My husband and I made our first trip to Italy in July 2013. We are both busy professionals with no time to plan a vacation but were in desparate need of a get away. Brandi Gribbins of Kritios Tours made our dream a reality. We simply booked the flight from SF to Rome, emailed her our preferences and she took care of the rest. We spent 5 days in Rome where she was our personal tour guide (Vatican & St. Peter's Basilica, Highlights of Rome, Ancient Rome). Brandi was an Art History major in college and was extremely knowledgable about the history and art of Italy which made our visit so enjoyable and interesting. She booked us a private apartment with a chef for the evening and made sure that our every comfort and detail was attended to. She chased up our lost luggage with the airline and even gave us a cell phone so we could stay in touch if needed when we were not on tour with her. Brandi personalized our tour by taking us to Tivoli (an impromtu extra!) with her husband (super sweet guy) on their day off. She is an amatuer photographer and gladly took photos of us so we didn't have to impose on strangers. The next leg of our journey was to Florence where Brandi arranged a Renaissance Walking Tour with our guide, Marina. We were to meet Marina at 9 AM and wouldn't you know it, Brandi called on the cell phone at 9 AM to make sure we had connected with Marina. Marina was fabulous and made the history of the city come alive for us. Our next stop was Pisa and then on to the island of Sardinia. Brandi knocked it out of the park with reservations at the wonderful Villa del Golfo & Spa. We spent a relaxing 5 days soaking up the sun and enjoying the aqua blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The food on Sardinia was like none other that we had experienced in Italy (local meats, cheeses, wine, olive oil and fish). At the end of our trip, Brandi met us at the airport in Rome, brought us the large bag of souvenirs that she stored for us so we didn't have to carry them during the last legs of our trip and she made sure we were tucked in at the airport Hilton prior to our trip home. I highly and without reservation recommend Brandi and the services of Kritios Tours.
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