The ticketing and on boarding process was very good. The tour guide on the bus was excellent. After that it went down hill. When they say the tour is Spanish and English, I thought that meant it was available in either language. Instead, our guide first spoke in one language then repeated it in the other language, meaning that he could not point out things of interest due to need to translate. On arrival to Monteriggioni we were told the bus would park 15 minute walk away. Would have been good to know that ahead of time since my 80 year old mother in law was with us. Only having 30 minutes did not give enough time to explore and shop in this beautiful setting so most of the family had to rush through to see the city because they had stopped to shop. Could have easily spent an hour in the village looking around. Next stop was Siena where we again had to park a 10 minute walk away from town. We had a guide in town but if I just look at what the guide showed us I would think that Siena is just a medieval plaza and a church when there was so much more to it from what I have read. Lunch was the worst meal I have had in the 16 days I have spent in Italy and was on par with the average Italian restaurant in the US. The wine served was not palatable to most of the people at our section of the table although others did drink 1-2 glasses of wine. The tour in San Gimignano was nice, again an uphill walk to town but seemed that we had enough time to get a taste of this village (could probably spend a day there). The wine tasting was horrible. I am huge fan of Italian wines, especially Tuscan wines but the wine served at the tasting does a disservice to anyone not familiar with these wonderful wines. Visiting a newly developing vineyard would be great if we could have gone elsewhere to taste the wines of Tuscany but as the only real tasting it was a huge disappointment. I will not do this tour and cannot recommend that anyone take this tour without changes.
It was a pleasant walking tour and the guide was entertaining. However the group size was too big. Lunch was a bit of a mess as the restaurant could not cope with the crowds. We ended walking up and down the restaurant floors 3 times before we were settled down to lunch with another group. Fortunately the other tourists were very friendly and we had a good dialogue with them over lunch.
Passeio inesquecível pela Toscana, bem diversificado. Dos problemas que tivemos, o maior de todos foi o ponto de encontro para embarque no ônibus que foi informado errado. Erro absurdo que por muito pouco não me fez perder o passeio. Por sorte consegui localizar o local correto e ninguém da companhia de turismo sabia de nada sobre esse fato. Incrivel... Outra mentira foi a venda do tour em português, Apesar do guia Gabriel ser brasileiro, o passeio não foi todo em português como contratado. Em diversos momentos eram passadas informações em inglês e espanhol, mas quando era a vez do português sempre faltava algo. Em Siena não tinha visita guiada em português também... enfim. As paisagens são maravilhosas, mas eu não indico essa companhia de turismo.
This was a convenient way to see several sights without having to participate in exhausting and often generic tours. We had ample time to freely move about on our own and experience the sights according to our interests. Beautiful day to boot! Wine tasting was a fun ending to a great day.
Our tour guides were good, the bus very comfortable, Tuscany views terrific, lunch good, and winery a fun, nice last stop. If you are a history buff, you won't have time on this tour to appreciate all the history there is to see. The tour is a good overview - you may want to do it all again on your own, taking your time. Monteriggioni was the first stop and slowest paced - it is so small we actually had time to look around at a leisurely pace and it was not crowded. Siena was crowded. We had a short (30min) tour from a local guide - couldn't hear her too well even though we had the headsets. Then 30-40 minutes on our own, then lunch (which was leisurely and good), then back on the bus to San Gimignano which would have been interesting to take more time to explore, but time is limited and it is also crowded. What we had time for was walking the length of it, taking in the views, hitting a few stops. Our bus had an issue, which the tour guides figured out a workaround for - kudos to them so we still had time to get to the winery which was a nice way to end the day. The winery was very nice, the wine good as well as tasting the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. We bought some wine.I felt this tour was worth the price.
This is a must tour when in Florence. Although the group was a full bus load, our guide Chiara was able to take the lead and was very informative of the history of the areas we visited. There was a group of us that bonded which made it quite enjoyable. Having some great wine at the finish of the tour was a nice way to end the day. The wine was excellentalthough expensive, I ended up purchasing 2 bottles.