THE JEWELS OF TUSCANY & UMBRIA
Experience the Tuscan lifestyle with a small group tour limited to 12/14 passengers only. 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.
- Private land tour: Min 2 participants
- More than 9 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences: Tour of FLORENCE with its historical treasures & popular markets
- Our Unique Hotels: Staying 9 nights in charming hotels centrally located: 3 nights in LUCCA, 2 nights in SAN GIMIGNANO, 2 nights in CORTONA, 3 nights in SPOLETO
- 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, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (main meals include wine, mineral water, coffee and tea only)
- View Our unique Hotels: , LUCCA “San Luca Palace Hotel” or similar, SAN GIMIGNANO “Hotel Palazzo Pacini” or similar,CORTONA “Hotel San Michele” or similar, SPOLETO “Palazzo Leti” or similar
- Activity level: Light/Moderate
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THE JEWELS OF TUSCANY & UMBRIA
DAY 1 : WELCOME TO LEGENDARY LUCCA
Arrive at Pisa airport or train station and travel to the legendary LUCCA, a city of seductive charms for our first three nights stay at the central “HOTEL SAN LUCA PALACE” or similar. At 18.00 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 & LEONARDO DA VINCI MUSEUM
Today’s tour begins with a short ride into the medieval hamlet of MONTECARLO travelling through Tuscany’s rolling, vineyard-carpeted hills, majestic villas. Here we’ll visit a well-known wine estate for a tasting of the MONTECARLO DOC wine, its cellars and enjoying a lively lunch with the family. Next we’ll continue to the hilltop town of VINCI , famous as the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci where we’ll enjoy a unique visit to the MUSEO LEONARDIANO, housed in a 13th century castle. Evening is on your own to soak up the beauty of Lucca. Overnight stay in LUCCA
DAY 4: FLORENCE & MAGICAL SAN GIMIGNANO
FLORENCE is a vast and beautiful monument to the Renaissance, the artistic and cultural reawakening of the 15th century. The morning starts with 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. Your journey continues to lovely SAN GIMIGNANO for the next two nights at the central hotel “LA COLLEGIATA ” or similar. Overnight stay in SAN GIMIGNANO
Day 5: 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 centre 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. Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant. Overnight stay in SAN GIMIGNANO
Day 6: 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 offering 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 two nights in Tuscany. Overnight stay in CORTONA
DAY 7: 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 8: LAKE TRASIMENO, PERUGIA & ASSISI
DAY 9: ORVIETO & CIVITA DI BAGNOREGGIO
DAY 10: SPOLETO
DAY 11: ARRIVEDERCI BEAUTIFUL TUSCANY & UMBRIA!!!
Your Tuscany & Umbria tour comes to an end today, as you transfer to Perugia airport or train station for your flight home. Or, begin your 12 days post-trip extension to the picturesque ITALIAN LAKES.