Custom Travel Itinareries

Vacations don’t come around that often. Especially vacations to dream destinations like Italy and France. Life is too short to leave your trip of a lifetime to chance.

Why not let a detail-oriented travel consultant, who specializes in Italy and France, with first-hand knowledge, personal experience, a network of trusted local contacts and a deep-seated passion for the European culture and lifestyle, plan a custom trip designed with only you in mind?

My thirst for knowledge, adventurous spirit and desire to delve deeply into the places I enjoy spending time, have led me to do the extensive research. Allowing me to take care of all the details leaves you with peace-of-mind as well as the time and energy to just sit back, relax and savor every moment of your journey.

“Robin is a top level professional who paved the way for my dream vacation to Italy.  I appreciated her attention to detail and paying close attention to the things that were most important for us to see. I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to have her arrange our trip. I was thrilled with her wealth of knowledge, insights and recommendations and I was blown away by the amazing guides she set up. I couldn’t have done it without her!”  - Carla Martin

Every custom itinerary is tailored to your needs, but can include:

  • Hotel accommodations in each destination
  • Transportation arrangements (car rental, train reservations, private driver)
  • Restaurant suggestions and/or reservations
  • A detailed daily step-by-step itinerary
  • Must-see activities, hot spots and hidden gems
  • All contact info and phone numbers, just in case
  • Tours, excursions, wine tastings, cooking classes, private guides etc.

How it works

First you’ll get in touch and share some details using my simple contact form.  Then we’ll schedule a short phone or Skype consultation and if you decide to move forward, you’ll be asked to complete an itinerary questionnaire.

Next, I’ll create a draft itinerary, which we will adjust and revise until it’s exactly the way you want it.  Once you are happy with it, work will begin on booking, confirming, and arranging your travel plans.  I’ll be in touch to ask and answer questions and give you updates along the way.

Prior to your departure, you will receive your travel packet which includes:

  • Your detailed step-by-step daily itinerary
  • All confirmations and contact information for hotels, tours, drivers etc.
  • Tickets for transportation, museums or tours purchased in advance
  • Relevant city maps and any custom maps created just for your trip
  • A portable, country specific ‘how-to guidebook’, chock full of travel tips, helpful foreign language travel phrases, cultural and practical information and insider secrets designed to make your stay smooth and enjoyable.

You’ll also have full access to me for the duration of your trip, just in case your hotel floods or you need a last-minute restaurant recommendation.  I’m passionate about making your experience a memorable one, so if you need me, I’ll be just a phone call or email away.

Everyone can benefit from a custom itinerary, including travelers to Italy and France who:

  • Don’t want to be restricted by overcrowded group tours
  • Haven’t the time or desire to make their own travel arrangements
  • Have become lost or overwhelmed wading through all of the information on the Internet
  • Are looking for something more personalized than prefab guidebook itineraries.
  • Don’t have the patience for communicating in an unfamiliar language
  • Want to maximize their time and money
  • Appreciate personalized service and like the idea of one point-person taking care of all the details prior to departure
  • Wish to create a unique experience, based on your goals, interests, budget and travel style.


Every custom itinerary is unique, so the cost will vary based on the numbers of travelers, trip duration, destinations, desired excursions and any specialized requests that require additional time and research.

Custom itineraries start at $150 per planned day, and can be created for one-day or your entire vacation. A proposal, including my exact fee will be provided after reviewing your itinerary questionnaire.

“Just a note to tell you we’ve had a great trip!  We’ll tell everyone about you!” - Joan-Dianne Smith

The Fine Print

Mélange Travel recommends you purchase travel insurance and accepts no liability for any losses, injuries or damage incurred while following an itinerary, recommendation, excursion or tour.

Ready to make that dream trip a reality? Get in touch or email me robin@mymelange.net and together we’ll start crafting the perfect custom itinerary. I’d love to hear from you!

  • Need some help planning, but don’t require an entire custom itinerary?  A travel consult might be a better fit.