Vacation Packages

Dream Vacations

Do you think one of our vacation packages sounds like your ideal southern Italy vacation? If so, let’s talk.

Our vacation packages for southern Italy are complete itineraries that outline your dream vacation and include hotels, day trips and special excursions that are, in many cases, available only through My Bella Vita Travel.

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What is a vacation package?

Our vacation packages for southern Italy are complete itineraries that outline your dream vacation and include hotels, day trips and special excursions that are, in many cases, available only through My Bella Vita Travel.

How does it work?

We will exchange a few emails and you’ll choose the vacation package you prefer. If major modifications are requested, we’ll just turn your trip into a Custom Vacation – no problem.

After confirming availability for your dates, you’ll pay 50% of your vacation and I’ll send you a detailed outline of your trip, complete with hotel listings.

We’ll book everything for you – and confirm them again – prior to your arrival in southern Italy. Approximately 60 days before your trip, you’ll pay the remaining 50% balance.

What do you get?

– Vacation Package
In addition to colored maps, photos and a day-by-day vacation outline, your package includes a section on must-eat treats and information on handmade crafts and specialties from each region. Your package also includes local dining and shopping recommendation as well as a selection of our exclusive planning guides and travel tips.

– Travel Guide
You will receive an email PDF copy of “Don’t Get Caught with Dirty Drawers … and 64 other tips for traveling in Calabria”.

Who buys this package?

Travelers who:

  • Can’t wait days or weeks to receive confirmation from a hotel, guide or restaurant
  • Don’t enjoy searching online for hard-to-find classes, tours, excursions and transfers
  • Prefer to save hundreds of hours researching and planning their trip
  • Want to maximize their time and money in southern Italy
  • Enjoy having inside information
  • Want the assurance that everything is booked and confirmed prior to arrival
  • Appreciate the security of having a consultant who will communicate on their behalf

Contact me or email cherrye@mybellavita.com today for more information!

The following vacation packages are currently available. Please navigate the following links for full itinerary, pricing and inclusions.

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Northern Calabria Between the Seas

This 10-day, self-drive vacation provides travelers with an authentic look into southern Italy and explores towns and villages not found in travel guides.

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Authentic Southern Calabria: Food, Mountains and Seas

This 10-day, self-drive vacation takes travelers into some of the most exclusive experiences in southern Italy as they meet locals and visit little-known places.

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Family Vacation in Calabria

This 5-day vacation in Calabria is perfect for families and allows beach time, visits to ancient castles, great food, private excursions and more!

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Southern Italy Land and Sea: Calabria and the Aeolian Islands

This 8-day trip through southern Calabria and Sicily’s Aeolian Islands will show you Calabria’s intimate mountain villages and enchanting seas.

Email me at cherrye@mybellavita.com for more information.

Please read this document carefully as it contains information pertinent to your packaged vacation. To complete your booking, you must acknowledge you have read and agree to all the terms and conditions specified below.

INITIAL DETAILS

Your packaged vacation price is based on availability of accommodations, guides and experiences and is subject to change based on that availability, as well as your season of travel. Your final price will be confirmed prior to your deposit. We require a signed copy of our terms and conditions.

If you request any changes to the itinerary, we require a $300 upfront fee to begin working on your trip. This fee is not an additional expense and will be deducted from your initial trip deposit.

We accept payments via all major credit cards, personal check (to a US bank) or Paypal.

*Please note: Hotel names, website addresses and contact information are sent in a follow-up email and in the final planning package. Travelers who prefer to choose their hotels prior to paying their deposit are urged to book a Custom Vacation.

PROCEDURE

– If you’d like to book a packaged vacation, please inquire with your travel dates and we’ll confirm availability and price, at which point you will pay 50% of your vacation total and return your signed terms and conditions.

– Upon receipt of your deposit, lodging, guides, drivers and other bookable elements will be secured.

– Your vacation balance is due 60 days prior to your trip.

– Approximately one month before the commencement of your trip, you will receive your vacation package via email. This includes a detailed itinerary, along with hotel and other contact information, maps (when applicable), photos, lists of local products, shopping and dining recommendations, a selection of our exclusive planning guides, articles of interest and travel tips. If you are traveling prior to the vacation or tour we are planning for you, please let us know and we will make every effort to expedite delivery of your vacation package.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The client may cancel the trip at any time but will be subject to the cancellation policies and fees of the various service providers (IE, rental agencies, hotels, guides, transportation services, etc.)

MBV Travel, LLC fees are non-refundable. Should the client choose to cancel the agreement after the initial deposit has been made but before receiving the final packet, the full invoice amount will be due if we are unable to cancel your various services. Cancellations due to medical reasons can only be covered by your travel insurance carrier. We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance to protect yourself in the event that you need to cancel your reservations. Additionally, no refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour or vacation.

CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY

All cancellation of trip requests are the responsibility of the client and must be made in writing.

The package containing specific accommodations, guides and experiences are created for and is limited in use to the client named in the contract. Please refrain from publishing your itinerary and our recommendations online.

MONEY MATTERS

All prices are listed on a per person basis and are based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Payments are remitted in USD. My Bella Vita Travel provides bundled travel packages at one price to our travelers and does not provide cost breakdown.

FINAL PAYMENT

Final Payment is due in full 60 days prior to your trip. When booking past this date, full payment is due immediately. Your reservation may be cancelled and your deposit forfeited if not received by the due date.

NSF CHECKS

In some cases it is possible to pay for your vacation via check on a US bank. If a check is returned to us due to non-sufficient funds, My Bella Vita Travel will assess a $50.00 fee per occurrence. This fee will be added to the tour or vacation balance to be paid in full no later than 60 days prior to departure or the reservation will be cancelled and the deposit forfeited.

PHOTOGRAPHS

My Bella Vita Travel reserves the right to use photographs and videos of guests taken during custom tours and vacations in promotional materials without compensation or advanced notice. If you desire a specific picture not be used, please contact My Bella Vita Travel and the photo will be removed from promotional materials.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain passports, visas and other travel documents. Please check with your local embassy or consulate. My Bella Vita Travel cannot accept responsibility if you are refused access to a country due to improper documentation.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel can be risky and parts of your tour or vacation may be non-refundable. If you are concerned, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance. Although we cannot recommend any particular insurer, you can compare policies and costs at InsureMyTrip.com. If you decide to buy, be sure to read all the fine print and fully understand the coverage.

DISCLAIMER

My Bella Vita Travel acts as an agent for the traveler with respect to transportation and hotels and exercise every possible care. However, we assume no liability for injury, damage, delay, loss, accident or irregularity in connection with the services of any train, bus, boat or other conveyance used in carrying out the arrangements of the tour. We cannot accept responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or change or other circumstances, including but not limited to sickness, weather, strikes, war or terrorist acts, quarantine, acts of God or any other causes beyond our control. All such losses and expenses will be borne by the traveler.

Because travel is full of surprises including strikes and unexpected restaurant or other closings, we reserve the right to make alterations to any published itinerary. Any such change would not be cause for a refund nor would it constitute grounds for fraud.

Email cherrye@mybellavita.com for more information.

Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions about My Bella Vita Travel, LLC’s Packaged Vacations. If your question isn’t answered here, please email cherrye@mybellavita.com.

If you are a travel agent, please contact me directly at cherrye@mybellavita.com to see how we can work together to better serve your clients.

Vacation Packages

Can you tell me the difference between a Custom Vacation and a Packaged Vacation?

They are very similar, however the main difference is the level of customization.

With a Custom Vacation, the traveler pays a $300 upfront fee to secure our services. (This is not an additional expense, it is deducted from their first invoice.) We spend several weeks going back and forth choosing their route, their base locations and hotels. Then, we fill in the details. About a month before their trip they receive a final travel package.

With a Packaged Vacation, travelers choose the itinerary they prefer, we confirm availability and final price and they pay the 50% deposit. Approximately two months before their trip, they pay their balance and a month out we send them a detailed travel package that includes their full itinerary, complete with hotel and other contact information, travel tips, ideas for “on your own” time, a selection of our exclusive planning guides, local specialties and more.

The final travel package is the same for both Custom and Packaged Vacations.

What if I pay for a Packaged Vacation, then don’t like the hotels that are included in the package?

This has never happened, however if for any reason you pay your deposit and don’t like one of the hotels, we will discuss alternatives and look at other accommodations. The price of the trip might change, however, depending on your new choices.

Can I combine 2-3 Packaged Vacations for my trip?

Absolutely! Just let us know which elements you like from each Packaged Vacation. If extensive changes are needed to make the various itineraries fit together, though, we will probably be better off booking your trip as a Custom Vacation. Everything is the same – there are no additional fees for customizing a trip. The only difference is that we request a $300 upfront fee (that is deducted from your first invoice) before we customize vacations.

Do you book flights?

I don’t-but I can either coordinate with your travel agent, recommend an agent to you for group travel or tell you about the airlines I personally choose when I’m traveling.

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Email: The easiest way to reach us is via email at cherrye@mybellavita.com.

We typically return emails within 48 hours, not including weekends and holidays.

If you prefer to call, you can reach us at:

U.S.A. (+01) 409 291-3276

If we are unable to respond, please leave a detailed message and we’ll get back with you the following day, assuming we are in the US and are not in Italy leading other tours.

Italy (+39) 388 117 3114

Our Italian line is only operable while we are in Italy.

Grazie mille!

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Contributing Writer for:

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Calabria Travel Tips

Calabria Travel Tips e-Book!

Don't Get Caught with Dirty Drawers … and 98 other tips for traveling in Calabria!

I’m Cherrye Moore, a Texas-born freelance writer, travel consultant and bed and breakfast owner in Calabria. This 13-page PDF booklet is the result of my personal experiences of traveling throughout Calabria, this as well as a compilation of the most common mistakes Calabria-bound travelers make when visiting this region.