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HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN ITALY SMALL GROUP TOUR

THE JEWELS OF NORTHERN ITALY

Experience the Tuscan lifestyle with a private tour to discover the best of Tuscany. Renowned for its art, history and evocative landscape, Tuscany is a region where the past and present merge in pleasant harmony. Tuscany offers the quintessential Italian experience, with its picturesque medieval hill-towns and vine-grooved hills. The towns of Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Cortona and Arezzo contain some of Italy’s most familiar art treasures, while villages such as San Gimignano, with its iconic towers, or Pienza, a tiny Renaissance jewel,sit at the heart of the landscapes for which the region is renowned. The main targets for wine-lovers wanting to tour the region’s wineries are Chianti, Montalcino and Montepulciano. With a profusion of exquisite medieval hill-towns, surrounded by gentle pastures and high mountain wilderness, Umbria has been dubbed the “Green Heart of Italy”. Famous for its truffles, mushrooms and cured meats, the region is a great destination for foodies.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 12 DAYS/ 11 NIGHTS
  • Guaranteed private travel: small, intimate group tour limited to 12/14 passengers!!
  • More than 13 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences: Tour of FLORENCE with its historical treasures & popular markets
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • First-class driver to accompany you throughout the journey
  • All entrances to main archaeological sights are included
  • All local guides tipping are included
  • All transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned van
  • All transfers while overseas; baggage transfers & porterage
  • All tour city guides included as per itinerary
  • Included city taxes and service charges at all hotels and restaurants
  • No hidden extras
  • Our Included meals: All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,2 local street food experiences (main meals include wine, mineral water, espresso coffee and tea only)
  • View Our unique Hotels: LUCCA “San Luca Palace Hotel” or similar,
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ ( View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation
THE SECRET ITALIA DIFFERENCE: TOUR ITINERARY

 

THE JEWELS OF NORTHERN ITALY TRAVEL ITINERARY

12 DAYS HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN ITALY SMALL GROUP TOUR

DAY 1 : WELCOME TO LEGENDARY TUSCANY

Arrive at Pisa airport or train station and explore the beautiful UNESCO-listed Piazza dei Miracoli in PISA, which houses four masterpieces of medieval architecture – the cathedral, the baptistery, the cemetery and the iconic “Leaning Tower”.Continue to LUCCA, a city of seductive charms for our first three nights stay at the central “HOTEL SAN LUCA PALACE” or similar. At 18.30 meet your local tour guide and the rest of the group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in LUCCA

DAY 2 : THE MARVELS OF LUCCA & PUCCINI CONCERT

After breakfast at our hotel, we begin exploring LUCCA on a walking tour with a knowledgeable tour guide. Ringed by massive walls, Lucca sits on the fertile plain of the River Serchio. The city’s architecture includes nearly every era in Italian history: a Roman amphitheater, superb Romanesque churches and delicate Art Nouveau facades. The town jealously preserves the timeless image of the ancient city enclosed within its red walls. Our stroll takes us visiting the Duomo di San Martino, Lucca’s main church built in Romanesque style, its peaceful narrow lanes, the medieval buildings, tiny piazzas and many other reminders of the city’s long history, including a Roman amphitheater. Before an included lunch with Italian pizza, we’ll visit an 18th century MANSION HOUSE boasting delightful gardens. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening we’ll take in an eventful PUCCINI CONCERT in a local church. Overnight stay in LUCCA.

Day 3: THE WONDERS OF THE CHIANTI REGION: MONTERIGGIONI & SIENA

This morning you’ll enjoy a panoramic journey through the CRETE SENESI to discover the sleepy MONTERIGGIONI, a gem of a medieval hilltop town. It is completely encircled by high walls with 14 heavily fortified towers, built to guard the northern borders of Siena’s territory against invasion by Florentine armies. Our discoveries continue with a short drive to SIENA, once a capital to rival Florence regarded by some as the most perfectly preserved medieval town in Europe. We begin an exploration of its historic center in Piazza del Campo and the surrounding maze of medieval alleys with an included visit to the DUOMO, one of Italy’s greatest cathedrals, a spectacular mixture of sculpture, paintings and Pisan influenced Romanesque-Gothic architecture.Overnight stay in LUCCA

DAY 4: MAGICAL FLORENCE & BOLOGNA

to the legendary FLORENCE for a fascinating walking tour to explore the city’s architectural highlights such as Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Duomo square, the San Lorenzo market, Piazzale Michelangelo and the tiny hamlet of FIESOLE with its Roman theater. Entrance to the UFFIZI GALLERY is included today, one of Italy’s leading art galleries.

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