Corona 19 Virus update: We have NOT canceled our Mindful Italy Tour.
Stay tuned for any changes but for now we are hopeful that we can help rebuild Italy, once there is an opening to do so! Stay strong, stay well!
REGARDING TRAVEL DURING THE GLOBAL PANDEMIC: ITALIAN EXCURSION TAKES SCIENCE AND HEALTH VERY SERIOUSLY. KEEPING THIS IN MIND, WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE REGISTRATIONS FOR OUR OCTOBER 2020 TOUR. HOWEVER, WE WILL CANCEL THIS TOUR IF IT IS NOT SAFE TO TRAVEL AT THAT TIME.
WE WILL ALSO ENACT A LIBERAL POLICY FOR TRANSFER OF TOUR FEES TO EITHER ANOTHER TOUR OR A REFUND.
October 11-18, 2020, Mindful Italy with Diana Hoppe, MD. Join Diana and Cheryl for a week of using your senses to the fullest by learning a few simple techniques for mindful enjoyment. Diana will offer information for health and wellness that will last a lifetime. A short time each day will be spent in quiet then the group will be off to savor the beauty, food, wine, art and culture that Italy offers so readily. Living in one beautiful place for the week gives you the experience of "living like an Italian", at a slow, relaxed pace that enhances all the senses.
Each guest will have their own room and bath. Once you have reached us in Orvieto all lodging, food/wine, wine tastings, cooking class, transportation, gratuities, entrance fees and guides will be provided for the week. (Airfare, travel insurance and personal shopping not included in cost).
Limited to 10 guests. $3,700 per person, single occupancy, no single supplement fee! (Please note there will be a $300 administration fee for any refunds). To register contact Cheryl Alexander: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760.470.8852
Join Italian Excursion when we explore the unique field of "worker-owned" businesses of the Emilia-Romagna region. For over 150 years this region has created a stable economy for the people in this area by including those who do the actual work in the day to day management and the sharing of profits. After several days of workshops to get a better understanding of this alternative way to do business, there will be some relaxing activities in the following days so you can call your visit a true "vacation". Please inquire to express your level of interest in this specialized tour. email@example.com. Cost and dates to be announced. This is a private specialty tour.
Small Group Tours 2020:
May 2021 Food & Wine Tour in Umbria
May 2021- Woad and Wool Textiles Tour in Tuscany/Le Marche with Erica Jarman of Sapori & Saperi
Small Group Tours 2021 (Specific dates TBD)
May-Discover Food & Wines of Orvieto
With only a few, small group, exclusive tours offered each year, they fill up fast, so reserve your spot now! We aren’t interested in bigger or more, just quality. And if you are celebrating a special anniversary for prefer only a few of your best friends we can arrange private tours for 2 or family reunions up to 12, made to order! Ask about special pricing.
Most groups are limited to 10 for the purpose of maximizing everyone’s comfort and enjoyment. See our sample itinerary.
Price includes: lodging for one week, ground transportation from meeting point, once you reach us from the airport, all breakfast meals, all or most meals (depending on tour level which may include all meals), daily guided tours, 24 hour travel support during the tour, entrance fees, 3 hours of trip planning guidance. (If you are a member of www.sloweurope.com or a returning guest you are entitled to a discount).
Not Included: Airfare, airport transfers, travel insurance (required), gratuities, extracurricular shopping.
Feedback from Travelers
Jamie, Nevada….” I know I need more time to put it all in prospective but I will say that the hill towns where we toured was the best part of my adventure. Thank you so much, Italian Excursion and Cheryl. You gave us the freedom to explore while creating a feeling of comfort and support.”
Janet, San Diego…….“Traveling with Cheryl and Alison was not just an interesting, informative experience, but fun, easy and comfortable. Our family reunion was better than we could have imagined. The food and wine experiences were fabulous; the historical sites were amazing. And the artisan workshops we visited gave us a true appreciation of the heritage passed from generation to generation. We plan to do it again with Italian Excursion.”
Cindy and Michael, San Francisco…….“We really liked this way of traveling with a small group, to less traveled places in Italy. No rushing or waiting in lines, no crowds to contend with and some great new places we wouldn’t have found on our own. It felt as though we became part of the little village we stayed in.”
Tina and John, Toronto Canada…….“” We so enjoyed the intimacy of the small group; the comfort and varied itinerary; the knowledge of the art and cultures of Italy. We got to know some of the people who lived in the little village even though we couldn't speak each other's languages. It didn't matter as it was just a genuine connection with very nice people. Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!””
Anne, San Diego….“Cheryl was a super host from the time she picked us up as we arrived in Italy till she dropped us off at the end of the week. She always consulted the group as she planned each day’s activities, respectful of pacing and choosing daily itineraries she thought we would like. She was organized, and warm and welcoming, without doing more than we wanted or needed. There was also plenty of free time to lounge, enjoying the scenery and weather, or to read, if we chose to have some time alone. We enjoyed every minute of our stay with Cheryl, and her love of Italy was apparent throughout.”