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The cost of the 14-day Fresco Workshop is € 2,995 based upon double occupancy. This provides a room with private bath and maid service at the your beautiful Villa , in the Tuscan foothills. A single supplement is available upon request for an additional cost of €450. Breakfast will be served everyday at the villa. Most other meals, wine and tips are included in the Fresco Workshop price (with the exception of a few lunches and dinner on your free day).
The Cost of the 7-day Tuscany Tour is € 1,850 based upon double occupancy. This provides a room with private bath and maid service at the your beautiful Villa, in the Tuscan foothills. A single supplement is available upon request for an additional cost of €275. Breakfast will be served everyday at the Villa. Most meals, wine and tips are included in the Tour price.
What is not covered in the price of the workshop or tour is: Airfare, upgrades from house wines, and personal spending money.
Group size and Transportion:
We keep our groups small. They range in size from three to no more than twelve people, to ensure personal attention and your comfort. We will travel in a comfortable, non-smoking, air-conditioned van and if needed an additional air-conditioned car.
A deposit of € 500 is required to hold your place in the Fresco Workshop or Tour. Full payment is due 60 days before the start of the Fresco Workshop or Tour. If you sign up less than 60 days before departure, full payment will be due immediately.
Up to 60 days before the workshop or tour, a full refund is provided. When there is a less than 60-day cancellation, a 30% fee is retained to cover non-refundable costs to AlohaTuscany. If there is less than 30-day cancellation, a 50% fee will be retained. Although unlikely, AlohaTuscany reserves the right to cancel the Workshop or Tour with a full refund. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended to protect you from this unlikely event.
AlohaTuscany does not make flight or train arrangements, but we will be more than pleased to give you advice on the best routes to take. A good travel agent can also help you find the best value on airfares. Due to the length of the flight and the number of time zones crossed, you need to leave the USA at least one calendar day before your Tour or Workshop begins (You will "lose" a day when traveling to Italy). You are responsible for having an up to date passport. Please be aware that you must have more than 6 months remaining on your passport prior to visiting a foreign country. Applications for passports are available at your local U.S. Post Office or online.
For either the Workshop or the Tour you will be responsible for making arrangements to arrive at the main train Station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella) or the Florence Airport (FLR) on the day the workshop begins. We will pick you up and drive directly to Villa Ruccelai to check in. We will be in touch with you prior to your departure to confirm your arrival time.
You will be driven to the Florence Airport (FLR) or the main train station in Florence (Santa Maria Novella) on the final day of your Workshop or Tour. Please let us know your expected departure time so we may schedule everyone properly.
For anyone with security concerns, AlohaTuscany was in Italy from March to July this year (2002) preparing for and conducting the June Workshop and Tour. We felt as safe as we always have! Security has increased in Europe/Italy just as it has at home in the States.
Spending Money in Italy:
Remember to budget for a few meals on your free day (workshop only), as well as gifts and shopping. We have found that the availability of ATMs in Italy has rendered "Traveler's Checks" virtually unnecessary (they might be good for a backup in case you have a problem with your ATM Card). To our delight, credit cards are now widely accepted in Italy.
AlohaTuscany strongly recommends that Workshop or Tour participants purchase Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance. This can protect you from the cost of trip cancellation, as well as provide overseas medical insurance and cover other unforeseen circumstances. Your travel agent can provide you with advice on insurance providers. Our links page also contains links to travel insurance providers.
Perfume and Smoke-Free Policy:
As some people are sensitive to Perfumes and other scents, AlohaTuscany would appreciate that all Workshop and Tour participants cooperate with us in creating a perfume-free environment to ensure that all participants can enjoy their time in Italy. We also ask that any smoking be outdoors, away from the group. There will be no smoking allowed in the vans. At the same time, keep in mind that we cannot stop the locals from lighting up around smoke-sensitive tour participants..
Terms and Conditions:
AlohaTuscany reserves the right to change itinerary or accommodation locations due to conditions beyond our control. We will substitute equivalent locations or accommodations should this be necessary or desirable. AlohaTuscany shall not become liable nor responsible for any loss, injury or damage to person or property in connection with any means of transportation or other services resulting directly or indirectly from acts of machinery or equipment, strikes, riots, war, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantine or from whatsoever cause. AlohaTuscany reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a tour or workshop member either prior to departure or during the tour or workshop. In this case, AlohaTuscany will refund an equitable amount of money. In this case, no allowance will be made for unused tour services such as meals or sightseeing.
Please let AlohaTuscany know of any pre-existing physical disability that may require attention or treatment in writing prior to the beginning of a tour. We will do our best to accommodate you, but be aware that Italy is not yet up to the standards of the United States in access for those with disabilities.