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Viva Italy Tours LLC
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by Nancy Maxwell on Viva Italy Tours LLC

Always wanted to travel to Italy and started doing lots of research into places to go, best time of the year, travel groups etc... So many choices and opinions made the investigation experience overwhelming... Connected with Dawn Bause owner of Viva Italy Tours and that was a blessing. She put together an amazing small group privately guided tour of Venice and Tuscany and managed all of the details. I was connected with local experts to make the whole experience effortless, authentic and personal. The accomodations, tours, and food were totally amazing! Really enjoyed being part of a small group and being able to enjoy each day with no worries or trouble. Viva Italy Tours is a perfect choice for small privately guided tours in Italy!

by Linda M. on Viva Italy Tours LLC

Italy was a dream made possible by Dawn. We wondered if a planned trip would be a good fit for us, but after receiving rave reviews from a friend who travelled with Dawn a couple years ago, we decided to try her trip to Venice and Tuscany. We were not disappointed. Dawn has many personal connections in Italy. She uses those contacts to enhance her guests travel experiences. We ate at a private residence, we were picked up by a friend on his boat and taken for a sunset cruise in the Venetian lagoon and then off to his family restaurant in a small village on the mainland. We were able to tour an old church not open to the public and stay in a 1000 year old monastery. The owner of that monastery drove us to vineyards, and to small quaint villages. We were given plenty of free time to customize our own days but generally stuck with the group since we made lifelong friends with the people we were with. What is the key to Dawn’s success? Catering to guest wishes, keeping her groups small (12 people in Venice) and being flexible. I asked to be taught about olive oils and soon we were whisked off to a vineyard for a romantic lunch under the trees with wine pairings and olive oil tastings. Our wish was her command. I cannot recommend her enough.

by Kevin VanDette on Viva Italy Tours LLC

Nancy and I recently went on 2 tours with Dawn - 3 Days in Venice and 7 Days in Tuscany. We debated on trying to book everything ourselves or go with a small group tour company. From the moment we made contact with Dawn Bause we felt comfortable about trusting someone else to make our trip successful. She took care of everything from the moment we arrived. Transportation, lodging, meals, and excursions were all set. Our input was used to help customize the daily agendas towards our interests. We were introduced to local people who became our guides and presented a more authentic local experience with passion. The meals, accomodations, and tours were top notch. It was so nice to not have to worry about all of the details that go into planning a trip like this and just enjoy each day without all the stress. Just an amazing 10 days in Italy!!!!

by Michael & Brenda D. on Viva Italy Tours LLC

Traveling with Dawn and Fred is truely like traveling with family. Their knowledge, attention to every detail was over the top. The Tuscan countryside and scenery was beautiful and so peaceful. A wonderful break from our hectic world. We will travel with them again!

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Magic isn’t imagining – it’s just very well planned

(Formerly Cooking with Dawn Tours)


Owners Chef Dawn Bause, and husband Fred celebrate their 14th year leading small group tours in Italy. They are passionate about food, wine and getting to know each region and it’s residents.

Let us provide you a luxury guided vacation to experience Italy in a small intimate group setting.

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