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Flavors of Tuscany & Picturesque Cinque Terre

  • Image of Prato Della Valle in Padua (Italy) in the evening
  • Low angle shot of statue of Juliet, with balcony in the background.
  • Assisi
  • Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Florence.
  • Image of St. Mark's square in Venice during sunrise.
  • Cinque Terre
  • Paesaggio
  • Ponte Vecchio over Arno river in Florence, Italy. Sunsrt light.
  • Sirmione1

Flavors of Tuscany & Picturesque Cinque Terre package is an ESCORTED program that runs through APRIL 3 – OCTOBER 23.

ROME – ASSISI – SIENA – FLORENCE – PADUA – VENICE – VERONA – SIRMIONE ( GARDA LAKE ) COMO LAKE – MILAN – ROME – MONTEPULCIANO PIENZA – SIENA – SAN GIMIGNANO – TAVERNELLE CHIANTI AREA – PISA – LA SPEZIA – PORTOVENERE (GOLFO DEI POETI) CINQUE TERRE – CARRARA MARBLE CAVES – MONTECARLO DI LUCCA – ROME

Day by day itinerary

Day 1 (Monday) / Rome - Assisi - Siena - Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at 7:30AM and depart to Assisi. You will visit the mystic town of Saint Francis which still is surrounded by ancient walls. You will also visit the Basilica of Saint Francis with its early Renaissance masterpieces by Giotto and Cimabue. Continue to Siena, the beautiful medieval city that is known for Palio horse race. Proceed to Florence. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 (Tuesday) / Florence
After breakfast at the hotel, you will gave guided tour of the city, also known to be the cradle of the Renaissance. You will visit the beautiful Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery of St. John, and Santa Croce, the 13th century Franciscan Church with Cimabue’s famous crucifix. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at a local Restaurant and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 (Wednesday) / Florence - Padua - Venice
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to Venice. Along the way you will stop in PADUA, where you will visit the famous Cathedral of St. Anthony, guarded by Donatello’s “Gattamelata”. Upon arrival in Venice, enjoy a panoramic guided walking tour of this unique city. We will see the St. Mark’s square, the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and the Prisons. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Venice island.
Day 4 (Thursday) / Venice
After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a morning tour of the city by boat. You will cross the lagoon with a view of the islands and reach the island of Murano where you will assist to a demonstration of glass blowing (some time will be allowed for shopping). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 (Friday) / Venice - Verona - Sirmione - Como Lake - Milan
After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to Verona. We will visit of the town of Romeo and Juliet. Continue to Sirmiofe. Free time for lunch and tour of the town. In the afternoon, proceed to Lake Como for a panoramic tour by bus. In the evening arrival in Milan. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 (Saturday) / Milan – Rome
After breakfast at he hotel, we will have a morning panoramic tour of the city including the shopping gallery Vittorio Emanuele II, the Sforza castle, and the Splendid Duomo, one of the world’s largest, most striking Gothic cathedrals. Travel back to Rome by bus and arrival at about 7.30pm. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 (Sunday) / Rome - Montepulciano - Pienza - Siena
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at 7:30AM to start a delightful trip through the rolling hills of the Chianti Region. You will reach the hilltop town of Montepulciano, an ancient village rich of medieval and Renaissance buildings, famous for producing one of the oldest wines in Italy, the “Nobile di Montepulciano”. You will stop for a visit to a wine cellar and have a a wine tasting with samples of local products like ham, cheese, and salami. Continue to Pienza, the Renaissance town built during Pope Pius II and the city is also well known for its pecorino cheese. The tour will proceed to Siena, where you will enjoy a visit of the old city centre. You will be walking along the medieval streets admiring splendid palaces. The sightseeing tour will end in the Piazza del Campo. This is one of the most beautiful squares in the world and site of the famous 600 years old horse-race, called “Il Palio”.Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 (Monday) / Siena - San Gimignano - Tavernelle - Chianti - Pisa - La Spezia
After breakfast at the hotel, departure to San Gimignano, a tiny city that has remained intact through the centuries; situated on a hilltop and famous for its numerous towers, frescoes and other art treasures. You will then proceed to Tavernelle Val di Pesa located within the CHIANTI CLASSICO “Gallo Nero” region, where we will make a stop at the farmhouse La Tancia to enjoy an excellent wine tasting with light lunch. The tour continues onto Pisa, where you will have free time for lunch. Early afternoon our expert tour leader will take you for a pleasant walk into the enchanting historical centre, Piazza dei Miracoli, with its famous Leaning Tower (exterior visit), The Baptistery (exterior visit) and other beautiful monuments. Proceed to La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 (Tuesday) / La Spezia - Portovenere - Golfo Dei Poeti - 5 Terre - La Spezia
After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart by boat for an unforgettable day dedicated to the discovery of one of the most amazing and enchanting landscape in the World. The five villages, “Cinque Terre” is an area suspended between sea and land, hanging from sheer cliffs surrounded by hills and vineyards. You will enter into a little piece of heaven. By touring the coast line by boat, you will have the possibility to admire this amazing landscape from the seaside. (In the event of rough sea, the visit will be done parthly by coach and parthly by train.) During the tour, the boat will reach Portovenere and the most important villages. You will be able to stop at Portovenere, Vernazza, Monterosso and visit them at leisure.
Portovenere: Portovenere, on the Gulf of Poets, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Its picturesque harbor is lined with brightly colored houses, while narrow medieval streets lined with shops lead up the hill from the ancient city gate to the castle.
Vernazza: The small fishing village Vernazza is probably the most characteristic of the Cinque Terre and is classified as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The village is surrounded by very steeply terraced olive groves which are said to produce among the finest olive oil in the country.
Monterosso: It is the largest of the five coastal villages. Its amazing beaches, its beautiful reefs and the sea’s crystal clear waters, make this small village one of the most hospitable of the Ligurian Riviera. Board the train from Monterosso and arrive in La Spezia. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 10 (Wednesday) / La Spezia - Carrara-Montecarlo di Lucca-Rome
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Carrara to see the impressive marble quarries that are carved deep into the mountain. This is where Michelangelo took the raw material to create his superb masterpieces. By visiting the quarry museum you will admire ancient tools, some sculptures and the quarryman’s house. Continue to Montecarlo di Lucca, a lovely town located on the hills around Lucca. This territory is ideal for the production of top quality wine and extra virgin olive oil. We will stop and visit a farmhouse where the owners will have you taste delicious Tuscan food specialities, from olive oil to cheese, from bread to wine and of course pasta, which you will taste with different wines. Proceed to Rome and arrival in the evening. End of the tour.

HOTELS

City Hotel Name
FLORENCE Rivoli/Adriatico or similar
VENICE Continental or similar
MILAN Antares Concorde or similar
ROME Gioberti / Commodore or similar
SIENA Garden Hotel or similar
LA SPEZIA NH LaSpezia or similar

Dates and Price details

Departure Dates
Operated MONDAYS from APRIL 3 TO OCTOBER 23

Price details
May: 29, 2017 Land Only $2,399.00
Single supplement $419.00
Triple reduction $100.00
June: 05 – 12 – 19 – 26, 2017 Land Only $2,399.00
Single supplement $419.00
Triple reduction $100.00
July: 03 – 10 – 17 – 24 – 31, 2017 Land Only $2,399.00
Single supplement $419.00
Triple reduction $100.00
August: 07 – 14 – 21 – 28, 2017 Land Only $2,399.00
Single supplement $419.00
Triple reduction $100.00
September: 04 – 11 – 18 – 25, 2017 Land Only $2,399.00
Single supplement $419.00
Triple reduction $100.00
October: 02 – 09 – 16, 2017 Land Only $2,399.00
Single supplement $419.00
Triple reduction $100.00

Tours Include

  • 9 accommodation at 4* hotels
  • Air conditioned motor coach throughout the program
  • 9 breakfasts
  • 8 dinners (drinks NOT included)
  • 3 wine tastings with local products
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Boat trip to the enchanting Cinque Terre
  • Train from Monterosso to La Spezia
  • Only one bag per person allowed (any size) plus one hand luggage

Not Included

  • Porterage service
  • Drinks at meals
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mention
  • City tax for overnight stays (according to each city council rules)
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel or vice versa - price on request

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