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Italian Espresso

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So damn bellissimo is this country that you may never want to leave. We'll see you oohing and aahing over Chianti & antipasto in a 16th century Tuscan winery, boating through the canals and islands of Venice, and learning about leather craft in the architecturally magnificent city of Florence. This is so much more than pizza & coffee.
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Italy, The Vatican Italy, The Vatican , and 5 more
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Anonymous
The tour itself and especially our tour manager, margehrita, was amazing. Maggie went above and beyond to make the trip unforgettable and to run so smoothly. She was the best, 10 stars! The only thing holding back from 5 stars were the accommodations in Rome and Venice. Those hotels left a lot to be desired but overall the trip was so much fun and I would recommend it to anyone.
Traveled Nov 2018

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Anonymous
The tour had good cities selection but not enough time to explore as there was so much crammed in the span of week
Traveled Sep 2018

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Dylan Bordonaro
Again, I would definitely recommend that other restaurants are found for the Included-Dinners, the food quality was really bad and my group and I found ourselves wanting to skip out to go to other restaurants to try good Italian food.
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Omar
Very poor value for the money paid. The hotel accommodations were terrible; location was well outside city centers, unclean, and very outdated. The included food was so unappetizing, that contiki managed to give Italian food a bad reputation! All of included breakfasts and dinners were just plain bad, how can you mess up spaghetti and meat balls for goodness sake?!? It just seems that contiki cheaps out so much on the food that it forces the restaurants to serve terrible meals. I understand that since these were included meals that I should have lower expectations on quality, however, twice my wife and I signed up for dinners as part of the time add-Ons (Tuscan dinner 43 euro/ person, and Burano dinner 50 euro/person), and had reasonable expectation to be served a good meal, but yet again contiki through partnering with such crappy restaurants left us with horrible experience.
Traveled Sep 2018

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Rashi Bhaya
I loved the trip but would have liked better accommodations in Rome and Venice.
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James Green
The Italian Espresso tour was the best holiday I had taken for quite some time. I thoroughly enjoyed this tri - contiki made it easy for me to enjoy the trip by taking care of the admin and providing great care to everyone involved. For those interested, the trip was as the name implies 'Espresso' - short and quick burst through Italy. We covered a lot of ground in a short space of time and is a great way to just get a taste of Italy which will no doubt leave you wanting to return at some point in the future.
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Anonymous
I was so grateful to be able to pay one price up front, then never think about money again. There were optional add-ons that we could decide on while on the trip, which was awesome.
Traveled Aug 2018

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Anonymous
The tour was everything I wanted and more!
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Sarah Girouard
For all the activities that was included, it was amazing. There were also many extra-activities, and I recommend them.
Booked from Québec
Traveled Aug 2018

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Elisha Foster
Exvellent value for money, a 10/10 experience with an excellent trip manager (Manny) and safe, capable and friendly driver (Tony)
Traveled Jul 2018

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Anonymous
Trip was great, the locations and the add ons were really good. However drunk people really brought down the trip as their night life begun to affect the day time activities. Also the trip manager became really annoying, especially when we were doing long trips in the bus. He knew everyone was trying to sleep but still proceeded to play loud music for the whole trip. People went to turn it off so they could go to sleep and he would just turn it on again.
Traveled Jul 2018

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Deveney Saaiman
I was happy with the hotels and the food was good as well. Would definitely recommend this trip
Traveled Jul 2018

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Shauna Sullivan
Worth every penny. A perfect mix between having guided tours and having free time. Mike our tour guide had so many amazing suggestions on what to go do and see and where to eat in each city. Definitely extend your time for a couple days either before or after the end of the official tour.
Traveled Jul 2018

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Alison Smith
Italian Espresso is a fantastic trip. Italy is expensive but worth the pennies as I have ticked off landmarks that were on my bucket list. Thank you
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Anonymous
Wonderful trip, the sites, activities, tours, and free time were perfect!
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Isaiah Miller
Very good purchase, would recommend 100%
Booked from Toronto
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Anonymous
The trip delivered what was promised.
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Anonymous
Some of the included dinners I thought could have been better.
Traveled Jun 2018

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Unhappy Customer
I have pasted the same below. Only addition is that many on the trip had done contiki before and been so happy with it. Many went on to another one after. They were all happy. Just a few of us only had the one week of vacation and went back to work monday. It was upsetting to know we could have done a different one and been happy. Very frustrating. It needs to be more clear what we were not getting. Included breakfasts is not enough info. It should say continental breakfast included only. We thought we would save some money eating a bigger breakfast. The only thing available was juice, coffee, and croissants. A few times there was some eggs but they were mixed with meat so vegetarians and vegans were left with just pastries. This meant spending a lot of money on lunches everyday and feeling hungry all morning for activities. The tour said wifi included on the coach. But it was a limit of only a hundred mega bites (I think). I remember it ran out on us all half way through the trip making it impossible to check in with family properly. Especially because the wifi at the hotels was terrible. The accomodations are listed as hotels. They were motels at best. The place we stayed in venice had carpet everywhere, creepy maniquins, windows didnt lock on the first floor, there was no safe in the room. No mini fridges. It was so dirty and so tiny we were miserable. The trip manager had given out the survey already or everyone would have given our accomodations a 0. The other places were also so tiny but at least had tv or a fridge and they had a safe. As contiki lists camping and hostels as options we assumed “hotel” meant hotel. If this is really a product of rome as the trip manager said it should be part of the information about the trip that the rooms will not be nice. No one slept well. No one enjoyed the rooms. The trip manager did not tell people they would be ripped off by taxi drivers or explain how to get us a taxi at the airport. We did have an intro email saying it should cost 50 euro but that was it. Our taxi driver wanted 145 and i had to argue after the long flight, on no sleep, to get him to 65. Other females in the group ended up paying 100 euro, thats around 150 canadian, on the first taxi. Easily avoidable with more help. Trip manager said there was pickpocketing so keep bags close or on the front. Did not make it clear how bold the thiefs were. One girl had her phone ripped from her hand on her first day. As far as I couls tell the trip manager did not console her or help her ship a new one. We should have been told not to have our phones out at all. Vegetarian options were just the same food without the meat. Constantly we were getting less and less food. Two of the meals included in the trip we just got pasta without meatballs so we could have made that at home for 10 dollars. Vegetarian options on even the paid dinners was nowhere near how good the meat dinners were. We should absolutely not have been charged the same price for what we got. Vegetarians should get a huge discount on meals paid for. We barely got vegetables, never just a playe of grilled veggies, no rapini, no eggplant parm, stuff I know exists in italy. The people who didnt state vegetarian were so upset by the end. They did not get fed one single vegetable or salad in all the included or added on meals. It should be more clear that the fast pace also includes being up everyday at 6am. Most of us were putting in longer days than we did at work. We all felt it was not a vacation at all. We were uo so early to get bags on the coach or to go to an activity. Then we would get 5-6 hours of free time and have to try and nap and not enjoy anything just to be ready for evening activities and walking. We were all sleep deprived, tired, no wifi, hated the hotels, not eating veggies. Everyone could not wait to leave and go home for real food and sleep.
Traveled Jun 2018

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Ciara Hughes
Loved my trip but too much walking involved
Traveled Jun 2018

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