what to expect on a raro trip experience

First and foremost, new friends for life.

That is the number one take away from our experiences. With our small group travel you will meeting people from all over.

raro wants to ensure you have an unforgettable experience.  One way we do this is by truly focusing on the path-less-traveled. All of our trips our built from the local relationships we have. This creates the opportunity to experience true local cultures.

the travel host(s)

Consider them your local concierge! All of our travel Hosts call your destination home, and as such, you get to live like a local and share in the experiences that they themselves have had. Their unparalleled knowledge of the local people, places, and customs creates your journey through the eyes of local residents. Your Host(s) has put all their passion for their homeland into curating the daily excursions, one-of-a-kind experiences, and amazing dining that will make your journey something truly unique and remarkable. They may start the trip as your expert but will undoubtedly end the trip as your friend. Have a special request or need a certain souvenir? Your travel Host(s) is also there to assist with day-to-day needs.

arrival

Arrival can be overwhelming. We remove that feeling. 

The moment you exit through customs, we'll take it from there. Greeted on arrival by our Host(s) and private driver, you’ll be whisked away to start your adventure.  You will be taken directly to the hotel where you can get settled in and freshen up. One of our team members will be onsite to assist in any way possible so that your arrival is stress-free.

7-Night Umbira & All 10 Night Italy Trip(s) Airports

*both Umbria and Sardinia

All Greece Trip(s) Airports

Philippine Trip(s) Airports

7-Night Sardinia Trip(s) Airports

travel accommodations

From rustic farmhouse agriturismos (what’s an agriturismo?), to poolside bungalows, to private seaside balconies, the travel accommodations for your trip have been carefully curated by your local Host. This ensures not only comfort and cleanliness, but also the unique and uncommon experience that makes this a raro trip.

travel schedule

Remember we are here to live like a local. The locals in our destinations take the time to relish and enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of their respective homelands, and so will you. While your trip will have a plethora of diverse experiences including museums, restaurants, and monuments, you will still have more opportunities to explore in your travel schedule. Go ahead. Linger a little longer in the shops. Slowly stroll through the quaint towns. Wander off the beaten path.

A typical day in the life of a raro “local” will include all three of your meals and a few activities. A wine tasting and a visit to an olive oil factory may be in store one day. Perhaps a short hike to a seaside lighthouse followed by a leisurely swim. It is your vacation. It is meant to be relaxed and enjoyable. So don’t worry, we won’t overload your travel schedule. If you want to do your own thing, that is fine too! You will always know where to find your Host(s) to meet up with your fellow travelers at any point.

travel schedule

Throughout your journey there will be an array of carefully cultivated and amazing local activities that will leave a lasting impression on you and your fellow travelers. Jump aboard a zodiac boat and beach hop up the Mediterranean coast. Visit Nero’s Domus Aurea and explore an ancient Roman palace in virtual reality. Cruise across the sea to an island where the only means of transport is on donkey back! Spend a day amid the vines for a private wine tasting experience. Muster up the energy to walk up the 1000 stairs leading to an ancient cliffside fortress (or take the bus and meet at the top!). Explore seaside caves that have been carved out over thousands of years. Hike along a Roman aqueduct where you can still fill your water bottles. Snorkel crystal clear waters over an ancient sunken city. That’s just to name a few of the sensory rich local activities you will get to enjoy!

local food​

Participating in the culinary traditions of a community is one of the best ways to enrich your experience and deepen your understanding of the people and their culture. At raro, we understand the importance of tasting local food and its connection to cultural identity and have crafted a journey of food discovery just for you. The best part? It is ALL included! Whether indulging in freshly shaved truffles over a steaming bowl of handmade pasta, eagerly watching a pig roast on a spit at an agriturismo, or spoiling your taste buds with fresh, juicy olives. You will discover a world of authentic local dining. Get ready to try eye-opening new delicacies, locally sourced ingredients, and made from scratch dishes that will spur your imagination and ignite your spirit. Did we forget to mention that all of the silky wines and refreshing beers are included too!

free time​

While we have taken the utmost care of planning out all your excursions, meals, and travel accommodations to ensure your “local” experience is genuine and extraordinary, we also understand the importance of having time to explore your own interests. The built-in “free days” give you plenty of time to seek out your own experiences and check off those boxes on your must do list. On these days, you have the choice to do your own thing for the entire day or meet up with the group for the breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner that is included in everyday of your journey or try out some local restaurants in the area. Up to you. That’s why it’s free!

small groups ​

Another uncommon element of raro is our focus on small group travel. There is no better way to explore the places that inspire your imagination than with an intimate group of like-minded travelers. Our small groups allow for greater attention to detail, more customized and one-of-a-kind excursions, and extra time with your Host and the other local relationships that makeup a raro experience. Limiting the number of our groups to 20 people also allows more opportunities to engage with your fellow travelers and build long lasting friendships.

departures

While it is always sad when a journey comes to a close, you will be departing with everlasting memories, lifelong friendships, and a deep and meaningful understanding of the people and cultures you explored in your travels. Rest assured raro will get you to your departure point safely and on time. Transportation will once again be arranged for your convenience. We will ensure your departure day is worry free so that you can spend that time reflecting on your experience and planning your next raro trip! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

start your next adventure with raro

Are you looking for a trip of a lifetime? Look to travel raro for the an unparalleled experience from start to finish. Whether you know exactly where you want to go or not, we have the knowledge to point you in the right direction.

Our trips are once in a lifetime adventures and are sure to bring lasting memories for years to come.

 

 

a few of our reviews

First trip with Raro was a huge success! Great adventure to Greece where we spent time in Athens, Hydra, and Corinth. From breathtaking historical monuments all the way to classic Greek wineries. You can definitely count on going outside of “the normal” tourist spots which introduces you to a whole new view of the country. Raro has introduced a new way to travel and I can’t wait to visit our next country!

Crystal G.

5/5

Highly recommend!!! Every detail was attended to providing an unmatched experience as we were immersed in the culture, art and culinary treats of Italy. Truly the trip of a lifetime!

Karen K.

5/5

My first trip with Raro was unique and exciting. Having a local host with knowledge and relationships to show a very local feel is a great change to most vacations. Being able to visit local hotspots unknown to most shows that Raro truly takes you to a deeper level on their trips that most will never see. I look forward to my next trip soon, which will be in Italy!

Chad S.

5/5