Sensational Amalfi Coast Design & Lifestyle Tour 

Italy June 10 – June 16, 2019

 LET’S DO SOMETHING SPECIAL…YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!

 Sensational Amalfi Coast Design & Lifestyle Tour Italy

June 10-16, 2019

Like most women, I bet you’ve thought about visiting the spectacular Amalfi Coast in Italy. Come with us rather than waiting to find the perfect time and perfect person to travel with. Do you know it’s time that you did something special for yourself away from work and your daily life? If you want a bespoke experience instead of big tourist groups then I’ve planned it all and all you need to do is to say “I’m in.”

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Stunning Bespoke Accom
Relax Somewhere Beautiful
Daily Lessons
in Design & Lifestyle
All Activities Planned
But Plenty of Time for Yourself
No Drama Women
Connect in a Spirit of Sisterhood
Amazing Food & Wine
Indulge in the  Local Cuisine 
Incredible Beauty
Visits to Stunning Beaches & Sites

HERE’S YOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 – MONDAY JUNE 10 – ARRIVE AND REVIVE – CAPRI

Arrive today at your very special hotel by the sea. Take in the stunning views as we relax with a welcome cocktail and aperitif. Tour Briefing: Meet in the lounge to discuss our itinerary for the upcoming week, how to get around, what to expect and how things will work as a group for the week. This is your chance to ask any questions or discuss our plans. I’ll also introduce you to a quick lesson in Italian language basics to get you by while on tour. Take the afternoon to enjoy the local sites with a wander through the long winding lanes and gorgeous stores and just know that we will be spoilt for choice in the alleyways in beautiful Capri. Feel free to take a long walk to take in the views or just hang out in the piazza people watching. Make sure you get your camera ready because this island is very beautiful both in natural beauty and the exotic streets and buildings. Tonight we’ll take a stroll to a beautiful restaurant in town and enjoy a delicious meal with local wines.

Today’s Lesson: A quick intro to Italian basics.

DAY 2 – TUESDAY JUNE 11 – COLOURS OF CAPRI 

After our leisurely breakfast on the terrace garden, we’ll enjoy the morning exploring the island and nearby waters by private boat. Take a swim in the glorious blue waters, splash about in the ocean, have a drink or two and soak up the atmosphere here. It is truly magical. This afternoon take your time and enjoy glorious Capri or hang out by the pool before enjoying dinner somewhere beautiful. 

Today’s lesson: How to capture the perfect photos on your tour. 

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY JUNE 12 – FREE TO BE DAY

After breakfast, you can choose your own adventure today.

You may choose to head by ferry to the glorious but bustling town of Positano. Throw on that pretty dress and take the ferry to the famous town of Positano where you can spend the day at your leisure. Take your time and wander the streets, galleries and stores and become excited about the colour and vibrancy you’ll see in this steep hillside town. Honestly, this bustling place is full of the prettiest alleys and streets and while it’s busy, its fun and lively. 

Choice 2: Head to the beach, take a hike or have a leisurely lunch by the harbour. It’s up to you. This is your holiday and I want you to choose to do what makes you feel happiest.

Today’s Lesson: Dreaming big for your life.

DAY 4 – THURSDAY JUNE 13 – COASTAL DREAMING – CAPRI TO MINORI

After breakfast, we will pack our bags and head to the cute coastal town of Minori. 

We’ll spend a little time in Maiori to wander the streets and have a delicious gelato before sitting down to enjoy a late lunch while overlooking the sparkling ocean and watching the ebb and flow of people and boats. This afteroon you have the option to head by ferry to Amalfi or have a free afternoon to choose your own adventure. Choose to relax in the sun with a book, take a nap, take a swim by the beach. Spend some time to do exactly as you please. Tonight we’ll enjoy another lovely dinner out together.

Today’s lesson: Balancing work and what’s important in your life. Exploring the values in your life.

DAY 5 – FRIDAY JUNE 14 – THE PERFECT PAMPER – MINORI

Let’s spend the day to treat ourselves to something special. It’s pampering time ladies so prepare to be indulged if you’d like a massage and some pampering (Pay your way)

 This afternoon we will head to a cute local town of Cetara by ferry to take in the ambience over a long lunch. Relax and rewind with a spritz before dinner (Tour inclusion)

Today’s Lesson: How the Italians use colour in architecture.

DAY 6 – FRIDAY JUNE 15 – FEELING HIGH – (VISIT RAVELLO)

Today we’ll head to the nearby town Ravello. The beauty of this place will leave you feeling like you may never want to go home (maybe we could all accidentally lose our passports). This wonderful town has a similar array of charming buildings that sit perfectly on the hillside and has a series of historical buildings such as the Ravello Duomo and the Palazzo Avino. We will check out the gorgeous Villa Rafalo. This villa features an open terrace that offers a simply stunning view of the Amalfi coast – from here you can see several other small towns on the hillside and across to the Tyrrhenian Sea. Yes, it’s time for some food with a view. We’ll dine somewhere with breathtaking views and help create memories of a lifetime. This afternoon we’ll visit the stunning gardens of Villa Cimbrone. Both the gardens and the view from the terrace will make your heart sing. It’s stunning up there. Enjoy time to just wander and take in this magical place.

Today’s Lesson: Morning rituals.

DAY 7 – SATURDAY JUNE 16 – FAREWELL FRIENDS

So sad….this morning the tour ends in Minori. It is easy to organize a taxi or private driver to Salerno for the morning departure. Let me know before the tour if you need a hand creating a plan. If you continue on with me to start the Sicily tour you are very welcome to catch the train from Salerno to Sicily with me. I can organise this for you if you wish.

I know we will have the best time of our lives. Join me by clicking below to secure your spot today. There is no need to pay yet….let’s connect first. 

8 Magnificent Days

7 MAGNIFICENT DAYS

 

When:

June 10 -16, 2019

Investment: 

Pay in Full – $4190 AUD +GST

Payment Plan – 3 x $1430 AUD +GST

+ Dinner Package €360 (payable on tour)

+ single supplement additional 

Where: Amalfi Coast 

Staying in Bespoke Accommodation with access to many wonderful sights. Why not stay on and do the Sweet Soul of Sicily Tour after this tour finishes.

WHAT IS IT?

  • Enjoy the stunning Amalfi coast with a group of great women in this magical part of Southern Italy.
  • Take time to unwind and enjoy the magnificent views.
  • Revive your heart and renew your soul and zest for life.
  • Be invigorated by the vibrancy and colour of the region.
  • Laugh, eat, drink and be merry morning noon and night.
  • Savour local wines and feast on freshly caught seafood.
  • This tour is about doing something special just…for…you!

This is no cookie-cutter style of trip. This is a trip with beauty and lifestyle in mind.

The Inside Scoop
Who’s It For?

IT’S FOR ANY WOMAN WHO:

Dreams of doing something special for herself and connecting with other working women who need a break from life.

  • Spend time hanging out along beaches of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
  • Soak up the atmosphere in gorgeous Portofino.
  • Hang out on a small island of Capri for a little indulgence.
  • Learn about creating a more exciting, creative life.
  • Witness the beauty of Amalfi and Ravello.
  • Enjoy being pampered and having the planning done for you.
  • Rekindle her excitement and learn to create more for her life.

I want you to be explorers and adventurers with a carefree sense of fun.

HOW IT WORKS

I will be your host but not your tour guide and I want to make this clear right here and now. I am not a travel agent, nor a tour guide, I don’t speak Italian (but I’m learning) and I am not going to play mother (because I have done it for 22 years and it’s tiring). I have this super itinerary planned, however, you will need to be a little independent and make your own decisions. I am here to make sure I create an 7 day holiday that will go down in your history as one of the best times of your life ever. Goody…Now, what are we going to do?

 Where You’ll Stay 
YOUR ACCOMODATION

 

  • Beautiful handpicked hotel accommodation.
  • Breakfast included. Eat on the terrace or dining room.
  • You’ll share a room and bathroom with another guest/s. A private room may be requested if available (extra cost of $800).
  • With so many women, it’s like a girls weekend on steroids.
  • Be treated to a unique experience.
WHY YOU SHOULD COME

 

  • Life’s short!
  • The women who come on my tours say that friendships and fun were the best part of the tour.
  • Connect with new women and share special times together (over wine of course).
  • Come with friends or come alone…I don’t care. If you are fun, happy, easy to get along with then you’re invited.
  • You can come from anywhere in the world, even though I am from Australia. You are welcome

“There are many highlights. However, if I can only choose one, it would be the company of the lovely women on the tour (including yourself Carmen) who all shared the same passion for travelling to Italy on an adventure.”

 

 Amazing Experiences 
Fun & Friendships
 

How is this Tour Different?

 

  • There are no huge buses, big bustling groups and guides with flags. This is a personal tour with great women and we are all about nurturing fun and frivolity within a small group.
  • You are not going to stand in long queues and waste your precious holiday time. We are going use every moment of your time in Italy to do unique and interesting things that big tour groups don’t do.

“It was a great opportunity to spend some quality time with other like-minded ladies who enjoy travel and meeting new friends. It was so easy being “myself” and being accepted from the start.”

 

WHY I HAD TO DO IT

I had been dreaming for years about creating trips for like-minded women to travel and be inspired by the design, creativity, craftsmanship, colour and vibrancy of Italy. I chose to add the Amalfi Coast to the mix as so many women wanted to experience her beauty and doing it with a group of fun women made it an even better option.

This is a tour about women, sisterhood, forging friendships and enjoying an enviable lifestyle in one of the most stunning places on earth. It’s about getting out of your normal routine and into the world to reignite your passion for life and live a little carefree for a while. Make friends with women for life.

As women, we don’t always give ourselves permission to do something special for ourselves and because I know that you are so busy and that you most likely wouldn’t take the time to plan something like this, I wanted to place it right in your lap. This is an incredible opportunity to explore some of the most glorious parts of Italy to stimulate your design brain and nurture your inner creativity with a small group of fun-loving women.

I am also pretty passionate about seeking out beauty and finding places, experiences, buildings, scenery, artisans and creatives that can show us something special. I wanted us to be immersing ourselves in it all and to escape from the routine of daily life and open our eyes to the excitement around us. I wanted an experience for you that would fill you with so much joy and happiness rather than a tour that just ticks off the must-see list.

Why I Run These Tours
I Really Want You To Come if..

I REALLY WANT YOU TO COME IF:

  • You want to hang out with incredible women.
  • You want to learn more about design & lifestyle in Italy.
  • You like to witness the beauty of the Italian coastline
  • You dream of hanging out in stunning Italian accommodation.
  • You love having long leisurely meals in beautiful places every day.
  • You want to reignite your creativity and design knowledge.
  • You enjoy meeting new people and making new friends.
  • You always embrace having fun and enjoying each day.

I AM NOT SURE THIS IS FOR YOU IF:

  • You can’t tackle a few (lots of) steps…Italy has lots of them.
  • You don’t have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina.
  • You aren’t prepared to make a few of your own simple decisions.
  • You are a drama queen when everything does not unfold perfectly.
  • You want a big tourist group and guides with flags.
  • You are not prepared for a little adventure and daily creativity.
  • Don’t want to eat and drink authentic Italian food and wine every day.
  • You are scared about what might happen to your waistline.

WHY TRAVEL WITH CARMEN?

 

CREATIVE SOUL WITH A LOVE FOR TRAVEL     

After visiting Italy I just knew that so many women would love to do the same as me and experience the country from a design and lifestyle perspective and I wanted to bring women who wanted that together.

I WANT US ALL TO DO SOMETHING WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT

We work hard and life is busy. I want to create something super-special so we can just live life to the full for nine blissful days. It’s about finding yourself, igniting your passion and renewing your zest for life.

LOVE OF TRAVEL, ART, HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE AND FOOD

These are my passions and they fuel me and most probably you too. I wanted to share all of these things with a group of women who will appreciate and connect with them like I do.

FUN AND FRIENDLY WOMEN WHO WANT TO HAVE FUN

Tours that are serious are not my cup of tea. I embrace life in a fun and friendly manner and this will be no different in the Italian Riviera and soak up the sights and tastes of The Cinque Terre. We’ll squeal with delight while having a dip in the sea and hang with the locals and try to speak Italian over a glass of prosecco.

SHARE WHAT I KNOW AFTER YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY

Each day I want to share a little of what I have learned about creating a home and life we love. I want to help women be more expressive in their lives, find more moments of joy and work towards doing things in their life that they truly love.

EVERYTHING IS PLANNED FOR YOU

I have spent crazy amounts of time planning this tour so that all of the thinking and organising is done for you.

That means you can just enjoy coming to Italy without the stress! #stessfreeholiday

PERSONALIZED SERVICE & SUPPORT

You are not dealing with a large company here. You are talking directly to me. I will answer your questions and help make the decisions so much easier. I am just a phone call or email away.

This means that if you are unsure about something, then you can just ask me directly. If I don’t know, I’ll find out.

TRAVEL PLANNING

We work closely with a travel agent who can help organise all of your flights and travel details. She is here to help you to find the best-priced flights on the dates that suit you and at rates to match or better those you can find online.

Don’t waste time Googling, just ask me to put you in touch.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

As a special guest of my tour, You’ll receive an invitation to join my private Facebook Group for registered guests only. This is a great way to connect with others before you go, ask us questions and maintain friendships when you return.

This brings us together before we even leave and makes staying in touch fun and easy.

Here are the Perks!
Your Questions Answered

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 dresses for dinners and lunches. High heels are not necessary and not overly practical for cobblestone streets and steep steps. Please travel light as you don’t want to be burdened with huge suitcases, plus there are many shopping opportunities to buy lovely things.

ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED?

No. You will need to book your own flights because everyone is welcome to come no matter where they live and whatever carrier you prefer to use. Maybe you have frequent flyer points that you would like to use?  We are here to help you and with my own dedicated travel agent by my side, we can help with all your flight and travel planning. Just ask me.

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.

HOW DO I GET TO MINORI?

There are several ways but the easiest is to leave from Salerno and get a taxi, ferry or private transfer to Minori. It is much easier than the busy road from Naples through Positano. You can easily catch a train from Rome or Naples to Salerno.

CAN I TRAVEL PRIOR TO OR AFTER THE TOUR?

Yes. You can definitely take advantage of being in Italy and head to any number of amazing places. We can help you with that. You may like to do the Soul of Sicily Tour after this tour.

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.

 

WHY AREN’T LUNCHES INCLUDED?

I want to keep the trip flexible and on some days we will choose to go and do our own thing which gives you the chance to eat when and where you like. If we do eat together for lunches, the women in the past tours have set up a kitty to make payment at restaurants easy. All organised lunches are optional. 

WHY IS THERE A PACKAGE FOR DINNERS?

This keeps the tour cost down and helps with the direct payment of meals. This also means we can keep our plans flexible and makes meal payments easy and means rather than having a set menu you can choose from the menu as you like. Please pay in Euro at the start of the tour.

WHAT IS THE STORY WITH ALCOHOL?

Wine will be ordered with your meal. If you would like to order extra please feel free and contribute a little extra. If you don’t drink alcohol then that is okay but please be aware that it will be a part of many of the lunch and dinner experiences and if you find it uncomfortable, this may not be the tour for you.

IS THE ITINERARY LIKELY TO CHANGE?

There may be a few little tweaks to the plan, but ultimately it will say very similar. Plans change depending on weather, restaurant availability and group decisions made on the day. I like to have a solid plan, but I am also open and flexible to changes.

WHAT IF I CHOOSE NOT TO DO AN ACTIVITY? 

Please notify me prior to the tour if possible if there is something that you choose not to do. If you decide on the tour not to do an activity then that is perfectly fine however the tour will proceed with the planned itinerary without you. We can certainly assist you with alternative ideas.

WHO WILL I SHARE WITH?

Accommodation will be twin or group 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. 

8 Magnificent Days

7 MAGNIFICENT DAYS

 

When:

June 10 -16, 2019

Investment: 

Pay in Full – $4190 AUD +GST

Payment Plan – 3 x $1430 AUD +GST

+ Dinner Package €360 (payable on tour)

+ single supplement additional 

Where: Amalfi Coast 

Staying in Bespoke Accommodation with access to many wonderful sights. Why not stay on and do the Sweet Soul of Sicily Tour after this tour finishes.

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