Does this sound like you?
You’re bored of the same family holiday you have every year, you love your family, but you never get to do anything you want to do.
You keep dreaming of a trip, but you’re so darn busy that you just don’t have time to do all of the research and planning.
You dream of delicious, crisp wine and sharing laughs with lovely ladies around a large table, but you know at best you could get one of your friends to actually commit to going.
Doing Italy the authentic way has been on your bucket list and you’re worried it will never get checked off.
The holiday of a lifetime where you get to do the types of things you want to do every single day.
Having the entire trip planned for you, packed with curated adventures, beautiful experiences and memories that last a lifetime.
Having the perfect getaway with a fabulous group of fun-loving women (and you don’t have to convince any of them to join!).
Finally checking a bespoke and unique travel experience in Italy off your bucket list.
Join me in Tuscany for this boutique food and wine experience and you don’t have to plan a thing…
What: Luxury Food & Wine Indulgence
Where: Grassina, Tuscany, Italy
When: May 11-14, 2020
You’ll be enjoying…
A personally created, bespoke Italian winery estate tour filled with unique experiences
Savouring fine food and wine from the estate
Experience Tuscany like a local, experiencing the Italian life in a non-touristy way, think hanging out in the garden and long lunches under the trees
A very small group of women who love good food and fine wine.
Reviving your creativity, renewing your soul and reclaiming your zest for life
Enjoying bespoke adventures and experiences you have only every dreamed of, no giant tour busses, big bustling groups or daggy guides with flags/signs
No wasting precious holiday time, we’re not into that.
You’ll be experiencing…
The visual and culinary excitement of Italy with an amazing group of women who want to connect and create new friendships
Living the bella life in our stylish villa with bespoke designer decor
Enjoying the experiences, sites and marveling in the beautiful Italian architecture
Indulging (sometimes overindulging) in Italian food and wine
Reconnecting with yourself and rekindling your zest for life and/or your business
Cooking up a storm and then winding down the day with a cocktail by the pool
What makes this experience even more bella (beautiful)?
Fun-loving adventurous ladies
From all over the world (but most are Australian)
Lots of laughs and loads of fun
Private Villa and with kitchen
100 Year-Old Winery Estate
Shared or Private Rooms with Ensuite
Breakfast Baskets Daily
Lunches (with wine) of course
Authentic Tuscan Dinners
Amazing Cooking Class
Winery Tour & Tasting
Design & Lifestyle Lessons
Walks on the Private Estate
This is a tour born from my own passion, that I love sharing with others. This is more than a trip, this is about creating a sisterhood, this is your eat. pray. love experience. This is you finally doing something for you and finally giving yourself the permission to have the trip of a lifetime, without having to plan a thing! Fine wine and beautiful dining experiences await.
Join me in Tuscany, where you will explore the region, explore yourself and enjoy immersion in the creative little adventure with a small group of amazing women. Oh and do it while sipping on Chianti (yes please!)
4 Magnificent Days
Where: Grassina, Tuscany, Italy
Four beautiful days in a small villa on a 100 year old winery and olive oil estate.
When: May 11 – May 14, 2020
Small, intimate group of 6-8 ladies
Monday, May 11
Tuscan Lifestyle & Casual Sophistication
It’s every woman’s Italian dream. Spend time on aTuscan Estate, while enjoying Italian food and wine!
Our accommodation and tour are set in a glorious private wine estate which is over one hundred years old and has a fine reputation for producing deliciously tempting Malenchini Chianti, Toscano whites and reds. Complementing the vineyards are over 12,000 olive trees, whose combination of varieties create a multi-award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil. So let’s just say it will be very special to spend time surrounded by beauty while also eating amazing food and drinking delicious wines.
We start with welcome drinks and platter in the tranquil terraced gardens before taking a walk to explore the delightful estate.
Tonight we will enjoy a candlelit dinner and delicious Tuscan meal on the estate.
Tuesday, May 12
Silence the Soul Day
Enjoy your freshly delivered morning breakfast basket in the garden and immerse yourself in the Renaissance as you overlook Florence’s Duomo. This tour is about just stopping to appreciate the beauty of the place and the beauty of life.
This morning we’ll take a walk on the estate or enjoy some quite time by the pool. Every scene will be a picture so have your camera ready to capture the beauty.
As you know, I love beautiful food in beautiful places so now it’s time to enjoy a marvellous “White themed” homemade, full lunch as our “Italian Mamma” takes us through a private tour of the historical wine estate to learn the vinification process by visiting the historic underground ageing cellars. Then enjoy as she serves up a spectacular four-course lunch with estate wines in our superb estate setting.
Wednesday, May 13
Entertaining in Style
Today our cooking class starts with a visit to an ancient “Orciaia” used for storing the highly acclaimed extra virgin olive oil before learning how to prepare three courses of Italian specialities that we will enjoy for our lunch. The meal will be teamed with special estate wines including:
- Chianti D.O.C.G.
- Chianti Colli Fiorentini D.O.C.G.
- IGT Toscano Bruzzico
- Vinsanto del Chianti D.O.C.
Once you’ve mastered the recipes, you’ll be able to tempt your friends with home-cooked Italian flavours – let your taste buds remind you of your Italian holiday.
Tonight we prepare a light meal in our villa and enjoy some downtime under the stars. This is where magic friendships continue to form and you feel an overwhelming sense of peace.
Thursday, May 14
Culture and Cuisine in the Chianti
After breakfast delivered in the garden or terrace, we’ll check out of our accommodation. We’ll take a lovely day trip to some of the prettiest towns in the Chianti region and stop off for a lovely winery lunch and an afternoon under the tuscan sun. From there we can help make arrangements for you to move to your next destination.
So, for now, it’s farewell friends. Let’s get out the handkerchief and wave each other farewell but stop… if I were you I would do this….
Join me in Umbria for the Umbria Untamed Tour which begins on Saturday May 16. Do it.. Umbria will be absolutely amazing and you will adore it!
Looking to do both tours? Easy peasy!
The Umbria experience will be one you will never forget…a once in a lifetime kind of experience to venture through the real Umbria in style. If you loved the food and wine here in Tuscany, then you’re just getting warmed up. Spend a couple of nights close by after this tour and then you’re ready to go again on Saturday May 16. Ask me know to make it happen for you.
4 wonderful days on the winery estate
Own room with private bedroom if signing up before September 30, 2019. Accommodation will then be twin share or private room at additional $1800
Private, stylishly designed villa on historical winery estate
Welcome drink and antipasto platter
Daily breakfasts picnic basket style
All lunches with wine (including an amazing 4-course Tuscan lunch with wine)
All dinners with wine in the villa or at nearby restaurants
Day tour to the Chianti region with winery lunch.
All activities during the tour
Cooking class followed by a three-course meal with wine.
Walks on the private estate
Design and lifestyle lessons
It’s time to invest in you.
PAY in fullBest Value!
- *GST will be added for Australian residents.
PAY monthlyPay off over 10 months!
- *GST will be added for Australian residents.
* Please note that the tour fee does not include flights and compulsory travel insurance. You will also be responsible for your own passport and any relevant visas.
Early Bird Offer
Have Your Own Private Room
SIGN up for this tour before September 30, 2019 and get your own private bedroom and bathroom.
Strictly limited with only 4 spots available for this offer. Valued at $1600
Change of Mind
Change of Mind Policy
If for any reason after registering you have a change of mind then just email me within 7 days and your booking will be cancelled.
Your Special Surprise Gift
If you're going to create your next chapter then you're going to love my special surprise welcome pack designed to help you make the most of your fabulous Italy adventure.
Bella Trippers Clubhouse
VIP access to the private Trippers Clubhouse Membership. All the help you need to Plan, Pack & Trip to Italy with me. Step by step guides for you to make your planning a breeze
This tour has extremely limited availability, there are only 10 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.
1:1 Planning Call (value $297)
A 1:1 Planning Call with Carmen to make sure everything is prepared to make this a perfect trip. Beyond the 1:1 call you will get personalized support and service. You are not dealing with a big company, you are dealing directly with Carmen and she is always accessible.
Travel Planning Support (value $197)
I’ll give you access to my own personal travel agent who I have used for years. She will help you book your flights, travel insurance and any add-on travel you would like to do. She is an expert at finding the best deals (better than online) and works with your dates and preferences.
Bella Vita Community (value $297)
You get access to an exclusive Facebook Group for tour participants, so you can ask questions and get to know each other before you have even stepped foot out of the country. You can also maintain friendships here when you return. It’s a great place to share photos and reminisce about stories.
Hi. I’m Carmen
One of my superpowers is helping women to take off those sensible shackles and FINALLY do all the BIG things they’ve always dreamt of doing.
I LOVE helping women who are ready to live their next chapter with more freedom, passion and adventure.
And I know that the best way to help them is to share with them everything I have learned over the past 30 years as a freedom seeker, change maker and lover of life.
I have been a design and lifestyle coach and consultant for the past 10 years and one of my greatest pleasures and passions in this time is running tours, just like this one for women just like you.
On this amazing Italian Lifestyle & Design Tour, I am your host and I am here to ensure I create a holiday full of amazing experiences, focused on food, wine, design and lifestyle and to make sure that together we will create memories that last a lifetime. This will be one of the best times of your life.
But it’s important to note that I am not your travel agent, tour guide or translator (I don’t speak Italian fluently, but I am learning). I am the curator of your bespoke adventure, but I am not going to play mother (I’ve done that for 23 years and it’s tiring). I will have everything planned out for you, so you don’t have to research or plan, but you do have to be a little independent and make decisions for yourself.
Top 5 reasons to travel with Carmen.
#1 I’m a lover of life, a creative soul and permanently wanderlust (and it’s contagious)
#2 I’m a foodie, art-lover, history lover and expert traveller and I’ll share everything I know with you
#3 I’ve had years in the industry and I’m a planner, so you can rest-assured that everything is planned for you.
#4 I’m a curator of fun-loving and friendly women and will connect you with new lifelong friends
#5 I’m a cheerleader and a coach, I love helping women finally do all of the BIG things they’ve dreamed of doing and tapping into their potential
Who this is for…
Positive, social, fun loving women who love to laugh and make new friends
Those looking for a bespoke tour with curated experiences and a little adventure
Lovers of authentic food and wine, long lunches and quaint local places
Ladies with reasonable fitness, as some of the best places we see are on foot
Those who love to learn more about lifestyle, design and creativity
Who this is not for…
Negative Nancy’s who like to go it alone
Those who love cookie-cutter tours with big groups, flags and no flexibility
Those who love to eat bad food at tourist traps or constantly worry about their waistline
Anyone with limited fitness and stamina and/or can’t manage stairs (Italy has a lot of them)
Those who have no interest in lifestyle, design or creativity
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
Frequently asked questions
DO I NEED TO DRESS SUPER FANCY?
Not really but on this tour you can dress up a little more because we are not doing huge walking and tourist days. Pack some casual day wear, some pretty dresses and couple of nice outfits for dinner. High heels are not necessary but you might feel nice playing ladies and wines in the garden in a pair of heels… it’s up to you. Please travel light as you don’t want to be burdened with huge suitcases, plus there are many shopping opportunities to buy lovely things before and 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 IS EVERYTHING INCLUDED?
I wanted you to just turn up and not have to worry about a thing. All meals, excursions and day trips are included. The only thing you may need is to buy a little of your own wine at some meal times.
IS THE ITINERARY LIKELY TO CHANGE?
There may be a few little tweaks to the plan, but ultimately it will stay 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.
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 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. We can certainly assist you with alternative ideas.
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?
If travelling together with a friend I will put you together. You may request your own room for an additional $1800
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. Why not do Umbria Untamed Tour on our private historical country estate and see Umbria the authentic way. This tour starts in three days so spend a couple of nights nearby and then get ready for your next adventure.
DO YOU HAVE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACCOMMODATION?
- Accommodation in one of the glorious, little villas on a historic winery estate (no hotel rooms for us)
- Located 15 mins from Florence in a private estate in the Chianti Colli Fiorentini region
- Featuring classic and elegant décor
- Accommodation is twin share
- A single room may be available at additional cost. Please ask me at time of booking
- If travelling with a friend you will be placed together
- Private bathroom for each room
- Communal areas to relax and unwind
- Kitchen to prepare own snacks
- Living and dining spaces
- No cookie cutter accommodation, the accommodation is chosen specifically for its design aesthetic
Book a 15 minute chat with Carmen.