Italy2022
Join Son of the Far Land Travel 
for a once in a lifetime food adventure abroad.

September 24-Oct 2, 2022

Cost $3995 per person ($995 deposit required to book)

Must book as a couple or as a pair of friends.

Airfare not included

Details Below

 

Searching for 5-6 couples or pairs of friends who want to travel with other food obsessed people into the heartland of Italy.

#1 Disclaimer: This trip requires you bring sunshine to this group and not rain. This trip continues to be incredible because the people who come make the decision to make new friends, open up to new possibilities, embrace the culture and try some new things. Come prepared to learn, to embrace others quirks in the group and to not judge us for eating too much! This will be a no shame environment. We are going to dance, swim, cook, hike with truffle hunting dogs, and enter a world of gluttony. Yes, that might mean 3 gelatos in one day. Or that we get stuck somewhere with no bathroom in sight. J/K.
But no, really, bathrooms in Italy can be interesting sometimes  :) 

Itinerary and inclusions: Due to changes in the global environment the itinerary is subject to minor changes.
Trip D\

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

- 8 nights accommodation downtown Rome, Umbria and Cinque Terre. 

-Italian/English Speaking guide (Casey)

- One big meal every day at hand picked restaurants.  
- Guided tours of Roman Colosseum and Vatican. One tour led by Casey and the other a local guide.

-Day trips at handful of small towns

-Swim and hike in Cinque Terre
-Truffle hunt w/dogs and guide (includes meal)
-Dance night by the pool at the Villa (Bring it)
-Picnic in Tuscany
- Entrance fees to tours.

- Ground transportation from city to city.

- Transfer from Airport to Rome apartment ( if needed ) upon arrival, and from Villa to Airport upon departure

-All the traffic tickets I get in the mail later :)


WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:

- Flights (deals come up often for Rome. Expect between $450-700 RT)

- Passport (get soon because there is a 12 week wait)

- Travel insurance (optional)

- Covid Tests (currently required to enter Italy and USA)

-Gelato and other snacks, etc. (we only stop at the best gelato places)
- Extra taxi costs in addition to daily transportation provided

- Personal expenses/incidentals

All package prices are based on double occupancy (tickets for the tour are sold as a package for two guests).

Price for entire trip per person is $3995. Must book as a couple or bring a friend to share a room. Deposit of $995/person required to book. Deposits are non-refundable after April 10, 2022.  Second payment of $1500/person due on April 10, 2021. Final payment of $1500/person due August 1, 2022.

Payments made through Venmo or Check. 

* We recommend arriving at least a day early to acclimate to the time change. Flying into Rome (FCO) is the best option for this trip. However, some people come early and explore other parts of Italy or Europe. I will be helping by sending good deals on flights that arise fairly frequently. Prices range between $450-650 /round trip to Rome.

To book reach out to Casey McFarland at casey@iamcasey.com or text at 435-881-9795

IMG_8787-1.jpg

Roma 2 nights

Sep 24-26

Explore Ancient Rome and the Vatican

See the Pope (if he is in town)

Experience Rome's most famous dishes

Colosseum and Vatican tours. 

Drown in the best gelato in the Eternal City

Day Trip to the ancient hill top town of Orvieto en route to our villa in Umbria

093459a2_original.jpg.webp

Umbria Villa 3 nights

Sep 26-29

Relaxed catered evening with a local chef

Dance night at the Villa

Truffle Hunting and lunch with a local guide and dogs

Visit some of the most beautiful towns of Italy where few tourists go

En route to Cinque Terre: Bicycle ride and plebian picnic in the town of Lucca

321b3bd4-7290-447f-8e04-1ccb632723bd.jpg.webp

Cinque Terre 3 nights

Sep 29-Oct 2

Take a train into the coastal villages of Cinque Terre

Visit the beach for a swim

Hike a stretch from one Italian Riviera town to another

Experience Pesto at its origin

Seafood and pasta with a view of the ocean

Learn to cook a local dish with a local chef


This trip is designed to be nimble so we can bop in and out of small towns. Once we leave Rome our bags must fit in two 9-passenger vans. That being said we follow the rule of ONE carry-on per person. Pack for five days and we will have laundry abilities at the villas. 

Because we will be walking a considerable amount this trip requires participants be able to walk up to five miles a day and keep up with a group. Many cities in Italy are built on hills and we will be hiking, chasing dogs on a truffle hunt, and climbing steep stairs. If you are not able to keep up this may not be the trip for you. This is a good excuse to get in shape.

In an effort to create a more connected environment I book out entire houses, villas or apartments. If you are not comfortable sharing space with other humans this might not be for you. That being said, each couple will have their own room and with an exception or two their own bathroom, At times beds will need to be pushed together to form one large bed. The rooms are clean and you will be comfortable but we definitely err on the side of adventure over luxury and centrality.

This group will likely be mixed with people who are going to want to try some wine and some who don't. Both are welcome and invited to respect each other's preferences. 

Booking: A deposit of $995 per person is due to hold your spot.
In the case Italy won't let us in due to Covid, all deposits will be returned and the trip will be canceled. This occurred in 2020 and all deposits were returned.

Is the vaccine required on this trip? Yes, not for any political reasons of my own but because it if you don't have a vaccine card you will be required to get a covid test every 48 hours in order to enter any of the excursions and cathedrals or tours. Logistically it will change the flow of the tour. A vaccine card allows us to travel smoothly. This might change but having come from there recently a vaccine card is the easiest. 

When you agree to come on this trip you agree to the terms of service and acknowledge that you are 1) fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or will be one month prior to trip departure, 2) willing to wear a mask indoors when mandated by the Italian government and local rules/regulations. 

To book reach out to Casey McFarland at casey@iamcasey.com or text at 435-881-9795

Meet your tour guides

IMG_6297.JPG

Casey and Melanie McFarland

Italy is our home away from home. Casey lived on the island of Sicily where he learned the Italian language and the joys of Italian food, family and culture. He is the owner of Son of the Far Land travel and Casey McFarland Photography. 

Melanie is the owner of True Within You, and practices as an emotional release facilitator. She leads the first school of its kind in Cache Valley.

They reside in River Heights, UT

Screenshot 2021-08-06 at 1.38.31 PM.png

Wil and Lauren Wood

Wil and Lauren Wood own and

operate Love to cook in Logan.

At the cutting edge of food culture in Utah it makes only  sense broaden the food education they have already shared, into the heart of Italy.

These two bring a wealth of old world bread fermentation and meat curing knowledge and passion to modern day kitchens.

They reside in North Logan.