"The coach was luxurious and comfortable. It was always clean and tidy, in fact it was a hotel on wheels."
Desmond & Sylvia
"We selected this holiday, as it had a sign of adventure and an opportunity to explore cultures and history. At both main the hotels; Hotel Mary near Sorrento and Hotel Kennedy in Sicily, the staff were more than helpful. The rooms were comfortable and the outlook over the bay; amazing! The brandy was nice too and cheap.
The journey down had plenty of stops including overnight stays at city type hotels. The scenery all the way down from France through Switzerland and the Dolomites to Tuscany and Umbria was ever changing and spectacular. Lots of tunnels and viaducts and some scary drops.
The drivers, Roddy and Phil, were superb in handling our 43ft beast around all sorts of roads, as well as the motorways. They were very professional and we would certainly recommend traveling with them. The coach was luxurious and comfortable. It was always clean and tidy, in fact it was a hotel on wheels. Roddy and Phil worked hard and spent time on keeping the coach clean and still had time for our questions and a conversation.
We decided to do all of the excursions. Our favourites were the three volcanos Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. At 1200 metres high on Vesuvius to 3000metres on Etna in a 50mph gale, to drinking beer on the Island of Stromboli, standing next to these craters was indeed a thrill. Etna was a particular challenge as you drive up by coach to 1600metres then by Gondola and finally by Jeep Bus up the final track to the summit. What a drive!
We also enjoyed a boat trip around the island of Capri together with a walking tour where we were shown some of the historical evidence of the growth of the Island. As well as Capri we walked round the ruins of Pompeii which was quite eerie with a tour guide who amused us with her descriptions of the Roman red light district. Other walking tours included Sorrento, Taormina, and Syracuse. (The latter two being our favourites). We were taken around to see all the important sights with good explanations of the history.
Austria was breath taking. The scenery, the passes and the food unbelievable. The Hotel Sonnschein was a credit to its owner.
A wonderful tour well worth it. I am 70 my wife Sylvia 66 and we coped admirably with the early mornings, the walking (some gradients) and the different conditions in Southern Italy and Sicily.
Looking forward to next year.