Watch this quick video to get to know Kerri (the founder) and the company!
Why Go With Us?
Tour groups come in many sizes, uncluding the traditional small tours (20-40 people) that still need buses and larger hotels and restaurants. Imagine how long it takes just to get your whole group on or off a bus. Our group tours go with a maximum of 6-8 people on every tour (8-10 including guides). This affords us the ability to blend in and travel more like a local. We are able to see unique areas and meet local business owners and other travelers. This size gives us the distinct advantage of really experiencing all Italy has to offer.
We work hard to provide you an amazing value for your trip. We want you to have the best possible trip for the best possible price. To do this we include everything we can so there are no hidden costs to you. One travel agent asked how we can ever make money at the prices we have, offering as much as we do in the tours. You won't find a better tour than ours for the price we ask.
People go to Italy for the experience, for the culture, and for the food and wine. They rarely go just to see some things and leave. We create our tours to include the experiences you want to have. Each of our tours includeds either a cooking class or wine tasting, and in some cases, both! All of our tours also include some exclusive sightseeing into areas closed to the public and often closed to larger tour groups. When your tour is over, you will not just have seen some of Italy, you will have experienced it.
Unlike most tours, we provide you with most of the meals while you are on the tour. The itinerary for each tour will outline which meals are included, but in most cases, every breakfast and more than half the lunches and dinners are included. In addition you are not limited to a pre-selected “tour menu.” You can enjoy whatever you like from the full menu. Each meal includes water (it's not free), your choice of food, and one beverage, excluding alcohol. Even when we are not hosting the meals, our guides will have some wonderful local recommendations.
All of your accommodations are included in the price of the tour. We stay almost exclusively in local, family run hotels, inns and B&Bs that are clean, comfortable and provide the appropriate amenities. On some of our tours we stay in large private condos for our group only. Because we have a small group size we stay in unique and exclusive places that can’t hold large numbers of people. This also gives us the opportunity to stay in the heart of the cities we visit.
Every tour is carefully planned to include the best attractions and activities, while leaving time for participants to explore more on their own. Many companies take you to “view” places on the tour from the outside. We take you inside and give you time to see it at your own pace when possible. Since there is so much to do and see in Italy and we can’t take you to everything, it’s a good idea to plan your free time accordingly before you get there.
Because we want our tours to immerse into Italy, we choose to take public transportation most of the time, and occassionaly hire private drivers when needed. Between cities we ride the same trains as the locals. In town, we use the same busses and subways the locals use. We feel this is a great way to be with italians in their environment. Most tour companies (big and small), transport you in charter busses, keeping you in a bubble of tourists for your entire trip.
Our local guides are hand-picked based on knowledge, passion and story telling. Our Ultimate Italy tour directors each train for a minimum of one year with the company before guiding solo. It is a requirement that the guide be personable, charismatic and fun as well as detail and time oriented, familiar with the tours and dedicated to making your tour the best it can be. Also, no tipping is necessary for any of the guides or drivers for our tours. It has already been included in the tour price.
About The Founder
Founder - Owner - Tour Director
A love and passion for travel and planning led Kerri to start a business in tours. Having been able to travel as she grew up and in her adulthood, she knows firsthand just how powerful and life changing it can be to go to new places and experience new cultures.
Because she wants everyone to feel comfortable and able to travel, she added free Italy travel seminars to help anyone, even the do-it-yourselfers, plan their own trips. Kerri wants to help more people get to Italy in an experiential way. Not a mass tourist, but and immersion tourist, where you become Italian for a while when you are there.
Every year Kerri spends a few months abroad, visiting new places and enjoying old friends. She personally plans each and every tour, down to the last detail. She also handpicks her guides as much for their passions for travel as for their unique personality/views that they bring to the tours.
Kerri is a little bit quirky and a lotta bit fun. Her smiles are unending and reach from ear to ear and person to person. Ever since traveling to Italy for the first time it has been one of her favorite places in the world.
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