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Celebration of Life Trip

The Ultimate Girls Adventure in Italy

 8 Incredible Days in Umbria

Oct 17-24, 2020

 

Hello my gorgeous friends?

 Dear Girlfriend

If you are opening this page, this is your personal invitation. Let me explain….

I had this amazing tour organised in Umbria Italy for May 2020 and due to getting the BIG “C” I was thrown a bit of a curveball. I had to cancel my tours as they coincided with my treatment and I felt really devastated by that.

So I got to thinking that I would move my villa booking in Umbria to October and have a girls amazing Italian holiday anyway. I mean I had gone to so much trouble to find, book and plan it and I didn’t want to waste a good opportunity to do something special with it.

So what I propose is that if you’d like to come then you can contribute $2500 to the cost of the accommodation and I will organise the loose itinerary and then we can hang out together in this gorgeous part of the world for a week or two (we could do something else in Italy the week before).

So in short this will be a girls holiday…not a tour as such. I will facilitate this to ensure it is the BEST CELEBRATION OF LIFE WEEK ever because one thing I know while going through this breast cancer journey is that life is short and precious and I want to celebrate it with women who mean something to me.

Imagine…

It would be up to you to fly to Italy  but a group of us heading off together for a week somewhere first and then on to this amazing villa for a week.

The villa can sleep 12 people with a combination of shared rooms, double rooms and small single rooms.

So you would just need to be responsible for paying for your food, meals, wine, day transport, any paid activities. Nothing major.

Many of the activities we will do will revolve around the large estate. So think mountain walks, long lunches in the garden, wine tasting, day trips to the fresh market, dinner in a nearby village…etc.

Because I want to offer this to others if you can’t come, I would need confirmation of your commitment ASAP. Once you pay in full or pay a part payment your spot will be guaranteed. 

Simply complete the form I usually use for my bookings where you see the JOIN US button.

I am happy to answer any questions or if you need to know more then just give me a call and we can meet for coffee. My mobile is 0412861718.

I would love you to come and enjoy this special girls getaway. Carmen x

 

It’s possible!

Join me in Umbria for the adventure of a lifetime and you don’t have to plan a thing…
UmWhat: Celebration of Life Trip

The Ultimate Girls Getaway Experience

Where: Private Estate, Umbria Italy

When: October 17 – 24, 2020

You’ll Enjoy…

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A totally magical time on this fun-loving women’s trip
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A personally created trip filled with unique experiences
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A slow-paced, relaxing Italian lifestyle for 8 amazing days
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Authentic daily Italian life in a non-touristy way…in a beautiful way
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The renewal of your soul and a greater zest for life
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Tripping through the country, hanging out in piazzas and rambling through the boutique stores.

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Hand-picked medieval towns, picturesque alleyways and cobblestone streets
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Delicious estate wines, dining on traditional local food and savouring a pasta or two
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Long lunches in the garden, gourmet dinners under the stars.
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Picking herbs and veggies from the garden and cooking up fresh meals
I know you dream of doing something special for yourself, you want to connect with other women and have a once in a lifetime adventure somewhere very special?
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Bella People

Fun-loving adventurous ladies
Lots of laughs and fun
No-drama women
Women into loving life

Bella Places

 Luxury Private Country Villa
 Wine & Olive Producing Estate
Large Pool and Stunning Gardens
 Surrounded by Incredible Scenery
Day trip to Orvietto and Todi
 Day trip to Spello & Assisi

Bella Banquets

Breakfast in the garden daily
Lunches at the farmhouse
Authentic Tuscan Dinners
Private estate winery
Shopping for produce at markets 
 Wine tastings and antipasto platters

 

Bella Experiences

Long lunches in the garden
 Dinner under the Italian Stars
 Private chefs to cook for us
Walks on the Private Estate
Little villages
Candlelit dinners under the stars
You’ll come back a different woman, you’ll be you but a more free, passionate and adventurous version of you.
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Your Itinerary

Our magnificent accommodation

….is located in the heart of Umbria,  20 minutes north of the cosmopolitan city of Perugia and close to the Tuscan border.  It is located at the foot of Monte Tezio in a protected valley, where the wildlife is abundant and nature thrives. The views in all directions are breathtaking. To the south, is Monte Subasio and the town of Assisi, to the west, the ancient castle of Antognolla and to the north, ancient woodlands and the Apennine mountains.

The large estate houses a beautiful 13th-century church and 18th-century farmhouse, which has been lovingly restored into a beautiful eight-bedroom country house nestling among hills in a peaceful valley, surrounded by meadows, woods, vineyards and olive groves. There is an atmosphere of peace and quiet to unwind and a perfect place to enjoy Italian life with other incredible women. 

Registrations are now open to reserve your spot. This is first in best dressed and by invitation only.

Our Loose Plan

8 Magnificent Days

Where: Private estate, Umbria, Italy
8 fun-filled days living la bella vita.

When: Oct 17 – Oct 24, 2020

Day 1

Saturday, Oct 17
Arrive & Revive

First let’s settle in and then head to the local village to stock up on some delicious food and wines. Let’s enjoy an afternoon aperitif in garden by the pool, eat a lot of antipasti and live a little magic as the sun goes down. Tonight the chefs will arrive to prepare a magnificent welcome dinner and we we’ll enjoy our first Italian dinner together.

Day 2

Sunday, Oct 18
Gastronomic Trekking

This morning after a leisurely breakfast, we head off on one of the lovely trails to explore the property and surrounding mountains. On returning we will head to the vineyard for a wine tasting with our bilingual certified sommelier, Mattia, who will pour the wines and provide a short history of the Estate, their wine-making philosophy and their vineyards. We’ll have an opportunity to taste of the estates organic extra virgin olive oil and we’ll learn of the process behind this amazing product. All this as well as enjoying an antipasti of local cured meats, cheeses, olives and Umbrian breads. Yum!

 

 

Day 3

Monday, Oct 19
 Day Tripping Assisi, Spello and Orvietto

Day trip to Assisi and Spello. Firstly to Assisi, the birthplace of St Francis of Assisi, which is of course a must on a trip to Umbria. Nothing can take away from the magnificence of the Basilica. Above Assisi is the Eremo di Carcere (Hermitage) which is an old monastery built around the caves used by St Francis, and the tree where he preached to the birds. It has a very peaceful atmosphere and is shady and cool on a hot day. Then it’s on to Spello, a beautiful hill top town at the base of Monte Subasio just a few kms from Assisi. It has wonderful little streets to wander around, many gourmet restaurants and stunning views.

Day 4

Tuesday, Oct 20
Inspiration Station

After breakfast we’ll head off for a morning walk through the vineyards to the local lake. Let’s take time to meander through the valley and allow you the time to admire the different views of what is one of Italy’s most beautiful valleys.

This afternoon let’s host the perfect Italian dinner party. We’ll create and style a beautiful table setting in our tranquil setting on the property. This will be followed by a group dinner where we prepare a meal together and enjoy a long candlelit dinner under the stars with the estate wines.

Day 5

Wednesday, Oct 21
The Ultimate Pretty Picnic

Today it’s our foodie day… we’ll create our plan for our long, outdoor lunch. This morning we’ll head to the nearby town of Umbertide where we will find the best local markets to source the perfect produce for our challenge. But first, you’ll have the chance to sample one of the region’s specialities: the delicious porchetta (roast suckling pig seasoned with sage or rosemary, fennel, and plenty of salt and pepper) served warm in fresh bread rolls. Next at the market, we’ll become inspired and choose the nicest produce for our long picnic lunch. Here there is an abundance of fresh pecorino cheeses, wild porcini mushrooms, local wines and vegetables. The atmosphere is wonderful and creating our long lunch together will be fun and inspiring.

Back at the estate, we will spend the afternoon preparing for our long picnic-style lunch…come dinner. Put on your pretty dress and let’s celebrate life, our new friendships and embrace the sheer beauty of our surroundings.

Day 6

Thursday Oct, 22
 

This morning you have some free time to enjoy the estate at your leisure.

Today we’ll enjoy a traditional Umbrian BBQ lunch in the vineyard as a very special way to enjoy the estate. Guests are transported to and from the BBQ area by tractor and trailer for this uniques and utterly delicious.

Menu
Starter: Mixed bruschetta with extra-virgin olive oil from Carmine Estate
Main Course: Umbrian Pork Sausages, Pancetta and Capocollo
Sides: Fresh bread and seasonal salads
Desert: Desert, Vin Santo with Tozzetti buscuits
Drinks: Carmine Estate house wine, soft drinks and water. Prosecco and beer can also be purchased on the day.

 

This afternoon we will head to the nearby town of Montone for an evening drink and dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants there. 

 

Day 7

Friday, Oct 23
Choose Your Own Adventure

It’s your day to do as you please. Here are some ideas for you and you can choose what you wish to do.

  • Relax with a book by the pool
  • Play tennis on the nearby court
  • Play a round of golf on the stunning course nearby
  • Take a hike on the nearby trails.
  • Draw, paint or create
  • Organise to go truffle hunting early morning 

Feel free to join with other ladies to do as you please. Tonight we have our farewell 3-course dinner fully catered. This is our chance to celebrate our week and enjoy our new friendships.

Day 8

Saturday, Oct 24

Farewell Friends

Enjoy our morning breakfast before the trip finishes. We farewell our friends and you can either continue with your holiday from here or head home relaxed and contented. Let me know how I can help you with your plans.

Extras

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Flights and insurance.

All groceries, meals, alcohol, transport, paid activities and transfers.

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8 wonderful days in on the Chiesa Del Carmine Estate (See map)
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Day trip to Assisi, Spello and Orvietto
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Beautiful accommodation in a fully restored farmhouse.
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Cocktails and antipasto platters by the pool
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Wine tasting in the vineyard with antipasto platters
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Perfect Italian dinner parties
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Walks and hikes across the property and suurounds

First in Best Dressed

It’s time to invest in you.

Call or text me on 0412861718 to book your spot.

* Please note:

Flights approx $1600 AUD to Italy on Emirates. Connecting flight to Purugia is inexpensive or we can organise a private transfer from Rome or Florence. You’ll need travel insurance and current passport. 

Come with friends, or come alone, either way you’ll have the time of your life.
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This trip has extremely limited availability, there are only 11 spots available, so act fast.

STEP 1: SAY YES!

I’ll take care of everything else, I’ll even put you in contact with my personal travel agent to book your flights and insurance.

STEP 2: PACK YOUR BAGS

You don’t even have to think about what to pack. I’ve laid everything out in my packing guide.  The only thing I don’t do is put it into your suitcase for you.

STEP 3: JUMP ON PLANE

Jump on that plane ready for the adventure of a lifetime. The tour is amazing, but the personal transformation is where the real magic happens.

Testimonials

“Leaving a family behind to go and travel is not easy for any mother. However, my husband, my teenage son and daughter are proud of me for going and doing something for myself. I didn’t expect that.”
Sarah Byrne
“The best memories I have are of the friendship shared. The laughing, amazing dinners, delicious wine the friendships enriched, renewed and discovered, the caring of others, and the caring we had to do for ourselves.”
Michelle Smith
“It was just a group of girls having a great time together and sharing a lot of laughter and making memories. I have made friends for life and can’t wait to do it again with you.”
Carmen Mearns

Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED TO DRESS SUPER FANCY?
No. This is a very casual holiday so you will need smart casual day wear, some walking gear and a couple of nice outfits for dinner. High heels are not necessary and not overly practical for cobblestone streets. Please travel light as you don’t want to be burdened with huge suitcases, plus there are many shopping opportunities to buy lovely things.
DO I HAVE TO BE FIT AND HEALTHY?
Yes, you must be fit and healthy as the tours require a lot of walking during the day and Italy has a lot of steps. You also have to be responsible for carrying all of your own luggage as we are not staying in hotels with porters. If you suffer from any major illness or health issues that you cannot manage yourself with ease, unfortunately, this tour cannot provide the level of care you may need.
CAN I DO AS I PLEASE WHEN I GET THERE?
Hey this is a holiday not a strict tour. I will have a loose plan for what to do each day but choose to do as you please and suit yourself. Something particular you’d like to do? Go ahead. No problem.
ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?
No. You will need to book your own flights because you are welcome to join us no matter where you live and carrier you prefer to use. Maybe you have frequent flyer points that you would like to use?  We are here to help you and can help with all your flight and travel planning. Just ask.
WHAT IF I WANT TO GO TO ITALY FOR LONGER?
Great. Let’s chat about how we can do some great things together.
DO I NEED MY OWN TRAVEL INSURANCE?
Yes. You must have your own travel insurance to come on the tour and will need to provide copies of the insurance to me prior to departure. Without travel insurance, you cannot join the tour.
WHO WILL I SHARE WITH?
Accommodation will be twin share. If you are travelling with a friend, I will ensure that you are together. If available, you may request your own room at an additional cost of $1000 (if available)
CAN I TRAVEL PRIOR TO OR AFTER THE TRIP?
Yes. Go alone or team us with the others in the group and let’s do it together.

Still on the fence?

Book a 15 minute chat with Carmen.