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“A disappointment”

Florence and Tuscany Tours by Florapromotuscany
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Owner description: Florence and Tuscany Tours: association of licensed tour guides and travel agency whose headquarters are situated in the historical centre of Florence. We organise and offer daily guided walking tours that take place rain or shine. In addition we propose tailor-made tours on request.
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Unfortunately we somehow lost something in the translation. This is a tour on a coach with 60 people and we thought it was in a minivan with 8. The good part was we saw an amazing amount of the Tuscan countryside in one day that would have been difficult to do on our own. The "tour" in Sienna was a joke, very little information given and they missed the highlight - The Duomo. This was our third tour of the Tuscan country and it was our worst. Only brief information was given on the bus before we reached each town and the guide was not helpful or friendly. When you drop 60 people in a tiny hill town you should tell them what to go see, where it is and tell them where to get a quick bite and use a restroom. The tastings were just that, literally one swig of wine, standing up squished in a room meant for 10 not 30. The cheese tasting was three toothpick size silvers of pecorino layer out on a kleenex. We went down the street on our own to a very nice Enoteca ( wine store) had a lovely tasting of 6 Brunello wines with lots of information and promptly bought a case and shipped it home. I felt bad for the business owners we visited, because it was so crowded and hectic very little of their product was purchased. Definitely not what you would think of as a wine tour. I thought the guide would actually walk us through each town and give us background information on what we were seeing. With a little effort on their part this could actually be a very good tour.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

We took a day trip to Monteriggioni, Siena, San Gimignano and the Chianti with a guide named Fillipo. Filippo was really nice and funny, with many interesting comments and info but apart from that the tour was average. Monteriggioni is a waste of time, nothing special to see there. Sienna was beautiful but avoid eating lunch with the offer from the tour. San Gimignano was the best part but you stay there only one hour and you spend most of the time in the queue to gelateria for the free ice cream. Chianti was the big disappointment since it was nothing more than an effort of the wine maker to sell his products and advertise his work. You just taste three wines and some other products but there is no tour in the fields and no information how the wine is produced etc. I would not recommend this tour so strongly, rent a car and do it by yourself.

1  Thank Xenia P
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We had three great tours provided by Florence and Tuscany Tours-Pisa and Lucca (highly recommend seeing Lucca not just Pisa), Siena and San Gimignano and clearly our favorite trip was the trip to Assisi and Cortona. Terrific guides, very easy tour from start to finish, each tour. Our tour staff were extremely polite and helpful and fun. Our hotel recommended this tour company and we are glad they did as they seem a cut above the other tour groups in quality of tour and size.

1  Thank Renee H
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Reviewed 29 September 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed our day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. The price was very reasonable and we weren't rushed about anymore than we expected to be on a coach tour. It was a great way of seeing both places, San Gimignano was especially beautiful. The wine tasting at the end of the day was a disappointment. We did have wine but the focus was on the owner trying to get is to try and then presumably buy his organic produce (honey, olive oil, truffle oil & balsamic vinegar). Overall it was a good day though.

1  Thank CSA80
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

A fantastic day - the guide was excellent and the tour from start to finish fantastic. A long day that ended too soon, It made our mind up that we need to spend more time in Tuscany

2  Thank paulj
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