Who are these trips for?
How are Creative Edge Travel trips different from other tours?
In comparing countless other trips, the #1 thing we have that others don't is our people-focused approach to bring you into the lives of locals. Imagine lingering over a homecooked meal in a local family's home with sweeping views and meaningful conversation about both the beauty and the challenges within their daily lives.
We go beyond the typical tourist sites to create experiences around the passions of our local friends and add our own creative edge to assure it’s something meaningful and special. We don’t just plan trips, we design special moments around people.
All accommodations incl all taxes & fees
Meals as listed in your trip documents, there will always be some meals not included (we believe scoping out your own hole-in-the-wall is part of the experience!)
Wine at included lunches and dinners
Arrival/Departure transportation & private driver for the duration of the trip
All activities, workshops, and visits
24/7 Trip Leader
Professional Flight Booking Assistance
Pre-Trip Prep: Culture and language lessons (optional), arrival/departure advice, packing tips, and additional resources to fully connect with what you'll experience on the trip!
What's not included?
Exclusions depend on your specific trip and you should check the trip details for an accurate listing. However, the following are generally not included with the cost of the trip.
Flights (We can help you find the best flights for your trip dates, free of charge!)
Some meals (We believe scoping out your own hole-in-the-wall is part of the experience.)
Incidental expenses (Air conditioning may cost extra but it is unlikely that it will be needed.)
Mandatory travel insurance
Optional guide, driver, and hotel gratuity
What are the accommodations like?
We look for accommodations that offer something special- an artistic flair, really unique history, family-feel, or a breathtaking setting, for example.
Where is the meeting point and how do I get there?
What is the cost of the trip?
Please check your particular trip for pricing.
How much is needed to secure my spot?
You don't need to pay the total cost of the trip up front. However, when you sign up for the trip, you have to pay a deposit to secure your spot. The remainder is due 60 days before trip start date and can be scheduled in 2 payments.
I have to cancel the trip due to unforeseen circumstances, will I get a refund?
How much money do you suggest we bring for the things that aren't included?
The amount of money you bring to cover expenses that aren't included in the cost of the trip is totally up to you. To give you an idea, a sandwich is about 3 - 6 euros while a plate of pasta is about 7 - 15 euros. If you add an appetizer, wine, and dessert, you're looking at 35 - 45 euros per person. Tipping is not mandatory nor expected in Italy.
Do you book flights?
We have a flight expert who can search the best fare for you and book them, free of charge.
Do you sell travel insurance?
We do not sell travel insurance. You can check here for information on where to look.
Do I need a visa to visit Italy?
I don't speak Italian, how can I connect with locals?
We do not require participants to be able to speak Italian as exchanges with locals often happen in more subtle ways than just verbally. However, before the trip, we will be sending you resources related to Italian language and culture to help you get the basics under your belt. You are not required to study Italian before your trip, but it will help you have a more meaningful experience. Our trip leader will be there 24/7 to communicate with locals, should you need it. In addition, most of our partners speak English!
Do you have suggested list of items for us to bring?
What you should pack depends on the season and region you'll be visiting. Your trip leader will send you suggestions before your trip.
Can the itinerary change from what I've booked?
Your itinerary is a base itinerary, which is subject to minor changes due to closure, festivals, weather, or unexpected events. Additionally, the itinerary is prepared well in advance, and at times there are unexpected closures for various reasons that require us to alter the plans. In the end, our goal is always to bring our guests unique experiences, and when substitutions happen, they are always wonderful!
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How do I register?
To register for a trip, all you need to do is apply by filling out a simple form. We'll then have a chat so we can be sure the trip is a good fit for you and to answer any questions you may have. Once approved, we will send you the link where you can register and pay your deposit to secure your spot!
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