2 Week European Itineraries – Itinerary #2: Italy’s Tuscan Countryside

2 Week European Itineraries – Itinerary #1: Northern Europe

Example Itinerary: 10 Days in Italy for 4 College Students

While developing the itinerary for my first trip abroad, I realized that half the fun of traveling for me is in the planning itself.  I love looking at the time I have, researching possible locations, narrowing down the cities I want to cover, and then going through all of the possible sights, finding the best ones, and figuring out the most systematic way to tackle them.  I especially love when I discover some of the less visited but equally spectacular cities or sights in a region.  Don’t get me wrong, putting the plan into action is undoubtedly the best part, but it flies by so quickly that without all of that preparation, I could never enjoy the trip to the fullest.

The first trip I officially planned for someone else was for 4 girls studying abroad in England who wanted to go to Italy for spring break.  They didn’t want to travel with some huge tour group, but they also didn’t want to have to undertake planning their trip alone.  I discussed their budget and interests with them to hone in on what they wanted, and more importantly, what they didn’t want.  The girls didn’t want to visit too many museums or churches, they didn’t want to stay in hostels, and they didn’t want to go broke in the process.  They wanted to see the major sights, have a little bit of down time to explore the cities and shop, and be able to have a good meal or two but still stay within budget.  They were not opposed to starting their days early, and really wanted to get everything they could out of the trip.

Based on their interests, we narrowed their 10 day trip down to 3 cities—Venice, Florence, and Rome—the big 3 of Italy.  I found them some great hotels in the center of things that fit their budget and booked their flights and trains for the entire trip.  Together, we created a completely custom itinerary, and laid out the sights they would find interesting in a logical way.  I suggested some other potential places of interest, provided them with city transportation information, and booked them several tours, including one that would skip the line at the Vatican Museum–the only museum they wanted to visit–and a day trip into Tuscany for a food and wine tour–their favorite day of the trip.  Along with their itinerary, I provided countless supplemental documents and copies of all of their booking confirmations.  (The link below goes to that itinerary.)

Most people don’t love planning like I do.  I can plan an itinerary to suit any interest and enjoy every minute of helping to make someone’s travel dreams come true.  Everyone has different interests, likes and dislikes.  Some people like to barrel full speed from one place to the next at record-breaking pace, others like to take their time and discover every nook and cranny of a particular city.  Everyone has particular interests, and their trips should be tailored to those interests.  Vacation time is precious; you have to get what you want out of it.  I can take the stress out of planning, traveling, and even how to get around on your trip.  I hope my site helps take some of the stress out of your planning!



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