October 6 - 14, 2017

Celebrity Instructor:
Colleen Schaan
Colleen Schaan

Package Price:
$3,998.00 | Air from NYC

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.


Reservations
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815-663-4046, toll free at 877-887-1188 or submit your reservations online.

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This itinerary, pricing and escorts are subject to change. Insurance is available and highly recommended. Single rates are available upon request. Please consult the Terms and Conditions, as they apply starting with the first payment. A 3% discount applies off the cost of the trip, if the trip is paid in full by check with in 7-10 business days of invoice date. Gratuities are additional and will be collected with final payment. All prices listed are in USD.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip International airfare from New York City to Italy.
  • All taxes and round-trip transfers to and from the hotel.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First-class hotel accommodations in Montecatini Terme.
  • Breakfast daily, some dinners and lunch in a family owned winery.
  • Sightseeing in Florence, San Gimignano, and Montecatini Terme.
  • A train ride and sightseeing through the scenic Cinque Terre.
  • Florentine Paper Making workshop with a master artisan.
  • A visit to an Italian master mosaic artist studio.
  • A special Journal workshop with a master Florentine artisan.
  • Shopping opportunities in beautiful Florentine markets.
  • An authentic Tuscan cooking lesson with an Italian "Mama" chef.
  • A visit to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower.
  • Professional tour guides and Craftours tour escort the entire time.
  • Optional dinner in Montecatini Alto.
  • Coloring and card-making workshops with our expert guest instructor, Colleen Schaan.
  • Commemorative Craftours Totebag, lanyard and luggage tag.

TUSCANY HIGHLIGHTS:

Montecatini Terme Montecatini Terme Play Movie
Montecatini Terme is an Italian district of 21,095 inhabitants within the province of Pistoia in Tuscany, Italy. The most important center in Valdinievole. The town is located at the eastern end of Piana di Lucca and has a strong vocation for tourism, as well as industrial and commercial industries based around the spa, which in turn has increased the interest for hotel accommodation in the region.
San Gimignano San Gimignano Play Movie
San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of about a dozen of its tower houses,which, with its hilltop setting and encircling walls form "an unforgettable skyline".Within the walls, the well-preserved buildings include notable examples of both Romanesque and Gothic architecture, with outstanding examples of secular buildings as well as churches. The Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Sant' Agostino contain frescos, including cycles dating from the 14th and 15th centuries.The "Historic Centre of San Gimignano", is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grape which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area.
Cinque Terre Cinque Terre Play Movie
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.
Florence Florence Play Movie
Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Florence is famous for its history: a centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time,it is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called "the Athens of the Middle Ages". A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865-71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.
Pisa Pisa Play Movie
Located in Central Italy, on the right bank of the mouth of the River Arno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Although Pisa is known worldwide for its leaning tower (the bell tower of the city's cathedral), the city contains more than 20 other historic churches, several palaces and various bridges across the River Arno. Much of the city's architecture was financed from its history as one of the Italian maritime republics.

WEATHER
In the autumn months, the weather is fantastic to wander around the towns and cities with the colorful foliage, and are ideal for your trip. The landscape is beautiful at this time, so that's an added bonus. For current weather go to weather.com or click here.

CURRENCY
The currency in Italy is the Euro (EUR).
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PROJECT INFORMATION:

Colleen Schaan, our guest instructor and is a long-time contributing author and card designer to CardMaker magazine and has authored five books for Annie's, including the Copic Coloring books.

Her project for this trip will teach you how to transform your favorite trip photos into colorful card art!

During these workshops you will learn to pick the perfect photos and turn them into line art with just the click of a button. Then, use a variety of popular mediums to color your line photos while learning tips and tricks for application, adding subtle shading and creating detail. Finally, turn your colorful artwork into amazing card projects, perfect to share with family and friends.

From the costal colors of Cinque Terre to fabulous Florence, re-experience your Italy tour through a variety of colorful cards!

No experience necessary is necessary to participate, come and learn with us!

Tenative Supply List: You will need to bring just a few basic supplies along to Tuscany with you, including an acrylic stamping block for the sentiment stamps, a bone folder, a black ink pad that will work with alcohol-based markers and watercolor pencils, and a favorite paper adhesive. (This list could change prior to the tour, when we are closer to the trip date we will send out a final supply list.) Most of other supplies will be provided.