TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST GERMANY & ITALY TOURS:
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "I traveled with Craftours to the Christmas Markets in Germany this past December, 2013. We all had a wonderful time. The trip was well planned with many points of interest and historical sites. There was also enough leisure time to do what you wanted to do including sightseeing and shopping in the Christmas Markets. Our bus driver and travel guide were great. They were very knowledgeable and spent plenty of time with us. I will be traveling with them again. It would be a wonderful experience if you could join them on one of the trips. I’m sure you will enjoy your as much as I enjoyed mine."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The tour to Germany and Austria and the Christmas markets is an absolutely wonderful and beautiful trip. The tour gave us such a great view of Germany and Austria by going to beautiful castles, seeing Salzburg, the site of some of the Sound of Music filming, and of course plenty of shopping at the Christmas markets. Our accommodations in Germany were first rate in a small village which gave travelers a very homey feel and a personal touch. All of the tour guides were first rate and were experts in their geographic area. I've done nothing but rave about how great the tour since I returned from Germany."
Frieda Zuerner, Cypress, TX- "I traveled with Bonnie on the Christmas Market tour to Germany. I really enjoyed this trip. It surpassed my expectations by a long ways. I felt that the tour parts and the on your own time was nicely split. I think that we received great value for our money. It was great to have Bonnie along and loved her class on English paper piecing. I loved that the tour was flexible and allowed us to add a couple of side trips."
Patti Moffitt, Chula Vista, CA - "My trip to Germany, Austria and Bavaria with Craftours was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more! Each day was filled with lots of fun without feeling like you were running non-stop. I look forward to going on another trip with Craftours!"
Denise Corley, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "I went to Germany, Switzerland and Austria with Craftours a few years ago which was a dream of a lifetime. I can still remember how I felt looking at the Alps in Lucerne and thinking to myself how incredibly fortunate I was to be on this trip, with a wonderful group of women, a great tour leader and to be seeing one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen. I was a bit concerned to be traveling alone, but with Craftours, I met some great friends and felt totally safe and well cared for. I will undoubtedly travel again with Craftours. Thanks for a wonderful experience."
Gayle Shapiro, Philadelphia, PA- "My recent Craftours trip to Germany & Austria was wonderful; definitely exceeded expectations. A great and accommodating guide who made sure all of our needs were satisfied.
But perhaps the biggest surprise was how much I enjoyed the interaction with all of the other travelers in our group. Getting to know so many people from different places and walks of life was one of the best aspects of the trip!
Sure would love to go to Tuscany..."
Avis LaFayette, Tampa, Fl- "I just took my third trip with Craftours in December 2013 to the Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria. As usual, the trip lived up to my high expectations that I have come to expect from Craftours. We were able to add on some unexpected additions which added to the fun and excitement of the trip. I am looking forward to my next trip to England with Craftours."
Suzette Beck, Tijeras, NM- "The Christmas Markets tour is a wonderful trip. Germany and Austria are absolutely beautiful in December. Almost every place we stopped at had a Christmas market with fun crafts, food and wine. There were beautiful castles, snowy mountains and friendly people. A great tour to see Germany and Austria."
Barbara Canfora, Cranston, RI- "This trip was wonderful. Germany is a beautiful place and the trip was well planned."
Becky Galambos, Florissant, MO - "I had a blast on this trip. I have never had a better group to travel with, the accommodations were comfortable, and the itinerary was well selected."
Avis LaFayette, Valrico, FL - "I enjoyed the chance to experience another culture and especially enjoyed the spontaneous experiences of going to another small Christmas market in Chiemsee and Innsbruck. As always, the accommodations were top notch especially the hotel in Ruhpolding."
Anastasia Stratis, Centerville, OH - "Craftours organizes the best trips. Knowledge of the areas visited and the accommodations are first rate."
Pat Terranova, Monroe Township, NJ - "This certainly was a trip of a lifetime! exploring the "old world" village of Ruhpolding, Austria was astounding! enjoying Munich, Germany was quite interesting. Loved seeing the contrast of the 2 areas."
Barbara Burgs, Southwest Ranches, FL - "This was a first class trip with great sites and lots of opportunities to connect with the places we visited. I appreciated all the pre-planning Craftours did to make each field trip run smoothly so we got the maximum out of the tour."
Miranda van den Bosch, Ridderkerk, Holland - "It was a wonderful trip with amazing people , we had a blast."
Shaunesy MacRunnels-Story, Hillsborough, NC - "An exciting introduction to Germany/Austria/Bavaria. Each day we were introduced to a new quaint town. By the end of the day they were old friends."
June Stone, Tinton Falls, NJ - "Top notch travel!"
Angela Medina, Forney, TX - "This was a fabulous tour. I would highly recommend to anyone."
Kim Stirrett, Leander, TX - "I loved the trip to Germany. Ruhpolding, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Oberammergau were amazing."
Sharon Banner, Chesterfield, Missouri - "Christmas markets tour to Germany and Austria expectations. Being a tourist and part of a tv cast was a fun combination and exciting experience."
Kathryn Hasenberg, St. Peters, Missouri - "Fun, exciting"
Elaine Smith, New Waterford, Ohio - "The trip was a great experience. I will definitely travel with Craftours again. The trip was well planned and organized."
Laura Weed, Orange, California - "The Christmas Markets of Austria and Bavaria are must-see features of Winter in Europe. The amazing artistry of the products, and the friendliness of the people are not to be missed. This tour was a great opportunity to be introduced to this wonderful tradition and to see many of the best markets in the region."
Ann Torpey, Somerville, New Jersey - "The tour was very good and most interesting. The Salzburg market was much better than the Innsbruck one. By far the best was the Nuremberg market. It was all that it is advertised to be, even in the rain. Oberammergau was a highlight for me since I had been there to the 2010 Passion Play."
Holly Brown, Alexandria, Virginia - "The trip exceeded all my expectations. Ruhpolding was a delight. I could not have asked for a better place to stay and the people where so friendly and accommodating. The stops on the tour were very exciting. I had so much fun and already planning to go back."
Lois Carter, Kingsport, Tennessee - "It was a trip of a lifetime. On the whole I had a wonderful time. "
Vicki Allred, Redondo Beach, California - "This was a great tour! The Christmas markets in Germany and Austria should be on everyone's bucket list! Loved them!"
Karen Binkley, Long Beach, California - "Great Time was had by all!!"
Liz Williams, Cleburne, Texas - "The Christmas market tour through Austria and Bavaria was fantastic. The towns and villages were very welcoming and friendly."
Linda Carol V. Carter, Knoxville, Tennessee - "This was such a fun trip! Besides the Christmas Markets we visited many interesting sites. The group was a very congenial lot so that added to the pleasure."
Angie Butler, Ocean Grove, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time on this tour! Just enough time for touring, exploring on my own and recouping after a busy day. It really couldn't have been better!"
Jamie May Hart, Haverhill, Massachusetts - "Exceeded my expectations!"
Emma Kershaw, London, United Kingdom - "It was such an amazing and unique opportunity to travel with Angela Cartwright on this private and intimate tour which included some exclusive visits to the Sound of Music filming locations around Austria. It was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and wonderful to travel with those who had the same interests and passions."
Graham Vollick, Tottenham, Ontaria - "My wife Cheryl and I have never been on this type of tour before. We always just did our own thing, so we weren't exactly sure what to expect. After experiencing the Craftours Sound of Music tour, all I can say is ...WOW! I didn't want the tour to end! We had an incredible time, made all the better by such a great group of people, all with a common interest. This was our first Craftours but it definitely won't be our last. Of course, getting to hang out with "Brigitta" for the week was the icing on the cake!"
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "Had a marvelous time. Germany and Austria were beautiful. Seeing the sites from the movie and Angela's comments were fascinating."
Judy Saville, Tehachapi, California - "The advanced planning and even the attention to details while on the tour made it an unforgettable experience for all. The sites visited were fun, informative and totally awesome. We were given time for self-guided excursions and shopping. The time spent with Angela was unforgettable. She was genuine, candid and delightful to know. Recommend this experience to any and everyone."
Suzie Follmer, Ventura, California - "This tour was a trip of a lifetime. Never have I been taken care of so well on my travels. The beauty of the surroundings and the company of those on the trip with me were special treats. It was a joy to have Angela Cartwright and her family join us. I have so many wonderful memories to look back on - I am so glad I made the decision to go!"
Kathy Maurin, Kansas City, Missouri - "The tour itself was great. Craftours escort was wonderful."
Maureen McNally, Hobe Sound, Florida - "Great tour of the various Christmas Markets in Austria and Germany... Plenty of time to explore on your own. Great hotels and transportation"
Kerri Cargill, Garran, Australia - For me, it has been the best, most fun, coolest, and uniquest trip ever! On the Sound Of Music tour with Angela we had amazing opportunities to visit most sights from this iconic movie. Sights the average tourist just don't get to see, either because they are closed to the general public or are located in areas unknown to most. We dubbed this tour as "the tour that kept on giving". Because every night we would reflect on our day and comment "it just can't get any better than this" ... and the following day it was! More fun, more adventures, more memories with Angela and more fabulous locations to explore. Not only did we criss cross Salzburg and it's surrounds visiting all the iconic sights, we also had a cooking class, shopping excursions, history lessons, an evening where Angela signed memorabilia for us and endless opportunities for our questions to be answered. How awesome is that?!
Carla Winchester, Ottawa, Ontario - "This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Angela was a joy, and made the experience so special."
Linda Emerine, Estes Park, CO - "This tour was beyond my expectations. Both Angela Cartwright and our tour guide were so gracious and down to earth. With the tour being a small group, we all bonded and lasting friendships were established."
Jerry and Marilyn Long, Gridley, CA - "Best tour ever. Up close and personal with a star in the movie; we traveled five days in Salzburg, 27 sites, uncountable scenes at each site, and our gracious Angela Cartwright provided backstage trivia. Never have we had such a time as this! Memories to last a lifetime!!"
Doris Doyle, Ave Maria, FL - "This was one of those special tours with lasting awesome memories of not just amazing scenery and experiences but of new friendships and an appreciation for culture and traditions on an international level."
Deb and Steve Aragon, Englewood, CO - "Everything was fantastic and exceeded our expectations! Every detail was thought of and carefully planned out! Agnes was fantastic! The sights chosen were perfect! The hotels and food was outstanding! We would for sure do another Craftours trip!"
Elizabeth (Lisa) Shelton, Boone, NC - "This was an absolutely amazing tour! Our tour guide (Agnes Warren) was simply phenomenal and made the tour that more special! Everything was planned out so beautifully!"
Roxanne Johnson, Hot Springs Village, AR - "This was a lovely week in Bavaria and Austria. The Christmas Markets were lovely; the glassblowing was lots of fun; and the strudel baking was an experience we’d gladly repeat."
Sam Abel, Rio Vista, TX - "Excellent tour and tour guides. The hotels selected were the best. All breakfasts and meals were unique and excellent. Agnes Warren is very personable, knowledgeable, efficient, and professional. Would do it again."
Tamie Vojtesak, Ave Maria, FL - "It was wonderful! The hotels were excellent, Agnes was an awesome escort and the whole experience was top notch!"
Donna Abel, Rio Vista, TX - "Very well orchestrated. Always prompt. Tour guide, Agnes, was so friendly and knowledgeable. Hotels amazing. Great value for the money."
Carol Thomas, Lake Charles, LA - "I enjoyed my trip. So many beautiful sights, great shopping and good food."
Tamera Kaplan, Savage, MN - "I thought it went well. I had a great time. Mary Ellen worked so hard to keep people safe and happy."
Dana Gaddy, Bellevue, WA - "This was my first overseas tour and Craftours helped me feel comfortable and safe. The crafts and tours were fun and educational. I would do this again!"
Betsy Martinson, Denver, CO - "I met so many kindred spirits on this trip, several of whom I expect to be life-long friends."
Doris Camp, Sante Fe, TX - "It was a beautiful and fun experience."
JoAnn Byrne, Melbourne, FL - "This trip was lots of fun. Getting to blow glass ornaments was so special, what a treat. And, the strudel glass was great fun and something I can now do at home."
Margarita Rice, Portland, OR - "Our tour guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and of good humor. The city and small towns were excellent choices. And then there were the markets! So fun! We also had excellent weather, which isn’t always the case for a December tour. Another plus which isn’t always the case on tours: Everyone in the group got along well, with much sharing and laughter. Many friendships were made."
Sue McKee, Tustin, CA - "What a wonderful trip! It was nice that there were only 17 of us on the tour. Such a nice group of people. The hotels, scenery, towns, and shopping were beyond words. The time went by too quickly. I could have stayed longer! Agnes, our tour director, was delightful."
Rochelle Cossette, Bloomington, MN - "This was a wonderful trip and will definitely be taking another one."
Beverly Smith, Bloomington, MN - "Wonderful and very organized."
Paula Bain, Kansas City, MO - “Everything about the trip was fantastic.”
Meg McSweeney, Manhattan Beach, CA - “If you are going to fulfill your childhood dream of seeing all the locations in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, doesn't it make sense to go with someone who was there when the movie was made? Angela Cartwright is an eyewitness to movie history -- and also a warm and gracious human being. She generously shared her memories and insights into the making of one of the most beloved movies of all time, filmed in one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.”
Claire Freire, East Elmhurst, NY - “The tour was a trip of a lifetime, one I will never forget. Bucket list item #1 was one for the record books.”
Linda Wilshire, Troy, IL - “The Christmas market tour was a wonderful way to experience Austria and Bavaria at a very reasonable cost. Getting to blow my own glass ornament for a keepsake was an additional bonus.”
Patricia Parr, Buckeye, AZ - “Loved the trip! Our stay in Salzburg was sensational. So much to see and do. I especially loved the free time to do as we wished. Our tour guide, Deb, was just a joy to be around. I'm looking forward to my next tour.”
Winifred (Wendy) Warner, Denton, TX - “I totally enjoyed this tour! First of all, our tour guide, Heike, was a fabulous resource for all of us. I enjoyed that we had plenty of time to walk the Christmas markets at our own pace. I really enjoyed it when we stayed in a German hotel instead of the American Hotels. The breakfasts were great, and we had plenty of choices for the other meals.”
Pam Doffek, Tallahassee, FL - “I thought it was a wonderful reintroduction to some places I've been in the area (Oberammergau, Salzburg, Hurenburg markets) and new exposure (Sulky tours, Ruhpolding, Krampus, Munich). Our guide Heike was marvelous with bits of info and guiding us at the markets.”
Chris Santo, Bowie, MD - “I loved every minute of every day on this fabulous trip." Ruhpolding is a beautiful little town with the most charming people and a great selection for "home base". The days were filled with so many amazing things to do. We visited Christmas Markets in several locations and enjoyed their food and mulled wine. The glass blowing and Apple Strudel workshops were a unique experience that were highlights of this trip along with everyone singing Silent Night together in the Silent Night Chapel in Oberndorf. The evening workshops planned for us were a blast, filled with laughter where we become more acquainted with each other. Angela Cartwright thrilled us with details from the Sound of Music after our visit to Salzburg where the movie was filmed. There was never a dull moment. I have already booked a trip with Craftours to Tuscany next year.”
Valerie, Arvada, CO - “I thoroughly enjoyed the Craftours Bringing in Holiday in Austria & Bavaria with Jim West. All of the accommodations were first class and the tour guide was very informative, friendly, and approachable!”
Wanda Brotherton, Denver, CO - “The Christmas Markets were as enchanting as I had anticipated! I especially loved the making of Apple strudel in the "cave" cooking school.”
Kimberly Vele, Bowler, WI - “The tour was beyond my expectation: great guides with a small group of great travel companions. I particularly loved staying in one place as a hub with day trips. Lots of walking, talking, eating and shopping against the amazing beauty of the Bavarian countryside. I could not ask for more.”
Christine Wiebke, Mineola, NY - “A magical and adventurous tour in the winter picturesque snow-capped Alps of Austria and Bavaria Germany. The mountainous landscape is dotted with magnificent alpine villages, churches, chalets, shops, guest houses, lakes, palaces and history galore. Such old-world European Culture and sites each day. The Christkindlmarkts were amazing and overflowing with warmed Gluwein, wursts, sausages, chocolates, lebkuchen, gifts and the fragrance of Christmas and evergreens everywhere in the chilled alpine air. Charming and very clean Bavarian hotel accommodations and always a delicious meal in Germany and Austria. Roomy tour bus with large windows for our group of 22. A beautifully planned tour and itinerary with great memories led so informatively and fun-filled by Jim West. A wonderful and unforgettable trip!”
Grace Mascioli, Howard Beach, NY - “The trip was simply magical.”
Sara Ballentine, Clemson, SC - “The small group was perfect for this active tour. We were all able to keep up/stay together and we were able to hear the delightful descriptions of our next-up adventure.”
Christine Wiebke, Mineola, NY - “An exciting December tour with Jim West surrounded by the picturesque snow-capped Alps of Bavaria Germany and Austria. Tiny alpine chalet villages dotted the landscape, along with lakes, rivers, churches and palaces. The Christkindlmarkts were abundant with tourists and locals sipping hot mulled Gluhwein and lunching on bratwurst and sausages. The market displays were overflowing with crafts, Christmas decor, chocolates, nuts and lebkuchen gingerbread cookies. Our travels throughout captured such panoramic beauty as we became a part of the amazing old world European Culture of Germany and Austria. I am thrilled to have seen and enjoyed such a tour in my lifetime. A trip not to be missed!”
Carol and Larry Vessels, Camino, CA - “Educational, festive, and a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests. It was a lot of just plain fun. Meeting Jim was a bonus (what a personality).”
Judy Nunn, Laguna Hills, CA - “The small group experience was incredible! Staying at the one hotel and traveling on day excursions was perfect!”
Barbara Smith, Perrysburg, OH - “This truly was a wonderful trip. The accommodations were excellent! Our guide, Holly, was the absolute Best!! Although my sister-in-law and I did not fly to Germany with the rest of the group, Craft Tours did an excellent job of making sure we arrived within a reasonable time from the rest. As a Non-Quilter I still felt a part of the group and made several new friends. Our tours were well put together and the Christmas Markets were amazing!!”
Sharon Fry, Merriam, KS - “It was truly a beautiful area in the world!”
Mary Willis, West Roxbury, MA - “I had a great time. both the tour guide, Holly, and Bonnie were delightful hosts. We saw and visited many beautiful Christmas Markets in Germany and Austria.”
Jackie Kersh, Lakewood, CA - "This was my first trip to Europe and a great way to go. Everything was planned and arranged so that all I had to do was show up! Our daily excursions were to places that were interesting and fun. I liked that we were given a lot of free time to shop and explore on our own as well as the guided tours."
Carole Green, Kuttawa, KY- "I loved all of the locations that we visited. The small communities gave the real feel of Tuscany. The local guides were excellent - very personable, knowledgeable and humorous. The winery experiences were wonderful (even for a non-wine drinker!)."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "Tuscany tour was everything I hoped for in seeing this beautiful area of Italy!"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "Great itinerary with just the right pace to enjoy the sights and have some free time."
Wayne & Jenny Harwood, California, USA - "My wife and I have traveled Craftours to Tuscany with a quilting group from Los Angeles a few years ago. I have to say, by far, this was the best vacation we have taken in the 32 years we have been married. The hotel we stayed in was exceptional, the tour guides were knowledgeable and polite, and everything that was planned and the things we did exceeded our expectations. This testimonial is written with the intent to persuade husbands to travel with their wives on these trips. Even though there is a quilting element to the tour, I never felt it was anything that got in the way of my happiness as a person who does not quilt.
We are looking forward to traveling to China next year. We have no doubt it will be another great adventure."
Paula Morrison - "The Tuscany tour was amazing! Italy has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am so happy that Craftours made this trip of a lifetime exceed my wildest dreams! The magnificent itinerary, lodging, food, transportation and tour guides were beyond spectacular! Our group became one big family because we shared such amazing memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all for such a grand time!"
Cecilia Ashcraft, Malvern, AR - "I had the time of my life! Tuscany was everything I imagined it would be. Craftours did a great job of making sure I saw all the necessities while giving me time to explore on my own as well. The accommodations were wonderful and the details were all taken care of.
Anita Houston, Midland, TX - "It was the best ’creative’ vacation I’ve ever taken!!! Hands down! The places we visited, the people who tagged along, the Art I ogled at, and the art I made with Tim Holtz were all top notch!"
Kathryn Harpold-Dunn, Benicia, CA - "It was a wonderful adventure packed full of special destinations, sites and activities. I tell my friends that this was like an antipasti platter: lots of little tastes that wet your appetite for more."
Joy Kennedy, Orange, CA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Craftours for allowing us to experience such an amazing journey!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA- "I enjoyed the trip so much I am planning to take another trip with this company."
Michelle Yantzonika, Willamette ESD - "I just wanted to comment on my trip with Craftours. I went to Tuscany in October 2012 and I had such a fabulous time!
Tuscany has always been a place I dreamed of going someday. With Craftours, that dream became a reality! All of the cities and sights that we visited were truly amazing! The architecture, and the colors and textures of the landscape was breathtaking! The people in Tuscany were all so helpful and kind even when I messed up what little Italian I had learned for the trip. This was truly a trip that I wished had never ended, but I hope to return again to Tuscany in the near future, and continue my adventure.
Thank you, Craftours, for making this dream come true for me."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, Oregon - "I traveled to Tuscany this past October with Beth on the McCall’s Tuscany trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. His attention to detail made the trip run smoothly, but his personality made it fun.
I smile every time I think of my week in Tuscany. Today, I was shopping for a bottle of wine, came across one that we had tried on a vineyard tour and started grinning ear to ear.
I’m saving up for another trip, hopefully this year. As my friend and I said after our trip in October..."We work to travel!"
Barbara VanBurger, Horseheads, NY-"Traveling everywhere is the best part of life... Not only seeing interesting, historic, inspiring places but meeting with fellow tourists and the people living in the area give the creative input to learn or look at the world and design in a new way. It is wonderful to be along with others of the same interests I enjoy that so very much. Tuscany would be a wonderful addition to my travels and also the collection of fabrics in new places. Exploring fabric shops in a different part of the world whether here or abroad is always a joy."
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA- "My husband and I joined the Tuscany tour to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a trip we had been planning for some time. I saw this tour in McCalls magazine. It was the perfect answer to how we would see so many places in one trip. This trip truly gave us the flavor of Italy with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without the fuss of doing the logistics work. It left us with a lifetime of memories and look forward to building more. Another tough decision. :) where to go next... Craftours!"
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "The tour was fantastic. Everything was organized. Kathy and Amy worked well together."
Karen Naylor, Gainesville, VA - "Lovely accommodations, interesting daily tours, wonderful food, all carefully planned for maximum enjoyment with the pleasure of sharing this Tuscan experience with Bonnie Hunter."
Laura Pringle, Chandler, AZ - "Thank you so much for all your work. My mom and I will remember our trip of a lifetime!!!"
Susan Britt, Mississauga, ON - "Absolutely wonderful trip ... well organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Amy and Kathy did a good job keeping us all together and mixed well with the group. The places we saw were beautiful. Would have liked a little more time at a few spots but I now have places I will return to. Bonnie shared her quilting skills with us and we had a fun workshop. Her blog is amazing and certainly captured this trip. I had so much fun and met some wonderful ladies. Many thanks to you all."
Tess Griffin, Raleigh, NC - "This tour was not what I expected, it was so much more! We covered a lot of ground with much information about the places we visited. Friends have asked me what was my favorite place and I still can't decide!!"
Carolyn Stigler, Bryan, TX - "Great trip. Great weather. Great people. The tours around Tuscany were diverse. The bus was comfortable and our driver was safe. He also looked out for our bathroom needs. The cemetery stop was emotional and beautiful. I don't know what I liked best because it was all above expectations"
Rosemary Hoffman, Thousand Oaks, CA - "A good overview of the Tuscany area. Enjoyed the numerous small towns that we visited."
Pat Kilmain, Palmer, AK - "This was one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was great, I saw the Tuscany I was expecting."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "It was an amazing, magical week in Tuscany. I loved staying in one hotel the entire time and doing local day trips. Craftours has put together a fabulous itinerary that immerses you in the beauty that is Tuscany!"
Frieda Zuerner, Houston, TX - "Another fabulous trip with Bonnie. Tuscany was so beautiful and Craftours always manages the perfect split between group activities and having time on your own to explore."
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - "Great trip!! Well worth the money. I never would have seen or done as much left to my own devices!"
Theresa Arnold, Indianapolis, IN - "I have mostly traveled independently so was pleased with the balance of tour guided experiences with the freedom to choose once we arrived at a location. Craftours did the hard part which allowed me to enjoy (without trepidation) the actual experience. Hotel was amazing! Bonnie Hunter was the "gravy" on this experience. Just a wonderful balance with an excellent tour guide!"
Elizabeth Dickey, Slippery Rock, PA - "It was a little piece of heaven here on earth"
Kathy Browning, Arcadia, FL - "I was a little skeptical of going on a group tour for the first time, but it was a perfect balance between group time and time to explore on your own. Information given on the bus rides to our daily destination was very helpful and then we had plenty of time to explore where we wanted which might have been different than the rest of the group. I appreciated the central location where we stayed so we didn't have to haul luggage around Italy. It was a beautiful city with wonderful restaurants, shop and gelato!!! Loved every minute of the trip!"
Janet Roth, Red Deer, AB - "I found it a very fun group and enjoyed every minute of our trip. It is a great way for a single lady to travel, felt very safe and well taken care of. Thanks to our guides, Kathy and Amy!"
Norma & Burton Casad, Ponca City, Oklahoma - "My husband took flak for going on a quilting trip that he actually enjoyed it. It was very well done and we would travel with them again."
Paula Barton, Caldwell, Texas - "Words don't describe the beautiful Scenery, the gracious people and the exquisite food we experience on this trip - guides, drivers were all very helpful and professional. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I would love to travel with Craftours again!"
Diane Michal, Trophy Club, Texas - "I loved this trip! Amy & Kathy were great facilitators that helped to bond the group into a caring, supportive, & adventurous as a whole. Thank you for a fabulous retirement trip!"
Adrienne Peake, Rosedale Station, Alberta - "Thank You for the wonderful experience. I have traveled with Craftours and enjoyed both trips."
Carla McGuire, Boynton Beach, Florida - "Fantastic trip! Well organized but yet plenty of free time."
Barb Larson, Chaska, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the Tuscany Tour with Bonnie Hunter. We had just the right mix of sight seeing and also time to relax. Loved it!!"
Kathy Freeman,Portland,Tennessee - "An amazing tour of Tuscany! Each day was better than the day before, even though I didn't think it could be possible."
Greg & Dolores Stefanski, Downers Grove, Illinois - "Excellent taste of Tuscany!"
Debbie Boeken, Ardmore, Oklahoma - "Fabulous trip"
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, Arizona - "I was apprehensive about the painting part of the trip but Deb Haugen, our instructor, was absolutely delightful. Deb made the painting class interesting and you wanted to produce something she was teaching us."
Connie Herbold, Pasadena, Maryland - "The trip was terrific, and the weather was perfect. All members of the group seemed to get along well, and everyone was polite and pleasant. "
Janet Nagle ,Danvers, Massachusetts - "The trip was everything I hoped it would be and more"
Cindy Daugherty,Shorewood, Wisconsin - "The Tuscany Tour was incredible! Each day was planned perfectly with the right amount of activity and rest time. We experienced more of the region than we would have on our own including interacting with local artisans for a wonderful flavor of the culture and traditions."
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time. The balance between activities and free time on my own was just right. The countryside was beautiful "
Jenny McAllister, Pewaukee, Wisconsin - "I had a wonderful time, it was all I expected and much more."
Patricia Costa, Floral Park, New York - "It was the most informative tour I have ever been on. We saw and did things that we would never had the chance to experience as an ordinary tourist."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, Virginia - "The tour of Tuscany exceeded all expectations. Every day was a new adventure. I will never forget this trip or the wonderful new friends I made."
Alma Lou Annab, Springfield Gardens, New York - "What I liked the most about the Tuscany Craft Tour was the opportunity to experience hands on how the traditional craft were made. We were taught by experienced artisans. In addition we saw close up such techniques as stone "mosaics" or inlay. The precision achieved using the simplest of tools, and the inspiration from the stones was absolutely mind-boggling. No word can explain the amazement of the final piece. Being able to see a sculptor in his studio with the live model and the many steps and processes before the statue becomes reality gave greater respect and insight to the work of the old masters. But it was so enjoyable to be able to DO a fresco. To do the leather cover, to squish the clay into decorative shapes was wonderful. Even seeing the unique results of the paper marbling made us realize these were things we could do at home. Most to us show you only a brief glance at historic monuments. This one took you back to the beginning and behind the scenes. Since the group was small we got to know all the individuals very well."
Elaine Shepherd, Little Mountain Caloundra, Australia - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Craftours to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Jan Wasson, Paris, KY - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Craftours to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Cindy Gilmore, Sandy, UT - "Having never been to Italy before, Tuscany tour was a great introduction to places I may have never known to visit. The trip was well planned with the right amount of planned activities and day trips but also enough time on our own to explore places I wanted to see."
Simone Sagan, Hvalstad, Norway - "SUPER TRIP!"
Mary Jane Leatherman, Rittman, OH - "The tour itself was very good. Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton was very informative and had three wonderful sessions."
Laurel Kieffer, Strum, WI - "It was a good introduction to Tuscany."
Judith Britton, Secaucus, NJ - "This was a great trip. Tuscany is fantastic, we had beautiful weather, and excellent food."
Lynn Ingle, Del Mar, CA - "The tour offered a lot for the cost. For a first time traveler, it gave you a good overview of the wonderful sites we saw. Our guide and the transportation we used gave us a good feeling of security."
Barbara Walborn, Griffin, GA - "Tuscany certainly lived up to my expectations! The mosaic inlay demonstration and the Florentine paper printing class were definite highlights. Though my husband is not a cardmaker he was never at a loss for something to do. Definitely go as a couple and you won't be disappointed."
Tom Walborn, Griffin, GA - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I particularly enjoyed the paper printing and mosaic visit. As a husband traveling with my wife (the cardmaker) I would tell other husbands there is plenty for you to do. Our tour guide took very good care of us."
Mickey Basiliere, Longmont, CO - "A trip to Tuscany has been on my bucket list for years. My trip far exceeded what I was hoping to see and do. Jim was amazing and engaged us in very thought out tours. It was a great balance of free time and tour time. A Craftour is definitely the way to go! Your personal time is not used on trying to decide where to go and what to see. Words cannot describe how I was emotionally moved by the kindness and laid back approach to life that I experienced with the people of Italy. This was a trip of a lifetime!"
Lisa Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "This was my second trip with Craftours and, once again, I really enjoyed it. What I appreciate most is the very relaxed pace and while we travel to the locations on the itinerary together, once we arrive, we have the freedom to explore and see the things that matter to us most as opposed to being forced to stay as a group. I also like the fact that there are not too many activities scheduled in a day."
Vikki Bendle, Lakes Creek, Queensland - "Really enjoyed this tour... great company... made many new friends... great itinerary... great guide and great teacher. It was truly memorable. I loved the Grande Hotel in Montecatini Terme and the lovely staff who looked after us."
Marjorie Motto, East Hampton, CT - "This was a great trip. We saw so much in a short period of time. The tour guide was the very best. She really made our group feel like family. The hotel was more than I expected. All the towns and squares we visited was stupendous. I wish we could do other areas of Italy in the future."
Phyllis Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "Another fabulous trip. I very much like the relaxed pace of the trip with ample time to explore on our own mixed in with the planned activities."
Trudy McNish, Klondike, TX - "I was emotionally touched with some of the beautiful sites on the tour."
Connie Wideman, Sherwood Park, Alberta - "It was very well organized with a fantastic tour guide. We saw many things that we would not be privy to on any other tour. The balance of scheduled time and free time was very good. "
Margaret Mitchell, Oak View, CA - "The tour was very well planned and executed. We did and saw so many amazing things, and I "Gush" about it to everyone I run into. I will take other Craftours in the future!"
Bonny Groneman, Springville, UT - "It was an amazing Fashion and Textiles Tour! I am a Clothing and Textiles teacher and loved visiting the silk factories where I saw up close the production of the beautiful fabric. Milan and Florence were beautiful in the Fall. Loved the cooking lesson at the family owned winery. Cinque Terre was beautiful and great for shopping! Had the opportunity to meet many new friends who love textiles and sewing!"
Linda Tabaska, Los Altos Hills, CA - "The tour was very interesting and a good balance of tours, shopping and free time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Italy."
John Larimer, Tigard, OR - "The tour was very informative and we had a wonderful time."
Kalena Popson, Denver, CO - "I have never heard of Craftours before but accompanied my mother on the trip. Though I am not big into Fashion and Textiles I had a blast! Being in Italy itself was such a treat! I would definitely do another tour when I can afford it on my own."
Yael Hellman , Beverly Hills, CA- "The Tuscany tour was wonderful."
Christine Brock , San Diego, CA- "Your tour provided a very special opportunity to meet local tour guides and crafts people, and learn their stories, making the visit to Italy more personal."
Arlene Watters , Lemon Grove, CA- "Your choices of craft experiences were wonderful. The guides and transportation were terrific, I felt very well taken care of!"
Roberta Allen , Oceanside, CA- "Have visited Tuscany before however, the Arts & Crafts component of this tour was awesome. Loved the variety of arts and crafts that we participated in. The farewell dinner was AMAZING!!!!"
Joyce Mann , Alpine, CA- "Loved it! Tuscany was just as I had imagined. Beautiful fields of grapes. Great food, tours, wine and hosts."
Louise Goodman , San Diego, CA- "Lovely hotel, plenty of interesting places and crafts."
Judy Gentry , Haymarket, VA- "Great tour of a beautiful country."
Barry K Durie , Bethlehem, PA- "A well planned and led tour with a good balance of guided group time and free to roam time. Information was always clear and shared in a timely fashion. Appreciated the efficiency of our overall escort and the particular knowledge of the various guides who joined us."
Michelle Baggett , Columbia, MO- "I can’t say enough good things about Craftours. Our guide Mary Ellen Francis went above and beyond our expectations. We missed flights getting to our destination due to weather issues and she was always watching out for us making sure we were getting where we needed to go to make it to our destination. My mother fell and broke her knee our last day of our trip and Mary Ellen was right there to get an ambulance and help us make arrangements for me to stay at a hotel near the hospital where my mom was getting treatment. She also made sure I had contacts of translators and headquarters to help me get home when it was possible. She was a huge help to us. Mary Ellen is fantastic!"
Jeanne Schmaltz , Benicia, CA- "Great craft tour with many opportunities to try different crafts as well as tour of different Tuscan cities"
Deborah Parrish , Tucson, AZ- "Loved the tour! Saw so much every day. Our Craftours Escort Mary Ellen was excellent. Kept us on our toes!"
Wendy Madden , Summerfield, FL- "Enjoyed it immensely. The small towns and the countryside are beautiful."
Leslie , Enola, PA- "Wonderful trip! It was more strenuous than I thought it would be."
Debra Fenton , Saukville, WI- "The Ultimate Arts & Crafts Expedition of Tuscany was the ultimate Italian tour. The towns and places we visited were the most old world tours of a lifetime. In the time we were there the tour took us to as many wonderful places we could hope to be."
Gail Warnes , Ashland, OH- "I loved the tour, the extensions and the optional trips. Italy was incredibly beautiful, the sites selected for visits were very interesting and worth the time and money, and the art and craft lessons were fun and rewarding."
Janice McAdams , Brookeland, TX- "My trip was great fun. Our escort made the trip very enjoyable, our group was very compatible, all in the expedition was awesome."
Judy Rosalez , Cary, NC- "It was a good trip. I had a nice time and met some wonderful people. It was terrific being at 1 hotel the entire time."
Debbi Torri , Morris, IL- "This trip was phenomenal in every way! The cuisine, the vino and the optional tours were exceptional! So glad we took advantage of them.."
Audrey Wilson , Beaumont, CA- "I enjoyed the trip very much....."
Margaret Casey , Seattle, WA- "I enjoyed seeing places I have never visited before. I also liked staying in one hotel..."
Marilyn Wallace , Ash Fork, AZ- "I believe that going on a tour with a group of people you do not know is an experience not to be missed. You get to know those people and might want to stay in touch. I met some wonderful people on the bus that I was on. I will stay in touch on Facebook."
Dennis & Dawn Auker , Salem, OR- "This was our second tour of Tuscany. The first time was with Jim West 8 yrs ago. We enjoyed both tours very much."
Shelly Wickham , Sturgeon Bay, WI- "I loved this trip! There was just the right amount of craft activities, sightseeing, and downtime that I did not feel like I didn’t have enough time to enjoy Italy."
Deneen Nash , Bedford Heights, OH- "Fantastic trip. I would go back to Tuscany."
Jackie miller , Westbury, NY- "I loved it! We had so much fun. Everyone was so nice. The hotel was terrific, the tour was great. Holly, Alice and Deb were the best"
Ellen March , Morrison, CO- "What a fantastic experience! Despite the long days and packed schedule, I feel like I saw everything that Italy has to offer and then some. The special tours to the Pino Grasso embroidery studio, silk factory and atelier were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I made friends I will cherish forever. Thank you for a wonderful time!"
Vicki Wofford , Bastrop, TX- "It gave me a new appreciation for ’handmade’ textiles and fashions from Italy."
Maxine Constantine , Fishers, IN- "A very special tour that exceeded expectations! I am still on a Tuscany high!"
Anne Hirner , Kent, WA- "I had my very best ever vacation. Italy is so inspirational. Our tour guide Agnes was so organized, helpful and a wonderful woman. All of the tours and local guides she had arranged for us was awesome. Would love to take another tour with you someday. Agnes was also very knowledgeable about handling some not so well behaved clients. She was great."
Rosemary Costabile , Palm Coast, FL- "The trip to Italy was a dream realized. The places visited were more than I would have done on my own. My love and interest in sewing was rewarded. Visiting Milan, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre and San Gimignano were absolutely a treat! Loved them all!!"
Elisabeth Prescott , Astoria, NY- "Overall the tour was a great introduction to Italy’s craftsmanship and tourist sights and was inspirational from a creative perspective, too."
Jocelyn King , Richmond, KY- "The tour was well-organized to include a variety of activities. The crafts were superb--we were all awed by the dedication of the artisans. Plenty of tourist sights, also."
Bonnie Bloom , Lewes, DE- "Absolutely an amazing experience!"
Lynn Jaffe , Encinitas, CA- "I really enjoyed the trip! I had never been on a group tour and was traveling alone, so having someone handling all the details of traveling was fabulous! The local guides were very informative and the planned crafts were fun."
Linda G Spurgin , Mena, AR- "I had a wonderful time. It was great meeting creative people from all over the US. Sometimes when you get a number of creative folks together, there can be personality problems. But this group got along very well and even helped each other when needed. We just ended up enjoying each other’s company."
Cynthia Knight , Van Buren, AR- "Wonderful, incredible, magical, heavenly experience in my life. I left my heart in Montecatini Terme!??"
Caren Duggan, Caldwell, ID - "It was such a beautiful tour of Italy! I enjoyed the well taught artistic classes."
Carol Dunn, Salem, WI - "One of the best tours ever! Thanks to Agnes Warren. She is amazing!"
Ellen Matter, Warwick, PA - "The trip was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more."
Fran Peters, Alexandria, KY - "ENJOYABLE TRIP!"
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - "The tour was so diversified--history, scenery, great guides, accommodations and food, and of course, crafts."
Roslynn Piernas-Hills, Chino, CA - "The expedition was filled with activity. Not a dull moment. The tour coaches were top of the line with expert drivers."
Marcia Schulman, Bala Cynwyd, PA - "This trip was everything I expected and more! The combination of visiting sights I had always dreamed of seeing, plus those I had never heard of, and having the craft experiences was fabulous! Great escort; great people; and even though I'm not a crafter, I enjoyed every single experience."
Barbara Sacawa, Schenectady, NY - "Wonderful trip. Couldn't have asked for nicer tour guides in Rome, Florence and Lucca. Such a beautiful country."
Joyce Brewer, Jacksonville, FL - "This was our first time taking a group tour vacation. It was nice to have most of the decisions and planning done for us. We had a lovely trip. It felt like a safe way to travel."
Clif Brewer, Jacksonville, FL - "Our trip to Italy with Craftours was wonderful. It was our first tour and I feel fairly certain we will join another tour in the future."
Ann Rogers, Plainfield, NH - "I loved it! We saw so much and it made me want to go back. I don't think I can put it into a few short sentences. Alice was a wonderful guide."
Phyllis Elrich, Staten Island, NY - "So many things to see and do! The trip was filled with crafts and touring. Alice, the tour guide, was spectacular! Her adorable personality made us all get in a great mood for everything. The trip was everything it promised and more."
Julie Hatley, Monroe, NH - "Craftours provided for a great tour of Tuscany with a focus on the local crafts, but with sufficient time for exploring, learning, shopping and enjoying the sites and beauty of Tuscany."
Janis Niesse, Brookhaven, GA - "This trip is a wonderful experience of a very beautiful region of Italy."
Lanette Hill, Lake Havasu City, AZ - "Loved that the trip and excursions were planned ahead of time and that Craftours took care of everything (booking flight/hotel etc.)"
Ann Hothem, Newcomerstown, OH - "Cinque Terre was breathtaking, the Tuscany region inviting with excellent food, wine and people!! The architecture and history was unbelievable."
Marie Niesse, Jacksonville, FL - "I had a wonderful time! The hands-on experiences with background information from our guides helped us learn the historical and cultural contexts and meanings of the crafts we were learning about."
Bonnie Post, Satellite Beach, FL - “Tuscany was beautiful along with the sunny weather and Agnes the well-informed tour guide.”
Beverly Fleming, Burke, VA - “Great tour. Excellent tour director. Pace was quite challenging for older stitchers. People interested in a stitching tour will of course be older than usual and we need a slower pace.”