2018 Arts Sojourn in Tuscany: The Walled City of Lucca

Trip Info At a Glance:


June 17 – June 24, 2018

Cost: $2,425

$350 non-refundable deposit due with application. Balance must be received no later than March 15, 2018.

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Relaxed, yet cosmopolitan, the walled city of Lucca has been a favorite of ours for many years. Let us introduce you to its secrets, from out of the way corners for painting and sketching, to earthy street markets and food festivals in the countryside. We’ll take you places other art groups don’t, such as the impressive sculpture town of Pietrasanta and the breathtaking marble quarries of Carrara, where Michelangelo selected his stone.

Lucca is the perfect home base for easy day trips to Pisa or Florence, as well as some of northwest Tuscany’s most picturesque hill towns. But Lucca is also a vibrant city in its own right, boasting nightly concerts, world-class shopping, abundant historic sites, and the daily passeggiata along its park-like walls.

The New York Times declared the food in Lucca to be “among Italy’s most compelling – almost certainly the best in Tuscany.” Come savor a glorious week sampling the city’s restaurants and cafés, and enjoy a memorable evening with us dining under the stars at the Sagra dei Tordelli – a celebration of one of the area’s specialty pastas.

There’s much more awaiting you on our Tuscan Arts Sojourn; just pack your bags and leave the planning and logistics to us. We’ll escort you from Pisa airport to our carefully selected four-star hotel in Lucca’s historic center where you’ll greet your creative new friends at a cocktail reception followed by a grand welcome dinner at one of our favorite trattorias. Then get ready to spend the rest of the week fulfilling your personal Tuscan dreams.

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Important Trip Info

June 17 (June 16 US departure) – June 24, 2018

Travel Coordination and Orientation

Detailed travel instructions will be sent to each participant to ensure they arrive and depart at times that coordinate with our charter transportation. Applicants are responsible for securing their own transportation to and from their home and Galileo Galilei Airport in Pisa, Italy (PSA). No refunds are given for missed connections.

US departure should be on June 16 for next day arrival in Italy. Most airline tickets are non-refundable once issued, so it is essential that each applicant wait until they have received their confirmation and instructions before booking flights.

When we receive your application and deposit we will send a complete pre-trip orientation package to help you prepare. Our Sojourn will begin with an in-country orientation session as well.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance to guard against a possible loss in case of cancellation or withdrawal from the trip for some unforeseen reason. Please see our cancellation policy below.

Hotel

Our hotel is a top level four-star establishment with full modern conveniences, including air conditioning, TV, WiFi and private baths with hair dryers. Complete information and a link to the hotel website will be sent to all applicants.

Cost of the Arts Sojourn*

ARTS SOJOURN IN TUSCANY: $2,425 — per person sharing a double room.


WITH SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $2,875 — total trip cost in a single room.

A limited number of single rooms are available on a first come basis. It is strongly suggest that you register early if you desire a single room. For those traveling alone who wish to share a double room, we will try our best to pair you with a compatible traveler of the same gender. If this is not possible, you will have the option of paying the additional surcharge for a single (if available) or you may decline to participate and receive a full refund of your deposit. 


WITH DELUXE BI-LEVEL SUITE SUPPLEMENT: $2,675 — per person in upgraded suite.

A limited number of upgraded suites are available on a first come basis.


*Please note that these prices are based on the exchange rate as of August 2017. Although no increase is anticipated, due to the current volatility in the international exchange rate Arts Sojourn reserves the right to add an appropriate surcharge to cover additional costs should the value of the US dollar drop appreciably prior to our departure.

Method of Payment

By credit card using our secure online form.

Payment Schedule

$350 non-refundable deposit due with application. Balance must be received no later than March 15, 2018. (It may still be possible to join the Arts Sojourn after the March deadline if space is available.)

Confirmation and Pre-Trip Orientation

Confirmation and comprehensive trip information will be emailed within two weeks of receipt of your deposit.

Cancellations and Refunds

We understand that events sometimes happen that may preclude you from joining us. Notice of cancellation must be made in writing via email. The following scale of charges will apply after cancellation notice is received:

  • All deposits are non-refundable.
  • Between 60 days and 30 days prior to departure, there is a cancellation fee of 50% of the total price of the trip.
  • Less than 30 days prior to departure the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price.

Sorry, but we must be firm in our cancellation policy. We highly recommended all applicants purchase travel insurance to guard against possible loss.
 In the unlikely event that we must cancel an Arts Sojourn, we will issue you a full refund of all funds paid to us, including your deposit.

Luggage

Each person is strictly limited to one suitcase and one carry on (art supplies included). No exceptions. Please travel light and be certain that you are capable of handling your own luggage. All baggage and personal effects are at all times and in all circumstances at the risk of the participant.

What IS included in the Arts Sojourn price?

  • Ground transportation to and from Pisa airport to hotel in Lucca.
  • 4-Star hotel accommodations for 7 nights. Surcharge applies if a single or upgraded room is requested.
  • All breakfasts
  • First night welcome reception and dinner
  • Day trip to Pietrasanta and Carrara quarries with lunch at award-winning pizzeria
  • Transportation and dinner at evening food festival
  • Tips for drivers
  • All art activities
  • Pre-trip and in-country travel orientation

What is NOT included in the Arts Sojourn price?

  • Transportation to and from your home to Pisa Airport in Italy
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Beverages
  • Lunches and dinners not specified
  • Optional tips for hotel personnel
  • Lucca city tax
  • Personal items
  • Fees charged by museums and cultural sites

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