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TUSCANY: WOMEN OF INNOVATION TOUR • Welcome to our first women-focused retreat!
Join Cecilia of CZH Global on a special tour along with Darcy from Ciao Darcy Tours for a wonderful inside look of Florence and the Chianti region, where we focus on women-run businesses in Italy; where art, passion and livelihood come together. In between our tours, we will have opportunities for networking and a small group activity designed by Cecilia to get you focusing on your own goals and tools to help you make your ideas happen. It’s all part of the experience!
October 19th – 26th, 2018
DAY 1 | FLORENCE 4 NIGHTS • Arrive this afternoon at the hotel and settle in. We start off our week with a sunset tour of the Oltrarno. We explore medieval alleyways with artisans’ workshops, renaissance palaces, hidden churches with artistic delights and wonderful squares where you can see the local folk catching up on today’s gossip. We stop at a local wine bar for a food and wine tasting before heading off to our first dinner together, where we discover the amazing Tuscan cuisine.
Aperitivo and Dinner
DAY 2 | FLORENCE • This morning we learn all about the wealthy merchant families and how they lived during the 1300’s and 1400’s. We visit the Palazzo Davanzati to see the most perfectly preserved merchant home in Italy then onto the Medici home from the 1400’s. We visit the town hall, which was converted to the first ducal palace by the Medici Family in the 1500’s, the cathedral and other medieval and renaissance streets, finishing at the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David! You will have the afternoon free to relax or explore more of Florence. This evening we meet for an aperitivo and our first group activity and networking. It is always nice to have a group of women together to brainstorm over a glass of Prosecco! You have the rest of the evening on your own to try one of the many wonderful restaurants Florence has to offer.
Breakfast and Aperitivo
DAY 3 | FLORENCE • Your morning is free to relax, or perhaps visit the mercato centrale to watch the locals do their shopping or take a morning stroll through one of the lovely gardens nearby. We meet mid-day for lunch then visit the beautiful Sant Croce church, where you can find the tombs of some famous Florentines. Afterwards, we make our way up to the 1000-year old monastery, San Miniato al Monte, which has been described as one of the finest Romanesque structures in Tuscany and one of the most scenic churches in Italy. You will also find one of the best best views of the city from here. As we stroll back down to Florence. exploring the wonderful little streets, we visit a fabulous jewelry maker like no other!!
Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 4 | FLORENCE • Today is all about shopping and the women behind the incredible fashion, jewelry, mosaics, perfume and marbled paper products. We spend the morning exploring these wonderful artisan shops, learning how they have crafted their own special talent. You have the afternoon and evening free to continue your shopping or simply relax.
DAY 5 | CHIANTI 3 NIGHTS • Today we head deeper into Tuscany – the Chianti Region. We stop for a wonderful wine tasting, cellar and garden tour at a 13th – century monastery. After lunch, we visit a unique Cashmere goat farm, run by an American woman who has been living in Tuscany for 30+ years. She owns over 200 goats and makes wonderful skin care products from the goats milk as well as beautiful cashmere scarves, shawls, and the like. This evening we get together for our 2nd group activity and share our thoughts from our first night of goal setting.
Breakfast. Lunch, Aperitivo and Dinner
DAY 6 | CHIANTI • Today is all about Tuscan food and the women behind the making of it! We get our hands dirty while cooking a wonderful meal, then sit down and enjoy! This afternoon visit a wonderful small hill town to walk off our meal!
Breakfast and Lunch
DAY 7 | CHIANTI • We visit a women-run winery today. It is under the ownership and guidance of women, a unique situation in Italy. Truly a wonderful experience! Afterwards, we visit the medieval town of Siena, where you can explore on your own. Be sure to have a drink in the lovely Il Campo! This evening is our last group activity and networking, where we can discuss the many wonderful women we have met on this amazing week in Tuscany!
Breakfast, Aperitivo and Dinner
DAY 8 | FLORENCE • After breakfast we return back to Florence with a drop at the train station, so you can continue with your travels or if staying in Florence another night, you can easily catch a taxi.
Tour Begins: In the afternoon at 4:00pm in our hotel in Florence
Tour Concludes: After breakfast with a group transfer back to Florence (drop off at the Florence train station)
$3,500 Per person/Double occupancy
TOUR PRICE INCLUDES:
- 7 nights double occupancy lodging
- All breakfasts
- 3 lunches with the local wine
- 3 dinners with the local wine
- All entry fees to museums/gardens
- All Wine tastings and Aperitivi
- All ground transportation during the tour
- Personal guide throughout the tour
- Transfer on last day from hotel in Chianti back to Florence (train station).
TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Air transportation
- Transfers to the hotel upon arrival
- Trip Insurance
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Required Trip Insurance
Please note that trip insurance is required to join us on a Ciao Darcy trip. Trip cancellation insurance will protect all deposits and payments for land and air costs if you are required to cancel your tour. We recommend www.travelguard.com
Minimum Travelers: We only run trips with 4 or more guests. If a trip has fewer attendees at 30 days before the trip dates, we will cancel the trip. However, if this were to happen, we can give you the option of a private tour with a surcharge applied.
We have partnered with boutique hotels that meet the Ciao Darcy standards of service.
Double Occupancy: Double occupancy pricing is the price for (1) person to stay in a shared (i.e. double) room. In other words, each person staying in that room will pay the posted double occupancy rate. If you’re a couple or friends traveling together, please know that you’ll each pay the double occupancy rate.
Single Occupancy: Need some alone time? We hear you. That’s why we offer single occupancy rooms. The single occupancy rate is what you will pay to have the room all to yourself.
If you do not have a travel partner, you can purchase single occupancy room and have it all to yourself! We do not pair up trip attendees because we find there is not enough privacy in the rooms to allow strangers to room together.