Meet Up in Florence Italy with Baldgirlwilltravel

Sep 16, 2024 to Sep 22, 2024
Tuscany Italy

Meet Up with Me in Tuscany!!!

 

Meet Up with Me, BaldGirlWillTravel, and embark on an unforgettable journey in the heart of Tuscany, Italy! Designed exclusively for Black Women over 40 who share a passion for solo travel, this Fly 40+ Sistas girl group trip promises an enchanting adventure like no other.

 

Picture yourself in the enchanting city of Florence, where history, art, and culture converge in a mesmerizing blend. Our basecamp for this epic journey, Florence, serves as the perfect launchpad for your Tuscan escapade. Here, you'll experience the warmth of Italy's renowned hospitality and the rich tapestry of its heritage.

 

But what truly sets this trip apart are the meticulously curated private guided excursions and walking tours that await you. Explore the cobbled streets of Florence, where every corner unveils a piece of the Renaissance. Venture into the rolling vineyards of Chianti, savoring the world's finest wines amidst breathtaking landscapes. Immerse yourself in the medieval charm of Lucca and Vicopisano, where time seems to stand still. And of course, a visit to the iconic Siena, steeped in history and character, is an absolute must.

 

Our journey is not just about the places we visit; it's about the flavors we savor. Prepare your taste buds for a culinary odyssey like no other. Indulge in a welcome dinner featuring the succulent "bistecca alla fiorentina," a gastronomic masterpiece synonymous with Florence. And for our grand farewell, savor the exquisite black truffles, a true delicacy that Tuscany is renowned for.

 

While we have an incredible itinerary, we also value your freedom to explore. You'll have ample free time to lose yourself in the vibrant streets of Florence, discover hidden gems, and create your unique Tuscan memories.

 

The BaldGirlWillTravel Meet Up in Tuscany, Italy, is more than a trip; it's an opportunity to bond with like-minded women, forge lasting friendships, and immerse yourself in the beauty of Tuscany's landscapes and culture. Don't miss your chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Join us, and let's make memories that will linger in your heart forever. Reserve your spot now because this is an experience you absolutely cannot afford to miss!

 

NOTE: This trip will involve a significant amount of walking.  Comfortable walking shoes is encouraged.  

 

Trip Highlights

 

Where will you stay?

 

The 4-star Villa Royal Firenze Hotel or Similar  (6 Nights)

 

The hotel is a former villa built in the 18th century.  The Villa was the residence of Noble Families until 1956, before being turned into Hotel. Located in the historic center of Florence, it offers its Guests renovated room with all the comforts of the category including large private parking, swimming pool, large garden and all the charm of a noble Villa.  Just a 15 minute walk to the  Duomo and the city's main museum and historical attractions but with a secluded feel! Breakfast is scheduled every day from 7:00 am until 10 am. Rooms are soundproof. The hotel has 3 floors (ground floor, first and second floor). There is a small elevator with 2 people capacity. The cocktail bar is open 24/7 and serves drinks and food. During regular working hours, a professional mixologist is available to craft cocktails.

 

Check-in time: 3:00 PM

 

Check-out time: 11:00 AM

 

WIFI: Complimentary 

 

What's included in this trip:

  • 6 nights of 4-star hotel accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Welcome Dinner*
  • Full day Florence private guided city walking tour (including Duomo di Firenze, Galleria degli Uffizi, Accademia gallery visit) + 3 course lunch included;
  • Private guided excursion to Chianti region: full day tour with wine tasting + lunch included;
  • Full day private Excursion to Lucca & Vicopisano + lunch included;
  • Full day private guided walking tour of Siena + lunch included; and
  • Farewell dinner featuring Black truffles

 

*Transportation to welcome and farewell dinners not included

 

 

What's included in this trip:

 
    • 6 nights of 4-star hotel accommodations
    • Daily Breakfast
    • Welcome Dinner*
    • Full day Florence private guided city walking tour (including Duomo di Firenze, Galleria degli Uffizi, Accademia gallery visit) + 3 course lunch included;
    • Private guided excursion to Chianti region: full day tour with wine tasting + lunch included;
    • Full day private Excursion to Lucca & Vicopisano + lunch included;
    • Full day private guided walking tour of Siena + lunch included; and
    • Farewell dinner
 

 

What's not included:

 
    • Air Fare
    • Airport to Hotel Transfer
    • Travel Insurance is required but not included
    •  Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry unless explicitly included in itinerary
    • City tax of 4.00 euro per person per night (pay at hotel in cash)
 

 

Itinerary:

Day 1 – September 16, 2024 – Arrival Day

Check-in 3:00 pm to 12:00 am

 

Meal included: Welcome Dinner

 

Arrival Day* – Check in at the designated hotel is 3:00 pm.  If you arrive sooner the hotel will hold your luggage while you start your exploration of Florence!

 

Note Check-in Ends at 12:00 am

 

Please have a VISA credit card for check-in for any room service or incidentals.

*Recommended airport for arrival is Florence Perotola Airport (FLR), Florence Italy

 

Welcome Dinner featuring “bistecca alla fiorentina”at 8:30 pm

We’ll delight in the legendary "Bistecca alla Fiorentina" at a charming restaurant just a short walk from your hotel. Savor the succulent T-bone steak expertly grilled to perfection, accompanied by fresh Tuscan ingredients and exquisite local wines. This culinary experience is the perfect introduction to Florence's rich gastronomic heritage, setting the stage for a memorable journey ahead. Buon appetito!

 

Location TBA, Time: 8:30 pm* . We will meet up in the lobby and walk to dinner. All guests are expected to arrive at the dinner location by 8:15 pm if they will attend the Welcome Dinner. 

*Transfer to Welcome Dinner not included

 

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Day 2 – September 17, 2024

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Private guided tour of Florence, including entrance to Galleria degli Uffizi and Galleria Accademia with a 3-course lunch.

 

After breakfast, our private guide will meet us at the hotel and take us on a

Private walking tour that includes all the treasures of Florence.  This is a journey through the heart of Florence, where every cobblestone street whispers tales of art, culture, and history. Your adventure begins as you meet our knowledgeable, local English-speaking guide for an immersive full-day exploration.

 

Over the course of 6 enchanting hours, we'll delve into the treasures of Florence, starting with exclusive access to The Accademia and the Uffizi Gallery. Marvel at Michelangelo's David and bask in the timeless masterpieces of Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and more.

 

Strolling through the charming streets of the city center, you'll discover hidden gems like the vibrant Piazza della Repubblica and the historic Loggia del Mercato Nuovo. Here, you'll also encounter the legendary Porcellino, a bronze statue of a wild boar, known for its good luck traditions.

 

As your senses are enraptured by Florence's beauty, we'll pause for a sumptuous lunch at a carefully selected local restaurant, allowing you to savor the flavors of Tuscany. Our exclusive tour promises an unforgettable day filled with art, history, and the essence of Florence's soul.

 

Lunch is included (3 course menu. drinks included)

 

Comfortable walking shoes highly recommended!!

 

Enjoy the free evening for leisure.

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Day 3 – September 18, 2024

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Exclusive excursion through the famous Chianti region.

 

After breakfast, our private guide will meet us at the hotel and take us on a

Private tour of the Chianti Region.  Depart in style aboard a private bus as we embark on a full-day adventure to the historic Castello di Verrazzano, nestled between Florence and Siena in the picturesque territory of Greve in Chianti.

 

This medieval gem, with a history dating back over a millennium, has witnessed the passage of time while preserving its architectural and cultural heritage. Notably, it's the birthplace of the renowned explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano, whose legacy extends to the iconic Verrazano Bridge in New York.

 

Our day at Castello di Verrazzano begins with a guided tour of the castle's enchanting gardens and its historic ageing cellars, providing a glimpse into centuries of winemaking traditions. Following the tour, delight in an assisted wine tasting, featuring a selection of the estate's finest wines from organic farming. Savor these exceptional vintages alongside a delectable assortment of Tuscan gastronomic delights, showcasing the region's culinary excellence.

 

Indulge in a tasting lineup that includes Verrazzano IGT Toscana, Verrazzano Chianti Classico DOCG, Verrazzano Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, IGT Toscana ''Supertuscan'' Special Bottle, Verrazzano Chianti Classico DOC Vinsanto, and more. Accompanying this wine extravaganza is a sumptuous spread, featuring Tuscan PDO ham, finocchiona wild boar salami, Tuscan crostino, and more.

 

To complete this epicurean experience, savor the rich flavors of "Balsamico Verrazzano" on pecorino cheese, taste the estate's organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil "Castello di Verrazzano," and relish in sweet farm delicacies alongside Cantuccini and a delightful cup of coffee.

 

This captivating journey through history, culture, and gastronomy promises approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes of pure delight, leaving you with cherished memories of your day at Castello di Verrazzano.

 

Comfortable walking shoes highly recommended!!

 

Free afternoon and evening for leisure.

 

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Day 4 – September 19, 2024

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Exclusive private excursion to Lucca and Vicopisano.

 

After breakfast, our private driver will meet us at the hotel reception to take us on a journey to Lucca and Vicopisano, with lunch included.

 

This is a full-day journey to the historic gems of Lucca and Vicopisano that promises to unveil the rich tapestry of Tuscany's hidden treasures, providing you with a profound understanding of their cultural significance.

 

Our day begins as you step aboard a comfortable private bus, setting the stage for a seamless exploration. Equipped with state-of-the-art earphones, you will hear the fascinating the stories of these charming towns.

 

Our first stop is the magnificent Rocca Pisana, a historic fortress with a commanding presence that has stood the test of time. As you wander through its ancient walls and corridors, you'll be transported to a bygone era, uncovering the secrets and stories hidden within.

 

We'll pause for a delightful 3-course lunch at a local eatery during the excursion. The menu is carefully curated to showcase the flavors of the region, ensuring a gastronomic experience that perfectly complements your day.

 

Throughout the journey, your guide will illuminate the history, art, and culture of Lucca and Vicopisano, offering you a deeper connection to these captivating destinations. From the charming streets of Lucca, known for its intact Renaissance walls and picturesque squares, to the historic allure of Vicopisano, where time seems to stand still, each moment will be a testament to Tuscany's enduring allure.

 

Lunch is included

 

Comfortable walking shoes highly recommended!!

 

Enjoy the free evening for leisure.

 

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Day 5 – September 20, 2024

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Exclusive private excursion to Siena, with lunch included.

 

After breakfast at the hotel, our private driver meets us at the hotel reception to take us on a journey to Siena, with lunch & free afternoon included.

 

This 8-hour exploration promises a deep dive into the heart of Siena's rich history and culture. Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, enchants with its medieval charm, winding alleyways, and magnificent Piazza del Campo, one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. Admire the striking Siena Cathedral, a stunning example of Italian Gothic architecture, known for its intricate facade, ornate interior, and breathtaking frescoes.

 

The impressive Palazzo Pubblico, an iconic medieval town hall housing the Civic Museum, showcases beautiful frescoes, including Ambrogio Lorenzetti's "Allegory of Good and Bad Government." Don't miss the opportunity to ascend the towering Torre del Mangia, adjacent to the Palazzo Pubblico, offering panoramic views of Siena and its surroundings.

 

Explore the vibrant Contrade neighborhoods, each with its unique identity and traditions, known as Contrade.

 

These neighborhoods come alive during the Palio, a famous horse race held in Piazza del Campo. And be sure to visit the Gothic Basilica of San Domenico, housing the revered head of Saint Catherine of Siena, a prominent figure in Italian history.

 

You will stop for a 3-course lunch at a local restaurant.

 

Enjoy your free afternoon in Siena and prepare to return to your hotel

 

 

Lunch is included

 

Comfortable walking shoes highly recommended!!

 

Enjoy the free evening for leisure.

 

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Day 6 – September 21, 2024

Meals included: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner*

 

Free day of leisure to further explore Florence!

 

OR

 

Join BaldGirlwilltravel on a Shopping Excursion to The Mall Firenze. Transportation to/from Florence to Mall included (shopping is not!) 😊

 

Departure Time: TBD

 

Farewell Dinner - Time TBD

*Transfer to Farewell Dinner not included

 

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Day 7 – September 22, 2024 – DEPARTURE DAY

Meals included: Breakfast

 

After breakfast at the hotel, prepare for departure back home.

Note: Check-out is at 11:00am. If you plan spending extra time in the city you can always leave your luggage at the hotel and pick it up later in the day.

 

Hotel Check out: 11:00 am

 

Transfer from Hotel to FLR airport included.

 

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WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

 

This trip is for you if:

 

  • you are a Black woman over 40 who has been dreaming of travel, but hasn’t been able to get anyone else to go with her.
  • you are a Black woman over 40 who loves solo travel for self-care, but would also like to meet up with others, like-minded women.
  • you are adventurous, and you like to have fun and new experiences

 

 This trip is NOT for you if:

 

  • you tend to complain a lot and don't have patience.
  • you have difficulty being on time and taking into consideration the value of other people’s time
  • you will only eat American food and/or have a very strict particular diet
  • you have issues adjusting to last minute changes or curveballs.
 
PLEASE ALSO READ Our Ground Rules for Conduct on BaldgirlwillTravel Meet Ups here: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/18Ez1jN0CqHgzFRn1Bm3t3lkyFz6Dcw3QBRAf_NWKFPQ/edit

Photography and Videography

 

Please be aware that by attending this trip, you grant BaldGirlWillTravel LLC, its sponsors, its successors, assigns and licensees permission to utilize your name, image, likeness, acts, poses, plays, appearance, movements, and statements in any live or recorded audio, video, or photographic display or other transmission, exhibition, publication or reproduction made of, or during the trip (regardless of whether before, during, or after trip) for any purpose, in any manner, in any medium or context now known or hereafter developed, without further authorization from, or compensation to, you or anyone acting on your behalf. This policy applies to and includes photographs shared within the WhatsApp group for the trip.

 


Reservation Change Policy

Once your deposit is paid, the booking is considered final. If you wish to modify your reservation, a change fee of $150 USD per person per change/revision will be applicable and must be paid in advance of the change being made. This fee is applicable for changes such as upgrading your room, switching from single to double occupancy, or vice versa.

Payment Plan Policy

1. Autopay Option

An autopay payment plan is available upon booking and is highly recommended for your convenience. This hassle-free option ensures that your monthly payments are automatically deducted, providing you with peace of mind and eliminating the risk of missing a payment. To opt for the autopay option, simply select it during the booking process.

 

2. Non-Autopay Payment Plan

If you choose not to opt for the autopay option and are unable to pay in full at booking, you have the alternative of selecting the non-autopay payment plan.  Please note that if you opt for the non-autopay payment plan option, you are expected to make a monthly payment on your trip. The amount will be calculated by the platform at the time of booking. You are obligated to make your payments on a monthly and timely basis without the need for demand or contact from our end. Failure to adhere to the agreed-upon payment plan may result in the cancellation of your booking without prior notice or refund.

 

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Cancellation policy:

Cancellation and Refund Policy: U.S. regulations allow you 24 hours to cancel your booking for a full refund. Should you need to cancel for any reason after 24hrs from booking, all payments will be final, non-refundable, non-transferable. & no credits issued per the nature of this trip.  TRAVEL INSURANCE IS MANDATORY. By booking this trip you are agreeing to acquire Travel Insurance to cover your during this trip and share it with BaldGirlWillTravel LLC at least 30 days prior to the commencement of the trip. It is recommended that you purchase a policy that includes "cancel for any reason" travel insurance to protect you in case of any unforeseen cancellation or accident. 

BaldgirlwilltravelLLC  reserves the right to cancel or postpone a trip due to extenuating circumstances. 

As a participant on any BaldgirlwilltravelLLC trip, it is your responsibility to make sure you are in compliance with all country, airline or vendor requirements including vaccines and other documents. No refund or credit will be issued if you fail to obtain the required documents or if there’s a sudden change in country/airline requirements resulting in your cancellation.   All requests for cancellation must be received in writing via email at info@baldgirlwilltravel.com


Available Packages

Superior Room - Single Occupancy Package
Available until June 1, 2024

$4,566.00
Deposit: $350.00 per person

 

Superior single rooms offer guests a room that provides an enchanting frontal or lateral window garden view.

 

Package includes all listed itinerary items plus single occupancy superior room. 

 

This is a Girls Trip for Sistas! Partners, children, spouses will not be included in any itinerary activities under any circumstances. 

Superior Room – Double Occupancy Package
Available until June 1, 2024

$3,786.00
Deposit: $350.00 per person

 

Superior  double rooms offer guests a room that provides an enchanting frontal or lateral window garden view.

 

May include double bed or 2 twin beds at guest option or specifications.

 

Package includes all listed itinerary items plus double occupancy superior room. 

 

  • Price listed is PER PERSON
  • 2 persons per room
  • Both Travelers names and contact information required at booking

This is a Girls Trip for Sistas! Partners, children, spouses will not be included in any itinerary activities under any circumstances.