My family and I just returned from a vacation to Italy, planned by Audrey. I had never been to Italy before, and I didn't know where to begin planning. Audrey's knowledge of Italy is incredible. We gave her some ideas, and our budget, and she planned the most amazing trip for us! Each step was perfect. The hotels were beautiful, and we loved private tours of Pompeii, Amalfi Coast and Florence. The cooking class she set up in Sorrento was one of the highlights! We kept raving about how flawless and easy each part of the trip was! And Stresa, a place we never even knew about, was breathtaking! If it wasn't for Audrey, we would have never gone there! She planned every detail, right down to the train tickets. Audrey, thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. You made our trip perfect and memorable. We will definitely be booking with you again! (Italian Discovery independent tour package, June 2017)
Eleni Kapetanios, Anne Bortollon, Toronto, Canada (photo below)
My family just got back from a 10 day trip to Spain with Audrey and it was AWESOME!!!! I don't think I'll ever be able to travel again without her! Audrey took care of everything...hotels, transportation, obtaining tickets to sites, shows, etc., which left us to just enjoy our trip! We had told her in advance which activities and cities we were interested in and she made it happen. She was even able to squeeze in some extra activities (like wine tasting!) while we were there. Audrey is so nice, and easy to talk with. We really enjoyed her company and her love for the country. If you want to have a great vacation without any worries, you have to use Audrey! (Escorted Family vacation June 2017)
Angela Arias and family, TX (photo below)
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WARNING! You may never be able to travel without Audrey again. We have used Audrey's services twice in the past, once to Italy and once to Spain. Our most recent trip was to Spain in the summer of 2017. This trip exceeded our expectations in many ways. First of all, individual travelers are different and have different needs. Audrey takes this into account and tailors the trip to the specific personality of the group. For example, our group had a mixture of adults, young adults and teenagers. Audrey arranged the transportation so that we were never rushed in the morning, had ample time to eat breakfast and set off to a day of sightseeing feeling rested and excited about the day. We visited all the typical tourist spots, but also had intimate "one of a kind" trips to a vineyard, sherry bodega, cooking class and olive oil factory. The longer drives were broken up by timely stops in unique towns. All this adds up to a one of a kind experience that really allows you to feel the culture of the country. We left the hotel planning up to Audrey and each hotel was centrally located, unique and clean. Audrey has extensive knowledge about the countries that she offers and a love for travel and the people. You cannot go wrong with a trip with Audrey. Try her once, and like us, you will be back for more.
Beth Wright and family, Dallas TX (photo below)
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Dominic and I came back from our two week trip to Portugal and southern Spain, tired but rested. It was a great father/son trip. We had a great time. The people were very warm and friendly and we enjoyed the local people and their cultures immensely. Since we are both students of history, we were amazed every day with the sites of the city and castles.
From Lisbon, to Evora to Seville to Cordoba to Granada and finally Madrid, we had a great time. I would highly recommend the private car with driver and guide that Audrey arranged for us. It was the best way of seeing the sites without any crowds, exactly the way Audrey envisions and offers in her tours. What a great way to see more of the country. These were not just any cars. They were new Mercedes sedans all $90,000 vehicles and immaculate. So, we were driven around in style and comfort.
The food recommendations Audrey provided us with in the various towns came in very handy and were very accurate. We decided to rate all the meals on our trip and there were many at the top of the list. The accommodations she chose far exceeded our expectations.
The prepaid tickets arranged by Audrey for the Bullet train and the Prado saved us a lot of time. We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to booking any future trip that will measure up to this one and highly recommend Travels with Audrey.
Tom and Dom D'Agostino, Denver, Colorado (photo below)
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I used Travels with Audrey for my most recent trip. I found Audrey to be extremely accommodating to my requests and very pleasant to deal with. The added bonus was that the trip cost less than what I could find online myself and she did all the work! I already have her looking into pricing for my next trip! Thank you Audrey. Tessa Stover, All in One Party Shop, Courtenay BC
Thank you Audrey, I am very glad your husband let me know about your business, and we are extremely impressed thus far. My Mom actually is so impressed with the package you were able to get us on this trip that she would like to inquire about booking her next trip with you. The accommodations were great and really glad we paid the little extra to stay at them. Thank you for helping plan this trip. Tyler, Courtenay, BC
We have been extremely happy with Audrey's service. Within weeks of booking our first trip we were already booking another vacation with her. In addition to her prompt and helpful responses to questions about pricing and tour details, we have been particularly pleased with the overall value of the vacation that we booked. It ultimately costs less to have the personalized service of a knowledgeable and experienced person like Audrey who knows the ins and outs of the travel industry. We are already looking forward to booking our next vacation with Audrey. Thanks! John and Joyce, Winnipeg, MB
Just want to say thank you once again for a most fabulous tour. The fact that you designed it to suit our very specific interests was phenomenal. Everything went very smoothly. You knew just what arrangements were necessary to accomplish everything in the time we had available. We were very pleased with the transportation, restaurants, sites, guides, etc. The whole trip could not have gone better, except for the cold and rainy weather that only affected 75% of the trip!!! Europe in July works for me.
Thank you once again. Our tour realized the dream my wife and sister in law wanted to fulfill: following the footsteps of their father as a paratrooper during the 2nd World War. We met many great people and have wonderful memories. I will always cherish the "down" times when Maureen and I had a sandwich and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, and a beer and a beer at a sidewalk cafe in Berlin with Frau Vogel. Looking forward to future travels!
Gregg and Maureen H. (Photo Below)
We were fortunate enough to have had Audrey De Monte serve as Tour Manager for our 10 day family trip to Europe. The tour was a 10-day multi generational family tour (grandparents to teen age grandchildren) of the cities of Paris, Venice and Rome. Audrey was extremely well organized and always provided multiple suggestions to make sure that everyone was having a great time. She knew the cities well which enabled us to get access to great reasonably priced restaurants that served authentic local food (the dinners on this tour were all optional and not part of the tour cost) which was not an easy task for such a large group. She kept our group on time and always offered suggestions for other activities when we had free time. She made this family trip a very precious memory for all and for that we are grateful. Thank you Audrey! Tony and Dan S., Atlanta (Photo Below)
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Audrey, where do I start? I'm back at the hotel after a glorious afternoon...the Borghese, the synagogue, and the amazing church of Minerva - must see, indeed! When I left the Borghese, I took a cab to the Torre Argentina, wrapped my lovely scarf around me, and never got lost! So thank you, for all your good advice, your patient good spirits, your laughter - but most of all for sharing your joy and your passion for this indescribable country. With deep affection Kathy G.
Audrey, you were truly the greatest tour manager any of us could ask for and Mack and I thank you from the bottom of our squishy little hearts. As for the rest of the group, could the match-up have been any more perfect? Perhaps we were not always on our best behavior, but didn't we have fun as we soaked up a bit of culture here and there? The ancient ritual known as uncontrollable laughter is considered highly cultural, is it not? Mack and Betsy C.
Bravissima! Just returned from our tour of Italy guided by Audrey De Monte. Can't begin to describe what a wonderful time we had. Audrey is both charming and extremely professional. Audrey was the consummate professional. Organized and personable. She made the trip seamless and more fun than we could have hoped for. Audrey, you are the BEST ever. Tell your contacts, tell your husband! Thank you once again, Bernie and Susan M.
Audrey, just wanted to tell you again how much we enjoyed sharing a little part of Italy with you and our other travel companions. The people, the food and wine, the culture, and the experiences will linger as vivid memories. You made it all happen as it should. Thank you for your professionalism, but most of all for your personal involvement and caring that made everything seem to happen naturally. More than a one-time tour manager, I hope to count you as a new friend. Thanks again and we hope to share new travel experiences with you again in more exciting places in the future. God bless you, Paul and Tammy B.
We just got back from our Italian "adventure" last night and I'm spending today catching up and settling in before going back to work. I wanted to thank you for making what could have been a grueling time between the heat, the walking and the lack of sleep into an awesome trip. You are so sweet, organized, knowledgeable, patient and fun and we feel so blessed and lucky that you were our Tour Manager. We couldn't have asked for anyone better!
Audrey and Gerry M.
I cannot believe we are home for almost a week. The trip went way too quickly. You were awesome and we could not have h ad a better tour guide!!! Please use the money for something fun (maybe towards a leather jacket!). I hope you are relaxing now that the tour is over-you certainly have an exhausting job between the organizing, constant on the go touring but especially dealing with all the different personalities in each tour group. I probably would have been arrested for assault if I had your job!!! Remember if you ever come to New Jersey look us up! Warm regards, Elyce and Sandor E.
Thank you for your incredible leadership! As I scribbled on a post card to you on our last day in Sorrento, we truly appreciated your intelligent, enthusiastic, warm, witty and often personalized guidance throughout our wonderful trip to Italy. Your personal imprint was upon each of us who shared in this incredible adventure, and I know I speak for everyone when I say a sincere thank-you for making it so very special for each and every one of us! As our daughter, expressed it, you have the best career in the world! I know that we just witnessed the frosting on the cake, and that your expertise made everything seem so flawless, but that was all because of the hard work that you did behind the scenes. As Captain Jean Luc Picard would say, "make it so!" You are very special! Fondly, Maureen and Peter B.
We love Audrey! We still talk about our trip and kids really appreciated her wonderful guiding thru cities especially catacombs. Because of Audrey, we had a wonderful first class tour in Italy. Hopefully we get a chance to see her again next year. She is very professional and fun and helpful. I left my passbooks at previous hotel. She helped me go back retrieve them without any fuss. Best Tour Manager ever!" Thanks Audrey! Cathy H.
We just wanted to thank you for making our honeymoon simply unforgettable. We think we were so very fortunate to have had you as our tour manager. You are amazing. Everything about you fits what you do perfectly. We appreciated your being so knowledgeable about the places we visited, so well prepared and we loved your personality. We find ourselves reminiscing of so many lovely times we had. We would definitely travel with you again! You will be glad to know the bottles of wine made it just fine. And speaking of wine, dining with you at you own personally chosen restaurants was a unique, wonderful experience as well! Anna and Doug D.
It really was a wonderful vacation and we thank you, Audrey, for being such a huge part of its success. You really went out of your way to be sure that everyone enjoyed their time in Italy and your knowledge, expertise and genuine concern contributed greatly to a once in a lifetime trip. We are both back to work and into the routing of daily life. We hope to have the opportunity to travel with you again.
Ellen and Merritt H.
Audrey, thank you so much for the pics! Most of all thank you so much for your cheerful self and smiles to greet us every day. I so enjoyed laughing with you and sharing the awesome time we had in Italy. Such wonderful memories! I hope you are enjoying your stay with your sister-in-law and hope you will see your husband and father soon. OH, what happened with the vase? I hope it got back to the hotel. What a journey that was...sorry you had to be a part of it! Part of the memories was schlepping that vase all around Italy...funny now. Lesia M.
Thank you for your recommendation of your favorite restaurant in Sorrento. We had a very romantic dinner there and it was delightful. The food was excellent, service so nice and the sweets at the end were a great dessert-we could not eat anything else. Thank you again!
One last taste of Limoncello to remember good times with our tour family. To "Spreetz" and Grappa and Vin Santo. To splat balls and gelato. To a return trip to Italy one day for any or all of us. To Volare and to Audrey, our five star tour manager, who made it all happen for us. Salute! Dennis L.
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