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3 Vacancies now available for our Sicily and Sardinia Tour.     May 16 - 29 2015

Very small group. 2 weeks on the 2 beautiful big islands

Travel with us in a very small group on an indulgent and all inclusive holiday in Italy!

Authentic Italian experiences and customs, great food and wine, balancing indulgence, sightseeing and relaxation

Ciao Bella Tours is a Melbourne based travel business providing exceptional holiday experiences for the discerning traveller in beautiful Italy. We specialise in holidays for very small groups (each a maximum of eight people) to encourage a convivial atmosphere and a more personalised and authentic Italian experience, at a leisurely pace. Each tour is different, and based in only one or two Regions. Company Director Mardie Whitla has been organising escorted and customised gourmet and discovery tours in Italy for over ten years. 


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Here are our tours and dates for 2015:

(click below on any PINK name to go direct to information regarding that tour)

May-June Tours 2015

Tour A : Big Island Hopping: Sensational Sicily and Sardinia: May 16-29, 2015 (2 weeks)

Tour B: Captivating Coasts: Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri: June 1-10, 2015 (10 days)

Tour C: Italian Healthy Indulgence & Slow Food (Tuscany): June 11-20, 2015 (10 days)


September-October Tours 2015

 We now (as of January 2015) have available 1 PRIVATE tour in 2015 in July or September , for 5, 6, or 7 friends travelling together. Please contact Ciao Bella Tours for further information, Booking Form 2015, and Terms & Conditions Form, 2015. A discount of 12% applies for each person on one of these private tours if booked, paid, and travelling together.

10 Suggestions for a  private tour during July or September include:

1. Food for Thought: Wrapping Emilia Romagna: July 2015 (10 days)

2. Piemonte's Palate: Luxury Taste Travels: July 2015 (10 days)

3. The Green Heart of Italy: Tasting Tuscany & Umbria: July or  September, 2015 (10 days)

4. Truly Puglia: Food, Wine, Lecce & Trulli Cones: July 2015 (10 days)

5. Discovering Sardegna: July or  September, 2015 (10 days)

6. Toscana Mare & the Etruscan Coast: Livorno, Isola d'Elba, Montalcino: July or Sept 2015 (10 days) 

7. With Michelangelo and the Medici in Tuscany: July or September, 2015 (10 days). 

 8. Big Island Hopping: Sensational Sicily & Sardinia: July 2015 (2 weeks or 10 days)

 9. Captivating Coasts: Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri: July, 2015 (10 days). 

10. Italian Healthy Indulgence & Slow Food (Tuscany): July or Septembe 2015 (10 days)


Small Group Tours in Italy – relaxed and stress free

Ciao Bella Tours offers enjoyable boutique, fully escorted and all inclusive tours in Italy with a touch of luxury, designed specifically for very small groups and ideally suited for the mature traveller. Whether you are travelling alone, or with friends, spouse or partner you will find our tours encompass authentic Italian experiences and customs, excellent food and wine, balancing sightseeing and relaxation.

Each of our tours concentrates on a single Region or area of Italy.  Our itineraries do include some of the popular Italian tourism sites, but there are also plenty of opportunities to explore more unusual and facinating locations away from the crowds.

We recognise that sometimes you may want to relax: stretch out for a read or a snooze in the shade; stroll around town and soak up the local atmosphere; take a quiet walk in the countryside; or simply read and bask in the sun by the pool, or chat with your travel companions.  We put you under no pressure to do more than you want to do and there is no rush to get on a large tour bus with fifty others at dawn the next day! (We never use tour buses).  Sit back and relax: everything’s included! 

Small Group Tours - 2015

We are pleased to present three small group tours for 2015 available from May to June: discover the sensational islands of Sicily and Sardinia; indulge in Italian local /slow  / fine food; be tempted in Tuscany  with their popular food and wine; or relax and enjoy the captivating coasts around Amalfi, Sorrento and Capri,

Information regarding our 2015 tours can be found on the small group Italy tours page, or please Contact us by phone or email if you would like any details of our 2015  holiday-tours sent to you, or if you have any questions.  Take a look at the booking page to see how easy it is – we arrange everything for you!

Customised  and Private Tours 2015

In 2015, in July, September-October we offered three PRIVATE TOURS for small groups. If you are looking for something extra special to celebrate a 50th or 60th birthday; a long awaited family reunion in Tuscany; a gourmet golfing tour or perhaps a week of traditional Italian cooking & wine appreciation classes, we can work with you to create a customised tour for six or more people specific to your requirements. 

Alternatively you may chosse from one or two of 10 Tour Options we have developed over the last 10 years. (see these 10 listings above).   And if choosing one of these tours for your own group of 5/6/or7 people a discount of 12% applies to our advertised costs, if the group books, pays and travels together. NOW as of January  2015  we only have availability for 1 private tour in this July or  September period, so first in, best dressed.

Please contact us and we’d be happy to talk through your ideas to create an exclusive, unique tour.

Entrance to the ancient  Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

One of the thousands of ancient Nuraghe buildings, central Sardegna, Italy

One of the 5 towns of the Cinque Terre, Vernazza, Italy