Recommendations: $30 per request

This includes specific travel tips, suggestions, and restaurant recommendations. For instance, you can ask in one email what to do or where to eat along your itinerary or proposed itinerary, etc. But for additional and subsequent email requests, there is fee charge per each new request. This fee does not apply if Nicole is planning your itinerary and you fall within another fee framework.

Flight bookings: $75 per person

This includes roundtrip or multi-city flights and is limited to 3 flights per person. Unfortunately airlines no longer work with travel agencies and travel consultants in that they pay no commissions and offer no special discounts. However, booking flights can be time consuming and confusing, not to mention the potential for making mistakes--wrong dates, poor connections, even wrong departure cities! Nicole can provide that extra level of service for you.

Tour manager services: $225 per day

Traveling with a tour manager means you have a built-in concierge during your trip. The tour manager makes sure the logistics of your trip go smoothly, helps you with special requests along the way, offers cultural information and travel tips, orients you to each city, walks you to that market or site that might be hard to find on your own, recommends favorite restaurants, and helps you arrange your free time plans. Tour Manager travel expenses will be fully disclosed in advance.

(For groups up to 10; for larger groups, please inquire, + travel expenses (these may include, but are not limited to, travel, hotel, per diem, admissions)

Basic itinerary planning: $325 - $425

Nicole will help you create a customized general itinerary or help you find a reliable tour operator that meets your specific needs. No cookie cutter approach here: she will discuss with you via email or Skype your particular wishlist and travel dreams. She will provide specific travel tips, suggestions, and restaurant recommendations for your itinerary. You will book the trip yourself.

*$325 (trips lasting 5-10 days) , $375 (trips lasting 11-15 days), $425 and up (trips lasting more than 15 days)

Deluxe trip planning: $125 per trip day

Nicole will consult extensively with you to determine your needs and preferences in order to create a just-right detailed, customized itinerary, provide you with specific travel tips, suggestions, and restaurant recommendations for your itinerary, and book the land portion of your trip for you. You will receive digital final documents, and we will confirm all services for you.

*For groups of up to 6 people; for larger groups, please inquire

Benefits of the Fee-Based Model

  • Nicole offers an exceptional value for your travel investment by providing travel expertise, personal relationships with suppliers, a high level of support, and extensive experience throughout Italy and beyond. A good travel designer takes time to discover your interests, your wish list, and your budget.

  • She can save you money. With her connections, you may very well net better deals at better locations with a few upgrades or perks thrown in.
  • She can save you time. The glut of travel options is staggering for most consumers, but a well-connected travel designer has the knowledge and connections to do it for you.

  • In some cases, she can book the unbookable. Networked designers, as Nicole is, can often arrange private or unusual experiences. And, as Lonely Planet author Robert Reid says, “Even if you could find some of these special experiences yourself, [a designer] can save hours of research.”

  • Many suppliers of travel are now paying little to no commissions to travel designers, but that doesn't matter to you because, unlike many sellers of travel, Nicole is not going to pressure you to buy a particular product or service based on who pays her the most commission. Not at all. She's looking out for you, helping you create your dream trip. Not pushing her own agenda.

  • Her contacts in Italy are proven and reliable, and are, in many instances, now her friends. Italians are very good to their friends, and they treat her clients with extra care. She has lived in Rome, and knows the country well. You benefit from her experience and expertise.

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I’d love to help you design your dream travel experience. Contact me today!