- Round-trip International airfare from New York City to Italy.
- All taxes and round-trip transfers to and from the hotel.
- Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
- First-class hotel accommodations in Montecatini Terme.
- Breakfast daily, some dinners and lunch in a family owned winery.
- Sightseeing in Florence, San Gimignano, and Montecatini Terme.
- A train ride and sightseeing through the scenic Cinque Terre.
- Florentine Paper Making workshop with a master artisan.
- A visit to an Italian master mosaic artist studio.
- A special Journal workshop with a master Florentine artisan.
- Shopping opportunities in beautiful Florentine markets.
- An authentic Tuscan cooking lesson with an Italian "Mama" chef.
- A visit to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower.
- Professional tour guides and Craftours tour escort the entire time.
- Optional dinner in Montecatini Alto.
- Coloring and card-making workshops with our expert guest instructor, Colleen Schaan.
- Commemorative Craftours Totebag, lanyard and luggage tag.
is an Italian district of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The most important center in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries based around the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.
is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers
, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses,which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form "an unforgettable skyline".Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
The Cinque Terre
is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.
Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time,it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865-71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
Located in Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.
In the autumn months, the weather is fantastic to wander around the towns and cities with the colorful foliage, and are ideal for your trip. The landscape is beautiful at this time, so that's an added bonus. For current weather go to weather.com or click here
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
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TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST TUSCANY TRIPS:
Jackie Kersh, Lakewood, CA - "This was my first trip to Europe and was a great way to go. Everything was planned and arranged so that all I had to do was show up! Our daily excursions were to places that were interesting and fun. I liked that we were given a lot of free time to shop and explore on our own as well as the guided tours."
Carole Green, Kuttawa, KY- "I loved all of the locations that we visited. The small communities gave the real feel of Tuscany. The local guides were excellent - very personable, knowledgeable and humorous. The winery experiences were wonderful (even for a non-wine drinker!)."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "Tuscany tour was everything I hoped for in seeing this beautiful area of Italy!"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "Great Itinerary with just the right pace to enjoy the sights and have some free time."
Wayne & Jenny Harwood, California, USA - "My wife and I have traveled Sew Many Places to Tuscany with a quilting group from Los Angeles a few years ago. I have to say, by far, this was the best vacation we have taken in the 32 years we have been married. The hotel we stayed in was exceptional, the tour guides were knowledgeable and polite, and everything that was planned and the things we did exceeded our expectations. This testimonial is written with the intent to persuade husbands to travel with their wives on these trips. Even though there is a quilting element to the tour, I never felt it was anything that got in the way of my happiness as a person who does not quilt.
We are looking forward to traveling to China next year. We have no doubt it will be another great adventure."
Paula Morrison - "The Tuscany tour was amazing! Italy has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am so happy that Craftours made this trip of a lifetime exceed my wildest dreams! The magnificent itinerary, lodging, food, transportation and tour guides were beyond spectacular! Our group became one big family because we shared such amazing memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all for such a grand time!"
Cecilia Ashcraft, Malvern, AR - "I had the time of my life! Tuscany was everything I imagined it would be. Sew Many Places did a great job of making sure I saw all the necessities while giving me time to explore on my own as well. The accommodations were wonderful and the details were all taken care of.
Anita Houston, Midland, TX - "It was the best ’creative’ vacation I’ve ever taken!!! Hands down! The places we visited, the people who tagged along, the Art I oogled at, and the art I made with Tim Holtz were all top notch!"
Kathryn Harpold-Dunn, Benicia, CA - "It was a wonderful adventure packed full of special destinations, sites and activities. I tell my friends that is was like an antipasti platter: lots of little tastes that wet your appetite for more."
Joy Kennedy, Orange, CA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Craftours for allowing us to experience such an amazing journey!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA- "I enjoyed the trip so much I am planing to take another trip with this company."
Michelle Yantzonika, Willamette ESD - "I just wanted to comment on my trip with Sew Many Places. I went to Tuscany in October 2012 and I had such a fabulous time!
Tuscany has always been a place I dreamed of going someday. With Sew Many Places, that dream became a reality! All of the cities and sights that we visited were truly amazing! The architecture, and the colors and textures of the landscapes was breathtaking! The people in Tuscany were all so helpful and kind even when I messed up what little Italian I had learned for the trip. This was truly a trip that I wished had never ended, but I hope to return again to Tuscany in the near future, and continue my adventure.
Thank you, Sew Many Places, for making this dream come true for me."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, Oregon - "I traveled to Tuscany this past October with Beth on the McCall’s Tuscany trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. His attention to detail made the trip run smoothly, but his personality made it fun.
I smile every time I think of my week in Tuscany. Today, I was shopping for a bottle of wine, came across one that we had tried on a vineyard tour and started grinning ear to ear.
I’m saving up for another trip, hopefully this year. As my friend and I said after our trip in October..."We work to travel!"
Barbara VanBurger, Horseheads, NY-"Traveling everywhere is the best part of life... Not only seeing interesting, historic, inspiring places but meeting with fellow tourists and the people living in the area give the creative input to learn or look at the world and design in a new way . It is wonderful to be along with others of the same interests I enjoy that so very much. Tuscany would be a wonderful addition to my travels and also the collection of fabrics in new places . Exploring fabric shops in a different part of the world whether here or abroad is always a joy."
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA- "My husband and I joined the Tuscany tour to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a trip we had been planning for some time. I saw this tour in McCalls magazine. It was the perfect answer to how we would see so many places in one trip. This trip truly gave us the flavor of Italy with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without the fuss of doing the logistics work. It left us with a lifetime of memories and look forward to building more. Another tough decision. :) where to go next... Sew Many Places!"
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "The tour was fantastic. everything was organized, Kathy and Amy worked well together."
Karen Naylor, Gainesville, VA - "Lovely accommodations, interesting daily tours, wonderful food, all carefully planned for maximum enjoyment with the pleasure of sharing this Tuscan experience with Bonnie Hunter."
Laura Pringle, Chandler, AZ - "Thank you so much for all your work. My mom and I will remember our trip of a lifetime!!!"
Susan Britt, Mississauga, ON - "Absolutely wonderful trip ... well organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Amy and Kathy did a good job keeping us all together and mixed well with the group. The places we saw were beautiful. Would have liked a little more time at a few spots but I now have places I will return to. Bonnie shared her quilting skills with us and we had a fun workshop. Her blog is amazing and certainly captured this trip. I had so much fun and met some wonderful ladies. Many thanks to you all."
Tess Griffin, Raleigh, NC - "This tour was not what I expected, it was so much more! We covered a lot of ground with much information about the places we visited. Friends have asked me what was my favorite place and I still can't decide!!"
Carolyn Stigler, Bryan, TX - "Great trip. Great weather. Great people. The tours around Tuscany were diverse. The bus was comfortable and our driver was safe. He also looked out for our bathroom needs. The cemetery stop was emotional and beautiful. I don't know what I liked best because it was all above expectations"
Rosemary Hoffman, Thousand Oaks, CA - "A good overview of the Tuscany area. Enjoyed the numerous small towns that we visited."
Pat Kilmain, Palmer, AK - "This was one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was great, I saw the Tuscany I was expecting."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "It was an amazing, magical week in Tuscany. I loved staying in one hotel the entire time and doing local day trips. Craftours has put together a fabulous itinerary that immerses you in the beauty that is Tuscany!"
Frieda Zuerner, Houston, TX - "Another fabulous trip with Bonnie. Tuscany was so beautiful and Craftours always manages the perfect split between group activities and having time on your own to explore."
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - "Great trip!! Well worth the money. I never would have seen or done as much left to my own devices!"
Theresa Arnold, Indianapolis, IN - "I have mostly traveled independently so was pleased with the balance of tour guided experiences with the freedom to choose once we arrived at a location. Sew Many Places did the hard part which allowed me to enjoy (without trepidation) the actual experience. Hotel was amazing! Bonnie Hunter was the "gravy" on this experience. Just a wonderful balance with an excellent tour guide!"
Elizabeth Dickey, Slippery Rock, PA - "It was a little piece of heaven here on earth"
Kathy Browning, Arcadia, FL - "I was a little skeptical of going on a group tour for the first time, but it was a perfect balance between group time and time to explore on your own. Information given on the bus rides to our daily destination was very helpful and then we had plenty of time to explore where we wanted which might have been different than the rest of the group. I appreciated the central location where we stayed so we didn't have to haul luggage around Italy. It was a beautiful city with wonderful restaurants, shop and gelato!!! Loved every minute of the trip!"
Janet Roth, Red Deer, AB - "I found it a very fun group and enjoyed every minute of our trip. It is a great way for a single lady to travel, felt very safe and well taken care of. Thanks to our guides, Kathy and Amy!"
Norma & Burton Casad, Ponca City, Oklahoma - "My husband took flak for going on a quilting trip that he actually enjoyed it. It was very well done and we would travel with them again."
Paula Barton, Caldwell, Texas - "Words don't describe the beautiful Scenery, the gracious people and the exquisit food we experience on this trip - guides, drivers were all very helpful and professional. I would recommend this trip to any one. I would love to travel with Craftours again!"
Diane Michal, Trophy Club, Texas - "I loved this trip! Amy & Kathy were great facilitators that helped to bond the group into a caring, supportive, & adventours as a whole. Thank you for a fabulous retirement trip!"
Adrienne Peake, Rosedale Station, Alberta - "Thank You for the wonderful experience. I have travelled with Sew Many Places and enjoyed both trips."
Carla McGuire, Boynton Beach, Florida - "Fantastic trip! Well organized but yet plenty of free time."
Barb Larson, Chaska, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the Tuscany Tour with Bonnie Hunter. We had just the right mix of sight seeing and also time to relax. Loved it!!"
Kathy Freeman,Portland,Tennessee - "An amazing tour of Tuscany! Each day was better than the day before, even though I didn't think it could be possible."
Greg & Dolores Stefanski, Downers Grove, Illinois - "Excellent taste of Tuscany!"
Debbie Boeken, Ardmore, Oklahoma - "Fabulous trip"
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, Arizona - "I was apprehensive about the painting part of the trip but Deb Haugen, our instructor, was absolutely delightful. Deb made the painting class interesting and you wanted to produce something she was teaching us."
Connie Herbold, Pasadena, Maryland - "The trip was terrific, and the weather perfect. All members of the group seemed to get along well, and everyone was polite and pleasant. "
Janet Nagle ,Danvers, Massachusetts - "the trip was everything I hoped it would be and more"
Cindy Daugherty,Shorewood, Wisconsin - "The Tuscany Tour was incredible! Each day was planned perfectly with the right amount of activity and rest time. We experienced more of the region than we would have on our own including interacting with local artisans for a wonderful flavor of the culture and traditions."
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time. The balance between activities and free time on my own was just right. The countryside was beautiful "
Jenny McAllister, Pewaukee, Wisconsin - "I had a wonderful time, it was all I expected and much more."
Patricia Costa, Floral Park, New York - "It was the most informative tour I have ever been on. we saw and did things that we would never had the chance yo experience as an ordinary tourist."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, Virginia - "The tour of Tuscany exceeded all expectations. Every day was a new adventure. I will never forget this trip or the wonderful new friends I made."
Alma Lou Annab, Springfield Gardens, New York - "What I liked the most about the Tuscany Craft Tour was the opportunity to experience hands on how the traditional craft were made. We were taught by experienced artisans. In addition we saw close up such techniques as stone "mosaics" or inlay. The precision achieved using the simplest of tools, and the inspiration from the stones was absolutely mind-boggling. No word can explain the amazement of the final pice. Being able to see a sculptor in his studio wth the live model and the many steps and processes before the statue becomes reality gave greater respect and insight to the work of the old masters. But it was so enjoyable to be able to DO a fresco. To do the leather cover, to squish the clay into decorative shapes was wonderful. Even seeing the unique results of the paper marbling made us realize these were things we could do at home. Most to us show you only a brief glance at historic monuments. This one took you back to the beginning and behind the scenes. Since the group was small we got to know all the individuals very well."