The secret to joy...

by Sunni Chapman

I’ll be honest, I’ve given up on silly New Year’s promises.

* I’m not going to kid myself that I’ll lose 50 pounds.

* I’m not going to bake bread from scratch every day.

* I’m not going to master Chinese in the next 4 months.

Instead of criticizing myself for what I’ve been doing wrong, in 2018 I’m investing in experiences that create joy – cooking for friends, reading new books, and traveling to far-off shores. And, honestly, what brings more joy than travel?

When you travel, you….

· make new friends

· unearth new, exciting flavors

· discover people’s shared humanity

In Italy, it's impossible to ignore Italian's gioia di vivere -- their pure joy for life. It's a big reason folks rank Italy as a "must-see" destination. When you're with Italians, you're savoring the good life... food, friends, family. You're not stressing about tomorrow. You're living in today.

After the success of our Educational Trips for Agents, countless travel advisors have begged us to craft a small-group journey for their clients. I’m overjoyed to announce our join-in trip to TUSCANY & PIEMONTE (9/23/18 - 9/26/18).


Let me be clear – this isn’t any old trip. It’s epic. It’s deluxe. It’s exclusive. The trip is limited to 15 participants, guaranteeing access to some of Italy’s most elite accommodations and private experiences.

You travelers will slumber in luxury – pampered in historic villas!

Your guests will sip wine in ancient cellars with the vineyards owners!

Your clients will enjoy behind-the-scenes access to elegant wineries and ristoranti!

Do your travelers love the finer things? Do they like making new, wine-loving friends? Are they eager to enjoy Italy minus the annoying crowds? TUSCANY & PIEMONTE are a perfect fit for your most discerning clients. Oh, did I mention it takes place in harvest season? In late September, Italy’s countryside is ablaze in brilliant foliage – a sight they’ll never forget!

Below you’ll find delicious details to share with your trusted travelers.


Explore the scenery of Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia wine valley – dotted with vineyards, golden hills and stone towns, like Montalcino. Our sommelier-guide will explain the history of Brunello wine in the region. Guests will enjoy an exclusive tasting in the cellars of the famed Nardi Vineyards. For lunch, you will enjoy a true taste of Tuscany in a hidden hilltop hamlet – savoring scrumptious food alongside sweeping views of the valley. The afternoon caps off with a guided tasting of Brunello at Poggio di Sotto vineyard – where travelers will meet the vineyard owner himself! The vines of this winery overlook the scenic Orcia River – framed in brilliant fall foliage. Accommodation in a 17th-century hilltop palace/spa.



Discover the charms of historic Montepulciano, strolling stone street and meandering medieval piazzas. Next, you will enjoy a light lunch paired with prized Tuscan wine – on the stunning slopes of Montepulciano. On your way to the medieval gem of San Gimignano, you will explore the historic, family-operated Boscarelli Winery. You will enjoy a private tour and tasting with a member of the Boscarelli family – including access to their private cellars. In the afternoon, you will unearth with our local guide the grandeur of San Gimignano – famed around the world for its extraordinary medieval towers. Accommodation in a 17th-century hilltop palace/spa.



Delight in the rustic elegance of Piedmont’s Le Langhe region – blanketed with historic vineyards that produce some of Italy’s finest wines. First, you will drink in the beauty of the Marchesi Gresy Winery – recognized as one of Piedmont’s most elite producers of red. Lunch at the Michelin-starred Piazza Duomo Restaurant in Alba will wow your taste buds – a once-in-a-lifetime meal, followed by a personal tour of the chef’s kitchen. The evening will further pamper your palate – as you learn to make pasta, from scratch, with an Italian family at their vineyard. Accommodation in a splendid 19th-century villa in the Italian wine country.


Our exclusive join-in trip is open to duos and single travelers. Agents who sell this trip will earn a generous 14% commission – our New Year’s gift to you! So, why not help your clients invest in a joy-filled trip through Italy? Consider proposing our TUSCANY & PIEDMONT trip to your top travelers or in an upcoming blog or post.

Happy New Year to you all!

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