Tuscany & the Italian Riviera
|Tuscany & the Italian Riviera
Join us as we travel across the Italian countryside, over the rolling hills of Tuscany and to the enchanting Italian Riviera. Relax with a 3-night stay in a Tuscan estate and savor the sprawling vineyards and charming medieval hill towns of the region. Enjoy an interactive pasta-making demonstration. Spend a day exploring the Cinque Terres rugged coastline by train. Choose to explore either the Uffizi Gallery or the Leonardo da Vinci Museum. Visit Siena, Pisa, and Lucca. Take a boat ride from Santa Margherita Ligure to visit glamorous Portofino. Revel in a 3-night stay on the stunning Riviera. Spend time at one of the oldest wineries in Tuscany and take a guided tour of the treasures of Florence. Throughout your journey, discover a land rich in history, culture and cuisine.
Day 1: Overnight Flight
Set out to experience two of Italys great regions.
Day 2: Italy – Tuscan Estate – Tour Begins
Begin your trip with a relaxing 3-night stay in a traditional Tuscan estate.* Prior to enjoying an authentic Tuscan dinner expertly paired with wines produced on site, experience an interactive pasta-making demonstration with the winerys chef.
Day 3: Tuscan Estate – Florence – Tuscan Estate
In Florence, the Cradle of the Italian Renaissance, join a local guide for a walking tour of this fascinating city and see Florences Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore and the Palazzo Vecchio. Then, the choice is yours! You may select either the world-famous Uffizi Gallery where a local expert will bring to life some of the most important works from the Renaissance period; or, perhaps youll choose the Leonardo da Vinci Museum where a local expert will introduce you to the world of this brilliant engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Next, gather together for an informative explanation of Florentine gold and the interesting techniques behind it at a local gold shop. Later, enjoy time at leisure to relax or discover this thrilling city on your own.
Day 4: Tuscan Estate – Siena – Tuscan Winery – Tuscan Estate
A scenic journey through Tuscanys graceful low-lying hills brings you to the lovely medieval city of Siena. Delight in its narrow Gothic streets, magnificent palaces and historic Piazza del Campo. After a walking tour with a local expert, take some time to explore the medieval corners of Siena with its great shops and outdoor cafs. Continue to one of the oldest wine estates in the Monteriggioni region and sit down with a family member to hear about their wine and taste their creations along with other local products. Return to your countryside estate where you may take time to explore the Medici Villa on site. Tonight, a local musician will serenade you at dinner.
Day 5: Tuscan Estate – Lucca – Pisa – Italian Riviera
As you head towards Italys picturesque Riviera, make a stop in the medieval city of Lucca, encircled by 16th-century Renaissance walls. A guide takes you on an informative tour including a visit to the Cathedral of San Martino and the Piazza Napoleone. Next, visit the ancient maritime Republic of Pisa to discover the Piazza Dei Miracoli, view the Duomo (Cathedral) and, of course, the famous Leaning Tower. Continue on to the Italian Riviera, your home for three spectacular nights.
Day 6: Italian Riviera – Cinque Terre – Italian Riviera
Spend a day exploring the Cinque Terre with its rugged coastline dotted with terraced vineyards. Travel by rail through this nearly inaccessible string of fishing villages nestled between the mountains and the Mediterranean. Your Tour Manager is on hand to help plan your day and make the most of your time in these five towns.
Day 7: Italian Riviera-Santa Margherita Ligure-Portofino-Italian Riviera
Travel to the seaside town of Santa Margherita Ligure for a boat ride** to glamorous Portofino. Take in the towns colorful harbor, dotted by fishing boats and yachts, set against a backdrop of pastel-colored buildings. Return to Santa Margherita Ligure for free time to peruse its charming streets and boutiques. Tonight, cap off an unforgettable journey at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.
Day 8: Italian Riviera – Tour Ends
Today you depart for home.