Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer

Montecatini Terme, Province of Pistoia, Italy

20 reviews
Apr 22 - May 2, 2022
Group size: 1 - 41
Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer
Montecatini Terme, Province of Pistoia, Italy

20 reviews

Apr 22 - May 2, 2022
Group size: 1 - 41

About this trip

WHEN WE GO off the beaten path and explore this region of Tuscany, we will become familiar with the streets and faces and feel like we live in Montecatini. Staying at the same hotel for a week allows us to unpack and settle in. Each day you can go out into the area with the tour coach or be on your own to live La Dolce Vita, the sweet life. By the time we leave Montecatini, it will be our own little village. Then we enjoy two nights in Rome before returning. 


• Montecatini Terme • Vinci • Greve in Chianti • Supertuscan Wines • Lucca • Bolgheri • Florence option • Orvieto • Rome • Become a local • Many special dining
experiences included


Click here for Print Friendly PDF Flier. Tour operated by CHR Travel. All prices are per person, based on occupancy, double: $4310, single: $5015; ask if you want us to watch for a roommate for you. • Document required for US Citizens is Passport valid through 11/2/22 with two blank pages; no visa or shots at this time; however various health measures may be required. Other citizens should consult their consulate. • Insurance coverage included in the package price is the Vacations & Cruise Plan from Travel Guard, and for coverage details, please see steviejaytravel.com/insurance covering cancellation charges; other terms at steviejaytravel.com/terms, which are incorporated by reference. • Price and details are subject to change pending final airfare confirmation in mid-June. If the price must increase more than 3%, those already booked may cancel for an immediate, full refund. You can land with Euros in your pocket... each person paying his balance due (by January 14, 2022) with an e-check (or paper check) gets a €50 Euro note! Acct#201002s 23DEC21 12:01.

Accommodations (9) total # of nights

Montecatini Terme (7) Bellavista Palace Hotel

Rome (2) NH Collection Roma Vittorio Veneto

No insurance or doing own flights?

If you will be using frequent flier miles or will be in Europe already, apply the following discount code NO-AIR and $1011 will be deducted from your price. Or if you do not want to be covered by travel insurance, apply discount code NO-INSURANCE and $290 will be deducted. If you do not want either air flights or insurance, apply discount code NO-AIR-NO-INSURANCE and $1301 will be deducted. There is no deduction for not using the free Central Illinois departure coach.

If you are uncertain about whether you will be arranging your air flights, just let us know by January 14 and we will give you the same credit of $1011 then. After that, cancelling the airfare will give you partial credit only due to airline's penalty. If flying separate from the group, we recommend either staying overnight at a Rome airport hotel on April 22 to join our private motorcoach which will head north to Montecatini after the flight's arrival on the morning of April 23 or must get to Montecatini Terme and meet us at the hotel there.

Balance is due date January 14.

Travelers who pay their balance by check*will get a €50 note to spend! 

*Paper check mailed by 1/13/22 or "e-check" paid by 1/14/22 both qualify. The link we send you via We Travel will have an option to securely pay by credit card (no €50 euro note) or "e-check" (€50 euro note awarded! €50 is per person.) 

Flying non-stop on American Airlines

• Some of you have asked for the price to upgrade for more legroom in Economy class. As of December 28, this cost is $330 round trip per person. This will must be requested after paid in full and tickets issued in January. Price and availability are subject to change. So do not include it in your balance-due payment. We are keeping a list of all who have requested it.

• To upgrade to Business Class would cost about $3250 more.

• A few are flying to Rome the day before our Chicago flight's arrival so they will be ready when our flight arrives. If you might use frequent flier miles on the airline that we announce, we will need to know that by January 14 to give you full credit for not using our group rate ticket. After that, we lose money deposited for cancellations of unused air seats.

What’s included

  • Round trip motor coach
    transportation from Central Illinois to Chicago O'Hare
  • Baggage handling tips
  • Round trip flights
    Chicago O'Hare-Rome
  • Round trip motor coach
    transportation from airport to hotel
  • Touring by luxury coach
    with tour manager, sightseeing by English-speaking guides & admissions
  • Headsets throughout
    don't miss a thing!
  • Tips
    for tour manager, driver, guides and included meals
  • Travel insurance
    included from AIG Travel Guard’s deluxe group program
  • 18 Meals
    9 Breakfasts 5 Lunches 4 Dinners
  • $111 total taxes & fees
    subject to change
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Led by tour hosts
    Larry & Alaina Kanfer
  • Tax/fuel surcharges
    in effect if any
  • Optional tour and meals
    not noted in itinerary (for example, Florence excursion estimated at €20)

Available Packages

Double Room for 2
14 left

Most double rooms have 2 twin beds but if you would like a room with 1 double bed, let us know in the Occupancy question of the booking form and we will request it (but it cannot be guaranteed). 

Deposit: $900
Single Room for 1
only 2 left

Room with one bed. The number of single rooms is limited, maybe smaller and less well-located than double rooms. If you want to share a room, let us know in the Notes To Organizer, and we may be able to find you a roommate.

Deposit: $900
Triple Room for 3
only 3 left

Triple rooms usually have two twin beds plus a rollaway bed. 

Deposit: $900

Available options

Business Class (subject to change)
Sold Out
Main Cabin Extra Upgrade
Sold Out
Senior Suite Upgrade, Montecatini
only 2 left
Insur supplement for business class
Sold Out
Extra Comfort Room Upgrade, Montecatini
4 left
David ticket (separate from tour cost)
Sold Out


Day 1 Friday 4/22/22
Central Illinois-Chicago-Flight

Larry and Alaina welcome you aboard our private motor coach to Chicago to our overnight, non-stop flight to Rome.

Your Organizer

Stevie Jay Travel LLC
20 reviews
Stevie Jay has been leading tours and broadcasting in radio for decades now. He's crazy about his wife, Janet, and their four kids. Bill Owen has been designing custom tours for 48 years and lives in an olive grove. Mary Beth Kuraskek joined us in spring 2018. She has been a tour director for over 17 years. Stevie Jay 217 840 9913; Mary Beth 217 840-8724; Bill 217 619-0202. Our home page is at www.steviejaytravel.com.


The trip was amazing, as were our hosts, Larry and Alaina Kanfer, and the Katcheturians. Behind the scenes work by Bill Owens was invaluable. From beginning to end, it was obvious that these folks had our well-being and enjoyment uppermost in their minds. Larry and Stevie Jay (and Bill) handled a day one snafu at O'Hare (airline problems caused several delays getting started on our trip) with patience and efficiency. Details of the trip were carefully planned, and all activities were cheerfully carried out. Visits to vineyards, local restaurants, small villages, lovely piazzas, and historical sites... all came together to create a beautiful experience. To top it all off, we had a very congenial group of co-travelers. This was our first experience traveling as part of a tour group, and it was wonderful. Thank you to everyone involved! So glad we decided to participate in this trip!
By Sharon J for Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer on 12 May, 2022
Our Tuscany adventure was very fun with lots of delicious food and wine. The group included nice people and the tour leaders were especially attentive. The hotel in Montecatini was charming and comfortable. A wonderful, memorable trip.
By Linda R for Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer on 11 May, 2022
It was a wonderful trip, very well organized, and when there were glitches in travel (due to airline issues, weather, etc. ) we had immediate help and that made it so much more simple and stress-free. Loved the cities and restaurants that were chosen and the hotels were very nice. The bus travel was deluxe, driver did an amazing job in very difficult driving situations, and I really enjoyed the tour guides who were incredibly knowledgeable, spoke English well, and were very friendly. Such a fun and stress free trip! That’s what I want! Most definitely looking forward to another trip with Stevie Jay Travel!
By Vicki T for Tuscany: Off the Beaten Path with Larry Kanfer on 06 May, 2022
It was a great trip overall. Met many great people. The food was awesome! Liked the concept of the hop-on-hop-off busses. The River Chats were fun and informative. Enjoyed the shows The dining room and theatre were a little too cool at times. Thought the available television channels could have been more varied. Joan Miller
By Roger M for American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise on 07 Sep, 2021
We had a great time. It was a great time meeting people. The staff and crew were just the best. The 3 meals each day was great, but to much for me. I\ we would travel with Stevie Joy again and are looking forward to do just that. The view from the boat of the Mighty Mississippi and the land along it was beautiful. Especially in Wisconsin an Minnesota.
By David C J for American Queen Steamboat Upper Mississippi Cruise on 01 Sep, 2021
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