Umbria UntamedThe Ultimate Italian Adventure
8 Incredible Days
May 16-23, 2020
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 sipping cocktails 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 Umbria for the adventure of a lifetime and you don’t have to plan a thing…
The Ultimate Getaway Experience
Where: Private Estate, Umbria Italy
When: May 16 – 23, 2020
You’ll be enjoying…
A totally magical time on this fun-loving women’s tour to magical Umbria
A personally created, bespoke tour filled with unique experiences
A slow-paced, relaxing Italian lifestyle for 8 amazing days
Authentic daily Italian life in a non-touristy way…in a beautiful way
The renewal of your soul and a greater zest for life
Tripping through the country, hanging out in the piazzas and rambling through the boutique stores
Hand-picked medieval towns, picturesque alleyways and cobblestone streets
Delicious estate wines, dining on traditional local food and savouring a pasta or two
Long lunches in the garden, gourmet dinners under the stars.
Picking herbs and veggies from the garden and cooking up fresh meals
Fun-loving adventurous ladies
From all over the world (but most are Australian)
Lots of laughs and fun
Women into loving life
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
Lunches at the farmhouse
Authentic Tuscan Dinners
Private estate winery
Shopping for produce at markets
Wine tastings and antipasto platters
Long lunches in the garden
Italian entertaining class
Table setting class
Walks on the Private Estate
Guides & Transportation
Candlelit dinners under the stars
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 on this sought-after tour. Book today so you don’t miss out.
8 Magnificent Days
Where: Private estate, Umbria, Italy
Ten fun-filled days living la bella vita.
When: May 16 – May 23, 2020
Saturday, May 16
Arrive & Revive
Today is all about getting settled, relaxing into our new Italian life and getting to know each other. Let’s enjoy an afternoon aperitif in garden by the pool, eat a lot of antipasti and become acquainted 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.
Sunday, May 17
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!
Monday, May 18
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.
Tuesday, May 19
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 its time for Carmen’s Design & Lifestyle lesson where you’ll learn how to host the perfect Italian dinner party. You’ll learn how to 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.
Wednesday, May 20
The Ultimate Pretty Picnic
Today it’s our foodie challenge day. In teams, 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.
Thursday, May 21
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.
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.
Friday, May 22
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.
Saturday, May 23
Enjoy our morning breakfast before the tour finishes for the 10 Day Umbria tour. We farewell our friends and you can either continue with your holdiay from here or head home relaxed and contented. Let me know how I can help you with your plans.
Any alcohol in addition to supplied bottles of wine at meal times
Need help at the end of tour? Easy peasy!
Just ask and we will help you get sorted.
BUT if I was you I’d do this…. I am also offering 4 women the chance to spend the next 5 nights in Siena Tuscany. I have an amazing 4 bedroom apartment booked right in the heart of the historic centre. Our apartment is adorned with frescos and antique furniture and this opportunity is an amazing addition to the Umbria tour. Ask me about adding it on to complete your time in Italy.
Your Package Includes
8 wonderful days in Umbria
Day trip to Assisi, Spello and Orvietto
Beautiful accommodation in a fully restored farmhouse.
Welcome cocktail and antipasto platter
Wine tasting in the vineyard with antipasto platters
Twin-share (Single supplement + $1800)
How to create stylish table settings class
Create the perfect Italian dinner party class
Walks and hikes across the property and suurounds
All day trips, guides and transportation during the tour
Welcome Dinner – 3 Course Chef Prepared feast
Farewell Dinner – 3 Course Chef Prepared feast
Restaurant dinner in Montone
All group prepared lunches and dinners
Picture Perfect Picnic Lunch
Fun BBQ lunch in the Vineyard by tractor
Restaurant lunch on our day trip
A one-on-one phone call to help with planning if needed
Private Facebook Group for tour participants
Your own what to Pack for Italy Guide
Access to the Trippers Clubhouse to prepare you for your tour
Choose the best option for you
It’s time to invest in you.
* Please note:
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.
Change of Mind Policy
7 Day 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.
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 buff 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?
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.
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?
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 $1800 (if available)
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 Untamed Tuscany in Siena from 20-26 which follows this tour.
Still on the fence?
Book a 15 minute chat with Carmen.