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Tuscan Treats & Cinque Terre (Small Group): Florence to Florence

Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,199

This Tuscany Tour takes you to all the highlights of this beautiful region, including Florence, Siena, and Cinque Terre. Cap off your week with a Tuscan cooking class, and whip up some treats of your own.


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This 8-day trip through Tuscany takes you through the famous highlights, delightful small towns, and local discoveries of this unique region, culminating in a Tuscan cooking class.

Departing from Florence, your first overnight stop is the medieval town of Lucca, with time to explore before a welcome dinner with the group. Head west to Cinque Terre, which has become synonymous with the charms of the Italian coast. These World Heritage listed ‘Five Towns’ catch the eye with colourful facades overlooking the rocky coastline. Explore by boat, train and on foot, then return to Lucca.

Your next destinations are Pisa and Volterra, known for the famous Leaning Tower and the hilltop medieval town respectively. Of a similar era is San Gimignano, whose rural surrounds yield some delicious local treats. Continue to Monteriggioni, where you can explore the walled castle or sip coffee in the Piazza di Roma.

Your next stop is Siena, often seen as Florence’s only real rival in the region. A cathedral visit is included, but devote plenty of time to exploring the alleys and medieval streets as well, before going on to Pienza. This is recognised as one of the best planned Renaissance towns in Italy, and is particularly famous for its cheeses.

Spend two nights at an exquisite Chianti villa, where your journey into Tuscan cuisine awaits. Learn to make traditional pasta and Italian breads, then after your delicious self-made lunch, relax by the pool after a busy week of sightseeing. On your final day, return to Florence, where a short walking tour takes you to San Lorenzo Market for some tasty souvenirs. If this is your first time in Florence, consider staying an extra few days. This living renaissance city has more to offer than many visitors expect.


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,199

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Day 1

Florence - Lucca

Your introduction to Italy begins with an in-depth guided walking tour of Florence. Then, it's off to leafy Lucca, where cobbled streets and red-roofed buildings await. When you get there, you'll learn about its fascinating history and fine architecture as you go beyond the city walls. Tonight, you'll come together for the first of your delicious dinners at a local osteria.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Lucca - Cinque Terre - Lucca

Rocky coastline. Romantic candy-coloured villages. It's time to explore the Italian Riviera's sublime shoreline. The route brings you to Cinque Terre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a tour highlight. After time spent discovering this beautiful area, you'll return to Lucca.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lucca - Pisa - Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a staggering sight and the first port of call today. Afterwards, you'll travel on to Volterra, where you'll have the chance to explore the town at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town is your home for the night. There's plenty of time for you to discover its unique character this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Volterra - San Gimignano - Siena - Pienza

Today you'll make tracks to San Gimignano, home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. Here, you'll visit Gelateria Dondoli to sample the creations of a master gelato maker, before carrying on to Fattoria San Donato for an indulgent wine tasting complete with bruschetta and local meats. After taking in the town's head-turning historic centre, you'll continue to Pienza with a stop at Siena along the way. Tonight, the evening is all yours.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Pienza - Tuscany

Pienza's timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning on foot with your Tour Leader. After, you'll sample some handcrafted Pecorino cheese and world-class wine. Driving onwards through the Chianti countryside, another gem awaits: a Tuscan country house that you'll call home for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Day 6

Tuscany

Rise and shine! Today you're cordially invited to the kitchen, where you'll roll up your sleeves and put on your apron. The villa's chef will treat you to an exclusive lesson in making Tuscan delicacies before you sit down to savour the fruits of your labours for lunch.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Tuscany - Florence

Sadly, you have to say goodbye to the villa this morning -- but there's one more treat in store. On your way back to romantic Florence, the group will stop off at an oil mill for a guided tour, olive oil tasting and light lunch. All in all, it's a fitting end to a tour celebrating the natural beauty and culinary traditions of Tuscany.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: Jun 22; Jul 6, 13, 20; Aug 3, 17, 24; Sep 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 19, 28; Oct 5, 10
2019: Feb 22; Mar 15; Apr 12, 19, 26; May 8, 15, 22, 24, 29, 31; Jun 7, 14, 21;
Jul 5, 12, 19; Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Sep 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 27; Oct 4, 9

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Driver and mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 4 evening meals, 1 lunch, 
  • Tuscan food and wine tasting
  • Tuscan cookery class
  • Entrance fees (Baptistery of St John in Pisa, and Cathedral of Siena)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Driver/tour leader gratuity (at your discretion)
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated)
  • Social drinks
  • Meals on free nights
  • Items of a personal nature 
  • Entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits
  • Incidental expenses (such as room service incurred at hotels - all expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation)
  • Laundry costs 
  • Shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
  • Transfers are not included in the tour price

OTHER INFORMATION:

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability. The hotels have been hand-picked from an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

TB BACKROAFLO19SGCAD: TT
9 Oct 2019
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