Testimonials from my clients

Marti and family

Ann Arbor, MI

I would like to thank you for making our family vacation so special. Everything went without a hitch, from the tour guides, to the dinners you planned. We LOVED everything! The special personal chef night was fantastic, just perfect!

I know traveling with toddlers is not always easy but you made it seamless. I really appreciated you giving them places to go that the girls would enjoy, and the hotel with the pool, great choice. You know that I chose to book with you because you were our guide five years ago and we really enjoyed ourselves then. I’m so happy we found you again. Booking with you was easy and I will not hesitate to recommend you to all my friends and family.

(Private customized multi-generational tour, Italy, with Audrey as their tour manager)

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Mike and Ellen

Indianapolis, IN

Our trip to Scotland was magical. With the help of Travels with Audrey we were able to enjoy a stress free trip in a country that prides itself on being laid back. The visit was centered in the Highlands, we had certain requests that were not only met but exceeded. The driver assigned was fabulous. An Irish chap who was the friendliest and most accommodating chap you can imagine. He was familiar with the territory and found the most interesting little spots to stop for a “lovely picture and maybe a cup of tea or coffee before we get on our way”.

The variety of Hotels, Castles, Guest Houses and B & B’s made for an exciting time. The Distillery tours (2) were fun and informative and tasty. The scenery of the Highlands and the roads ventured to make the most of the tour made for a great journey. We had only one variation where a ferry could not be guaranteed to run, the driver was able to modify that on the run and found us an alternative town, Oban, that was one of the highlights of the entire trip. All in all from Edinburgh and St Andrews to the Isle of Skye to Oban and Sterling it was a couple of weeks that will live in our fondest memories.

(Independent customized vacation to Scotland and London, England)

Kathy and Rich

Ann Arbor, MI

We had a family adventure with 13 of us, ages 1 to 67 years old, related as brothers, sisters, in-laws, cousins, and grandchildren.  Audrey spent two weeks with the whole gang and then my husband Rich and I stayed on another week with Audrey to see sites in Northern Italy.

The whole trip was AWESOME.  We made marvelous memories together.  Audrey was terrific at meeting the needs of this diverse group.  She took us to special spots that we had visited with her 5 years before.  That is one of the reasons we selected her to help guide us and she far exceeded our expectations.  She also added many new treasures to enjoy and share with each other.  Audrey is organized, knowledgeable, fun, flexible, curious, thoughtful, energetic, discreet, adventurous, and sentimental.

So I am going to focus on the trip that Audrey took Rich and I on.  The family left us in Venice.  Audrey had an associate meet us at the hotel and help us with the water taxi to meet up with Audrey and the car we would tour in for the next week.

From there we visited Asolo, Verona, Varenna on Lake Como, Verona, St. Moritz in Switzerland, and Bellagio.  Modes of transportation included private car, private boat, large car ferry, Bernina Express train, horse and carriage, and lots of our own feet!  A nice mix of activities.

We enjoyed wine tasting in the Prosecco, Soave and Valpolicella regions.  We also changed our view on grappa after touring Poli – a most excellent adventure! Art and gardens at various villas plus an architecture tour of an arena in Verona-after a visit to Juliet’s house.  We enjoyed Audrey’s tour and her company as she shared her favorite spots with us along the way.  We ate things that surprised us (horse for instance and it does not taste like chicken) and went to places that we would never have found on our own.

The trip seemed as though there were two since we had the big gang for the first two weeks and just Rich and I for the last week.  All the while Audrey was our constant guide and friend.  The pictures she shared of the trip that she took of and for us were spectacular.

Tomorrow night I am meeting with the family to begin planning a trip with Audrey to France in the fall!

(Private customized tour, Italy, with Audrey as their driver-guide)

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Janet and Tim

Seattle, WA

After some research online we found and liked your website and decided you would be a good fit for the kind of tour we had in mind, which entailed the availability of a driver-guide who could confidently drive us around well-known and lesser-known regions of Italy allowing us to discover little known locations and enjoy wonderful food and delicious wines along the way.

The best part of it was the complete ability to let the trip just happen, without having to worry about anything. From driving itineraries to hotels, private guided tours in Rome and the Vatican to wine tastings and suggestions for places to eat, Audrey took care of it all for us.

I would absolutely recommend Travels with Audrey, especially if you are looking for a private tour and do not want the hassle of planning or driving in a foreign country.  Audrey introduced us to parts of Italy we did not know existed! Our understanding and appreciation for Italy are now so much deeper that we would like to go back and re-visit some of those areas.

By far the most notable experiences included observing the truffle hunting dogs at work in Umbria. We then had the opportunity to watch fresh pasta being made from scratch followed by a hearty lunch, accompanied by good local wines. All of this at their private home as if we part of their family. Wild boar home smoked “salame”, fresh pasta with a delicious truffle sauce…all of it conspired to creating lots of very fond memories!

Watch the video of their exclusive truffle hunting day. (Private customized tour, Italy, with Audrey as their driver-guide)

Dan and Martha

Tulsa, OK

Watch video of Dan and Martha sitting at their rented Villa in Tuscany, sharing with you their thoughts and feelings about traveling with Audrey as their driver/guide. Dan and Martha booked a private customized vacation to Italy with two other couples.

(Private customized tour, Italy, with Audrey as their driver-guide)

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Bill & Gail / Lil & Tom

Dallas, TX / Tulsa, OK

We just took a tailored two week trip with our best friends.  Audrey developed our travel plan to Edinburgh, London, Normandy and the Loire valley.  It was a dream trip.  The hotels were all very good and the food was superb.  The best thing about the trip was the personal guides that Audrey set up for us; they were extremely knowledgeable, personable and entertaining.  Audrey drove us around in France and was our guide in the Loire.  A great trip!

(Private customized tour – Edinburgh, London. In France with Audrey as their driver-guide)

Beth and family

Dallas, TX

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. 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.

(Private customized and guided Family vacation with Audrey as their tour manager). 

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Angela and family

TX, USA

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!

(Private customized and guided Family vacation with Audrey as their tour manager). 

Tom and Dom (father and son)

Denver, Colorado

Dominic and I came back from our two week trip to Portugal and southern Spain.  It was a great father/son trip and we had a great time!  The people were very warm and friendly and we enjoyed the local people and their culture immensely.   Since we are both students of history, we were amazed every day with the historical sites and the cities.

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.

(Independent customized father and son vacation to Portugal and Spain)

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Gregg & Maureen /Coleen & Don

IL, NJ

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 at a sidewalk cafe in Berlin with Frau Vogel. Looking forward to future travels!

(Private customized tour for Gregg, Maureen, Don and Coleen, with Audrey as their tour manager, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany). Click here to see photos of their vacation, places visited and unique exclusive experiences.

Tony, Dan and family

Atlanta, GA

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!

(Private customized multi-generational family vacation to Paris, Venice and Rome, with Audrey as their tour manager)

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Terry and Bill

Canada

We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to Travels with Audrey for organizing our personalized tour of Paris, France – from the pick up at the dock in Lyon to the train station – to the pickup in Paris to drop off at our hotel – we felt very special for the efficiency and courtesy provided by Audrey’s personnel.

We enjoyed our excursions to Versailles; the Louvre and Notre Dame – instructions provided were well illustrated and we had no difficulty is locating the meeting centers.

Our hotel was quaint and close to the downtown core – we were able to walk around visiting various sites with ease and comfort.

Would highly recommend this agency to friends and family who may consider visiting Paris.
Many thanks!

Eleni, Anne and family

Toronto, Canada

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!

(Independent customized family vacation to Italy)

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