JULY 10-17, 2019
LIONS EXCLUSIVE TOUR
Milan to Tuscany
This morning you meet up with your fellow Lions and your English Speaking tour leader at one of the Convention Hotels. We then leave Milan, with our first stop at a typical farmhouse in Parma where you will have a visit and enjoy a light lunch with their local products.
After this break you will reach your accommodation in Tuscany. Here you will enjoy a welcome dinner.
Accommodation: Hotel Borgo Di Cortefreda, in Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa
|Meal Plan||Lunch and Dinner|
Cooking Class and Truffle Hunting Experience
Today, our day starts with the opportunity to experience a cooking class at the hotel and learn about the Tuscan cuisine. Lunch will be served including your own production!
After lunch we will walk among the Chianti Hills, where we have access to a protected area, and here you will try searching for truffles - helped by a professional truffle hunter and his dog.
A selection of truffles presented with stuffed bignè, oil bruschetta, and truffle butter bruschetta will follow and the tasting will be completed by salami, Pecorino from Tuscany and Wines of the Estate. This is a unique experience that will live long in the memory.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
San Gimignano and Siena
After breakfast, we drive south through the Tuscan countryside, passing the olive groves, green hills and vineyards that make the Chianti region so stunning. Our first stop is San Gimignano, and you will see that the town is surrounded by towers. The medieval layout of the town has largely remained intact, and this is why San Gimignano is known as the “Manhattan of Tuscany.” You will have time to explore the town, and enjoy the best ice cream at the Gelateria Dondoli shop.
We then continue to Siena where your guide will take you on a tour of this important art city. The highlight is the Piazza del Campo, the seashell-shaped square, on which the famous horserace the ‘Palio’ takes place each year, we also see the impressive and imposing cathedral.
In the afternoon, our tour will continue into the Chianti Valley. This hilly landscape, interspersed with olive groves, cypresses, vineyards and palaces, fascinates all visitors. You will experience with your own eyes, the harmony of the colours, that only the hills in this region have to offer. Finally there is a wine tasting with snacks to round off our day before we head back to our hotel.
The art and cultural metropolis of Florence is a must for all travellers to Tuscany. The cityscape is dominated by the cathedral of Florence, and together with the Campanile and the baptistery forms one of the most magnificent works of art in the world. The austerity and beauty of the city, the pride and the constancy of the Florentines is manifested in a unique way in the Palazzo Vecchio. We visit the interesting sights of the historic district with our licensed guide providing commentary as we go. Afterwards there will be enough time to admire the jewellery shops on the Ponte Vecchio or to enjoy an Italian espresso!
Tuscany to Rome
After lunch we depart for Rome and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. A typical welcome dinner is included at a local restaurant close to our hotel.
Accommodation: DNB House Hotel
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Ancient Rome Tour
After breakfast, we depart on a tour that will allow us to see the best of Ancient Rome and learn of the immense history of the Eternal City. Our tour includes visits well known sights including the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill.
Our tour begins with a visit to the most famous monument of Ancient Rome - the Colosseum. We take you inside, skipping the long lines, and explain the history of the arena and the events that took place here, while you stand on the same spot as emperors, gladiators and the Roman mob. Next stop is the Palatine Hill, where you will learn about its connection to the founding of Rome, almost 3000 years ago. Later it would become the home to the nobility of the Roman Republic, before becoming the site on which the palaces of the Roman Emperors would all be built. The ruins of these eras can still be seen today, with new and exciting archaeological discoveries still being found even to this day. From here, your guide will take you through the Roman Forum, which was the center of politics as well as public life in Ancient Rome, you will hear in detail how Romans spent their daily lives coming and going from the Forum, and our guide will point out the areas in which notable historical events took place - including Julius Caesar's funeral, when Marc Antony delivered his famous eulogy. We will also discover the House of the Vestals, the various Temples, the Senate House, the Capitol Palace the Sacred Way and the Triumph Arches. In the afternoon we will visit a local farmhouse at the Alban Hills and have a wine tasting with local appetizer before returning to our central hotel. Dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
Cooking Class and Rome Night Tour
Today, the morning is at leisure to wander on your own, or take it easy…
In the afternoon you will enjoy a cooking class where you will learn and prepare typical Roman dishes, and this is followed by dinner. After dinner the local guide, will take you on a Rome by night walking tour, where you get to enjoy the evening magic of illuminated Rome! The tour route will lead you to the Piazza dell’Esquilino and to the famous Via Veneto, the Aurelian Wall, the Barberini Square and the ‘Quirinal’ Square with the palace of the country’s president. In addition, on the Piazza Venezia you will see the monument of King Victor Emmanuel, Capitoline Hill, the street of the Imperial Fora, the Colosseum, the Triumphal Arch of Emperor Constantine and the Circus Maximus. Also impressive at night are the illuminated St. Angel’s Castle and St. Peter’s Basilica, this is a wonderful way to see Rome and spend our last night in this wonderful historical city.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast and Dinner|
After breakfast, you are at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.
|$ 2,389||$ 3,039|
*Single Room Rates on request
- Fully Escorted by English Speaking Guide
- 7 night’s accommodation in hotels (or similar)
- 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners
- Tours as per itinerary
- International and/or domestic airfare,
- meals unless noted,
- optional touring,
- medical and/or cancellation insurance,
- personal items,
- early check in & late check out at hotel,
- tips to drivers/guides,
- luggage handling
The prices are based on a minimum of 15 passengers travelling on the tour, and requires this minimum number to operate.
Tour will depart from one of the Lions Clubs International Convention Hotels, which will be advised closer to departure, and will be based on where the majority are staying. Anyone at a different hotel, will need to make their own way to the departure point in time to meet with the group.
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