SPARK EXPERIENCE 2019: ITALY
Do you want to want to see Tuscany, sipping Chianti wines with great company, and have a Michelin-star chef cooking exclusively for you?
Do you wanna have an unforgettable dinner in countryside Italy at a villa built in 1696?
How about having a gondola ride in Venice or being at the top of the leaning tower in Pisa?
Do you want to be in one of my next Travel by Dart online episodes?
Do you want visit Venice and Florence with someone who knows the cities, and has connections that will give you experiences that no other traveller to Italy enjoys?
Do you want to meet and be inspired by 10 other travellers, uniquely selected for this adventure, to make friends for a lifetime, and be part of an exclusive group – Spark Society – that’s forming a tradition of going on further adventures together?
Do you want to see beautiful Italy even from a hot air balloon?
I’ve been asked by a lot of people if they can join me on any of my trips while filming Travel by Dart, the web series I’m doing where I throw a dart at the world map and go wherever it lands.
After setting up an exclusive trip to Cartagena, Colombia – which you could also join HERE – I am opening an invitation for 10 people to come with me to Italy: Tuscany (Florence, Siena), Venice and Pisa. 10 amazing, interesting, select people. Exclusive group. 8 days, 7 nights. Countless of bucket list items. 1 Life-changing experience. Spark all your senses.
This is an encore! September 2018 cohort is sold out, enter your name for the May 2019 trip.
1. Private Driver From and To the Airport
You’ll be picked up at the Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence by my private driver. You’ll be brought to the hotel, where I’ll be waiting for you with a drink. You are a special guest, so we will start your getaway the right way. A ride to the airport on the last day is also set.
2. Your Hotel Rooms
Your seven nights in Italy you will be covered. Not only that – we will be staying at this amazing, artsy San Gallo Palace, see room above. The hotel is set in a 19th century building in Piazza de la Liberta.
3. Welcome Dinner at a Villa Built in 1696
This is a dream. On our first evening, I will be having you as guests at a countryside villa built in 1896 (see pic above), now owned by my friend, Giovanni. He will be cooking for us while we will immerse ourselves in the Italian food, wine, and music. All covered.
4. Headquarters in Florence
We will be staying most of the time in Tuscany’s capital, Florence. There are some fabulous places to visit, such the Dome or Basilica Santa Croce, where Michelangelo and Galileo Galilei are buried. One of the most popular places is Ponte Vecchio, the famous bridge.
5. Visit a Winery, Have a Tasting + Surprises
You will find out the secrets of the famous Chianti wine. We will visit a Tuscany winery, have – obviously – a lot of wine tasting and then we will have dinner AT the winery, too. A few surprises will come out as well, but let’s leave them for when the time comes.
6. Venice Bound
Venice is not geographically located in Tuscany, but I will take you there, because one can’t say visited Italy without seeing Venice. We will stay in the carnival city for a couple of days, enough for you to see the famous San Marco square and have a…
7. Have a Gondola Ride
You can’t go to Venice and ignore a gondola ride. It’s the beauty of this town. We’ll do it, it’s covered. Besides this, you have the option of doing a lot of other amazing tours of Venice, which you’ll be presented with at the time.
8. Visit Pisa Leaning Tower
We will go to Pisa to see the famous leaning tower. It is the most popular tourist attraction for photo opps in the world (you’ll see why when we get there).
9. Hot Air Balloon + Champagne + Breakfast
Yup, you will be in that hot air balloon. We will even have breakfast and champagne – just because it’s good for your health. Not everyone goes through this, you should consider yourself lucky. It would cost you $300US if you’d book it yourself. Not with SPARK.
10. Michelin-Star Chef Cooking For You
A friend of Gordon Ramsay, Stefano Cavallini is the first Italian chef who received a Michelin star outside Italy. He was appointed by former Italian president Oscar Luigi Scalfaro as the “Ambassador of Italian Cuisine abroad”. He will do a cooking demonstration just for you, ’cause you are cool. Oh, and you can ask him everything you want. And take pics with him.
11. Authentic Pizza Demonstration
You’ve heard everything about pizza. You’ve even made some. How about I’ll take you to an authentic Italian pizzeria, where they will actually breaking it down for you – the real deal? There will be an exclusive pizza demonstration for our group.
12. Transportation: Private Driver
A lot of people are ignorant when it comes to the cost of local and national transportation when they travel. Since this will be an Italian experience with trips to five towns, plus wineries and other countryside spots, I will have my private driver taking us pretty much everywhere, so you can have a Chianti wine anytime you want, a car at the door for our group, and no worries at all. What’s that in an European country? 1,000US +. It’s all covered here, unless you want to go anywhere on your own.
I’ll also spend some one-on-one time with you, to chat with you about your life, business ideas, or anything else you may need help with (or, I will tell you how it’s actually cheaper for me to travel than to stay at home) – if interested.
DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD PRICE
WHO THIS IS FOR
- 9-5’ers or someone who’s been working long hours and wants to detach himself/herself from daily reality.
- Freelancers and entrepreneurs who want to spark their business spirit with some sun and sea, and meet some partners in crime who may become creative collaborators, or just inspire an brilliant idea over wine.
- Mid-life crisis individuals who don’t want to have regrets. My parents always told me that the only regret they had is not traveling enough.
- Someone who wants to recharge their life, and press the reset button.
- Someone who wants to surprise his/her partner with an incredible birthday or anniversary gift (maybe even a wedding proposal – we’ll get it on camera, too :))
- Friends who’ve been asking me if they can come with me on any of my travels.
- Someone who is coming out of a relationship and wants to experience things they feel they’ve been missing out on and celebrate being single.
- People who want to get out of their comfort zone.
WHAT THIS EXPERIENCE IS NOT
- An all-inclusive trip where flights, drinks and all meals are included. Flights are your responsibility.
- A conference or MLM-related group visit.
- A handheld, guided tour of Tuscany or Venice.
- A drama-queen friendly zone.
- A ‘please-stay-with-the-group-the-whole-time’ experience.
- A big group of people where you get lost in the shuffle.
- A party all night, sleep all day trip. You can do that at home.
- Your average day.
**A picture you will want to take yourself – you’ll be in this balloon.
WHO ARE THE 10 SELECTED APPLICANTS?
The people you meet are one of the most meaningful parts of a travel experience. You know how sometimes in a group there’s ‘that guy’ or ‘that chick’? That’s not going to happen. After phone interviews, researching social media profiles, getting references from common acquaintances, I’ll put together our travel dream team. You’ll be with people who have life stories to tell, knowledge to share, and dared to apply to be part of this Travel by Dart episode.
I want all ten people who come with us to leave as best friends at the end of the trip.The idea is to keep in touch forever, become an exclusive community over time, and go other memorable trips together.
Here is the kicker: you won’t know who the other nine travel partners are until a day before the trip! I will send you a personalized email revealing who you’ll be spending this amazing week with.
This is the last Spark Experience cohort, spending quality time in Tuscany.
WANNA SEE HOW YOUR TRIP AND SPARK EXPERIENCE LOOKS LIKE?
Watch the video below to see a sample of how a SPARK Experience in Cartagena looks like:
HAVE WE MET? HERE IS WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL WITH ME
One of the best things that happened to me was to be laid off from OMNI Television. It forced me to find ways to support myself and challenged my entrepreneurial spirit. As Jim Rohn says, “Formal education will make you a living, self-education will make you a fortune”.
My breakthrough came after a trip to South Africa that I initially didn’t want to take because I wanted “to wait until I make more money”. But my best friend pushed me to go. Although I spent more money than I anticipated or wanted to, the getaway changed my life. It made me realize that life experiences are far more intrinsically valuable than things, it revitalized my mind, sparked my imagination, and inspired me to create the venture that ended up being my bread and butter today.
I now travel and have unique experiences that generations of families don’t have in a lifetime, from diving the shipwrecks in the Bermuda Triangle, to discovering the mystery of the Easter Island heads, cruising on pirate ships in Indonesia, being invited into J Balvin’s house, and staying in 5-star hotels.
For the last few months, I’ve made sandy beaches and pools my home in Colombia, Curacao, Portugal and Bermuda. Let me share my love of travel, adventure, and Italy with you.
For those who want to immortalize themselves, this is your chance to be on a travel show and be in the Italy episode for my Travel by Dart web series.
If you’re looking for a creative spark, I’m an entrepreneur who has been a sports reporter, made the State’s “most wanted” list in Romania, had my films shown at film festivals, acted in movies and commercials, worked as a TV producer, created my own web series, and I’m also the founder of the mega-popular Scam Detector platform, a web-based app that educates consumers about the fraudulent activities all over the world. I’ve been featured on ABC, BBC, CBS, FOX, Global, Kiplingers, and pretty much all the major media platforms in the world.
I really hope to meet you in Tuscany. So come with me, and let’s make some real magic together.
I am not a travel agency. I am a lifestyle agency.
The reason you’re reading this page. 50 countries visited. Over 300 flights taken. Read more above.
Martina is our connection in Venice. She’ll set up any kind of tour you want – and there’s plenty of them!
She is the angel who will make sure we will be fine in our hotel in Florence, San Gallo Palace. Ciao Stefania!
He is the man. The owner, winemaker and the key person in charge with the Chianti vineyard we’re going to visit.
He will take us to most of the places, including the amazing locations outside Florence. Better be nice to him!
STAR OF THE WEEK
Michelin-star chef, who also happens to be appointed by president Scalfaro the “Ambassador of Italian cuisine”.
Want To Plan Ahead? Here’s The Tentative Schedule
Although this is a group trip, there’s a lot of room for you to have time to rejuvenate by yourself, do your own thing, or decide if you want to participate in what I’ve planned for us. Here is a tentative loose schedule–things may change.
Things marked with *are paid (included).
May 9, Thursday:
Arrive in Florence. Pick up at the airport*. I’ll be waiting for you at the hotel with a drink*. Private dinner at a 1696 villa, formal introduction, and surprises*.
May 10, Friday:
Breakfast at San Gallo Palace*. Have Florence at your feet. Visit the place where Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Machiavelli are buried, plus all the hot spots in the city. Evening: meet Chef Stefano Cavallini, the first Italian chef to have a Michelin star outside Italy, who will do a cooking demonstration exclusively for our group*. Dinner after demonstration.
May 11, Saturday:
Breakfast at San Gallo Palace*. Visit a Chianti winery*. Wine tasting*. Learn about the winemaking*. Pick up grapes like locals do*. Cook with the locals at the winery*. Have a memorable dinner at the winery together. Put cell phone away.
May 12, Sunday:
Breakfast at San Gallo Palace*. Leaving to Venice*. Settle in the new hotel, then head to San Marco Piazza in Venice*. Have a gondola ride*. Enjoy this mysterious city.
May 13, Monday:
Breakfast at the Venice Mestre hotel*. Enjoy Venice at your own pace.
May 14, Tuesday:
Breakfast at Venice Plaze Hotel*. Leave Venice and head to Pisa*. Enjoy the Pisa leaning tower – even go to the top of it, if you want. Have lunch in Pisa and go back to Florence in the evening.
May 15, Wednesday:
Enjoy a fabulous hot air balloon experience (with champagne and breakfast) over Tuscany, leaving from the beautiful town of Montisi. Evening: go to a pizza demonstration at one of the most famous places in Florence*. Have. farewell dinner together.
May 16, Thursday:
Breakfast at San Gallo Palace*. Other activities depending on your departure flight. Drop off at the airport.
Why You Should Add Yourself To The Group Now
I’ve met a lot of smart-asses in my life to know that some of the first remarks they would have in regards to this life-changing experience would be: “I can book all this myself” or “How much does Sorin make out of this”? To address that, I’d say that I make enough to pay for my ticket to Italy to meet people worth being with and – most importantly – here is what you would have to pay if you book it yourself:
Hotels in Tuscany and Venice (average): $225US/night x 7 nights = $1,575; Transport between 5 towns (Florence, Pisa, Venice, Greve in Chianti, Siena) winery, countryside, airport (rental car + gas or taxis): $1,000; Hot air balloon: $300US/person; Gondola: $100US.
So far, a total of 3,000US. Plus: Paid dinner at a 1696 villa: you estimate; First Italian chef with Michelin-star cooking for you: you estimate. That’s without other meals. Here is what I have for you:
THE ‘TUSCANY EXPERIENCE’ 2019
DATE: May 9-16, 2019 (see application form for other available dates)
OPEN TO: both single applicants and couples.
PRICE (deadline by October 31, 2018): $1,699US /person as couple (if you’re coming with a best friend/spouse and share a room. Your partner will have to apply, too). Or $1,999US/ person as single.