Half of the fun of going somewhere new or even returning to a much-loved destination is the time spent sifting through guide books and consulting page upon page of website information about where to go and what to see. The down side is that the endless choices can be overwhelming, and especially if time is limited it’s sometimes hard to make those all-important decisions about how best to organise your itinerary. Preparing for your trip can become a very time-consuming and sometimes even potentially stressful business. “How do I make sure I make the most of my time – and don’t waste any precious time?” is the question we hear, time and time again.
ITINERARY ASSISTANCE, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
Help is at hand. Not everyone wants to have every waking hour plotted out in advance, of course, but there’s nothing more frustrating than arriving at a museum only to find it’s their weekly day of closure, or realising too late that the restaurant of your dreams needed to be reserved a month ago. From a distance, it’s hard to know just which tours and services are the very best to suit your specific needs.
AT YOUR SERVICE
“Here To Stay” is here to help. Our sole aim is to make sure you have the very best experience possible and enjoy a seamless stay from start to finish. To help plan your visit, we provide fully personalised itineraries that let you cover as much (or as little) of your destination as you desire.
Ensuring you receive the best service possible, we have cultivated great working relationships with a number of trusted and professional partners, and specialise in offering ‘behind closed doors’ experiences with local artisans as well as opening the door to privately owned, exceptional homes for visits that will make a world of difference to your stay.
We know these cities like the back of our hands, and love nothing better than sharing our hidden gems and off-the-beaten routes with you, as well as guaranteeing you still get to see all the better-known sights on your Bucket List. Depending on the depth of assistance required and whatever the season, your itinerary is fully customised, just for you, and we will accompany you after you have arrived with ongoing email contact to be sure all is going perfectly to plan.
REQUEST YOUR TAILOR-MADE ITINERARY
Offering fully personalised assistance, our luxury “At Your Service” itinerary service begins with the completion of your Wish List questionnaire. Once we have established the outline of the requirements that you and your partner or family have, you can trust us to draw up a detailed and fully personalised plan that incorporates all your requests and more, together with recommendations for personally vetted restaurants that fit your brief perfectly and off-the-beaten-track suggestions of things to look out for during your visit.
This VIP assistance includes an in-depth telephone or Skype call as required, to discuss your detailed requirements. Once you have arrived, we’ll also include the A to Z of getting from A to B every day, and will be on hand for ongoing consultation during your stay.
For full details and to request our questionnaire, please email [email protected].
REVIEWS & COMMENTS
“For our first trip to Milan Nicola was a God-send. We didn’t have to research, waste precious time, or have “so-so” meals because we didn’t know better. We told her our interests and she planned things to see and do in adorable neighborhoods with the cutest shops and cafés we wouldn’t have known existed, while still giving us plenty of time to wander. Milan is amazing and we can’t wait to go back – you eat, shop, and soak up beauty, pleasure and history! Nicola got us into fantastic restaurants that locals crowd but that aren’t on the tourist networks. Thanks “Here To Stay” also for hooking us up with wonderful private guide Elena, who gave us a mini education about Leonardo, the Last Supper, the Maurizio Church and more. We can’t stop talking about this trip! Magical and EASY!” Rochelle H
“We had an absolutely amazing time in Paris this past weekend. Hard to believe it’s already past us. Thank you for all that you did to make my daughter’s 16th birthday such an amazing memory. I can’t wait to return to Paris again – it was all perfect”. Georgianna H
“It’s one thing to have a bucket list for a city visit, but to gain access to some of the most popular tourist sights and to bring them together in a schedule that is fluid but never a forced march is truly a traveller’s dream. Then to add in little-known extra tidbits along the route, including shopping and lunch venues, really added a personal touch to our short visit to Milan. Our group’s three-day visit was truly fabulous, thank you!” Pam B
“Nicola, we all think this is the best vacation we have ever had and we want to use you for every trip. It has been beyond our expectations. Truly. We feel relaxed and excited knowing that you have done all the work and planning. The restaurants are delicious and in great areas. There are no words to convey the gift you have given us. We can catch up with each other because you have planned a perfect family memory trip”. Molly S
“What made a beautiful stay into a spectacular vacation was Nicola and her team who designed a custom itinerary for my husband and I and our two daughters. Nicola spoke with me often and we communicated frequently as she designed a tour each day along with dinner reservations all based on our family’s interests. Every single guide from the walking tours to the private tour of the Louvre coupled with incredible restaurant suggestions as well as all the tickets organized for us for the 8 days made the vacation a memory our family will always treasure. The custom photo shoot at the end of the trip in front of the Eiffel Tower has given us amazing photos for the future. We are grateful especially to Nicola for her kind attention to every single detail”. Stephen S
“We’ve had another great day! Loved Musee Rodin. Especially the gardens! Beautiful and so peaceful. Thank you so much for the shopping info. I really appreciate it! We’re off to Le Procope. Can’t wait :). Have a wonderful Saturday night!” Ashley C
“Hi Nicola! We had an amazing time in Paris — many thanks to you for all the great recommendations and people you connected us to for tours. The restaurant suggestions were amazing — it is as if you knew us so well and all we liked to eat 🙂 The woman who led our tour in the Louvre was so kind and did the tour in both French (for our daughter) and English for us. We loved her. Our 2CV tour was so fun. His little car allowed us to get into tight spaces and through blocked off roads. That was a great highlight! The river cruise was fun – next time I may ask for a smaller, more private boat ride if they are available. Thank you so very much. This was the best family vacation we’ve had and had so much to do with your thoughtful suggestions and network of resources. Many, many thanks!” Ramsey A.
“I’m so glad we used Here to Stay to organise our 5 day stay. Nicola made sure we didn’t waste any of our precious time during our visit to Milan. We were a large group of 10, but she managed to fit in something for everyone’s expectations. Off-the-radar Italian bars, cosy local restaurants, top notch guides all made our visit a truly memorable event. By the end of our visit I think we had tasted some of the real Milan we hoped for, far from the tourist traps. I’m now planning to take the husband back for a surprise birthday weekend and I’ll definitely use Here to Stay.” Catherine C.
All photos by ‘Here To Stay’, with thanks to the Agliardi family for the Villa Pesenti Agliardi photo