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What are Actividayz 1/2 day Tours?

Actividayz are day trips in Italy that begin and end on the same day. Spend a morning or afternoon tasting wine, learning a recipe, going on a mushroom hunt, meeting and watching an artisan at work or taking an active part in other fun adventures. Unlike conventional tours, Actividayz are designed to introduce you to the locals and their culture, taking you off-the-beaten path and showing you the real Italy.

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How many people are on each Actividayz?

As long as two people sign up, no Actividayz are ever cancelled for lack of participation. The maximum number of participants depends on the type of event. For instance Nonna Maria can only fit 8 persons in her home while the Mushroom walk accepts up to 20 participants. The maximum number of participants is listed.

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Are the cooking and crafts classes for beginners?

Absolutely. All the interactive Actividayz are designed for small, intimate groups with the intent of demonstrating a new skill.

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What do I need to bring along on an Actividayz?

First and foremost, bring along your Actividayz ticket which must be presented in order to be admitted and provides you with the meeting time, location and directions.

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No one in our group speaks Italian. Is this a problem?

English is spoken for the vast majority of Actividayz. In varying degrees, English is a second language to many of your guides and hosts. In some cases a translator will be present.

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In reading the various Actividayz, I noticed that some include a tasting or a light lunch rather than lunch. What does this mean?

A tasting is a sampling of simple appetizers while a light lunch consists of an assortment of antipasto accompanied by one main course. All meals include bottled water and one glass of wine, usually with the option of purchasing additional wine.

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Where do we meet for these tours?

Upon booking an Actividayz, you will print out a ticket with a specified meeting point. It is your responsibility to get to the meeting point. We suggest you purchase a road map, or city map depending on the Actividayz location. A map with a scale of 1:200,000 is required to find rural villages and hamlets. Larger scales will not show these locations. For Actividayz that occur in rural areas we do provide you with directions from the nearest highway. Most Actividayz meet at the artisan's home or studio or a café allowing you to meet others on the tour, have a coffee, use the restroom facilities and have an easily identifiable point of encounter.

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Will an Actividayz begin and end in the same place?

The majority of Actividayz begin and end in the same place or within a short walk from the starting point.

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What if I'm a little late getting to the meeting point? Will the guide wait for me?

All Actividayz begin promptly at the scheduled time. Should you arrive late and the group has departed, there is no refund. It is possible that an Actividayz may run 15-20 minutes over the scheduled ending time.

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Are there any additional costs other than the listed Actividayz price?

Check the tour description and your receipt carefully. Tours priced in Euro are charged a deposit at the time of booking. The balance is due in Euro prior to the start of the tour. Your receipt shows the balance due amount. You are responsible for paying this balance in Euro before the tour can begin.

In cities and towns the closest parking to the meeting point may be in garages or lots and is not included in the Actividayz pricing. The only other costs would be purchases that you make. Many of the shops and farms visited have local products available for sale.

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How far in advance do I need to book my Actividayz?

If you know your travel dates, why wait? Book now to ensure a spot will be available. Remember, these tours are designed for small, intimate groups. You may book an Actividayz many months ahead or as little as up to 72 hours before a start date.

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May I bring my children on an Actividayz?

The majority of Actividayz are geared towards adult interests. Some Actividayz will state that particpants under a certain age are not allowed. Wine is served on most itineraries, and we request that no person under the age of 21 consume alcohol.

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I'm traveling with a group of 8. Should we each buy our own tickets or may I buy all 8 tickets?

The choice is yours. For convenience, you can make one purchase and obtain all tickets with one credit card. However, if your group would prefer to purchase their own individual tickets they may do that as well.

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What's the next step once I book my Actividayz?

That's the beauty of it. It's a one-step process done in real time. Once you submit your credit card information and complete the on-line booking process, an Actividayz ticket will appear that you must print. This ticket contains your receipt and meeting point information. Keep it in a safe place and bring it with you since a ticket is required for admittance.

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I'm meeting up with friends while in Italy. Can we bring them and buy a ticket at the meeting point?

Actividayz are only available through on-line purchasing up to 72 hours prior to the Actividayz scheduled date. It is not possible to purchase tickets at the location.

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If I change my plans and cancel my Actividayz may I obtain a refund?

Canceled reservations at 14 or more days prior to the tour date are charged a fee of $15 per ticket, and cancellation within 13 days of the tour date are nonrefundable. Your cancellation charge is based upon the date that we are notified at info@actividayz.com. In addition, the tickets to the Uffizi Gallery are fully nonrefundable.

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If I do not use my Actividayz ticket for the date purchased, can I use it the following week?

Your ticket is only valid for the date purchased and cannot be used on another day.

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What happens if it's raining?

Most Actividayz take place indoors. In cases where part of the activity is outdoors, your guide may substitute that portion.

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Can my Actividayz be cancelled for a reason other than my nonparticipation?

Emergencies and unforeseen circumstances may arise. Should we become aware of a cancellation on the part of your host we will attempt to contact you ahead of time and a full refund of the amount paid will be issued.

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Can a group of people go on an Actividayz on a day other than what is advertised?

We'd be glad to arrange an Actividayz for groups, based on availability. Contact us at info@actividayz.com with the specific Actividayz, desired number of participants and preferred date.

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