Italy Beyond the Obvious has a few tiers of fees, depending on services clients’ needs. We encourage you to read the FAQ.
Here’s an overview of services and fees.
I’d been doing Italian trip planning for friends and family for over a decade when I started getting more and more requests to do it for a fee so I sat down and thought about what I’d need to charge in order for it to be worth my time. I know how many hours it takes me to execute each type of service, so you are paying for my time and my judgment. I’ll spend time getting to know your family or group and make specific, high-quality suggestions based on your particular interests and travel style, without overwhelming you with choice or hitting Information Overload.
Plan your own trip with 7 full days of coaching by email from Italy Beyond the Obvious. Get recommendations and all details on the best hotels, restaurants, tour guides and specific activities that fit your interests and itinerary. Guaranteed thoughtful response to every single question you ask. I’m happy to have a couple short phone conversations but coaching must be done primarily over email. The 7 days can be consecutive, or split into 3 + 4 with a short break in between, or another reasonable breakdown that works for your schedule.
Fee: $400 / 7 days
For planning, booking, and a detailed written itinerary with maps, as in the sample itinerary.
If you have no time to plan your trip, want the details organized from soup to nuts, and can’t afford to spend time problem-solving on vacation, this option is for you. We take charge of the project and do everything: All reservations, all planning, all double-checking, all budget management. You sit back, make necessary decisions, and are involved as much as you have time for – and we execute, making sure your trip of a lifetime flows smoothly. Then in Italy, you enjoy, and if you need to contact us for any reason, just pick up the phone.
If you are a traveler who likes some things booked – hotels, a few guides, a few activities – but likes a little flexibility, this service is for you. We’ll make sure the overall flow and balance of the itinerary is awesome, and we’ll work with you on recommending and booking hotels, plus an activity and a restaurant for each day. This itinerary works well for people traveling with small children or for anyone who wants a little structure during the day but also wants the flexibility to discover things independently, but with high-quality recommendations. You might make bookings or reservations yourself while in Italy. This option does not include maps, or on-trip support.
If none of the above meet your needs and you just need solid advice from an Italy Destination Expert, contact Madeline by email at madeline at italybeyondtheobvious dot com to schedule a consulting session by phone. Consulting is $100/hour, with a 1 hour minimum.