9 Day Tastes of Tuscany

$1579
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$2359*
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Hotel Francia e Quirinale Montecatini
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Optional tours and gratuities.


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Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


Accommodation Details:
Sep 20 & Oct 4 departures will be accommodated at Grand Hotel Plaza in Montecatini.

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Is This Trip Right for You?

This program is active. Walking is done over cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Expect most of the sightseeing to require three to four hours of walking as well as a considerable time standing. Many historical cities have specific driving regulations, with set drop off and pick up points, that result in extra walking to and from the sights. The pacing is active as many sites are included. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Florence, Transfer to Montecatini
Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, the spa center of Italy known for its world-famous thermal baths and expansive parks and gardens. The rest of the day is at leisure to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Chianti Wine Tasting and Lunch, Town of Greve
Today, enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel to the magnificent Chianti region, in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside, where Italy's most famous red wine is produced. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone. The Chianti landscape is so stunning that it has inspired many famous photographers - so keep your cameras ready. Stop at one of the local vineyards for a wine tasting followed by lunch highlighted by regional specialties. Then, on to the small town of Greve where you have time to wander around, sip an espresso, or indulge in a gelato before returning to Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Full Day in Montecatini
Full day at leisure to explore Montecatini and its surroundings on your own or take an optional tour to the spectacular Cinque Terre*, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here five small villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides, are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground facing uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns
* Please Note: Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and group size and will be advised locally
Optional: Full Day Cinque Terre
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Excursion to Pisa and Lucca, Wine Tasting & Cooking Class with Dinner
Magnificent panoramas await you today. Drive through the rolling countryside dotted with olive trees to Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture, with its massive 17th-century walls framing the city. Walk along the winding streets of the original Roman grid revealing layers of history at every turn. Arrive at the Church of San Michele adorned by its beautiful piazza, occupying the site of the ancient Roman Forum. Then, to Pisa to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. A lovely end to the day with a visit to a traditional Tuscan farm. After a warm welcome and wine tasting, participate in a "hands-on" cooking class followed by a delectable dinner with local specialties and regional wines
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Full Day in Montecatini
Explore Montecatini on your own today, or join the optional full day excursion to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now the site of the famous horse race of Palio. The race takes place twice each year in celebration of the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square before continuing to San Gimignano, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers a step back in time to a feudal era. Return to Montecatini for dinner at the hotel
Optional: Full Day Siena and San Gimignano from Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Excursion to Florence
Today, travel with your group to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, start with the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Then walk to the striking Duomo celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. From here continue to the open-air museum of Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Return to Montecatini and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Friday - Full Day in Montecatini
This last day is yours to relax. Explore the streets with its many elegant shops and stylish cafes, or treat yourself to a soothing massage or Turkish bath at one of the many spas. Perhaps, join the optional morning tour and discover the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, often depicted in Leonardo’s maps and in his famous drawings. Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, in a landscape almost untouched by time, you will view the house where Leonardo was born in 1452. From there transfer to the town of Vinci, to visit the Museum that documents the work of Leonardo the inventor, the scientist, and the engineer. End the tour with a Tuscan Merenda savoring the typical wines and snacks of the area before returning to Montecatini. Tonight, join in for a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Optional: Half Day Leonardo da Vinci Tour from Montecatini (AM)
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in nearby Florence for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Italy
Depart for Italy

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Florence, Transfer to Montecatini
Arrive in Florence and transfer to your hotel in Montecatini, the spa center of Italy known for its world-famous thermal baths and expansive parks and gardens. The rest of the day is at leisure to immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings. This evening, enjoy an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Chianti Wine Tasting and Lunch, Town of Greve
Today, enjoy breathtaking scenery as you travel to the magnificent Chianti region, in the very heart of the Tuscan countryside, where Italy's most famous red wine is produced. Chianti offers a unique landscape, with green, gentle hills covered with wide fields of vineyards and olive groves, small stone villages, characteristic parishes and countryside homes in stone. The Chianti landscape is so stunning that it has inspired many famous photographers - so keep your cameras ready. Stop at one of the local vineyards for a wine tasting followed by lunch highlighted by regional specialties. Then, on to the small town of Greve where you have time to wander around, sip an espresso, or indulge in a gelato before returning to Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Tuesday - Full Day in Montecatini
Full day at leisure to explore Montecatini and its surroundings on your own or take an optional tour to the spectacular Cinque Terre*, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here five small villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides, are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at the scenic coastline while exploring the villages and the beautiful vistas. This active walking tour covers a fair amount of ground facing uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation between the towns
* Please Note: Exact tour itinerary & operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions and group size and will be advised locally
Optional: Full Day Cinque Terre
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Wednesday - Excursion to Pisa and Lucca, Wine Tasting & Cooking Class with Dinner
Magnificent panoramas await you today. Drive through the rolling countryside dotted with olive trees to Lucca, a jewel of medieval architecture, with its massive 17th-century walls framing the city. Walk along the winding streets of the original Roman grid revealing layers of history at every turn. Arrive at the Church of San Michele adorned by its beautiful piazza, occupying the site of the ancient Roman Forum. Then, to Pisa to view the famous Piazza dei Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, one of the most instantly recognizable structures on earth. The monuments on the extraordinary Piazza dei Miracoli create a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. A lovely end to the day with a visit to a traditional Tuscan farm. After a warm welcome and wine tasting, participate in a "hands-on" cooking class followed by a delectable dinner with local specialties and regional wines
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Excursion to Florence
Today, travel with your group to Florence, birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Upon arrival, start with the Accademia of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's David is housed; stand in awe of this glorious work of art. Then walk to the striking Duomo celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" by Ghiberti. From here continue to the open-air museum of Signoria Square, ending at the splendid Ponte Vecchio, also known as the "Old Bridge". Return to Montecatini and enjoy the evening at leisure
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Full Day in Montecatini
Explore Montecatini on your own today, or join the optional full day excursion to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now the site of the famous horse race of Palio. The race takes place twice each year in celebration of the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square before continuing to San Gimignano, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers a step back in time to a feudal era. Return to Montecatini for dinner at the hotel
Optional: Full Day Siena and San Gimignano from Montecatini
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Full Day in Montecatini
This last day is yours to relax. Explore the streets with its many elegant shops and stylish cafes, or treat yourself to a soothing massage or Turkish bath at one of the many spas. Perhaps, join the optional morning tour and discover the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, often depicted in Leonardo’s maps and in his famous drawings. Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, in a landscape almost untouched by time, you will view the house where Leonardo was born in 1452. From there transfer to the town of Vinci, to visit the Museum that documents the work of Leonardo the inventor, the scientist, and the engineer. End the tour with a Tuscan Merenda savoring the typical wines and snacks of the area before returning to Montecatini. Tonight, join in for a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Optional: Half Day Leonardo da Vinci Tour from Montecatini (AM)
Overnight: Montecatini
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Depart Italy
Transfer to the airport in nearby Florence for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Today, travel to the spectacular Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here, the five small villages of Rio Maggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza & Monte Rosso are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will include a visit to at least two of these spectacular villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides. This active trip covers a fair amount of ground. Expect from three to four hours walking where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation.
* Exact tour itinerary and villages visited to be advised locally. Operation of the tour is subject of weather condition and group size.
Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $99.00
Cinque Terre Tour Thumbnail

Today will start with a visit to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now the site of the famous Horserace of Palio. The race takes place twice each year in celebration of the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square before continuing to San Gimignano, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers a step back in time to a feudal era.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #6 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $109.00
Full Day Siena & San Gimignano from Montecatini Thumbnail

Join us on this half day tour and discover the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, often depicted in Leonardo’s maps and in his famous drawings. Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, in a landscape almost untouched by time, you will view the house where Leonardo was born in 1452. From there we will transfer to the town of Vinci, to visit the Museum that documents the work of Leonardo the inventor, the technologist and the engineer. End the tour with a Tuscan “merenda” savoring the typical wines and snacks of the area before returning to Montecatini.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $65.00
Half Day Leonardo da Vinci Tour from Montecatini Thumbnail

Today, travel to the spectacular Cinque Terre, one of the most beautiful areas of the Liguria region. Here, the five small villages of Rio Maggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza & Monte Rosso are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your tour will include a visit to at least two of these spectacular villages, nestled in the cliffs overlooking the sea and the surrounding hillsides. This active trip covers a fair amount of ground. Expect from three to four hours walking where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Trains and/or boats will be the means of transportation.
* Exact tour itinerary and villages visited to be advised locally. Operation of the tour is subject of weather condition and group size.
Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #4 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $99.00
Cinque Terre Tour Thumbnail

Today will start with a visit to the enchanting medieval city of Siena that sits elegantly over three hills. The heart of the city is the stunning Piazza del Campo, the huge central plaza where the Roman Forum used to be, now the site of the famous Horserace of Palio. The race takes place twice each year in celebration of the holy apparition and assumption of the Virgin Mary, patron saint of the city. Tour Campo Square before continuing to San Gimignano, a small walled village famous for its medieval architecture and towers that create a unique skyline. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city offers a step back in time to a feudal era.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 9 hours.

Day #7 01 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2020 $109.00
Full Day Siena & San Gimignano from Montecatini Thumbnail

Join us on this half day tour and discover the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, often depicted in Leonardo’s maps and in his famous drawings. Surrounded by centuries-old olive trees, in a landscape almost untouched by time, you will view the house where Leonardo was born in 1452. From there we will transfer to the town of Vinci, to visit the Museum that documents the work of Leonardo the inventor, the technologist and the engineer. End the tour with a Tuscan “merenda” savoring the typical wines and snacks of the area before returning to Montecatini.

Pick up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 $65.00
Half Day Leonardo da Vinci Tour from Montecatini Thumbnail