"The driving in and around Buonconvento is not difficult. Italian drivers do drive a bit more aggressively than Americans, but not nearly as aggressive as the French. They will pass in places that you might frown at, but let them in and there's…"
I am becoming addicted to all things Tuscan. I just watched your slide show for the first time. I'd like to jump into the computer screen! But, I'll be patient until next year. We are planning our first Untour to Tuscany, and it is amazing how much I have learned from the blogs and comments.
Thanks for the suggestion about where to stay. Everyone who has responded has been extremely satisfied with their apartments, so I don't think I can go wrong.
Hi! I just notices that you thought that Amalfi would be an interesting Untour if it were combinable w/another location, such as Tuscany. Well, the good news is that it will be! Next year we will be offering Amalfi in several ways:
a two week Untour
a one week mini-Untour
a sampler (1 week/1 week) with: Tuscany, Florence, Umbria and Rome
So, if any of the above interest you, let me know and I'll add you on the short list for Amalfi.
Thanks and hope you're having a great summer.
Hi! On the question of "centralness" the Max 1 would have a slight advantage since from there you can access directly the main north-south roads in the area but the Gamet 2 is only a 15 min. drive northeast from there and is closer to some villages you'd visit like Venasque or heading towards the Luberon Mountain range (Peter Mayle country, so to speak). Only because it takes a bit longer to get to a main road (by 5-7 mins.) is the Gamet 2 less central but it's also a lovely situation, too, just having the drawback of no landlord on site (as opposed to having Max and Régine, our staff, as your host). Hope that helps. Should you have any other questions, don't hesitate to write our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org -Dodge
In Paris, there is the Hotel de la Bretonnerie ( http://www.hotelbretonnerie.com/bretonnerie.htm ) that we have been using since the early 90s. It's not huge, the owner purchased it from the family that once ran it and has kept the same tradition of great service, reasonable prices and great décor...a very nice 3-star hotel.
As for penciling in something for 2010, you can contact me or my teammate, Lotta Rao, at our team address, email@example.com, and just let us know what you're thinking.
I read your question to Dodge and will offer up our experiences. We went to Provence a couple years ago and added on a week in Paris. Upon arrival in France we landed in Paris and then changed planes and on to Marseille where we were met by the Untours people. Following our two weeks in Provence we dropped off our car at the Avignon train station and took the train to Paris. It worked very well. We did stay at the Hotel Bretonerie and enjoyed it very much, although it was very hot when we were there and they do not have air conditioning. Feel free to ask me any other questions you might have regarding our trip.
Hi Joseph: I'm on vacation this week and next but happen to be checking messages just in case. Since I don't actually consult this page that often, you're best bet is to send questions directly to our team address (firstname.lastname@example.org) just in case since my teammate Lotta RAO can at least answer questions in my absence.
That being said, Avignon is about 45 mins. from Isle and the main rail point to Paris, with the high-speed TGV taking about 2 hours 40 min. or so for the journey. For Provence, we normally fly folks via Paris to Marseille and back; if we arrange your airfare, you could "stopover" in Paris on the way back for your planned stay there. Otherwise, it costs overall a bit more but you could fly into Marseilles, take the train to Paris from Avignon, then fly back from Paris. Some folks just like the idea of getting on the TGV (plus it would "land" in central Paris as opposed to the airport located 15 mins. outside of the city). Hope that helps. -Dodge
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