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7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1 - Florence - Lucca
Leafy Lucca, with its atmospheric cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings, is one of Tuscany's A rich tapestry of idyllic countryside and ancient towns, beautiful architecture and
delectable food. On our Tuscany tour you'll seek out world-renowned treasures and hidden gems, turn into a culinary connoisseur and fall head over heels for this exquisite Italian region. tucked away treasures. And it acts as a beautiful introduction to our tour of this region. But first, have your camera handy on the way here as we stop to soak up views of Florence. Then, when we reach Lucca, unwrap layer upon layer of fascinating history and fine architecture as we go beyond its 16th century walls. The afternoon is yours, to take in the town at your own pace. Share what you discover this evening, as we come together for the first of our delicious dinners at a local osteria. (D)
Overnight: Albergo San Martino (or similar)

Day 2 - Lucca - Cinque Terre - Lucca
Rocky coastline. Romantic, sugared almond-coloured villages. It's time to take the road less travelled along the more remote parts of the Italian Riviera's sublime shoreline. Our route brings us to the Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour highlight. We explore three of the five villages dotted along this secluded stretch and marvel at the breathtaking scenery surrounding us. After time spent discovering this beautiful area, we return to Lucca in time for dinner. Friendly local eatery or fine dining restaurant - the choice is yours tonight. (B)
Overnight: Albergo San Martino (or similar)

Day 3 - Lucca - Pisa - Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, Pisa's Leaning Tower is a staggering sight - and our first point of call today. More than simply a photo opportunity, this is an extraordinary structure that has managed to withstand the force of gravity for centuries. But there's more than just one impressive sight to see here. Delving deeper, we lead you to the impressive Baptistery of St John - a huge marble masterpiece with a distinctive domed roof. Afterwards, we travel on to Volterra. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town is our home for the night - but before bed beckons, there's plenty of time for you to discover its charismatic character. (B)
Overnight: Hotel San Lino (or similar)

Day 4 - Volterra - Siena - Monteriggioni - Volterra

A magnificent piazza. Meandering stepped streets. Throw in beautifully preserved architecture and a sensational hilltop location, and you have Siena. After taking in the city's head-turning historic centre, from the cathedral to the winding lanes lined with medieval buildings, we continue to the enchanting walled village of Monteriggioni. Here the choice is yours, you could sip cappuccinos on Piazza di Roma, pay a visit to the Church of Santa Maria Assunta or simply marvel at the fortified castle that captured the imagination of Dante Alighieri, and features in The Divine Comedy. (B)
Overnight: Hotel San Lino (or similar)

Day 5 - Volterra - San Gimignano - Chianti

Its timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make San Gimignano a serene spot to spend this morning. Stroll through its medieval streets. Sample its culinary specialities. And see just why this has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, we escape to the country and learn about centuries-old winemaking before reaching for a glass and enjoying a tasting session - which includes one of the region's very few white wines. Driving onwards through the Chianti countryside, another gem awaits - a Tuscan country house that we'll call
home for the next two nights. (B, D)
Overnight: Hotel Tenuta Di Ricavo (or similar)

Day 6 - Chianti
Sipping wine on the terrace or swimming the day away. However you choose to spend your time at the villa, you'll soon be in full relaxation mode. But before then, we're invited to the kitchen where we roll up our sleeves and don aprons. The villa's chef treats us to an exclusive lesson in making Tuscan delicacies, sharing all his secrets, and then we sit down to savour the fruits of our labours for lunch. After an afternoon of ‘me time', we come together once more for a final group dinner.(B, L, D)
Overnight: Hotel Tenuta Di Ricavo (or similar)

Day 7 - Chianti - Florence

While we have to say goodbye to our villa this morning and we reach the final day of our trip, there's one more treat in store: a stop-off at the Castle of Verrazzano. There's no need to hurry, so we enjoy a relaxing start to the day before packing up and heading for the hills. We find Verrazzano high up in the renowned Chianti Classico area, wrapped in vineyards. A tour of the castle ends in a chance to sample a selection of wines that have been produced here for centuries, as well as smooth olive oils and tangy balsamic vinegars - with a delicious lunch
to go with them. If we're lucky, we may even spot wild boar that roam the surrounding woodland. All in all, it's a fitting end to our tour that has celebrated the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany, and that ends back in romantic Florence. (B, L)

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

This tour commences from Hotel Roma Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 8, 50123 at 8.30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure. The tour finishes at 5:30pm at Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 8, 50123

         
    2017    
         
    Departure: April to October, 2017    
         
    Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
    Apr 21, 28 $2,565 $2,950
    May 05, 10, 17, 24, 26, 31 $2,795 $3,295
    Jun 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 $2,795 $3,295
    Jul 07, 14, 21 $2,795 $3,295
    Aug 04, 11, 18, 25 $2,795 $3,295
    Sep 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 20, 29 $2,795 $3,295
    Oct 06 $2,565 $2,950
         
         
Inclusions:
  • 6 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Experienced tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 3 x evening meals (D)
  • 2 x lunch (L)
  • Two wine tastings
  • A Tuscan cooking class
  • Included Entrances: Cinque Terre Card, Baptistery of St John in Pisa, Cathedral of Siena and Verrazzano Castle.
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