the area. The big difference in the private ride is that it is private. If you want you get a personal assistance for the day or guide by hour if needed as added cost. We opted not to do this and just use the driver. Our driver was very knowledgeable of the area and Italy and gave us great tips for the day, local gifts to buy etc and tips for the rest of our vacation. He arranged the stops based on preferred lunch time and he never rushed us. We stopped 1hr in Sorrento, we got to walk around buys gifts, take great photos, and have some coffee and gelato. The next stop was in Positano, we had lunch there on the beach with a great view. We got to walk around as well and see some shops. Then our final stop was in Amalfi we spent 1hr there got to walk around there and get some gifts and stop for snacks. The driver also stopped in safe locations to allow us to take photos. Just be aware it's a popular drive for cars and buses. So the driver can't always stop in every location especially as the roads do get narrow. He pointed out info and facts on each location for us. If we were by bus it would have been a packed drive with others and not a personal drive like we had. If we came back late on a bus they may have left us not the same for the car. Just bare in mind it's a long drive round trip. The stop time you make your own if you are a traveler who likes you own pace. If you want more details and guidance then take the added feature options the tour can give for the day. As I said we didn't need it, our driver,Alessandro was fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed the day. At the end we got a nice wine we toasted our day of fun.