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A whistlestop tour around Italy - taking in the best
Newmarket Holidays Coach Tours
Author Name: ShrrWw
Newmarket Holidays Coach Tours
Advantages: Well Organised, A lot to see in just a week. Good Hotels. Good value for money
Disadvantages: Viking Airlines, delayed flights, missed meal due to late arrival
Just returned from a "Classic Italy" air holiday with Newmarket. Enjoyed a previous Newmarket holiday to Italy so decided to book again with Newmarket and they did not disappoint us apart for my final comment at the end of this review. We stayed for three nights at the Grand Hotel moon Valley in Naples - great hotel, excellent facilities and views (if you are lucky and get a balcony overlooking the bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius), food a bit bland, but ok. Great sightseeing. Amalfi coast is wonderful.
The second part of the holiday was in Chianciano Terme, a last minute change on Newmarkets part. We were initially confused as to the change but now understand as it cut down the journey times to visit Florence and Rome. Those that did the classic Italy tour in May this year and stayed in Fiuggi, spent most of the time on motorways and vented frustration at this on previous posts on this site so Newmarket changed locations and hotels to suit. (Thank you, Newmarket for listening to feedback from those customers and making the necessary changes).
We benefited from the change of location and the stay at Hotel Cristallo. It is hard to really describe this hotel and the location of Chianciano Terme; you will either like it or hate it. (Take a walk up to the old town if you get the chance - it is lovely- the real Italy and full of friendly locals). We liked Chinaciano Terme, excellent hotel staff, efficient at mealtimes, small but clean bedrooms. We had a balcony in both hotels so we were lucky.
Be warned if you are a first time traveller on this type of escorted tour. Newmarkets Classic Italy holiday is not for those wishing to have lie in or lounge by a pool all day. You are up, on a coach and on the road by 09:00am but the amount you will see and pack in during the week is incredible and worth every penny. We do enjoy the Italian Holidays with Newmarket, well organised and our excellent tour manager on resort -Joe was an asset and made for a more enjoyable holiday with his easy going manner and "Joe's joke of the day" as you set off on board the coach each morning. If you are lucky enough to get him on your coach, Joe's is a real tonic who will certainly put a smile on the grumpiest of faces.
Now I have to comment on what the majority of our party who went and may read this will certainly agree on. FLIGHTS USING VIKING AIRLINES - We flew from Bournemouth and had delays there and back. Timings were changed then changed again. Newmarket, please sort out Viking Airlines. Arriving back in the UK at 01:30am instead on 11:10pm does not make for happy customers or those having to pick passengers up in the early hours of the morning. We travelled with Newmarket two years ago on a Seven Cities of Italy tour (another good one to go on) and experienced flight delays there and back with Viking airlines, (must be part of their service). Newmarket, please in the interest of your customers have a word with Viking Airlines or change companies and you will keep your customers. I know of plenty who will not be travelling with you and Viking airlines again. We are holding back on booking an air holiday with you again until assured that you are using a more reliable airline company. Other airline companies you use had no delays to and from Naples, we know, as we have spoken to others on the Newmarket Classic Italy who flew with another airline company so don't use "thunderstorms over Greece" as the excuse. If bad weather is the cause of a delay, surely it does not affect one airline it affects the lot.
Summary: Overall a good holiday. Great sightseeing, Brilliant weather, Shame about the flights
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