Tuscany Trip hosted by Stefany and Daniele Ceccato

Tuscany Trip hosted by Stefany and Daniele Ceccato

Day 1:

Check-in: Sep 27 Check-out: Sep 29 Duration: 2 nights
Le Meredien Visconti Rome (2 nights)

Walking distance from the Spanish Steps and the Vatican, Le Méridien Visconti is a perfect location in the heart of Rome for leisure, business, shopping and nightlife. The light and space of our hotel strikes and surprises our guests when entering Le Meridien Visconti Rome. The Seventies’ design reflects and accentuates the architecture of the exterior, creating a fascinating stylistic continuity between the recent past and modern taste. 240 bright and modern hotel rooms and suites, a multi-purpose center comprises 10 high-tech meeting rooms and a fully equipped fitness centre. Longitude 12 bar & bistrot is the perfect place to relax while enjoying typical local flavors. A breathtaking and panoramic roof top terrace between the alleys of the city characterizes this Roman hotel.

Room Selection

Category

Superior

DAY 2:

The Vatican City

After breakfast departure for an early entrance at the Vatican Museum, enter inside the Vatican Gardens, Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Church, with our no wait access! Meet your tour guide in the Vatican area and discover the masterpieces of Rome.
Your friendly and professional tour guides will lead you to discover the splendid Gardens,the Bramante Staircase, the Galleries, the Sistine Chapel and the monumental Basilica.

Dinner at a Private Loft on Tiberina Island

Meet in the late afternoon in a location in the city center in Rome for a fun evening learning about the culinary traditions of the Romans with a cooking demonstration in a private Loft with an Italian chef immersing yourself in a historic property, followed by dinner located on Rome’s Tiberina Island.

Dinner included

DAY 3:

Drive to Tuscany with a stop in Civita di Bagnoregio

After breakfast depart to Tuscany for your countryside experience. Driving up the northern tip of the region Lazio you will have the opportunity to stop by the hidden village of Civita di Bagnoregio, a hilltop village in central Italy. It’s accessed via a pedestrian bridge from the nearby ticket office in Bagnoregio village. The Porta Santa Maria gateway was built by the Etruscans. Founded in the 7th century, the Romanesque San Donato Church sits in the main square. After visiting the city center, a welcome lunch will be served in one of the local typical trattorias serving authentic regional specialties and wines. In the afternoon drive through the hills of Tuscany to reach your Hotel. After check in meet for a welcome drink followed by dinner.

Breakfast and lunch included

Villa San Paolo (6 nights)
Check-in: Sep 29 Check-out: Oct 05 Duration: 6 nights

Room Selection

Category

Superior

DAY 4:

Exploring Siena and Chianti

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the City of Siena, a treasure trove of historical, artistic, religious and cultural riches all to be discovered. The best way to do it is on foot, admiring the changes to the town over the centuries and enjoying the spectacular scenery and curious particulars. With an authorized guide you will be able to appreciate the major tourist attractions like Piazza del Campo, the true heart of the town, the Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), the Cathedral and the majestic Basilica of San Domenico. The walk continues with a visit to the Cathedral that preserves the treasures of artists like Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna, Donatello, Pinturicchio and Gianlorenzo Bernini besides its marvelous marble floor, which is a unique example in the history of art.

After lunch we will depart on a panoramic road and you can admire the vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Chianti region, along the way you can also admire the ancient fortified hamlet of Monteriggioni, a small jewel built during the thirteenth century and embraced by its still intact walls. We will arrive in the Chianti area at the site of one of the local producers. When you reach the estate surrounded by vineyards, you will receive the traditional welcome reserved by all Tuscans to their guests and will be taken to a private tour the historical cellars. You will find out some of the secrets of wine making and, sitting comfortably at tables laid with wine-glasses, you will be introduced to a variety of prestigious wines during your dinner.

Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 5:

A Day at Your Leisure

DAY 6:

A Day in Florence

After breakfast today travel to Florence for a full day experience. Upon arrival in Florence you will visit the local Market, learn about the traditions of the Florentine cuisine, the ingredients used and mingle with locals shopping for their daily meal. At the end after the walk you will reach the indoor Market where a local chef will do a cooking demonstration with the preparation of a selection of local signature dishes. Have lunch with a wine tasting.

After lunch you will meet your local guide for a walking tour and visit to the Accademia (entrance fee included.) The tour proceeds with a walking tour including the outdoor guided visit of San Lorenzo Church and the Cathedral. Your private tour continues to the old city center for a visit to the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce (exterior), the famous Piazza Signoria, where your private guide is pleased to show you the imposing Palazzo Vecchio (exterior) and the beautiful Loggia del Lanzi.

Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 7:

A Day in Val D’Orcia with at Tasting of the Vino Nobile of Montelpuciano, Pienza and Montalcino and a Cheese Tasting

After breakfast we depart to the Val D’Orcia, starting from Montepulciano, a medieval town of rare beauty highly recommended visiting in Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it. Enjoy this morning with a walking tour of the town and a taste of the local wines with a light lunch in town.

Will continue to Pienza, a Renaissance treasure in the midst of the Val D’Orcia UNESCO World Heritage cultural landscape, whose broad hills and sprinkling of rustic farmhouses and picturesque villages have been an inspiration for many. This region is very rich in high quality local products such as the “pecorino” cheese of Pienza (a typical cheese made with sheep’s milk), genuine olive oil, and the gorgeous wine resulting from a long and ancient tradition, saffron, mushrooms, chestnuts, truffles, game and a lot of other specialties.

In the afternoon we will stop in the charming town of Montalcino, where we will have time to explore the town’s narrow winding streets filled with artisan food and wine shops. No visit in this area would be complete without a sample of this world famous wine while visiting a local Brunello winery. We can compare styles and techniques while learning more about this excellent wine. Dinner will be set in a local farm house producer of this wine.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 8:

Relax in the Tuscan Countryside

Morning at your leisure to relax and enjoy your day in the Tuscan countryside. In the late afternoon meeting for a farewell dinner paired with wines of the region in a local estate.

Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 9:

Drive to Rome with a Stop in Orvieto

Departure to Rome in the late morning with a stop in Orvieto, walk around the town and have lunch in a local restaurant.

Breakfast and lunch included


Le Meridien Visconti Rome
Check-in: Oct 05 Check-out: Oct 06 Duration: 1 night

Room Selection

Category

Superior

DAY 10:

Depart from the Hotel to Airport

What’s Included

  • 9 Nights’ accommodations at indicated First Class hotels with private bath or shower
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • All lunch and dinners will include wine (1/4 bottle pp), mineral water (1/2 bottle pp) and coffee; dinners at hotels will not include beverages; all meals will have pre-set menus
  • Sightseeing, guides, and entrance fees per itinerary above
  • Private deluxe motor coach at disposal for included services and according to local driving laws
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person at hotels
  • Hotel taxes and service charges

Price Per Person $4290

If traveling alone, the single supplement charge is an additional $690

SAILING NEW YEAR’S EVE – THAILAND

SAILING NEW YEAR’S EVE – THAILAND

New Year’s Eve in Thailand: Beblue’s favorite destination. We will sail the Andaman’s islands, crystal clear sea and have aperitifs on the beach: we will surprise you and let you discover Thailand on off the beaten path routes. In this period, the northeast monsoon blows in the Andaman Sea, bringing its northern winds and a wonderful dry climate. Driven by offshore breezes and protected by the reef, we can sail in total relaxation without worries, with a perfect blend of fun and nature!

BOAT DETAILS

Builder – Model: Catamaran LAGOON 42
Length: 12.80 mt
Width: 7.70 mt
Draft: 1.00 mt
Cabins (Beds): Cabins 4+1  (10 – 8 guests +2 crew)
Bathrooms: 4

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 – Check-in:

During the transfer from the Airport to Phuket Marina, you will be able to admire the verdant rainforest vegetation surrounding picturesque Buddhist temples and typical local villages.

Boarding will take place at 5 PM, when you can place your items in the cabin and take part in a welcome briefing with the skippers, before going shopping for the trip. In the evening, you can make a small tour around Phuket, having dinner in a typical Thai restaurant overlooking the lagoon…

Day 2:

After breakfast, we leave the port traveling on the long channel that separates Phuket from the mainland, where we will see dozens of fishermen catching jellyfishes with long rakes and lifting them on their boats. We will stop and enjoy the amazing internal lagoon of Ko Hong. We then will head south along the coast of Phuket towards Ko Racha Yai. The clean and transparent water will inspire you to snorkel among the coral reefs.

Day 3:

We head south for a quiet navigation towards Ko Racha Yai, where we will make a stop in its wonderful bay. The clean and transparent water will inspire you to snorkel among the coral reefs. You can spend the afternoon exploring the seabed, fishing, or simply enjoying the sun and the fantastic panorama.

Day 4:

Today we have a long navigation ahead, so we will wake up early and after a hearty breakfast, we will open mainsail and jib and cast off. During the trip, we can trawl to get food for our dinner. In the afternoon we will reach Ko Rok, a true tropical paradise and one of the most beautiful islands in the Andaman Sea; it is formed by two little islands, Ko Rok Nai and Ko Rok Nok, divided by a narrow channel, where we will drop anchor. The island is home to a marine natural park that keeps it pure and untouched. The sunset from this paradise is something you will never forget!

Day 5:

In the morning we can continue enjoying this uncontaminated heaven, walking along the white sand beaches, going snorkelling in the marine reserve, visiting the headquarters of the national park and the big iguana that guards them, or simply staying on the boat to sunbathe and enjoy the view. After lunch, we move to Ko Muk, where another wonder is waiting for us: The Emerald Cave. Swimming across it, you will end up in a little heaven on earth… a big hole in the cliff with a beach covered by vegetation illuminated by the sunlight entering from the upper opening. The cave has a special microclimate that enabled the growth of thick vegetation along the rocky walls. We head for Ko Ngai, where we will spend the night after watching a wonderful sunset.

Day 6:

After breakfast, we can spend a couple of hours snorkelling or walking around, before leaving for Phi Phi Leh. We will arrive in the late afternoon, when the many touristic boats will have gone back to their resorts, to enjoy the island in total peace. Its steep rocky coasts full of tropical vegetation are simply spectacular.

Day 7:

For the brave ones, we will wake up at dawn to visit Koh Phi Phi Leh and discover Maya Bay, the location where the movie “The Beach” with Leonardo di Caprio was filmed, before the daily hordes of tourists arrive. We will then move to Phi Phi Island for a short visit, having lunch ashore. From there, we head north to reach a beautiful islet with a luxurious resort, where we will drop the anchor and spend the night.

The following morning, we will return to Phuket Marina by 9:30 AM for breakfast and disembarkation.

We will spend all day relaxing, snorkelling and perhaps indulge in a happy hour cocktail from a resort to take on the beach to admire the sunset. We will spend a fun night under the stars of the Thailand sky….

Day 8:

Checkout. The itinerary might be subject to variations due to weather conditions, safety and technical evaluations of the Captain. This program is intended as indicative and non-binding.

STARTING POINT:

AIRPORT:

SUGGESTED PERIOD:

PRICE PER PERSON:

INCLUDED:

NOT INCLUDED:

Phuket Marina, Thailand

Phuket Airport (HKT)

Check-in from Friday, December 28th from 5 PM
Check-out by Saturday, January 5th 
at 9:30 AM

$3200 US Dollars per person in double cabin with A/C and a private bathroom. (Based on 8 people)

Transfer from/to the Airport, Double Cabin Spot, Travel Assistance, Skipper, Hostess/Cook, Food and Beverage, Boat Consumption, Dinghy with Outboard Engine, Linens and Towels, Final Cleaning.

Airfare, Ashore Expenses (ex: restaurants, cocktails), Travel Insurance

SAILING GREECE – Ionian Islands, South Itinerary

SAILING GREECE – Ionian Islands, South Itinerary

Need to rejuvenate? Immerse yourself on a relaxing cruise in Greece, sailing around the Ionian Islands discovering the lush green vegetation of this archipelago. You will find exotic beaches surrounded by nature, crystal clear water with high white cliffs with an amazing surprise: a night sailing to Zakynthos and the fascinating Shipwreck Bay!

BOAT DETAILS, PREMIUM SAILING BOAT

Builder – Model: Jeanneau – Sun Odyssey 54DS
Length: 16.75 mt
Width: 4.87 mt
Draft: 2.20 mt
Cabins (Beds): Cabins 4+1  (8 guests +2 crew)
Bathrooms: 4

BOAT DETAILS, PREMIUM SAILING CATAMARAN

Builder – Model: Lagoon Catamaran – LAGOON 42
Length: 12.80 mt
Width: 7.70 mt
Draft: 1.00 mt
Cabins (Beds): Cabins 4+1  (8 guests +2 crew)
Bathrooms: 4

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 – Check-in:

On Saturday afternoon, starting from 5 PM, your skipper will welcome you at Lefkas Marina in Lefkada to store your things in the cabin and welcome you to the boat. In the evening, the skipper, crew and guests have the opportunity to get to know each other over a fish dinner in one of the typical Greek restaurants on the island, before concluding the evening in one of the many bars in this coastal town.

Day 2:

Here we go: we head for Meganisi. This time, though, we enter the protected bay of Abelake, perfect place for the first meeting among the boats of the flotilla. The day goes on with a short trip, with the wind in our sails, towards the enchanted and unspoiled Atokos, an uninhabited island for the first night at anchor!

Day 3:

After breakfast, we sail to the south of Ithaca, to explore the white sand beaches characterizing this part of the island and relax under the starry sky. Almost ready for our night sailing… the BeBlue Skippers will raise anchor at night, letting you experience the magic of a night trip towards Zakynthos… carried by the wind, sailing into the darkness of the night sky toward our next destination.

Day 4:

We wake up in the wonderful setting at the Blue Cave in Zakynthos for a fresh energizing bath, ready for a visit to the famous attraction of Shipwreck Beach, an unforgettable stop for some spectacular pictures! The night is a surprise, immersed in nature surrounded by the white cliffs that make the sea shine with crystal blue reflections. It’s the right time to be charmed by the melodies of lounge music from the cockpit’s sound system.

Day 5:

We head north; it’s time to play with the wind on a close-hauled course towards Ithaca and up to Vathi, ready to host us with its colorful restaurants and bars, perfect location for a party. Ok, it’s a BeFree flotilla, but we don’t want to miss music and fireworks, do we?!

Day 6:

The sun illuminates the boats and the smell of coffee knocks on the cabin door: today we head for Kalamos, in a race full of tacks and jibes (maneuvering the sailboat) to reach the stillness of the village where George will welcome us in the picturesque setting of his tavern. This is an ideal place for sipping a good cocktail on the peaceful little streets of this island, admiring the moon from the cliff in an authentic Greek atmosphere.

Day 7:

Breakfast with honey and fresh fruit for a day dedicated to relaxing. Only a few miles separates us from Agios Nikolaos, where we will spend an afternoon among luxurious beaches and the crystal blue color of the sea. In the late afternoon, we raise sail to return to Lefkada, ready to greet us in the comfort of its roads for the final goodbyes with a good glass of Ouzo!

 

The route may be subject to variations due to weather conditions, safety and technical evaluations of the Captain. This programming is intended as indicative and non-binding.

STARTING POINT:

Marina Lefkas, Lefkada Greece. Check-in from 4:00 PM on Saturday, Checkout at 9:00 AM on the following Saturday

AIRPORT:

Preveza Aktion Airport (PVK)

SUGGESTED PERIOD:

From early June to early September, weekly cruise from Saturday to Saturday

PRICE PER PERSON:

PREMIUM SAILING BOAT (with A/C): $3650 US Dollars per person based on 8 people
PREMIUM SAILING CATAMARAN (with A/C): $3800 US Dollars per person based on 8 people

INCLUDED:

Double Cabin Spot, Travel Assistance, Skipper, Hostess/Cook, Food and Beverage (non alcoholic), Boat Consumption, Dinghy with outboard engine, Linens and Towels, Final Cleaning

NOT INCLUDED:

Airfare, Transfer from/to Airport (optional 100€), Ashore Expenses (ex: restaurants, cocktails), Travel Insurance

3 Trends in Tourism

The tourism industry is changing slowly but at a constant rate. Tourists are always looking for new destinations, new experiences, and more efficient and stress-free ways to travel. There are certain trends that have been taking over the tourism industry in recent years.

Experience Tourism

Experience tourism is based on the idea that people travel to unwind and break away from the monotony of daily life. Around the traditional tourist destinations have been adding an element of experience to the package. For example, while visiting an exotic destination or safari, you can take part in jewelry making, preparation of exotic foods, and wine tasting.

Experts believe that experience tourism is rising as a result of the bad experiences that clients have experienced in the past. Poor planning is one of the factors that contribute to poor holiday experiences. Often this type of tourism is coupled with personal travel planning.

Health and Wellness

Relaxation and tranquility are amongst the most important factors that tourists expect to get whenever they sign up for a vacation. Tourists are demanding higher quality food that is fresh and has been prepared cruelty-free. Places selling organic and vegan food are becoming popular with tourists looking for healthier options. In the light of growing climate change concerns, travelers are also looking for businesses that promote the use of sustainable practices such as recycling and use of renewable energy.

Enhanced Cruise Experience

Cruise ships are always full of adventure. Tour companies are now looking to provide their clients with an enhanced cruise ship experience. Cruise ships are now hi-tech with sophisticated devices designed to keep everyone on board safe and allow people to communicate with loved ones while vacationing. Vacation cruise ships offer more options to travelers such as multiple destinations, or following trails along the river to enhance your experience.

How to Immerse Yourself in the Culture When You Vacation

Vacations are a great way to experience another part of the world, country, or local culture. However, many times vacationers spend their time at the popular tourist spots and don’t fully immerse themselves in the culture of where they are traveling. When you get into the culture and experience it more in depth, your vacation will be much more worthwhile. Here is how to dive into the culture around you when travelling.

Stay with the Locals

Consider accommodations renting an apartment and or villa in a neighborhood surrounded by locals who live and work in the area every day. You will be more absorbed in the everyday living of the locals and get to experience firsthand what it is like to live in that place.

Dine with the Locals

Don’t settle for all of the tourist hot spots when it comes to eating out. Ask some locals where some of their favorite spots to eat are, and experience them for yourself. Not only will you be putting yourself in the middle of a culture and experiencing food like you never dreamed you would, you will also be avoiding large crowds and get a more intimate dining experience.

Make Friends

When traveling, talk to those around you and find out if they are traveling to the same place. Find some friends in your hotel or rental house who want to get out and do some exploring with you. Traveling with others is a great way to open yourself up to new experiences. They might have something on their to-do list that you didn’t know about!

Use Local Transportation

Local transportation is a great way to see the sights and really feel as though you are experiencing the local culture first hand.