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Spotlight on Tuscany

Spotlight on Tuscany

Explore the Tuscany region of Italy!

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Experience the rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture - all of this and more in Tuscany!

 

Trip includes: Airport Transfer, Roundtrip Airfare, Lodging, 11 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners, Montecatini Terme, Lucca, Gothic Line, Winery Tour, Florence, Choice on Tour: Montecatini Walking Tour or Siena, Pisa, Cooking Class, Cheese Farm, and San Gimignano.

 

 

 

Optional 5 Days 3-Night Rome Pre Tour Extension:

Land only, 3 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner

 

Day 1: Overnight Flight You are on your way to the eternal city of Rome.

 

Day 2: Rome, Italy - Tour Begins Get settled into Rome for your 3-night stay. Take time to get acquainted with the area on your own. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring regional delicacies. Today dinner will be included.

 

Day 3: Rome Start your morning with a ride on La Metro – Rome’s underground system. First stop – a locally guided tour of the Eternal City’s most iconic monuments. Walk over cobblestoned streets and weathered passageways to discover famous sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most breathtaking Baroque esplanades. The remainder of the day is yours. Perhaps you’ll wander through one of Rome’s many museums, such as the Capitoline or stroll the Avenue of the Imperial Forum for views of the Colosseum. This evening, consider an optional dinner in a popular restaurant, where you’ll indulge in a hearty meal accompanied by wine and local entertainment. Today breakfast will be included.

 

Day 4: Rome Make the most of a free day in Italy’s capital city. Perhaps you will join an optional tour* to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, taking in world-renowned wonders such as the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s mural of the Last Judgment. In the afternoon, consider strolling through the Borghese Gardens for views of the city’s skyline or meander through Rome’s bohemian Trastevere district. Today breakfast will be included.

 

Day 5: Rome - Montecatini Terme Your Roman sojourn comes to a close today. Say Arrivederci Roma as you transfer to Montecatini Terme to begin your tour of Tuscany. Today breakfast will be included.

 

Please Note: The overall activity level of this extension is a level 3. This means walking and standing for longer periods of time (2-3 hours) isn’t a big deal for you. You can navigate hills and uneven ground, climb into various modes of transportation (tuk-tuk, cable car, zodiac, etc.), and could possibly anticipate changes in elevation. Walking four miles over the course of a day is very doable as is climbing 3 flights of stairs. You can handle altitudes between 6,000 and 9,000 feet. You can expect some longer days balanced with free time. This level is not a fit for travelers that require mobility assistance devices. Fully-guided extensions are a great way to explore a new destination. Enjoy sightseeing and local experiences led by a Tour Manager or local expert. We reserve the right to cancel this extension if a minimum of 4 passengers is not met to operate. The space on this extension is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Applicable charges may apply at time of request. If you require any special assistance while on tour, please make us aware at time of reservation so the necessary request form can be sent to your attention. *The optional tour to the Vatican Museums may operate on a different day on select departures due to availability of reservations and closure on Sundays and holidays. Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Single rate subject to change based on availability. **The transfer to Montecatini will be by driver-only. The transfer is 200 miles (325 kms) and will take approximately 4 hours depending on traffic. A restroom stop at a rest area along the highway will be made mid-journey. Your Tour Manager will meet you upon arrival in Montecatini. For air-inclusive reservations, the name provided at time of booking must match your government-issued ID that will be used during travel. Name changes are subject to penalties.

Day 1

Overnight Flight:
Rolling landscapes, savory wines, delicious food and stunning architecture...this can only be Tuscany. Unpack once on this journey among Italy's most charming towns.

Day 2

Montecatini Terme, Italy:
Your tour opens in the famous spa resort town of Montecatini Terme, nestled in the heart of the rolling hills of Tuscany. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner where regional foods and Italian wines kick off your adventure.

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Day 3

Lucca - Borgo a Mozzano - Gothic Line:
Enjoy a guided tour of Lucca, Tuscany’s best-kept secret. Discover Renaissance walls, Romanesque churches, and medieval streets flanked by towers. Explore on your own before setting off for Borgo a Mozzano. See the Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) and the nearby remains of the Gothic Line - the Germans’ last defense during WWII. Visit the Museum of Liberation and see authentic fortifications and bunkers. Make your way to a Tuscan winery and learn about the art of winemaking as you taste local varieties.

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Day 4

Florence:
An early morning takes you to Florence where an extensive walking tour showcases the beautiful "Cradle of the Renaissance." Join a local Florentine guide and make your way through the city on foot. At the Piazza del Duomo, see the ornate façade of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the gilded bronze doors of the Baptistery dedicated to St. John. Take in views of the Piazza della Signoria and Santa Croce Square before enjoying the remainder of your time in Florence to explore this unparalleled city as you choose.

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Day 5

Montecatini Terme:
Today, it’s your choice! Learn more about Montecatini’s history during a half-day guided walking tour and visit to the historic Tettuccio Spa,* known for the health benefits in its mineral waters -OR- journey to Siena on a full day excursion and embark on a walking tour through its narrow Gothic streets, getting to know the local lifestyle in a contrada (neighborhood) whose community is centered around the colorful Palio horse race.

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Day 6

Pisa:
Explore historic sites in the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa, including the Piazza dei Miracoli, or "Field of Miracles" (UNESCO). Keep your camera handy at the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visit the Baptistery, the largest in Italy. This evening, travel to the quiet countryside to learn the secrets of traditional Tuscan cuisine. Partake in a cooking class, using local ingredients and culinary techniques
that have been passed down for generations. Enjoy your freshlyprepared meal for dinner.

B, D

Day 7

Montecatini Terme:
The day is yours to relax and experience the local flavor. Take this opportunity to shop at the local boutiques and dine at one of Montecatini’s fine local restaurants. Or, perhaps you will choose an optional full day excursion to Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards. Explore this string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean.

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Day 8

Cheese Farm Visit - San Gimignano:
At a nearby cheese farm, learn how the famous pecorino cheese is made before sampling it for yourself. Soak in breathtaking views as you travel to the hilltop village of San Gimignano, one of Tuscany’s most picturesque places. Explore this enchanting medieval town, from its famous 14 towers to its magnificent vistas overlooking vineyards. Enjoy free time and perhaps indulge in some gelato. Later, attend a Tuscan feast of traditional cuisine and wines set in the countryside.

B, D

Day 9

Montecatini Terme - Home:
Your journey comes to a close today. Depart with many fond memories of Tuscany.

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B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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