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Hi Ning!  

I so enjoyed our trip to Italy!  A well planned tour and so much history!  Absolutely loved Italy as well as the tour itself.  Your guides were excellent and very friendly and personable.  Loved the fact that they gave us so much information on what we were seeing.  The history of Italy is so interesting and to see villas, palaces, cathedrals, and ancient ruins and to hear their stories were just amazing.  

Loved the restaurants we ate at and the food was just wonderful.  Especially enjoyed the side tours of making cheese and balsamic vinegars which was a great learning experience as well as "tasty" since we sampled the products. Shopping was fun also! I would love to go back again to Italy so count me in when you schedule another one!  

Looking forward to next year's trip to Switzerland and Austria.  

Brenda Kanipe

North Carolina

Women's Tour in Italy - June 2011



Just to let you know that everything has been great so far.  The vans that picked us up at the ship were early and got us into town beautifully.  We did our Vatican Tour today and Marina was excellent.  Both her knowledge and her English were terrific and we enjoyed our time with her.

Thanks again, Lee

Lee Decker

Vatican Private Tour -Aug. 2011

Once again, I have to tell you that arrangements for today were perfect, although it was a long day.  Renato was not only a good guide of this area of Italy, he was an excellent driver - and if you have been on the roads here you know that is a real asset.  Antonio, the guide at Pompeii was terrific.  Very knowledgeable of Pompeii and of Rome and Greece and the mythology of their gods. Our 17 year old grandson said it was the most interesting day he had for the last 3 weeks of vacation and that is saying a lot!   We acquired a guide at Paestrum and we were glad we did.  The temples were beautiful.  All in all a wonderful day.

Thanks again for everything.

Lee Decker

Day Trip from Rome to Pompeii & Paestum

Aug. 2011



Just thought I’d let you know that my son, Zach, and I had a superb time with Paolo and Antonio at Vesuvius and Pompeii.  The weather in Italy was not so great last week but THAT day was, by luck, perfect – sunny in the 70’s!. 

Paolo was right on time at the hotel and offered some delicious history en route to Vesuvius, a lot of which referred to WWII sites (appealing to me).  He picked a nice spot for us to have lunch on the way down from Vesuvius and then we caught up with Antonio.  He was a most personable, fun-loving guide who made our trek through the ruins feel like we were really re-living the past.  Most importantly, he was genuinely responsive to the challenging and odd questions of my 11-year-old.  I appreciated that.  Indeed, it showed up on the video clips my son made.

Paolo was more the intellectual of the two, more laid back and professorial and given to sharing his wealth of knowledge.   Antonio was more boyish, the fun spirit, bouncing around, reversing step when he remembered something he forgot to tell us, and delighting in making something 3,000 years old come to life right before our eyes.  He did good.

Thanks, again, for making this day’s journey a memorable one.

Chuck A.


March 2011


Dear Jacqueline,
Just a quick note to let you know how much we loved our excursion with Raffale on Sat. Nov. 6th.  What a wonderful young man he is.  For sure we will contact you again when we once again plan another trip to Italy and, hopefully we would be lucky to have Raffaele as our guide/driver again.  We did everything we wanted to do along with a short stop along the way to a very small wine cellar in Montefollonico.  What a wonderful experience this was. Thanks to Raffale.  We were even able to buy a couple of the wines while there.  This was like no other wine cellar we've ever been to.  We give Raffale the most highest marks for our excursion and, we hope we will be able to see him again.  We truly loved him and, everything he told us about anything and, everything we wanted to know about.  You will for sure have us contact you again when we once again go to Italy.  We are so happy we found your web-site!
Thank you for everything in helping us get this excursion the way we liked. 
Best Regards,

Linda & Dave Curran


Day Tour of Pienza, Montalcino, Montefollonico


Hi Ning

I'm really remiss in not letting you know sooner how our trip was.  Whenever we take a vacation, we have the "Ross family vacation from hell."  However, this was our best vacation ever! The drivers and guides that we had were all amazing and we enjoyed our time with them.  Paolo and Raffaele, in particular, were wonderful.  They went out of their way to make our time in Italy great.  We learned a lot, had a lot of fun, and managed to relax.  I don't remember the name of the guide at Pompeii, but he was just wonderful. 

Your suggestions to stay at the Hotel Rafael and the Savoy were great.  Both hotels were wonderful, especially the Rafael.  It's location was perfect. 

I think we're planning on going back next year, so when we do,  I'll contact you for help again.  Thanks so much for making our trip so enjoyable!

Katy Ross


Italy Custom Luxury Vacation

Rome, Florence, Tuscany


Just wanted to share some info with you.  Our day trip from Rome to Pompeii and the Amalfi coast was wonderful.  We had a marvelous driver......Paolo di Gangi.  He was around fifty or so and very safe driver.  He was lots of fun and was determined we have a wonderful day in spite of rain showers on and off all day.   So thanks again for arranging it!


Lois Bryan

Pompeii & The Amalfi Coast, Day Trip from Rome

Jacqueline -- Thank you so much for the "Welcome Home" wishes! 


First, please let me tell you how wonderful your Tour partners were in Italy.  They were all wonderful, especially Tiziana.  She went far beyond what would normally be expected from a Tour Director and we all really appreciated it. She often translated for us and it was often times a life saver!  Everyone was pleased with the itinerary.  The days were long, but no one complained.  I know that our Villa location was a bit out of the way, but the view was spectacular and we would not have enjoyed our stay had we been in the city or a more populated area.  I can't tell you how relaxing and pleasant it was.  I would not change that. 


I would be happy to recommend your services to other potential customers.  Thank you again for helping me in my complicated planning.  I will keep your services in mind if I ever attempt to undertake such a monumental task again in the future! 

Thank you again!

Mavis R


Custom Private Tours Italy

Ning -- I just have to tell you . . . you are so on the ball and such a pleasure to deal with!  I'm so sorry we didn't book the whole shebang with you, but Jim and I are new to this and we just followed the crowd.  So . . . the next time we book something, I will be in touch with you.  I don't guess it makes a lot of difference that you are in CA and I am in PA.  Thanks again for all your help!

K. Tomamichel


A word from our clients who signed up for our private tour from Rome to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius...

Hi Jacqueline,

Hope you are well. Just a quick line to say a big thank you to all the team who looked after us!!  Christian our Driver for the day was friendly and most accommodating... especially given the traffic home was horrendous...He did a first class job !!

Antonio our guide at Pompeii was again friendly.....amusing... most informative !!

I would strongly recommend Well Arranged Travel to all... we will most certainly be travelling with you again !!

Once again many thanks to all !!

The Fair and Pumphrey Clan !!

Birmingham, UK

Day Trip From Rome:  Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

A word from our clients who did a private tours from Cannes and a private tour from Naples...

Ning and Jacqueline,

We just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much we enjoyed the tours.  We booked two private tours. Panaramic Tour:  Nice, Monte Carlo & Eze and Pompeii and Herculaneum private tour from Naples. 

Maria was our tour guide in Nice and she was great!  She showed us all of the sites and was so knowledgable on the area.  And she was too funny -- she kept us laughing all day.  We really enjoyed spending the day with her.  My most favorite part was Eze.  I'd love to go back and stay in one of the quaint hotels there.

The guide in Pompeii was Antonio.  He took us through Pompeii and Herculaneum and answered all of our questions.  Both places were simply fascinating!  It is hard to believe how the artifacts have been preserved for so long.  Antonio answered all of our many questions with such patience.  Antonio took us to a wonderful pizza restaurant in Naples by the water for lunch.  The pizza was fabulous and we left very stuffed.  Our driver was Rafael.  He was so kind and always ready to drive us to the next stop.

Thanks again for the great tours.  We'll definitely recommend you to our friends and hope to use your services again in the future. 

Rita & Kevin Riley

Liz and Randy Lawlis


Private Shore Excursions from Naples - Pompeii & Herculaneum

Private Shore Excursions from Cannes - Nice, Monaco , Eze

Hi Ning,

Well I’m back in Vancouver and wishing I was still on holiday.  Mom, Tedi and I had a great time and were very pleased with all the accommodations and wonderful guides you organized for us.  Paolo always delivered us safe and sound … he’s a very nice man.

Take Care and I’m sure we’ll be in touch with you some other time for our next adventure.



Vancouver -Canada

Tuscany & Umbria Tour

"Ning, we really enjoyed our second trip with your company. The trip is well planned, from delicious meals to nice, well-run hotels with attentive service. Our group was delightful. Everyone was glad to take a suggestion and go with it. We thoroughly enjoyed each other's company and even scheduled dinners together when they were not planned.

Raffaele, our guide, did a wonderful job at shepherding us through cities, towns, villages and countryside. Raffaele is quite knowledgeable and truly enjoys talking to people. He has a great sense of humor and shared his relationship with his family, which gave us an insight into the Italian family life.  He also kept us moving and so we never were bored.

We all loved having beautiful and lively Lucca as a home base for three days. It is beautiful and has an active night life. Our visit to the small village of Pienza was also a nice change of pace from busy Lucca and the other cities we visited. The visit to the winery there was great...we ate fresh figs off their tree, tasted wine and bought some for home. York, our guide from the vineyard, was knowledgeable and pleasant. He helped us appreciate the challenges of wine making. Thanks for a great trip."

Brad and Louise Eisenbrey, Best of Tuscany and Umbria Group Tour, Sept. 2009 - A Tuscany Escorted Group Tour


This is Gail Thomas of Melissa, Ina, Carol and Gail--Your Louisiana friends.

First, let me say how much I appreciated your guidance on our recent Italian tour.  You were the perfect mix of teacher and
companion.  I do so appreciate what a fine line you walked.  You made sure we had fun and shopped, but you also saw to it that we saw what was MOST impressive and important everywhere we went.

We are so sorry about the earthquake damage.  How sad for so much to be gone so suddenly---and the terrible loss of life!  We do hope you will come for a visit.   I'm heading to Ina's for a glass of wine as soon as I finish writing.   We are still talking about our trip, and I am still writing up my notes---I am up to the day we left Florence for Rome!

Thanks for everything,

Gail Thomas; Custom Private Vacation - Italy

" Thank you so much for planning such a wonderful trip for my family to Italy.  It was simply marvelous. Everything went smoothly.  The accommodations were beautiful, well-located, and luxurious.  The guides were friendly and informative.  The transports were punctual and nice.  It couldn't have gone better.  Special care and attention had to be given for my parents, and everyone was just wonderful. Thanks again!"

Vicki Omeara, Private Family Vacations- Customized Family Vacation in Italy

"I am still glowing from the fantastic trip with you, Luca and the ladies.  I can't tell you how much fun I had, and how much I appreciate your expertise in picking cities to visit (a great mix of large and small), fabulous guides, beautiful hotels, YUMMY food, and the amazing Luca.  I've always had an allergic reaction to the large group tours, and this was the perfect combination of having details taken care of and having plenty of free time and choices in the mix. 

You were such fun, Ning, and I really enjoyed getting to know you.  You have really found your niche and are so great at your job.  It was such a benefit to have your expertise in traveling--thanks so much for letting us benefit from your years of seeing many cities, sites, accommodations, restaurants, shops, etc.  Thanks again for all of your work, and for being a fun travel companion.  I'm looking forward to another 'Ning adventure'!"   -- Laurie H., North Carolina; Rome, Florence, Tuscany & Umbria Tour, Women's Tour

"How can I even begin to tell you what a wonderful trip you planned for us. It went far beyond our expectations. I don't know how you did it, but thank you! Everyone in our group was so pleased with what you had scheduled and arranged for us. And we cannot tell you enough great things about Luca, our guide – we all agree you have a jewel in him! He was exceptional, as well as all the other tour guides you arranged. Each one of them was so knowledgeable, considerate, and fun to be around. We enjoyed each and every one of them. I hope you have already heard from some people we have given your name to. I cannot tell you thank you enough for all the planning and details that you put into our trip. All the places to eat that you suggested... well, let’s just say you know where to eat, they were all fantastic. And the hotels...WOW... your choices for us was great. Thank you again!" —M. Slaydon & Friends, Louisiana, Custom Private Vacation,

"We just got back last weekend from our Europe trip.  You made our trip so special.  We loved meeting Sara and her family at the farm.  We actually met other people there from Texas that knew of you too so you are a popular person. We loved Rafaele as well.  Please let him know again how much we appreciated his special touch on the tour of the region.

Dolores was awesome too who took us to Pompeii and then to a last minute place to see fresh mozzarella made and a lemon grove.  We had lunch there and it was way too special for all of us... THANK YOU again and again.  Keep us on your mailing list.  We'll definitely be using you again when we go next year." -- Deborah G., California; Shore Trips - Private Tours: Civitavecchia for Rome, Livorno for Volterra & San Gimignano

"I had an absolutely fabulous time during the entire trip -- No awkwardness at all!  Everyone was so nice, and we were a great group!   I had a blast!   I even got to go for a ride on one of the motorbikes through the streets of Sorrento, and see what the inside of a private home looked like. I'm sure I will travel with you again at some time in the future." -- Cheryl Thomas, Solo Traveler; Rome & Amalfti Coast Tour - Women's Tour

pic"The 16-day tour of Italy that Well Arranged Travel arranged for us definitely exceeded our expectations.  The hotels we stayed in were not only centrally located but had their own unique charm.  The included meals were well planned and almost always offered us the chance to enjoy the local delicacies.  (My husband and a friend tried the horse and donkey meat in Verona!)  The pace of the tour was just perfect because each day we had time to do our own thing (exploring more museums, go shopping, or simply taking siesta).  The local guides were most impressive both in knowledge and good looks. (Who can forget Alessandro in Rome?) We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the little towns that were not accessible to the big tour groups.  Ning Bond looked after every little detail to make our trip memorable and worry-free.
Well Arranged Travel has set the bar too high for our future travel plans.  This trip is certainly one of the best that we have taken so far.  It was a totally different experience.  We wouldn't want to go with the big bus tours again!  And we recommend Well Arranged Travel to anybody who wants to get excellent value for their money."  --Lou & Bien E., Canada, Custom Private Group Vacation - Italy 2005 

" We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, and we are still basking in the vacation "after glow".  We find ourselves extending our Italian experience by exploring Italian wines in our local wine stores, sipping cappuccino whenever possible, and buying Italian deli goods at a new Italian Food Centre that recently opened in our city. It is not quite the same thing as the real Italy, but it keeps the memories alive.

We wanted to extend our thanks for a well-arranged travel experience that showcased a wide range of experiences and sights. We really appreciated the guided tours, which added an important dimension to the trip since we are both very interested in learning as we travel. We also wanted to pass on our warm regards for tour manager Max. We found Max to be very professional, conscientious, helpful and very keen to make sure that the group needs were met.

We sincerely hope that there will be future opportunities to travel with you again. I have also forwarded your web page to a number of my single female friends who may be interested in exploring some of your Women's Tours." -- Marie & Terry, Canada, Custom Private Group Tour - Italy 2006

Group Tour to Italy and France
" I want to say thank you for the personal care you've taken to make this trip in Italy so memorable!  I am grateful for the high standards you maintain for the accommodations, which have been a perfect blend of European charm with modern conveniences.

You also have chosen a wonderful asset in having Brigitta to assist in guiding us throughout the various cities with her knowledge of the language and cultural attractions.  She has been more than patient and generous with our needs throughout the tour.

I'm so thankful for your gifts & abilities to be in the touring business and offer the excellent itineraries that you do. I hope to experience more travels with your groups, to see you again and enjoy your company. Thanks again for the memories of a lifetime!" -- L. Henderson, Solo Traveler to Italy, Tuscany Tour - Women-Only Tour 2006

" I just want to let you know we had a great time in Italy. Everything was perfect. What a great vacation! Too bad we decided on just a quick tour of Florence. By the way Gresi was extremely knowledgeable and certainly made our time in Rome more amazing than we ever imagined. Definitely the best guide we've ever had.

We appreciate your energy, knowledge and enthusiasm. Thank you for planning everything perfectly." -- Darryl, Elsa, Helene, Fremont, California, Custom Italy Tour

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