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Announcing: 2015 Golden Weeks in Italy: For Women Only

2015 is Your Year to Experience La Dolce Vita
with author Susan Van Allen!

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Custom designed and led by Susan,
for women to enjoy the pleasures of the Bel Paese to the max!

* Small Groups
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Maximum 14–Great for friends to share a special time together and solo travelers to meet and share the wonderful experience with fascinating women
* Luxury Hotels
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Only unpack once, be taken care of by an expert staff in lovely surroundings
* Exquisite Itineraries

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Blending art, culture, delicious food and wine, fabulous shopping, a cooking class, and a relaxing spa day
* On Italian Time…No rushing around

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Golden Weeks are about immersing yourself in a destination, meeting and interacting with locals, balancing group adventures with free time to discover and enjoy Italy according to your desires…

Golden Week in Southern Italy: May 1-9, 2015
Women's Tour to Italy, Sorrento, TravelSoulful Sorrento / Marvels of Capri / Fascinating Pompeii /
Treasures of Napoli /
Blissful Spa Day in Ischia / Countryside Cooking Class / World’s Best Pizza!
Golden Week in Florence, October 24-November 1, 2015
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“Birth of Venus” Sandro Botticelli

Masterpieces that Glorify Females / Chianti Cooking Class /
Luxury and Artisan Shopping /
Ceramics Painting Workshop / Countryside Spa / Fantastic Wines!

CLICK HERE for Itineraries, Details, and Pricing…

In Collaboration with Perillo Tours, America’s Leading Tour Operator to Italy


Susan's New Book!

Susan’s New Book!

50 Places in
Rome, Florence, and Venice
Every Woman Should Go


Discover the Best Places in Italy’s Big Three for Women…

Art that glorifies feminine curves in Florence…
Botticelli's Birth of Venus at the Uffizi, Florence

Cooking Class with a Roman Mamma…
Go to Cooking Class with Daniela del Balzo, Rome

Artisan lacemaking in Venice…

And so many more beautiful and delicious pleasures!


Savvy traveler girlfriend Susan Van Allen gives you everything you need to make your Italian vacation dreams come true!

A Perfect Holiday Gift!

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Available at your local bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

New Book! September Travel Journal Writing Workshop

 Coming in October…A New Book!


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Following the critically acclaimed 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go, Susan Van Allen adds new gems to her selection of the best spots for female travelers in Italy’s most popular cities, (Rome, Florence, and Venice), along with enticing Golden Day itineraries to make vacation dreams come true.

Like a savvy traveler girlfriend whispering in your ear, she guides readers to masterpieces where women are glorified — from Rome’s Pieta to Florence’s Birth of Venus, best spots for wine tasting, chocolate, and gelato, artisan shopping experiences to meet leather craftsmen or glass blowers, and places for adventures — from rolling pasta to rowing like a gondolier. Plus, there are fresh, practical tips, giving readers insider’s secrets for what to pack, the best places to get their hair styled, and how to bargain for souvenirs.

Whatever your mood or budget, whether it’s your first or 21st visit to Italy, 50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go opens the door to extraordinary experiences that fully immerse travelers in the beautiful, fascinating, and delicious pleasures of the Bel Paese.
Click here to read an Excerpt and Pre-Order Now!



Travel Journal Workshop with Susan Van Allen


Saturday, September 6, 10am-1pm

Glendale Community College
Click HERE for Information and Registration

A blank travel journal can become the most treasured souvenir of your trip. You can fill it with emotional snapshots–from expectations, to first impressions, to surprising discoveries. When you pick it up years later, this journal transports you back years and across miles. It reveals the truth of your experience, with all its twists, turns, and intimate details.

This fun, interactive, workshop includes:

*Guidance to create a journal that suits your trip and unique style
*Writing exercises to get creative juices flowing
*Inspiration to focus your journal, so your trip becomes more personally fulfilling
*AND, if you want to travel write for publications, this is an essential first step

Writers and Travelers of all levels are welcome