Experience an itinerary that fits your unique needs and preferences
We design custom itineraries and private experiences throughout Italy and Switzerland for individuals and small groups. We offer private experiences, and our itineraries are tailor made to accommodate your preferences and interests, while highlighting the very best of each destination.
Italy and Switzerland - iconic destinations
Whether you want to spend time wine tasting and cooking in Tuscany or hiking and skiing in the Swiss Alps the problem for travelers is not scarcity of information, but quite the opposite – information overload! An abundance of travel books, user-review web sites, blogs, input from well meaning friends, and random influences of all kinds – good, bad, and indifferent invade the traveler’s senses. We help you cut through the noise to create a seamless planning process.
Unique experiences are our specialty. Whether you are a first time visitor or someone who has seen the major sites and wishes to delve deeper, we can design the trip of your dreams.
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Postcards from italy
2022 CIU Travel Holiday Gift Guide
The holidays are almost here, and what better way to celebrate than with Cantina Direct specialties for 2022! Whether you are sneaking gifts from Santa into stockings or under the
Current Covid Restrictions – Summer 2022
Updated: June 12, 2022 Italy Italy has discontinued the Green Pass system and the United States has lifted the testing requirement to fly back home. It is advised that you
Easter Gift Boxes from Cantina Direct
Italian food stores, sweet shops, and bakeries are beginning to overflow with Easter goods in anticipation of the holiday. Each year, Italians celebrate Easter (Pasqua) with a colomba shaped cake. Think of
Winter Olympics 2026: Switzerland and Italy
Though the general consensus around the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is that they were rather dismal, there were exceptional moments that captured the essence of what makes the games
CIU Travel is owned and operated by the travel consulting, opera singing, husband and wife team of Maria Gabriella Landers and Brian Dore.
We offer Florentine Gift Boxes filled with both sweet and savory treasures shipped directly to you from Italy, world class Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Umbria, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and more.
While I have always enjoyed planning my own trips, there is no comparison to the benefits of utilizing the talents of a travel specialist.
While I have always enjoyed planning my own trips, there is no comparison to the benefits of utilizing the talents of a travel specialist. Maria had access to the best guides and knew the right people behind the important scenes. We received early check-ins and special welcome gifts at the
this trip was so much more interesting, educational and memorable, thanks to Maria and Brian‘s planning
This trip focused on Emilia-Romagna (Parma, Ravenna, Modena, Bologna) with an additional stop in Lake Garda. We had been to each of those towns before (except Modena) but this trip was so much more interesting, educational and memorable, thanks to Maria and Brian‘s planning. What makes working with Maria and
Awards & Press
Top Travel Specialist for Italy since 2006
Condé Nast Traveler first recognized CIU Travel as one of the magazine’s Top Travel Specialists for Italy in the August 2006 issue. The initial application was arduous, and staying on this prestigious list is even more difficult. We continually strive to maintain this award winning standard, and have been named to the list every year since 2006.
The specialists on the list are chosen by CNT’s editorial staff and represent the best destination experts in the travel industry.
In honor of Condé Nast Traveler’s 25th Anniversary issue, CNT asked us to design a dream trip to include in their World on Sale promotion offered to readers. Our “Italy for Foodies, 10 Night Culinary Adventure of Umbria, Sorrento and Rome” was selected and included in the September 2012 issue.
Wendy Perrin • The WOW List
Trusted Travel Expert for Italy since 2014
We’ve been proud members of Wendy Perrin’s WOW list since 2015. Wendy selects the members of The WOW List based exclusively on customer feedback and her own research.
What makes Wendy’s Trusted Travel Experts the best?
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We have contributed Insider Guides for select destinations in Italy.
Town & Country Travel
To celebrate the magazine’s 170th anniversary, Town & Country teamed up with Wendy Perrin, sourcing Wendy’s “WOW List” of trip-planning experts to create a modern-day Grand Tour: a trip around the globe in 170 days, including stops in over 50 countries. From Sweden to Antarctica, this Grand Tour is the ultimate template for the vacation of a lifetime, and we were honored to take up the challenge of planning the perfect week in Italy for T&C readers.