JUNE 2 - 11,

2018

Exclusive small

group of 7

Off-the-Beaten-

Path Tuscany 

$2700 double/person

$2900 single

Tuscany is the land of amazing wine and rich olive oil, dreamy medieval villages, and a warm people still carrying on age-old traditions in artisan studios and in the kitchen. Always inspired to think beyond just seeing pretty places, we add our own creative edge for an off-the-map adventure that brings you in touch with everyday life through our local friends and their favorite places. Get ready to #DiscoverAuthentic! 

Highlights

Stress-Free Travel

  • Travel in an easy-going group of 7 like-minded travelers 

  • 9 nights accommodation in charming B&Bs surrounded by organic vineyard

  • All meals except 1 Bfast, 5 Lunches & 1 Dinner

  • Wine at included lunches and dinners

  • Private driver for the duration of the trip

  • All activities, workshops, and visits

  • 24/7 Trip Leader

  • Professional Flight Booking Assistance

  • Italian language lessons Pre-Trip

Live, Learn, Experience

  • Experience a private opera performance in the Chianti countryside

  • Linger over farm-to-table, slow food meals with locals

  • Relax in gorgeous natural hot springs and walk to a waterfall

  • Learn from one of Italy's last traditional intarsia wood-inlay artisans

  • Taste olive oil, wine, and cheese at their source

  • Get lost in Tuscany's authentic and off-the-beaten-path villages

  • All Creative and Cultural Workshops

 

Itinerary

01

YOU’RE HERE!

Settle In. We’ll meet you at the airport to say hi and make sure you’re well on your way to our accommodations in Florence.

Let's-Get-This-Party-Started welcome drinks. We'll chat about what to expect in the coming days & learn useful Italian phrases.

Drop by a local artisan's studio and get an inside peek at the Florentine craft of paper and bookmaking!

Dinner in our dear friends' home overlooking all of Florence (!), adjust to la dolce vita. 

Travel Deeper: We'll chat with our hosts about their perspective on life in Italy. Is it really that dolce all the time?

Included: D

02

AT THE SOURCE

Rise and shine, it’s bakery time! Choose from a variety of Italian pastries for a delicious breakfast.

Enjoy a cheese and wine tasting at an incredibly charming family farm and vineyard, followed by homemade lunch amongst the olive trees. Slow-food doesn't get much slower!

Say hello to home. Settle into your new digs and write home about it. That is, if you don't need to nap off lunch!

Linger over a delicious dinner at our B&B surrounded by grapevines.

Travel Deeper: How did our B&B become a center for community & celebration in its history as a farmhouse? And also- Italian princes & princesses still exist?!                           

Included: L, D

03

EXPLORE, EAT, REPEAT

 

Wake up with optional yoga in the vineyards taught by a local.

Creative Workshop: Get artsy with a creative journaling workshop. Learn different ways to capture and record your experiences.

Let loose on a somehow-still-secret town full of hills, curves, and views for days. (Known for truffles!) First though, a walking tour to learn about its fascinating history and art.

Dine in Italy’s oldest restaurant, open since 1450- yep, that’s for real. (And just a 15 minutes from our B&B.)

Travel Deeper: We'll talk about how Italians hold on to their rich roots yet still evolve and progress.

                                                                                                  

 Included: B, D

Seen enough to know it's awesome?

04

OPERA IN THE KITCHEN

Inhale, exhale; morning yoga in the vineyard. Have the morning free to sleep in, relax, and connect with your new friends.

Discover an off-the-beaten-path gem made from fairy-tale dreams. Wander and find a quiet spot to take it all in. 

Creative Workshop: Indulge yourself in a countryside cooking class ending with a private opera performance.

Travel Deeper: We'll discuss life as an opera singer in Italy. Is opera dying today and how do we keep it alive?

 Included: B, D

05

ART & NATURE (and pizza!)

Creative Workshop: Learn about the Renaissance while sketching with a local architect and enjoy a picnic made of delicious regional products.

 

Walk to a beautiful waterfall.

Creative Workshop: Kick it with a “pizzaiolo” for a private pizza class— cooked right at our B&B.

Travel Deeper: Does one actually study to be a pizzaiolo? What is it about the Italian culture that elevates such a profession?

 Included: B, L, D

 Included: B, L, "light" Dinner 

06

MORE WINE PLEASE

Take in the dream-like views as we travel towards our home base for the second half of the trip.

Visit an internationally-recognized winery.

Savour a homemade slow-food lunch with only the best local ingredients at a small, family-run vineyard.

Connect with local young people over aperitivi, light dinner & drinks [& sunset views for daysss].

Travel Deeper: We'll ask locals why we keep hearing that Italian men are still living with their mammas at age 30? 

                                 

Drooling over this itinerary? 

07

CONNECT WITH CULTURE

Creative Workshop: Get your hands dirty with a master wood inlay artist- one of the last of his kind!

Get lost in THE ideal village for wandering.

Relax into the evening with a home-cooked meal at our B&B.

Travel Deeper: Are Italy’s traditional crafts dying out or just evolving?

                                                                                                     

 Included: B, D

08

WANDER AIMLESSLY

 

Wander a 13th century monastery where St. Francis lived.

Visit Tuscany’s most scenic hilltop town and explore on your own.

Creative Workshop: Get boozy with a hands-on course on Italian cocktails.

Free-range dinner (aka you’re on your own, have fun!)

Travel Deeper: How has tourism affected the locals in Tuscany’s dreamy villages?

                                                                                                  

 Included: B

09

SOAK IT UP

Relax in natural hot springs and stop by a hidden village for breathtaking sights to soothe your wanderlust. 

Return for our last dinner together in a unique location at our home base.

Travel Deeper: Why were Romans so attracted to hot springs and baths?

                                                                                                      

 Included: B, D

10

CIAO CIAO

 

Reflect on your experience as your train takes you to your onward flight or next destination!

WHAT ELSE?

 

We will constantly be on the lookout for opportunities to work in moments with locals. This will often be something that happens in-the-moment and can’t be 100% guaranteed in advance. If our favorite nonno isn't home when we knock, we’ll hope to run into him in town or grab him to share a morning coffee with us! Flexibility is key, but know we are constantly asking ourselves how we can help you #DiscoverAuthentic & make this experience more meaningful!

 Included: B

PRICING

Double Occupancy $2,700/person 

Single Occupancy $2,900 

*Prices are in USD.

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