Barbara, Susanna and Ricardo were all so helpful, professional, humorous, patient and kind. As a guide, I so appreciated their good nature and easy laughter. There was Susann, a petite, happy, energetic soul, who enticed our gals up the steep climbs with chocolate. Barbara had an inspiring athletic grace and humor. Ricardo led the fast group of runners with his confident stamina and encouraging attitude.
They were all a delight to spend the week with! As I cannot stop thinking about the Dolomites, I plan on returning again next fall with a group of couples and friends. With my dual knee surgery behind me, I may even try to run a bit of the route next year. No matter the time of year, I see the Dolomites as a perfect stop over from Venice for the athletic set.
The Dolomites are amazing mountains that inspire athletic adventure!
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If you are interested in arranging a family, friends, or couples group, with the best of Italy mixed in, feel free to contact me to discuss some possibilities. You could even arrange to do an extra day on the via ferrata or mountain bike around the Sella Rounda group. A little slice of heaven. Where GOD vacations. Very nice indeed! Working in the travel industry has given me a great opportunity to meet many wonderful and interesting people. I am honored when I have touched someones life through my passion and knowledge of Italian travel, helping others plan their trip of a lifetime!
I feel a great responsibility in giving my clients as much detailed information and insiders tips to make their trip seamless. After working together, sometimes for months, I feel as if they were like family and I aspire to make their experience the very best it can possible be. The following are testimonials by a few clients. Some of them brief and others very detailed. These people confirm my love for this work. Perhaps all my efforts brings some happiness and joy into others lives, which gives me a great sense of purpose.
These clients were a lovely couple from Q uebec, whom I really enjoyed creating a super, special luxury vacation for. This castle hotel in Tuscany is on my wish list! Sad that you do not do the rest of the world.
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Very cool, this made me proud since this is from a top level CEO for a major corporation in Canada! Following their three weeks in Italy, they sent me this….. So nice! This is an amazing testimonial by another wonderful couple from Canada that I recently helped. They have since become friends!!! I am so happy that their month in Italy was everything they dreamed. In the beginning, I started planning the trip myself, but soon found it overwhelming especially since we would be gone for a month. So many places to see, what to see, so many websites to look at for accommodations, so many tours to book in advance to avoid long lines, etc.
Luckily, while looking for a place in Tuscany, I came across the Custom Tuscany website. I clicked on the link and our lives changed forever because our trip turned out to be the best experience we have ever had! Our goal in Tuscany was to enjoy the countryside and live amongst the locals to genuinely experience the Tuscan way of life as much as possible. Thus Betsy Bothe arrived in my life and our journey from start to finish was unbelievable. My husband and I cannot say enough about the experience of working with Betsy and about the itinerary she helped us achieve and the wonderful places we stayed.
Our trip for the entire month went off without a glitch. Betsy has spent a lot of time in Italy and has friends all over this wonderful country.
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We had the best week of lives there and hope to go back some day soon. Upon arriving in the Tuscan area, again Betsy had a good relationship with a gentleman who met us at the train station with our rental car and maps. At the end of the week, we returned to the same train station and the gentleman met us again and we handed over the keys.
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Everything Betsy arranged for us happened with ease and simplicity. The value Betsy brought to our trip became evident when we chatted with another tourist who rented a car as well in Tuscany. He mentioned he spent hours and money trying to find the rental company, get to it, return the car and make his way back to the train station. Our accommodations in all our destinations were wonderful.
In every destination, logistically, we could not have had better always close to the main sites, transportation, restaurants, shopping, etc. When it came to tours, such as the Vatican, Borghese Gallery, Academia, Uffizi Gallery, etc Betsy had prearranged all of these for us which eliminated waiting in long line ups. The day we visit the Vatican, the line up was over 2. But not for us, thanks to Betsy. For every tour she booked, it was easy to find our way as Betsy always provided detailed travel tips, directions and name and contact number where ever possible. Transportation throughout Italy was also prearranged by Betsy.
Every train ticket was bought and again the whole train experience went wonderfully with no hiccups.
Betsy detailed the station we should be at in each of our destinations and what time we should be there prior to boarding the trains. Train travel was the way to go throughout Italy. We only rented a car in Tuscany. All of this planning took a number of weeks via email and Skype with Betsy.
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In the end, two weeks before our trip, all our information arrived by courier at our home. My husband and I were blown away by what we received. For each destination, Betsy had prepared a soft covered binder with all the pertinent information and tour tickets inside. Our itinerary was in the front of each booklet, all color coded.
In addition, Betsy recommend and included names of restaurants she frequents and other sites she felt we might enjoy. She truly went out of her way to to make our trip memorable. We were truly amazed with the effort that Betsy put forth to ensure we had a fabulous trip. I could go on and on about this trip and thanks to Betsy how wonderful it was. I have since recommended Betsy to some friends and they loved her service as well. Betsy and I still talk via email and I hope to maintain a friendship with her for years to come.
I would love to travel with Betsy on one of her biking tours thru Tuscany some day. She has invited me to join her some fall and go olive picking in Tuscany.
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This is on my bucket list! Lastly, many of us try to do way too much when we tour Europe. She left days open for enjoying outdoor cafes, drinking great wine, and just walking around at our leisure. You can always start with a phone call.
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