TUSCANY SMALL GROUP TOUR
THE JEWELS OF TUSCANY
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.
- 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, CORTONA “Hotel San Michele“or similar, SAN GIMIGNANO “Hotel Palazzo Pacini” or similar
- Activity level: Light/Moderate
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- Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
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THE JEWELS OF TUSCANY TRAVEL ITINERARY
9 DAYS TUSCANY SMALL GROUP TOUR
DAY 1 : WELCOME TO LEGENDARY FLORENCE & TUSCANY
Arrive at Florence airport or train station and travel 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. 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: WINE TOUR OF MONTECARLO & THE LEANING TOWER IN PISA
Today’s tour begins with a short ride into the wine-producing medieval hamlet of MONTECARLO, a quaint hilltop village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves.Enjoy a leisurely stroll around this delightful borgo and join a wine tasting session with a light lunch at a nearby wine estate.Next you’ll have the chance to 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”.Evening is on your own to soak up the beauty of Lucca. Overnight stay in LUCCA
Day 4: ORCIA VALLEY: MONTEPULCIANO & MAJESTIC PIENZA WITH LOCAL PECORINO CHEESE TASTING
One of the most beautiful and unique landscapes, the colors of the Orcia Valley have to be seen to be believed.Today, explore MONTEPULCIANO, one of Tuscany’s highest hill-towns, its walls and fortifications offer broad views over Umbria and southern Tuscany, and the vineyards providing the Vino Nobile wine that has made its name famous. Our stroll takes us to the Duomo, the setting for one of the masterpieces of the Sienese school. After enjoying free time to explore the medieval streets of this charming town and an eventful visit to an ancient wine cellar, you’ll then continue on to PIENZA, a delightful village which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its intimate little center was almost completely re-designed in the 15th century by Pope Pius. After an included street-food with local Pecorino (sheep’s cheese), we arrive in CORTONA, our base for your next three nights at the “HOTEL SAN MICHELE” or similar. Overnight stay in CORTONA
DAY 5: CORTONA- UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN & THE ETRUSCAN MUSEUM
CORTONA was founded by the Etruscans and apart from being one of the oldest hill-towns in Tuscany; it is also one of the most scenic. Today it is a charming maze of old streets and medieval buildings, situated at an elevation of 1,800 feet, offering unforgettable views over the nearby Tuscan hills. It was here that author Frances Mayes bought the home she restored in Under the Tuscan sun. Spend the day at leisure to make your own explorations of this fascinating town. Today we have included an entrance to the ETRUSCAN MUSEUM, packed with cremation urns, vases decorated with black figures and Bucchero ware, burnished to resemble bronze. Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in CORTONA
DAY 6: A TASTE OF UMBRIA: ASSISI & PERUGIA
This morning we visit ASSISI, an important pilgrimage site and home of the Basilica di San Francesco—built to honor Saint Francis (1182-1226). Assisi began as an Umbrian settlement in the 7th century BC and was conquered by the Romans 400 years later. Continue to Umbria’s ancient capital, PERUGIA, a lively town of university students, trattorias, shops, and beautiful Renaissance buildings. After a multi-course gourmet wine tasting lunch, we explore the town.Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay in CORTONA
Day 7: 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’ll 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. Your journey continues to lovely SAN GIMIGNANO for the last two nights of your Tuscany tour staying at the central hotel “LA COLLEGIATA ” or similar Dinner is on your own. Overnight stay in SAN GIMIGNANO
DAY 8: MAGICAL SAN GIMIGNANO
SAN GIMIGNANO is an absolutely astonishing example of a walled Medieval hilltop town, also known for its dry white wine, Vernaccia and its colorful local crafts: hand-painted pottery, alabaster, olive wood items, and much more. Enjoy plenty of free time and lunch on your own. Tonight we’ll celebrate your Tuscan adventure with a farewell dinner at one of the typical regional restaurants.Overnight stay in SAN GIMIGNANO
DAY 9: ARRIVEDERCI BEAUTIFUL TUSCANY!!!
Your Tuscany tour comes to an end today, as you transfer to Florence airport or train station