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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the average age of the travelers in your groups?
Although we welcome any adult over the age of 21, the vast majority of our travelers tend to be between the ages of 50 and 70 years old. All of our tours offer wine tastings, sumptuous local food, and leisurely art and history tours, and run anywhere in length from 10 to 14 nights, therefore attracting the types of travelers who already enjoy a nice quality of life.
Do you welcome singles?
Of course! Solo travelers are welcome on every one of our tours, and the small-group experience lends itself nicely to making everyone feel welcome. On almost every tour we have a mix of solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together.
What kinds of accommodations will we stay in?
Buon Gusto Tours’ prides itself on its carefully selected small inns and hotels of character chosen for each and every one of its tours. We stay in a range of accommodations, anywhere from a charming and historic 3-star in the historic center of Florence to a 5-star Relais & Chateaux property in Sorrento. The accommodation, for us, is less about the star rating and more about the experience that it imparts to our guests. We have personally visited, inspected and selected each and every one of our accommodations with you in mind.
No matter if you are a solo traveler or part of a couple, you will have a private bathroom at every location. Also, in every location, you are guaranteed a view, whether it’s of the ocean, a lake, the rolling countryside or a charming city street.
Please note that some hotels/inns may not have elevators, so please let us know if you have specific questions or mobility issues.
What kind of clothing should I bring?
During the day, the dress code is definitely casual. We will be walking and touring, and the last thing you want to worry about is being uncomfortable. With that goal in mind, think soft, breathable and layerable clothing (since the temperatures can fluctuate over the course of the day)—and definitely comfortable walking shoes, especially since the walking surfaces can be uneven, cobbled or even dirt path.
The time that you might want to dress would be some evenings for our dinners out. For women, this means perhaps a nice pair of pants or a skirt, and, for men, a nice pair of khakis and a golf shirt. If you desire, you could bring a sport coat, but no tie will be necessary. Of course, cities tend to be dressier than the countryside.
Will there be a lot of walking?
Each of Buon Gusto Tours’ trips comprise daily excursions that may last anywhere in length from 1 to 3 hours of intermittent walking and standing. Although these tours aren’t strenuous, a certain amount of stamina and health are required in order to be able to walk slowly and stand for extended periods of time. Some trips comprise a true mountain or countryside “hike,” lasting anywhere from 1-4 hours.
These, of course, are more strenuous. At any time, you can opt out of an excursion! After all, this is your vacation. Keep in mind that part of the charm of Italy and Europe, in general, is the terrain—how towns are literally perched upon the sides of hills—so know that in most locations there will be uneven surfaces and uphills and downhills.Once you decide upon one of our trips, please contact us if you have any concerns.
What type of transportation will be used during the tours?
Buon Gusto Tours provides comfortable air-conditioned minibuses and minivans for its tours. Because of the small sizes of the vehicles, most times we can access the historical centers of towns, which larger vehicles cannot. In some locations, we will travel by ferry boat.
What can I expect for meals?
Most places in Italy, breakfast is an assortment of sweets (cakes, breads, Danishes), cereals, yogurts, juices and coffee; at some locations, we will have a much broader selection for breakfast, including meats, cheeses and eggs. In every location, Buon Gusto Tours select restaurants that offer the very best local cuisine—fresh seafood, pastas, produce, meats and cheeses; we know that food plays a large role in the traveler discovering the heart and soul of an area, and we try to help you discover that for yourself. For most included lunches and dinners, we will have carefully selected fixed-price menus (some of which will include a LIMITED AMOUNT of local wine and water), of which you will have a choice of several options. If you wish to have more water or wine than the inclusion “allows,” you can order more at your own expense. Some lunches will simply be a pre-set menu of local specialties served to the entire group.
Is wine included with your meals?
The history of wine in Italy and the traditions that surround it go back millennia; it’s true that most Italians wouldn’t consider a lunch or dinner without the elixir. Because of that, Buon Gusto Tours includes a LIMITED AMOUNT of wine with as many main meals as possible. It is not included with every main meal, however. If you wish to have more water or wine than the inclusion “allows,” you can order more at your own expense. Prior to your trip, we will provide you with a a list of which meals do and do not come with wine.
What if I require a certain diet?
As long as Buon Gusto Tours is notified at least a month prior to your trip departure, we can do our best to accommodate your specific requests/requirements for the included meals. If substituting the set menu incurs any additional cost, Buon Gusto Tours will not assume those costs.
What tips are included in your tours?
On a Buon Gusto Tours trip, you won’t ever have to worry about having change for your bus driver, local guides and porters en route. We know what an inconvenience that can be! Because of that, we have included ALL tips for local guides, porters, bus drivers, hotel staff and restaurant staff (for included meals). The only time you will need to worry about tipping is when you are on your own.
How far in advance should I book my flight?
For all intents and purposes, the sooner the better. The shorter the time between purchase date and takeoff, the higher the likelihood of seats being filled and good connection times being taken. A good rule of thumb is to purchase between 6 months and 3 months prior to departure date. We recommend watching airfare frequently to track fluctuations in prices.
What happens if I arrive late?
Buon Gusto Tours realizes that sometimes things happen beyond your control when it comes to airline and train delays and cancellations. If for some reason you miss the scheduled pickup/transfer to the arrival hotel, you will be responsible for getting to the accommodation from wherever you are. Prior to your trip, you will be given all of the contact information for the arrival hotel (and other accommodations on the trip), so you should easily be able meet up with the rest of the group. Consider purchasing a travel-insurance policy to cover any unexpected expenses.