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Small Group  |  Off the Beaten Path  | Authentic & Immersive

Small Group Tuscany Tours

GUESTS

5 - 7 total

FROM

$4199

DATES

2023: OCT 15 - 23

DAYS

8

2024: OCT 13 - 21

Why

take a TuscanY tour with
creative edge travel?

About Creative Edge Travel's Small Group Tours of Tuscany

LIVING SLOW IN TUSCANY

ABOUT THIS TRIP

For those who seek to live the culture instead of snapping pictures, this journey will satisfy daydreams of wandering untouched medieval villages, connecting with the land, and learning from locals along the way. This small group tour of Tuscany will have you hunting for truffles, helping with the olive harvest, & and experiencing a local chestnut festival, all while surrendering to the magic of the unexpected!

CREATIVE EDGE TRAVEL TUSCANY TOURS HIGHLIGHTS

IMMERSE

yourself in rural farm life, away from the crowds.

 

EXPERIENCE

a fall chestnut festival with locally-produced food & crafts.

 

PARTICIPATE

in the olive harvest and truffle hunting.

CONNECT

with locals and learn about history through their family stories.

LEARN

mouth-watering recipes in a palazzo inhabited by the same family for 500 years.

Step into Italy as if you're a Local.

ITINERARY FOR SMALL GROUP TOURS OF TUSCANY

  • Who your small group trips for?
    From solo travelers to groups of friends or couples, 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, race, 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!
  • Are flights included?
    International flights are not included in the trip cost. We may be able to help you research the best flights for your needs, just ask! For full details on what's included, head to Upcoming Trips, select the trip you're interested in, then click the button to "Get the Detailed Itinerary". Or simply Get in Touch!
  • I have to cancel the trip. Will I get a refund?
    Our small group trips are carefully budgeted for 7 participants and we're making payments for the trip long before you book your spot. 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*. Please take a look at our Cancellation Policy for more info. *It is up to you to make sure your travel insurance policy includes trip cancellation coverage. Click here for Travel Insurance info.
  • Do I need travel insurance?
    Yep, Travel Insurance is required to join our small group trips. If you're doing custom trip planning, you can opt out of travel insurance, but we highly recommend protecting your investment with insurance. Please click here for our guidance on travel insurance!
  • Do I need a visa to visit Italy?
    Typically, for tourism purposes, many visitors to Italy don't require a visa for short stays (less than 90 days) if they are from countries with visa-exempt agreements, such as the US. This website can help you understand if you need a visa or not. Need help? Simply reach out to our team, we would be happy to help guide you!
  • Do you provide a packing list?
    What to pack for your trip depends on the season and region you'll be visiting. Your trip leader will send you suggestions and a packing list before your trip. You can check out our blog posts about packing: Your Packing Guide for Fall in Tuscany Spring in Italy Packing List How to Pack for a Spring Trip to Tuscany How to Organize Your Suitcase for Stress-Free Travel
  • Can you make one of your group tours private?
    Absolutely! We offer Custom Trip Planning and can use one of our existing trips as the base for your private trip which we'll then customize together.
  • What are the group sizes of your small group tours?
    While most tour companies boast small group sizes of 15-30 people, Creative Edge Travel small group tours have a maximum of just 7 guests. This allows us to have more immersive access into the culture, whether it's visiting our artisan friend in their studio or dining in a tiny "trullo" house. It also gives you more personalized attention and freedom to enjoy the trip the way that suits you best!
  • Is there a single supplement?
    Nope, you can choose between sharing a room with one of our other awesome travelers for a lower cost or having a private room just for yourself.
  • What if I don't want to travel with a group?
    No problem! We also offer Custom Trip Planning for a day-by-day itinerary arranged for you. If you are planning your own trip but looking for a few unique experiences, take a look at our Italy Immersions!

LIVING SLOW IN TUSCANY

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN OUR
TOURS OF TUSCANY?

PERKS

Slower-paced & stress-free travel

Unique experiences crafted directly with locals to highlight the authentic culture.

Exclusive group of just 7 like-minded travelers.

Plenty of free time to do your own thing.

Explore places that tourists have never heard of.

Thoughtfully crafted with extensive research in the area for genuine & meaningful connection with locals.

INCLUDED

7 nights' accommodation in a private room (3 nights in Marradi, 4 nights in the countryside)

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 6 dinners including wine, and 5 tastings/aperitivi

Carbon Footprint Offset: A donation will be made to fund projects that reduce carbon emissions and improve daily life in impoverished areas.

Transportation + Private Driver

Flight Expert to research and book flights

Arrival Transfer from center of Florence, Departure Transfer to Florence Airport

Trip Leader fluent in English and Italian

Tips for the driver & guides

Pre-Trip Prep: Cultural and Italian language guidance, packing tips, and additional resources to fully connect you with what you'll experience! Local recommendations in each location.

All Activities

Welcome Cocktail & Dinner

Olive Harvest

Truffle Hunting

Homemade Pizza Dinner

Cheese Farm Visit & Tasting

Visit Historic Palazzo dei Vicari

Winery Visit, Tasting, & Lunch

Visits to Lesser-Known Villages

Truffle Hunting

Homemade Truffle Lunch

Nature Walk

Private Palazzo Tour

Sunset Aperitivo

Cooking Class

Local Chestnut Festival

Free Time for Your Own Discoveries! 

WHAT'S EXCLUDED IN OUR
TUSCANY TOURS?

  • Flights: We'll help you find the best flights for your dates, free of charge!

  • Some Meals: Meals not described in the itinerary. (We believe scoping out your own hole-in-the-wall is part of the experience and we leave room for that!) Our included meals are so abundant that guests usually stick to gelato or something light when a meal is not included.

  • Incidental Expenses

  • Mandatory Travel Insurance: Click here for more info and resources.

From $4,199 USD per person

Who Are Our Private and Small Group Tours of Tuscany for?

Active travelers who want to access authentic
Italy without the logistics.

Our travelers want to leave the crowded tourist paths behind, without spending weeks researching. They want to connect with locals, but don't have years to perfect a new language. And while they love back roads and hidden villages, they're not up for the hassle and risk of driving a rental.

 

Our travelers are warm. They’re curious. And they want to see Italy with open hearts, open minds, and without the growl of a giant tour bus announcing their arrival. They are immersion seekers who want to step into the everyday life of authentic Italy through small group tours of Tuscany and beyond!

 

Sound like you?

Our travelers are generally 45 - 65 years old but we also get adventurers into their 70's or 80's! We welcome everyone 18+!

Important Details for Your Tour of Tuscany
  • This Tuscany private tour involves walking on uneven ground for over an hour.

  • Please note that you'll need to carry your own luggage up and down stairs at hotels and across cobblestone.

  • The longest drive will be a little over 2 hours, with breaks.

  • Wifi is available in all locations but connection may be not be as strong as what you're used to.

  • Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated if you let us know well in advance.

NEXT CHANCE TO GO:

Sold Out until 2025!

Click below to send us an email to join the wait list

Reviews from our small group tours and Tuscany private tours

  • Who your small group trips for?
    From solo travelers to groups of friends or couples, 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, race, 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!
  • Are flights included?
    International flights are not included in the trip cost. We may be able to help you research the best flights for your needs, just ask! For full details on what's included, head to Upcoming Trips, select the trip you're interested in, then click the button to "Get the Detailed Itinerary". Or simply Get in Touch!
  • I have to cancel the trip. Will I get a refund?
    Our small group trips are carefully budgeted for 7 participants and we're making payments for the trip long before you book your spot. 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*. Please take a look at our Cancellation Policy for more info. *It is up to you to make sure your travel insurance policy includes trip cancellation coverage. Click here for Travel Insurance info.
  • Do I need travel insurance?
    Yep, Travel Insurance is required to join our small group trips. If you're doing custom trip planning, you can opt out of travel insurance, but we highly recommend protecting your investment with insurance. Please click here for our guidance on travel insurance!
  • Do I need a visa to visit Italy?
    Typically, for tourism purposes, many visitors to Italy don't require a visa for short stays (less than 90 days) if they are from countries with visa-exempt agreements, such as the US. This website can help you understand if you need a visa or not. Need help? Simply reach out to our team, we would be happy to help guide you!
  • Do you provide a packing list?
    What to pack for your trip depends on the season and region you'll be visiting. Your trip leader will send you suggestions and a packing list before your trip. You can check out our blog posts about packing: Your Packing Guide for Fall in Tuscany Spring in Italy Packing List How to Pack for a Spring Trip to Tuscany How to Organize Your Suitcase for Stress-Free Travel
  • Can you make one of your group tours private?
    Absolutely! We offer Custom Trip Planning and can use one of our existing trips as the base for your private trip which we'll then customize together.
  • What are the group sizes of your small group tours?
    While most tour companies boast small group sizes of 15-30 people, Creative Edge Travel small group tours have a maximum of just 7 guests. This allows us to have more immersive access into the culture, whether it's visiting our artisan friend in their studio or dining in a tiny "trullo" house. It also gives you more personalized attention and freedom to enjoy the trip the way that suits you best!
  • Is there a single supplement?
    Nope, you can choose between sharing a room with one of our other awesome travelers for a lower cost or having a private room just for yourself.
  • What if I don't want to travel with a group?
    No problem! We also offer Custom Trip Planning for a day-by-day itinerary arranged for you. If you are planning your own trip but looking for a few unique experiences, take a look at our Italy Immersions!

At Creative Edge Travel, we believe every journey should be meaningful. It should teach you about the authentic local culture and a bit about yourself, too. That's why we push the boundaries of the typical Italian small group tours and add our own creative edge. We design our experiences with individual locals in off-the-beaten-path places to give you a culturally-immersive adventure.

 

Each activity is an opportunity to learn about both the beauty and the challenges of everyday life in Italy. Whether it's exploring a village with a local grandpa as he shares his stories growing up there, or learning traditional music and dance at a historic masseria, expect a deeper travel experience.

This also means that sometimes reasonable flexibility is required on your part. There's no science to getting a 90 year old Italian grandpa to show up on time, you just take what you get and roll with it! If you're the type of traveler who can stay flexible and relaxed knowing no matter WHAT you do, it's going to be awesome, then you're a great fit for this trip!

AUTHENTIC PLACES  |  IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES  |  GENUINE PEOPLE

Experiences based on authentic connection with locals and their home.  

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