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We are all so excited to SHARE, LEARN, PLAY, and SHOP together in Tuscany Italy. Use this page to make sure you get all the details on our upcoming Italian ADVENTURE!

FAQS

How fit do I need to be?

This type of travel is unique. We utilize trains, buses, trams, gondolas, the occasional taxi, and walk a lot, often miles a day!! We travel like a local! Travelers must be fit enough to handle their luggage on and off public transport (pack light) and walk up a flight of stairs with all your luggage (since in European train stations this is often the only way to exit or enter the track area). Contact me here if you think you might need help.

What about the accommodations?

Will accommodations all have private bathrooms?

All rooms in hotels will have private bathrooms. On some trips, we stay at villas or large apartments. In this case, we may share bathrooms, and information is clearly stated on the trip itinerary.

Will accommodation have wifi and TVs?

All hotels will have wifi and most will have TVs. The Farm House in Tuscany has wifi but no TV.

How big is a Single Room?

The European hotels will be smaller than American hotels.  The rooms are often small, with narrow beds.The Tuscany Farm House single has a double bed.

How big is a Double Room?
European hotels most commonly have a double bed made up with separate pillows and duvets, and often d mattresses are pushed together to save room. They are placed side by side in a single bed frame, so when a tour is based on double occupancy, you would be sleeping reasonably close to your travel partner. Here is an example of double occupancy. The Tuscany Farm House has single separate beds.

Can you accommodate special Dietary Needs?

Most restaurants accommodate dietary needs. Contact me here if you have unique nutritional needs.

Luggage

The luggage you bring is an essential part of your trip! Your bag is your travel partner, and the wrong one can make you tired and grumpy! Remember, you will be getting on and off trains and buses with all your luggage. Practice at home by packing it all up, walk around your block, and going up and down the stairs. Walking with your bag will give you an idea if you have packed too much! It is better to find out before you go!

Bring a bag that is a carry on bag size. The maximum dimensions for a carry-on bag are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches (22 cm x 35cm x 56 cm), including handles and wheels. You will not regret bringing a small bag!! Bring as lightweight a bag as possible, and either a backpack or a rolling suitcase are fine, whichever you prefer. A rolling bag must have sturdy and easy to roll wheels to go over the cobblestones. Lift the bag and spin the wheels. They should spin freely and quickly and not wobble. A carry on bag is not mandatory but highly recommended. The maximum size bag you may bring is a checked bag, one carry on and a purse.

I suggest that you also bring a daypack that can be a backpack or a messenger bag that you fill up and use as a “purse” or personal bag on the flight, too. I often use a small purse or wallet that I slip in my day pack instead of carrying an extra medium to large size purse. You are allowed one carry on and a personal bag, so this allows you more room to pack your things.

Travel Clothes

Versatile, low maintenance clothing is vital to packing light. The clothing you bring should be suitable for layering.

If you are traveling to a cool or cold climate, I suggest a pair of silk underwear to layer under your clothes. For the Tuscany Farm house the evenings May still be cool. The silk underwear is lightweight and will keep you warm on chilly days. I always wear my jacket on the flight and use it to double as a blanket, or I pop it in an overhead compartment.
Nina Trimboli of Hosteling International says to consider these five factors that make an article of clothing desirable when traveling and aim to have each piece you bring satisfy at least 3 of them:

  • Comfortable for touring around, but can be dressed up for the evening
  • Is appropriate for cold or warm weather
  • Doesn’t show stains
  • Folds up small
  • Coordinates well with almost everything else you’re bringing

By following these guidelines, you’re maximizing the usage of each article of clothing so that you can carry less.
You do not have to buy unique travel clothing. Many items in your closet will work just fine!

I suggest a money belt to protect your passport and valuables while traveling in big cities. In the countryside, you can leave the empty money belt in the hotel.

When packing toiletries remember, all liquids must be in 100 mg or 3 oz containers or less and packed separately in a clear zip-lock bag. All prescription medications should be in their original bottles or tubes.

Some inflight tips and my favorite items to bring on the airplane:

  • eye shades
  • blow up pillow
  • lip balm
  • hand & face cream (less than 100 mg or 4 oz)
  • headphones (noise-canceling are lovely!)
  • warm socks
  • a scarf that can double as a wrap
  • You may take a 1 to 3 mg melatonin tablet for sleeping but discuss it with your doctor first. Melatonin is available over the counter (Don’t take any prescription sleeping medications on a long flight, many people suffer unpleasant side effects and disorientation).
  • Lavender essential oil is very calming. put a few drops on your mask or pillow
  • Some healthy snacks to nibble on when hungry
  • Bring a large bottle of water on the plane with you. You can purchase a water bottle in a gift shop past security or bring an empty one from home and fill it up after you are through airport security.
  • As tempting as it may be, don’t drink alcoholic beverages in or before the flight, it will dehydrate you and may also interfere with your sleep.

My favorite packing list is a Rick Steves list that I have used for years.

I promise you that if you follow these tips and guidelines, your travel will be much more pleasant!

Communication

Hotels, many cafes and restaurants have wifi, WhatsApp, iMessage, Facetime, and Google Hang Outs are all free ways to text, video chat, and call. Many US cell phone carriers offer reduced rates or free data in Europe. You must contact your provider and inquire about their European Travel plans. If you have an unlocked phone, it is easy to pick up an inexpensive sim card with a local number in Europe that you can use while you are traveling. The Tuscany Farm House has wifi.

Recommendations

I suggest coming to Europe for two weeks if you can manage it at all. Most of my tours are ten days, and you could spend 4 additional days traveling on your own. Contact me, and I can give you all kinds of suggestions for extending your itinerary In Europe.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Refund Policy

Each tour will be refunded 100% if canceled three months before travel and if canceled less than 3 months before travel, only if we are able to resell your spot. You may put a 20% down payment up to 3 months before the trip to secure your spot. The total amount is due 3 months before the trip.

Travel Insurance

We require TRAVEL INSURANCE. There are different types of medical, baggage or trip cancellations insurance from many agencies.

Leslie works with individual vendors and cannot be held responsible for cancellations due to weather, crises or bankruptcies. By signing up for this tour you agree to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to protect your investment.

NOTE: Insurance coverage may not cover pre-existing conditions and may have other restrictions and exclusions.Consult the insurance carriers directly for details.Trip insurance or waivers provided by the supplier may not offer insolvency coverage.

Disclaimer for Currency Fluctuation

By signing up for this tour, I acknowledge that if the value of the dollar fluctuates upward more than 5% against the Euro as of the pricing of this tour at 1.14% then there will be an adjustment to the price and an additional surcharge may be due one month before you arrive. If the value of the dollar fluctuates downward more than 5% against the Euro then you will receive a refund when you arrive.

Leslie pays for the accommodations of the tours in Euros up to one month before the tour but most meals, local private tours etc. are paid during the tour directly to vendors.

Both Leslie and Jack are small businesses and cannot absorb large fluctuations in currency. Thank you for your understanding.

Disclaimer of Liability

Kuel Life LLC and Street View Adventure Travel LLC are acting as a mere agent for suppliers in selling travel-related services, or in accepting reservations or bookings for services that are not directly supplied by this travel agency (such as air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, tours, cruises, etc.). Neither Kuel Life nor Street View Adventure Travel LLC shall not be responsible for breach of contract of any intentional or careless actions or omissions on part of such suppliers, which result in any loss, damage, delay, or injury to you or your travel companions or group members. Unless the term “guaranteed” is specifically stated in writing on your tickets, invoice, or reservation itinerary, we do not guarantee any of such suppliers’ rates, bookings, reservations, connections, scheduling, or handling of personal effects.Travel tour operator shall not be responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveler in connection with terrorist activities, social or labor unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climactic conditions, criminal acts or abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel agent’s control. Traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases Street View Adventure Travel  and Kuel Life from any duty of, checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination, or other entry requirements of each destination, and all safety or security conditions at such destinations, during the length of the proposed travel.

For information concerning possible dangers at international destinations, contact the Travel Advisory Section of the U.S. State Department (202) 647­-5225 .

For medical information, call the Public Health Service (404) 332-4559.

By embarking upon her travel, the traveler voluntarily assumes all risks involved in such travel, whether expected or unexpected. Traveler is hereby warned of such risks, and is advised to obtain appropriate insurance coverage against them.Traveler’s retention of tickets, reservations, or bookings after issuance shall constitute a consent to the above, and an agreement on her part to convey the contents here to her travel companions or group members.

Please sign, scan and return the liability waiver to [email protected]

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