What they say

Testimonials

“Elifant’s tour of Naples was a wonderful combination that engaged your head and your stomach. Looking at Naples’ past and present history with the food theme—manufacture, distribution, consumptions, artistic depiction, cultural—was a wonderful way to connect current issues to ancient ones. And the restaurants were divine!”  —Ava S., New York City

“The Rome tour I did with Elifant was more like traveling with a few acquaintances rather than with an organized group (a kind of travel I do my best to avoid). The food was terrific. Don’t mistake this for a foodie tour, whatever that might be—it’s for the discriminating palate. Maureen and Liz chose wonderful restaurants in a whole range from traditional to gourmet, and the meals were always lively yet relaxed. The archaeological visits were absolutely fascinating. I trust Liz and Maureen and their taste, as I know I’ll eat well and sleep well and the days will be filled with fun—which really should be the point of these trips.”  —Sandra C., San Francisco

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“Your tour of the environs of Naples was a delight. … your journey was fun. The artifacts came alive. The food was excellent and as varied as the archaeology. And, oh yes, the company was good. Thanks.  —Jim S., Burlington, Iowa

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“The best two weeks of eating of my life.”  —Bob D., Los Angeles

“The Taste of Ancient Rome tour was an incredible experience. I had been to Rome a couple of times, but this trip was unique—a perfect blend of history, archaeology, food from antiquity, and contemporary Italian meals. Plus we had access to a number of sites that individuals and other tour groups would never get to see.”
—Jack G., Alexandria VA

“I consider Elifant tours ‘a find.’ In this era of large, packaged tours, it is a pleasure to be in a small group on a tour that is so well researched, thoughtfully planned and presented.”
—Annette M., Princeton

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My first experience with Elifant tours was exquisite. Amazing, phenomenal, fabulous—well those adjectives just don’t describe the experience.  I try to explain to friends and family what we did—but no one can fathom what we actually did. One day I am patting a 3-month-old water buffalo whose mother’s milk helped supply the delicious mozzarella we had for lunch—and the next I am climbing around an ancient winery with one of Italy’s most prestigious archaeologists. I swam in the Bay of Naples, I forged through Pompeii, I saw how proper pasta was made—I experienced a part of Italy in such a way that cannot be duplicated. I learned while I was having fun. Liz knows everything—who needs a guide? And Maureen is an expert on history, food, food making, and presentation. I wish that Elifant Tours went everywhere as I would never travel any other way again.”  —Patty H., Boston