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

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,149

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.


Join one of our unique small group Blue Roads touring experiences (maximum 18 participants) that includes specially selected accommodations, transportation in purpose built Mercedes Benz Sprinters, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Leader. 

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$ 2,149

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Day 1

Florence - Lucca

Our introduction to Italy will begin with an in-depth guided tour of Florence before we set a course for leafy Lucca - where cobbled streets, red-roofed buildings, fascinating history and fine architecture await us. We'll discover what lies beyond the city walls before coming together for a delicious welcome dinner at a local osteria.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Albergo San Martino

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    Albergo San Martino



    The Albergo San Martino is a delightful hotel in the center of Lucca, Tuscany. St Martin's Cathedral and many other tourist sites lie close to this hotel, which is also a short distance from the train station. The Albergo San Martino offers multilingual staff and ...

    The Albergo San Martino is a delightful hotel in the center of Lucca, Tuscany. St Martin's Cathedral and many other tourist sites lie close to this hotel, which is also a short distance from the train station. The Albergo San Martino offers multilingual staff and comfortable accommodation in Lucca, in a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. It represents the ideal choice for tourists who wish to spend a dream holiday in Tuscany.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Lounge
    • Mini Bar
    • Multi-lingual Staff

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Day 2

Lucca - Cinque Terre - Lucca

A rocky coastline, romantic candy-coloured villages... We must be in the Italian Riviera! After winding our way along this sublime stretch of shoreline we'll find ourselves in Cinque Terre: a UNESCO World Heritage Site (and one of the highlights of our tour). After spending some time getting to know the area, we'll return to Lucca for the evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lucca - Pisa - Volterra

Infamous and impossible to miss, the Leaning Tower of Pisa makes for a staggering first port of call today. After snapping some photographic evidence of our visit, we'll travel on to Volterra - where you'll have the chance to look around at your own leisure. Perched on a plateau, this magnificent and mysterious medieval walled town will be our home for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel La Laconda

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    Hotel La Laconda



    Hotel La Locanda is located in the historic center of Volterra, near Porta Fiorentina and the Roman theater; in a few minutes, you can walk to the main places of interest in the historic center. Behind the facade of a 14th century building that was ...

    Hotel La Locanda is located in the historic center of Volterra, near Porta Fiorentina and the Roman theater; in a few minutes, you can walk to the main places of interest in the historic center.

    Behind the facade of a 14th century building that was once a monastery of nuns, through the narrow streets of the Contrada di S. Agnolo, lies the Hotel La Locanda, a designer hotel that is a real explosion of colors and pop optical patterns with a tribute to neoclassical design. Different rooms to satisfy the different types of holidays, but all of them are united by a wonderfully retro decor.

    Facilities

    • Concierge
    • Free Off-Site Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage

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Day 4

Volterra - San Gimignano - Pienza

Today, we'll make tracks to San Gimignano: home to a magnificent piazza, meandering stepped streets and some beautifully preserved architecture. While we're here, we'll sample the creations of a master gelato maker at Gelateria Dondoli - 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, we'll journey onwards to Pienza - with a whistlestop tour of Siena along the way.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Relais Il Chiostro

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    Relais Il Chiostro



    staying at this hotel will be a fantastic experience. Located in the heart of Pienza, a Renaissance city planned by Rossellino will of Pope Pio II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, with its hanging gardens overlooking the Val d'Orcia, the Chiostro of Pienza Relais is a former ...

    staying at this hotel will be a fantastic experience. Located in the heart of Pienza, a Renaissance city planned by Rossellino will of Pope Pio II, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, with its hanging gardens overlooking the Val d'Orcia, the Chiostro of Pienza Relais is a former monastery of the XV offering a comfortable hospitality.

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Day 5

Pienza

Pienza's timeless charm and enchanting rural backdrop make it a serene spot to spend this morning. After a walking tour, we'll sample some handcrafted pecorino cheese and world-class wines at a delightful organic restaurant with sweeping views over the surrounding countryside.

Then: we'll enjoy another included dinner back at the hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 6

Pienza - Chianti

Onwards to the delightful Chianti region! Today we'll make our way through heavenly countryside on our way to a traditional Tuscan country house, where a regional cookery class awaits us. After learning some local recipes from our host, we'll have the chance to tuck into our creations for lunch.

Buon appetito!

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Chianti - Florence

On the way back to romantic Florence, we'll 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

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DEPARTURES:

2019: Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Sep 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 18, 27; Oct 4, 9
2020: Feb 26; Mar 11, 25; Apr 3, 8, 15, 22; May 3, 8, 17, 20, 22, 27; Jun 3, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24; Jul 5, 12, 22, 29; Aug 5, 19, 23, 26; Sep 2, 4, 6, 11, 18, 20, 23, 25; Oct 9, 18, 25;
Nov 4, 15; Dec 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.

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