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David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc. BBB Business Review

All our Italy tours feature visits to the big tourist attraction such as the Colosseum, Forum, Vatican, and museums in Florence.  However, it is the small villages and off-the-beaten-path destinations that usually win over the hearts of our travel partners.  This, added with our gourmet dining, fine wine tastings, and David’s personal relationships with the local people help our Italy tours receive five-star ratings from all who travel with us.  Your Adventure Start Here!

All my tours are designed for strictly small groups ranging from 6 to 24 travelers. This means that we can travel off the beaten path and under the big bus tour radar and experience Europe on a unique and personal level. Eating well is also a priority, and you’ll get your fair share of fine food sourced locally by excellent chefs. I’ve spent years poking around Europe’s nooks and crannies looking for unique restaurants, clean hotels with character and cozy B&Bs. Our tours include all tips and gratuities to drivers, local guides, and your tour leader. Finally, we’ll never nickel and dime you with extras and add-ons. The advertised price is the price you pay. 

David plans, designs and leads tours to many  European destinations.  Please contact us if you do not find a specific tour, destination or departure date here that meets your needs.  We frequently add new destinations and departure dates and your input would be greatly appreciated.


 

BEST OF ITALY TOUR 2018

    • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
    • 13 Days in Italy.
    • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
    • Visit Rome, Cinque Terre, Volterra, Siena, Pisa, Florence, Venice, Lake Como, and Milan.
    • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
    • Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum and Forum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Accademia Museum (Michelangelo’s David).
    • Guided Wine Tasting in Tuscany.
    • Walking tours in Rome, Volterra, Florence, Venice and Milan.
    • Hiking and relaxing in the Cinque Terre.
    • La dolce vita in Tuscany.
    • Renaissance art in Florence.
    • Cruise the canals of Venice.
    • Slow down and relax on Lake Como.
    • Indulge in cosmopolitan Milan.
    • and much more
    $3289 -$3489 + air
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    ESSENCE OF ITALY TOUR 2018

      • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
      • 9 Days in Italy.
      • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
      • Visit Rome, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Volterra, Siena and Florence.
      • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
      • Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum, Forum, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Accademia Museum (Michelangelo’s David).
      • Guided Wine Tasting in Tuscany.
      • Walking tours in Rome, Volterra and Florence.
      • Hiking and relaxing in the Cinque Terre.
      • La dolce vita in Tuscany.
      • Renaissance art in Florence.
      • and much more
      $2789 - $2989 + air
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      BEST OF SICILY TOUR 2018

        • Small Group: Only 6-24 passengers.
        • 12 Days in Sicily.
        • Free time every day to experience Sicily on your own.
        • Visit Palermo, Trapani, Agrigento, Taormina, Catania and much more.
        • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
        • Wine tastings
        • Experience magnificent Greek temples, ancient Roman villas, fantastic scenery, Norman churches, and the WWII Allied Landing Museum in Catania.
        • Slow down and relax on this leisurely paced tour.
        $2995 + air
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        BEST OF SOUTHERN ITALY 2018

          • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
          • Begin in ROME and end in NAPLES
          • 11 Days in Southern Italy.
          • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
          • Visit Rome, Tivoli, Gargano Peninsula, Castel del Monte, Bari, Ostuni, Lecce, Alberobello, Matera, Paestum, Salarno, Sorrento, Pompeii, Naples and more.
          • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
          • Guided and walking tours of Villa Adriana, Castel del Monte, Bari, Ostuni, Lecce, Matera, Organic Water Buffalo Farm, Paestum, Pompeii, Naples National Archeological Museum, Naples, Sorrento and more.
          • Enjoy hands-on wine tastings, pasta making demonstration and a pizza making class.
          • Hiking, boating and relaxing in Sorrento area.[li] [li] and much more
          $3795 + air
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          THE BEST OF THE MED!

            • Small Groups 6-24 passengers.
            • Begin in BARCELONA and end in CINQUE TERRE
            • Enjoy 10 Days along the Med coast in Spain, France and Italy.
            • Free time every day to experience Europe on your own.
            • Visit Barcelona, Carrcassonne, Arles, Pont du Gard, Aix in Provence area, Nice, Cinque Terre, Naples and more.
            • Gourmet Dining at some of David's favorite restaurants featuring fresh local-sourced products.
            • Walking tours and orientations of Barcelona, Carcassonne Castle, Arles, Pont du Gard Aix, Nice, Cinque Terre home village and more.
            • Hiking, boating and relaxing in the Cinque Terre.li] [li] and much more
            $2989 + air
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            BOCELLI CONCERT IN TUSCANY

              • Attend an exclusive concert by Andrea Bocelli in his Tuscan hometown.
              • Small Groups 10-24 passengers.
              • 7 Days in Rome, Florence and Tuscany.
              • Free time every day to experience Italy on your own.
              • Authentic Dining featuring fresh local-sourced products.
              • Guided tours of the Roman Colosseum, Palatine Hill, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Accademia Museum (Michelangelo’s David).
              • Guided Wine Tasting in Tuscany.
              • Walking tours in Rome and Florence.
              • La dolce vita in Tuscany.
              • and much more
              $3289 + air
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              David’s tour ran very smooth. Great hotel rooms with breakfast each morning. He gave informative tours of the cities and areas we visited and then we had time on our own to visit in more detail or go shopping (my favorite activity anywhere). David was happy to stop along the way for photo opps and rest stops. We did check out some new sites with him. Each day was an adventure filled with great food, wine, and sites. Loved every moment of the trip. Planning next adventure with him now. -Elizabeth, Orange Park, FL

              Elizabeth – Scotland/Ireland & Tuscan Villa Vacation

              Enjoyed each meal, never thought about beans being a breakfast food before now have once a week. My best memory of dinner was taking a private boat to go have dinner on my birthday, this was another WOW day for me. – Dianna, Pensacola, FL

              Dianna- The Tuscan Villa Vacation

              Probably my most favorite part of the tour – having someone else pick the restaurant!! Usually when I go to Europe with my husband we wander around in circles for a prolonged amount of time studying menus and trying to find the “perfect” place. Tedious and exhausting. It was so nice to just have the perfect restaurant already picked out. I know this is not an easy task to try to accommodate multiple people’s picky food preferences, so hats off to Dave for being up to the challenge. And every meal I had was delicious!! Dave knows what he’s doing. –Diana, Seattle, WA

              Diane- Seattle, WA

              I’d like to add that possibly our group had just too good of a time! Our small group really enjoyed every minute and had an absolute blast with Charlotte. We just laughed and had fun everyday. While that makes for a fantastic vacation…it does make the ‘re-entry’ to normal life just painful. – THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND Fall 2015

              Pati

              We were on our tour in 2008 and still talk about how much fun we had every time we get together. The “picnic” in Greve after the wine tasting is also very memorable. With a little information from David, we were able to stay after the tour and made our way to Orvieto where we also had a really nice time. The whole trip has so many memorable moments – every day was something special.

              Sue, Best of Italy

              Every tour that I have ever taken with David has been outstanding. I have been traveling with him for ten years now. My last trip was great as well. David is top notch. I would not travel abroad with anyone else

              Susan, Germany & Austria

              Whether you are a seasoned traveller or are considering Europe for the first time, David McGuffin should be your first choice. You will not be satisfied with any other.

              Odeen, Italy