FAQ

Who are these trips for?


From solo travelers to groups of friends, our small groups of 7 travelers are made of all ages (above 18) and enjoy becoming a little community as we slurp through plates of pasta and laugh trying to pronounce Italian words. Our guests understand that travel in Italy can hold unexpected surprises and they’re up for going with the flow, trusting that we know the best place to be at any moment. They’re open-minded, love trying new things, and are accustomed to toeing the boundaries of their comfort zone for the rewarding experiences that lay just outside it. Our trips attract those who appreciate creativity and the arts, nature, meeting locals, and seeing things outside the guidebook that might not be luxurious but are authentic and genuine. All ages above 18 are welcome and we encourage the cross-generational exchange that occurs. A strong effort is made to make everyone feel part of the group no matter what age, sex, gender, sexual preference, or hair-do! Our off-the-beaten-path, immersive and laid-back travel style isn’t for everyone. If you're not sure let's chat about it!




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.
In addition, we lead a maximum of 6 trips per year. That means, for example, that a local who hosts a dinner during the trip does it only twice a year instead of twice a week like other tour companies. In this way, the experience remains coming from a place of passion and cultural exchange rather than simply a job. We also invite our local friends to join us here and there along the way so that travelers have an opportunity to interact with locals in a casual setting instead of always having them up on a pedestal.




What's included?


Inclusions depend on your specific trip and you should check the trip details for an accurate listing. However, the following items are generally included with the cost of the trip:

  • ​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.)
  • Optional guide, driver, and hotel gratuity




What are the accommodations like?


The B&B's we partner with are comfortable but you shouldn’t expect the same standards you’re used to back home. For example, air conditioning is not standard in Italy and may be an extra charge.
We look for accommodations that offer something special- an artistic flair, really unique history, family-feel, or a breathtaking setting, for example. If you're traveling on your own, you'll have a single room to yourself (no sharing). If you're traveling with someone, you'll have a double bed to share. We’ve worked hard to pick unique accommodations that have a creative vibe and something special about them. We know you'll love them!




Where is the meeting point and how do I get there?


Please check you trip specifics. Generally, we'll provide 2 - 3 transfers throughout the day from the airport to our first B&B and return you to the airport in the morning on the day of departure.




What is the cost of the trip?


Please check your particular trip for pricing. Prices are per person and in USD, unless expressed otherwise.




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?


Our trips are carefully budgeted for 7 participants. This means we have to adhere to a strict Cancellation Policy in order to maintain cost effectiveness for everyone. However, we require you to purchase travel insurance in an effort to provide some protection from potential losses should you need to cancel*. 90+ days prior to departure: Full refund, less $150 admin fee 89 - 60 days: Full trip value applicable to future trips OR 50% cash refund (no credit applicable to future trips) 59 - 45 days: Full trip value applicable to future trips Less than 45 days: No changes and Non-refundable Applied credit is valid to be used within one year. Beyond one year, your credit value will diminish by 20% for each additional month that the credit is not applied. *It is up to you to make sure your policy includes trip cancellation coverage.




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?


The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport but it's very important that you check before you travel. U.S. citizens may enter Italy for up to 90 days for tourist purposes without a visa. Participants must have a passport valid for at least six months beyond date of departure from the Schengen area and at least two blank pages. You'll need to send us a scan of your passport 60 days before departure. Participants should check the Department of State website for up-to-date travel information and advisories.




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. You can check out our blog posts about packing: How to Pack for a Spring Trip to Tuscany How to Organize Your Suitcase for Stress-Free Travel




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!




How do your trips support positive change in the world?


At Creative Edge Travel, we believe in the power of cultural experiences to transform lives. That's why we donate a portion of our proceeds to Global Glimpse. Global Glimpse is a non-profit organization that helps diverse high school students complete community projects in the developing world. Read about them here. We also believe our impact on this earth should be light. At checkout, we offer the option to offset your carbon footprint through the Nature Conservancy's carbon offset program, helping fund forest conservation, improved forest management or reforestation projects that produce measurable climate benefits.




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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