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

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 2,103

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$ 2,103

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Day 1

Florence to 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.

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

Cinque Terre to 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Lucca to Pisa and 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel San Lino

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    Hotel San Lino



    The Hotel San Lino is situated within in the middle - aged walls of Volterra and it's been created by the transformation of an antique monastery, built in 1480. The monastery has been transformed in hotel in 1982 but it still maintains the particular atmosphere ...

    The Hotel San Lino is situated within in the middle - aged walls of Volterra and it's been created by the transformation of an antique monastery, built in 1480. The monastery has been transformed in hotel in 1982 but it still maintains the particular atmosphere of the original structure, the transforming process respected the great history of the building, although all the modern comforts requested nowadays were created. The rooms facing the street Via San Lino offer guests a suggestive view of the medieval architecture of Volterra, and on town holidays, a view of historical processions and the much acclaimed "Flag Throwers" of Volterra as they pass along the street.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Lounge
    • Multi-lingual Staff

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Day 4

Volterra to Siena to Monteriggioni to 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Volterra to San Gimignano to 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Tenuta di Ricavo

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    Hotel Tenuta di Ricavo


    Tenuta di Ricavo is a 4 star country hotel in Tuscany, at Castellina in Chianti. A medieval hamlet in the natural setting of 445 acres of a protected Nature Park, la tenuta di ricavo is a charming hamlet very lovingly restored in the heart of ...

    Tenuta di Ricavo is a 4 star country hotel in Tuscany, at Castellina in Chianti. A medieval hamlet in the natural setting of 445 acres of a protected Nature Park, la tenuta di ricavo is a charming hamlet very lovingly restored in the heart of the Chianti countryside, providing top quality "peaceful" accommodation.

    Facilities

    • Pool
    • Restaurant

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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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Chianti to 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2017:  Aug 4, 11, 18, 25; Sep 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 29; Oct 6;
2018: Feb 23; Mar 16; Apr 13, 20, 27; May 9, 16, 23, 25, 30; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22; Jul 6, 13, 20; Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sep 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 19, 28; Oct 5, 10

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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