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Old 06-19-2012, 11:22 AM   #16
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We are back from the June 10th Bella Italia!! Fabulous trip - I can't recommend it enough. I'll try to get to a trip report, but I'm swamped with work this week. If you have any questions though, please ask and I'll respond.
Oh PLEASE post a trip report! This is the tour I want to go on next year. DH and DD are looking at others, but this one is my top pick! So happy you enjoyed it!
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:15 PM   #17
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pclaire - who were your guides? How was the hotel in Sorrento?
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:03 PM   #18
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Our guides were Marco and James, who were both wonderful. They went straight from our Bella Italia trip to the June 18th Viva Italia. I thought the hotel in Sorrento was fantastic, and it was my daughter's favorite hotel anywhere, ever. It sits on a hill above Sorrento, and is very modern - think scandanavian blond wood and clean lines. Not "Italian" at all and the complete opposite of our hotel in florence. We were all upgraded to the concierge floor (or at least access to it), so we had a continental breakfast, snacks and drinks (including alcohol) all day. there was also a small pool up there. Very, very nice. Our rooms were huge (including the bathroom) and had a great view of Mt. Vesuvius. They offer a very large buffet breakfast in the morning. The pool was also very cool - you can see it on the website - several different levels, that sort of drop off into the next. The kids loved it, although there was not much free time to swim. The hotel is in a lemon grove where we had dinner the first night. all in all a wonderful place.

The only downside is that it is a bit of a hike into town. I wish we had gotten to Sorrento earlier on sunday, because I never had a chance to see the town. We drove through it on the trip, but we spent what free time we had at the pool rather than walking down into town. Swimming was a perfect break after a long day and the kids had a great time - they didn't need another sightseeing or shopping excursion.

I ope this helps - i really loved the Amalfi coast part of the trip; it was definitely my favorite, and I would like to stay at the hotel again.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:50 PM   #19
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Great to hear you loved the Sorrento Palace!
We're going to be staying there prior to heading up to Rome for our Viva Italia tour & were curious about the hotel. Got a great deal @ 190/night & love that we could get one 2BR suite instead of paying for 2 rooms for the 4 of us.

Question: Do you recall how long the pool is open in the evening?
The hotel website says it closes at 6 PM daily. Is that correct?
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:32 AM   #20
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I think the pool did close at 6.
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Old 06-30-2012, 04:47 PM   #21
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We are also just returning from the 6/17 Central Italy adventure, with 5 days in Rome tacked on after the ABD. Had a great time. Our guides were Marco and Milca. I will try to do a trip report and post photos over the next couple of weeks.
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Old 06-30-2012, 05:16 PM   #22
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We are also just returning from the 6/17 Central Italy adventure, with 5 days in Rome tacked on after the ABD. Had a great time. Our guides were Marco and Milca. I will try to do a trip report and post photos over the next couple of weeks.
Welcome back! Looking forward to your trip report!

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Old 08-04-2012, 04:20 PM   #23
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Please post here if you would like to talk with anyone else who has signed up to travel to Central Italy (the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany) with ABD in 2012/2013.

You can also share information/ask questions about the Italy Amalfi Coast & Tuscany Bella Itialia ABD.

Please try and keep this thread on topic to discussion and questions about the Central Italy (Amalfi Coast & Tuscany) ABD. Off topic posts will be deleted or moved.

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Old 09-12-2012, 03:50 PM   #24
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We're on the June 10th trip....and leaving for Europe in just a few days! This will be our first ABD. I chose this trip since it will be the first time for the kids to be in Europe. I've traveled a lot -esp in Europe, so I've always felt comfortable roughing it on my own...but with kids, I think the ABD touch will really make it fun.

We're doing a few pre-days in Paris and then a couple post-nights in Rome.

I've already signed us up for Scotland next year...so I think we're pretty hooked already on ABD.
How was your trip?!?
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WE have booked the ABD Bella Italia trip for July 7, 2013! It's Hubby, myself, & our son will be 10 at time of trip!
Have fun CrazyZeus1. Our son was 9 yrs/11 months and he had a blast. I've posted photos in one of the threads so you can get a feel of the trip. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:10 AM   #26
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Hi - we went on the June 10th trip this year and had a great time. It was the first ABD for our family, and we're going to do the Scotland trip next summer because my kids just LOVED the trip, and really adored the adventure guides.

I haven't done a trip report, but wanted to share some thoughts/suggestions for those who are going on a future trip:

1. I wish we had booked 1-2 pre-nights in Sorrento. We did spend a few days in Paris to get over jet-lag and start our vaca, but I wish we had more time in Sorrento. Its beautiful, the hotel is amazing, and the food/people/landscape are great.

2. Do as much shopping as you can in Positano. We were told that Amalfi is a little less expensive, but Positano had amazing clothing shops and things you can't find anywhere else in Italy.

3. For those with younger kids (mine are just 7 and 9), I would suggest doing additional cities/sightseeing in Italy before the ABD (vs. after). I know everyone will have different thoughts on this, but for our family, we were really tired after the ABD trip. My kids found our 2 days in Rome (post-ABD) rather anti-climactic and wanted to leave. But they were fine when we did Paris at the beginning of the trip. So next year, we'll do our sightseeing first in the UK, and then leave right after our Scotland trip is over.

Those are the key things I can think of right now. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Overall, its a great trip, and it was a nice way to introduce Europe to my kids since the food is great, there is a nice balance of sightseeing and physical activities, and the guides were fabulous!
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Hi - we went on the June 10th trip this year and had a great time. It was the first ABD for our family, and we're going to do the Scotland trip next summer because my kids just LOVED the trip, and really adored the adventure guides.

I haven't done a trip report, but wanted to share some thoughts/suggestions for those who are going on a future trip:

1. I wish we had booked 1-2 pre-nights in Sorrento. We did spend a few days in Paris to get over jet-lag and start our vaca, but I wish we had more time in Sorrento. Its beautiful, the hotel is amazing, and the food/people/landscape are great.

2. Do as much shopping as you can in Positano. We were told that Amalfi is a little less expensive, but Positano had amazing clothing shops and things you can't find anywhere else in Italy.

3. For those with younger kids (mine are just 7 and 9), I would suggest doing additional cities/sightseeing in Italy before the ABD (vs. after). I know everyone will have different thoughts on this, but for our family, we were really tired after the ABD trip. My kids found our 2 days in Rome (post-ABD) rather anti-climactic and wanted to leave. But they were fine when we did Paris at the beginning of the trip. So next year, we'll do our sightseeing first in the UK, and then leave right after our Scotland trip is over.

Those are the key things I can think of right now. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Overall, its a great trip, and it was a nice way to introduce Europe to my kids since the food is great, there is a nice balance of sightseeing and physical activities, and the guides were fabulous!
Thank you for those tips! This is the trip I really want to do next year, but DH and DD19 want Scotland or Ireland. Decisions, decisions! Lol

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Paddles: forgot to ask... What was the weather like on your trip? What did you wear? We will travel next year at a similar time. Thanks!

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Hi - we went on the June 10th trip this year and had a great time. It was the first ABD for our family, and we're going to do the Scotland trip next summer because my kids just LOVED the trip, and really adored the adventure guides.

I haven't done a trip report, but wanted to share some thoughts/suggestions for those who are going on a future trip:

1. I wish we had booked 1-2 pre-nights in Sorrento. We did spend a few days in Paris to get over jet-lag and start our vaca, but I wish we had more time in Sorrento. Its beautiful, the hotel is amazing, and the food/people/landscape are great.

2. Do as much shopping as you can in Positano. We were told that Amalfi is a little less expensive, but Positano had amazing clothing shops and things you can't find anywhere else in Italy.

3. For those with younger kids (mine are just 7 and 9), I would suggest doing additional cities/sightseeing in Italy before the ABD (vs. after). I know everyone will have different thoughts on this, but for our family, we were really tired after the ABD trip. My kids found our 2 days in Rome (post-ABD) rather anti-climactic and wanted to leave. But they were fine when we did Paris at the beginning of the trip. So next year, we'll do our sightseeing first in the UK, and then leave right after our Scotland trip is over.

Those are the key things I can think of right now. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Overall, its a great trip, and it was a nice way to introduce Europe to my kids since the food is great, there is a nice balance of sightseeing and physical activities, and the guides were fabulous!
I have to agree with you. I've found that I much prefer doing the extra traveling before the ABD, and just heading home afterwards. The times I didn't, I kept saying to myself "Where are the Adventure Guides? Why am I shlepping my own luggage?" ABD's are fabulous, but they can be a lot of go, go, go.

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I have to agree with you. I've found that I much prefer doing the extra traveling before the ABD, and just heading home afterwards. The times I didn't, I kept saying to myself "Where are the Adventure Guides? Why am I shlepping my own luggage?" ABD's are fabulous, but they can be a lot of go, go, go.

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You have convinced me! Next ABD, we arrive a ah or two early! :-)

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