Erkunden Sie zwei der wichtigsten Städte der Toskana, Florenz und Pisa, an einem einzigen Tag. Nehmen Sie den Zug von Rom direkt zum Zentrum von Florenz, wo ein erfahrener Reiseleiter Ihnen den Dom und die Gallerie dell'Accademia mit Michelangelos David-Meisterwerk und andere Renaissance-Wunder zeigt. Nach einem Mittagessen in einem typisch italienischen Restaurant bewundern Sie den Schiefen Turm von Pisa und die Piazza dei Miracoli, ein perfekter Ort für Fotos.
This tour was HORRIBLE. Completely unorganized and poorly run. I barely saw anything in Florence except the Accademia Gallery and the cathedral for about 2 minutes before our guide dumped us at lunch and ran. We were given very poor directions before we left Rome as to where we would meet our Florence tour guide. No one met us at the train station. We had to venture outside to find them and the meeting place was actually that of several tours so that is where the chaos began. Once we were stickered and put in the right tour, we were lead through a back alley and parking lot onto a bus. The bus then took us to a lookout where that is ALL I saw of ANY of the Florence sites besides the Gallery and cathedral. No one pointed out any of the main sites like the Ponte Vecchio. The guides literally dumped us out at the lookout, said take some pics and meet back on the bus in 15 minutes. Thank god I knew what I was looking for or I would have missed everything since they never pointed a single thing out to me again, except the Gallery and cathedral. After we got back on the bus, we drove to the Gallery where we supposedly had a skip the line pass, but we still waited in line for almost an hour and we were told that 8 of the people in our tour would need to be put into another tour because groups of over 24 were not allowed and our group had 32. Why even book more people than that on your tour if you can't get everyone in together? Once inside the Gallery, we saw David and everything else in there but I couldn't tell you what that was because our tour guide never once checked or counted to make sure everyone was there so I spent the whole time cutting through the crowds to make sure I didn't get left behind and not seeing anything else. Our guide then led us out onto the street, where she again did not check or count the group, and brought us down to the cathedral. She did not point out a single thing on the way and again, I spent the whole time trying to just keep up with her through the crowds. Once we got to the cathedral, she spoke to us about it for about 5 minutes and then took us to lunch. THAT was our walking tour? Lunch was very good the highlight of this miserable experience but then the transfer to Pisa was just as chaotic as the morning's transfer. A family decided to just not come along and we had to sit on the bus for several minutes while we tried to figure out who was missing. Shouldn't we have done that before we walked away from the meeting spot? Our tour guide on the bus barely spoke to us...didn't point out any of the sites along the way. Then when he told us we were stopping half way into our ride for the bathrooms, coffee, etc., we found the establishment to be closed. So we all got back on the bus and went straight to Pisa, where again, our guide barely spoke to us and had us running through the streets to get to the entrance of the Piazza. He then gave us over to another guide who was FABULOUS. She was personable, funny and very knowledgeable. She also made sure she always had everyone so I was able to relax and actually enjoy the tour. Once she was done, she told us we had a few minutes to do whatever we wanted and then to meet up with our other guide outside the Piazza. That all went fine, but again, that guide barely spoke to us. He FINALLY spoke to us when were almost back in Florence, only to tell us that he had not been very present with us because he was feeling ill and running a fever. LOVELY end to this miserable tour. I was already planning to go back to Florence in the future but after this tour I decided I was DEFINITELY going since I saw barely anything with this tour but I can guarantee you that I will NOT be using this tour company when I do.
It would have been a very nice trip save for one single detail. As we were ending our tour in Pisa, we headed back to our bus fully expecting we were leaving very soon for the train station to take us back to Rome. But then we ended up sitting there waiting for 3 other passengers who were no where to be found. Meanwhile, our tour guide left while talking on her phone for who knows what reason. While 6 of us who needed to catch our train grew very concerned about the long wait, it wouldve been very nice if the tour guide popped back in with explanations about the delay, and a solution to the very real possibility of us missing our train. It was only by the extreme good luck that the train was delayed by 8 minutes, the safe but quick driving of our coach driver, and us running like mad, that made it possible for us to make it on time. I hope Gartour by Destination Italia train their employees better so they can deal with this kind of situation more effectively. They should also be able to emphasize and enforce the schedule to the passengers, especially when it means other people will get seriously affected.
I will keep it short. 6 of us on train from Rome, good start. When we arrived at Florence we joined about 60 more on full sized bus. Most tourists were English speaking but had a handful of Spanish speakers as well. Big bus, downtown Florence caused everything to run late and big group dynamics did not help.
Weird ending on that part. We were in front of the cathedral and the guide said There is the cathedral and if you want to go in join that massive line, be back at the train station at 2:15. The restaurant is over there, here are the lunch vouchers.
Went straight to lunch and it was so close we had to hustle to make the train...over 2 hours for service, and that was with us trying to push them.
In Pisa, one guide handled both English and Spanish so everything went slow.
Beware: Lots of walking at both locations and we were in the June heat.
The tour could be great, just not with that many people.