The best adventure is the one designed just for you. The one that takes you where you want to go, that opens doors to the cultural curiosities that pique your interests, and that unfolds on your own timeline—not someone else’s.
Here’s what we can design for you:
Don’t just “see” a destination—experience it. Let us craft an itinerary that takes you into the beating heart of your destination. Thanks to our in-destination connections, you’ll enjoy tailored tours, expert guides, hands-on excursions, and colorful locals.
Like the private driver who takes you for a stop at his favorite cafe, so you can sip a cappuccino and swap stories with the expressive espresso slingers.
Take to the high seas—or cruise through the rivers that crisscross continents. There’s no one right way to cruise, just the way that’s right for you.
We’ll match you with the cruise style—ocean, river, or adventurous expedition—and itinerary that fits you best. Craving extras, like a pre- or post-stay in a scintillating port city? We’re on it.
The more, the merrier—it’ll be easy, we promise! Explore the world with your favorite people by your side, and let Ortensia Blu take care of all the group travel logistics. From reserving your best group room rate to coordinating tours and activities, we take the worry out of traveling together.
Want to join a small group journey, hosted by Ortensia Blu? Check out our upcoming Italian itineraries or 2022 Africa safari!
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After you get in touch, we’ll arrange a complimentary consultation call—we want to get to know you well so we can craft a truly customized escape!
Sit back and relax as we research and design your entire itinerary for you. We’ll tweak it as needed, then take care of all your travel bookings.
And you’re off! But not without our reassurance that if any issues arise, we’re still here to help. You’ll receive contact info for our in-destination partners for swift assistance.
Please note, our custom itinerary planning service starts at $300 and varies based on trip length and complexity—we’ll share this with you during your complimentary planning call!
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"When I began to plan a trip to England I realized that I really didn’t know where to begin. My sister, Virginia, had had the good fortune of having Laney plan a wonderful trip to Italy for her, and she highly recommended that I contact her. It was a decision I will never regret. Laney was kind, reassuring and able to help us plan the trip of a lifetime."
"Thank you so much for helping plan our perfect honeymoon! We truly had the time of our lives, it was beyond words. It never would have been so well planned out if it wasn’t for your help and advice. We thoroughly enjoyed the tours. We are still just settling back in from our trip and soaking up every memory. We will forever appreciate your help!"
"What a memorable birthday trip with my dear friends and Ortensia Blu Italian Adventures! Laney Sachs knows how to create unforgettable memories -- the lovely town of Asolo and our wonderful accommodations, exploring the countryside and quaint towns of the Veneto region of northern Italy, indulging in amazing meals, and of course, lots of Prosecco testing! My only question is, 'where else in Italy shall we go?' As long as Laney is planning it, I'm in!"
"Laney is not only very professional, knowledgeable about Italy and the events that were planned, she took very good care of us with unexpected circumstances. If weather was not cooperating with the planned event, a new plan was made and the transition to the new plan was seamless and equally as fun and interesting. Can’t wait to start planning another trip with Ortensia Blu and Laney!"
"The 60th Birthday Italian Style exceeded my expectations. Laney planned the perfect itinerary. The beautiful boutique hotel we stayed in Asolo was lovely, the Procecco and Wine tastings were all so special, the exceptional food we shared was amazing, the tours with exceptional guides made each day special. Laney was so knowledge and perfectly organized each day. I highly recommend Ortensia Blu Italian Adventures (Laney Sachs) and I can’t wait to plan another trip with Laney!"
"We asked Laney to help with planning and then executing our trip to Morocco. She is so professional, accessible and left no detail unfinished. Working with her was extremely easy. We loved Laney's upbeat personality and ability to answer all of our questions concerning our travel plans. We absolutely loved Morocco and it was one of our favorite places to visit!"
"Laney builds beautiful relationships with native "insiders" with a passion for and ability to share what's special about their culture and country. She uses this talent to attract people who are interesting, curious and fun to travel with as well. The itineraries don't begin to convey the overall experience which, for us, was cumulative and much greater than the sum of the individual parts... There's a special magic in Sicily, and Laney and her associates in Italy did a beautiful job selecting the right balance."
“We enjoyed our trip with Laney two years ago to Lake Garda so much that we weren’t sure anything could match it. Yet again Laney’s love for and knowledge of off the beaten track places in Italy, along with her connections with local people and establishments including small scale producers, contributed to an amazing adventure. Both trips were impeccably planned but Laney was also willing to take advantage of new opportunities that arose along the way.”
“If you want to simply enjoy your trip and take in the sites without wasting time planning and worrying, let Laney plan your trip. Laney was extremely accommodating, full of ideas and new adventures, thorough, great followup and communication, willing to please. Every detail, and more, was arranged for us from outstanding drivers, guides and hotel rooms.”
“Where do I start? Amazing guides, all the details perfectly orchestrated, the amazing Vilón hotel in Rome.
Laney helped us bring our dreams into focus and reality. She composed a great itinerary that had the perfect mix of culture, food and outdoor experiences to satisfy both my husband and me. She found lovely hotels, professional guides who brought the history and art to life and took care of every detail. Seamless turnkey planning.”
“The fantastic Ortensia Blu has done it again! Two years ago we experienced the culture of Italy with Laney and vowed to join her again. We just completed the Taste of Prosecco and again we explored the region, the people, the culture and of course the Prosecco that is produced in this very special part of the world. We can't recommend Ortensia Blu highly enough for anyone who really wants to experience Italy!”
"I want to thank Laney Sachs from Ortensia Blu Italian Adventures for making our Italy trip flawless. Our hotel accommodations were excellent, our guides were knowledgeable and the private tours you arranged were memorable. Thank you again Laney! I can’t wait to go back."
"Laney found us the perfect mountainside villa in Cortona with views from the windows, pool and sitting areas that were breathtaking, and so very tranquil. We could even walk into town for dinner each evening. Several things we liked about Laney is her enthusiasm for travel, she listened to our needs and customized a perfect travel itinerary for us and she has a wealth of knowledge and travel experience. Thank you Laney!"
"When I returned to the States, so many people have asked me what my favorite part of the trip was, I said "all of it!", I couldn't truly pick my favorite thing, it was ALL my favorite!
We weren't tourists, we didn't visit the "typical" tourist places, we went to where the locals went, indulge in the restaurants the locals ate. I would have never found any of the places we went to if I went on my own or used a travel book. Thank you Laney for such a wonderful time”
"The Lake Garda trip exceeded all expectations, and I cannot thank you enough for your hard work and kindness to one and all. You opened our eyes to so many treasures and so many amazing, kind, brilliant food and wine artisans.
It was all just exquisite. I still can't say what I loved best, but I am lucky that I can close my eyes and imagine floating in the thermal waters and looking up at the trees and sky, or walking among the ruins in Sirmione."
"Thank you Laney and Deborah for a FABULOUS 6 days! You both coordinated a trip that surpassed our expectations! The food, the countryside, the excursions, the friends we made.... it was just wonderful. Can't wait for the next one!"
"From the care that Laney took in helping me plan on going, to the extra attention each one of us received on the tour, there are not enough words to express my gratitude. Every day was planned to maximize our time and we learned so much about the Prosecco region, wines and all too delicious food. With all that we got, from the five star hotel to the 'one after another' gourmet meals, this trip was amazing!"