The official travel company for the Emmy-nominated show “Destination Craft!”
Most of you know the life of singer Frankie Valli through the Broadway hit musical, Jersey Boys, and we are thrilled to announce a tour in Tuscany next year with the star of that show- Tony Award winner, John Lloyd Young! We will explore some of the greatest places in Tuscany and participate in some hands-on craft workshops, along with enjoying the food, the people, sights and culture. John will give us a first-hand look at his life as a Broadway star and even perform a musical concert exclusive to our group. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to travel with the talented John Lloyd Young in one of the greatest destinations in the world. Call our office and reserve your space before it is sold out!
Total cost of this 9-day Tuscany Experience is:
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Space is available on a first-come/first-served basis. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Travel insurance is highly recommended. Land only and single rates are available upon request. Please consult our Terms & Conditions as they apply once your first deposit is made. A 3% discount is offered if the expedition is paid in full by check within 7 business days of the invoice date.
The Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera. It is in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" comprises five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cost of this optional day tour and train ride of the famous Cinque Terre is $187.97 per person.
Film, stage and concert artist, John Lloyd Young, is a Tony and Grammy winner, multi-Platinum recording artist and Presidential Appointee. As the original “Frankie Valli” in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys, Young garnered unprecedented accolades from the New York and national media, going on to become the only American actor to date to win all four major Broadway Leading Actor in a Musical honors for a Broadway debut: the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award. Young starred in Jersey Boys on London’s West End and was hand-picked by director Clint Eastwood to reprise his role in the Warner Bros. film adaptation, becoming one of only a select-few actors in entertainment history to take his Tony-winning role to the big screen.
Over the years, Young has sung selections from Jersey Boys several times at the White House, in the halls of Congress, and to Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes, Obamas, Bidens, Trumps, Pences, the Prime Minister and First Lady, Shinzo and Akie Abe, of Japan and the President and First Lady of Finland, Sauli Niinistö and Jenni Haukio.
As a concert artist, Young has taken his expertly curated repertoire of classic pop and R&B to filled-to-capacity rooms, thrilling his audiences with a “disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere” (The New York Times). He has played The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Hollywood Bowl, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the U.S. Embassy in Finland, Mar-a-Lago, Clint Eastwood’s Tehama Country Club, New York’s Café Carlyle, Feinstein’s in NY and San Francisco, Radio City Music Hall, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
Young has appeared on Live with Kelly and Michael, The Today Show, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, NPR’s All Things Considered and Here and Now, Access Hollywood, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and more.
John Lloyd Young’s five-star-rated solo album of classic R&B, My Turn..., debuted as a best-seller on Amazon. It remains a fan-favorite with several songs from the album requested at each of his live performances.
Appointed to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities by Barack Obama, Young was sworn in at the Supreme Court of the United States by Justice Elena Kagan. As a member of the Committee, Young represented the United States on the first U.S. Cultural Mission to the Republic of Cuba, along with fellow Committee members Kal Penn and Alfre Woodard, guest artists Usher, Smokey Robinson, Dave Matthews, violinist Joshua Bell, playwright John Guare, U.S. arts officials, including the Chairs of the NEA and the Smithsonian Institution, and members of Congress.
A resident of Los Angeles, Young was educated at Brown University and in Spain at the University of Salamanca. He knows fluent Spanish, conversational and written Mandarin, and sings in several languages, including Spanish, Mandarin, Hebrew and Italian. Trained by world championship title holders and Chinese Shaolin monks, Young holds a brown-belt in Shaolin Temple-style kung fu and is a student and practitioner of Chinese Chan Buddhism.
Young ardently supports charities including the USO, amFAR and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Jackie Kersh, Lakewood, CA - "This was my first trip to Europe and a great way to go. Everything was planned and arranged so that all I had to do was show up! Our daily excursions were to places that were interesting and fun. I liked that we were given a lot of free time to shop and explore on our own as well as the guided tours."
Carole Green, Kuttawa, KY- "I loved all of the locations that we visited. The small communities gave the real feel of Tuscany. The local guides were excellent - very personable, knowledgeable and humorous. The winery experiences were wonderful (even for a non-wine drinker!)."
Beverly Brown, Bloomington, IN - "Tuscany tour was everything I hoped for in seeing this beautiful area of Italy!"
Paula Von Winckelmann, Paso Robles, CA - "Great itinerary with just the right pace to enjoy the sights and have some free time."
Wayne & Jenny Harwood, California, USA - "My wife and I have traveled Craftours to Tuscany with a quilting group from Los Angeles a few years ago. I have to say, by far, this was the best vacation we have taken in the 32 years we have been married. The hotel we stayed in was exceptional, the tour guides were knowledgeable and polite, and everything that was planned and the things we did exceeded our expectations. This testimonial is written with the intent to persuade husbands to travel with their wives on these trips. Even though there is a quilting element to the tour, I never felt it was anything that got in the way of my happiness as a person who does not quilt.
We are looking forward to traveling to China next year. We have no doubt it will be another great adventure."
Paula Morrison - "The Tuscany tour was amazing! Italy has been on my bucket list for quite some time. I am so happy that Craftours made this trip of a lifetime exceed my wildest dreams! The magnificent itinerary, lodging, food, transportation and tour guides were beyond spectacular! Our group became one big family because we shared such amazing memories that will last a lifetime! Thank you all for such a grand time!"
Cecilia Ashcraft, Malvern, AR - "I had the time of my life! Tuscany was everything I imagined it would be. Craftours did a great job of making sure I saw all the necessities while giving me time to explore on my own as well. The accommodations were wonderful and the details were all taken care of.
Anita Houston, Midland, TX - "It was the best ’creative’ vacation I’ve ever taken!!! Hands down! The places we visited, the people who tagged along, the Art I ogled at, and the art I made with Tim Holtz were all top notch!"
Kathryn Harpold-Dunn, Benicia, CA - "It was a wonderful adventure packed full of special destinations, sites and activities. I tell my friends that this was like an antipasti platter: lots of little tastes that wet your appetite for more."
Joy Kennedy, Orange, CA - "This was a trip of a lifetime! Thank you Craftours for allowing us to experience such an amazing journey!"
Ann McDevitt, Burlington, MA- "I enjoyed the trip so much I am planning to take another trip with this company."
Michelle Yantzonika, Willamette ESD - "I just wanted to comment on my trip with Craftours. I went to Tuscany in October 2012 and I had such a fabulous time!
Tuscany has always been a place I dreamed of going someday. With Craftours, that dream became a reality! All of the cities and sights that we visited were truly amazing! The architecture, and the colors and textures of the landscape was breathtaking! The people in Tuscany were all so helpful and kind even when I messed up what little Italian I had learned for the trip. This was truly a trip that I wished had never ended, but I hope to return again to Tuscany in the near future, and continue my adventure.
Thank you, Craftours, for making this dream come true for me."
Donna Mccartney-Smith, Salem, Oregon - "I traveled to Tuscany this past October with Beth on the McCall’s Tuscany trip. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. His attention to detail made the trip run smoothly, but his personality made it fun.
I smile every time I think of my week in Tuscany. Today, I was shopping for a bottle of wine, came across one that we had tried on a vineyard tour and started grinning ear to ear.
I’m saving up for another trip, hopefully this year. As my friend and I said after our trip in October..."We work to travel!"
Barbara VanBurger, Horseheads, NY-"Traveling everywhere is the best part of life... Not only seeing interesting, historic, inspiring places but meeting with fellow tourists and the people living in the area give the creative input to learn or look at the world and design in a new way. It is wonderful to be along with others of the same interests I enjoy that so very much. Tuscany would be a wonderful addition to my travels and also the collection of fabrics in new places. Exploring fabric shops in a different part of the world whether here or abroad is always a joy."
Evelyn Zachor, Bothell, WA- "My husband and I joined the Tuscany tour to celebrate my 60th birthday. It was a trip we had been planning for some time. I saw this tour in McCalls magazine. It was the perfect answer to how we would see so many places in one trip. This trip truly gave us the flavor of Italy with the freedom to enjoy sightseeing without the fuss of doing the logistics work. It left us with a lifetime of memories and look forward to building more. Another tough decision. 🙂 where to go next... Craftours!"
Besime Brierton, Burke, VA - "The tour was fantastic. Everything was organized. Kathy and Amy worked well together."
Karen Naylor, Gainesville, VA - "Lovely accommodations, interesting daily tours, wonderful food, all carefully planned for maximum enjoyment with the pleasure of sharing this Tuscan experience with Bonnie Hunter."
Laura Pringle, Chandler, AZ - "Thank you so much for all your work. My mom and I will remember our trip of a lifetime!!!"
Susan Britt, Mississauga, ON - "Absolutely wonderful trip ... well organized and knowledgeable tour guides. Amy and Kathy did a good job keeping us all together and mixed well with the group. The places we saw were beautiful. Would have liked a little more time at a few spots but I now have places I will return to. Bonnie shared her quilting skills with us and we had a fun workshop. Her blog is amazing and certainly captured this trip. I had so much fun and met some wonderful ladies. Many thanks to you all."
Tess Griffin, Raleigh, NC - "This tour was not what I expected, it was so much more! We covered a lot of ground with much information about the places we visited. Friends have asked me what was my favorite place and I still can't decide!!"
Carolyn Stigler, Bryan, TX - "Great trip. Great weather. Great people. The tours around Tuscany were diverse. The bus was comfortable and our driver was safe. He also looked out for our bathroom needs. The cemetery stop was emotional and beautiful. I don't know what I liked best because it was all above expectations"
Rosemary Hoffman, Thousand Oaks, CA - "A good overview of the Tuscany area. Enjoyed the numerous small towns that we visited."
Pat Kilmain, Palmer, AK - "This was one of the best tours I've been on. The itinerary was great, I saw the Tuscany I was expecting."
Jill Lombard, Carlsbad, CA - "It was an amazing, magical week in Tuscany. I loved staying in one hotel the entire time and doing local day trips. Craftours has put together a fabulous itinerary that immerses you in the beauty that is Tuscany!"
Frieda Zuerner, Houston, TX - "Another fabulous trip with Bonnie. Tuscany was so beautiful and Craftours always manages the perfect split between group activities and having time on your own to explore."
Kathy Bonnell, Sterling, IL - "Great trip!! Well worth the money. I never would have seen or done as much left to my own devices!"
Theresa Arnold, Indianapolis, IN - "I have mostly traveled independently so was pleased with the balance of tour guided experiences with the freedom to choose once we arrived at a location. Craftours did the hard part which allowed me to enjoy (without trepidation) the actual experience. Hotel was amazing! Bonnie Hunter was the "gravy" on this experience. Just a wonderful balance with an excellent tour guide!"
Elizabeth Dickey, Slippery Rock, PA - "It was a little piece of heaven here on earth"
Kathy Browning, Arcadia, FL - "I was a little skeptical of going on a group tour for the first time, but it was a perfect balance between group time and time to explore on your own. Information given on the bus rides to our daily destination was very helpful and then we had plenty of time to explore where we wanted which might have been different than the rest of the group. I appreciated the central location where we stayed so we didn't have to haul luggage around Italy. It was a beautiful city with wonderful restaurants, shop and gelato!!! Loved every minute of the trip!"
Janet Roth, Red Deer, AB - "I found it a very fun group and enjoyed every minute of our trip. It is a great way for a single lady to travel, felt very safe and well taken care of. Thanks to our guides, Kathy and Amy!"
Norma & Burton Casad, Ponca City, Oklahoma - "My husband took flak for going on a quilting trip that he actually enjoyed it. It was very well done and we would travel with them again."
Paula Barton, Caldwell, Texas - "Words don't describe the beautiful Scenery, the gracious people and the exquisite food we experience on this trip - guides, drivers were all very helpful and professional. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I would love to travel with Craftours again!"
Diane Michal, Trophy Club, Texas - "I loved this trip! Amy & Kathy were great facilitators that helped to bond the group into a caring, supportive, & adventurous as a whole. Thank you for a fabulous retirement trip!"
Adrienne Peake, Rosedale Station, Alberta - "Thank You for the wonderful experience. I have traveled with Craftours and enjoyed both trips."
Carla McGuire, Boynton Beach, Florida - "Fantastic trip! Well organized but yet plenty of free time."
Barb Larson, Chaska, Minnesota - "I enjoyed the Tuscany Tour with Bonnie Hunter. We had just the right mix of sight seeing and also time to relax. Loved it!!"
Kathy Freeman,Portland,Tennessee - "An amazing tour of Tuscany! Each day was better than the day before, even though I didn't think it could be possible."
Greg & Dolores Stefanski, Downers Grove, Illinois - "Excellent taste of Tuscany!"
Debbie Boeken, Ardmore, Oklahoma - "Fabulous trip"
Helga Brown, Lake Havasu City, Arizona - "I was apprehensive about the painting part of the trip but Deb Haugen, our instructor, was absolutely delightful. Deb made the painting class interesting and you wanted to produce something she was teaching us."
Connie Herbold, Pasadena, Maryland - "The trip was terrific, and the weather was perfect. All members of the group seemed to get along well, and everyone was polite and pleasant. "
Janet Nagle ,Danvers, Massachusetts - "The trip was everything I hoped it would be and more"
Cindy Daugherty,Shorewood, Wisconsin - "The Tuscany Tour was incredible! Each day was planned perfectly with the right amount of activity and rest time. We experienced more of the region than we would have on our own including interacting with local artisans for a wonderful flavor of the culture and traditions."
Cathy Sandmann, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey - "I had a wonderful time. The balance between activities and free time on my own was just right. The countryside was beautiful "
Jenny McAllister, Pewaukee, Wisconsin - "I had a wonderful time, it was all I expected and much more."
Patricia Costa, Floral Park, New York - "It was the most informative tour I have ever been on. We saw and did things that we would never had the chance to experience as an ordinary tourist."
Julie Archer, Haymarket, Virginia - "The tour of Tuscany exceeded all expectations. Every day was a new adventure. I will never forget this trip or the wonderful new friends I made."
Alma Lou Annab, Springfield Gardens, New York - "What I liked the most about the Tuscany Craft Tour was the opportunity to experience hands on how the traditional craft were made. We were taught by experienced artisans. In addition we saw close up such techniques as stone "mosaics" or inlay. The precision achieved using the simplest of tools, and the inspiration from the stones was absolutely mind-boggling. No word can explain the amazement of the final piece. Being able to see a sculptor in his studio with the live model and the many steps and processes before the statue becomes reality gave greater respect and insight to the work of the old masters. But it was so enjoyable to be able to DO a fresco. To do the leather cover, to squish the clay into decorative shapes was wonderful. Even seeing the unique results of the paper marbling made us realize these were things we could do at home. Most to us show you only a brief glance at historic monuments. This one took you back to the beginning and behind the scenes. Since the group was small we got to know all the individuals very well."
Elaine Shepherd, Little Mountain Caloundra, Australia - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Craftours to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Jan Wasson, Paris, KY - "I first traveled 3 years ago with Craftours to Ireland via McCalls Magazine. That trip was awesome so I knew I would not be disappointed traveling with Craftours to Tuscany. I was right. The trip was absolutely awesome and I will have no problems traveling with Craftours again. Tuscany was everything I was expecting and even more. Beautiful, breathtaking, and awesome is the only way I know to describe what I saw, experienced and ate."
Cindy Gilmore, Sandy, UT - "Having never been to Italy before, Tuscany tour was a great introduction to places I may have never known to visit. The trip was well planned with the right amount of planned activities and day trips but also enough time on our own to explore places I wanted to see."
Simone Sagan, Hvalstad, Norway - "SUPER TRIP!"
Mary Jane Leatherman, Rittman, OH - "The tour itself was very good. Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton was very informative and had three wonderful sessions."
Laurel Kieffer, Strum, WI - "It was a good introduction to Tuscany."
Judith Britton, Secaucus, NJ - "This was a great trip. Tuscany is fantastic, we had beautiful weather, and excellent food."
Lynn Ingle, Del Mar, CA - "The tour offered a lot for the cost. For a first time traveler, it gave you a good overview of the wonderful sites we saw. Our guide and the transportation we used gave us a good feeling of security."
Barbara Walborn, Griffin, GA - "Tuscany certainly lived up to my expectations! The mosaic inlay demonstration and the Florentine paper printing class were definite highlights. Though my husband is not a cardmaker he was never at a loss for something to do. Definitely go as a couple and you won't be disappointed."
Tom Walborn, Griffin, GA - "I thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I particularly enjoyed the paper printing and mosaic visit. As a husband traveling with my wife (the cardmaker) I would tell other husbands there is plenty for you to do. Our tour guide took very good care of us."
Mickey Basiliere, Longmont, CO - "A trip to Tuscany has been on my bucket list for years. My trip far exceeded what I was hoping to see and do. Jim was amazing and engaged us in very thought out tours. It was a great balance of free time and tour time. A Craftour is definitely the way to go! Your personal time is not used on trying to decide where to go and what to see. Words cannot describe how I was emotionally moved by the kindness and laid back approach to life that I experienced with the people of Italy. This was a trip of a lifetime!"
Lisa Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "This was my second trip with Craftours and, once again, I really enjoyed it. What I appreciate most is the very relaxed pace and while we travel to the locations on the itinerary together, once we arrive, we have the freedom to explore and see the things that matter to us most as opposed to being forced to stay as a group. I also like the fact that there are not too many activities scheduled in a day."
Vikki Bendle, Lakes Creek, Queensland - "Really enjoyed this tour... great company... made many new friends... great itinerary... great guide and great teacher. It was truly memorable. I loved the Grande Hotel in Montecatini Terme and the lovely staff who looked after us."
Marjorie Motto, East Hampton, CT - "This was a great trip. We saw so much in a short period of time. The tour guide was the very best. She really made our group feel like family. The hotel was more than I expected. All the towns and squares we visited was stupendous. I wish we could do other areas of Italy in the future."
Phyllis Schicker, Johnson Creek, WI - "Another fabulous trip. I very much like the relaxed pace of the trip with ample time to explore on our own mixed in with the planned activities."
Trudy McNish, Klondike, TX - "I was emotionally touched with some of the beautiful sites on the tour."
Connie Wideman, Sherwood Park, Alberta - "It was very well organized with a fantastic tour guide. We saw many things that we would not be privy to on any other tour. The balance of scheduled time and free time was very good. "
Margaret Mitchell, Oak View, CA - "The tour was very well planned and executed. We did and saw so many amazing things, and I "Gush" about it to everyone I run into. I will take other Craftours in the future!"
Bonny Groneman, Springville, UT - "It was an amazing Fashion and Textiles Tour! I am a Clothing and Textiles teacher and loved visiting the silk factories where I saw up close the production of the beautiful fabric. Milan and Florence were beautiful in the Fall. Loved the cooking lesson at the family owned winery. Cinque Terre was beautiful and great for shopping! Had the opportunity to meet many new friends who love textiles and sewing!"
Linda Tabaska, Los Altos Hills, CA - "The tour was very interesting and a good balance of tours, shopping and free time. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Italy."
John Larimer, Tigard, OR - "The tour was very informative and we had a wonderful time."
Kalena Popson, Denver, CO - "I have never heard of Craftours before but accompanied my mother on the trip. Though I am not big into Fashion and Textiles I had a blast! Being in Italy itself was such a treat! I would definitely do another tour when I can afford it on my own."
Yael Hellman , Beverly Hills, CA- "The Tuscany tour was wonderful."
Christine Brock , San Diego, CA- "Your tour provided a very special opportunity to meet local tour guides and crafts people, and learn their stories, making the visit to Italy more personal."
Arlene Watters , Lemon Grove, CA- "Your choices of craft experiences were wonderful. The guides and transportation were terrific, I felt very well taken care of!"
Roberta Allen , Oceanside, CA- "Have visited Tuscany before however, the Arts & Crafts component of this tour was awesome. Loved the variety of arts and crafts that we participated in. The farewell dinner was AMAZING!!!!"
Joyce Mann , Alpine, CA- "Loved it! Tuscany was just as I had imagined. Beautiful fields of grapes. Great food, tours, wine and hosts."
Louise Goodman , San Diego, CA- "Lovely hotel, plenty of interesting places and crafts."
Judy Gentry , Haymarket, VA- "Great tour of a beautiful country."
Barry K Durie , Bethlehem, PA- "A well planned and led tour with a good balance of guided group time and free to roam time. Information was always clear and shared in a timely fashion. Appreciated the efficiency of our overall escort and the particular knowledge of the various guides who joined us."
Michelle Baggett , Columbia, MO- "I can’t say enough good things about Craftours. Our guide Mary Ellen Francis went above and beyond our expectations. We missed flights getting to our destination due to weather issues and she was always watching out for us making sure we were getting where we needed to go to make it to our destination. My mother fell and broke her knee our last day of our trip and Mary Ellen was right there to get an ambulance and help us make arrangements for me to stay at a hotel near the hospital where my mom was getting treatment. She also made sure I had contacts of translators and headquarters to help me get home when it was possible. She was a huge help to us. Mary Ellen is fantastic!"
Jeanne Schmaltz , Benicia, CA- "Great craft tour with many opportunities to try different crafts as well as tour of different Tuscan cities"
Deborah Parrish , Tucson, AZ- "Loved the tour! Saw so much every day. Our Craftours Escort Mary Ellen was excellent. Kept us on our toes!"
Wendy Madden , Summerfield, FL- "Enjoyed it immensely. The small towns and the countryside are beautiful."
Leslie , Enola, PA- "Wonderful trip! It was more strenuous than I thought it would be."
Debra Fenton , Saukville, WI- "The Ultimate Arts & Crafts Expedition of Tuscany was the ultimate Italian tour. The towns and places we visited were the most old world tours of a lifetime. In the time we were there the tour took us to as many wonderful places we could hope to be."
Gail Warnes , Ashland, OH- "I loved the tour, the extensions and the optional trips. Italy was incredibly beautiful, the sites selected for visits were very interesting and worth the time and money, and the art and craft lessons were fun and rewarding."
Janice McAdams , Brookeland, TX- "My trip was great fun. Our escort made the trip very enjoyable, our group was very compatible, all in the expedition was awesome."
Judy Rosalez , Cary, NC- "It was a good trip. I had a nice time and met some wonderful people. It was terrific being at 1 hotel the entire time."
Debbi Torri , Morris, IL- "This trip was phenomenal in every way! The cuisine, the vino and the optional tours were exceptional! So glad we took advantage of them.."
Audrey Wilson , Beaumont, CA- "I enjoyed the trip very much....."
Margaret Casey , Seattle, WA- "I enjoyed seeing places I have never visited before. I also liked staying in one hotel..."
Marilyn Wallace , Ash Fork, AZ- "I believe that going on a tour with a group of people you do not know is an experience not to be missed. You get to know those people and might want to stay in touch. I met some wonderful people on the bus that I was on. I will stay in touch on Facebook."
Dennis & Dawn Auker , Salem, OR- "This was our second tour of Tuscany. The first time was with Jim West 8 yrs ago. We enjoyed both tours very much."
Shelly Wickham , Sturgeon Bay, WI- "I loved this trip! There was just the right amount of craft activities, sightseeing, and downtime that I did not feel like I didn’t have enough time to enjoy Italy."
Deneen Nash , Bedford Heights, OH- "Fantastic trip. I would go back to Tuscany."
Jackie miller , Westbury, NY- "I loved it! We had so much fun. Everyone was so nice. The hotel was terrific, the tour was great. Holly, Alice and Deb were the best"
Ellen March , Morrison, CO- "What a fantastic experience! Despite the long days and packed schedule, I feel like I saw everything that Italy has to offer and then some. The special tours to the Pino Grasso embroidery studio, silk factory and atelier were once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I made friends I will cherish forever. Thank you for a wonderful time!"
Vicki Wofford , Bastrop, TX- "It gave me a new appreciation for ’handmade’ textiles and fashions from Italy."
Maxine Constantine , Fishers, IN- "A very special tour that exceeded expectations! I am still on a Tuscany high!"
Anne Hirner , Kent, WA- "I had my very best ever vacation. Italy is so inspirational. Our tour guide Agnes was so organized, helpful and a wonderful woman. All of the tours and local guides she had arranged for us was awesome. Would love to take another tour with you someday. Agnes was also very knowledgeable about handling some not so well behaved clients. She was great."
Rosemary Costabile , Palm Coast, FL- "The trip to Italy was a dream realized. The places visited were more than I would have done on my own. My love and interest in sewing was rewarded. Visiting Milan, Montecatini Terme, Florence, Pisa and Cinque Terre and San Gimignano were absolutely a treat! Loved them all!!"
Elisabeth Prescott , Astoria, NY- "Overall the tour was a great introduction to Italy’s craftsmanship and tourist sights and was inspirational from a creative perspective, too."
Jocelyn King , Richmond, KY- "The tour was well-organized to include a variety of activities. The crafts were superb--we were all awed by the dedication of the artisans. Plenty of tourist sights, also."
Bonnie Bloom , Lewes, DE- "Absolutely an amazing experience!"
Lynn Jaffe , Encinitas, CA- "I really enjoyed the trip! I had never been on a group tour and was traveling alone, so having someone handling all the details of traveling was fabulous! The local guides were very informative and the planned crafts were fun."
Linda G Spurgin , Mena, AR- "I had a wonderful time. It was great meeting creative people from all over the US. Sometimes when you get a number of creative folks together, there can be personality problems. But this group got along very well and even helped each other when needed. We just ended up enjoying each other’s company."
Cynthia Knight , Van Buren, AR- "Wonderful, incredible, magical, heavenly experience in my life. I left my heart in Montecatini Terme!??"
Caren Duggan, Caldwell, ID - "It was such a beautiful tour of Italy! I enjoyed the well taught artistic classes."
Carol Dunn, Salem, WI - "One of the best tours ever! Thanks to Agnes Warren. She is amazing!"
Ellen Matter, Warwick, PA - "The trip was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for more."
Fran Peters, Alexandria, KY - "ENJOYABLE TRIP!"
Marsha Mowery, Fort Collins, CO - "The tour was so diversified--history, scenery, great guides, accommodations and food, and of course, crafts."
Roslynn Piernas-Hills, Chino, CA - "The expedition was filled with activity. Not a dull moment. The tour coaches were top of the line with expert drivers."
Marcia Schulman, Bala Cynwyd, PA - "This trip was everything I expected and more! The combination of visiting sights I had always dreamed of seeing, plus those I had never heard of, and having the craft experiences was fabulous! Great escort; great people; and even though I'm not a crafter, I enjoyed every single experience."
Barbara Sacawa, Schenectady, NY - "Wonderful trip. Couldn't have asked for nicer tour guides in Rome, Florence and Lucca. Such a beautiful country."
Joyce Brewer, Jacksonville, FL - "This was our first time taking a group tour vacation. It was nice to have most of the decisions and planning done for us. We had a lovely trip. It felt like a safe way to travel."
Clif Brewer, Jacksonville, FL - "Our trip to Italy with Craftours was wonderful. It was our first tour and I feel fairly certain we will join another tour in the future."
Ann Rogers, Plainfield, NH - "I loved it! We saw so much and it made me want to go back. I don't think I can put it into a few short sentences. Alice was a wonderful guide."
Phyllis Elrich, Staten Island, NY - "So many things to see and do! The trip was filled with crafts and touring. Alice, the tour guide, was spectacular! Her adorable personality made us all get in a great mood for everything. The trip was everything it promised and more."
Julie Hatley, Monroe, NH - "Craftours provided for a great tour of Tuscany with a focus on the local crafts, but with sufficient time for exploring, learning, shopping and enjoying the sites and beauty of Tuscany."
Janis Niesse, Brookhaven, GA - "This trip is a wonderful experience of a very beautiful region of Italy."
Lanette Hill, Lake Havasu City, AZ - "Loved that the trip and excursions were planned ahead of time and that Craftours took care of everything (booking flight/hotel etc.)"
Ann Hothem, Newcomerstown, OH - "Cinque Terre was breathtaking, the Tuscany region inviting with excellent food, wine and people!! The architecture and history was unbelievable."
Marie Niesse, Jacksonville, FL - "I had a wonderful time! The hands-on experiences with background information from our guides helped us learn the historical and cultural contexts and meanings of the crafts we were learning about."
Bonnie Post, Satellite Beach, FL - “Tuscany was beautiful along with the sunny weather and Agnes the well-informed tour guide.”
Beverly Fleming, Burke, VA - “Great tour. Excellent tour director. Pace was quite challenging for older stitchers. People interested in a stitching tour will of course be older than usual and we need a slower pace.”
Linda Fukunaga, Sequim, WA - “Great escort. Fun people. We had a great time! Downside it was just way too hot for most of us.”
William O’Connell, Winthrop, MA - “This was our first guided tour to Europe. We have made several trips to different places including Ireland, Italy, England, France, Spain, and Greece over the last 40 years. We set up our own itineraries and drove ourselves. But at this point in our lives - my wife and I are both 72 - we didn't want to go through the hassles that involved. I think we saw more on this Craftours trip and enjoyed it more, than on any of our previous self-guided trips. We are already signed up for a Japan tour with Craftours next year!”
Jennifer Martin, Greensboro, NC - “This was my first Craftour and it was an incredible experience! I’m already looking forward to my next trip! What a great concept of combining two things I love, travel and crafts!”
Sharon Richardson-O'Connell, Winthrop, MA - “Holly, our Craftours guide was fantastic. The hotel was comfortable and welcoming. The area of Tuscany is wonderful. Lots to see and do.”
Kathleen Martin, Dunedin, FL - “Very enjoyable and I love the small group of "new" friends and being able to unpack and enjoy without moving to a new hotel every other day.”
Susan Gardiner, Beverly Hills, MI - “I thought the tour was wonderful. Our escort Holly was a treasure.”
Lauren Cory, Pasadena, CA - “This tour is wonderful for travelers who want to get their feet wet with first experiences or who have been away from travel for a few years. Wonderful re-entry!”
Diane Rose, Jacksonville, FL - “Had a wonderful time! Girls trip for my mom and me! Our fellow travelers were amazing and really made the trip!”
Ronda Earnhart, Battlefield, MO - “Craftours Tuscany Experience created a perfect treasured memory for a lifetime! Every day's adventure was a beautiful delight led by our great tour escort Deb Haugen and shared with a fun group of folks.”
Sharla Zasadny, Walker, IA - “I went on the Germany, Austria, Italy tour with Ellen March and Sulky threads. The accommodations were fabulous, the food wonderful.”
Dorothy Orr, Anchorage, AK - “I enjoyed going to the places we visited and the people on the tour. The hotels were first rate, the food provided by the hotels was excellent as was the service provided, the national hostess kept on top of what we were doing and going to see, and the bus drivers were amazing. Ellen did a great job choosing projects for us to do and I'll work on finishing those as soon as I finish working on my Christmas projects.”
Laura Charron, Hollis, NH - “I loved every part of our trip! The price was affordable, the itinerary well thought out and coordinated, and having optional add-ons made for extra fun and needed downtime! Having Jim as a host was nothing short of incredible. His engagement with the group and personal attention- along with his personality- made us all feel like old friends instead of strangers. I’m so thankful I got to experience Italy with my mom- it was the trip of a lifetime!”
Wendy Robinson, Goldens Bridge, NY - “The Tuscany Experience was wonderful. In a short amount of time, we had the opportunity to see so much of the region.”
Marcia Richardson, Jacksonville, FL - “I loved the tour as seeing the Tuscany area of Italy. Loved all the tours we had there, and our escort was wonderful and took good care of me since I was dealing with issues with my hubby being taken to the hospital during the last few days of the tour.”
Dan Shelton, Boone, NC - “The entire trip was wonderful. The accommodations were excellent. I thought the itinerary was thoughtfully planned out. The places we visited were just stunning. For me being a beach person, Cinque Terre stood out. But so did everything else. Having Jim as our guide really put this trip way over the top. This was our 2nd tour with Craftours and we will certainly book additional trips.”
Randee Nicholas, San Antonio, TX - “I fell in love with Tuscany on this trip, with the beautiful classic rolling hills and villas, medieval cities, wonderful food, and the welcoming Italian people!”
Trish Holt, Northborough, MA - “The Tuscany Experience was a wonderful experience!!”
Peggy Carter, Jenkinsburg, GA - “It was a great trip. I have no complaints.”
Rhonda Denney, Emporia, KS - “A trip jam-packed with wonderful architecture and art! I only wish I had more time to absorb it all!”
Terri Pickering, San Diego, CA - “Best trip ever!!! This was our first tour ever. I loved all the places we went, we had the freedom to go as we please or follow with the tour group. All the places were unique and fascinating! Can't wait for our next Craftour that we just booked today! :)”
Jean Diorio, Saugus, MA - “Wonderful trip.”
Chris Chase, Bluffton, SC - “Wonderful tour! Loved all the people that we traveled with. Lots of free time to explore the area.”
David Pickering, San Diego, CA - “This was my first experience with Craftours. It was great!! I got to see new places and learn about them from our knowledgeable escort and the artisans themselves. Have already booked a second tour!!!”
Kathie Chapman, Sequim, WA - “It was a wonderful trip - accommodations were great, Holly was really great - very patient. Had a ton of fun!”
Leona Quilici, Fallon, NV - “Great trip.”
Dianne & Joel Rovner, Addison, IL - “A perfect balance of being on a “tour” and freedom to do your own thing in a magical place. A lovely trip.”