Summer’s over, and a huge wave of our readers have returned from their Ciao Bambino-planned vacations. The verdict? Our inaugural trip planning season was an unqualified success!
We’ve had a steady flow of love letters raving about seamless logistics, just-right accommodations, stellar guides and activities, and amazing family memories. In their own words, below, clients share what sets Ciao Bambino apart for busy parents.
“Just before I contacted your service, I was bemoaning to friends the lack of modern travel agents. You guys really fill that void. I can easily book plane tickets online now, but what I really needed was someone to hold my hand through complicated travel planning with 2 small kids. I would have easily wasted 20 hours just researching hotels.” — R. Collister to trip planner Laurel Perry
“[Sandy] provided a great sounding board for my thoughts and ideas on what I thought I wanted to accomplish on the trip and what would have been too much to pack in. How she helped:
– saved us money on the rental car (we needed an automatic and were getting very high quotes online)
– found wonderful guides that I felt truly enriched our Italian adventure
– got us into a truly memorable agriturismo, Borgo Iesolana, in Tuscany
– found us a terrific hotel in Rome, in a great location, with comfortable connecting rooms
– gave us a detailed itinerary that helped keep everything organized, including detailed directions to each location”
I would recommend (and already have) your services to anyone who asks me for advice on planning trips with kids.” — E. Wolff for trip planner Sandy Pappas
“A HUGE thank you to you for all your incredible planning for our trip. Everything was perfect — not one hiccup during the whole 4 weeks. That is pretty remarkable for a 4-week trip with up to 10 people traveling together! Your fabulous recommendations for tours, activities, etc., made for the most memorable trip, and we greatly appreciated the arranged transfers, pre-purchased train tickets, etc. All your planning made it so relaxing and enjoyable … I really hope there is another Italy trip in our future we can plan with you!” — M. Taggart to trip planner Gina DiPrima
“The itinerary was perfect and I feel we really did get to see all there was on the way … Everything you booked and recommended was fab. Grand Canyon was amazing, rafting just the best and the heli at the end — skywalk was great too. I’m really really grateful for your help, Kristi, we all had the best time, thank you!” — M. Bonnett to trip planner Kristi Marcelle
“We landed back in California after 17 days of amazing travel. I can’t thank you and [travel companion] Amy enough for planning and organizing such a wonderful trip. Jeff and I loved every minute of it and were in awe the entire time. The hotels, tours, and transitions were great. I will definitely recommend working with you to friends … Thank you again for everything.” — A. Fingerut to trip planner Lisa Frederick
“We had an excellent trip thanks to Ciao Bambino. Laurel was fabulous — she listened, understood what we were looking for and our needs. She connected us with awesome tour guides and experiences and we stayed in a fabulous place in Tuscany (thanks to Laurel). Laurel was extremely responsive to our questions and needs even while we were in Italy. We are still talking about the trip and even the kids say, ‘Oh, I wish we were back in Italy’…that’s a true testament to a great trip. Using Ciao Bambino totally made the difference for us” — P. Wright
“Hi Sandy! Just got back last night…Venice was magic. The location at the Hotel Londra Palace was great, and to have a delicious breakfast included on a lovely shaded patio with the best people watching was fantastic … All in all, there were no snafus, the trip was wonderful and we can’t wait to plan our next one! Thank you thank you!!” — H. Goodman
“I just wanted to say THANK YOU for helping us plan a truly wonderful vacation! Your suggestions were awesome — we had such a great time. Schloss Elmau is now at the top of our list of best places we’ve ever stayed…Thanks for all of your suggestions for things to do along the way and catering to the parents of a 2-year-old. She had a great time, as did we. I’ll be sure to recommend your service to other friends making international trips with their kiddos!” — C. Raffaelli to Lisa Frederick
“Laurel was the best money we EVER spent!! She not only made our trip fabulous and flawless but she planned the best 50th I could have ever dreamed of. Everything was perfect from start to finish and we have recommended her to all our friends!” — M. Stein
“Our trip, in large part because of you, was great … Luigina, the guide in Venice was awesome. I would have done a second day with her. I loved Venice. Hotel Flora was great. We all loved the Cinque Terre too …” — J. Lombardi to trip planner Sandy Pappas
“I really liked your service … I love to travel and when I was single loved to plan travel, but we are now two working parents of a kindergartener and while that has changed my passion for the planning part, it hasn’t changed my passion for travel. I loved the idea of a service that specifically understands naps, and little legs, and short attention spans helping to get our itinerary worked out. We will use Ciao Bambino again and will continue to tell others.” — L. Tabb to trip planner Lisa Frederick
“In short, I thought Laurel was terrific. She enabled me to plan a vacation that my family loved with a fraction of the time it would have taken me to research and identify such terrific options.” — S. Edinger
Ready for a family escape? Visit on our Connect with a Travel Advisor page and send us a request (please include dates, destinations, number and ages of kids, special needs and other details), and one of our Family Vacation Consultants will follow up.
And if you’ve had a fantastic experience with Ciao Bambino, please email us and let us know!
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